Music Information

The Revolution has begun - and it will not be Televised The new Artist Development Paradigm

In reflecting on the world of the Music Business in 2004, there were some very profound and dramatic changes that changed the nature of the Music Business itself. 2004 will always be remembered as the year the 'Big Five' became the 'Big Four' and don't be surprised if you're reading at this time next year and we're telling you about the 'Big Three'! Beside the Sony/BMG merger, 2004 will also be remembered as the year labels utilized aggressively utilized video games as a marketing vehicle for the launching of many of their artists.

It will also be remembered as the year when the public finally said "No Thanks" to the Concert Business in a very loud and clear way. The summer touring season especially, was taught some very painful and costly lessons regarding who and exactly how much the public is willing to pay to see an act and what they are no longer willing to pay for! As a result Clear Channel has removed Service fees from its ticket prices and drastically reduced parking at many of its venues. The Industry also learned some very valuable (and long overdue) lessons on the volume of acts the marketplace is able to absorb as well as the actual live-viability of some of those acts.

Of course, the most profound impact on the the music business, was the closure of four major labels; DreamWorks, Arista, Elektra and MCA (although MCA was reborn with far less staff as Geffen). These closures accounted for the loss of nearly 600 jobs. New labels were not as plentiful as in years past.

Of note, EMI Music Publishing Executive Evan Lamberg formed E.V.L.A., a new label via Atlantic for EMI-signed writers, Simon Fuller (American Idol) formed 19 Recordings in the US and UK, Artist Manager Dave Benveniste has a new label venture - Velvet Hammer Music via Sony/BMG and Artist Manager Joe Simpson (manager/father of Ashley & Jessica Simpson)formed JT via Geffen, Producer Kanye West has formed Good Music via Sony/BMG in Los Angeles. Shaquille O'Neal has come back into the Music Business via Deja 34 out of Atlanta.

In looking back over the past year, we're reminded of the many conversations we had with various Music Business Professionals from both sides of the Atlantic concerning the current state of the today's Music Industry. Without exception, there seems to be a very sobering sense that the Record Business we have known for the last 25 years is now gone. This is extremely troubling for many, sad for some and terribly exciting for others.

We see these times as an incredible opportunity for a total re-invention not just for Record Label A&R Depts., but for the entire spectrum of the Music Industry. If you as an Artist, Band, Agent, Manager or any other Music Business professional can not see that the old paradigm of artist development (the actual long-term process of building a career from the ground up) has been completely re-invented over the last few years, then you need to get out of this business. The old methods of doing things no longer apply. This may sound obvious to many of you, but you wouldn't believe how many so-called professionals within the business today that we speak to still believe that the only way an act can have a viable career today is to get that act signed to a major label. What we find so sad is that these people who believe this (and there are many) cannot even see that the very system they feel can & will accomplish this for an artist no longer even exists!

We've said this before, but it bears repeating - though no one has actually come out and said it (truth is, they may not even be consciously aware of it), Major Labels today are, with very rare exception, no longer willing to be in the business they have built over the last forty years. The 'old' process of signing, recording and developing talent takes far too long and is way too costly to achieve the results they desire in the time they have allotted. As a consequence, whether intended or not, (and this is the part many people simply can not see) is the Major Labels are now in the Promotion and Marketing business, but of course, only for those experienced artists who have already been developed that can be turned into Multi-Platinum sellers. Well, that certainly would be great, but that just isn't the world we live in anymore. Of course, there will always be Platinum sellers in the future, but far fewer of them. Today, there is simply too much choice available.

It's fascinating to observe some of the most influential Music Publications out there today such as, Blender to name 2 have hardly any mainstream artists in their Top 50 of 2004. Today, it's all about choices. The future of the music business will be thousands of niche artists selling fewer records. Much like cable television, which has a fraction of the audience but is profitable! And this is the most profound difference from the past in terms of A&R signings and looking at what will work in the Marketplace.

Under the old paradigm, the public, the majority of the time, only wanted (with few exceptions) what the Major Labels signed and sold to them (of course, that may have something to do with what was available, which is our point). Today, choices of music, are vastly wider and you have a far more of a diverse artist selection, not to mention various new formats make the choices almost infinite. And, as most of us have known for years, the marketplace is far broader (yes, people between the ages of 30-50 WILL BUY MUSIC when presented with Artists that they can connect with) than the Major Labels ever cared to acknowledge. How else could Ray Charles sell two million copies of a CD via a coffee chain (Starbucks) (before winning 5 Grammy's) or James Taylor sell over 1.3 million Christmas CD's via Hallmark without his CD even being available at retail? If either of these artists were at a Major Label, (James Taylor was with Columbia/SONY for 27 years up until last year) they most likely would not have sold more than 100,000 copies- tops!

