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The Great Music Meme Scam: How TikTok Gets Rich While Paying Artists Pennies | Pitchfork
The company behind lip-sync app TikTok is reportedly worth three times as much as Spotify, but the artists whose music powers the platform are seeing very little of that money.
TikTok  music  intellectualproperty  copyright  review  critique  Pitchfork  2019 
8 weeks ago by inspiral
How SoundCloud Rap Took Over Everything | GQ
The trendy DIY teen hip-hop genre went from a goofy punch line to the preposterously lucrative engine driving a whole new golden age in the music biz. But, wow, is it messy.
hiphop  music  culture  trends  Soundcloud  GQ  2019 
10 weeks ago by inspiral
RA: Sonideros: The mobile soundsystems of Mexico City
Max Pearl reports from the Mexican capital on a timeless DJ tradition that stretches back to the 1950s.
Sonideros  cumbia  music  Mexico  MexicoCity  ResidentAdvisor  2018 
11 weeks ago by inspiral
RA: Inside Copenhagen's fast techno scene
Kit Macdonald visits the Danish capital to investigate its emergence as a hotbed for 140 BPM dance music.
techno  fasttechno  music  Copenhagen  Denmark  ResidentAdvisor  2018 
december 2018 by inspiral
The Quietus | Opinion | Black Sky Thinking | Why We're Investigating Extreme Politics in Underground Music
We hope to discover why some people think it acceptable to wear a Burzum or Death in June t-shirt in public, when they would never dream of wearing of wearing the slogans of a White Nationalist organisation, or a far right political party; and we hope to understand why it might have been OK for Siouxsie Sioux to wear a swastika armband in 1976, but Christine and the Queens probably wouldn’t get away with it now (nor, presumably, would she want to).
music  culture  fascism  ThrobbingGristle  DavidBowie  JoyDivision  TheQuietus  2018 
november 2018 by inspiral
Why Are Record Companies Dumping Their Spotify Stock? - Office of Copyright
Yet, if the prospects for Spotify are as rosy as the internet would have you assume, why, in a least two cases, dump the stock and run for the hills? (As of the writing of this post, only Universal Music Group still retains its full share out of the major labels.)
Spotify  profitability  results  review  critique  music  streamingmedia  OfficeofCopyright  2018 
august 2018 by inspiral
J Hus, Knife Crime and the Way the UK Mainstream Consumes Music - Noisey
Unless people are able to consume and enjoy underground subcultural produce at arms length, without having to think about the difficult or challenging reality that it is often sourced from, it is rarely given a balanced hearing. We require more from our media in its engagement with the roots of music culture and the lives of artists who contribute towards it. Because simply cherry-picking surface level aspects of artistic expression, without properly trying to understand and be compassionate about its deeper social complexities – the very complexities that often make music as exciting and progressive as it is – will only further demarcate cultural boundaries in our patchwork society.
JHus  music  culture  journalism  critique  Noisey  Vice  2018 
july 2018 by inspiral
Joe Jackson was one of the most monstrous fathers in pop | Music | The Guardian
The failed blues musician’s main talent appeared to be devising innovative ways to make his children’s lives miserable – and he reserved the worst abuse for Michael
JoeJackson  profile  obituary  MichaelJackson  music  abuse  Guardian  2018 
june 2018 by inspiral
In Conversation: Shabaka Hutchings | Features | Clash Magazine
With a breathful intensity that coarses through his tenor saxophone, Shabaka Hutchings’ playing is instantly recognisable on his many projects.

From frequently guesting with cosmic jazz legends the Sun Ra Arkestra to his work with punk-jazz ensemble Melt Yourself Down, the synth-fusion of the Mercury Prize-nominated Comet Is Coming and the free jazz of his South African project Shabaka and the Ancestors, Hutchings is a chameleon of the genre.
