3 ways that Stevie Wonder has changed the music industry

Excellent article on facts I’m sure many of us didn’t know about Mr. Wonder.  He changed some really important things for the industry.

Stevie Wonder performs at BottleRock Napa Valley Music Festival at Napa Valley Expo on Friday, May 27, 2016, in Napa, Calif. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP)

His music has changed music.

Sure, we all know Stevie Wonder’s iconic songbook — we could reach our word count here solely by reeling off standards such as “Higher Ground,” “Superstition” “Sir Duke” and many more. But as he hits town for an extended engagement at the Park Theater, let’s examine how Stevie Wonder has impacted the music industry itself.

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Ships and wrecks: the UK’s best coastal photography – in pictures

Photographers across the UK have just two weeks to enter their best images of the sea in an annual photography competition run by national maritime charity, the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society. The competition, which closes on Monday 13 August, encourages amateur and professional photographers to submit pictures that best encapsulate Britain’s enduring connection with the sea, to celebrate the nation’s proud maritime heritage and our reliance on seafarers. The Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society, now 179 years old, is on the lookout for images including ships and wrecks, seascapes, industry and leisure for its sixth annual photography competition, sponsored by the Fishmongers’ Company and supported by Nautilus International

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The alternative photography degree

“In my 20 years working in the industry I have never been asked if I have a degree; the only thing that really matters is the quality of your portfolio”

“I felt challenged most of the time but that is how I learnt which direction I wanted to go in photographically,” says Adrien Dubost, a French photographer based in London, reflecting on his experience of studying at the London Institute of Photography. Dubost originally studied business and economics before deciding to pursue a career as a photographer. Reluctant to undertake yet another university degree, he left his job at a production company in Barcelona and relocated to London.

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How This Instagram Artist Turned Her Passion for Fashion Into a Freelance Career

How This Instagram Artist Turned Her Passion for Fashion Into a Freelance Career

Like many millennials, Jeanette Getrost developed her aspirations first through television, then through social media. She was in junior high when the Style Network channel debuted, and tuning in led her to dream of a career in fashion. What her job would be, exactly, she wasn’t sure.

“I assumed that you could either be a designer or a model,” Getrost tells Entrepreneur. “I didn’t really understand the industry, so I would just draw clothing a lot. I didn’t know that fashion illustration was even a thing.”

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The Music Industry: From Piracy To Profits

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Streaming is bringing money back to the music industry and affecting many related areas.

After being crushed by piracy for almost two decades, streaming is allowing users to have the experience they want at a price they can afford. Though music industry revenues are still below the peak levels of 1999, the past two years have been the first years of material growth since the peak with an increase in industry revenues of 16.5% in 2017.

To provide some background, the music industry has had a long battle against piracy, which dealt the recorded music business a tremendous number of setbacks. To this day, Napster has had the fastest user growth of any company in history, primarily due to the fact that they were illegally assisting in giving away a premium product for free. This caused nearly unstoppable piracy en masse, and within 10 years, revenues from the recorded industry saw a massive decline.

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How Fragmentation Is Hurting The Music Industry’s Developing Artists

The music industry has been in a rut for years — a $7 billion rut, to be exact. After a $15 billion peak in 1999, the industry watched its revenue slide until it plateaued at $7 billion in 2010, where it hovered for years. In 2016, the music industry finally saw an increase, notching a $7.65 billion year.

Streaming was credited for the turnaround, but the threat isn’t over. There’s a silent killer in the music industry that’s having a sinister impact on up-and-coming artists: fragmentation. Independent musicians work with so many different service providers that the ultimate outcome of all their efforts is confusion — and an uphill battle.

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Sarasota man strings together 200 years of music history

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Black Diamond Strings have been the standard in the music industry for more than a century. The brand is cemented in legend through songs by artists like Florida native Tom Petty.

“Going down to Lillian’s Music Store, to buy a Black Diamond String,” are the lyrics to his song Dreamville.

Eighteen years ago, Jim Cavanaugh made the purchase that secured his company’s place in music history.

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Eight Ways Commercial Space Travel Will Change Things

Space travel for everyone can be a little difficult to image with our current technology levels. However, companies like SpaceX and Blue Origin are working to make it happen.

We asked members of the Forbes Technology Council what they thought the future of commercial space travel might look like, and what it could mean for the future of technology. The answers suggested breathtaking new opportunities for humans and for the commerce in general, given time and focus.

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