These two examples provide an insightful illustration why several of the Major Labels are struggling today for their very survival. They truly can't see what their customers want. But in much deeper sense they have no desire to get to know what their customers want either. Don't get me wrong, there are several wonderful executives who work for the Major Labels, it's just that the corporate culture of most Major Labels at the top is so profoundly out of touch with the times we live in, they can not see their own part in the problems that face them. The building of careers is a luxury of time they no longer choose to contribute to. They THINK they do, but the reality is the opposite. In the merger of Sony & BMG's Music Divisions, they will let go of approximately 2,500 of their employees over the next five months, about 12% of their workforce and with 45% to 50% of that number coming from the U.S. operations. At this point, no one knows how many labels among the two labels will be closed or how many artists will be dropped by both companies as these two giants continue to streamline their worldwide music operations into one.

What's so sad about this merger in particular is that, unlike some mergers, where the intention of the merger is a vision of creating something greater, and better, something that neither company could achieve alone, this merger seems to be a grasp at mere survival. Other Major Label Groups have also streamlined their operations. Warner Music Group will let go of over 1600 employees during the next year and just recently dropped 93 of the 195 artists from their rosters (47%) and closed Elektra, a once thriving and core label within the Warner system. Last year EMI announced that it would drop 20% of its Artist roster over the next 12 months. Does this sound like an Industry that's interested in building or developing anything? It's like a struggling marriage where neither party is open, willing or even capable of really seeing what the issues are that continue to keep them stuck! So they just keep making decisions over and over that allow them to avoid examining what is really essential to their own survival!

'The Revolution has begun!'

The opportunities today are vast and limitless for those artists, bands, managers, and other individuals and companies who truly understand what is actually occurring, who can step back and see the decaying mechanism that many are still struggling to maintain for what it is - not only a crumbling business model, but an entire way of viewing the world in which we used to live, but no longer do! The personal, business and artistic successes we are seeing today are from those individuals who can peer through this fog of delusion and see the business as it actually is; not as they want it to be or hope it will become, but how it actually is! Those individuals are moving freely and creatively interacting with our new social order while others, including some politicians (and apparently a lot of voters), are still clinging to a world or a way of thinking and being that no longer exists. It's only a faint echo acting like some spirit lingering that does not know its dead. Enough of us have had enough therapy to know that often in life, some of our biggest upsets are created by our refusal to see the difference between a world that we make believe exists and the world that truly does exist.

Forward-thinking Artist Managers, Agents, Venues, Indie Labels and the artists themselves are the ones who have become (and truthfully have been for some time) responsible for building the next generation of career-artists. There are many current examples that illustrate this. Look at what Ken Levitan (Vector Management) has so tastefully achieved with the launching of Damien Rice's career. Or how Coran Capsahw (Red Light Management) helped build and develop Dave Matthews' career before RCA signed him, by never losing sight of what the most fundamental elements are in this business - Artist & Audience. Or Martin Kirkup & Steve Jensen (Direct Management) who have launched Jamie Cullum, a young "piano man" who had put out his own CD prior to his debut. The choices they made along the way in Cullums career, from showcasing him to the tastemakers at SXSW last year to not over-hyping him illustrate an entirely different way of thinking about an Artist and their career. Another great example is The Scissor Sisters, who went to the UK to launch their career, after finding no one in the US willing to sign them. Both of these acts went on to sell more than two million copies of their debut CD's. More importantly, they have found been able to build a solid audience for themselves. Careers are not supposed to be events, that have huge a build-up and then are over like The Super Bowl. The best ones are long journey's that are built on a solid and viable foundation that can sustain a wide array of paths and experiences. Each of these artists was able to build extremely solid and viable foundations without a Major Label and in most cases, no mainstream radio airplay at all. What these artists (and their managers) have in common (regardless of genre) was an entirely new way of thinking and approaching the marketplace with regards to the development of their careers. They all utilized new and non-traditional methods that did not have the luxury of an enormous marketing push behind it to create awareness. Most were lucky at the start to get Public Radio exposure and critical acclaim.

