Music adds to magical flavour
But for now some musicians are dubious, and the Spotify backlash gained a high-profile flag-bearer over the summer when Thom Yorke whose band Radiohead in 2007 embraced the brave new digital world when it offered its album “In Rainbows” for a pay-what-you-want-to-pay price pulled his side-project Atoms for Peace’s recent album, “Amok,” from the service. As he wrote on Twitter: “Make no mistake new artists you discover on #Spotify will no (sic) get paid. meanwhile, shareholders will shortly being rolling in it. Simples.” Atoms for Peace member/Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich argued in a series of tweets that Spotify is “bad for new music” and that “if people had been listening to spotify instead of buying records in 1973 I doubt very much if (Pink Floyd’s ‘Dark Side of the Moon’) would have been made. It would just be too expensive.” The local independent label Drag City is keeping its catalog off Spotify and all other streaming services, even as most labels big and small play ball. The Chicago-based Bloodshot Records has its music on Spotify, though label co-owner Nan Warshaw remains wary. “Sales are certainly being cannibalized by piracy. It’s less clear how much they’re being cannibalized by these other things,” she said, though she added: “If the streaming services like Spotify become a predominant model, then very few if any labels can survive on that kind of money. It’s certainly better than people stealing music, and we do see a small payment, and we are getting sizable checks from Spotify every month. However, it’s not sizable when you look at the number of times a song was played.” Ken Parks, Spotify’s chief content officer as well as Spotify North America’s managing director, doesn’t buy claims that his service has had a negative impact on sales. For one, with about 24 million registered users 6 million of whom pay for the service Spotify doesn’t approach the market penetration of, say, YouTube, which Parks called “by far the largest music service in the world.” YouTube reports that each month more than 1 billion unique users visit the site and more than 6 billion hours of video are viewed, with music being the most-viewed category. Parks argues that Spotify isn’t big enough to cannibalize that many sales, and when the company does achieve a larger scale in the U.S., as it has done in Sweden and other Nordic countries, he believes it will help the music industry’s sales grow, not shrink, and musicians will reap the rewards. “We are in the very early days of this service,” Parks said. “We consider ourselves just scratching the surface.” Let’s hit the pause button here to examine the distinct ways in which these online services operate. Pandora has been by far the biggest player in Internet radio, announcing that it had 72.1 million active users in August (a 28 percent increase over 2012) who streamed 1.35 billion hours of music, this after the company revealed in April that it had surpassed 200 million registered users.
8 on USA TODAY’s top 40. She trailed only Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry last week in downloads, with Royals selling 263,000 copies. The song recently hit No. 1 on iTunes and has been steadily climbing Billboard’s Hot 100, sitting currently at No. 3. She’s already gained the admiration of musicians industry-wide, ranging from Cyrus to Elton John. Her single Tennis Court “is one of the most touching, beautiful things on earth,” John recently told USA TODAY . “You just open your mouth in wonder.” Lena Dunham, Olivia Wilde and Carson Daly also count themselves as fans. The Auckland native has two theories about why listeners have connected with her music: “There’s not a lot of reality in pop music sometimes. It can feel quite detached from people’s lives, and so that was something people appreciate about my music maybe. But also, it’s super, super simple, which is kind of refreshing.” Royals was inspired by the lavish, over-the-top lifestyle of hip-hop and pop artists.
Florida Georgia Line: The duo changing country music, one party song at a time
Hubbard, 26, grabs a granola bar out of a makeshift kitchen cabinet and takes a seat. Just a couple of everyday guys, hanging out before taking the stage in Richmond in front of 6,000 screaming fans. Fifteen months ago, these dudes didnt have a record deal. Now theyre shattering music records while taking Nashville by storm . On Sunday, the 20,000-plus expected to gather at Merriweather Post Pavilion for the annual Sunday in the Country festival will see Kelley and Hubbard right before they graduate to the next level of stardom: their first national headlining tour, which kicks off Thursday. Fans will pack in to hear feel-good party songs from the duos platinum-selling debut album, Heres to the Good Times , and especially the inescapable crossover smash Cruise, which recently spent 22 weeks at No. 1, making Billboard country chart history. As Florida Georgia Line keeps ascending, the duo is also being credited or blamed, depending on whom you ask for helping to change the sound of modern country music. The bands rise may seem rapid, but as everyone around them emphasizes, its the result of years of tough, behind-the-scenes work. Plus, its triumphant proof that doing things a little differently even if you start outside of the Nashville star-making machine, which has a methodical process of transforming singers into superstars can lead to success. It was a fast rise if youre looking at it only from the perspective of when the mass audience started paying attention, says Seth England, the duos manager. I dont mean that disrespectfully.
“I love to play old Hindi songs when I cook and that keeps me going every single day of my life. People often inquire about the secret ingredient in my dishes that make it so irresistible, I think this is that”, she smiles. However, Anita hasn’t always been that great a chef. In fact the beautiful lady had never seen what the kitchen looked like before she was married. “When I was married I did not really know how to cook and I did not even take classes as a lot of girls do. Initially, when I would cook it would sometimes come out to be disastrous too. But my husband was always very appreciative of my efforts”, she says. Cooking and even more cooking has solely been her teacher all this time. And when her family and friends place their demand for something special for the night, Anita still feels the adrenaline rush through her blood. “Every time I cook for an occasion, I still have the same amount of excitement like it’s the first time, I am the first host and they are the first guests”. So cooking therapy doesn’t only keep her young at heart, but also keeps her happily engaged with her family.