Dominic Lalli and Jeremy Salken make up the eclectic electronic dance music duo Big Gigantic. The pair have made name for themselves over the better part of the last five years since entering the national scene on the back of their talented, yet still developing...
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As we have learned, Thom Yorke has been a very vocal critic of Spotify for some time. In a conversation with The Hollywood Reporter, Ek took time to respond to Mr. Yorke but also opened up on his company's U.S. market share, its main competitors Pandora, iTunes and Beats Music, which launched earlier this week. Read excerpts below and head over here to read the interview in its entirety.
Beats Music has big names such as Jimmy Iovine, Dr. Dre and Trent Reznor attached. Is that a concern?
It's a competitor, for sure, but my way of looking at it is, if it gets people to understand the value of streaming, it is ultimately good. Our way of doing this is not just slapping some celebrity brand on it and hoping it will be good. We are a social service; we are a product company. People have tried to put a brand on it and thought that's enough, and they have failed: Microsoft, Nokia -- many big companies.
When will Spotify be profitable? And aren't you lagging a bit in the U.S.?
We're a young company, and this journey is just starting. If you ask an average American how they get their music, none of them are really streaming. People here have just figured out Pandora in the last 12 months, and that service has been around for 13 years.
Is there a user number you need to become profitable?
We must be one of the most transparent companies that is not public. We have paid out over $1 billion to artists -- we pay out 70 percent of the money we make. I think that's fair. [Editor's note: Artist payouts are determined by an algorithm involving Spotify's monthly revenue, the number of total streams and streams of a specific artist during a given month and artists' and publishers' royalty rates.] So why are we not making a profit? It's very simple: We are growing. We are putting Spotify in more places, on more devices and in more countries. We have been in 35 countries, and as of December we are in 55. We don't care about profitability short-term; we care about long-term. I look at what's happening with the Internet now as the single biggest thing since the industrial revolution. When in history have you had this opportunity, with 1.6 billion people now connected to the Internet?
Thom Yorke and others have criticized you for not paying artists enough. How do you respond?
This is the single biggest shift since the inception of recorded music, so it is naturally going to draw criticism and speculation. [Yorke] looks at this and says over a million streams gives me a few thousand dollars, and he says if I had a million downloads [which pay higher royalty rates], that would mean $1 million—so Spotify is not good. But the difference is, he would not have had a million downloads because they are not comparable. In fact, with 24 million users—and Apple has 500 million users—we already have billions of streams today.
The Black Lips today released their latest video viz Vice/Noisey, and it’s one you’ll probably remember for awhile. The group, which last graced listeners with an album on 2011′s Arabia Mountain, commissioned fellow Atlantans The ATL Twins and Matt Swinsky to direct this hell-raising romp...
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Dr. Dre and Interscope CEO Jimmy Iovine took over the headphone industry with their celebrity-driven Beats By Dre line since emerging in 2008 and now have their sites set on the online music-streaming market. The pair behind the iconic Beats Electronics announced plans over the...
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For the first time in history, the U.S. music business saw a decrease in digital sales in 2013. As Billboard points out, digital track sales performed less than digital album sales, seeing a 5.7 percent drop, compared to just a 0.1 percent decline, respectively. In 2013, 1.26 billion digital tracks were sold, versus 2012′s 1.34 billion. Album sales went down from 117.7 million units to 117.6 million. However, this doesn't mean that overall consumption of digital music has decreased since there has been a growth in subscription-based streaming numbers, offsetting the decline in digital sales revenue.
Although album sales went down in 2013, million-selling (“platinum”) albums were up from 10 to 13, while songs were slightly down from 108 to 106. Adele’s 21 sold 4.4 million units followed by Taylor’s Swift's Red, which scanned 3.1 million units. In 2013, only one album sold more than one million units, Justin Timberlake’s 20/20 Experience, with 2.4 million units.
The top selling track in 2013 was Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” featuring T.I. & Pharrell, with nearly 6.5 million units, followed by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Thrift Shop,” scanning 6.1 million units and Imagine Dragon’s “Radioactive" with 5.5 million units.
