I've published Hypebot for a decade and run Skyline Music for longer, and in that time I've lost count of the promising music and music tech startups that have come and gone, often with surprising speed. The best way to avoid that fate is to actually understand the music business before launch and a great way to do that is Music Biz's Music Startup Academy.
The 88th annual Academy Awards were held in Los Angeles on Sunday night with "Spotlight," a film about the Boston Globe's investigation into sexual abuse by priests winning awards for Best Picture, and best original screenplay. The primeval action survival film "The Revenant" won Best Actor honors for leading man Leonardo DiCaprio and Best Director for Alejandro Iñárritu.
SAVE THE DATE: Brian Zisk and his wonderful team at SF Music Tech have announced edition #18 of this essential gathering of the music and tech tribes will be on Monday, October 17th at the Hotel Kabuki in San Francisco. Get tickets now and save.
Diplo and Calvin Harris lead the list of nominees with two nods each for the inaugural edition of the Electronic Music Awards. Set to take place on April 14 at the SLS Hotel in Los Angeles and air Saturday, April 23rd on Fox, the awards show will feature red carpet coverage, awards presentations, interviews and live performances.
As consumers of music, fans often like to think that the lyrics of the songs they hear are as personal to the singer as they are to the listener themselves, but the complicated reality of "hitmaking" is such that this is not always the case, and even when a singer does write their own songs, they don't always do so alone.
After recent successful Hypebot meetups in San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York, we've got the meetup bug. And since there's no reason that the fine folks of Chicago should be left out of the fun, it is with great pleasure that we're a media sponsor for tomorrow's quarterly music tech meetup there.
Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars won the top prize for Record of the Year for their hit single “Uptown Funk” at last night's 58th Grammy Awards. Taylor Swift took home the Album of the Year for her 2014 release “1989” and Meghan Trainor won Best New Artist. Here is the complete list of 2016 Grammy Winners:
Hypebot will host its 6th Los Angeles Music Tech Meetup tomorrow February 11 from 6-8PM at Spare Tire Kitchen. Its also a launch party for our podcast co-host Cortney Harding's new book How We Listen Now: Essays and Conversations About Music and Technology. RSVP info below.
With just a few days left to save 50% on registration to global music industry meg-conference Midem 2016 has named its first three keynotes.