Hats off to The Washington Post for writing an excellent article into the new state of the music business with the article “The New Streaming World: How One Band is Trying to Make It in a Business Turned Upside Down.”
The article focuses on the band, The Orwells, who you likely never heard of but that’s sort of the point of the article.
If nothing else, here’s the key factoid: less than 1 percent of songs represent 86 percent of the music streamed, according to the market research company Nielsen. That means the remaining 99% of songs (and musicians) have to survive on 14% of what little income is left. The music business is wealth inequality on steroids, all driven by technology.
Richard Ashcroft’s new album, THESE PEOPLE, is fantastic. I’ve been a big fan since his first album ALONE WITH EVERYBODY. However, his subsequent albums never quite achieved the same greatness.
But he’s somehow finally figured it all out, again, and nailed it.
If you don’t know RA, he’s the former lead singer for THE VERVE, who achieved stardom wit “Bittersweet Symphony.”
Here’s the new single …
I read a recent article in my hometown newspaper, The Columbus Dispatch, entitled “Rihanna and Mick Jagger Party as Gold Rush Mood Grips Havana.”
I’m glad I got to visit there before the “gold rush” hit – it’ll be bananas in five years, although it’ll likely still retain many of its charms. It’s the people that make that place special. It was one of the best trips of my life.
Upon telling my travel story to others, I know of at least five other people I’ve inspired to also travel there – that’s inspirational in itself.
My trip to Cuba was way back in 2003 with my good friend Patrick Lacho (Jai Gopal), almost twelve years ago. Good memories. Before blogs and WordPress existed. I’ll have to post something up about the trip sometime soon …