But today with so many more marketing and exposure options available to artists (ipods, webcasting, internet radio, websites, non-traditional retail; Amazon & Itunes to name just two) the acts who develop and build a career for themselves won't necessarily be household names in the first few years, but will instead have built something musch more important - a very solid base of fans that actually want their music and will attend their live performances. These artists will have built their following over a long period of time, not through hype and over-exposure on MTV or other media outlets that in so many cases today actually damage careers instead of enhancing them. Today, more than ever, we're looking for something real, something we feel a strong connection with. And more and more, we're finding it in non-traditional ways.

This is the tragedy of Major Labels -(Tragedy, in the classic definition is defined as "the fall from greatness through an unseen flaw in ones character). They keep looking for the "formula" that will give them the huge Multi-Platinum sellers that they once enjoyed. Only problem is, the system today doesn't allow these types of massive sellers like it did in the past. Today, we have far too many choices. And that's their tragic flaw. Major labels can not see that the harder and louder they continue to market their acts, the more the audience they're trying to reach doesn't seem to hear them or care for that matter.

It is this particular phenomenon that we believe will alter the type of artists, regardless of style, that will emerge and be able to build viable careers for themselves in the coming years. Will this new business model look like what came before? Not a chance! This will be one of the more difficult lessons for us as an industry to truly get. Letting go of what we've always held as the definition of success (Out-of The Box Top-10 radio hits, videos on MTV, endorsements for anything and everything, TV commercials, transitioning into motion pictures) These vehicles will no longer be seen as a path to career longevity. These are all things we have seen over and over during the last 5 years that have hurt careers when they occur too quickly or without any restraint. Too many of today's 'hit' artists seem so afraid that this moment right now is their ONLY chance in life to have a career, that they simply overwhelm the marketplace with every conceivable form of over-exposure, and often like the Major Labels, don't even see their own part in the short-circuiting of there own careers. Beyonce, Queen Latifah and even the wonderful actor Jude Law - who has appeared in six films over the last 7 months -- are three examples who come to mind in different arenas of entertainment. Radio Hits, television ads, forgettable movies, MTV videos, magazine covers (Beyonce's 25 non-music magazine covers over the last 18 months were enough to overwhelm and alienate even the most devoted fan), along with countless product endorsements, award show appearances, movie premiers, television interviews, even boxes of hair color that stare back at you with their image from every grocery shelf in America. So many of today's act's are not out of our cultural conscienceness for more than an hour. How can you ever look forward to anything when it's never gone long enough to miss it? It's like meeting someone for the first time and feeling you have to tell them every single thing about yourself on the first date. What's the mystery? What's left to discover? And yet this has become, especially in the Music Business of the last 12 years the "accepted modus operendi" to launching a hit act. Is it any wonder that we don't have many artists who've built successful musical careers for themselves over the last 10-15 years?

The new breed of artists and managers (and yes, there are a few who do think long-term) emerging today do not appear to see their clients careers with this same unhealthy compulsion. They have a solid grasp of who and what they are and have been able to map out a career path that is consistent with that vision. This, more than anything is what will contribute toward building an artists career, rather than destroying it.

A development in the industry that we would be remiss in not mentioning is the recent trend of "upstreaming". This is where an Independent label develops an act from the ground up and at a certain sales level, the act goes upstream to the Major Label system. The catch is, of course, that the smaller label will have to give up their acts to the major if the acts become successful. The great flaw in this scenario is that the major labels have traditionally thought that any act doing 100-250K on an independent label should be able to do at least three times that within a Major Label System. As we've seen over the last few years, 'it just ain't so!' Most acts do not go from 150K to 500K in the course of 1 album. And there is nothing wrong with that. An act's evolution (artistic & commercial development) is an organic process and a long one. We don't expect children to walk in their first six months nor should we. Often, the problems with the Major Labels' expectations are the unrealistic sales goals set for their acts simply because the act is now in a 'Major' system. So often I've seen labels set their spending based on totally unrealistic sales expectations. All too often, a label declares that its sales goals have not been met and drops the act. Is it any wonder that our industry has produced fewer and fewer career artists over the last fifteen years? That is also why all of the Major Label Artist Rosters will continue to get smaller and smaller. Like we said, they no longer have the desire to be in the career-building, artist development business and, as such, no longer need the enormous infrastructures they once had when they needed to support three hundred artists on a roster. With the labels continuing to operate in this manner, you have to wonder where the great catalogs of the future will will come from. Well, one thing's for certain, it won't be from the major labels - they have no interest in this process. They want the natural forces of the marketplace to develop talent for them.

