It seems like there are two kinds of "musical cities": those that are known as being enormous hubs filled with music lovers, headquarters for industry companies, and go-tos for ambitious artists trying to make it – such as New York City, Los Angeles, and especially Nashville – and those that have thriving, growing arts scenes that remain somewhat unknown to the general public.
While Apple yesterday reversed course after much of the independent label community came out in public opposition to 3 month free Music trials that would not involve any royalty payments, questions remain about Apple’s growing role as a content platform.
Electronic Dance Music has been one of the biggest trends in music in recent years, but it looks to be slowing down.According to the latest IMS Business Report 2015, EDM grew about 12% last year, which on the surface is great, but down considerably from the the 37% growth of the previous year.
With Apple Music barely a few hours old it might seem a little perverse to focus on what Apple needs to do next but Apple’s potential remains more latent than realized.
Over the past 10 years, we at Sonos have had the privilege of a front-row seat as streaming music has evolved; we’ve watched inspiring innovative ideas and technologies emerge and take shape. Some of these flourished, while others faded away.
Apple is set to launch a streaming music service. While music fans and the industry should welcome a new competitor to the music streaming, we might also want to step back and ask whether we want to live in a world where the dominant music distribution services are run by companies who make their money elsewhere.
It seems that the car service Uber is becoming more than a taxi. It's also a way to deliver and even break new music to fans. Britney Spears released her new single "Pretty Girls" on May 3rd using Uber as the "vehicle" to get the word out.
With the second leg of the Triple Crown set to get underway this weekend in Baltimore, horse racing is once again enjoying its annual moment in the spotlight. Over on the radio dial, it’s also a big time of year for jockeying; that is, tracking the fortunes of major radio formats with summer right around the corner.
Breaking new ground for Snapchat, popular electronic dance musician, Goldroom, will be debuting their new EP as well as four videos exclusively on Snapchat Discover. Snapchat worked directly with Goldroom to produce top quality vertical videos optimized for their massive mobile audience. A new video will be released daily beginning May 22nd.
Pundits are fond of saying that the major labels blew it by suing Napster instead of doing a deal with them. It's as though they're obligated to repeat it as a mantra; they didn't get it, they were asleep, how could they have missed such a golden opportunity, yadda yadda. Shift through all the reverential twaddle, and you'd think Napster walked into the major labels offering trays of gold and were rebuffed.
It’s hard to believe that with the MP3 creeping up on its 20th birthday, that the state of the digital music market is still in flux. And with a brand new streaming service player in the mix as of March, the situation continues to crescendo.
Psonar, a pay-as-you go music streaming service, has launched a Crowdcube investment campaign with the hopes of raising £250K as part of its current £1M fund-raising round, of which £305K has already been raised from private investors) to fund efforts to make music streaming affordable for listeners all around the world.
Jay-Z’s ambitions for TIDAL has triggered a lot of discussion about how streaming models can evolve. One focus has been exclusives with a number of references to TIDAL ‘doing a Netflix’ by commissioning exclusives. Netflix can attribute much of its growth over the last couple of years to its flagship ‘Netflix Originals’ such as ‘House Of Cards’ and ‘Orange Is the New Black’. It is an appealing model, but...
The idea of a blank media levy is not at all new. The debate has been around since cassette tapes enabled affordable, large-scale private copying. Today, it seems as if this idea is losing importance given that the ‘access’ model of music consumption is gaining ground against the prevailing ‘ownership’ model in which music is purchased and technically ‘owned’.
If you pay even a sliver of attention to the entertainment world, you’ve probably heard of Tidal by now. Jay-Z and his famous co-owners (Beyonce, Kanye West, Rihanna, Usher, and more) have gone all-out promoting their new music streaming service, with TV ads, an over-the-top press conference, and a social media frenzy that has turned many celebrity accounts a bright turquoise.
After sixty years of research, it’s conventional wisdom: as people get older, they stop keeping up with popular music. Whether the demands of parenthood and careers mean devoting less time to pop culture, or just because they’ve succumbed to good old-fashioned taste freeze, music fans beyond a certain age seem to reach a point where their tastes have “matured”.