ShabakaHutchings  interview  profile  music  jazz  MeltYourselfDown  CometisComing  ShabakaandtheAncestors  Clash  2018 
june 2018 by inspiral
The Quietus | Features | A Quietus Interview | Ancestral Register: Shabaka Hutchings Interviewed
Stewart Smith talks to the prodigious and prolific saxophonist, clarinettist and composer Shabaka Hutchings of The Ancestors, Comet Is Coming, Melt Yourself Down and Sons Of Kemet
ShabakaHutchings  interview  profile  jazz  music  TheAncestors  CometisComing  MeltYourselfDown  SonsofKemet  TheQuietus  2016 
june 2018 by inspiral
‘DJ culture became weaponised elevator-music’: how Despacio is fighting EDM | Music | The Guardian
A collaboration between LCD Soundsystem and Soulwax, Despacio plays deep disco and classic rock but, with a rig heavier than Metallica’s, it holds its own against the big drops of mainstream DJs
Despacio  profile  clubbing  music  JamesMurphy  DewaeleBrothers  Guardian  2018 
may 2018 by inspiral
BBC - Culture - How nightclub design evolved
From radical happenings and dry-ice and glitter, to the rise of the industrial aesthetic, Dominic Lutyens explores the story of clubs, and asks – are we in the last days of disco?
clubbing  music  design  architecture  history  review  BBC  2018 
may 2018 by inspiral
Bach at the Burger King - Los Angeles Review of Books
Where does this leave the prelude — and, by extension, classical music? From awakening Megasharks to selling Cadillacs, Bach’s Prelude to Cello Suite No. 1 has been drafted to support many causes. But one cause it seldom supports is itself. After being pressed into the service of so many outside agendas — advertising, film, and police work — the prelude loses its identity as an independent work of art, demanding to be taken on its own terms. It is difficult for the prelude to provide any modern audience with a genuinely “pure” listening experience. This erosion is a now-common fate for popular art. Secondary associations gradually smother primary experiences. No matter how strong an individual piece, over time, Hollywood, Madison Avenue, and Market Street threaten to drain the vitality of even the greatest music until there’s nothing left. The coroner’s report: Death by quotation. After all, there are only so many times a melody can be used to harass the homeless, embellish a cannibal’s cookery, or promote the dignity of dog food before we forget it could also glorify the dignity of humanity.
music  classicalmusic  gentrification  commercialisation  review  critique  LAReviewofBooks  2018 
may 2018 by inspiral
How Philip Glass Went From Driving Taxis to Composing - The Atlantic
How Philip Glass went from driving taxis to becoming one of the most celebrated composers of our time
PhilipGlass  music  interview  history  TheAtlantic  2018 
april 2018 by inspiral
Noahpinion: Rap is capitalist
The economics of rap lyrics would be an interesting subject for a pop econ book.
hiphop  music  culture  capitalism  economics  review  author:NoahSmith  NoahOpinionBlog  2018 
april 2018 by inspiral
Dinner party soundtracker to timeless muse: exploring the Sade complex | Music | The Guardian
The enigmatic musician remains an influence on modern stars such as Drake and Beyoncé. As she releases her first single in seven years we explore why
Sade  music  profile  race  Guardian  2018 
march 2018 by inspiral
The new rules of clubbing: from illegal raves to spacehopper hedonism | Music | The Guardian
As more nightclubs close, illegal raves are on the rise. But – from reimagined LGBT nights to bars with ball pits – they are not the only big change to the way people party
clubbing  music  trends  UK  Guardian  2018 
march 2018 by inspiral
RA: Electronic music in East Asia
From Japan's aging scene, to the recent growth in South Korea and Taiwan, electronic music in East Asia is in flux. Tobias Burgers reports on both the challenges and exciting developments that have gripped the region.
music  dancemusic  clubbing  Japan  SouthKorea  Taiwan  Taipei  Seoul  review  ResidentAdvisor  2018 
january 2018 by inspiral
RA: The art of DJing: Roman Flügel
The surreal touch that colors Flügel's music extends to his masterful DJ sets. Speaking to Matt Unicomb, he reflects on his decades behind the decks.
