Pandora and Spotify are just two of the streaming services that are available. Just as you can do with your mp3 collection, you can pick songs, for a monthly fee and create your own playlist, or play an individual song like you would on say, a jukebox.
Most services have millions of songs out there that you can play. As I mentioned earlier, it is streaming that have reversed the fortunes of the recording industry as many people have embraced this technology and stopped a fifteen year downslide.
While LP seems that songwriters are getting the short end of the deal in regards to royalties which are raised from some free services' ads or monthly subscription fees, it is much easier to purchase or really, rent a recording via these streaming services. So, the whole point of this blog is: Will I be subscribing to a streaming service? For me, digital downloads are perfect.
Each week when I do a blog, I have written down a list of songs I want to add, then go to amazon. You own the song and it is very flexible.
I guess the only downside to downloads is that if you don't back up the songs and your computer crashes your screwed. Will I try streaming and stop downloading? That remains to be seen. One stipulation right now is that all songs that qualify for my SNS currents playlist must be available for download.
With established artists or those signed to a label, very rarely is a track not available on either iTunes or Amazon, and many obscure artiststhe meat and potatoes of my blog listare readily available. I am sure that they could very well be on streaming services as well. The main issue I have is with the up and coming artists, the locals, if you will, who are just trying to get their footing. Are their songs readily available? The Hounds of Winter, Paul Czekaj, Christina Alessi, Matt Weiss and some other artists that distribute their own music on their website or through reverb nation.
Some of them do so on Amazon and iTunes, but on a streaming service? I love listening to these artists just as much as the Rihannas and Ed Sheerans, and they should be getting equal footing as well here. And I don't want to use multiple streaming services, either. What I have now is one hundred songs, one hundred artists, one playlist. And, if the companies stop making downloads available, then its time to just stop my current appreciation of music and rely solely on music from my past.
Since "Shape of You" is still at the top of Billboard's Hot in its tenth week, it is just a handful of songs that have topped both charts and I believe is only the fourth to do it at the same time.
The others? It's Sheeran's first 1 nationally but his second on SNS; "Thinking Out Loud" reached the top spot two years ago and was my 1 song of the entire year. Foxygen's "Follow the Leader" takes the second spot, while Rihanna drops to 3. There is a huge jam of songs advancing in the top 20 but can't really move up because of the traffic. Some songs only move up a notch or two, and a couple Billy Spanton Band and The Hounds of Winter can't move up at all even though they are advancing.
Lolo does get a four-point move, as does Fitz and the Tantrums and Tennis. New this week is the latest track by Kings of Leon"Reverend" leading things at 63, and Thomas Rhett, one of my favorite country artists, with his third entry, "Star of the Show". It's been fun, of course, but very time consuming. However, Scenes 'n' Soundwaves won't be going away completely. I will be continuing my SNS and publishing that at least for quite awhile, until the thrill of listening to new music wanes.
And there will be special blogs when there is a thought on my mind and I have the time to do so. More on that next week. Remember that you can click on a song on the list below to hear it.
This is actually a form of "streaming" in itself. April 2, Album: Divide. Album: Plural. Album: Terraform. Album: Walls. Songs with the greatest increase in favorite points over the prior week. No comments:.
Newer Post Older Post Home. Subscribe to: Post Comments Atom. This Week. Last Week. Weeks on List. Foxygen - Follow the Leader. Rihanna - Love On the Brain. Cage the Elephant - Cold Cold Cold. The Palms - Push Off. Coin - I Don't Wanna Dance. Capital Cities - Vowels. The Hounds of Winter - Lesson Learned. Fitz Album) the Tantrums - Get Right Back.
Tennis - Ladies Don't Play Guitar. Phoebe Ryan - Boyz n Poizn. Keith Urban f. Carrie Underwood - The Fighter. DMA's "Timeless. The Heydaze - Hurt Like Hell. Michael Kiwanuka - Love and Hate. Phoebe Ryan - Dark Side. Saint Motel - Move.
Train- Play That Song. And a growing trend seems to be including a digital download of the album or a physical CD with each ticket sale. The same sentiment applies here.
A digital download is thrown in with a pre-ordered merch bundle, whether you want it or not. It might be a full box-set bundle with 2:20 - Colony House - When I Was Younger (Vinyl of goodies or it might be just a singular t-shirt. This is also the case when purchasing physical copies of a record. And yet the artists still get to count that bundled download as an additional album sale. He also delayed the album and unleashed a couple more singles leading up to its postponed release.
