Even record labels are going to the cloud.
Warner Music Group is teaming with music discovery app Shazam to create a new “big data” record label. The aim of the new Shazam label is to discover and sign new acts that can then be supported by Warner.
“We have forged a potent proposition: the first crowd-sourced, big data record label,” said Warner Music Group chief operating officer Rob Wiesenthal in a statement. “While data and crowd sourced analyses will never be a substitute for the expertise and instincts of our (artist & repertoire) professionals, we do believe the information we obtain for this new label will provide very useful signals that will bolster our ability to find the stars of tomorrow.” CONTINUE READING
Buzz Track: Agape
Kadawatha who hails from Sweden built a following touring with Paramore and sharing the stage with Switchfoot, Paper Route and You Me At Six. They are about to release their debut album ‘The World of Hypocrisy’ which features the song Agape. For fans of Karnivool, Foofighters, and Switchfoot. You can visit the site for upcoming tour dates.
Kings favorite Katie Cole will perform at the Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles on April 4th. Her music has appeared on shows such as Jersey Shore, Young and Restless, Degrassi and her latest full length was produced by Howard Willing (Sheryl Crow, Smashing Pumpkins, Delta Rae). Katie is taking it all in stride touring both the UK and America. Katie has performed at festivals including SXSW, Sundance, Namm, ASCAP expo and several shows for Pinktober (breast cancer awareness month) at various Hard Rock Cafes throughout America. Check out her latest video for the song (We Started A) Fire.
Lady Gaga never saw it coming. After a relentless, mammoth, publicity extravaganza for her new album, ArtPop, she was upstaged by a comet seeming to swoop in out of nowhere — the release of Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP 2. Eminem’s sales boomed big, while Gaga’s embarrassingly fizzled, leading to quick deep discounts to keep ArtPop on the charts.
Eminem, now 41, did few interviews and personal appearances for this formidable double album. As with Adele sweeping the Grammys two years ago, his instant commercial triumph demonstrates the readiness of a discerning world public to respond to power and passion of voice rather than to manipulative gimmicks or exhibitionistic stunts. CONTINUE READING
Buzz Track: More Than Gravity
Kit Walters started his career as a front man for a progressive metal band and has produced several hard rock bands for labels such as Epitaph, Fearless, and Tragic Hero Records. He now fronts a pop, electronic, rock project aptly dubbed KIT. He co-wrote and collaborated with writers Wendy Starland (Lady GAGA) and producer Mike Gonsolin (Snoop Dog, Benny Blanco) on the track “Hail to The King”. He has opened up for acts such as Flo Rida, Cobra Starship, One Republic, and Kat Graham.
From The New York Times
The Universal Music Group, the giant record company that sells almost 40 percent of the world’s music, is about to get a little bigger through a deal with the independent label behind Mumford & Sons.
Glassnote, founded by Daniel Glass in 2007, has struck a global distribution agreement with Universal for its music, starting March 1. The deal is a blow to Sony Music Entertainment, which had handled Glassnote through its Red distribution unit. CONTINUE READING
Last year, American Idol winner Phillip Phillips released the song “Gone, Gone, Gone” from his debut album The World from the Side of the Moon. The song went to #1 on the Adult Alternative and Adult Contemporary charts and peaked at #24 on Billboard‘s pop song chart, the Hot 100. For Gregg Wattenberg, one of three credited co-writers of “Gone, Gone, Gone,” the song’s chart performance was of particular interest because it translated indirectly into cash.
“U.S.-only hit songs — when I say ‘hit’ I mean like top five, not like No. 20 — can generate anywhere from one to two million dollars in ASCAP monies,” Wattenberg says. CONTINUE READING
Buzz Track: Lights Out
Kings favorite Tommy Burr who gained traction from our last post will soon release a new EP which features the new single Lights Out. Tommy is a singer-songwriter generating a great deal of attention with his hist last 5 song EP. His video for the track Get Up has 100k views on YouTube and he co-produced the songs with Kristoffer Eriksson (also in Violet Days) and Herman Gardarfve. He’s been performing at several venues in Stockholm.