It’s that time of year again. The time when most news outlets stop reporting original stories and fall back on best-of-the-past-year retrospectives. Here at FORBES, we are still hard at work on new material–namely, the latest 30 Under 30 issue, due out in early January. But that won’t stop me from indulging in a quick glance in the rearview mirror.
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Notable moments of my 2013 coverage included traveling to Kansas City to see the inner workings of Tech N9ne’s midwestern hip-hop empire, heading to Houston and Oklahoma City to profile Toby Keith for the Celeb 100 cover story, walking up Sixth Avenue to learn about Alex White’s Moneyball For Music, and getting drop-kicked by Jack Black in Austin at South By Southwest.
Below are those stories and some of the others I wrote over the past year. Next up for me: more for Forbes in 2014, and the launch of my new book, Michael Jackson, Inc., in June.
Happy holidays, and enjoy!
How To Make A Living In The Modern Music Business
I traveled to Berklee College of Music to find some answers.
American Idol: The Education of Scotty McCreery
Why the budding star isn’t quitting his day job–college.
How Gotye Found Kimbra For ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’
The inside scoop from the press room at the 55th Annual Grammy awards.
Forbes magazine, 03.04.13
Moneyball For Music: The Rise of Next Big Sound
Alex White’s Next Big Sound is using advanced statistics to transform a stubborn industry. Sound familiar?
Yoko Ono comes together with musicians–including Paul McCartney–over fracking.
Diddy Talks Cable Deal
Will Revolt make him a Billionaire?
ForbesLife magazine, 06.24.13
Rapper’s Delight: Inside 50 Cent’s Car Collection
50 Cent started out as a drug dealer and ended up a rap star. Throughout, there’s been one constant: a love of cars.
Thriller At Forbes
No BS! Brass Band crashes the newsroom (and the lobby, and the elevator, and the roof).
Forbes magazine, 07.15.13
Toby Keith, Cowboy Capitalist: Country’s $500 Million Man
Country superstar Toby Keith has some of the most loyal fans in music. And he owns enough product extensions to make sure they’re also some of the most lucrative. Personal earnings so far: $500 million.
Meet the next big star of electronic music.
Forbes magazine, 09.02.13
Sin City’s Latest Savior: Electronic Dance Music (co-written with Ryan Mac)
From shows to theme parks, Las Vegas has always figured out a way to bounce back. The new white knight: million-dollar DJs spinning at mega-nightclubs.
How hip-hop is cashing in on the DJ boom.
Hip-Hop’s Secret Mogul
Tech N9ne is quietly building a musical empire in America’s heartland.
Miley Cyrus, Bangerz and the Plot to Kill Hannah Montana
No, it wasn’t another teen train wreck. Quiet the opposite.
Michael Jackson One
The latest piece of a postmortem empire.
Veterans Day Rock Star
Gary Sinise’s Lt. Dan Band gives back.
Cano Signs $240M Deal With Seattle
Jay Z saves face, sort of.
ForbesLife magazine, 12.16.13
Grand New Nashville: A Private Tour From Rascal Flatts
Rascal Flatts helped country music cross over to the mainstream, and its adopted hometown of Nashville is singing a sophisticated and eclectic new tune. The trio takes us on a private tour of Music City’s high notes.
FORBES MUSIC LISTS (edited by Zack)
Country Cash Kings 2013
Electronic Cash Kings 2013
Hip-Hop Cash Kings 2013
Top Earning Dead Musicians 2013
Top Earning Musicians 2013
Top Earning Women in Music 2013