Category: Digital Music

Who is buying new albums?

My family tends to stream far more music from the mainstream than buying albums thanks to an Apple Music family subscription . My album purchases tend to be either ‘asking the band after the gig’ or physical orders from personal websites because iTunes doesn’t have a lot of Finnish new-age female-fronted power punk bands. Turns out that we’re not alone, with Chartattack reporting that 2015 saw ‘new’ US album sales beaten by back catalogue tracks. The term “catalogue” refers to albums released more than 18 months ago. According to Nielsen’s annual year end music report, catalogue albums outsold current releases

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All About The Bass, The Stream, And The Revenue

Alright then, a quick music business question, If you co-wrote ‘All About The Bass’ how much do you think, over the song’s lifetime, you would have earned from streaming music services? Try $5,679. “I’ve never heard a songwriter complain about radio royalties as much as streaming royalties,” Kadish said. “That was the real issue for us, like 1 million streams equals $90. For a song like ‘All About That Bass,’ that I wrote, which had 178 million streams. I mean $5,679? That’s my share. That’s as big a song as a songwriter can have in their career and No. 1

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Microsoft Erases The Last Bit Of Zune Branding

News via Paul Thurrott that Microsoft’s last grandfathered piece of Zune Content – the Zune Music Pass – is about to be archived. Users of the subscription music service that also offered ten free DRM-free downloads a month will be switched to the Groove music service (neé Xbox Music Pass) in October. And yes, the ten free downloads are not carrying over: As of November 15, 2015, Zune services will be retired, You will no longer be able to stream or download content to your device from the Zune music service. However, Zune devices will still function as music players

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The BBC Hide Iron Maiden Away After Topping The Charts

Iron Maiden’s ‘The Book Of Souls‘ album came out last week, and went straight to the top of the UK album charts. I’m sure everyone will be glad to see them showcased on the BBC’s news page… Picture of the number one single act (The Jacksons, who were playing Proms In The Park, which was convenient)…. picture of last week’s number one single act (Justin Bieber)… banner advert for the Chart Show… No Iron Maiden. PS: I still can’t get used to the charts coming out on a Friday…

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The Top Forty countdown, with only our favourite songs, moves to Friday

I don’t listen regularly to the Top 40 any more, so its move to Friday afternoon instead of Sunday evening is just another “well, back in my day” to add to my brain, but one thing I loved (and still love) about the Top 40 is that no matter what the song was, it was always played in the countdown. It was one of the few chances to bypass the pluggers and pickers of the national pop music station and get airplay. Be it Status Quo, The London Philharmonic Orchestra, or that year’s winning Eurovision Song Contest, if it made the Top

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