New YouTube Music Subscription Service Won’t Launch in March After All

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The eyes of the music world are on Texas this month, as bands, label executives and media companies flock to the South by Southwest (SXSW) music festival, which is set to begin on March 12. SXSW’s annual conference is being keynoted by YouTube’s global head of music Lyor Cohen, who is supposed to speak about “seismic changes he’s witnessed and the importance of embracing the future,” according to a panel description. Continue reading “New YouTube Music Subscription Service Won’t Launch in March After All”

“The Music of Mister Rogers”

It’s common knowledge that Pittsburgh’s favorite neighbor studied music and composition in college. But was he any good?

“You sure couldn’t call him a singer,” said Joe “Handyman” Negri, “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood’s” regular guitarist and an authority on the Pittsburgh jazz scene. “But I always thought he wrote nice songs, and he had a very good ear for melody. Music was a huge part of the show.” Continue reading ““The Music of Mister Rogers””

Why Do So Many Figure Skaters Choose the Same Music?

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For the first time in Olympic history, single and pairs figure skaters have been freed from their tinkly piano music prisons, and are now allowed to perform to music with lyrics. It took only one steamy performance this past Sunday evening to underline just how significant this rule change was to the sport. When Canadian champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir skated a sultry number to “El Tango de Roxanne” and “Come What May,” two essential highlights from the Moulin Rouge! soundtrack, the message was clear: this was a performance about sexual chemistry. Judging from the internet’s immediate instinct to ship the platonic pair, it was an extremely well executed plan. Continue reading “Why Do So Many Figure Skaters Choose the Same Music?”

“Our musical tastes peak as teens, says study”

Not sure I agree with this, my taste has changed considerably since my teen years.

A New York Times analysis of Spotify data has found that the songs we listen to during our teen years sets our musical taste as adults.

For men, the most important period for forming musical taste is between the ages of 13 to 16. Men were on average, aged 14, when their favorite song was released. For women, the most important period is between 11 and 14, with 13 being the most likely age for women when their favorite song came out. It also found that childhood influences were stronger for women than men and the key years for shaping taste were tied to the end of puberty. Continue reading ““Our musical tastes peak as teens, says study””

Numbers on the Board: How’s Drake’s Streaming Success Is a Lesson in the New Music Business Model

Ross Gilmore/Getty Images Drake performs at The SSE Hydro on March 23, 2017 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.

It’s been nearly a decade since Drake flipped a mixtape into a retail project with 2009’s So Far Gone. At the time the move felt divisive, as the freebie version appeared to be the litmus test to see if a Canadian teen drama star could transform into a global rap sensation. A string of sold out American show dates, coupled with a Young Money badge, sealed Drake’s fate, and from that point on he remained a chart-topping beast. Continue reading “Numbers on the Board: How’s Drake’s Streaming Success Is a Lesson in the New Music Business Model”

ASCAP “I Create Music” Expo 2018 Debuts First Taste Of Grammy-winning, Multi-Platinum Lineup

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Press release:

NEW YORK, Jan. 31, 2018 – ASCAP has announced the first wave of music creators who will take the stage at their 2018 “I Create Music” EXPO. Among these ASCAP members from across genres and generations are multi-platinum recording artist Jason Mraz, Grammy Award-winners Marc Cohn, Darrell Brown and Dan Wilson, multi-time ASCAP Latin Songwriter of The Year selection Claudia Brant, jazz legend Marcus Miller, Songwriters Hall of Fame inductees Desmond Child and Paul Williams, rising pop star Billie Eilish and her close collaborator Finneas O’Connell. Now in its 13th year, the ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO is the largest conference of its kind in the United States, attracting over 3,000 music creators for three days of panels, workshops, master classes, keynotes and one-on-one sessions with the industry’s top hitmakers. Continue reading “ASCAP “I Create Music” Expo 2018 Debuts First Taste Of Grammy-winning, Multi-Platinum Lineup”