SFX Entertainment [SFXE] has announced the acquisition of licensing and merchandising company Perryscope Productions. Team Perryscope will bring their expertise to all of SFXE's operations completing another major piece of the puzzle. Earlier this month MTV revealed they will be broadcasting Tomorrowland 2014, the first time this major festival has been televised. In addition SFXE completed the purchase of React Presents which is responsible for multiple festivals in the Midwest.
When I interviewed two of ToneDen's co-founders back in February, they told me they were planning a trip to SXSW to broaden their music industry contacts. So I decided we should touch base afterwards and find out what they learned on their first music industry networking excursion beyond the Bay Area. We finally got the chance to do that last week and to also chat a bit about their new customizable SoundCloud player.
A variety of classical music groups are trying to reach new audiences these days. I've written about some of them (see links below) but until B-Classic came out with its K-Pop choreography music video featuring the music of Dvorak, I had yet to see an approach that truly missed the mark. I could be totally wrong but it seems unlikely that watching attractive Korean women in shorts moving their hips side to side will attract young people to concerts where they'll actually focus on the music.
The attempt to raise $5 million on Kickstarter to buy Wu-Tang's upcoming single copy release seems like a positive move based on what the creators told a media outlet. But the campaign has numerous flaws that suggest it's unlikely to reach its stated goals of raising the money and of purchasing the album. And, if they did, there are other problems they would encounter. For example, buying an album doesn't give you the right to freely redistribute it.
A new BIAKelsey report is out titled "The Internet Radio Revolution Has Arrived." It was sponsored by XAPPmedia whose XAPP Ads are designed for voice interaction so that mobile listeners on the move can still engage. The report itself is a nice overview of the business of internet radio. With increasing user uptake advertisers are expected to follow. Given that more and more music is supported by advertising, this next stage is crucial not only to radio but to the near-term and possibly long-term sustainability of the music industry.
Earlier this year I wrote about concerns related to major labels' getting into vinyl and sucking up more of the limited time of current vinyl pressing facilities. However that's just one of the problems affecting indie labels and record stores for whom Record Store Day was created. But even if indie shops withdraw from RSD as some are doing, the crunch for vinyl pressing plants seems likely to increase as vinyl's audience grows.
Sub-$50 music router and wifi hotspot Gramofon has announced that it will also stream Rhapsody and Napster in addition to Spotify. Backed by Fon, the creator of hugely popular free wifi hotspots, Gramofon connects select music streamers to home stereo systems. Mobile devices, including those of visting friends, serve as the remote control.
Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons will receive the David Starlight Award at this year’s Annual Induction and Awards Dinner for the Songwriters Hall of fame. His Grammy-winning band released their album, Night Visions in the fall of 2012 to critical acclaim and Billboard success. Created in 2004, the Hal David Starlight award honors up and coming songwriters who are making an impact in the business. Previous winners are John Legend, Taylor Swift, and Benny Blanco.
Jacobs Media's latest survey of radio listeners, Techsurvey10, finds that "radio is on both sides of the tipping point." That sounds painful but, as it turns out, they're saying that many listeners are still tuning in to broadcast aka terrestrial radio via traditional sources while a growing number are listening to those stations digitally. It's one of the more interesting points of a survey which I feel could use a glossary for those of us who find radio important to the music industry but aren't part of the radio industry.
MusiXmatch has added lyrics to all sorts of places from Spotify to karaoke mics and now to YouTube music videos. This week the fully licensed lyrics company released an extension for Google's Chrome browser that adds lyrics to any YouTube music video for which they have the lyrics which is a lot of songs. Given the popularity of lyrics videos it should be a welcome addition to those who want to follow or sing along while still seeing a fancy music video.
Spotify is changing how it delivers music to users from peer to peer networks to streaming via its own dedicated servers. P2P delivery cut costs for the startup and delivered songs almost instantaneously, both impressive features back when Spotify launched.
Forbes is out with its latest ranking of rich musicians. Diddy again leads a list of 5 Richest Hip Hop artists with his estimated fortune of $700 million, a jump of $120 million over his net worth last year. As with most of the artists on the list, much of the earnings come from ventures outside of cutting new tracks and touring. Here's the full list and what each has banked:
Building on the success of the March release of their free "Smell the D.A.I.S.Y." BitTorrent bundle, De La Soul are rewarding fans with a contest that combines Record Store Day and a classic easter egg hunt in honor of J. Dilla. Every fan who unlocked the BitTorrent bundle by submitting their email address, will receive a message today that limited edition vinyl of previously unreleased material from Dilla has been planted in records stores in select cities.
I love blogging. I would love nothing more than the spend more of my day writing - but sometimes, you just get stuck. I have been on a personal hiatus for exactly one year but have found my way back into writing by finding my inspiration in what's going on around me. What inspires you? What motivates you? What moves you to create the music you create? How do you share those experiences and that music with your audience? Blogging.
I've been posting about creative music videos for the last couple of years at Hypebot. Generally I feature videos using new tech, particularly consumer web apps, to create music videos. Today's batch features a Cut Copy video that utilized 3D printing, a fanshot video by Kodaline using FanFootage and two music videos that use edited GIFs, one from Rob Cantor and one from Ilan Benjamin who created an unofficial video for Tropkillaz.
Yet another story of hypocrisy by the recording industry? Why yes, indeed. For years now, we've been covering the issue of pre-1972 sound recordings. When Congress wrote the 1909 Copyright Act, it did not cover sound recordings, because Congress didn't think that sound recordings qualified for copyright. In a statement released by Congress with the Act, it said it deliberately chose not to cover sound recordings, believing that they weren't covered by the Constitutional limitation on "writings" for copyright protection: