Business Law

Grocery Store Music

Over the last year Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Nicks, The Killers, Joni Mitchell, Shikira, Bob Dylan, Disturbed, Barry Manilow, The Weekend, and fifty-four other musicians sold all or the bulk of their music catalogs to the Sony and Warner music companies of the world. For hundreds of millions.

If you hear any of these artists in a grocery store you can be sure Sony et al are getting paid top dollar for every play.

Most grocery stores, though, don’t spend much on music. They don’t have to, there are ten of thousands of songs by thousands of groups and singers available for pennies.

Grocery store music, after all, exists mostly to cover up the clicks, whirls, thuds, groans, creaks, and other store noises to create a better shopping environment. Industrial psychologists figured that out during the Eisenhower administration. It’s not there to remind anyone that Tommy Tutone was once a thing.

Let's start with two premises: first, when someone forms a band they are forming a company; second, the songs are products and assets.

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