In this piece, Bobby Owsinski observes how US pop hits which once permeated the world over have given way to more local music in every area except when it comes to the holidays, where American Christmas classics from the 50s and 60s still reign supreme.
We knew our attention spans were short, and it seems the streaming era is only making things worse, with new data revealing that consumers are becoming increasingly fickle, and skipping more songs after spending a decreasing amount of time listening to them.
It is perhaps unsurprising that music tends to occupy a larger part your life when you're young. Knowing this, it correlates that social media used by a 13 to 24 demographic would, to a greater extent, be driven by music, as a new study recently revealed.
Covers are a a central idea of the western pop scene, often rising to become more famous than the original version of a song. Some of the best covers have been able to truly reimagine a song in a way which gives it a fresh meaning, or causes it to evoke and entirely different feel in the listener. Here we look at ten such examples.
As the rise of the streaming industry continues to alter the ways in which listeners consume music, we're starting to get a better handle on what some of these changes look like. One change that's been a benefit to artists is the revivification of their older work, or "catalogue" material, with more listeners reaching back to "re-discover" older recorded works.
Facebook Outage Reveals People Still Read News Other Ways, Would YouTube Outage Reveal Something Similar About Music?
While YouTube has certainly moved in on the music industry in a major way, carving out a huge swathe of listens and views, a recent news outage at Facebook has suggested consumers may not be as dedicated to these major sites as was at first thought, and that, were YouTube to disappear, consumers would have no trouble moving on to greener pastures in order to get the music they crave.
Since the beginning of the recording industry, the limitations imposed by format have directly influenced music, from wax cylinders to MP3s. Here we look at how the now dominant format - streaming - is reshaping music.
Going as far back as the FM radio receivers of the 1950s, transportation and music have been inextricably linked; and as the landscape of the transportation industry changes, new marketing opportunities for music and artists are emerging.
The spooky season is well upon us, and with scary movies dominating screens everywhere, we're taking a moment to explore what it is that makes up the unmistakeable sound of a perfect horror soundtrack.
While Kanye West has certainly had a knack for staying in the news of late, one item that didn't see a lot of air time was the controversial hip hop figure's popularization of the "Medium Play" or MP album format. Here we examine what the state of "Ye" means for the state of music.
As streaming continues to establish itself as the dominant form of music consumption, we're taking a look at the state of radio in 2018, and how American's love affair with listening on the road has helped keep radio alive as a viable portion of the market.
Exploring an innovative new partnership between Austin City Limits and KGSR/Austin, Jacobs Media sat down to chat with Emily Parker, the Program Director at newly created Austin City Limits Radio to discuss how the partnership came to be and where the station is headed.
Fred Jacobs examines the reality of radio's demographic challenge, it's addiction to the 25-54 year old age bracket, and it's need to capture the attention of Generation Z, which is already the largest generational group of them all.
While copyright law is often covered from the perspective of musicians and labels, we don't often look at it from the point of the consumer. Still, even as a casual consumer of music, copyright effects us, often in more ways than we might guess.
The motivation behind creating music varies wildly from artist to artist, with some doing so in hopes of fame and fortune, and others just because they feel like it. Here we look at how to strike the delicate balance between making music based solely on your own self-interest, and desperately trying to make music the world will like.
While the constant connectedness of today's youth has been well established, just what impact that has on the music industry is somewhat less well documented. One thing which is certain however is the popularity of music videos among the younger demographic, leading to what some are calling the ressurection of the MTV generation.
Music's ability to impact our health and well being as humans has long been established. A new study has revealed exactly what happens when a person hears their favorite song, and how their brain responds.
Although radio as a platform for discovering new music has been on the decline for some time, with little to offer millennials, a new format known as "Right Now Music Radio" is hoping it can change this and bring radio into the modern age.
The inclusion of Pandora Radio in the Billboard Hot 100 has had a noticeable impact, demonstrating just how high the level of music consumption on the service is. But the change continues with news that Pandora's Premium and Plus tiers, as well as YouTube Music, will now also be included.
While music's ability to make your feel has long been established, it turns out that the direct health benefits of taking in some of favorite tunes are actually fairly quantifiable. Here we look at four different ways in which music can improve your health.
In this piece Fred Jacobs takes a long hard look at the legacy of classic rock, and whether the genre will be able to endure and gain more popularity as we move forward into the future and more legacy artists age out, or whether its time as a genre has finally come.
Michael Foster weighs in on how streaming and playlist culture is effecting album sales for niche genres including ambient, electronic, new age and electronica; and whether they could spell out the end of conventional albums or actually multiply sales.
It's been almost forty years since president Jimmy Carter established African-American Music Month to recognize the cultural contribution of black musicians. Here William Glanz explores the origins of the month, and the effect it's had on music consumption and beyond.
As the music industry has changed, so too has the way in which consumers find new music, but music discovery remains one of the most important aspects of the music industry, and is the holy grail for artists and promoters. Here we look at prevailing music discovery trends of 2018.
Data shows that interactive streaming has become the dominant form of music consumption, largely replacing previous means of listening, and causing us to look back at the less than lucrative (albeit brief) fourish year period of music downloads.
David Deal highlights how the release of the poignant and provocative "This Is America" from Childish Gambino (aka Donald Glover) reminds us of music's power to confront society's issues in a tumultuous and oppressive time.
As music PR companies and labels strive to get their artist’s music placed in popular places, it is becoming more and more clear that the industry has changed, with NME stopping their print edition the focus has changed on the digital landscape and how people consume media. But how has this changed for music and influenced the way people consume their music?
While streaming has become the dominant form of music consumption, the road to get here was a complex and varied one. Here we look at the history of the physical music formats, dating back as far as the 1870s, and how it led us to where we are now.