RomanFlugel  interview  music  clubbing  dj  profile  ResidentAdvisor  2018 
january 2018 by inspiral
The Problem with Muzak | Liz Pelly
Spotify’s ambition to superannuate labels is evident. In its quest for total power and control, Spotify has prioritized its own content, and it has made it notably more difficult to find albums rather than playlists. Search an artist’s name, and you’ll more quickly find a Spotify-branded compilation of that musician’s work than an album. If it isn’t clear by now, Spotify wants playlists to be the most influential feature of the platform, an “innovation” the platform claims is driven by consumer habits but is obviously motivated by the company’s own branding interests, as well as their swelling need to provide evidence that will prove its worth as a platform to investors. But if this doesn’t convince you, take heed: Spotify is even starting to creep into the game of pressing vinyl, partnering with the popular subscription service Vinyl Me Please to press their “Spotify Singles” onto 7-inches. “Spotify and vinyl, now living together in harmony,” reads the Vinyl Me Please website. If Amazon is the “everything store,” just think of Spotify as the “everything music service.”
Spotify  music  streamingmedia  trends  playlist  review  critique  TheBaffler  2017 
january 2018 by inspiral
Youth Radio: Why Are Guitar Sales Declining? | KUNR
All guitar sales in the United States have declined, according to statistics from Music Trades Magazine. Reno Youth Radio reporter Spencer Ellison talked to a long-time Reno musician and a guitar salesman about the trend.
guitar  music  decline  trends  KUNR  2017 
january 2018 by inspiral
Playlists! Lawsuits! Fake Songs! The Biggest Streaming-Music Trends of 2017 | Pitchfork
Breaking down the year’s most important stories in the world of streaming and looking forward to what’s next
music  streamingmedia  trends  review  playlist  musicvideo  free  Spotify  globalisation  profitability  filterbubble  Pitchfork  2017 
december 2017 by inspiral
RA: Nyege Nyege: East Africa's new wave
Electronic music is booming in East Africa, and a small collective based in Kampala is at the heart of it all. Aaron Coultate travelled to Uganda to hear their story.
music  dancemusic  BoutiqElectroniq  NyegeNyege  profile  Uganda  Kampala  Africa  ResidentAdvisor  2017 
december 2017 by inspiral
The Loneliness of the Long Distance Rocker | Rhett Miller
There’s another less obvious casualty of the great digital enclosure of the music business: as Spotify, YouTube, Apple, Google, et al., hoover up nearly all the available profits, the people marooned on the production side of a revenue-starved business model are trapped in a perennial race to the bottom, just to get by. This means that even the best-intentioned people, who got into music for the best possible collaborative reasons, are forced to reposition themselves as small-time hustlers, whose younger selves would likely be appalled to encounter them in today’s always-be-closing mode.
music  consolidation  Spotify  Google  streamingmedia  review  critique  personalaccount  author:RhettMiller  TheBaffler  2017 
december 2017 by inspiral
RA: 2017 in electronic music
We highlight the artists and musical movements that defined the year.
dancemusic  clubbing  music  review  electro  reissue  SouthAmerica  LatinAmerica  hardcore  ResidentAdvisor  2017 
december 2017 by inspiral
The Sound of Music | Asymco
So there is some good reason to honor music at Apple. If it wasn’t for music, Apple would probably not exist today.
Apple  music  strategy  history  iPod  AppleMusic  Shazam  AirPods  HomePod  Asymco  2017 
december 2017 by inspiral
The Problem with Muzak | Liz Pelly
The music world continues to be exceedingly vulnerable, and there are looming questions that desperately need to be addressed. Most important: How can artists distribute and sell their work in a digital economy beholden to ruthlessly commercial and centralized interests?
Spotify  streamingmedia  music  disintermediation  concentration  commercialisation  review  critique  TheBaffler  2017 
december 2017 by inspiral
The Payola Blues: New Technology, Same Old Tune?