It is a truly fascinating phenomenon to watch the major labels put time, money, energy and focus into developing up and coming independent labels rather than develop artists themselves, something they historically di so well over the last 40 years.

The most fascinating aspect of this entire process to us is how many artists and bands today WANT NOTHING WHATSOEVER TO DO WITH MAJOR LABELS AT ALL! This is a truly a growing sentiment among alot of unsigned acts today. A lot of Artists today, have seen too many acts careers over the last 10 years meander, implode or become lost in a system that they truly had no business being in the first place.

If Major Labels are to survive in the future they are going to have to re-invent themselves. They are going to have to start seeing their business as it truly is today - Not how they would "like it to be" or "how it was" but how it actually is. Like Werner Ehart so brilliantly said "The Truth will set you free, but first it will really piss you off!

Ritch Esra Stephen Trumbull Publishers Music Business Registry 818-995-7458

Sounds Local: Children's music series kicks off in Greenfield  The Recorder

Whether you sing lullabies to your kids, play them hip children's songs by bands like They Might Be Giants, or simply crank up your favorite tunes on the radio, ...

The Sixties Show” evokes powerful time in music, events  Long Island Advance

The Sixties Show” band will blast out their masters of the universe musicianship on January 25 at 8 p.m. at Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts. They ...

The Music, the Myth, the Muse: Sade Turns 60  The Root

She's gorgeous, talented, stylish, and ever-elusive. And today, the woman we know simply as “Sade” turns 60. If that sounds unbelievable, consider this: After ...

Upcoming Williamsport Music Club show explores international music traditions | News, Sports, Jobs  Williamsport Sun-Gazette

Connections to world-wide musical traditions will be explored during the Williamsport Music Club's program at 7 p.m. Tuesday, at the Robert M. Sides Music ...

Spotify is testing a simplified Car View for controlling your music while driving  The Verge

Spotify has started rolling out a new Car View mode to let users more easily control their music from behind the wheel. The feature is automatically enabled ...

Auditions coming up for 'Music brings people together' project  The Daily Herald

Two auditions are coming up for an exciting music project for youngsters between the ages of eight and 18. Will you be a part of it? Co-financed by the Dutch ...

Band's new music video tackles Trump's border wall  Kenosha News

The Killers and film director Spike Lee teamed up to create a music video for their new song "Land of the Free," which tackles hot-button political issues, ...

You can now play The Sims music through Alexa  PC Gamer

In meta fashion, and with the help of Amazon, EA has brought a little piece of The Sims into your living room, bedroom, or wherever else your Alexa may be ...

Beer and music within arm's reach at Tastes & Tunes show  Gazettextra

Tastes & Tunes offers an immersive experience of music and craft beer sampling where patrons will gather around the musicians to sip and listen.

Will Mayor David Briley get derailed Music City Music Council back on track?  The Tennessean

The Music City Music Council met just once in 2018, but Mayor David Briley said he is optimistic about its future.

Sophomore jazz studies major produces and releases CD of original music  Arizona State University

Benjamin Cortez, a sophomore undergraduate student in the ASU School of Music jazz studies program, recently produced a CD of original material, titled “In ...

Mixing drinks, books and music: North Light, a bar with a new twist, opens in Oakland  San Francisco Chronicle

Dotty Gentry at work at North Light in Oakland. A cafe by day and a bar by night, the business also sells books and records. Photo: Scott Strazzante, The ...

Local music: Creative Space gets Shakin Not Stirred with jazz group  Kenosha News

It has been quite awhile since I wrote up an event at Kenosha Creative Space downtown. Francisco Loyola and his team do great work, and they offer fun events ...

Faster Than Sound: Music Lab Explores Consolidation: Rehearsal space's Oltorf location posted for sale; Hi, How Are You Day draws the Flaming Lips; and Esme Barrera tribute launches Girls Rock El Paso - Music  Austin Chronicle

Rehearsal space's Oltorf location posted for sale; Hi, How Are You Day draws the Flaming Lips; and Esme Barrera tribute launches Girls Rock El Paso.

Album review: Florence Price’s music reveals an undiscovered African-American voice  San Francisco Chronicle

The recent surge of interest in the music of Florence Price (Michael Morgan leads the Oakland Symphony in her Symphony No. 3 on Friday, Jan. 25) is a ...

Subjective: Act I: Music for Inanimate Objects review – Goldie's booming, infectious music  Irish Times

Goldie has, for nearly 30 years, crafted a multifaceted career that has seen him go from a figure at the fore of the underground drum-and-bass scene to a ...

