Grammy whisperer Paul Grein explores Frank Ocean's recent comments on black artists and the awards competition, surveying the history and digging into the stats.
A report from The Trichordist blog finds that Spotify’s per-stream payout has declined 16% since 2014, from $0.00521 to $0.00437. At the same time, however, Spotify’s volume has exploded since then, with paid streams taking off and the Swedish DSP now accounting for almost 70% of the majors’ streaming revenue. Apple Music, meanwhile...
"Edelweiss is a flower that blooms in the worst of conditions," Tony-winning Broadway star Billy Porter says, referencing the Richard Rodgers classic best known from The Sound of Music. "It's a song of hope, of peace, a healing prayer for a country in time of crisis." Porter will perform his soulful new rendition, due out this week from Sony Masterworks (and from his forthcoming Rodgers songbook album) as part of the star-studded inauguration day Concert for America: Stand Up, Sing Out! on 1/20 in NYC...
The debut this weekend of the first Apple AirPods ads have driven Marian Hill’s “Down” way up the Shazam USA Top 100 as the Republic Records duo hits #12. That’s a rise of 189 slots, a mere four more than the Disruptor/Columbia’s The Chainsmokers saw for their new single “Paris.”
iHeartMedia chief Bob Pittman says he’s “cautiously optimistic” about radio in 2017, the exec told Inside Radio, noting that interest in the medium is up among advertisers who see broadcast TV on the wane and too much fragmentation online. “Agencies and advertisers who ignored radio for a while are back into, OK, tell me about radio and how can I use it again,” he says.
Remember Feist’s “1 2 3 4”? How about The Caesars’ “Jerk It Out”? Certainly Bono shouting “uno, dos, tres, catorce” rings a bell. Well all those songs were prominently featured in iPod ads that led to hit singles. Could the first Apple AirPods ad have a similar affect for Republic’s Marian Hill?
The Financial Times has taken a look at the recorded music industry and decided “the Internet may resurrect the business it almost killed.” They base this on streaming services topping 100m paid subscribers worldwide and the U.S. industry looking at two consecutive years of growth for the first time since 1999.
It was just announced that the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards will take place on 4/2 at Las Vegas' T-Mobile Arena and will be broadcast by CBS at 8pm ET/delayed PT. This will be Pete Fisher's first show as CEO of the academy.
STARS ALIGN FOR HUMAN RIGHTS ON INAUGURATION DAY
As counter-programming goes, this is monumental. (1/17a)
AIRPODS AD SENDS MARIAN HILL SOARING
Apple renews its Midas touch with Republic duo. (1/17a)
RADIOHEAD ADDS DATES AROUND COACHELLA
As long as they're in the neighborhood, they might as well see the sights. (1/17a)
2016 U.K. LABEL MARKETSHARE
Add AES to your list of memorized abbreviations. (1/13a)