Culture commentator Paul Joseph Watson, has developed a YouTube following with snarky but usually justified diatribes, turns his lens to popular music. "Popular music is getting measurably less intelligent," states Watson citing a 2015 study that showed lyrics falling from a 3rd grade reading level to 2nd grade level in the last decade.
At present, the U.S. does not pay royalties to performers when their music is played on the radio, instead compensating only the songwriters. This article looks at how this antiquated legislation came about, and how it needs to change moving forward so that performing artists are properly paid for their presence on the airwaves.
The 88th annual Academy Awards were held in Los Angeles on Sunday night with "Spotlight," a film about the Boston Globe's investigation into sexual abuse by priests winning awards for Best Picture, and best original screenplay. The primeval action survival film "The Revenant" won Best Actor honors for leading man Leonardo DiCaprio and Best Director for Alejandro Iñárritu.
This week on MusicThinkTank, we discussed how piracy law impacts the music industry, different ways musicians can earn more money from live shows, what's inside a hit song, and more.
iHeartMedia reported financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ending December 31, 2015 showing no revenue growth on a constant currency basis. In addition to it's radio and digital properties, including iHeartRadio, the company owns old school billboard and outdoor ad providers; and they offered a bright spot in the earnings report.
Despite some visible successes, Tidal has struggled since launcing. It's latest stumbles included the early release of Rihanna’s “Anti” and the piracy surge that Kanye West’s latest album suffered after a Tidal-only release. But that hasn't stopped major suitors from lining up to explore an acquisition.
Many artists may think of music videos as being the be all and end all of video, but the medium has much greater potential beyond that. As artists like Fugazi, the Foo Fighters, and Action Bronson have shown, subscription based video content can be an excellent way to engage with fans while generating some supplementary income.