Monthly archives: January, 2014

Grammys Garner Record Social Mentions In 2014, Lorde Most Discussed on Twitter

This year’s Grammy Awards pulled in 34 million social media interactions on Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr and Twitter, making the Jan. 26 show television’s biggest social event of the season so far. The 2013 Grammy event, by comparison, drew 25 million social media interactions, up from 19 million the year before, according to The Recording Academy,…


MIDEM 2014 Preview: 14 Things To Watch For

When MIDEM convenes in Cannes Feb. 1-4, the event will once again draw participants from more corners of the globe than any other music business conference. In 2013, more than 6,400 participants from 75 countries and 3,000 companies participated in MIDEM, which is now in its 48th year. How can one get a grasp on…


Kendrick Lamar Says Macklemore’s Grammy Awards Were “Well Deserved”

Kendrick Lamar says Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ Grammy wins were “well deserved.” During a recent interview with XXL, Lamar spoke about why he feels this way. “It’s well deserved,” Lamar said. “He did what he did, man. He went out there and hustled and grinded.”…


Will.i.am to Launch Video Platform With Maker Studios

One of the top digital media firms is adding a major pop star to its roster. Maker Studios, which boasts more than 4.2 billion monthly video views and consistently ranks among comScore’s list of top five YouTube partners, has teamed with will.i.am to launch an online video platform with original content drawn from the Black…


J. Cole Explains Dreamville’s Interscope Records Parthernship & Role

J. Cole also explains what his role with Dreamville will allow him to do. J. Cole’s Dreamville imprint made headlines yesterday (January 27), when it was announced that it would join Interscope Records in a partnership. Cole spoke with Forbes about how the partnership works. …


Sony Releases Sound Forge Pro Mac 2

014 NAMM Show: Sony Creative Software has released Sound Forge Pro Mac 2 and updated SpectraLayers Pro [WIN/MAC] applications. These products can be purchased separately or together in the new Audio Master Suite Mac bundle. Sound Forge Pro Mac, now in Version 2, now features: batch processing, refined metering for discriminating mastering and broadcast professionals, more…


Lost Elliott Smith recordings released as club tracks

rom A Bashment on the Hill? In the late 1990s, Mike Doughty (formerly of cult art-rock unit Soul Coughing) recorded a series of Elliott Smith vocals at L.A’s Sunset Sound Factory. Smith – who was working on his contributions to the Good Will Hunting soundtrack at the time – sang into a binaural head microphone, a…


Major ticketing companies pledge to be upfront about additional fees

Seven major online ticket companies have agreed to publish extra fees on gig tickets up front, prior to customers confirming their purchase. The companies, which include Ticketmaster and See Tickets, have pledged that any additional fees will be displayed next to the ticket price on all purchases. It is hoped the change will make it…


Independents Claim 50% of Grammy Wins, Largest Share in A2IM History

Independent record labels and artists hauled off some heavy hardware at the 56th Grammy awards last night, claiming the largest share of all awards since at least 2006, when the American Association of Independent music began tracking the ceremony. According to A2IM, independent labels and artists received 50% of the evening’s honors, including big wins…


Ibanez Korg Kaoss Pad Guitar (Prototype Sneak Preview)

At the 2014 NAMM Show, Ibanez was showing one of the weirder things at the show, a Korg Kaoss Pad guitar. The Kaoss Pad guitars on show were early prototypes, created to gauge interest. Expect more polished versions at 2015 NAMM Show. Check out the Ibanez Korg Kaoss Pad guitar and let us know what…