6:30 PM – 7:50 PM
The music industry has evolved dramatically in recent years, from a physical distribution business model to one of services and digital revenue. How has that changed the way the music industry keeps score? To answer that question (and many more), the Soyars Leadership Lecture Series will present Billboard editorial director Jason Lipshutz and the head of charts and data Silvio Pietroluongo. These are two of the key decision makers at Billboard, which itself has expanded from being the historic, print magazine “industry bible” to one of the premier online destinations for music fans, a top-rated awards show on ABC, a popular festival (the Hot 100 Festival), and much more.
Jason Lipshutz is the editorial director of Billboard. He is formerly music editor at Billboard, deputy editor of digital at Fuse Media, the pop editor of Billboard.com, and has contributed to VIBE, Spinner, The Hollywood Reporter, Popjustice, and other publications. Lipshutz has appeared on Access Hollywood, Good Morning America, TODAY, Entertainment Tonight, and other broadcast programs. He is a 2010 graduate of the College of New Jersey and lives with his wife in Nutley, N.J.
Silvio Pietroluongo is vice president of charts & data development at Billboard. Bronx native Pietroluongo is a 20-plus year Billboard veteran responsible for the accuracy, methodology, evolution, and exposure of the Billboard charts, the world’s most quoted music rankings. Pietroluongo also oversees data-specific editorial content and is tasked with responding to industry trends and shifting music consumption habits by incorporating new data sets into the Billboard charts and with launching new charts domestically and internationally.
The Soyars Leadership Lecture Series is presented by the Bandier Program in the Newhouse School and the Setnor School of Music in the College of Visual and Performing Arts.