As streaming continues to establish itself as the dominant form of music consumption, we're taking a look at the state of radio in 2018, and how American's love affair with listening on the road has helped keep radio alive as a viable portion of the market.
Exploring an innovative new partnership between Austin City Limits and KGSR/Austin, Jacobs Media sat down to chat with Emily Parker, the Program Director at newly created Austin City Limits Radio to discuss how the partnership came to be and where the station is headed.
Fred Jacobs examines the reality of radio's demographic challenge, it's addiction to the 25-54 year old age bracket, and it's need to capture the attention of Generation Z, which is already the largest generational group of them all.
While copyright law is often covered from the perspective of musicians and labels, we don't often look at it from the point of the consumer. Still, even as a casual consumer of music, copyright effects us, often in more ways than we might guess.
The motivation behind creating music varies wildly from artist to artist, with some doing so in hopes of fame and fortune, and others just because they feel like it. Here we look at how to strike the delicate balance between making music based solely on your own self-interest, and desperately trying to make music the world will like.
While the constant connectedness of today's youth has been well established, just what impact that has on the music industry is somewhat less well documented. One thing which is certain however is the popularity of music videos among the younger demographic, leading to what some are calling the ressurection of the MTV generation.
Music's ability to impact our health and well being as humans has long been established. A new study has revealed exactly what happens when a person hears their favorite song, and how their brain responds.
Although radio as a platform for discovering new music has been on the decline for some time, with little to offer millennials, a new format known as "Right Now Music Radio" is hoping it can change this and bring radio into the modern age.
The inclusion of Pandora Radio in the Billboard Hot 100 has had a noticeable impact, demonstrating just how high the level of music consumption on the service is. But the change continues with news that Pandora's Premium and Plus tiers, as well as YouTube Music, will now also be included.
While music's ability to make your feel has long been established, it turns out that the direct health benefits of taking in some of favorite tunes are actually fairly quantifiable. Here we look at four different ways in which music can improve your health.
In this piece Fred Jacobs takes a long hard look at the legacy of classic rock, and whether the genre will be able to endure and gain more popularity as we move forward into the future and more legacy artists age out, or whether its time as a genre has finally come.
Michael Foster weighs in on how streaming and playlist culture is effecting album sales for niche genres including ambient, electronic, new age and electronica; and whether they could spell out the end of conventional albums or actually multiply sales.
It's been almost forty years since president Jimmy Carter established African-American Music Month to recognize the cultural contribution of black musicians. Here William Glanz explores the origins of the month, and the effect it's had on music consumption and beyond.
As the music industry has changed, so too has the way in which consumers find new music, but music discovery remains one of the most important aspects of the music industry, and is the holy grail for artists and promoters. Here we look at prevailing music discovery trends of 2018.
Data shows that interactive streaming has become the dominant form of music consumption, largely replacing previous means of listening, and causing us to look back at the less than lucrative (albeit brief) fourish year period of music downloads.
David Deal highlights how the release of the poignant and provocative "This Is America" from Childish Gambino (aka Donald Glover) reminds us of music's power to confront society's issues in a tumultuous and oppressive time.
As music PR companies and labels strive to get their artist’s music placed in popular places, it is becoming more and more clear that the industry has changed, with NME stopping their print edition the focus has changed on the digital landscape and how people consume media. But how has this changed for music and influenced the way people consume their music?
While streaming has become the dominant form of music consumption, the road to get here was a complex and varied one. Here we look at the history of the physical music formats, dating back as far as the 1870s, and how it led us to where we are now.
A service known for its carefully curated playlists, Spotify's 'This Is' playlist series, each one focusing on a different legendary artist, often slips under the radar, but the series does an important service for fans and is one of the better products to emerge from the streaming revolution.
While MP3s have been falling by the wayside of music consumption for some time, there are new reports out that Apple is planning to shorten its timetable for killing off the MP3 download component of its iTunes Store.
Social listening, the process of monitoring digital conversations around your music as you release it, can help give artists insight into how your fans feel about your work, as well as helping to boost your engagement and, potentially, revenue.
Google has added song recognition to its Google Assistant app across all platforms. Ask Google Assistant “what song is this?” or “what song is playing?,” and it shows the song's name, the artist, lyrics, and links to YouTube, Google Play Music and Spotify. Move over Shazam...
For those who have a passionate interest in music and the music industry, being a music blogger and can be an enjoyable and productive way of channeling this interest, although it presents plenty of challenges along the way as well.
When it comes to creating music, reverb is an incredibly powerful and evocative tool, with incredible flexibility. Here we celebrate eight genre-spanning works works that employed reverb to its maximum potential.
While labels, blogs, networks, and of course Spotify itself are known to have a lot clout when it comes to playlisting culture, we here look at several independent individuals, and the sort of power they wield when it comes to playlists and playlist followers.
Following Tom Petty's passing on Monday, numerous obituaries and remembrances have been released, often similarly describing his music as a 'soundtrack for the road." Here we look at some of the traits most common to Petty's music and which helped to make it so compelling.
The unquestionable 'song of the summer', we here look at how the groundwork for Despacito's nineteen week run by the many years of mixing Latin Caribbean, and African music, as well as an earlier hit by the Biebs himself.
For artists looking to establish a career in the music industry, being able to target a specific genre can be helpful in focusing their efforts, particularly if it's one of the more popular genres. Here we look at the most popular genres of music, with some surprising results.