Taylor Swift has written an optimistic article on the music industry for the Wall Street Journal. Read the article below via Taylor Swift.
Where will the music industry be in 20 years, 30 years, 50 years?
Before I tell you my thoughts on the matter, you should know that you’re reading the opinion of an enthusiastic optimist: one of the few living souls in the music industry who still believes that the music industry is not dying…it’s just coming alive.
There are many (many) people who predict the downfall of music sales and the irrelevancy of the album as an economic entity. I am not one of them. In my opinion, the value of an album is, and will continue to be, based on the amount of heart and soul an artist has bled into a body of work, and the financial value that artists (and their labels) place on their music when it goes out into the marketplace. Piracy, file sharing and streaming have shrunk the numbers of paid album sales drastically, and every artist has handled this blow differently. CONTINUE READING
Buzz Track: At Least I
Singer-songwriter Katie Buchanan just released her new single “At Least I”. The track comes off her forthcoming sophomore EP Go, out August 5th, 2014. Originally from Kansas, Katie explores a vein of subtle guitarpop steeped in Americana and heartbreak. She plays around New York rock clubs, drinks too much whiskey, and combines Midwest honesty with the directness that accompanies living in the city. She spent lots of time learning from producers such as Bob Power (The Roots, D’Angelo), Tony Visconti (David Bowie, T-Rex), Nick Sansano (Sonic Youth), and Joel Hamilton (Sparklehorse, BlakRoc). Amazingly, she self produced and engineered these batch of songs.
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Bad Suns who we featured and named a top 8 emerging artist just released a record that debuted at #24 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart. The record was produced by Eric Palmquist (The Mars Volta, Wavves, Trash Talk). Bad Suns have performed their first single, ‘Cardiac Arrest,’ on Conan and the track has cracked Top 13 at Alt Radio, with a weekly audience of almost 5M and building. Watch the Conan performance here.
Buzz Track: Up In Smoke
Here is a new single from UK indie/folk outfit Volcanoes, called Up In Smoke. We featured them several months ago and have since released a successful campaign with their previous single When We Melodise, gaining attention from EMI, V2 and Fourteenth Floor Recordings, getting support from BBC 2 and BBC 6 Music, taking part in T4 Orange Unsigned, and having finished in the top 20 of the Glastonbury Emerging Talent contest.
Southern California based alternative folk/rock band The Tragic Thrills have signed a record deal with Drive-Thru/Razor & Tie Records to release their debut album. Check out the video for the song Tears. Show dates can be viewed here.
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Yikes! It’s worse than I thought. Robin Thicke’s “Paula” album opened on iTunes today at number 8, and at 76 on amazon.com. That’s after his dreary appearance on the BET Awards this past weekend.
(By the way: this is for real time sales today. The number 1 album last week, just about to be announced, is from our favorite contemp pop balladeer Ed Sheeran.)
What a difference a year makes. “Blurred Lines” was last year’s ubiquitous song of the summer. The album didn’t sell that well, however. The total so far is just over 731,000 copies– not even a million although the single sold over 14 million digital copies.
But “Paula” looks doomed unless Thicke’s all day adventure tomorrow on ABC– “GMA,” “The View,” and “Jimmy Kimmel”–can stimulate sales. But the video for the first song is so weird and awful, and the lack of real build up for this release, spells a sales disaster come next Monday. After Mariah Carey and Jennifer Lopez’s failures, this is another misstep for the record biz this summer.
What does this all mean? For Thicke it means that without a real dance hit, and no Pharrell to help him, he’s squandered all the good vibes he got from “Blurred Lines.” He’s obviously turned off his base of female fans– already angry about the “rape” connotations from “Blurred Lines” and its X rated video. On “Paula” he pretty much admits to serial cheating on Patton. That’s not a way to woo a female audience.
For Carey and Lopez, it’s different things. Carey seems genuinely besotted with her kids and maybe just doesn’t care about chart positions right now. Lopez should take a cue from Janet Jackson and bow out gracefully now. Mechanized, tricked up music has run its course for those two.
As for Robin Thicke convincing Paula Patton to re-start their marriage, I don’t know: will it work if the record is a flop? I don’t think so unless she feels bad for him. Cue the puppy dog eyes.
Buzz Track: The One
Kings of A&R favorite Wolf Colony just released the lead single “The One” from the debut album titled “Unmasked”. He will be releasing another single within the next two weeks prior to the album release coming at the end of July. They will tour this fall, in support of the debut album, throughout the East and West coast. We listed Wolf Colony as a top 8 emerging artist and an artist to watch, the track Calling caught our attention.
Buzz Track: Hopeless
We really like Ethan Teel also known as Owl-Eyes. Teel sings, plays guitar, bass, drums, and is a lyricist, following in the steps of Foo’s frontman David Grohl. He cites The Flaming Lips, Radiohead, The Kinks, all the way down to Slipknot as influences. Ethan Teel also plays regularly in several other bands and can be seen playing live in Kansas City and other Missouri towns. Upcoming shows can be viewer here.