Little Rock mayor to host event with prayers and music ahead of Martin Luther King Jr. Day  Arkansas Online

Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott Jr. will host an event featuring prayers and music on Sunday to celebrate the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday.

19 Reasons We're Excited for LGBTQ Music & Culture In 2019  Billboard

Let's face facts: 2018 was one of the best years for LGBTQ representation in the entertainment industry within the last few decades. Queer artists such as Troye ...

Weekend music picks: Nile Rodgers and Chic, Noname, Raffi and more  Tampa Bay Times

Plus get the details on concerts by City Girls, Greensky Bluegrass, Leonid and Friends, Polyenso and more.

Music, memory program provided for Tennessee's elderly

The Tennessee Arts Commission is providing a music and memory program in more than 140 nursing homes across the state.

Joe Nichols concert, Fellsmere frog legs, Sebastian art and music top this weekend  TCPalm

Before you go outside Sunday night to admire the total lunar eclipse, here's how to have fun this weekend on the Treasure Coast. Go to a country music concert.

Friends of Music organ recital pulls out all the stops  Martinsburg Journal

SHEPHERDSTOWN — Nationally recognized organist Julie Vidrick Evans will come to Shepherdstown Saturday evening for a one-night only Organ Recital at ...

How to add a music service to your Sonos system  Android Central

Here's everything you need to know about connecting a music *service* to a Sonos speaker!

Celebrate John Carpenter's birthday with his music video for the Big Trouble In Little China theme song  The A.V. Club

John Carpenter turned 70 years old today and, though the horror master would rather talk video games than movies, he remains an enduring figure in the film ...

Final Four music festival heads to Minneapolis Armory; four-day party set for Nicollet Mall  Star Tribune

The free three-day music festival for the NCAA men's basketball Final Four in April will be at the Minneapolis Armory, a smaller venue than those in other recent ...

Maruti Suzuki Collaborates With A R Rahman To Launch Nexa Music For Aspiring Musicians

Maruti Suzuki India today announced the launch of the Nexa Music, a special platform for budding musical talents to create original International music and ...

Is Spotify’s Model Wiping Out Music’s Middle Class?  The Ringer

Fans may assume the $10 they pay for a monthly streaming subscription goes to the artists they listen to most. That's not the case. Now, a growing number of ...

After my wife died, music was the only way to get my life back  The Globe and Mail

Losing his wife to breast cancer was heartbreaking, Brad Spurgeon writes. Through the power of music, though, he discovered his spirit could still thrive.

How to enter high school music competition sponsored by Rotary Club of Murrieta  Press-Enterprise

The Rotary Club of Murrieta invites high school students to enter its music competition, which offers cash prizes and opportunities to advance to regional and ...

Face to face: Gabriel Kahane turns train conversations into music  San Francisco Chronicle

Gabriel Kahane hadn't planned on creating a new body of songs when he considered seeking out fellow citizens in the weeks leading up to the 2016 election.

Leikeli47's 'grown-ish' Music Video Has Zoey Rethinking All Of Her Career Goals  Bustle

If one goes to college to find oneself, Zoey Johnson is not doing all that well, considering how lost she's been feeling lately. Her fashion designs are not flowing ...

From Dropping Out of High School to Up-and-Coming Music Star  Yahoo Finance

Before she was country singer Carly Pearce, she was Carly Cristyne Slusser, a native of Taylor Mill, Kentucky looking to make a name of herself in the music ...

New Music Education Series SOUND FIELD From PBS Digital Studios Breaks Down the History And Culture Behind Our Most Beloved Tunes  GPB

This week, PBS Digital Studios announced the premiere of a new original series, SOUND FIELD, taking viewers on a deep dive into the history and culture ...

Watch City Girl's "Twerk" Music Video Featuring Cardi B  HipHopDX

Quality Control's City Girls release the music video for "Twerk" featuring Cardi B.

Suspect identified in murder-suicide of North Beach music staple  San Francisco Examiner

The suspect in the murder-suicide of a man known for running a 1990s underground music venue in North Beach has been identified by authorities as Michael ...

$65K worth of equipment stolen from Alberta music student  CTV News

A central Alberta teen whose home studio was burglarized hopes his stolen equipment will soon be returned.

The Cranberries reflect and release music on anniversary of Dolores O'Riordan's death  CNN

One year to the day the Cranberries lead singer Dolores O'Riordan was found dead in a London hotel room, the band has released the first song off its final ...