The power of curated streaming playlists cannot be understated. With their capacity to break unknown artists on an international scale, the recording industry is using every means at their disposal to cast their influence over these lists and those creating them. Looking above and below the board raises questions as to whether the sleazier business practices of radio’s past are slithering their way into the world of streaming present.
music  payola  Spotify  Pandora  review  critique  streamingmedia  playlist  hhhappy  2017 
november 2017 by inspiral
No alternative: how brands bought out underground music | Music | The Guardian
Timberland hosts rap gigs. Princess Nokia makes films for Maybelline. And Red Bull is the new school of rock. Have brand partnerships destroyed counterculture? Or are they all that’s keeping it alive?
music  monetisation  sellout  contentmarketing  RedBull  Versace  Adidas  Budweiser  Guardian  2017 
november 2017 by inspiral
RA: The art of disruption: How CDJs are changing DJing
CDJs may have made mixing easier, but they've also ushered in an exciting new era of DJing. Michelle Lhooq reflects on the possibilities they've unlocked.
CDJ  music  evolution  clubbing  ResidentAdvisor  2017 
november 2017 by inspiral
Why Burial’s Untrue Is the Most Important Electronic Album of the Century So Far | Pitchfork
Delving into the politics, emotion, and musical history behind the disquieting masterwork a decade after its release.
Burial  Untrue  music  review  author:SimonReynolds  Pitchfork  2017 
october 2017 by inspiral
Remembering Can’s Holger Czukay
One of rock’s true wisecracking eccentrics has left the world, and there is much to learn from his long, storied legacy. “I was never interested in an art that exists by thinking,” Czukay told me. For Czukay, art was a living organism, with a body, mind, and heart. Czukay’s cosmic groove had it all.
HolgerCzukay  Can  music  profile  obituary  author:GeetaDayal  Vulture  2017 
september 2017 by inspiral
'They could destroy the album': how Spotify's playlists have changed music for ever | Music | The Guardian
For now, the streaming services are writing new rules on the hoof. A Latin star having a global hit without a major label was unimaginable a decade ago, but things change. “Everything began when we got into the Spotify playlists, the song just went viral,” Danny Ocean told the Fader of his surprise success. “I don’t think any of this would have happened without streaming.”

Playlists cannot make everyone a chart star – or even famous for 15m streams – but in 2017, if you’re not on them, you might as well not exist.
music  playlist  streamingmedia  Spotify  album  Guardian  2017 
august 2017 by inspiral
Producers, Songwriters on How Pop Songs Got So Slow - Rolling Stone
Downtempo tracks like "Despacito" and "I'm the One" are dominating the charts. Top producers and songwriters discuss what's behind pop's big tempo dip
music  trends  tempo  slow  review  RollingStone  2017 
august 2017 by inspiral
Why Spotify Lowered the Volume of Songs and Ended Hegemonic Loudness - Motherboard
At the end of May, Spotify made a change to its music files that went unnoticed by almost all of the service's listeners. What was apparent, however, to sound engineers and studio wizards was that the volume had been reduced on every Spotify-hosted track.

Using software called Dynameter, this collection of audiophiles took measurements of popular playlists like the Global Top 50 and albums of genres ranging from soul to metal, and discovered that the Spotify catalog had become quieter.

We consider "loudness" to describe the human perception of a rich sound. When you listen to something, therefore, what really counts is the perception of that sound, not the values that are registered on a decibel meter.
music  volume  loudness  listenerfatigue  Spotify  Motherboard  2017 
august 2017 by inspiral
Content isn't king — Benedict Evans
Taking a step back, though, it’s not clear how much all of this really matters to tech. The tech industry has been trying to get onto the TV and into the living room since before the consumer internet - the ‘information superhighway’ of the early 1990s was really about interactive TV, not the web. Yet after a couple of decades of trying, the tech industry now dominates the living room, and is transforming what ‘video’ means, but with the phone, not the TV. The reason Apple TV, Chromecast, FireTV and everything else feel so anti-climactic is that getting onto the TV was a red herring - the device is the phone and the network is the internet. The smartphone is the sun and everything else orbits it. Internet advertising will be bigger than TV advertising this year, and Apple’s revenue is larger than the entire global pay TV industry. This is also why tech companies are even thinking about commissioning their own premium shows today - they are now so big that the budgets involved in buying or creating TV look a lot less daunting than they once did. A recurring story in the past was for a leading tech company to go to Hollywood, announce its intention to buy lots of stuff, and then turn pale at the first rate card it was shown and say “wow - that’s really expensive!”. They have the money now, not from conquering TV but from creating something bigger. 
content  strategy  television  music  books  Amazon  Apple  Google  Netflix  review  BenedictEvans  2017 
july 2017 by inspiral
RA: Karen Gwyer: The workers are on strike
Tony Poland meets the artist who is cutting a singular path through the modern techno landscape.
