Superbowl 50 mania is in full swing and, as with all marketing extravaganzas, music plays central roll. Twitter has a list of 15 music related influencers that you MUST FOLLOW prior to kickoff and the music of the music of David Bowie, Li'l Wayne and Janelle Monáe, are all anchoring major Superbowl 2016 commercials. WATCH:
Rates that net broadcasters to play music went up late last year and with the rate hike came the elimination of a special rates for smaller net broadcasters. The fallout is starting and today Live365, which since 1999 has been providing streaming services for 5000+ of small broadcasters, is shutting down.
Taking advantage of a copyright void which was created for all pre-1972 music after the law was updated in 1976, the RIAA has been trying to claim that the state laws which existed before before this update intended to include a public performance rights, meaning that services like Pandora, Sirius XM, and possibly even terrestrial radio are in violation of this theoretical law.
Monday is Labor Day in the U.S. It's the unofficial end of summer here which overshadows its real purpose: to honor the working class and the labor movement that has fought for decades on its behalf. This infographic from net radio hub AccuRadio reminds us of the important roll that music plays in the world of work.
As fewer and fewer people discover new music through conventional terrestrial radio, it has switched to a system of playing the same top 40 hits ad nauseam, meaning that its value as a promotional service for up-and-coming artists is becoming less and less. The Fair Play Fair Pay Act hopes to fix this broken system.
Video will play an important role in phase two of Apple Music's Beats 1 online broadcast service, according to a new report. A clip of Dr. Dre may provide an indicator of what Apple is planning.
Last month, after Amazon exited the Google and Pandora backed anti-artist MIC Coalition, pro-artist advocates set their sights on NPR. Why NPR "who artists have worked so closely with over the years, would be involved in a Coalition apparently so laser-focused on cutting artists’ pay?," asked MusicFirst.
Apple's Beats 1 live online radio station is on the air with Zane Lowe behind the mic. Listen via the Apple Music app and tell us what you think. Still need to download iOS9 and Apple Music? You'll find instructions here.
So far we haven't seen much that's all that different about Apple's new music service scheduled to launch next Tuesday, June 30th. One point of differentiation is Beats 1, the Zane Lowe led live online radio station. Yesterday, Apple began its marketing for Beats1, unveiling a massive Time Square billboard (pictured after the jump).