Earlier this year I wrote about concerns related to major labels' getting into vinyl and sucking up more of the limited time of current vinyl pressing facilities. However that's just one of the problems affecting indie labels and record stores for whom Record Store Day was created. But even if indie shops withdraw from RSD as some are doing, the crunch for vinyl pressing plants seems likely to increase as vinyl's audience grows.
Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons will receive the David Starlight Award at this year’s Annual Induction and Awards Dinner for the Songwriters Hall of fame. His Grammy-winning band released their album, Night Visions in the fall of 2012 to critical acclaim and Billboard success. Created in 2004, the Hal David Starlight award honors up and coming songwriters who are making an impact in the business. Previous winners are John Legend, Taylor Swift, and Benny Blanco.
Apple is working with Shazam to integrate its popular song recognition technology into its Siri iPhone and iPand voice recognition system, according to Bloomberg.
Cupertino's experimentation with Shazam comes as sales of digital downloads have slowed under increased competition from music streaming.
Jacobs Media's latest survey of radio listeners, Techsurvey10, finds that "radio is on both sides of the tipping point." That sounds painful but, as it turns out, they're saying that many listeners are still tuning in to broadcast aka terrestrial radio via traditional sources while a growing number are listening to those stations digitally. It's one of the more interesting points of a survey which I feel could use a glossary for those of us who find radio important to the music industry but aren't part of the radio industry.
MusiXmatch has added lyrics to all sorts of places from Spotify to karaoke mics and now to YouTube music videos. This week the fully licensed lyrics company released an extension for Google's Chrome browser that adds lyrics to any YouTube music video for which they have the lyrics which is a lot of songs. Given the popularity of lyrics videos it should be a welcome addition to those who want to follow or sing along while still seeing a fancy music video.
Forbes is out with its latest ranking of rich musicians. Diddy again leads a list of 5 Richest Hip Hop artists with his estimated fortune of $700 million, a jump of $120 million over his net worth last year. As with most of the artists on the list, much of the earnings come from ventures outside of cutting new tracks and touring. Here's the full list and what each has banked:
I love blogging. I would love nothing more than the spend more of my day writing - but sometimes, you just get stuck. I have been on a personal hiatus for exactly one year but have found my way back into writing by finding my inspiration in what's going on around me. What inspires you? What motivates you? What moves you to create the music you create? How do you share those experiences and that music with your audience? Blogging.
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Yet another story of hypocrisy by the recording industry? Why yes, indeed. For years now, we've been covering the issue of pre-1972 sound recordings. When Congress wrote the 1909 Copyright Act, it did not cover sound recordings, because Congress didn't think that sound recordings qualified for copyright. In a statement released by Congress with the Act, it said it deliberately chose not to cover sound recordings, believing that they weren't covered by the Constitutional limitation on "writings" for copyright protection:
Rod Kennedy, founder of the Kerrville Folk Festival, died on Monday in hospice care. He was 84 at the time of his passing. Kennedy launched the festival in 1972 as an offshoot of the Texas State Arts & Crafts Fair and the event has since become one of the longest running festivals in the U.S., presenting more than 1,500 artists on its stages over the years. Past performers at the festival include Peter Paul & Mary, Lyle Lovett, Willie Nelson, Michelle Shocked, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Robert Earl Keen, Lucinda Williams, and Nancy Griffith among numerous others.
Collecting music in the digital age is often perceived as an individual problem, which it is because collecting is personal, but it's also a problem for musicians as a whole who benefit from the human compulsion to build collections. Losing a connection to collecting doesn't devalue music as art but it does undermine a force that can help support the business of music. As Gilles Poupardin of Whyd points out companies like his are attempting to create digital spaces for collecting music. While Qleek, a project currently in the design stage, offers an unlikely physical solution that one can use to inspire new responses to such issues.
Neil Young's Pono Kickstarter campaign to launch a better-audio player and download store ended today, far surpassing it's original $800,000 goal. $6,225,354 was pledged by 18,220 backers during the campaign. This makes Pono, which will play FLAC or ultra-high resolution recordings, the third most successful fundraising project ever on the Kickstarter platform. Watch the original intro video featuring an all star cast of musicians extolling the virtues on Pono.
Now many of us are considering our next cool tweet or hustling and bustling to make sure we get our taxes done. Shoot, some of us are still scouring over all the Coachella pics that we don't get to see in real life. We're still imprisoned and lost in the actions of others and forget to do things ourselves. Passover is a holiday that represents the Jews' exodus from slavery of the Egyptians. Sure some of us don't wanna hear all the Bible mumbo jumbo but let's face it. A good story is a good story and the fact that people wandered until freedom was capable and did whatever it took to survive is very similar to our own music industry careers in whether we "make it" or "don't make it." We need to keep the mentality in mind before we get pushed out into the emptiness.
The Miami City Commission has delayed a decision on the fate of the Ultra Music Festival, pushing possible discussion of the subject to later this month. The city commission had been expected to consider a resolution from Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado and Commissioner Marc Sarnoff that would prohibit the festival from taking place at Miami's Bayfront Park in the wake of the 2014 edition of the event, which left one concert-goer dead and a security guard in critical condition after being trampled at the event.
To gear up for Record Store Day, The Guardian shares their picks for six of the "best fictional record shops" from tv, movies and books. At one point some of these must have been held up as examples of a disappearing phenomenon. The vinyl revival has turned things around for many record stores, though it's never easy, and now these fictional shops are part of a history that continues, a history in which the stores now remind us of the books and movies.
Most of us are drawn the familiar, but does that same attraction determine thew music we prefer? To find out, music psychologist Elizabeth Margulis took a digital razor blade to the music of classical composer Luciano Berio. "I just went in and whenever there was a little pause on either side of something, I grabbed that out and then I'd stick it back in — truly without regard to aesthetic intent," Margolis told NPR. "I wasn't trying to craft anything compelling."