Monthly archives: May, 2017

Which colleges listened to the most music on Spotify this year?

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How did music fit into your school year? Did you listen to music at parties? During study sessions? To relax? While exercising? Trying to fall asleep? Spotify took a peek at U.S. college students’ music listening behaviors and found some pretty interesting trends. (And it’s not just the biggest schools that streamed the most music,…

Harder? Better? Faster? Stronger? Why is every trailer soundtracked by Kanye?

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Ask yourself this: if a movie trailer doesn’t have a Kanye West song in it, then is it really a movie trailer? For some reason, Kanye has become an inescapable component of the trailer business. His music is now as integral as ‘In a world…’ or the Inception-style BLARM effects were in years gone by….

Camila Cabello and Zane Lowe on Beats 1 [Full Interview]

Major Labels Are Now Earning $9000 A Minute From Streaming


  For those that said that streaming revenue would never replace that from CDs there’s this – According to a study done by Music Business Worldwide, the major labels made around $9000 every minute from streaming in the first quarter of 2017. To put it into perspective, that means $540,000 per hour and $12.5 million every day! If this trajectory…


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  Earlier this month, the firm was named Pop Publisher of the Year by BMI, at a ceremony where Justin Tranter and Ross Golan were named Songwriters Of The Year. Then, at the Ivor Novellos in London on Thursday (May 18), Warner/Chappell signing Skepta won Songwriter of the Year and Best Contemporary Song for “Man”. Meanwhile, fellow…

YouTube Study Raises More Questions About Value to the Music Industry


Youtube Head of Global Music Lyor Cohen and Chance The Rapper attend GQ and Chance The Rapper Celebrate the Grammys in Partnership with YouTube at Chateau Marmont on Feb. 12, 2017 in Los Angeles. YouTube’s cold war with the labels is heating up again. As European Union legislators consider copyright legislation that could potentially constrain…

Grime Sets Today’s Music Agenda in Britain, and Tomorrow’s

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Stormzy at the V Festival in Chelmsford, England, in August. Credit Samir Hussein/Redferns, via Getty Images In England, few musicians have a higher profile than the grime star Stormzy: Adele recently acknowledged him from the stage during a performance; he vocally supported the Labour politician Jeremy Corbyn; and it was national news when a neighbor…

From Robbing to a Record Deal: The Tee Grizzley Story


  Ever since Prohibition, Detroit has been overrun with violence. In the 1920s, the Purple Gang held such a bloody reign over the bootleg circuit, even Al Capone chose to make peace instead of trying to expand into their territory from Chicago. In 1943, after 20,000 White workers walked off the job at a plant manufacturing parts for bombers and…

Spotify’s Troy Carter Concedes Artists Aren’t Being Paid Enough By Streaming Services


  Troy Carter, Spotify’s global head of creator services, conceded in his keynote interview today’ at the Music Biz Convention, that artists aren’t being paid enough by streaming services. In a follow-up comment, however, he successfully evaded assigning blame to Spotify or any other streaming service or labels by saying, “We need to reconfigure the value…

How Logic’s Digital Pop-Up Store Helped Set a Universal Music Group Sales Record


It’s no surprise that Def Jam rapper Logiccaters directly to his fans. In the two weeks leading up to his second studio album The Incredible True Story, released in November 2015, the Gaithersburg, Md., native shelled out well over $100,000 of his own money to rent a tour bus, driver and documentary team to chronicle a trek…