The Beatles, Armando Manzanero, Clifton Chenier, The Isley Brothers, Kraftwerk, Kris Kristofferson and Maud Powell have all been tapped to revive Grammy Lifetime Achievement Awards early next year. Rick Hall, Jim Marshall and Ennio Morricone will receive the Trustees Award; and Emile Berliner and Lexicon will receive Technical Grammy Awards.
In episode 35 of the Upward Spiral, we talk with Ben Sisario, who reports on the changing landscape of the music industry for the New York Times. Sisario shares his thoughts on the beat he covers and how the stories he writes develop, YouTube’s plans for an music award show and subscription music service, and why streaming services more broadly haven't gained a larger foothold. We also deconstruct the recent virality of Miley Cyrus.
Last week's news regarding the launch of Spotify for Artists took a back seat this week to the one-two knockout punch of free mobile music and Led Zeppelin. But the appearance of Led Zeppelin also heralded the appearance of artist merch on the site. This week Topspin linked to examples of merch with additional info about the program for musicians. In addition, we have more information via DIY Musician about adding your tour dates to Songkick which is the first step towards getting not only concert dates on Spotify but ticket sales as well.
Today Songkick announced their Hardest Working Bands of 2013 combining number of shows with distance traveled. Over the last 12 months they've seen a 15% increase in distance traveled by the larger acts as well as more countries visited on tour. Top honors go to LA's Local Natives (shown at left) who played 188 shows, visited 26 countries and traveled 192,486 kilometers which is around 119,605 miles or 5 laps of the earth. I'll leave that last stat unexamined but clearly musicians are hitting the road harder than ever.
At a media even today today Instagram, the Facebook owned social image sharing app, said that it had grown from 80 million to 150 million users over the last year. Half of those users use the site daily, according to the company. But the big reveal was Instagram Direct, private and select group sharing of images.
Lou Reed's last filmed interview was actually part of a promotional campaign for Parrot Zik headphones. "A few months ago, I asked Lou Reed for his opinion," Parrot CEO Henri Seydoux explains. "He told me that the headphones were well tuned for classical music but not for rock. And he told me he could help. So on September 30th, 2013, I travelled to his studio in New York; it would be the last time I would see him."
It’s one thing to see what on-demand music services and stores Spotify, Rdio, Amazon, iTunes, and the rest are doing to help people collect music again, and see something missing from their approaches.
It’s quite another to launch a new service to fix those issues.
JustGo is a social media management tool that's grown quite rapidly by focusing on EDM artists. Launched in April, JustGo now boasts over 50,000 users, including numerous big names, and total funding to date of $1.7 million dollars. I spoke with JustGo CEO and Founder Justin Golshir earlier this week about the news and the story of JustGo. It's one of a number of music tech startups based in EDM that are creating products that should be of interest to the music industry as a whole including, particularly in this case, DIY music marketers.
There is no easy way around it - change is hard. There are many benefits to old-school marketing but there are certainly perks to thinking outside the box. What if you take the best of what's worked and combine it with what's possible? Take a look at Mike Rubini's non-traditional approach to integrated marketing on MusicThinkTank.com.
During a concert Tuesday night in Phoenix, Arizona, Kanye West shared who he felt about not being nominated in for a Grammy Awards for Album of the Year. "I’m 36 years old and I have 21 Grammys-- that’s the most Grammys of any 36-year-old. Out of all of those 21 Grammys, I’ve never won a Grammy against a white artist."
Tyler Hayes recently wrote about "The Revolutionary New Music Apps You Missed In 2013." I guess he means they're kind of obscure but Hypebot's covered seven of the nine and the other two, Mindie and Upbeat, were on my list. So today we complete our coverage of "The Revolutionary New Music Apps Other People Missed In 2013." One allows you to combine a song clip with a video you make to create a short looping music video and the other gives you the opportunity to share and vote on SoundCloud tracks to create Internet music charts.
YouTube announced its 2013 Top Music Videos as well as its Top Trending Videos which included a bunch of music. While Psy took the top spot with "GENTLEMAN M/V," Miley Cyrus had both the second and third spots cause this really was Miley's year for viral madness. In the top trending category, Ylvis's "The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?)" is the top trending video. However the "Chatroulette Version" of "Wrecking Ball" came in 4th reminding us that, yes, this is Miley Cyrus's year. Deal with it.
Please, if you drink during this holiday season, it should goes without saying that you shouldn’t drink and drive, drink and text, text and drive, or do all three at the same time, especially near bicyclists.
Vinyl's shaping up to be a big Christmas gift item and there are lots of interesting option available for the vinyl lover you're seeking to please. I went through a group of suggested gift lists, including The NY Times, Pitchfork and MetalSucks, and gathered some possibilities. And if my special selections do not suit, consider them brainstorming ideas or dig deeper into the retailers and suggested gift lists!
The rumor mill got it right this time. Spotify has expanded its free music service to mobile devices in all countries. In an innovation that I've not seen on other music streamers, when free users chose an artist station, Spotify shuffles through tracks by that artist only without adding 'related' music. CEO Daniel Ek also announced launches in 20 more countries, and the exclusive addition of the Led Zeppelin catalog to the music streamer.
As of 2013, it’s official: The wacky, amateurish, off-kilter sensibilities that characterized much of the early web have been reverse engineered, and now constitute part of mainstream culture.
Examples of this are everywhere, and they started appearing before 2013. But this is the year that Psy made millions on YouTube with “Gangnam Style,” and Miley Cyrus made everybody lose their mind with an intentional twerk scandal. More importantly, 2013 gave us arguably the most engineered-to-be-viral song ever created.
Have you ever walked into the studio with no inspiration and bashed out a song just because you know you're supposed to? Let's be real - so has everyone else. You probably didn't like if very much and bet your fans wouldn't either... but before you went into the studio, did you think through your desired end result?
Spotify may have a big announcement scheduled for later today, but Rdio started Wednesday with a surprise of its own. Just days after naming a new CEO and major layoffs, the music streamer launched in 20 more countries. That brings it's total to 51, making Rdio the second largest music subscription service in the world in terms of countries serviced. Deezer has launched in 180 countries and Spotify in 28.
Tiësto is a major figure in the current EDM explosion and he's got a lot of fans. One way he stays connected to those fans is via smart use of Instagram. A recent post at JustGo takes a look at what Tiësto's doing on Instagram and it's surprisingly simple and basic. In fact, you don't have to have millions of fans to find Tiësto's approach to Instagram worth emulating.