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OV Recommends: Harry Paradise

It’s easy for people to assume that great musical successes have always been hustling in the music industry but in fact there are hundreds of musicians who never knew what their careers would later come to. Iconic musicians like Debbie Harry of Blondie and Sheryl Crow didn’t make it until later in the game when they met international success in their 30’s. Hundreds of people share those stories and have one way or another found themselves in music.

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Spotify spotlight: Glenn McDonald divides music into thousands of niche genres

Well it turns out that Austin’s iconic hipsters and hippie music lovers are going to be thankful to one man for making their esoteric music taste now easily discoverable. Glenn McDonald is the person who has classified even the most obscure and niche genres and is now every fans best friend. Never before has it been easier to discover new styles of music and artists you otherwise wouldn’t have known.

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Why can we still buy music?

With all the music streaming platforms readily available at our fingertips, it’s hard to imagine why actually buying music is still an option. Many people may ask, “what is the incentive to buy each song individually when you can pay a flat monthly rate to stream thousands of full albums right on your device?” and they certainly have a point. Plus, not only does this model save consumers money, it makes money for labels.

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Music industry having a “MySpace moment”

Before streaming services like Spotify, SoundCloud, and Pandora were part of the mainstream, MySpace had a solid hold on the online music-social media hybrid industry. But, as the social network began to decline in popularity, all the artists and users it had once consolidated into its platform left – and spread themselves across a multitude of new music streaming services. While this much unorganized talent may seem like a daunting task for social media-music startups to take on, Bas Grasmeyer, in his article “Online Music is About to Experience Another Myspace Moment,” thinks MySpace’s fall from grace is the perfect storm for young companies to do something profound in the music-social media hybrid industry. Grasmeyer states, “From the ashes of MySpace, which never managed to recover, rose a new ecosystem of music startups.”

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Music industry constantly seeking consumer data

Consumer data is arguably the most important marketing tool for everyone in the music industry–whether you are a label, publisher, promoter or the artist them self, you need to know consumer trends to efficiently get your music to the public. Over the years, the music industry has completely revolutionized the way they collect consumer data, and with technology usage among consumers at its peak, this is a particularly interesting time for its development.

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YouTube as a music platform: Unfair or misunderstood?

In the music industry, YouTube has notoriously been known as a harsh competitor of music distribution companies, and the artists themselves. It is an accepted belief that this free video streaming platform has reduced album sales and given people less of an incentive to actually purchase music. People have painted Youtube as a greedy middleman that takes content it had no part in generating and making money by distributing it. We are quick to form this one-sided opinion about the user-generated video platform, but if we take a step back, we may see that YouTube can be a surprisingly beneficial resource for artists and distributing companies if marketing is used efficiently. 

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Musical.ly: Teen fad or the future of music discovery?

It’s no secret that social media plays an important (perhaps the most important) role in modern day music discovery on the internet. Nowadays, it seems a song’s success isn’t measured by how many people simply listen to the track, but by how much traction it gets on social media. When a song makes its way to a number of humorous Instagram videos, memes and Snapchat stories, you know it’s a golden beat.