The fortunes of the global record industry can be neatly summed up in three stats: Its peak came in 1999, back when Ricky Martin was Livin’ La Vida Loca, as the world’s record companies generated nearly $29 billion; by the close of 2013, according to IFPI data, that number had been slashed in half, falling to below $15 billion; and last year, thanks to growth almost entirely driven by streaming, it had recovered to just over $19 billion – an upswing from the industry’s nadir, but still roughly $10 billion off the peak of the CD boom. Goldman Sachs, for one, believes the best is yet to come: it forecasts that, by 2030, the worldwide record business will be generating $41 billion – with $28 billion from streaming, from over 1 billion paying music subscribers. Getting to that point is an exciting prospect, but record labels won’t achieve it by standing still: for example, according to a presentation given by Sony Music to parent … [Read more...] about Sure, Streaming’s Transformed the Music Business. But What’s Next?
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Ahead of the release of her new LP 'Winter Stories,' out Nov. 29, the legendary singer-songwriter recalls her international breakthrough. One of the most iconic names in folk, Judy Collins got her start in the 1960s in New York’s Greenwich Village scene, where she collaborated with Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, Randy Newman, Bob Dylan, Stephen Stills, Shawn Colvin, Michael McDonald, Joan Baez, Ari Hest and many others. “When I met Judy at the Whiskey A Go Go, it was like meeting a goddess,” Stills tells Billboard. “Hearing her voice was like finding a unicorn, and she’s still at the top of her game today.”Apart from her own musical legacy, Collins witnessed first hand many now-landmark pop culture moments, including catching Dylan mid-song writing “Mr. Tambourine Man” on a trip at his manager Al Grossman’s country home in Woodstock in 1963. “I woke up to the sounds of this voice coming from somewhere in the house, three … [Read more...] about Folk Icon Judy Collins On Meeting Joni Mitchell & Her Highest Charting Album, 1967’s ‘Wildflowers’
One Direction’s Nashville ties have officially gotten even tighter with Niall Horan’s new LP, Flicker. First, Harry Styles recruited Kacey Musgraves as an opener for his 2018 world tour, and now Horan’s linked up with Maren Morris for a lush duet on his debut solo album, out today. Produced by the Nashville-based Jacquire King (Dawes, Kings of Leon), “Seeing Blind” is miles away from Morris’ most recent pairing with Thomas Rhett, “Craving You,” and shows how well the Texan’s tone can build from soft unison to arena-friendly belt – and how genre allegiance doesn’t have to play a role when it comes to shaping a delectable folk-pop love song. Horan, apparently a fan of Morris’, reportedly emailed the “I Could Use a Love Song” singer to see if she’d consider appearing on “Seeing Blind.” Needless to say, she agreed. Their chemistry together worked so well that Morris will be joining Horan … [Read more...] about Hear Niall Horan, Maren Morris’ Folk-Pop Love Song ‘Seeing Blind’
The Asbury Park Music + Film Festival has quietly become one of the East Coast’s most exciting events of the year. Last year, the fest included rare screenings drawing from the Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen archives, and Springsteen surprised everyone by appearing onstage to discuss the footage. The Farrelly Brothers, David Crosby and Cameron Crowe, Jakob Dylan, Yo La Tengo, and others also appeared at the not-for-profit fest, which benefits children in the Asbury Park area. The festival has now announced headliners for this year, set to take place April 23rd through the 26th. Melissa Etheridge will kick off the event with a show at the Paramount Theatre on Thursday, April 23rd. Later that weekend, David Chase will host An Evening With the Sopranos Creator David Chase. The festival describes the rare Chase appearance as a “a career retrospective, highlighting his vision as a creator of the Sopranos.” (It also may be an opportunity for Chase to discuss his Sopranos … [Read more...] about Asbury Park Music and Film Fest Announces 2020 Lineup With David Chase, Melissa Etheridge
Video PlayerClose Baoyin Dailai (front), head of a musical team, teaches firefighters songs in Horqin Youyi Zhongqi, north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, Nov. 17, 2019. To promote people's awareness of fire safety, some senior citizens voluntarily formed a musical team and performed Haolaibao, a kind of Mongolian folk art featuring singing in Mongolian languages with instrumental accompaniment, related to fire safety. For nearly ten years, the team has created over 100 Haolaibao songs with local firefighting department, and presented about 1,000 performance to Mongolian herdsmen and farmers. During the fire-prune season, the team members are particularly busy performing in schools, communities and households to help boost people's fire safety knowledge. The team was awarded honorary title by Ministry of Emergency Management in 2018. (Xinhua/Peng Yuan) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Next >>| |<< 11 12 13 Next … [Read more...] about Folk art performed to boost people’s fire safety knowledge in Inner Mongolia