The Beatles, Armando Manzanero, Clifton Chenier, The Isley Brothers, Kraftwerk, Kris Kristofferson and Maud Powell have all been tapped to revive Grammy Lifetime Achievement Awards early next year. Rick Hall, Jim Marshall and Ennio Morricone will receive the Trustees Award; and Emile Berliner and Lexicon will receive Technical Grammy Awards.
In episode 35 of the Upward Spiral, we talk with Ben Sisario, who reports on the changing landscape of the music industry for the New York Times. Sisario shares his thoughts on the beat he covers and how the stories he writes develop, YouTube’s plans for an music award show and subscription music service, and why streaming services more broadly haven't gained a larger foothold. We also deconstruct the recent virality of Miley Cyrus.
Last week's news regarding the launch of Spotify for Artists took a back seat this week to the one-two knockout punch of free mobile music and Led Zeppelin. But the appearance of Led Zeppelin also heralded the appearance of artist merch on the site. This week Topspin linked to examples of merch with additional info about the program for musicians. In addition, we have more information via DIY Musician about adding your tour dates to Songkick which is the first step towards getting not only concert dates on Spotify but ticket sales as well.
Today Songkick announced their Hardest Working Bands of 2013 combining number of shows with distance traveled. Over the last 12 months they've seen a 15% increase in distance traveled by the larger acts as well as more countries visited on tour. Top honors go to LA's Local Natives (shown at left) who played 188 shows, visited 26 countries and traveled 192,486 kilometers which is around 119,605 miles or 5 laps of the earth. I'll leave that last stat unexamined but clearly musicians are hitting the road harder than ever.
Lou Reed's last filmed interview was actually part of a promotional campaign for Parrot Zik headphones. "A few months ago, I asked Lou Reed for his opinion," Parrot CEO Henri Seydoux explains. "He told me that the headphones were well tuned for classical music but not for rock. And he told me he could help. So on September 30th, 2013, I travelled to his studio in New York; it would be the last time I would see him."
It’s one thing to see what on-demand music services and stores Spotify, Rdio, Amazon, iTunes, and the rest are doing to help people collect music again, and see something missing from their approaches.
It’s quite another to launch a new service to fix those issues.
There is no easy way around it - change is hard. There are many benefits to old-school marketing but there are certainly perks to thinking outside the box. What if you take the best of what's worked and combine it with what's possible? Take a look at Mike Rubini's non-traditional approach to integrated marketing on MusicThinkTank.com.
During a concert Tuesday night in Phoenix, Arizona, Kanye West shared who he felt about not being nominated in for a Grammy Awards for Album of the Year. "I’m 36 years old and I have 21 Grammys-- that’s the most Grammys of any 36-year-old. Out of all of those 21 Grammys, I’ve never won a Grammy against a white artist."
YouTube announced its 2013 Top Music Videos as well as its Top Trending Videos which included a bunch of music. While Psy took the top spot with "GENTLEMAN M/V," Miley Cyrus had both the second and third spots cause this really was Miley's year for viral madness. In the top trending category, Ylvis's "The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?)" is the top trending video. However the "Chatroulette Version" of "Wrecking Ball" came in 4th reminding us that, yes, this is Miley Cyrus's year. Deal with it.
Vinyl's shaping up to be a big Christmas gift item and there are lots of interesting option available for the vinyl lover you're seeking to please. I went through a group of suggested gift lists, including The NY Times, Pitchfork and MetalSucks, and gathered some possibilities. And if my special selections do not suit, consider them brainstorming ideas or dig deeper into the retailers and suggested gift lists!
The rumor mill got it right this time. Spotify has expanded its free music service to mobile devices in all countries. In an innovation that I've not seen on other music streamers, when free users chose an artist station, Spotify shuffles through tracks by that artist only without adding 'related' music. CEO Daniel Ek also announced launches in 20 more countries, and the exclusive addition of the Led Zeppelin catalog to the music streamer.
Have you ever walked into the studio with no inspiration and bashed out a song just because you know you're supposed to? Let's be real - so has everyone else. You probably didn't like if very much and bet your fans wouldn't either... but before you went into the studio, did you think through your desired end result?
Spotify may have a big announcement scheduled for later today, but Rdio started Wednesday with a surprise of its own. Just days after naming a new CEO and major layoffs, the music streamer launched in 20 more countries. That brings it's total to 51, making Rdio the second largest music subscription service in the world in terms of countries serviced. Deezer has launched in 180 countries and Spotify in 28.
Jon Platt has been promoted to President, North America, Warner/Chappell Music. He will take on any expanded leadership role, overseeing teams across WCM’s offices. Platt most recently served as Warner/Chappell’s President, Creative - North America.
Recently, music streaming service Spotify released data revealing that each song play nets rights holders somewhere between $0.006 and $0.0084. Yep, a fraction of a fraction of a cent. Doesn’t seem like much, does it?
If you've tried to get a decent .com web address you've probably discovered that a bunch of them are in use but even more are being held by domain speculators. This may have led you to the relatively diverse range of current options many of which are based on national boundaries such as .fm or .tv. Now a much larger range of new domains are becoming available, including .music, .band and .club, with some already entering preregistration. If you're interested in such a domain, now's a good time to start tracking its progress.
2 year old music discovery site Plug.DJ has received $1.25 million in funding to fill the void left by the closure of Turntable.fm. The seed funding round for the previously bootstrapped startup was led by Javelin Ventures, and will be used to expand their team and fund development.
I was born with a song to sing. I want thousands of people singing my lyrics back to me.
It’s tough. It really is. As much as I want to be a full-time musician, I have bills to pay. And while our music (gigs, merch, album sales) have climbed substantially the last six months, it’s not enough to have me quit my day job. That's coming though. How do I know?