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In this this relaxed trot back through the previous seven days of industry news, we revisited the passing of Leonard Cohen, Orlando‘s obtain and planned memorial of the Pulse nightclub, Neil Young‘s selection to put his music back on streaming solutions, and a lot much more.
In this trip down memory lane from the final seven days of music industry news, we revisit the damage carried out to following a massive DDOS attack, the spike in Janet Jackson’s ‘Nasty‘ on Spotify following Trump’s debate outburst, Kanye‘s complaint of the Apple/Tidal feud, and significantly, significantly a lot more.
In our guidance corner this week we give ideas for independent and DIY artists on how to prep their music for a vinyl pressing, make far better concert posters, stay away from widespread mistakes when placing together an electronic press kit, and significantly, significantly more.
In this edition of our look back by means of the previous seven days of business news, we examine SFX’s continued action against Robert Sillerman, Pandora and Shazam‘s additions to their respective platforms, Spotify’s recent enormous payout, and considerably, significantly far more.
Our specialist tips for DIY and indie artists this week cover a range of subjects, from what to count on when functioning with studio musicians, to how you can inform if you are sabotaging your band’s good results, to how you can drastically enhance your digital approach making use of just two words.
An additional Friday, one more Liv Buli Reading List. Buli, the information journalist for Pandora’s Next Large Sound, frequently sees what is going to matter before the rest of us and fortunate for us, she shares it with us lesser beings on Hypebot .
By Liv Buli of Pandora’s Next Big Sound
When I wake up Saturday morning, till I don’t forget I don’t have to go to function that day.
No rest for the wicked, nor the music sector it seems. An additional week of massive stories dropping, from acquisition talks, to main milestones, to huge hiring moves. Here’s what you ought to know ahead of you head out for the weekend.
Spotify and SoundCloud have reportedly been in talks about acquisition. No comment from either party yet, and nothing has actually occurred yet, so y’all can calm down. It would be an exciting move. Between characteristics like their social neighborhood and the capability for music makers to directly upload tracks SoundCloud has something actually distinctive, but I am not completely certain how they would marry these services in practice. Tbd. Potensh.
YouTube hired Lyor — clutch move. Has it truly been three years because Google invested in 300? They are killin it btw (300 that is).
iHeart announced their intention to launch an on-demand service. Immediate reaction? You get a streaming service! You get a streaming service! Everybody gets a streaming service!
Oh and of course, all the deets on Snapchat’s (Sorry, Snap, Inc.) new spectacles.
Thumbprint Radio (from Pandora) hit some main milestones this week, among them five billion+ spins. If you haven’t listened to your private thumbprint radio station however, I’d very recommend it (though mine truly only plays Adele).
On the Predictions chart this week — A younger, far better(?) version of One Path, some seriously bizarre YouTube pop, and Cynthia Meng’s preferred band ever — Vulfpeck.
Alisa Xayalith from The Naked and Popular is amazing, and their new album is going to be sick. Right here are ten motives why you need to listen to it.
And in graphs this week: a spike on Wikipedia for Mary J. Blige, as nicely as for the Bruce Springsteen track she sings, soon after this teaser of what seems to have been an… ahem… eventful chat with Hillary Clinton went reside.
Now. This is a conflicting moment for me. Let’s be clear: #imwithher
Nevertheless. This has to be one particular of the most uncomfortable, awkward videos I have ever been witness to in my entire career of watching uncomfortable, awkward videos on the web.
I mean, Hillary’s face.
Dear lord, please fire whoever believed this was a good idea.
That is all I’ve got for roundup this week, go forth and conquer the weekend! Until we meet once more. ?
One of the year’s biggest commercial and essential successes lands on disc this week, a massive-name, massive-budget remake from Disney that manages to use its pricey effects to inform a story of genuine heart and awe. Meanwhile this week’s primary streaming release of note is on the other side of the spectrum, a tiny-scale character comedy about the bizarre meeting of a pop icon and a political pariah. Plus, a Criterion double-header of late-period Orson Welles, and a cult film icon’s very best/worst picture.
ON AMAZON PRIME
Elvis & Nixon: There are few common culture figures far more imitable than Richard Nixon and Elvis Presley, so it’s fun to see what two fine actors like Kevin Spacey and Michael Shannon do when tasked with playing them. Spacey leans in on the impersonation – hitting the familiar cadences, the plosives and the stacatto declaratives, and builds his characterization from them. Shannon does not do significantly impression he has the look and the swagger, but he mainly plays Elvis as a character, filtered via the sympathetic weirdo prism he’s fine-tuned over the past few years. That study in contrasts is one of the several pleasures of Liza Johnson’s giddily goofy dramatization, which treats a fundamentally silly bit of political pandering as a quintessentially American moment. It is a lot of fun, but it is no throwaway.