As I Album), many artists have been releasing more and more singles, both proper and promotional, before an album officially drops. For a standard or track album, a label or artist would typically release two to four singles before the full-length dropped.
These days we see artists releasing sometimes more than half the album before it actually comes out, meaning more streams to count towards first-week sales. Halsey recently released her new LP Manic earlier ina track album with a run-time just short of 48 minutes.
And yet she dropped 6 singles before the release, accounting for nearly 20 minutes of the album. All Time Low released 5 singles ahead of their full-length Last Young Renegadewhich was only 10 tracks long.
Those 5 pre-released tunes accounted for roughly 18 minutes of a minute record. Not only does releasing a heap of singles allow for more streams before the proper album release, but it also builds more hype and publicity, boosting pre-order sales and general interest.
In recent years, Billboard has begun counting YouTube views toward sale numbers, only when the video is an official upload from the artist or label. I grew up on tapes and eventually CDs, and then everything seemed to go digital.
But in the past several years, vinyl records and cassette tapes have made an alarming comeback. Tapes originally seemed to be a cool novelty thing in more underground scenes, primarily among independent hip-hop or electronic artists. Vinyl records were relatively reserved for the most die-hard fans, with limited releases and rather expensive gram pressings. Tapes have also slowly crept their way into the mainstream—big-name artists like Shawn Mendes, Taylor Swift, Harry Styles, and Ariana Grande have all released best-selling albums and singles on cassette, just to name a few.
Which leads 2:20 - Colony House - When I Was Younger (Vinyl to wonder how many of their fans actually own a tape deck to play the cassette…. But what about all those exclusive colored vinyl variants? Or when the artist announces another special edition pressing? In5 Seconds of Summer was slated to score their third consecutive 1 on the Billboard with the release of Youngbloodbeing the only Australian band to do so.
Fans quickly scrambled to purchase a signed copy, including myself who had already bought the vinyl record, cassette tape, and Target-exclusive CD. When the charts were published, 5SOS sure enough scored their third 1 on the Billboard Did the shock-drop signed copies help boost those first-week numbers? However, I have also spent some quality time listening to new music. This episode should satisfy both regular listeners and any new listeners who might stumble upon this episode at some point with about an hour to spare listening to some terrific tunes.
This episode is pretty pastoral and as you can probably tell from the track list below there is nothing related to Trump-Stormy-Syria-Cohen or politics. There is also one track by Liam Gallagher, former singer from Oasis who put out surprisingly excellent album towards the end of last year. Tales From The Drop Box Episode is a mellow but truly sweet and the tracks cover a broader musical range — collecting a few tracks from last year with some newish released tracks.
Every once in a while, throwing a change-up to the lineup is good. A couple of LP in here for sure. I had never heard the Archive track before and it is from an album that originally came out in Okay, so I have been off the grid for a while.
Really, I think about the Starbucks gang quite a bit after having moved my office. Same goes for the Canadian group whom I missed this Christmas. I also know that I was remiss in getting dropboxes and these notes out for the past couple of months, but life sometimes gets in the way of the music. As this is generally the time of year when I take a look at the past year and reflect on what I spent most of my time listening to, I seem to have reached a new level of listening diversity.
I definitely enjoyed a more diverse year in terms of albums I enjoyed, discovered some new areas of listening enjoyment that were off my radar in the past i.
Most surprising is my new found appreciation for electronic albums. So, there are no negative reviews. It is called work because its not fun.
Beat On The Brat - The Nutley Brass - Beat On The Brass (CD, Album), Untitled - Daniel Drumz - Electric Relaxation Vol. 2 (CD), Something Youll Never Forget - Kon & Amir - Off Track Volume Two: Queens (CD), 34. Farewell. Adagio - Béla Bartók / György Sándor - Solo Piano Works (CD), Ostala Bova Skupaj, Margareth Menezes - Kindala (Vinyl, LP), Dont Rock The Boat - J.C. & The Latter Day Taints - 6 Song Demo: Live Halloween 05 @ The Undergr, The 13th Floor Elevators* - The Psychedelic Sounds Of The 13th Floor Elevators (Vinyl, LP, Album), Say Pow (Sexual Chocolate Mix) - Mark Stent (2) - Marktronic (CD), Anyone Who Knows What Love Is (Will Understand), Glitch - Valtarshol* - 7#. (File, Album), Kommen Und Gehen - Love A - Irgendwie (CD, Album), Allvater Naht - Asatru - Langbart (Cassette), Intro - Moveknowledgement - Sun Sun (CD, Album)