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.
In this article Ian Temple deconstructs and analyzes the musical similarities between T-Swift's latest single "Look What You Made Me Do" and Right Said Fred's hit 1992 classic "I'm Too Sexy For My Shirt"
It's National Radio week and this great piece from Berklee's Music Business Journal delves into music's lengthy and ongoing relationship with public sector radio both in the US and elsewhere, and how music on public sector radio is used to influence society.
[UPDATED] This article takes a deep dive into the world of vinyl, exploring why vinyl is superior to a digital format, how one can maximize the sound quality of a vinyl record, several useful ideas for recycling a vinyl record, and more.
Here we explore a new feature from Pandora which allows artists to connect with fans via Artist Affinity Targeting. This article explores how the new feature benefits both artist and listener, how it was tested and perfected.
While originality and inventiveness is frequently sought by songwriters, they often end up using repetitive themes, ideas, or even words. Here we look at a new study revealing the frequency of job titles as used in song lyrics.
In addition to learning, expanding personal horizons and developing a plan for post student life, college is also a place where many shape their musical identities. Eliot Van Buskirk of Spotify Insights has taken a deep dive into how students listen and shared it via an interactive microsite.
In this in-depth theory driven piece, Ethan Hein explores the world of structural tragedy in music, dissecting some of music's saddest chord progressions, what makes them that way, and how to manipulate a listener's emotions.
It may be assumed that lullabies are only for babies, but music has been proven to be beneficial to those of all ages when it comes to helping individuals drift off. Here we look at some of the science behind music as a sleep aid.
While music may often be described as the universal, a translator's take may be rather different. Indeed, translating a song from one language to another presents a number of challenges in staying faithul to the idea of, and communicating the feel of the original.
If having a massive arsenal of music at your disposal while on the go, the limitation of a smartphone may be frustrating. Here we look at how implementation of the right tools and strategies can improve its functionality.
Here a recording artist and A&R executive reflects on how the ways in which consumers listen to music and engage with artists has fundamentally changed with more control now in the hands of the artist, something he refers to as the 'Drake effect'.
While listening to music in the car has long been a tradition, the way in which we do it has changed significantly over the years, as technology has developed to allow greater choice in what we choose to play. Here we look at some numbers relating to listeners on the go.
In this edition of Projecting Trends, we take a close look at the shifting role of the music consumer, how music business models have and continue to change, as well as changes taking place with the music itself.
Dealing with global events can be mentally and emotionally taxing for anyone, but particularly so when you're the president of the United States. Here we look at Obama's top playlists, and how music and general can help when dealing with stress.
Although vinyl's new popularity boom spans overseas to the UK, the demographic of vinyl consumers there is significantly different, with UK listeners averaging much older than those in the US, although there listening habits are fairly similar.
Before the ubiquity of streaming, many music fans spent a lot of time (and money) on amassing huge quantities of physical music. Here we look at how longtime fans can reconcile their preexisting stock with current technology.
As the popularity of playlists grows, and music consumption habits gradually change in favor of the single, many artists are gravitating away from full-length albums, something which could have negative consequences for both artists and fans.