I mean, I think often I say things and realize that Americans hear what I say differently to how I hear it. I love Wes and he’s a big brother to me and one of my first friends in the industry, and part of having a friendship with someone like that is not letting them say stupid shit. Taylor’s my friend as well, and I’m a girl, and if I see some weird body-shaming on my feed I’m going to be like, “Hey man…” We do still love each other, hopefully
I fumbled through trying to explain this on last week's podcast episode, so here's Sharky Laguana writing on Medium and doing a far better job:
Since Spotify is so reticient on this topic, allow me to explain what will happen to 99.9% of the payable royalties generated by Butchers Of The Final Frontier: that money will largely wind up in the pockets of major pop artists like Calvin Harris, Meghan Trainor, Maroon 5, and Avicii. That’s right: essentially all of the revenue that was solely generated by a small death metal band will be divvied up among a bunch of major dance-pop artists. The horror.
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.