Sound Advice: “How do I get booked?” – SOCAN Words and Music

SOUND ADVICE: “HOW DO I GET BOOKED?” Story by Perry Stern | January 25, 2018 Ralph James “10,000 hours isn’t sufficient, it’s 20,000 hours now.” If those numbers don’t scare you away from attempting a career in music, read on. Considering the source, veteran agent Ralph James – doubling author Malcolm Gladwell’s rule that itContinue Reading

Streaming surge electrifies music industry

Streaming services such as Spotify and Apple Music now account for the majority of music consumption, according to industry figures that also show a continuing vinyl revival. Wrangling over dividing the spoils of the streaming boom continue, particularly over the fees YouTube pays labels and the way artists are paid for individual streams on SpotifyContinue Reading

Spotify Hit With $1.6 Billion Copyright Lawsuit Over Tom Petty, Weezer, Neil Young Songs | Hollywood Reporter

Last May, Spotify came to a proposed $43 million settlement to resolve a class action from songwriters led by David Lowery and Melissa Ferrick. The plaintiffs in that case had alleged that Spotify hasn’t adequately paid mechanical licenses for song compositions. Not everyone was satisfied by the settlement, which must still be approved by a judge.Continue Reading

Cities can create conditions for live music to thrive | Toronto Star

“Cities that want to attract diverse, thriving populations should look at creative musical culture in new ways and take steps to create conditions for live music to thrive or even continue: Municipalities must bring culture groups together to find ways to better distribute development charges so live music venues can benefit. Music venues should beContinue Reading

Next Wave Forever: John Cale at Seventy-Five | The New Yorker

My inspiration! “On a recent weekend, John Cale and friends played two programs in the bam Next Wave Festival. On Thursday and Friday, they played “The Velvet Underground & Nico”; on Saturday, they played music from Cale’s long and daring solo career, in celebration of his seventy-fifth birthday. Cale is eternally Next Wave, avant-garde forever.Continue Reading

Trumpeter backing Rufus Wainwright storms offstage over political comment – Blog | q | CBC Radio

The Canadian was performing with the Minnesota Orchestra, but one musician didn’t take kindly to his remarks. Give’em hell Rufus!!!! Source: Trumpeter backing Rufus Wainwright storms offstage over political comment – Blog | q | CBC Radio

Ginger Baker Beats Burglars Senseless. Sodomizes 1 with Walking Stick.

Kent, England – Ginger Baker the legendary drummer of ‘Cream’ arrived home to surprise two burglars ransacking his home in Kent England. The 2 men identified later by Police are Nigel Fawlty 32, and Basil Thatcher 27. Baker age 76, long known for his vicious temper and surly attitude, attacked the two men, knocking themContinue Reading

What Björk’s Cryptocurrency-Paired Album Means For The Music Industry

Source: What Björk’s Cryptocurrency-Paired Album Means For The Music Industry Given the above, there’s no question that blockchain will revolutionize the music industry in a powerful way, and it’s very possible that in a few years we’ll look back on this moment as the pivotal intersection point. Only time will tell.

The Unlikely Making of The Velvet Underground & Nico | Pitchfork

It’s the kind of find that record collectors dream about. In 2002, Warren Hill is idly flipping through the records at a Chelsea flea market when he comes across an acetate with “The Velvet Underground” and the date “4-25-66” handwritten on the label. He pays a whopping $.75 for the item and soon discovers thatContinue Reading