Is Apple Gaining Omnipotence in the Music Industry?

Since the beginning of August, the long-anticipated on-demand streaming service, Apple Music, appeared to be successful: Overcoming gripes about a more sophisticated interface and glitches, Apple announced a five week rate of 11 million new trial-subscriptions — over half of Spotify’s paid global user-base, Apple’s major competitor. However, the music business was at the very least as pleased about an additional aspect of Apple’s musical endeavors: Apple’s free Beats 1 radio station offered online that puts the spotlight on new music and broadcasts live 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Glassnote Records’ President, Daniel Glass states that, “It’s exciting. Everyone is watching them on music discovery.”

When Drake sought after a high-profile premiere in the latter part of July for “Charged Up” — a barrage in his row between him and rapper, Meek Mill — he selected his own Beats 1 show, which provides a venue that didn’t even have a presence just one month prior. Beats 1 serves to promote the on-demand streaming services provided by Apple Music, which premiered along with it on June 30, but the station is flourishing briskly, beginning to break tunes, such as “New Americana,” which is performed by Halsey, a rising alt-pop star, and increasing excitement with a novel method approach to a tried and true medium — though Apple hasn’t provided their listener numbers, and both satellite and terrestrial radio isn’t going anywhere soon. Beats co-founder, Jimmy Iovine, who sold his company to Apple last year, states, “It’s really simple. All of the people in the world hearing the same song simultaneously.”

Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig says that, “It’s an effective hybrid of the present and the past.” Ezra has his own show, as does the Beats co-founder, Dr. Dre, along with Pharrell Williams, Elton John, and Queens of the Stone Age’s, Josh Homme, as well as St. Vincent’s, Annie Clark.

Beats was making a concerted effort on playlists that were tagged to users’ tastes in music – a method that has been maintained on Apple Music, which provided targeted suggestions, using it’s “For You” header. When Nine Inch Nails’ (NIN) front-man, Trent Reznor, who was the chief creative officer of Beats’, made a decision that it required more of a universal approach, as well. Reznor states, “I realized it would be cool to hear someone speaking, to turn on the radio and feel that you’re a part of it.”

Beats 1 is meant to help build what Iovine calls “an ecosystem” around Apple Music. “The [other streaming services] feel like they were designed by engineers,” says Reznor. Adds Iovine, “Why use the word ‘service’ if you’re not a service? If you’re just a utility, what’s the point?”

The station’s feel was designed by the United Kingdom’s DJ Zane Lowe, who has secured a reputation as a taste-maker during his 12-year BBC1 career. The blend of indie rock, pop, hip-hop, and EDM that DJ Zane Lowe has brought — combined with heavy doses of United Kingdom grime artists — lend to the station a signature hipness. Reznor states, “It isn’t concerned about what is charting, and we don’t do research, because we are just going with what we think is cool.”

The third element of Apple Music’s system is the Connect network, which provided artists’ homepages, where they can directly release content to their fans. Apple is currently scoring major exclusives already, with artists from Keith Richards to Dr. Dre, employing Connect to premiere novel music — aiming and striking at a major chief selling point of Tidal, which is owned by Jay Z. Apple even assisted with making some of Drake’s music videos, along with both Eminem and Pharrell. Meanwhile, Drake, has allegedly struck an exclusive deal to premiere newly released music with Apple for the price of as much as $20 million. Glass states, “They are extending themselves aggressively to managers, record companies, and A&R people, as they want to creatively collaborate.”

Apple is currently the largest global music retailer. With it’s strong endeavors to dominate streaming, it goes without saying that both their artistic development and promotional endeavors as the globe’s most valued companies appears to be positioned for even more indisputable music industry domination, but nobody’s sounding the alarm as of yet. Miguel’s manager, Troy Carter states, “I don’t believe they have excessive power, and the Apple players view it as an opportunity to reshape a struggling industry. Reznor states, “With Apple’s resources, power, and scale, I can’t think of another company that’s better be included in to make an attempt to pull this off.”

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Researchers find that people with epilepsy process music differently

Read this article at http://www.engadget.com/2015/08/10/music-brainwaves/

 

A team at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center may have just uncovered the most unexpected side-effect associated with epilepsy — musical brainwave synchronization. The idea for the research came to Christine Charyton, PHD, while considering that 80-percent of epilepsy seizures originate in the same region of the brain that houses the auditory cortex, which processes music.

The experiment used an electroencephalogram to track brain activity as patients listened to two pieces of music broken up by 10 minutes of silence: a recording of My Favorite Things by John Coltrane and Mozart’s Sonata in D Major. BBAXBT“We were surprised by the findings,” explains Charyton. Both patients with and without epilepsy showed higher levels of brainwave activity while listening to music, rather than silence, but subjects with epilepsy were more likely to have their brainwaves synchronize with the music. “We hypothesized that music would be processed in the brain differently than silence. We did not know if this would be the same or different for people with epilepsy.”

So, what’s all this mean? Not a lot for now, but Charyton has high hopes that music could eventually be used to supplement epilepsy therapy as an intervention method to help prevent seizures. It’s just an idea for now, but you have to admit: prescription listening sounds pretty appealing

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Apple Considers Adding More Beats Radio Stations

The newest addition to the Apple music world, Beats 1 radio has been a hit. Listeners love the 24/7 entertainment, from hit radio shows to successful anchors to enjoyable music. Thanks to the success of this innovative radio station, there are rumors that Apple is planning to add five more Beats stations to its next music upgrade. Apple could be able to do this due to its high pay rate per play. Right now, Apple pays more to record labels than Pandora does. If Apple is able to start five more Beats stations, they would probably be able to do so without having to pay the labels more.

