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Spotify – the Thom Yorke debate….

spotify_yorke-592Earlier this month, Radiohead’s Thom Yorke and his producer Nigel Godrich came out against music straming services, particularly Spotify.

As Spotify continues to grow into the Worlds #1 streaming site, so its detractors grow.

In the blue corner – Thom Yorke. He took to Twitter to say “Make no mistake new artists you discover on #Spotify will no get paid. Meanwhile shareholders will shortly be rolling in it. Simples”.

In the red corner – Spotify. As reported in The Guardian, they say that “Spotify’s goal is to grow a service which people love, ultimately want to pay for, and which will provide the financial support to the music industry necessary to invest in new talent and music.”

See the whole guardian article here

Yorke & Godrich are not the first artists to make a stand. The likes of The Black Keys, Led Zeppelin & King Crimson have refused to make their songs available. There is a link here, it is established artists who are taking a stand, new artists tend to cast the net wide to capture all possible streams.

Where do we go? Streaming is growing. In 2012 global music sales rose for the first time in over a decade. Spotify pays the artist, piracy doesn’t, some alternative streaming services do not. Streaming is still in its infancy and the model will continue to develop. Until another model presents itself as the future for music streaming and Spotify will continue to grow. For artists, labels, managers, Music publishers, the debate continues…

The Goodwin Games – Jon Allen

Goodwin GamesWardlaw Music artist Jon Allen recently had 2 of his tracks synced on the FOX TV series “The Goodwin Games”. “Sweet Defeat” was played on the 4th episode (June 10th), as we see the character Chloe go back to college to further her career as an actor. While having a chat with her friend at a restaurant, you can hear Jon Allen’s “Sweet Defeat” playing in the background.

Joanna” synced in the episode titled “The Box” and aired on July 1st.

THE GOODWIN GAMES is a single-camera comedy that tells the story of three grown siblings who return home after their father’s death, and unexpectedly find themselves poised to inherit a vast fortune – if they adhere to their late father’s wishes.

Facebook – is it alienating music?

Facebook_MusicFacebook’s decision last year to start charging to send updates to all subscribers has alienated some independent labels. Helienne Lindvall’s piece on Digital Music News looks further into the issue. This extract shows the potential cost for boosting a post, “The label has around 15,000 fans on the site, but sometimes only 1,000 of them will receive the posts, says Simms: “We have to buy advertising to ‘open up the window’ for the rest of the fans to see it.” This is what Facebook calls “boosting” the post, and it can cost anything from $50 to hundreds of dollars, depending on how many subscribers a label has.  Simms puts out a record every two weeks, so he ends up having to spend $200-$300 a month in order to get the message out on Facebook.  To put it in perspective – it’s about the same as what he spends on his professional PR company. For a small dance label such as My Favorite Robot, this is a significant expense, considering the limited revenue it makes from record sales. “

As music publishers, we wonder if perhaps some people have become too reliant on Facebook to engage their audience. It’s one of many tools available and reliance should not be placed solely in one area.

Read the full article on Digital Music News This Is the Story of How Facebook Alienated a Perfectly Good Dance Label…

Winners World – New mixtape from Wizzy Wow

Winners WorldFresh from his writing and production credits on Chrisette Micheles ‘Better’ album, Wardlaw Music artist Wizzy Wow is back with his ‘Winners World’ mixtape.

The London writer / producer showcases some of the UK’s finest emerging talents, such as Hayley Cassidy, Lems, Bello, Mike Trav, J Warner, Tigger Da Author, E&J, TRC, Max Richards, Tippa Dior, Beatmakers, SX and J F.L.O.W.S

– See more here 

Music Streaming: What is the future

streamingMusic Think Tank has produced an interesting article on the issue of Streaming, comparing music to film and how the music industry, from writer, artists, record companies and music publishers, is looking to catch up.

Here is an extract from Dillon Roulet’s article, “It has become commonplace to hear artists, management, agents and labels complain about how streaming will crush the music industry.  This same mentality arose during the transition into the CD and digital downloading eras.  Don’t fear the numerous myths that have saturated our industry, streaming is not evil; merely different.  And it is about to become the next powerhouse, quite possibly changing music distribution in a way never seen before.  This transformation has already commenced in television and film.  The music industry has fallen behind, but is quickly catching up with vengeance.”

This article provides a useful base to get the conversation going. Build in factors such as the number of streaming services, file size, copyright protection, and get talking.

Read the full article on music think tank here.

That’s What This Is

Hawk Eyes have released their new 4 track EP, “That’s What This Is” stream hereHawk This is.

The release kicks off a busy period for the band who will finish recording of their new album for release later this year before touring throughout the summer, including appearances at the Reading & Leeds festivals.

The track ‘Cheap’ was chosen by Daniel P Carter as his BBC Radio 1 Rockshow track of the week on June 25.

Happy Birthday

happy birthdayInteresting article on by Eriq Gardner on the song ‘Happy Birthday’ and a lawsuit filed declaring that the work belongs in the public domain and should not be copyright to Music Publisher Warner/Chappell Music.

This matter will take some time to go through the Courts, but it presents an interesting case over Copyright Control.“In the late 19th century, a schoolteacher named Patty Smith Hill and her sister Mildred Hill composed the first version of a tune that would become internationally famous. In fact, “Happy Birthday” has been cited by the Guinness Book of World Records as the most recognised song in the English language.””When the Hill sisters first composed the song in 1893, it was called “Good Morning to All.” Somewhere along the line the tune evolved into the version that is currently popular.
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iTunes Radio – Good for Apple, Good for you?

iTunes Radio

iTunes radioLast week Apple announced the launch of iTunes Radio, one of the music industry’s worst kept secrets.

It is too early to analyse the full scope of the offering, but we can be sure that the main intentions are to help sell more Apple devices and more music purchases from the iTunes store. Early announcements also indicate that with iOS devices soon to be fitted into many new cars, Apple needs a radio device to link into.

Many commentators wonder if Apple is moving quickly enough and fully embracing the immediacy of peer to peer recommendation and discovery. Will iTunes Radio be in a position to compete successfully with Spotify, YouTube, Google, Soundcloud or the next innovator to market. It needs to offer far more than a platform for the user to choose there music playlist. It needs to offer user friendly design, vast selection of music and proffer ideas and suggestions without banging the drum on the ‘buy now’ button.

We will find out later this year.


For more opinion on this topic please refer to musictank and musicindustryblog.

Chrisette Michele – Better

chrisette-michele-betterChrisettes Michele’s new album ‘Better’ is released on Motown on June 11th, featuring 2 co-writes with Wardlaw Music writer/producer Wizzy Wow, ‘Charades’ & ‘Can The Cool Be Loved’.

The fourth studio album by American R&B recording artist Chrisette Michele, it features guest appearances from Wale, 2 Chainz, Bilal, Dunson and Nello Luchi.

Safe Haven – Jon Allen – Joanna

safe-haven-poster-smallJon Allen’s track ‘Joanna‘ from the album ‘Sweet Defeat’ has been licensed to the film Safe Haven, a romantic film based on Nicholas Spark’s novel of the same name and starring Julianne Hough, Josh Duhamel & Cobie Smulders.

Released in North America in February, the film has grossed over $100 million worldwide. The DVD was released in May 2013 and topped the DVD sales charts.