Polk's Alexa-enabled soundbar now supports multi-room music  The Next Web

Polk's Comand Bar is the first third-party Alexa-enabled smart speaker to offer multi-room music support. Say that five times fast.

Music of ABBA Featured in Mamma Mia at the Firehouse  Livermore Independent

Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre kicks off 2019 with “Mamma Mia!,” the hit musical featuring the best-loved songs of ABBA and plenty of “happy dancing,” ...

Fleetwood Mac to tour Australia in August and September  ABC News

Neil Finn of Crowded House joining Fleetwood Mac in place of longstanding guitarist and vocalist Lindsey Buckingham was one of the big music stories of 2018.

K-pop Music Videos By BTS, TWICE And BLACKPINK Temporarily Removed From YouTube  Forbes

The music videos returned to the video platform within an hour and a half.

Music Week  Music Week

Radio By Deezer enables users to access 30000 radio stations worldwide. "Gone are the days of thinking it's too late to get the song you just heard on the radio," ...

New music to debut at Seafood Festival - The Bay's News First  SunLive

Whakatane is in for a treat when Kiwi pop artist Theia steps on stage at this Saturday's first-ever Seafood Festival. Thousands are expected to flock to the Eastern ...

John Joubert obituary  The Guardian

Prolific British-South African composer, best known for his choral works, particularly his carols.

Raw Politics: 'Brexit Big Band' turns divorce into music  Euronews English

Matthew Herbert is on an apology tour with his Brexit Big Band to highlight his frustration with the country's infighting.

You Can Now Slow Jam to How I Met Your Mother's 'You Just Got Slapped' Thanks to Spotify  TV Guide

You can now stream both hilarious alums of How I Met Your Mother music from "Let's Go to the Mall," to "You Just Got Slapped."

UK music sector expresses alarm over Brexit chaos  The Music Network

The UK music scene has responded to the chaos surrounding Britain's scheduled late March exit from the European Union. AIM CEO Paul Pacifico tweeted that ...

NEW DETAILS: Music videos help metro Atlanta cops link alleged Bloods gang members  Atlanta Journal Constitution

After a recent round-up of alleged Bloods gang members on charges including murder, Channel 2 Action News reports that investigators used music videos to ...

Iranian Revolution: How Maureen Nehedar Guards Persion Music With Her Life  Tablet Magazine

This week, Tablet looks back on 40 years of the Iranian Revolution. ***. There are many moments of intense beauty on Maureen Nehedar's superb release from ...

The building used for P!ATD's "High Hopes" music video has been found  Alternative Press

Thanks to some serious detective work by one Reddit user, the building used in Panic! At The Disco's "High Hopes" video has been found.

The Best Music Moments of 2018  WIRED

All told, it was a good—if uneven—year in music. Rapper Cardi B finally released her long-anticipated major label album Invasion of Privacy; queer pop blew up; ...

Music City Downtown looks to fill the void for live music in Pittsburgh  Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Downtown Community Development Corp. announced a new initiative Wednesday called Music City Downtown, which will bring live music to or augment ...

The Cranberries share final music with Dolores O’Riordan  Global News

On Tuesday, Irish rock outfit The Cranberries revealed the first single from their upcoming and final album. As promised by the group, All Over Now premiered on ...

SurroundTM: Bitfury launches blockchain-powered music platform | tech  Hindustan Times

Global blockchain company The Bitfury Group, valued recently at $1 billion, announced on Wednesday the launch of a music and entertainment division that will ...

How much money did Fortnite make last year?  Music Business Worldwide

MBW has written before about the commercial phenomenon that is video game Fortnite. The free-to-play title has a few ties to the music industry, including the ...

Music at the Band Rotunda returns in the Rotorua Government Gardens  New Zealand Herald

Bring along a picnic and a rug and settle in to enjoy free local entertainment as Music at the Band Rotunda returns to Government Gardens on Sunday ...

Most Exciting Music Tech From CES 2019  Rolling Stone

Music has been center stage this week at CES 2019, the latest edition of Las Vegas's international annual consumer electronics bacchanal. As smart speakers ...

Review: In ‘Pelléas,’ the Met Opera’s Music Director Takes Charge  The New York Times

Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the new music director of the Metropolitan Opera, may not have many appearances with the company this season. But conducting the ...

Lorna Doom, bassist with cult Los Angeles punk band Germs, dies  The Guardian

Lorna Doom, the bassist with cult Los Angeles punk band Germs, has died. Born Teresa Ryan, her age and cause of death is unknown, her death made public ...

