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How Bloodshot Records has lasted so long

Crain’s Chicago Business, April 12, 2014 — Here’s how the music business works in 2014: On April 3, BuzzFeed proclaimed, “This Country Cover of Kesha is Totally Beautiful,” drawing listeners to a free audio stream of Bloodshot Records artist Lydia Loveless’ twangy version of pop star Kesha’s “Blind.” Over the next four days, the post received more than 77,000 views and probably stoked sales for the single, to be released on April 19. The shoutout didn’t happen by chance… Read my story in Crain’s Chicago Business.

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Can the Empty Bottle/Longman & Eagle team tap into another success?

Crain’s Chicago Business, October 5, 2013 — Nearly a year ago, Craig Golden stood in the balcony of the musty, long-vacant Thalia Hall, an ornate Pilsen theater that was in foreclosure, and knew he had to call Bruce Finkelman right away. “I don’t know where you are, Bruce, but you should get in your car and come over here right now,” … Read my story in Crain’s Chicago Business.

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