While many people hope these rumors are true, they are, at this point, just rumors. If Apple does choose to use its new agreements with the label companies to start new 24/7 Beats radio stations, it would allow the company to provide more variety in its shows and music that it plays.download

Apple launched its new Apple Music program five weeks ago. Since its beginning, more than ten million people have signed up for it. All of these people are currently on a free trial. Apple has until the end of September – which is when the free trials end – to find a way to get these people to pay for its music service. If Apple can do this, they can potentially offset the impact on record labels of decreasing iTunes downloads. This, coupled with the fact that iTunes downloads have been steadily decreasing for several months, would give record labels a good reason to form agreements with Apple to begin new Beats radio stations.

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‘Rose Garden’ singer Lynn Anderson dies

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Country singer Lynn Anderson, best known for her classic recording (I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden” died Thursday night of a heart attack at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

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She had been hospitalized for pneumonia following a trip to Italy. She was 67 years old.

Lynn Rene Anderson was born Sept. 26, 1947 in Grand Forks, N.D., and raised in California. She came from a musical family: Her parents Casey and Liz Anderson were both songwriters; the latter penned the Merle Haggard hits (My Friends Are Gonna Be) Strangers and I’m a Lonesome Fugitive.

Ms. Anderson’s debut single, a duet with Jerry Lane called For Better or for Worse, was released in 1966, when she was just 19 years old. It failed to chart. However, later that year her single Ride, Ride, Ride, cracked the country charts, and its successor, If I Kiss You (Will You Go Away) was a Top 5 hit.

For two years during the late 1960s, Ms. Anderson was a regular on the popular Lawrence Welk Show, an outlet which exposed her to a nationwide audience. “It was appointment viewing,” said WSM DJ and Grand Ole Opry announcer Eddie Stubbs. “Lynn Anderson really helped expand the boundaries of country music because there wasn’t a lot of (it) on network television at that time.”

Ms. Anderson wed producer/songwriter Glenn Sutton in 1968. He produced several of her hit songs—and wrote some too, including You’re My Man and Keep Me in Mind—but the couple would divorce in 1977.

In 1970, Ms. Anderson moved from California to Nashville, and signed with Columbia Records. In October of that year, she released what would become her signature song, and one of country music’s classics. The lilting (I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden, penned by Joe South, became a worldwide hit with its immediately recognizable intro and catchy lyrics. In the U.S., it spent five weeks atop the country music charts and crossed over to the pop charts as well. The recording also netted Ms. Anderson a Best Female Country Vocal Performance Grammy Award, and in 1971, the Country Music Association named her Female Vocalist of the Year. Over the last four decades, Rose Garden has been covered numerous times by a wide variety of artists including k.d. lang, Martina McBride, Suicide Machines and Southern Culture on the Skids.

Her popularity began to fade during the second half of the 1970s, and in 1980, she released her final recording for Columbia. After a short hiatus from recording, Ms. Anderson returned to music and signed with Permian Records. It was with this label that she released her final Top 10 single, You’re Welcome to Tonight (a duet with Gary Morris) in 1983. Since then, she’s recorded a handful of albums, including the Grammy-nominated Bluegrass Sessions, in 2004.

In recent years Ms. Anderson had multiple arrests for driving under the influence. Following her September 2014 arrest in Nashville, Ms. Anderson apologized to her fans in a statement and affirmed that she was committed to her recovery. In June of 2015, she released the inspirational gospel album Bridges.

Ms. Anderson was also a horse breeder and an award-winning, lifelong equestrian who became involved in therapeutic horse riding programs for disabled and troubled children.

She is survived by her father, three children—Lisa Sutton, Melissa Hempel and Gray Stream—four grandchildren and her partner Mentor Williams. Funeral services will be held at Woodlawn-Roesch-Patton Funeral Home & Memorial Park. Detailswill be announced shortly.

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Finally – Someone to Say How Apple Music is Doing

Speculation abounds right now on how well Apple Music is doing by knowing the amount of subscribers to the service. From now until at least October, prospective users are taking advantage of a three-month free trial. So, only certain people can give the data and there isn’t much to go on.

 

Music labels who have licensed their music to Apple are able to access their performance on Apple Music is doing. Apple provides daily reports to them.

 

The CEO of DashGo, which specializes in distributing independent music to digital portals, has stated that Apple Music is about four percent of their volumes of streams as what he has been seeing from Spotify.

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An estimate can be calculated showing the amount of streams Apple Music users are creating compared to Spotify users. Assuming Apple Music has at least 10 million subscribers to Spotify’s 75 million globally, 13 percent of total streams could be attributed to Apple Music. This is significantly lower and showing a poor performance compared to DashGo.

 

Ben Patterson, the CEO of DashGo, says he works with obscure acts. This fact could be partly the reason that such a drastic disparity exists in the ratio result.

 

Apple Music, on the other hand, is targeting a wide variety of music fans. Apple’s free radio station, Beats One, has tens of million of streams from Taylor Swift. However, Patterson remarked that he didn’t think that trend was boosting Apple Music.

 

Another factor may be the way playlists are used. Apple Music makes playlists difficult. Spotify, on the other hand, emphasizes user-playlists. Apple Music places their emphasis on their company experts’ playlists.

 

Hit Daily Double gave a hint that Apple Music had two hip-hop titles getting as many plays as Spotify. Right now, Patterson only offered positive feedback about Apple Music based on it opening a new market in Russia that DashGo didn’t have access to before.

 

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