Jimmy Kimmel Live!: Ted Danson, Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, music from Mitchell Tenpenny Watch Full Episode | 01/15/2019  ABC

Jimmy Kimmel Live! full episode recap, 01/15/2019: Ted Danson, Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, music from Mitchell Tenpenny.

Disney Rings ‘Hunchback’ Bell: David Henry Hwang To Script Live Action Musical, Alan Menken/Stephen Schwartz Writing Music  Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: Tony-winning M. Butterfly playwright David Henry Hwang has been set by Disney to write Hunchback, a live-action musical adaptation of the Victor ...

Meet a guitar-dealing, Hank Jr. roadie-ing, Alabama music character

If most of us dressed like Izzy Miller, we'd look like we were wearing costumes. On him though it looks natural, sincere. On a recent afternoon he's wearing a ...

Happy Birthday, Aaliyah: Iconic R&B Singer Would Have Turned 40 Today — See Her Best Music Video Looks  inTouch Weekly

Late R&B singer Aaliyah would have turned 40 on January 16, 2019, and to celebrate her birthday we're looking back at her most iconic music video looks.

This Week in Music: Special Christmas Music Edition  Rolling Stone

Listen to this week's YouTube Music playlist here. Lil Jon, “All I Really Want for Christmas” Sounds like: A merry crunkmas for one and all. Perfect for: Popping a ...

Music without borders: 2018's 10 best world albums  The Guardian

Palestinian hip-hop from 47 Soul, dramatic bass music from Soweto newcomers BCUC, the Tunisian electronica of Ammar 808 and Vodou protest music from ...

How music helps connect people living with dementia  The Guardian

A new campaign aims to show how listening and playing music can help patients be happier, healthier and more harmonious.

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith: Tides: Music for Meditation and Yoga | Review  Pitchfork

Music for yoga may be an ambient cliche, but the Los Angeles synthesizer musician largely avoids new-age pitfalls on this album of unabashedly functional ...

After four people shot during music video filming in Geismar, one person arrested, sheriff says  The Advocate

GEISMAR — Ascension Parish sheriff's deputies arrested a 20-year-old man and say more arrests may be coming in a shooting that injured four last week.

KAABOO announces lineup for upcoming music and comedy festival at AT&T Stadium  FOX 4 News

AT&T Stadium, the home of the Dallas Cowboys, will host its first major music festival in four months.

R Kelly: Chicago authorities raid studio over alleged building violations  The Guardian

Musician reportedly faces eviction from building amid complaints that people are living there, violating zoning rules. Vivian Ho in San Francisco. Wed 16 Jan ...

On Jan. 1, Books, Movies And Music From 1923 Enter Public Domain  NPR

James Boyle and Jennifer Jenkins of Duke's Center for the Study of the Public Domain talk with NPR's Leila Fadel about the movies, music and books from 1923 ...

Adekunle Gold and Simi release Promise, their first music video as a couple News ☆ Adekunle Gold and Simi might have walked down the aisle in a quiet ceremony, but they have recently dropped a new music video titled ...

The Story Behind the Music of Black-ish’s Most Talked About Episode  The Root

ABC's Black-ish has never shied away from controversial topics and tonight's show about colorism shouldn't be any different. Ahead of tonight's episode, we ...

David Cavanagh: the writer who saw the musicians behind the music  The Guardian

With his acute observations on David Bowie, Paul Weller and Radiohead, Cavanagh combined a passion for music with an eye for the small details of human ...

Instagram Stories’ question stickers can now be used to share music  The Verge

Instagram is bringing some new features to its Stories format, including a new countdown sticker and question stickers that can be used in Live videos and to ...

Why Is The Music Of 1968 So Enduring? 'It Was Allowed To Be Art'  NPR

Half a century later, 1968 continues to resonate as a landmark year for rock, pop and soul — in part, say musicians who were there in the studio, because artists ...

Inside the Fyre Festival disaster: No toilets, music, beds or even an island until last minute  Daily Mail

Fyre Festival promised to be the 'it' event of 2017, as organizers Billy McFarland and rapper Ja Rule promised luxury and fun in the Bahamas. Instead, it was a ...

These 6 Types of Music Are Known to Dramatically Improve Productivity  Entrepreneur

Music isn't just a means of entertaining ourselves: it can also encourage creativity and help us become more productive. Listening to music can also be ...

World Cafe's Best Music Of 2018 Playlist : World Cafe  NPR

Enjoy listening to this mix of World Cafe's favorite sounds of the year, picked by the show's entire staff.