KarenGwyer  interview  music  techno  ResidentAdvisor  2017 
july 2017 by inspiral
How Spammers, Superstars, and Tech Giants Gamed Music
Gaming Spotify does not rely strictly on deception. Some artists, a term used very loosely here, are providing people exactly what they want. It just so happens that what they want is ephemeral nonsense. Take, for example, the artist Happy Birthday Library, whose Spotify catalogue consists of hundreds of personalized versions of “Happy Birthday” streamed more than a million times.
Spotify  music  streamingmedia  hacking  review  creativeshowcase  Vulture  2017 
july 2017 by inspiral
The Rowdy World of Rap’s New Underground - The New York Times
The lo-fi rap that thrives on SoundCloud teems
with unruly energy. Can it survive the mainstream?
LilPump  Smokepurpp  XXXTentacion  hiphop  music  Soundcloud  NYTimes  2017 
june 2017 by inspiral
25 Historic Nightclubs That Shaped German Club Culture - Electronic Beats
An essential primer on four decades of German techno history via important but now-closed clubs.
clubbing  music  history  Germany  Frankfurt  Berlin  Cologne  Munich  Mannheim  Kassel  Hamburg  Bochum  Leipzig  Essen  Stuttgart  ElectronicBeats  2017 
june 2017 by inspiral
RA: Opinion: How the UK election could affect the club scene
Joe Seaton, the DJ and producer better known as Call Super, examines the election's consequences for club culture, and explains how to get involved.
clubbing  music  politics  Brexit  regulations  ResidentAdvisor  2017 
may 2017 by inspiral
“MP3 is dead” missed the real, much better story – Marco.org
So while there’s a debate to be had — in a moment — about whether MP3 should still be used today, Fraunhofer’s announcement has nothing to do with that, and is simply the ending of its patent-licensing program (because the patents have all expired) and a suggestion that we move to a newer, still-patented format.
music  MP3  AAC  intellectualproperty  patents  quality  opensource  Marco  2017 
may 2017 by inspiral
Pitchfork Grows Up - Bloomberg
Ryan Schreiber’s once-scrappy hipster music review site has made it to media’s main stage.
Pitchfork  webjournalism  music  CondeNeaste  profile  Bloomberg  2017 
may 2017 by inspiral
RA: Ryuichi Sakamoto: Everyday objects
Aaron Coultate speaks to the revered Japanese composer about overcoming cancer, The Revenant and his absorbing new album.
RyuichiSakamoto  music  interview  TheRevenant  soundtrack  async  ResidentAdvisor  2017 
may 2017 by inspiral
In Music, DRM Is Back While Ownership Is Going Away | Copyright and Technology
First, and most relevant to us here, is something I’ve predicted but the RIAA numbers make it official: encrypted digital music accounts for more revenue than DRM-free music (digital or analog). In other words — if you define DRM as any encrypted means of content delivery — DRM for music is back.
music  streamingmedia  DRM  growth  CopyrightandTechnology  2017 
may 2017 by inspiral
The Quietus | Opinion | Black Sky Thinking | The Reports Of The Record Industry's Rebirth Are Greatly Exaggerated
Last week the major labels were all over the media shouting excitedly about new positive streaming figures. But, points out Eamonn Forde, the reality is far from rosy - especially for those artists tQ loves.
music  revenues  Independent  review  critique  Spotify  streamingmedia  TheQuietus  2017 
may 2017 by inspiral
The United States of Billy Joel - The Atlantic
The Piano Man hasn’t released a new pop album since 1993. How does he continue to sell out stadiums?
