Tom Silverman on 90-degree deals, breaking the US and a $100bn music business


Tom Silverman

Interview by Eamonn Forde, reports editor at Music Ally and freelance music business writer.

 Tom Silverman entered the music business in the disco era, setting up Dance Music Report magazine for DJs that grew to 3,000 recipients in North America. Drawing on his burgeoning network and sensing a tumultuous change in music, he set up Tommy Boy Records in 1981. His first signing was Afrika Bambaataa.

Bambaataa’s second single for Tommy Boy was the towering ‘Planet Rock’ in 1982 – released on 12-inch and swiftly selling 600,000 copies at around $4 each, exploding not just his career but also that of Silverman and his label.

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The Nominees for Phonofile Nordic Music Prize


The Phonofile Nordic Music Prize is an annual award for the Best Nordic Album Of The Year, inspired by the British & Irish Mercury Prize and introduced in 2010. The prize was initiated by by:Larm in Norway, the most important conference and showcase event for the wider Nordic music industry. Former winners are Jónsi (ICE), Goran Kajfes (SE), First Aid Kit (SE), and most recently The Knife (SE).

We are happy to announce a collaboration between Phonofile, by:Larm, GramArt and Music Norway as a sponsor for by:Larm’s well renowned music prize. The winner of Phonofile Nordic Music Prize 2015 will receive a NOK 30.000 check, provided by GramArt.

The 12 nominees are (read more…)