The Sync Project, a PureTech startup working towards scientifically measuring and harnessing music to improve health, has announced a collaborative partnership with Berklee’s Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship (BerkleeICE). The partnership involves joint original research, course development and an internship program.
Last week, Spotify added audio and video content from a wide variety of major media companies including NPR, MTV, Vice and The Nerdist. While seen as a preemptive move prior to next month's Apple/Beats music relaunch, there was also another reason that the music streamer added video.
Censorship of music, almost unthinkable in the U.S. and Europe, still exists in other parts of the world. Taiwanese singer Jolin Tsai's "We're All Different, Yet The Same" song and music video featuring same-sex relationships has been banned on TV and radio in Singapore by the government agency responsible for censorship.
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.
I recently had the pleasure of pitching a very talented, well produced artist to major labels. Years ago I was a VP of a major label and have been in the business for decades. We all know that record sales have been taken over by streaming. Very few people are buying records anymore. So it’s tough these days to be a record label.
Spotify, One Hit Wonders, Music and Fashion and Piracy past and present all were given great consideration during this very active week in music commentary. Perhaps you have something to share here our on our sister blog MusicThinkTank?
For almost a hundred years Billboard has been producing music charts, and artists that have a single hit then drop into oblivion have always played a major part in them. These "1 hit wonders" either come and go (like Keith's "98.6" in 1967) or hit the oldies circuit (Nena with "99 Luft Ballons" in 1983), but every year the charts are littered with them.
It happens to me all of the time when I teach social marketing. Faces go blank, frustration begins to settle in and then I hear: “I just don’t have anything interesting to say.” OR “I don’t want to share what I’m eating for breakfast!” REALLY? You do things we mere mortals are totally enamored by: you create businesses, you make art, you play music, you get up in front of people in public! Of course you have something to say!