21 Savage shares “Bank Account” music video

Mike Epps stars in the hit single’s visuals. “Bank Account” is 21 Savage‘s biggest solo single ever, and on Friday the rapper finally dropped its music video. Swinsky directs the clip, a meta-spoof of heist films starring Mike Epps as a goofy suitor and 21 Savage as the lead villain, naturally. Watch the video for…


Why this digital age calls for analogue agencies

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It’s pretty much a given that we now live in a digital age: our consumption – including consumption of marketing messages, music, movies, software – is driven by the net, by mobile devices and the like. Physical media, linear TV and permanent ownership have been replaced by subscriptions, streaming, catch-up services and cloud-based models. But…


Artist Visits To Spotify, Apple Music Illustrate Why Radio Feels OLD

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While radio was instrumental for artists working to break a new record, the recent tendency of artists like Pink to eschew terrestrial radio in favor of the offices of Spotify and Apple music shows a new trend in how musicians are choosing to promote their work. If ever there was a sign that radio is…


Pop Artist Shelita Burke Uses Data Science, Blockchain To Her Advantage

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Although most artists approach their careers from a less scientific angle Shelita Burke, a data scientist and cryptologist in addition to being a musician, has taken a different approach, using science and technology to her advantage in her businesslike method of running her career. While some artists view their careers with a sort of “If…


13 Ways To Get Blacklisted From The Music Industry

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The longer I’m in music, the bigger my network gets and the smaller the music community seems. I was on a layover at MSP (Minneapolis) and I saw Rashawn Ross, the renowned trumpet player for Dave Matthews Band, Soulive, Lettuce etc etc. I’d never met Rashawn, but a quick glance at his Instagram showed that we…


Joji’s Journey from Viral Videos to Quality Music

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From Filthy Frank to 88rising, Joji’s career has been anything but predictable. The internet sensation has migrated from comedy to quality music, and it’s paying off in a big way. By now, the story of Joji is internet lore. The Australian-Japanese artist became an online sensation through his Filthy Frank and Pink Guy characters, creating a world…


BREXIT AND THE FUTURE OF THE BRITISH MUSIC INDUSTRY

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This guest column comes from Chrysalis Records co-founder Chris Wright: “Last month, thousands of people crowded together in the Eventim Apollo theatre in Hammersmith to celebrate some of the best of British music at the Mercury Awards. The eventual winner, Sampha’s ‘Process’, was hailed as a challenging, individual kind of album and a fitting recipient…


The 20 Hottest Songwriters in Pop Music Right Now

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Ricky Reed has written hits for Meghan Trainor, Phantogram and Jason Derulo. In 2017, more than at any other time in history, writing Top 40 hits is often a by-committee affair. A typical Rihanna song like “Work” may have as many as seven different songwriters; Demi Lovato’s latest album, Tell Me You Love Me, has…


Bernie Grundman wants to change the way you hear music — for the better

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“A mechanical tool is following an intricate signal.” “These are coaxial speakers, and the tweeter’s in the throat of the woofer.” “Now you have 16 sets of stampers for a set of lacquers.” The language can get pretty heady when Bernie Grundman is talking shop at his sprawling, 20,000-square-foot studio in the heart of Hollywood….


The Enduring Empathy & Beauty of R.E.M.’s ‘Automatic for the People’

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On its 25th birthday, revisit the seminal album that changed the course of alt-rock—and the Athens, GA quartet’s career. R.E.M. are an absolute anomaly, and, coincidentally, perhaps one of the biggest benefactors of the cultural sea-change that was the early 1990s alt-rock explosion. In the mid-’80s the Athens, GA, quartet were already college radio stalwarts,…