Modern music consumers bend toward convenience. It was true when college kids embraced Napster; it remains true now as teenagers listen to One Direction millions of times on YouTube. But convenience devalues recorded music down to fractions of pennies. It is not enough. Especially for young bands or niche artists, who might make enough money on selling a few thousand albums to hit the road and get back to the studio, the rising tide of streaming is a long way from lifting all boats. If we stop paying directly for music by artists and labels that are meaningful to us, we are abandoning them. Your $9.99 Spotify rate will support a Swedish tech...
Irving Azoff has asked YouTube to pull roughly 20,000 songs off their site ... according to Billboard, they have not complied. This may get messy.
YouTube may have made deals with record labels, but to publicly perform songs, the company also has to take care of songwriters, which Azoff says are "massively underpaid" when it comes to digital services. Many songwriters are handled by publishers working through performance rights organizations like ASCAP and BMI, but Azoff is spearheading a new venture, Global Music Rights (GMR), which has managed to sign up about 42 songwriters like Smokey Robinson and Chris Cornell, who collectively have published about 20,000 songs.
To celebrate their new EP release, we've teamed up with Charming Liars to give away a merch bundle pack, including their new EP, a shirt, a poster, wristbands, and stickers. To win, be the first person to reply to this thread.
One amusing dynamic from a PR's perspective is when a band that has been slagged off by a title are then asked to cosy up with the very same magazine due to the now quite considerable market forces they have at their disposal. I remember one very famous rock act were asked to appear on a cover by an editor backstage at Glastonbury. The editor, who had previously written some highly entertaining yet totally damning copy on said band, now had to persuade them to sell some copies of his mag. “Only if he gets down on his knees and begs!” said the lead singer. Dutifully, the editor got down on his knees and begged: “I want you to appear on the front...
Because the most-popular songs now stay on the charts for months, the relative value of a hit has exploded. The top 1 percent of bands and solo artists now earn 77 percent of all revenue from recorded music, media researchers report. And even though the amount of digital music sold has surged, the 10 best-selling tracks command 82 percent more of the market than they did a decade ago. The advent of do-it-yourself artists in the digital age may have grown music’s long tail, but its fat head keeps getting fatter.
Rise Against's Tim McIlrath is featured in a new video from Peta2. Video is in the replies.
As McIlrath explains to peta2, “I make a choice every time I take the stage. I choose to perform. Animals in captivity don’t get to make that choice.” In the entertainment industry, orcas are often separated from their families and forced to live in tiny concrete tanks that, to them, are no bigger than a bathtub. Their average life expectancy shrinks from 30 to 50 years in the wild to barely surviving past their teenage years in captivity.
Anyone wanna go see Relient K's MMHMM 10th Anniversary show at House of Blues in Dallas tomorrow (November 19th)? If you can attend the show, hit the replies and gimme a reason to pick you. One winner will get two tickets.
Mutant League Records is releasing As It Is' debut EP, This Mind Of Mine, on 7" vinyl. Pre-orders go live tomorrow at 10AM CST. Variants are limited to 500 gold, 250 red/blue starburst, and 250 green/white starburst.
I think working with record companies taught me a lot in general. To be in the midst of that epic failure was a great opportunity to learn and learn. It’s interesting that a makeup tutorial artist will make more money month to month than a band will make on YouTube—even if the band has 10 times as many views on YouTube. So the system for artists is broken.
How does the idea of going to unlimited shows for $25 sound to you? A new start-up is betting it sounds pretty good. Jukely has entered beta and TechCrunch has a write-up about the whole idea.
A mere $25 for a la carte music concerts doesn’t seem like a good money-making model. But Celik sees the service as a win-win. He pointed out that both Jukely and concert promoters make money by filling otherwise empty ticket orders. It’s sort of like an unlimited version of ClassPass, but for music. You won’t find bigger names like Taylor Swift or Gaga on the subscription list. The idea is to fill the room and expose folks to bands that are just starting to blow up, but have enough of a presence...
Rozwell Kid's new record, Too Shabby, is out today via Broken World Media, and we're celebrating the West Virginia-based slacker-rock act's album release by bringing you a brand-spanking-new music video for "Sick Jackets," which you can watch in the replies! The easy RIYL here is Weezer, but in general this band just kinda turns up the fuzz and lets the head-bobbing come easy. Take a listen and pick up the record via one of the links above if you dig.
Discovering the band at this righteous and revelatory moment was like being an early Christian, only better, since it likely led to nights of heavy beer drinking, and there was no danger of being fed to the lions...It was an introduction to a world of strange characters whose allegorical adventures could change your life, and listening to Separation Sunday without any background knowledge or preconceived notions was a thrilling precursor to evangelism.
Turnstile is one of the best new hardcore bands currently out in the scene, and they're set to release their brand new album Nonstop Feeling on January 13th, 2015 via Reaper Records. And today, we're premiering a brand new video for their song "Drop", one of the groovier songs off the album. If you liked what you heard, you can pre-order the album. Hit the replies to check out the video, as well as upcoming tour dates.
Here are the albums that are in stores today. Pick up anything good? What do you recommend? If we missed anything, please add it to our calendar. We recommend Rdio or Spotify for album streams of new releases and check out our review section to see what our staff thought of the albums.