BillyJoel  music  culture  history  USA  TheAtlantic  2017 
april 2017 by inspiral
Return of the KLF: ‘They were agents of chaos. Now the world they anticipated is here’ | Music | The Guardian
Bill Drummond and Jimmy Cauty hijacked pop in the 1980s and 90s with outlandish antics involving lasers, house music, a Viking longship and a million-pound bonfire. Andrew Harrison revisits the chaos – and talks to their former partners in crime
KLF  profile  music  culture  history  Guardian  2017 
april 2017 by inspiral
Moby and Others Discuss Life as Sober DJs - Thump
Tommie Sunshine, Rebekah, and more explain how they keep themselves clear-headed in the club.
clubbing  alcohol  drugs  sober  Moby  TommieSunshine  Rebekah  music  Thump  Vice  2017 
april 2017 by inspiral
Once We Listened to the Beatles. Now We Eat Beetles. - Bloomberg View
Music made us get up and dance, or occasionally throw a rock. Food, especially if combined with wine, encourages a state of satiety and repose. Most conversation about food is studiously nonpolitical and removed from controversial social issues. There is a layer of left-wing critique of food corporations, genetic modification and food-associated pollution, but its impact on broader American culture has been marginal. These days, it could be said that food is the opiate of the educated classes. Anecdotally, I observe that the contemporary preoccupation with a particular kind of food fanciness and diversity has penetrated black communities less, and those are also the groups where music might in some cases remain politically important.
food  music  identity  consumer  trends  review  Bloomberg  author:TylerCowen  2017 
april 2017 by inspiral
How Spotify is finally gaining leverage over record labels | TechCrunch
The problem with Spotify going public has always been that the record labels own the music. They force Spotify to pay 70 percent or more of its revenue to them for royalties, and could jack up that price if Spotify got too profitable.
Spotify  recordlabels  strategy  review  music  Techcrunch  2017 
march 2017 by inspiral
How the technology behind Bitcoin could change the music industry
MP3s, AACs and the rest, are laughably insecure when it comes to metadata. As Rogers points out, it is the work of seconds to strip out artist data from a file of this kind. But, he says, “the persistence of information on ownership is going to become really important. The bass player who played on a track that’s sampled 600 times and then played on a platform that makes money – how does that money get back to the bass player?” By hard-wiring the rightsholder information into the file, he thinks he can help to eliminate the black boxes being sat on by YouTube and their like – and, by building a system whereby rightsholders, labels, licensees and streaming platforms all transact on a blockchain, that information can be rendered immutable by anyone but the parties with the right to change it.

The blockchain technology also offers the opportunity to conduct transactions virtually in real time, circumventing an industry that, according to Rogers, still routinely conducts its business on paper. In a blockchain model, an artist might set out the terms on which they want to license a track, and any restrictions on use. A potential licensee could then use a ‘smart contract’ function to do a deal instantly, without weeks of paperwork.
music  DRM  blockchain  dotBlockchain  PledgeMusic  innovation  FactMag  2017 
february 2017 by inspiral
Moscow nightlife: how a new wave of DIY club is breathing life into the capital’s party scene — The Calvert Journal
Russia's recent economic hardships have had an energising effect on Moscow's clubbing scene, as lower rents and fewer international artists have created the perfect conditions for a homegrown scene to thrive
music  dancemusic  clubbing  tourist  Moscow  Russia  CalvertJournal  2017 
february 2017 by inspiral
RA: East Side story: LA's backyard party scene
In East LA during the early '90s, Latino neighborhoods were home to a thriving party circuit that laid the foundations for the city's dance music scene. Matt McDermott charts the history of this overlooked community.
music  culture  history  Latino  clubbing  LosAngeles  USA  ResidentAdvisor  2017 
february 2017 by inspiral
Casual Gabberz are the Parisian collective making gabber cool again
Since its birth in Rotterdam in the early ‘90s, gabber has largely been derided by “serious” clubbers as as whizz-fueled music for puerile head-bangers. But forget what you’ve heard – a new generation of French gabber obsessives are pumping fresh blood into a maligned genre to bring a taste of gabber to a contemporary club audience. April Clare Welsh meets the Casual Gabberz.
