By OCT. 17, 2018 It’s Memorial Day Weekend, 1976, and nearly 1,000 people pack a tiny club in Asbury Park, N.J.
Dolly Parton was one of two women I learned to admire growing up in East Tennessee. The other was Pat Summitt, head coach of the Lady Volunteers, the University of Tennessee women’s basketball team. One flamboyantly female, the other a masculine woman.
Michael Diamond: After the success of Licensed to Ill, a bunch of people thought they knew exactly what our future should look like. After we parted ways with Def Jam, we started meeting with other labels and eventually signed with Capitol.
I'm 30 years old, so I can't definitively say when I first heard Fleetwood Mac. But I can tell you when the first time I listened to Fleetwood Mac.
There I was, minding my own business, catching up on Season 4 of Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
Spotify's been busy announcing a bunch of new features this week, including an app for Google's Wear OS and better direct uploads for artists -- and it's made some changes to Spotify Premium, too.
Today, SoundCloud CEO Kerry Trainor announced at Amsterdam Dance Event that DJs will soon be able to mix and perform by streaming material from SoundCloud’s catalog within DJ softwares.
After five decades, upward of 100 million albums sold, and more interpersonal enmity than every other rock band in history combined, Fleetwood Mac have finally reached the litigation stage.
Spotify has released a major update for its Premium tier that overhauls its radio feature and redesigns its navigation and search on its mobile apps, the company announced in a blog post.
In their many (justified) laments about the trajectory of their profession in the digital age, songwriters and musicians regularly assert that music has been “devalued.” Over the years they’ve pointed at two outstanding culprits.
The right kind of sound can relax your mind, hone your focus, drown out distractions, or get you pumped to kill your to-do list. We've assembled some research and free resources to help you create your own best workspace soundtrack.
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Imagine you are in an averagely pleasant pub in Manhattan, talking to a couple of people, half-listening to the music being played from the ceiling speakers, until a song from the distant past makes you start listening closely.
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How much time have you spent on music you’ve never finished? How many hours have you wasted – simply because you didn’t get a track over the line? How many awesome ideas have you lost to boredom? So if you’re anything like I was before I discovered this method… It’ll be in the 1000s.
Every year almost 100% of public school students begin an instrument through their school’s music program (if a program exists). One or two years later, more than 50% of students quit; unable to enjoy all that music education has to offer for the rest of their K-12 schooling, if not beyond.
Visiting Brian Eno’s studio in London’s Notting Hill neighborhood, there’s plenty to catch the eye. Shelves sag beneath books and records, a spiral staircase climbs up toward the rafters, and a kitchen table is filled with wine bottles in preparation for a party.
There is a lot of different types of music out there. Like, a lot. Don’t believe me? Check out this time-sucking tool called Every Noise at Once. When you load up the page in your browser, you’ll be greeted with a massive wall of colored text links.
Jimmy Iovine was supposed to save the music industry. When he arrived at Apple in 2014 as part of the company’s $3 billion acquisition of Beats Music and Beats Electronics, he sought to inject humanity back into a world that had become dominated by recommendation algorithms and pirated zip files.
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There are over 30 million tracks available to stream on Spotify. That’s a lot of music to listen to, and most of it you’ve never heard before. How is one to make sense of all those sounds? Ben Ratliff has some ideas.
Earlier this year I applied and interviewed for a graphic design internship at Apple Music (an opportunity of a lifetime), and was turned down with a very kind letter stating that although they liked my work, they wanted to see more growth and training.
The boom in digital streaming may generate profits for record labels and free content for consumers, but it spells disaster for today's artists across the creative industries Awhile ago Thom Yorke and the rest of Radiohead got some attention when they pulled their recent record from Spotify.
Steve Albini is the producer (he prefers the term “recording engineer”) behind several thousand records. He is also a member of the band Shellac.
One Saturday in 1994, Bennie Lydell Glover, a temporary employee at the PolyGram compact-disk manufacturing plant in Kings Mountain, North Carolina, went to a party at the house of a co-worker. He was angling for a permanent position, and the party was a chance to network with his managers.
Venezuelan singer Danny Ocean was languishing in obscurity when he released Me Rehúso independently in September – and then Spotify changed his life.
Do you see a connection between your music and visual art, or do you see them as separate modes of creative output? I do see them as quite separate. I’m addressing some of the same themes in both bodies of work, albeit in different ways. Singing always necessitates a performance.
There was a time, not many years ago, when people used to ask each other what type of music they liked as a way of finding common ground.
The genre has had a bad reputation since the 1960s, but the singer-songwriter succeeds by focusing on aesthetics over evangelism. In a 2003 episode of South Park, Eric Cartman sets out on a quest to make a platinum record, and decides the easiest route will be to start a Christian band.
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Taylor Swift worries a lot about security. It’s an understandable concern. This spring, a man was arrested in the wee hours of the morning near her estate in Watch Hill, Rhode Island.
