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Bruce Springsteen, Boz Scaggs, Chicago, Earth Wind & Fire, Barbara Streisand, Chicago, Janis Joplin, Boston, Cheap Trick, Tom Jones, Johnny Cash, Ronnie Spector, Ted Nugent, Meat Loaf and the list could go on for multiple pages.

Is this the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame list? No, but it could be. Steve Popovich, Steven VanZandt and Holly Cara PriceSteve Popovich pictured (center) with Steven VanZandt of The E Street Band and The Sopranos along with Holly Cara Price, his assistant.

Our featured guest in this episode, Steve Popovich, a music industry legend, has been in the music industry for almost 45 years. He is responsible for helping hundreds of artists connect to the world of music consumers.

Here’s a sampling from the show:

  • Listen and Learn about the music industry. Steve was forced into litigations to receive past due royalties due him by an expanded Sony/BMG. He and his partners were awarded $6 million and worked out a new contract to settle the case.
  • Identify and work with good partners. Parnerships are important and are a reflection of you and your business. Choose them wisely.
  • Obtain great advice if you are an aspiring musician. Packed with business lessons, music insider stories, history and inspiring advice

Recorded: July 25, 2006
Duration: 54:39 minutes

About Steve Popovich

Mega-platinum hitmaker. Indie label guy. Grammy-winning producer. Promo man, music fan – Steve Popovich is all of these. His career spans every side of the music industry, and for a reason-he’s seen all sides.

Steve has worked as an A&R man for Epic Records, where he signed performers such as Michael Jackson, Ted Nugent, Cheap Trick and Boston. He founded Cleveland International Records in 1977, an indie that features a diverse line-up of hits, classics and niche releases. His music has received 6 polka Grammy nominations, and has won 2.

All sides of Popovich’s career and personality come together with the Popovich Music Group (PMG), a multi-faceted entertainment corporation that includes record companies and publishing interests. PMG Ltd. Is a member of NARM, NARAS, AFIM, Folk Alliance, TAA and CMA.

Central to PMG Ltd. Is the rebirth of Cleveland International Records. Though Cleveland International is often identified with its most famous release, Meat Loaf’s “Bat Out of Hell” – an album that has sold more than 30 million units- the indie label spans all genres of music. Its rock roster includes releases by Ian Hunter, David Essex, Iron City Houserockers and Ellen Foley.

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