Building her reputation through featured topline vocals on a number of breakout dance tracks, the LA pop singer Linney stepped out on her own with a new single ‘Outta Of My Heart‘ and a new sound. On a musical level, think Betty Who, M83, and EDEN. She won the John Lennon Songwriting contest and performed on Balcony TV LA. Additionally, the single ‘That Night‘ that comes off The Things We Say EP reached half a million Spotify streams during its’ release week.
Whinnie Williams releases the video for the track What About Me . The track which comes off her forthcoming album was produced by Future Cut (Lily Allen, Rihanna). With a serious sensual voice, she looks like she stepped out of Fashion Week channeling 60s/70s TV figures like Charlie’s Angels. With Williams, music and fashion share the same space. Moreover, Williams was featured on Martin Solveig’s album Smash, performing “Let’s Not Play Games” which she co-wrote.
PARKWILD releases the radio ready track Too Late. The production, the harmonies, and song structure are near perfection. The NYC based songwriting production can be compared to the likes of Imagine Dragons and One Republic. Both who have been creating music for years have collaborated with a variety of artists including Connell Cruise and Japanese EMA winning artist MIYAVI.
The rock genre has fell on darks days. The Grammys didn’t telecast rock. Avenged Sevenfold skipped the Grammys because rock didn’t get respect. What happened to rock? Did the genre bring the demise on themselves failing to change its sound over the course of a decade? Or is this a coordinate effort by marketers to make rap the dominating genre? Regardless, there are a slew or rock bands that do extremely well. Consider Metallica who doubled their ticket prices and continued to sell out stadium after stadium making them one of the highest grossing tour in 2017. If you’re going to breakout as a new rock act today you must offer something undeniable catchy like LA based pop rockers Romance & Rebellion. The band has created a buzz around themselves solely through social media and performing live. After the release of their debut EP in 2017, they took the stage at Warped Tour, SXSW, and headlined Emo Nite LA. Check out the track For The Moment.
KOAR (Kings of A&R) was the only media outlet that I’m aware of that predicted the Grammys would have a historic viewership decline. It may have been the least watch ever since its formation.
2018 KOAR predictions: 1) Spotify goes public 2) Amazon becomes more of a player in streaming music 3) Rap will have peaked giving room for another genre 4) more acts will break without a big music label 5) The Grammy’s will have a historic low in viewership.
— Kings Of A&R (@kingsofar) January 3, 2018
“With a 12.7/21 in metered market ratings, the Recording Academy’s big hootenanny was also way down from the early numbers for the LA-based February 13, 2017 59th annual show. By way down, I mean a just over 20% decline from last year to what looks to be an all-time low for the ceremony.
Facing the midseason debut of The Walking Dead and even a bit more competition on the rest of the Big 4 than last night’s show, last year’s Adele dominated Grammys eventually claimed 26.05 million viewers and a 7.8 rating among adults 18-49 when the final numbers came in.
Year-to-year, those results were up a tiny bit in total sets of eyeballs from the 2016 Grammys, which were held on a Monday, but basically the same as the February 15 show of almost two years ago in the key demo. All of which had a bottom line of the 2017 Grammys being the most watched since 2014 but the second lowest rated since 2009 – with only 2016 going lower by half a hair.” (Deadline)