The Digital Millennium Copyright Act

Here is a presentation on the importance of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. For the full text, click here

How Time Travel Will Save The Music Industry

Technology is changing the music industry. Joel DeRoss believes we can do it with time travel. With ideas as far out as virtual reality, check out this TedTalk from Tedx Melbourne from an entertainment industry  music producer, DJ, event organizer and record label owner.

A Modest Proposal For Fixing The Music Industry

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Brian McTear grew up wanting to be a rock star, but he had one problem: In the late ‘90s, we all just stopped paying for music. How can a hard-working musician or producer make a living now? McTear, with his project Weathervane Music, has stumbled on a way — and it’s both practical and deeply focused on our shared love of music. And yes, his model can work for all kinds of content creators.

The Grammy Awards

The Grammy Award is an accolade by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States. The award recognizes the outstanding achievements of artists in the music industry. The award ceremony features performances by prominent artists and the presentations of these awards.

Here is a look at who took home awards at the most recent Grammy Awards, in its 58th year in existence.

Record of the Year: Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars, “Uptown Funk”
Album of the Year: Taylor Swift, 1989
Best New Artist: Meghan Trainor
Best Rock Performance: Alabama Shakes, “Don’t Wanna Fight”
Best Musical Theater Album: Hamilton
Song of the Year: Ed Sheeran, “Thinking Out Loud”
Best Country Album: Chris Stapleton, Traveller
Best Rap Album: Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp a Butterfly
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars, “Uptown Funk”
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration: Kendrick Lamar feat. Bilal, Anna Wise & Thundercat, “These Walls”
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: Tony Bennett & Bill Charlap, The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern
Best Pop Solo Performance: Ed Sheeran, “Thinking Out Loud”
Best Rap Song: Kendrick Lamar, “Alright”
Best Alternative Music Album: Alabama Shakes, Sound & Color
Best Rock Album: Muse, Drones
Best Rap Performance: Kendrick Lamar, “Alright”
Best Rock Song: Alabama Shakes, “Don’t Wanna Fight”
Best R&B Album: D’Angelo and the Vanguard, Black Messiah
Best Urban Contemporary Album: The Weeknd, Beauty Behind the Madness
Best R&B Performance: The Weeknd, “Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)”
Best R&B Song: D’Angelo and The Vanguard, “Really Love”
Best Traditional R&B Performance: Lalah Hathaway, “Little Ghetto Boy”
Best Dance/Electronic Album: Skrillex and Diplo, Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack Ü
Best Dance Recording: Skrillex and Diplo With Justin Bieber, “Where Are Ü Now”
Best Music Video: Taylor Swift feat. Kendrick Lamar, “Bad Blood”
Best Country Duo/Group Performance: Little Big Town, “Girl Crush”
Best Country Song: Little Big Town, “Girl Crush”
Best Music Film: Amy Winehouse, Amy
Best Rap/Song Collaboration: Common & John Legend, “Glory”
Best Pop Vocal Album: Taylor Swift, 1989
Best Country Solo Performance: Chris Stapleton, “Traveller”
Best Contemporary Christian Music Album: Tobymac, This Is Not a Test
Best Roots Gospel Album: The Fairfield Four, Still Rockin’ My Soul
Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album: Pitbull, Dale
Best Latin Pop Album: Ricky Martin, A Quien Quiera Escuchar (Deluxe Edition)
Best Comedy Album: Louis C.K., Live at Madison Square Garden
Best Spoken Word Album: Jimmy Carter, A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety
Score Soundtrack for Visual Media: Birdman
Best Gospel Album: Israel & Newbreed, Covered: Alive Is Asia [Live] (Deluxe)
Best Gospel Performance/Song: Kirk Franklin, “Wanna Be Happy?”
Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song: Francesca Battistelli, “Holy Spirit”
Best Contemporary Classical Composition: Stephen Paulus, Paulus: Prayers & Remembrances
Best Classical Solo Vocal Album: Joyce DiDonato and Antonio Pappano, Joyce & Tony – Live From Wigmore Hall
Best Classical Instrumental Solo: Augustin Hadelich, “Dutilleux: Violin Concerto, L’Arbre Des Songes”
Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance: Eighth Blackbird, “Filament”
Best Choral Performance: Charles Bruffy, “Rachmaninoff: All-Night Vigil”
Best Opera Recording: Saito Kinen Orchestra; SKF Matsumoto Chorus & SKF Matsumoto Children’s Chorus, Ravel: “L’Enfant Et Les Sortilèges; Shéhérazade”
Producer of the Year, Classical: Judith Sherman
Best Regional Roots Music Album: Jon Cleary, Go Go Juice
Best Folk Album: Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn
Best Blues Album: Buddy Guy, Born to Play Guitar
Best Bluegrass Album: The Steeldrivers, The Muscle Shoals Recordings
Best Americana Album: Jason Isbell, Something More Than Free
Best American Roots Song: Jason Isbell, “24 Frames”
Best American Roots Performance: Mavis Staples, “See That My Grave Is Kept Clean”
Best Tropical Latin Album: Rubén Blades With Roberto Delgado & Orchestra, Son De Panamá
Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano): Los Tigres Del Norte, Realidades – Deluxe Edition
Best Children’s Album: Tim Kubart, Home
Best World Album: Angélique Kidjo, Sings
Best Reggae Album: Morgan Heritage, Strictly Roots
Best Latin Jazz Album: Eliane Elias, Made in Brazil
Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album: Maria Schneider, The Thompson Fields
Best Jazz Instrumental Album: John Scofield, Past Present
Best Jazz Vocal Album: Cécile McLorin Salvant, For One to Love
Best Surround Sound Album: James Guthrie and Joel Plante, Amused To Death
Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical: Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars, “Uptown Funk (Dave Audé Remix)”
Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical: Alabama Shakes, Sound & Color
Best Historical Album: Various artists; The Basement Tapes
MusiCares Person of the Year: Lionel Richie