We have the official numbers and it appears to be record breaking. iTunes has just released an official press release that Beyonce's self-entitled EP has just sold an unprecedented 828,773 albums in just its first three days. In case you haven't heard, the project was unexpectedly released overnight 3 days ago, and 24 hours after it dropped, records indicated that she sold 400k on her first day.Pretty amazing numbers in this day and age, check out the full press release below from iTunes.
Best First Week Album Sales & Number One in 104 Countries
CUPERTINO, California—December 16, 2013—Apple® today announced that BEYONCÉ has become the fastest selling album ever on the iTunes Store® worldwide with an unprecedented 828,773 albums sold in just its first three days. BEYONCÉ also broke the US first week album sales record with 617,213 sold and proved to be a global success going to number one in 104 countries.
The self-titled, BEYONCÉ, is the fifth solo studio album from Beyoncé, which was made available exclusively worldwide on the iTunes Store on December 13 by Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia Records. The self-titled set is the artist’s first visual album. BEYONCÉ is infused with 14 new songs and 17 visually stunning, provocative videos shot around the world from Houston to New York City to Paris, and Sydney to Rio de Janeiro, all before the album’s release. The album represents Beyoncé’s biggest sales week ever.
I’ve been hearing about Brooklyn native Ka for a minute now. The buzz around him hasn’t been focused solely on his rappinf abilities, proving himself as a true 21st Century artist with some foresight, Ka has made people recognize him for both his skills on the mic and behind the camera, as he directs his own videos. The latest is for his single “You Know It’s About” off his The Night’s Gambit project available on iTunes. Check out the video below as Ka takes viewers on a B&W journey through Brooklyn.
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When it comes to winter, it’s easy to just throw on some sweatpants and hibernate all the way through until spring. The cold weather makes it harder to be outside, and it makes it easier to skip out on the gym. With the Nike+ Move, it makes it a little easier to remain active and defy the urges of being a couch potato all winter long.
The app is free and exclusively made for the iPhone 5s, tracking every movement you make so you can earn more NikeFuel points. The app gives you detailed graphs and charts, relaying information about the days you were most active and where you moved the most, along with peak times of exercise, as well as the type of movements you did. If you need some motivation to exercise or just want to monitor your workouts during the winter months, go and download the free app.
Yes, it's real folks. After we had a listen to the song’s radio edit yesterday, Daft Punk releases their first Random Access Memories- single "Get Lucky featuring Pharrell and Nile Rodgers. The song was first teased at Coachella last weekend, then previewed on Saturday Night Live. On this note, support the legendary French duo on iTunes and Amazon. Random Access Memories is due out May 21 via the Daft Life Limited/Columbia. Pre-orders are available now.
Daft Punk - Random Access Memories (Tracklist)
01. Give Life Back to Music feat. Nile Rodgers
02. The Game of Love
03. Giorgio by Moroder feat. Giorgio Moroder
04. Within feat. Chilly Gonzales
05. Instant Crush feat. Julian Casablancas
06. Lose Yourself to Dance feat. Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers
07. Touch feat. Paul Williams
08. Get Lucky feat. Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers
11. Fragments of Time feat. Todd Edwards
12. Doin’ It Right feat. Panda Bear
13. Contact feat. DJ Falcon
There's no denying that April has been quite an eventful month for KiD CuDi. After he announced that he'd officially leave Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music label earlier this month, his highly anticipated third solo offering INDICUD leaked. This caused Cudder to move the album's release forward from April 23, to April 16. According to his Twitter, this has not given him any headache at all:
"Listening to my album like its not my f---ing album. Was feelin left out ha we all jammin...hello again friends."
And it seems this measure appears to be successful as INDICUD has moved to number 2 on the iTunes Hip Hop charts. Since the LP's arrival, the Cleveland rapper has been interacting with fans via Twitter, inquiring their thoughts and feedback on the piece. Feel free to share your opinion on INDICUD below in the comment section as well and support here.