The U.K. recording industry’s top contest, the BRIT Awards will be held Feb. 22nd at London's O2 Arena. The awards reshaped its voting panel after the 2016 show was rocked by controversy over the lack of black nominees. Here is a full list of 2017 Brit Awards nominees:
"The music industry can really fuck you up," writes David Emery, VP Global Marketing Strategy at Kobalt Label Services in this important essay/how to guide. "It’s all well and good to talk about it ... (but) breaking it down into some small things that might make working in the music industry slightly less likely to cause more stress than it really needs to."
[UPDATED] Spotify is in the midst of protracted renegotiations with the major labels, and a sticking point, according to multiple sources, is the music companies' desire to scale back the streamer's free service. But Spotify apparently has different ideas, and is testing a free music on-demand feature that would make paying $10 per month for premium service less attractive.
Although Spotify certainly has many fine features, many artists have found it to be lacking when it comes to the tools it makes available to artists to market themselves on the platform. This seems to be looking up however, particularly in the wake of a couple recent updates, although the service seems to be continuing to drive users towards its own playlists, rather than user generated content.
Beyonce and Adele dominated the nominations for the 2017 Grammy Awards with both receiving coveted album, record and song of the year noms. The 59th Annual Grammys will air live from the Staples Center in LA on Feb. 12th at 8 p.m. ET on CBS. Here is the full list of nominees for the 59th Annual Grammy Awards:
For music, video and intellectual property pirates to thrive, they need a safe haven. Fortunately for musicians, labels and other content creators, no nation wants to take on that role and risk being an outcast from the global economy. That could change if a tiny Caribbean nation follows through on it threat to the WTO.