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Gain insights from businesses in music, media, and entertainment. Trapital founder Dan Runcie and various guests break down the cultural trends that shape the rest of the economy. Learn more at https://trapital.co

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    • 4.9 • 155 Ratings

Gain insights from businesses in music, media, and entertainment. Trapital founder Dan Runcie and various guests break down the cultural trends that shape the rest of the economy. Learn more at https://trapital.co

    The Oscars: Hit Songs, All the Drama, and Tons of Money

    The Oscars: Hit Songs, All the Drama, and Tons of Money

    This episode is about Hollywood's biggest night, the Academy Awards. I’m joined by friend of the pod Zack O'Malley Greenburg to dive deep into the Oscars, how it compares to the Grammys, its relationship with music, the money spent on campaigns, the dramas, the major controversies, and some wild theories.

    00:00 The money behind the Oscars
    06:30 Why the Grammys gets worse ratings than the Oscars
    22:05 What happened to big movie soundtracks?
    31:36 Controversies over the years
    40:02 Biggest snubs of all time
    44:39 How to improve the show

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    Trapital is home for the business of music, media and culture. Learn more by reading Trapital’s free memo.

    • 43 min
    Virgil Abloh: Off-White, Luxury, and Open-Source Fashion

    Virgil Abloh: Off-White, Luxury, and Open-Source Fashion

    The late Virgil Abloh’s legacy lives on. From luxury rap to high fashion, his influence changed an entire industry, and several other adjacent ones.
    In this episode of Trapital, I’m joined by friend of the pod Zack O'Malley Greenburg. We broke down Virgil’s early years that shaped his future, his relationship with Kanye West, brands like Pyrex Vision, Off-White, his 3% rule, his open-sourced approach to business, his highs, lows, and so much more.
    00:00 How Virgil entered the fashion world
    07:44 Virgil’s influence on hip-hop and ‘luxury rap’
    15:57 Open-source fashion
    23:23 The Virgil-Kanye West relationship
    27:20 Legacy and controversies
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    Trapital is home for the business of music, media and culture. Learn more by reading Trapital’s free memo.

    • 40 min
    Yeezy: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

    Yeezy: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

    The rise and fall of the Yeezy brand is a Hollywood screenplay in the making. But this is less like the movie AIR, and more like The Wolf of Wall Street.
    To break it all down, I'm joined by Zack O'Malley Greenburg, who covered the Yeezy business through his reporting at Forbes. Together, we explore Kanye West's partnerships with Nike, Adidas, and Gap and the highs and lows along the way.
    Make sure you listen in for our new Chartmetric stat of the week!

    00:00 Kanye West enters the fashion world
    08:52 You don’t have the answer, Sway.
    24:56 Yeezy becomes a billion dollar brand
    30:28 The downfall
    37:04 Yeezy’s independent future

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    Trapital is home for the business of music, media and culture. Learn more by reading Trapital’s free memo.

    • 49 min
    The Rise of Las Vegas Concert Residencies

    The Rise of Las Vegas Concert Residencies

    From gamblers paradise to entertainment mecca, on this episode of Trapital, we take a trip to Las Vegas and how its coveted residencies have evolved over time, the economics of how they work, and predictions for the future.
    I’m joined by Tati Cirisano from MIDiA Research. We explore the Las Vegas’ origin with mob ties, the ground-breaking 2003 Celine Dion residency, and the changing demographic of Vegas attendees.
    Want to leave us a question for our upcoming mailbag episode? Leave us a voicemail at memo.fm/trapital

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    2:30 Las Vegas evolution in music
    14:26 Celine Dion's 2003 residency
    21:50 The millennial demand
    29:59 Weekends with Adele
    41:42 The Sphere
    48:04 The Future of Residencies

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    Trapital is home for the business of music, media and culture. Learn more by reading Trapital’s free memo.

    • 44 min
    SoundCloud and the Future of Superfans

    SoundCloud and the Future of Superfans

    We hear a lot about superfans and how important they are for an artist, but we rarely see any data to quantify how valuable they actually are.
    In this episode, I'm joined by Will Page, author of Pivot and former chief economist at Spotify, to break down his most recent report, Soundcloud Rockonomics. We discuss the company’s Fan Powered Royalties, the user centric model, how artists like Lil Uzi Vert can measure their fans, and the impact on the industry.
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    00:00 SoundCloud’s fan-powered royalties
    12:17 Lil Uzi Vert’s superfans
    20:17 Helping artists nurture superfans
    25:14 Streaming fraud
    29:09 What the industry can learn from this model
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    Trapital is home for the business of music, media and culture. Learn more by reading Trapital’s free memo.

    • 32 min
    The Business Behind The Grammys

    The Business Behind The Grammys

    This episode is about music's biggest night. But we’re not interested in who should win. This is about the business behind the show and everything surrounding it.
    We break down how the show makes money for CBS and the Recording Academy despite the viewership decline, the massive For Your Consideration business, the campaigning required to win an award, and major controversies over the years.
    I'm joined by Zack O'Malley Greenburg, friend of the pod, who covered The Grammys several times while at Forbes.
    This episode is brought to you by DICE. Want to learn more about how you and your artists can reach a packed room of your superfans? Learn more at dice.fm/partners
    Make sure you listen in for our new Chartmetric stat of the week!
    00:31 Why The Grammys were started
    08:04 The Grammys cultural impact over time.
    16:50 How The Grammy elevated the perception of musicians
    32:03 How The Recording Academy Works
    52:15 Changes we would make to The Grammys

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    Trapital is home for the business of music, media and culture. Learn more by reading Trapital’s free memo.

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Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
155 Ratings

155 Ratings

Phil Stolaronek ,

Great podcast! Keep it up!

I stumbled upon this podcast by learning about Dan / Trapital via LinkedIn. I listen to A LOT of podcasts and I decided to give it a listen. First, Dan has a calm and authentic demeanor, which are great qualities. When he’s talking to his guests it’s very conversational and easy flowing. I’m a former music industry vet so the topics are right up my alley. I’m writing this review after listening to the Splice episode. Things like YouTube, Spotify, and Splice are the now and the future of the music business. There will always be the new talent walking through the door and busting onto the scene, but the “real money” in the music business is going to be made in a very different fashion. Keep up the great work Dan!

K HH ,

My only source for the business of hip-hop

As a lifelong hip-hop fan, I’ve always been intrigued and interested about how the genre intersects with culture and business. Even though I’m not in the music industry, the lessons are pragmatic for my own business as a solo creator.

Ongarrett ,

If Ben Thompson & Joe Budden had a baby

Stratechery is my favorite best b/c how thorough Ben Thompson covers tech and media. I listen to Joe Budden’s podcast to stay in the know about happenings and changes across music (especially hip-hop, R&B, pop).

Dan Runcie podcast is educating & entertaining in away that enhances all my other knowledge about media, tech, music, and business model.

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