The 10 Most Popular Albums Of 2015

2015 was an exciting time for music. There were a number of new albums released, from artists new and old, that continually shape and advance the culture. Here are 10 of the most popular albums from the last year.

Music Industry is Booming in India

India has the second largest population in the world, and its economy is growing rapidly. These are two conditions have helped the music industry boom as well. According to this recent article, a number of different music genres are beginning to experience substantial growth throughout the country.

“The music industry in India is booming – all of it is,” according to Nikhil Chinapa, the curator of the annual Vh1 Supersonic fest in Goa.

When asked about the growth of music genres in the country, he had this to say: “ Festivals often showcase a diverse range of music and quite honestly, the success of electronic music festivals has encouraged people to start new jazz, blues, traditional music, rock and even food festivals in India.”

To read the entire story, please check out the link below.

Music industry in India is booming: Nikhil Chinapa

Common Lies Told About Today’s Music Industry

Christopher Sabec Music Industry liesDigital Music News comes to us with the biggest lies told about today’s music industry. With the rise of technology, the music industry has certainly changed, but there are many rumors spreading about that are simply not true.

The first lie is that great music will organically find its fit in the music industry. Great music is only part of being successful in the music industry. Many great songs vanish into obscurity, as there is little financing or marketing behind these songs. Today, popular music is lead by the big record labels who are able to reach the most amount of people.

Another lie spreading around the music industry is that major record labels will eventually die. Although there are more niche artists than before, major record labels are still controlling the popular music and the money. These major record labels are perfecting the art of building and maintaining their artists careers.

Selling digital music is better for revenue than the physical product. This is false. Digital sales volumes are at an all-time low. Artists who are able to sell CDs and vinyl are able to make more money than by selling online. Japan, for example, is currently has the biggest market for recorded music thanks to their strong physical music sales.

There is a half-lie on this list as well. Many people believe that all the money in music is in touring these days. While this can be true for artists like Pretty Lights and other EDM artists, this is not the case for most artists. Most artists are struggling on the road and have to cut their careers because it simply is not worth the money. There is no middle class in music. The music industry today is split into rich artists and starving artists.

The article ends with the presumed lie that streaming is the future of music. This is tough to tell since most of the streaming websites are finding trouble in obtaining profits. YouTube has been giving away music for free, which could be the future of music.

To see the rest of the lies in the music industry, take a look at Christopher’s slideshare below:

Musicians Turning Towards Crowdfunding to Fund their Careers

Christopher Sabec Taylor SwiftIn a recent article posted by The Huffington Post, music industry experts put Taylor Swift in her place when she discusses her take of the future of the music industry. Recently, Taylor Swift wrote an op ed piece at the music industry that read like a “delusional fairy tale” where she describes music and fans falling in love. However, many people are quick to tell her she’s wrong and correct her claims that she makes in her op ed piece. Many experts don’t believe that “pure hard work” is ever enough to sell an album or the total cost of an album should be based on the “heart and soul” of the record.

Unfortunately, the truth of the matter is success in music has robbed anyone who isn’t a mega star or super successful in the industry of a lucrative career. Even the mega stars are struggling to make a profit. With mediums such as Spotify and Pandora that are failing to make a profit, more artists are turning to Kickstarter to fund their music projects. Crowd funding seems to be more the future than ever before. However, the fact that people aren’t buying records is no good news to anyone. According to studies from January 2014, record sales hit their lowest points since records were collected in 1991.This is hurting sales for major pop stars and decimating them for lesser known acts. As said in a 2012 New York magazine profile, “For much of the twentieth century, you might have assumed that musicians with top-twenty sales week and a Radio City show –made as much as their dentists.”

This is simply not the case anymore. Now hits are being defined by declining numbers and flops are almost comical in their lousy sales. Many people wonder about digital sales, since more people are buying music online to listen to on their mobile devices. Well, they aren’t faring well either.  People are downloading music but illegally or they are streaming music with programs like Spotify or Pandora. But as said before, they are having issues making a profit themselves. Unlike what Taylor Swift said in her op ed, this problem cannot be solved with an “arrow through the heart” but rather this is a commerce issue. The music industry needs to reevaluate the way it makes money. Moving forward, it will be interesting to see if the industry can figure out a way for their sales to increase and artists of all levels of stardom can go back to making the kind of money they used to received.

This article is based off of this article.