ON BLU-RAY / DVD / VOD
The Jungle Book: Disney’s ongoing remake parade appears, on its surface, like the most cynical type of branding opportunism – thanks in no modest part to film that kicked that trend off, Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. But amongst the recent Pete’s Dragon and final spring’s Jungle Book (out nowadays on disc), it is grow to be clear that filmmakers who approach these photographs as possibilities for heartfelt storytelling rather than easy cash can make them their personal, a situation in which everybody wins. Jungle Book director Jon Favreau ingeniously reworks the 1967 animated Kipling adaptation into the type of live-action adventure yarn the studio churned out regularly in the identical period, with a enormous help from impressively convincing personal computer-generated speaking animals. The voice talents are aces – Bill Murray’s delightful Baloo, Christopher Walken’s gangster orangutan King Louie, and Idris Elba’s purringly evil Shere Khan are the standouts – even though newcomer Neel Sethi, as young Simba, impresses the most (do not underestimate the difficulty of acting against characters that aren’t there). The all-or-nothing at all inconsistency of the music is peculiar (only two of the songs show up), but that’s a minor concern this is an exciting and often moving family members film, and like much of Disney’s output, it is about kids on its surface, and the troubles of parenthood underneath. (Involves audio commentary and featurettes.)
Chimes at Midnight: As he aged (and sized) into the part of Falstaff, Orson Welles must’ve despaired that the character’s appearances in Shakespeare’s plays, although memorable, were comparatively brief. So he, rather subversively, created that second banana role into a focal point, taking a jigsaw-puzzle method to the Bard, lifting out and pushing collectively the Falstaff scenes from several plays to produce this ingenious narrative. And it’s one of his very best performances, rich and funny and melancholy, each the overall performance and the direction wittily navigating the tonal shifts inherent in any Shakespeare adaptation, but especially such an unconventional montage. He gets the gregariousness and comic beats, certainly (watch how wonderfully the intensity of the battle scenes is offset by Falstaff, squat and wide in his armor, a figure out of silent comedy), but the wistful way he mutters “I am old… I am old” in a moment of silent reflection definitely breaks your heart. Lengthy an object of wish for Welles and Shakespeare aficionados alike, Chimes ultimately makes its DVD and Blu-ray debut by means of a gorgeous Criterion restoration it is a single of the year’s must-have discs. (Contains audio commentary, vintage and archival interviews, and trailer.)
The Immortal Story: It is a big week for Welles fans, thanks to the 1st official house media release of not only Chimes but this lesser-recognized 58-minute film he created for French tv in 1968. It’s a lot more of a curio than a lost Welles masterpiece, but there’s far more happening in his curios than in most filmmakers’ masterpieces. Making his very first color project and final completed narrative film, Welles not only writes and directs but stars in and narrates this adaptation of an Isak Dinensen story, exploring some of his recurring themes: the fluidity of storytelling, the pain of alienation, the fear of morality, and the haunting specter of the past. It’s mainly carried out as a series of two-scenes, none less than dynamic considerably like in his Shakespeare pictures, the technique (namely the inventive angles and unexpected edits) can be flashy, but the telling is patient. (Consists of original accompanying Welles profile documentary, audio commentary, interviews, and alternate French-language version.)
Disco Godfather: Vinegar Syndrome, continuing to do God’s function, finishes out their loving restorations of the Rudy Ray Moore oeuvre (following current releases of Dolemite, The Human Tornado, and Petey Wheatstraw: The Devil’s Son-In-Law) with what may possibly nicely be his magnum opus: the 1979 antidrug action/dance epic Disco Godfather (or, as it was christened on subsequent house video releases, Avenging Godfather and Avenging Disco Godfather). Moore is cop-turned-nightclub-owner Tucker Williams, who goes back into action when his nephew Bucky gets hooked on angel dust, or, as Tucker calls it, “aaaaangel duuuuust.” Charmingly, soon after 4 starring cars, there’s no noticeable improvement whatsoever: Disco Godfather, like its predecessors, is clumsy, silly, and technically dubious, prompting stone faces in comic scenes, and uncontrollable laughter when it gets earnest. But you gotta give Moore’s motion pictures this considerably: they’re not boring. Put your weight on it! (Includes audio commentary, soundtrack, producing-of documentary, and stills gallery.)
Independent DIY artists gather ’round! We have a multitude of helpful ideas for you this week, from how to advance a show like a pro, to YouTube optimization for musicians, to five truths about advertising and marketing which artists have ignored for far also long. All this plus far more!