John Seabrook writes about how to top the charts in the Internet era: http://nyr.kr/16xR35F
“As popular music continues to transition from an album-based industry to a singles-based one, a new taxonomy of pop songs may develop. Some songs will be made explicitly for radio, while others will be tailored for streaming, and still others intended for downloading.”
Above: Katy Perry. Photograph by Daniel Zuchnik/FilmMagic/Getty.
What the fuck?
Popular music isn’t transitioning from an album-based industry to a singles-based industry.
Pop was *born* as a singles based industry. It’s always been about the 45, the 7”.
Many artists over the years have bucked that trend, but just as many have embraced it.
Music, as an industry, is in the midst of an upheaval not because we are transitioning to a singles-based market (we know how to do that, we’ve done that before), but because the entire ecosystem and infrastructure that the major labels built up around their hit albums and hit singles is dying.
Music is a live and well.
The music industry is falling apart because they are clinging to old ideas and are afraid to embrace new ones.
The solutions are out there, you just have to be willing to explore them. To take risks, to admit defeat.
(or just, join the revolution)
Gabriel Royal - There Were Times
There were times in my life
when i was important
but right now ain’t one of those times
There were times in my life
when I wanted more then
but right now I’m feeling just fine
it was easier said than it’s done
we were running away just for fun
it was hard ?
and plans for the evening
when I am the only one
you can laugh you can cry
and tell me you love me
but that’s not exactly true
you can smile even hide and past past the flower
but there’s one thing I’d like to do
This guy plays in a subway in New York. Why don’t we make him famous?
More from Gabriel Mayer.
This guy has got some skill.
I wish I knew more about him.
Vampire Weekend - Diane Young - Saturday Night Live
The Tallest Man On Earth - King Of Spain
I found empowering music.(Or at least snarky, confident folk rock, which is almost the same thing as empowering music.) It doesn’t shove my personal shortcomings or hypocrisies in my face, and it’s Dylanesque which is surprisingly comforting.
Seriously though, the music this morning has just been highlighting all the things in my head that I’m avoiding. My fears and inadequacies. And that’s a shitty way to get the morning started.
I’m normally confident to a fault, not painfully/disgustingly insecure.
Jesus, that’s catchy.
The Mountain Goats - NPR tiny desk concert
David Byrne and St. Vincent live in concert.
It’s not a bad show, it’s fun to watch, and it has a good performance. But the best part is the audience at the end. From 33:00 on to the end, the audience steals the show.
This song was not a good way to start my morning today.
But it’s what pandora decided I needed, and I fucking love the Kills so whatever.
The heart is a beating drum/It takes more than you wanted before to keep it on.