MUSIC INDUSTRY

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Why Digital Music Platforms Are Failing

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When Apple Music, Spotify and Tidal launched, they were hailed as digital prophets that promised new ways to monetize the experience. Thus far, their solutions have fallen short of fireworks. Just slightly over a quarter of Spotify's 75 million active users actually pay for the service. And, as The Guardian UK reports, despite pulling in €1.08 bn in revenue, its losses were €162.3m. So why are all these promising platforms sinking?
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It's Time for the Music Industry to Speak Up About CBC Funding Cuts

The CBC is suffering from a series of funding cuts implemented by the federal government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper. The 2012 federal budget cut $115 million from the CBC over three years. While this has negative consequences for all Canadians as this national institution is forced to cut jobs and scale back its reach and scope, the country's music and arts communities, in particular, stand to lose. In many cases, it's already happening.
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Nicki Minaj Doesn't Have Time for Bad Blood With Taylor Swift

Nicki Minaj identified an industry preference for what is seen as attractive, acceptable and what should be rewarded. It shouldn't be surprising that black artists feel some type of way when their cultural influence is undeniable but remains unrecognized. It is, however, surprising that the industry that still makes money off the backs of black artists still doesn't take them seriously.
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The Album Is Dead (But It's Been Bleeding Out Since 1991)

Buying albums may eventually be like buying sheet music, but we've been in a singles era for years now and have recently entered the streaming age. People are listening to as much music as ever, maybe more, because they can access millions of songs through their phones. So ignore the doomsayers. The end isn't nigh. Or rather, it's only apocalyptic in that the definition means the end of one age and the beginning of a new one.
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With Great Macklemore Comes Great Responsibility

At the AMAs, rapper Macklemore spent much of his precious acceptance speech time discussing the injustice behind the Trayvon Martin verdict. Here's a radical idea: if Macklemore is so disgusted by the Trayvon Martin ruling, he should be the one to lead Stevie Wonder's list of artists boycotting Florida until the Stand Your Ground Law is repealed.
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The Problematic Racism of Lily Allen's 'Satire' of Sexism

Some of Allen's digs at misogyny in the music industry are spot on. But then there are those scantily clad black backup dancers twerking, p-popping and pouring bottles of champagne over their bodies that have led many to accuse Allen of using black women as props, perpetuating harmful stereotypes whilst exploiting them.
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Gloria Steinem Is Wrong: Blame Miley, Not the Game

Gloria Steinem was asked whether she thought Miley Cyrus was setting the feminist movement back. The icon and activist responded with cringe-worthy rhetoric for woman who spent a lifetime defying the status quo for the weaker sex. The premise that nudity is required to be noticed is a poor defense.
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10 Things I Hate About Touring With Women

Every time I do a TV show, the microphone tech has his hands all over my chest before I even have time to say "yes I do mind, I prefer to install it myself." And then they are always puzzled by where to hook up the battery pack: after 80 years of televised show business, no one in a dress has EVER donned a mic set?
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How I Became a Katy Perry Sympathizer

Currently making the rounds on Facebook is this parenting blog post about our responsibility to teach kids about "good music." What a load of hipster-douchebag crap. My retort: How on earth did your kids get exposed to this "shitty" music in the first place? So when my eight-year-old daughter decides her favourite singer is Katy Perry, what do I do? In my mind, my daughter must make her own decisions.