CasualGabberz  gabber  music  dancemusic  Paris  France  FactMag  2017 
february 2017 by inspiral
Universal Music and Spotify talk music-streaming in 2017
Executives from Spotify and Universal Music kicked off the NY:LON Connect conference we organised with the Music Business Association in London this morning by giving their views on how the music-streaming market is shaping up in 2017.
music  streamingmedia  review  trends  forecast  Spotify  UniversalMusic  MusicAlly  2017 
january 2017 by inspiral
Tidal's Sprint Deal: The Good, The Bad, The Unknown | Billboard
After months of rumors about a possible acquisition, Tidal announced this morning it sold a 33 percent stake in the company to Sprint for $200 million, giving it access to the telecom company's 45 million customers. It's a bold move for a streaming service that, with its estimated (and disputed) 1 million paying subscribers, had fallen even further behind the sector's leaders Spotify and Apple Music in number of paid subscribers (40 million and 20 million, respectively) in 2016, its first full year of operation since its March 2015 U.S. launch.
Tidal  music  streamingmedia  takeover  Sprint  Billboard  2017 
january 2017 by inspiral
Wiley: the enigmatic Godfather of Grime | Music | The Guardian
After more than a decade of being fetishised and then written off, grime now dominates British pop culture. To understand why, you need to understand the man who created it
Wiley  grime  music  profile  London  Guardian  2017 
january 2017 by inspiral
Save the Last Dance: The Fight for London Club Culture | Pitchfork
Caught in a web of gentrification, police crackdowns, and dangerous drugs, the UK capital’s once-thriving nightlife scene is in serious jeopardy.
clubbing  music  gentrification  drugs  harmminimisation  Fabric  London  Pitchfork  2017 
january 2017 by inspiral
The Great Unbundling – Stratechery by Ben Thompson
First, the new winners have models that look a lot like the one that destroyed the publishing industry: by owning end users these companies either capture revenue directly (Netflix) or have compelling platforms for advertisers; content producers, meanwhile, are commoditized.

Secondly, all four jobs were unbundled by different services, which is another way of saying there is no more bundle. That, by extension, means that one of the most important forces holding the TV ecosystem together is being sapped of its power. Bundling only makes sense if end users can get their second and third-order preferences for less; what happens, though, if there are no more second and third-order preferences to be had?
unbundling  newspapers  journalism  television  music  evolution  Google  Youtube  ESPN  Netflix  Snapchat  Facebook  Stratechery  2017 
january 2017 by inspiral
In Apple-Spotify World, SoundCloud Can’t Find Room - Bloomberg
The bottom line: SoundCloud hasn’t been able to transform 175 million users into profit, and its efforts to sell to Spotify have fallen apart.
music  streamingmedia  Soundcloud  profile  review  profitability  critique  comparison  Spotify  AppleMusic  Bloomberg  2017 
january 2017 by inspiral
RA: Some thoughts on 2017
RA's editorial team give their views on the coming year.
dancemusic  clubbing  forecast  music  ResidentAdvisor  2017 
january 2017 by inspiral
How Margaret Thatcher Took On Acid House - The Daily Beast
All-night raves known as Acid House parties were spreading across the UK in 1989, ‘the Second Summer of Love.’ But it took a letter from an MP’s irritated uncle in the shires to get Mrs. Thatcher involved in the debate.
MargaretThatcher  music  acidhouse  dancemusic  CriminalJusticeBill  history  UK  TheDailyBeast  2016 
january 2017 by inspiral
2017 Digital Music Scoreboard | JonMaples.com
But as 2017 starts, I do think it’s worth pausing to reflect on where the industry is and how it’s trending. After all, without a scorecard, how are we supposed to know who’s leading? So I offer you my 2017 Digital Music Scoreboard.
music  streamingmedia  review  management  strategy  Spotify  Amazon  AppleMusic  SiriusXM  Google  GooglePlay  GoogleMusicAllAccess  PandoraTidal  Napster  Deezer  Soundcloud  JonMaples  2017 
january 2017 by inspiral
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