Jay Z, 10 years ago: “I sold kilos of coke, I’m guessin’ I can sell CDs.” That line needs revision, because even the savviest musicians can’t sell CDs these days. Physical albums haven’t sold this poorly since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking sales in 1991, and in a report out today the consumer research company reported another brutal year for CDs. Sales of the shiny discs dropped nearly 15 percent in 2014, selling almost 25 million fewer units than in 2013. READ FULL STORY
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New Year’s Eve is widely known as the biggest amateur night of the year, when the odds of having a good enough time to justify the energy and expense that go into it weigh heavily in the house’s favor. And yet it’s such a big deal that even if you decide not to gamble and just stay home instead, you still feel like you have to do something.
Luckily, we live in a modern age where there’s a range of broadcasts that allow us to experience some of the sights and sounds of live concerts without having to deal with the actual people who go to them. If you’re staying housebound tomorrow night, you can still catch Taylor Swift on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2015, which airs on ABC at 8 p.m. ET (with an official, commercial-free Times Square webstream starting at 6), or its new competition, Pitbull’s New Year’s Revolution, airing on Fox at the same time.
Or you can go a little more niche. Yahoo! will webcast EDM superstars Diplo and Skrillex’s Madison Square Garden event starting at 10 p.m. ET. Phish is offering (for a price) a webstream of their show in Miami, the first of four they’re playing down there this week. SiriusXM will be broadcasting a number of New Year’s concerts, including ones by Elton John, Willie Nelson, Armin van Buuren, and the aforementioned Diplo/Skrillex combination. Or if you want to keep things a little more cultured, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra will be offering a streamed concert of pops and light orchestral works, with an “Auld Lang Syne” singalong at midnight.
Based on her social media presence, Taylor Swift seemed to have a pretty good Christmas holiday. Her dad gave her lint rollers. Her mom gave her some nice bags for her cats. She hung out with Hugh Jackman and raised money for a good cause. But Swift was also thinking of her fans, and therefore she drew attention to this lovely cover of her “Blank Space” and “Style” by singer-songwriter Louisa Wendorff. READ FULL STORY
Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest is set to end the year with a message: “Let It Go.”
Taylor Swift’s latest high-profile breakup was a change from the usual, being a global music streaming service rather than a tousle-haired pop star. Two weeks ago she pulled her music from Spotify, inspiring industry pundits to debate the sustainability of a platform that can’t hold onto its market’s biggest star of the moment and Spotify to make a very public plea for her to return.
The stated cause of the split was money, and specifically the relatively tiny amount of royalties that artists receive from Spotify plays versus other forms of media, a subject that’s irked other major pop stars like Radiohead’s Thom Yorke. In order to get some perspective on the situation, Time recently tabulated a list of the most-played artists on the service and did the math based off Spotify’s stated pay-out rates to estimate what sort of sums are in the balance. While it seems like Swift may be turning down more money per month than most people make in a lifetime, her people say she’s actually been paid considerably less.
Check out T-Swift’s numbers (and the rest of the top 20 most-played artists on Spotify) here.
Yesterday, YouTube announced that it’s going to get into the highly competitive music streaming business. According to the L.A. Times, the Google-owned video service is getting ready to roll out YouTube Music Key, which will “give users access to tens of millions of songs, for about $10 a month”— by providing an ad-free way to enjoy all the music that’s currently licensed and available on the service.
Okay, great. Should you care?
With a hit single—the strummy, propulsive anthem “Riptide,” which spent five weeks atop the Billboard Alternative chart this fall—major festival gigs, and a North American headlining tour, Australian singer-songwriter Vance Joy was already set to finish out 2014 as one of the buzziest new-folk troubadours since Bon Iver. And that was before Taylor Swift (perhaps you’ve heard of her) tapped the former semiprofessional athlete born James Keough to open on her world tour kicking off May 20.
“There hasn’t been that kind of ‘big’ moment,” says Keough, who played his first proper gig only two years ago. “It’s been such a steady burn.” Odds are that things are about to get a lot hotter. READ FULL STORY
Taylor Swift’s 1989 dropped Oct. 27. Just a week later, all her music disappeared from Spotify.
This caused some confusion among fans—and caused Spotify to panic. Since Nov. 3, the two parties have gone back and forth about the whys behind Swift’s move. Swift says she believes art should have value, and she doesn’t think Spotify conveys this message; Spotify maintains that its goal from the beginning has been to help fans listen to music while also giving artists their due.
It’s messy, and, as Swift said in a Time interview, “really kind of an old story”—she first publicized her views about paying for music this past summer. But since her decision to yank her songs from the site made that story new again, here’s a complete rundown of who’s said what so far.
Before Taylor Swift was welcoming everyone to New York, she was singing the praises of the country as a whole at a 2002 NBA game.
A 12-year-old Swift sang the national anthem at a Philadelphia 76ers game, where she wore a very red outfit that foreshadowed her album to come. Although she later sang the national anthem again at the 2008 World Series and did a solid job with the help of a glittery guitar, the 2002 a capella version proves that Swift has basically always been a star. READ FULL STORY
This was inevitable. READ FULL STORY
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