A lot has already been written about Jay-Z’s recently launched Tidal music service, in part because Tidal is making a bold bet that consumers will be on board with paying $20 a month for a streaming service when the already popular Spotify only charges $10. As a result, many industry insiders and observers have come straight out and said that Tidal is doomed to fail.
The Muppets are awesome. Digital Underground’s classic rap song “The Humpty Dance” is also awesome. So why not combine the two into a modern masterpiece?
Well, that’s exactly what Twitter user Mylo the Cat recently did. And the result is nothing short of amazing. Featuring Gonzo, naturally, taking on the role of Shock G, the video is a must watch. And Muppet fans, not to worry, you’ll see a number of great cameos from all of your favorite characters. More →
Tom Hanks needs no further introductions – he’s one of the best actors out there and I don’t think I’ve ever missed any of his movies so far. However, I did miss the video in which Hanks sings and dances along with Carly Rae Jepsen’s new song. And I’ll just say it: I didn’t know how much I needed this in my life. More →
It’s fair to say that Apple completely missed the boat on music streaming. Content with healthy downloads from the iTunes Music Store, Apple gave plenty of breathing room to crafty upstarts like Pandora and Spotify who slowly but surely started putting large dents into the traditional digital download business.
These days, digital downloads are on the decline as consumers are increasingly showing less of an interest in owning their music. Apple, of course, has plans to get into the streaming business thanks to its $3 billion acquisition of Beats Music last year.
That said, Apple’s 2013 rollout of iTunes Radio doesn’t exactly instill confidence that Apple gets music. Which, not surprisingly, is part and parcel why Apple bought Beats in the first place — music industry talent and savvy.
In case anyone is still wondering why Apple doled out $3 billion for Beats Music, all one has to do is look to the immense success and growing popularity of Spotify. Just this week, Kendrick Lamar’s new album, To Pimp a Butterfly, set a new Spotify record for the most streams in a single day, 9.6 million to be exact. Notably, the 9.6 million figure only includes songs that were listened the whole way through.
Indeed, Spotify records have come crashing down at a rapid clip in recent memory. In February, for instance, Drake’s latest album, titled If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, amassed 17.3 million streams over the course of the month, setting a new monthly Spotify record in the process.
The music streaming business is currently a three-or-four-dog race. You’ve got Pandora, Spotify, YouTube, and last but not least, Beats Music. Looking to join in on the fun is rapper Jay Z, who is reportedly gearing up to go head to head with the biggest names in music streaming.
I can’t stop listening to Kelly Clarkson’s “Heartbeat Song,” but it isn’t because I’m a particularly huge fan of her music. Rather, Andy Cush at Gawker pointed out on Tuesday that “Heartbeat Song,” the first single off of Clarkson’s upcoming album Piece by Piece, sounds eerily similar to early 2000s alt-rock hit “The Middle” by Jimmy Eat World. More →
I have stolen music. A massive amount of music, in fact. Over the past decade or so, I have illegally downloaded hundreds of songs from various file-sharing networks. Even thousands, most likely.
In the past couple of years, however, I have completely stopped stealing music as my listening habits shifted from album-based listening to services like Pandora and Spotify. The painful irony here, however, is that recording artists and music labels earn far less money from me now that I have gone legit than they did when I was a thief.
A leaked confidential report from the archaically-named International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) has revealed a wide range of strategies being employed by the recording industry to fight piracy, including petitioning for the removal of third-party music apps from app stores and petitioning ISPs to block sites that offer pirated music. The report, obtained by TorrentFreak, shows that the IFPI is advising the music industry to attack piracy with multiple tactics that are divided into five broad categories: Take down, Disruption, Investigation, Lobbying and Litigation. More →
Digital music has become increasingly popular over the years, and now it looks like new methods of digital music distribution are finally starting to pay off. SoundExchange, which processes royalty payments for online music streams, confirmed on Monday that it has paid artists and record companies a total of $1 billion since being founded in 2000. “The way the industry is going, it is about multiple revenue streams, not just one,” Michael Huppe, SoundExchange’s president, said in an interview with The New York Times. The company’s quarterly payments to artist and record companies exceeded $100 million for the first time this year. SoundExchange collects money from Sirius XM Radio, Pandora and other forms of Internet radio, and then pays royalties to both artists and their labels. While Internet streaming royalties have increased, they still remain a relatively small percentage of music royalties as a whole. More →