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”

Too Much Music: A Failed Experiment In Dedicated Listening

I begin to really understand why recovering addicts isolate themselves from old neighborhoods and old friends in order to stay clean.

A friend once floated a theory that I’ve grappled with ever since. She claimed that we only ever really love 10 albums, and we spend the rest of our listening lives seeking facsimiles of those 10, pursuing the initial rush, so to speak. At the time, I argued with her, mostly because I didn’t want this to be true. But even as I protested I began recalling how many times I compulsively “added to cart” an item whenever some savvy vinyl-hustling mountebank deployed the phrase “Velvets-y” or “Royal Trux-ish,” and how many times I’d bought reissues promising the “holy grail” of “private press proto-doom” only to discover tepid bar rock that sounded like a warmed-over Bad Company. Our individual dragons may vary — Sabbath or Coltrane or Beatles or Beefheart — but we’re all chasing ’em.

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Report: Amazon is looking to acquire cable television channels – SiliconANGLE

It feels as though the world shall soon be divided equally among Microsoft, Apple, Walmart and Amazon.

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Sources quoted by NBC claimed that the e-commerce giant has started talks to buy scores of small television channels in an attempt to “supersize its video-channel business,” not just in the U.S. but around the globe.

“They are doubling down on the channels industry,” one person who is included in the talks told NBC. “They’re involved in doing deals with smaller indie networks where they can get benefits to carriers that are not handcuffed into traditional distribution packages and they’re involved in offer

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Amazon Studios Seeks TV Cord-Cutting Emmy | PYMNTS.com

A quick scan of the nominees list for the major categories turns up a very notable pattern: It is a good year for streaming services and the original content they produce, but not such a great one for traditional network television. HBO is the notable exception, but HBO also boasts a very popular subscription streaming service in HBOGo. HBO racked up an insane 110 nominations, with Netflix tracking fast on its heels at 93. Hulu, it should be noted, put up 18, and many of those are in major categories like Best Drama, Comedy and Leading Actor/Actress performances.

Amazon held steady at 16 nominations, a situation that reportedly has left Jeff Bezos distinctly unsatisfied with the Amazon Studio Team. He’s leveled a pretty clear mandate about what is expected in the future: bring him Game of Thrones. In response, Amazon’s creative schedule is said to be making some major overhauls with aims at appealing to a more mass market — less Man In The High Castle and more Ray Donovan.

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Goldman Sachs Predicts $28 Billion Streaming Music Market, But Should Anyone Care?

Goldman Sachs raised some eyebrows recently with it’s latest Music In The Air report that predicted the streaming music market alone would increase to $28 billion per year by the year 2030. Sounds great, but considering that the industry’s greatest revenue year to date brought in $27.4 billion (in 1996 during the height of the CD era), Goldman’s figure might be more than a bit optimistic. While everyone connected with the music business would be delirious with joy should the forecast occur, one has to look

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Nielsen Releases First Canadian Live Music and Brands Study | Billboard

Really interesting information here.  It shows just how important “live performances” can be for a musician/band.  How the fans feel after your show and your interactions with them and just how that can translate into more sales of various goods – including merch & streaming purchases.  Good info for you independent artists.

Eighty-five percent of adults surveyed for Nielsen’s first Canada Live Music & Brands Report revealed cost as one of the most important deciding factors in purchasing a live music event ticket and 70 percent buy their tickets within two weeks of the onsale.

Sixty percent of their annual music spend is on live music events and 40 percent of the attendees bought the artist’s CD after the show, 29 percent streamed their music and 20 percent paid for a download(s).

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When musicians want their songs in TV shows, movies and streaming sites, they go here – LA Times

Great article detailing how to break into this market and just what it can do for an up-and-coming musician’s career.

Over the past few years, the Florida-based indie/pop musician has toured relentlessly on a shoestring budget, building a small but loyal fan base that helped her raise money to release a handful of singles and music videos.

But her big break came in January when Dudukovich’s song “War Paint” was featured in Fox’s network TV series “Lucifer.” In addition to the $3,000 paycheck, the high-profile song placement gave her legitimacy in the industry, making it easier to book gigs and find producers to work with.

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Sony Music’s new deal with Dubset will let it monetize unofficial remixes – The Verge

Rights clearance startup Dubset has just inked a deal with Sony Music to allow monetization of its songs in DJ sets and of unofficial tracks that sample its artists. This means that artists could have their bootleg remixes and DJ sets legally cleared and distributed on Apple Music and Spotify, with every rights holder receiving a portion of royalties. This is the first major label Dubset has secured, and it’s a big step toward tackling gray area material that has proved problematic for platforms like SoundC

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Hollywood Studios Are Forcing Movie Theaters to Rethink Their Traditions — The Motley Fool

Friday morning, Bloomberg reported that several Hollywood studios are planning to launch a premium video streaming service without asking movie theater chains for a thumbs-up first.

In an age of falling DVD sales and lower foot traffic at the box office, major studios including Time Warner (NYSE:TWX) division Warner Bros. and Comcast’s (NASDAQ:CMCSA) Universal Studios are discussing new streaming ideas with Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) and the cable side of Comcast, according to the report.

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