Tinder is testing the ability to share Spotify music clips in chat  TechCrunch

Tinder has already developed a fairly robust chat platform within its dating app, with support for sharing things like Bitmoji and GIFs, and the ability to “like” ...

The environmental impact of music: digital, records, CDs analysed  The Conversation - UK

Some of our favourite music formats might not be as environmentally friendly as we think.

Joyner Lucas & Chris Brown Revisit Childhood In Upcoming Music Video  HotNewHipHop

Joyner Lucas and Chris Brown get ready to drop off another one. Last year, Chris Brown and Joyner Lucas discovered, and proceeded to cultivate, a promising ...

Music in dementia care sounds promising, but there is a catch  The Guardian

Your article on music in dementia care (Making music isn't a nicety, it's a necessity, 9 January) illustrates the benefit of using live music to unlock happy ...

Lil Uzi Vert says he’s done with music and has “deleted everything”  The FADER

Lil Uzi Vert is claiming to have quit music. In an Instagram story posted to his account on Friday night, Uzi said he had "deleted everything" and that he wants to ...

Rihanna sues father over use of Fenty brand name  The Guardian

Pop star accuses her father, Ronald Fenty, of damaging her Fenty beauty brand with his company Fenty Entertainment.

Mahan Esfahani interview: meet the radical harpsichordist shaking up classical music

Among classical musicians, the harpsichordist is the one nobody notices.

Rihanna Confirms 2019 Release for New Music  Variety

In an Instagram comment, Rihanna confirmed that her upcoming album will drop in 2019.

Robert Macfarlane: how The Lost Words became songs to save the countryside  The Guardian

It has comforted the downtrodden, inspired Britain's schoolchildren and even been sprayed as graffiti. Now, the book has shifted shape again – into music.

Ariana Grande Teases '7 Rings' Music Video With Sexy New Snaps  Entertainment Tonight

Get ready for another major Ariana Grande music video! Days after announcing her next single, “7 Rings,” the 25-year-old singer shared a slew of sultry pics and ...

2019 New Music Releases  Ultimate Classic Rock

UCR offers a comprehensive, continuously updated list of 2019 new music releases.

NPR Music Staff Picks: The Best Of 2018  NPR

We all process a year differently. That's why, as we wave goodbye to 2018, even though NPR Music has already published our collective lists of the best albums ...

REPORT: RCA Records Won't Drop More R. Kelly Music After New Doc  XXLMAG.COM

R. Kelly's record label RCA Records reportedly isn't releasing any new music until his criminal investigations are resolved.

Sweat Records' Lolo Reskin on the Miami Music Acts to Watch in 2019  Miami New Times

Sweat Records' Lauren "Lolo" Reskin lists her picks for local up-and-coming acts to look out for in 2019.

R. Kelly's Music Banned by Two Dallas Radio Stations  Billboard

R. Kelly's bad week just got worse, as two prominent Dallas radio stations have banned the controversial R&B star's music. As the fallout of Lifetime's docuseries ...

For One Violinist, Elevating Music By Black Composers Is A 20-Year Mission  NPR

Composers of color have long had to compete with dead white men for space on the concert stage. A new project, spearheaded by Rachel Barton Pine, seeks to ...

Robbie Williams’ neighbour claims star impersonated Robert Plant and blasted music by Led Zeppelin’s rivals to annoy Jimmy Page  NME Live

The two stars have been involved in conflict over Williams' plans to build a gym and pool at his west London home. A neighbour of Robbie Williams and Jimmy ...

Gary Clark Jr.’s New Music Video, “This Land,” Is a Furious, Beautiful Statement  Texas Monthly

The video fits alongside Childish Gambino's "This is America" and Beyoncé's "Formation" in its vocal addressing of racism in America.

Hear Fear Factory Guitarist Grind on Industrial Supergroup Die Klute's New Song "It's All in Vain"  Revolver Magazine

The modern resurgence of industrial music continues to rage on, now with the addition of a new supergroup comprised of Fear Factory's Dino Cazares, Die ...

Exposure to rap music influences African Americans’ attitudes about Black feminism, study finds  PsyPost

New research suggests that rap music can influence how African Americans' view Black feminism. But the type of rap music matters. The study found that ...

Kanye on R. Kelly, Michael Jackson: 'We Can Enjoy All the Music We Want'  The Daily Beast

Controversial rapper Kanye West on Sunday spoke out in support of music by R&B singer R. Kelly and pop icon Michael Jackson—who have both faced ...

home | site map
© 2007