On July 11, 2000, in one of the more unlikely moments in the history of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Orrin Hatch handed the microphone to Metallica’s drummer, Lars Ulrich, to hear his thoughts on art in the age of digital reproduction.
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Ever since Spotify was launched I’ve been a subscriber and huge fan of the service. I’ve sworn by it for years and have built extremely large playlists on the service and synchronized them with all of my devices.
In 2012, I wrote a piece for this website breaking down the payments my first band, Galaxie 500, was receiving from streaming services, which were just starting to become a dominant force in the music industry. Spotify had sent songwriting royalties of $1.
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If you find your taste in music at constant battle with other people's tastes in music, Spotify's new Sweet Spot tool attempts to build the perfect playlist that bridges the gap between them.
When a jury decided in March of 2015 that Robin Thicke, Pharrell William and Clifford "T.I." Harris were guilty of copyright infringement in lifting elements of their song "Blurred Lines" from the Marvin Gaye classic "Got to Give It Up," the estate of Marvin Gaye grew several million dollars richer.
Music for productivity comes in various forms, but if you’re the type who enjoys non-vocal electronica in the background while you get stuff done, Focusmusic.fm delivers. Best of all, it’s in a simple, minimal interface with few controls and no playlists or other tools to distract you.
Originally published on FACT. The great electronic albums of the 1970s get plenty of kudos – but what of their predecessors?
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Who hasn't at least once had the feeling of being remade through music? Who is there who doesn't date a new phase in life to hearing this or that symphony or song? I heard it—we say—and everything changed. I heard it, and a gate flew open and I walked through.
Beep beep beep beep beep. Darude's "Sandstorm" turned 15 years old last month.
If there is such a thing as seasonal music for New Year's Eve, it is apocalypse pop.
In her sublime memoir of the writing life, Dani Shapiro wrote: “The job — as well as the plight, and the unexpected joy — of the artist is to embrace uncertainty, to be sharpened and honed by it.
Even unapologetic Top 40 hit-lovers would have a hard time denying the claim that popular music, on the whole, tends to sound pretty repetitive. This assertion feels so intuitive, that even detailed scientific studies backing it up tend to be met with a shrug.
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On the radio, where it has been ubiquitous all summer, the million-selling single “Where Are Ü Now” by Skrillex and Diplo with Justin Bieber is four minutes of high-tech bliss: a sweet-voiced mixture of longing and recrimination, a lonely plaint with a dance beat.
Finding the right space to do creative work can be difficult. Inside the office, there are constant interruptions, last-minute meetings, and an often unbearable amount of noise.
It's never been easier to feel like you're drowning in a sea of new music.
If you’re reading this article at work, there’s a decent chance you’re wearing headphones. It has never been easier to tune in to your own customized soundtrack—or more necessary to tune out your open-office coworkers, cubicle mates, and fellow coffee-shop denizens.
It is for this reason (and many more) that music is regarded as one of the triumphs of human creativity–but does music itself help one to create? This is an important question to examine, because music has increasingly become apart of the modern-day work session.
I’ve spent a lot of money on music over the years and one website that I have purchased mp3’s from is JunoDownload. It’s a digital download website predominantly used by DJs and has a huge back catalogue of tracks for sale on its platform.
In I Made You A Mixtape, we ask our favorite musicians, actors, writers, directors, or whatevers to strut their musical savvy: We pick a theme, they make us a mix.
Classifying anyone as the “most successful” at anything tends to reflect more on the source than the subject. So keep that in mind when I make the following statement: John Philip Sousa is the most successful American musician of all time.
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As a fan of music, I’d love to learn how to make a song. Devoting time to learning music theory, however, isn’t exactly on my list of priorities. Music lessons are intimidating, they’re a little inconvenient, and definitely pricey.
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For well over a decade, the music industry has been trying to figure out the Internet and they have failed more often than they have succeeded. Declining music sales and the rise of free sources like YouTube and Pandora have left a once proud industry in a state of perpetual anarchy.
The thumbnail summary already circulating for Beck's 12th full-length album goes like this: It's a sequel to Sea Change, the brooding 2002 record frequently mentioned as his masterpiece. This is useful, to a point, for placing Morning Phase in a general neighborhood.
So, you want to explore classical music? The first question must be: where to start? The most obvious fact about classical music is that it’s absolutely huge.
Daniel Ek, the C.E.O. of Spotify, is a rock star of the tech world, but he is not long on charisma. At thirty-one, he is pale, boyish, cerebral, and calm. Jantelagen, the Scandinavian code of humility and restraint, is strong in him.
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Spotify is finally gearing up to go public, and the company’s February 28th filing with the SEC offers a detailed look at its finances.
When I started uploading the collection, in 2009, I was an undergraduate student of a composition class at the university's studio for electroacoustic music. Our professor made this collection, I believe, from his particular library, picking up some works that he found important.