the Answers to the Big Questions Facing Today's Hitmaking Songwriters
Staff -- Are songwriters the new rock stars?
Announces 11.8% Member Revenue Growth to $3.3B at Annual Meeting
Christman (Billboard) -- For the first time in recent memory, the U.S. music
publishing sector grew at the same rate as the recorded music sector, said
president and CEO David Israelite.
the Major Record Companies Signing Too Many Artists?
Ingham (Rolling Stone) -- Recent stats raise an important question: How can the
major labels perform at an optimum level with two new artists a day to develop,
record, promote and market? … In 2017,
according to a report backed by the U.S. music trade group RIAA, major record
companies signed a total of 658 acts — a number up 12 percent over 2014. … In
2019, that figure (judging by the subsequent launch of additional frontline
record companies at Warner Music and Sony Music) must have grown yet again.
Accuses Google of Copying Its Lyrics Data
Fingas (engadget) -- Apostrophes were reportedly the telltale clues.
‘Platform’ Excuse Is Dying
By Alexis C.
Madrigal (The Atlantic) -- Technology companies have long had a simple answer
to anyone who did not like what was happening on, in, or through them: Services
like Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter were platforms, which merely provided the
tools for free expression, and not publishers or broadcasters responsible for
the content they distributed. … It’s not working anymore. … [Thanks to Neil Turkewitz
for the link.]
Things You Must Ask Your Automated Content Recognition (ACR) Vendor
Friedman (Hypebot) -- Automated Content Recognition, or ACR, has become an
integral part of the consumption of music and video as we experience them
today. As more platforms publish user generated content, effectively monitoring
use of copyrighted material has become increasingly difficult. So, how does one
choose an ACR vendor that can be relied on?
OK, Computer: How It Feels To Have Your Music Leaked
By Al Horner
(The Guardian) -- When Radiohead were held to ransom by hackers, they shrugged
and put 18 hours of unheard material online for free. But for other artists,
having music leaked can be devastating
List of Artists Whose Masters Were Lost In the 2008 Universal Studios Fire
Resnikoff (Digital Music News)
published 11/7/2016 this story provides an interesting connection to the 2008
fire that reportedly destroyed many Universal Records master recordings.]
Recordings — From Abbey Road to Born to Run — Could Be Lost Forever, Without
By Matt Wake
Musical Prodigy? Sure, but Don’t Call Her ‘a New Mozart’
Eddy (New York Times) – 14 year old Alma
Deutscher has not yet become a household name, but it seems only a
matter of time. An accomplished pianist and violinist, she is also a composer,
having written concertos for piano and violin and an opera. In December, she
will make her debut at Carnegie Hall, where she will play the solo violin and
piano in her two concertos, while the orchestra will play selections from her
opera and her most recent work, a Viennese waltz. Next month, she will record a
retrospective album with Sony of piano melodies she composed going back to when
she was just 4 years old.
Primephonic, The Streaming Company On A Mission To Save Classical Music
Lunny (Forbes) -- While the biggest record labels and pop artists are enjoying
an economic renaissance thanks to the success of streaming services like
Spotify, classical music is dying a slow death in the streaming age. The
problem, explains Thomas Steffens, CEO of classical streaming service Primephonic, is baked into
how the main streaming platforms have been designed. [Thanks to Alex Shapiro
for the link.]
A Eulogy for
iTunes, and The MP3 Era
Thomas (androidauthority) -- With Apple killing off iTunes it’s worth noting
that this marks the last major cornerstone of the MP3 era meeting its end. It’s
bittersweet in a way. I have nothing but terrible memories of iTunes — but now
that Minidiscs, CDs, iPods, Napster, MySpace, portable hard-drive music
players, and even record clubs are now either dead or unrecognizable — it feels
like a big part of my life is finally over.
latest update makes it difficult to find saved tunes
To Find Your Downloaded Music In Spotify
Faulkner (The Verge)
translation of today’s popular music for those of a certain age.]
Style Cover of “Bad Guy” by Billie Eilish - Featuring Ariana Savalas
Is Why Uber Drivers Play Such Bad Music