No sh*t sherlock, the major labels decide to copy the diy independents

No sh*t sherlock, the major labels decide to copy the diy independents
50 Cent signs ‘revolutionary’ new deal with Universal Music Group’s Caroline service. Answers on a postcard if you can find anything revolutionary about the following item: How these stories purport to demonstrate some kind of radical evolution is mind boggling. I suppose articles like the this latest Forbes effort on 50 cent‘s move to Universal’s ...

Piracy, Bootlegs and The Big Difference Between Music & Film 1

Piracy, Bootlegs and The Big Difference Between Music & Film
Forgive us for labouring over the issues of piracy, streaming and illegal downloads but if feels like we’re becoming evangelists for honest and factual reporting. Our latest soapbox concerns the article by Mike Wheatley on The Silicon Angle website entitled ‘Music Industry Shoots Itself In Foot Over Illegal Downloads’. The gist of the article is ...

Another Pointless Article About Streaming?

One thing you can be sure of almost every week is that there’ll be another article about music streaming sites. They’ll either speak in favour or against but will inevitably have no conclusion about the future direction of the music industry. Depressing isn’t it? Saturday’s article by the masters of materialism Sky is probably the ...

Why Is The Music Industry Still Dead In 2013?

In the sixties music was fresh, rebellious and exciting. New artists were being discovered and given media coverage. It was an exciting time and an antidote to the ‘boring’ mainstream. In the late seventies, punk created a similar tidal wave and the DIY ethic lasted well into the eighties. Then we hit the dead zone. ...

Machines Dream – Well Oiled For UK Success

Machines Dream - Well Oiled For UK Success
For a progressive rock band existing in a reasonably remote part of Ontario in Canada, UK success isn’t the first notch you’d expect on the bedpost. To prove the internet does indeed make the world a very small place, Machines Dream have sat at the top of the Aurovine charts for the last couple of ...

Abby Cubey Nominated in 3 Categories at 23rd LA Music Awards! 1

Abby Cubey Nominated in 3 Categories at 23rd LA Music Awards!
Only a short while after Abby Cubey blasted onto the UK music scene via Aurovine comes the news that she has been nominated for no less than 3 prestigious categories at this year’s LA Music Awards. Abby’s track Man Up was written for her friend and boxer Manny Pacquiao. You may remember Manny as the conqueror ...

George Thomas & Ya – Play Me And You Will Be Heard!

George Thomas & Ya - Play Me And You Will Be Heard!
George Thomas and his band Ya hail from Boston. One day George had a premonition or maybe a spiritual encounter. He was transported into a mythical world whereupon he came across a drawbridge and castle. Inside was a room and in the room was a guitar. The guitar had a note like the ‘drink me’ ...

The Spotify, Pandora, iRadio and Google Music Conundrum.

Or more specifically the avoidance of royalties by turning accountability into an over complex, confusing and difficult problem. Is the launch of iRadio about to make things even more confusing? Oh for the days of itunes! Your track was downloaded, apple (and your aggregator) took their cut and you the artist got the tangible residue. ...

the music industry is changing, but has the way we do business changed?….. Part 2 – Be original – Surprise me!

the music industry is changing, but has the way we do business changed?..... Part 2 – Be original – Surprise me!
Part 2 – Be original – Surprise me! In 1984 Depeche Mode released their fourth studio album ‘Some Great Reward’ introducing classic tracks such as People are People, Master and Servant and Somebody to the world for the first time. What was interesting about that album which was highly acclaimed in the UK was that ...

The music industry is changing, but has the way we do business? Pt 1 – have a plan

The music industry is changing, but has the way we do business?  Pt 1 - have a plan
Part 1 – have a plan. The music industry is changing, but has the way we do business changed? A few weeks ago I wrote a brief blog on the importance of video as an online tool for promoting you as an artist or band. It occurred to me that even with this and all ...