Posted on July 11, 2011 by douglassarine
According to CNET news, “U.S. album sales for the first six months of the year grew 1 percent.” This is the first upswing the industry has seen since 2004. I know it’s only one percent, but I find this to be quite encouraging.
Most of my positive feelings stem from the way that music now being shared and purchased. I think it was around 2004 when I somewhat stopped buying music. There was, what i would call, too much noise in the regular channels. I was bored with KROQ, who still had Sublime’s ‘What I Got’ in regular rotation and MySpace seemed like an over saturated swamp. I tuned out.
Slowly, the tools have increased for P2P sharing on major platforms rather than hidden file transfers. Facebook and Twitter have been no small part of this. They allow you to link to official channels and pages that have the music you want to share. But rather than a marketing email or spammercial, I am getting my recommendations from people I actually want recommendations from. When Dave Holmes tweets a mix, I’m gonna check it out because I respect his taste in music. When a friend on FB posts her new song, I feel like she offered to me in the stream, rather than pushing into my face.
I am buying more music now. I’m participating in the 1% upswing. Of course I always try to get my money to the artist by the most direct means, and I’m not sure how the Nielsen SoundScan report took into account independent record sales. But, I’m buying it. I love music and I want there to be a way for musicians to make money.
One a side note, I’m also super encouraged by the music video world these days. A recent fave is Steve Shane’s ‘Every Pretty Smile’ which was fan funded through a micro-financing site.
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Posted on July 20, 2009 by douglassarine
I am very excited about MTV. MTV? Did he say MTV? I know. I hear you. MTV hasn’t been socially or personally relevant since they abandoned music in the mid-nineties. But, secretly, in the dark place where I store my memorization of the lyrics of at least three full Pink Floyd albums, was a hope that one day Music Television would return to Music Television. Well, guess what? They haven’t. They’re doing something even better. Music Games! Later this year, MTV Games is planning to set-up a way for anyone to submit their songs for Rock Band. Aside from the fact that people WILL now FINALLY be able to personally FEEL the truth and power of that crappy folk rap I subjected the four people in the student union to in ’94, this is a great step for MTV and indie music. I love any action that puts the power of celebrity in the hands of the artists and their fans. I was thrilled last year when MC Frontalot and Jonathan Coulton got songs on Guitar Hero. It gave me a scary, unnerving feeling that the new media indie music scene has the potential for a massive societal impact. MTV Games Rock Band Network could be a great next step. If you are an indie artist I thoroughly encourage you to jump on this, in beta if possible. Get in there and figure it out. Move quickly and confidently. Embrace and evolve before the larger media companies have a chance to clutter the platform. Prepare your fanbase that it’s coming. MTV is showing some interest in music again and I think there are real creative and business opportunities for the ambitious early adopter. If we learn from the past and work toward the future everything will be a present.
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