Some companies make a lot of money. Some make a little bit of money.
Some companies make ALL THE MONEY.
- Apple Is Now So Huge That All The Other Giants Look Tiny – BuzzFeed News
- Taylor Swift’s ‘this sick beat’ may be the world’s first trademarked lyric | Music | The Guardian
- How To Hack The Music Pirate – hypebot
- Norway Music Piracy Statistics – Business Insider
- TomPetty.com > News (Statement on Sam Smith plagiarism issue)
- True Sound Sessions (Terry Grant’s excellent music podcast)
Almost two years ago, Jason Calacanis wrote a scathing resignation letter to YouTube that seems oddly apropos given the recent news we discuss re: Zoe Keating.
Lots of fish in the sea. But only one Poseidon.
If you like this episode (and we know you will), please consider dropping us a rating or a comment at iTunes. We thank you in advance.
- Google Tells Zoe Keating: Sign Music Key Deal or We’ll Block Your YouTube Channel – hypebot
- Unprofitable Shazam Raises Another $30 Million – Digital Music NewsDigital Music News
- Avid is making a free, but limited version of Pro Tools | The Verge
- Music Row will play on as a national treasure
- StartUp — Gimlet Media
We certainly hope your 2014 was as awesome as ours was, and to celebrate we’re bringing you a very special episode of Conversely: our year-end music wrapup. That’s right, we rant and rave and rant some more about the music we loved and hated in 2014. You better count on at least one Taylor Swift mention. And possibly some death metal.
And we welcome back our very favorite special guest ever, Mr. Jonathan Sexton!
Did you have any favorites in 2014? Let us know! Drop us comments on our blog.
WARNING: SPOILERS IN THE SHOW NOTES
- Mike incorrectly states that Bruno Mars lifted the line “Gotta kiss myself, so pretty” from Morris Day in the movie Purple Rain. We can’t find proof of this anywhere. But come on, that’s totally something Morris Day would say.
- Shawn picked Boy & Bear’s “Southern Sun” from the album Harlequin Dream, which unfortunately came out in 2013.
- Mike picked HAIM’s “The Wire” from the album Days Are Gone, which came out in 2013. Officially we won’t allow these 2013 picks, but it’s safe to assume we listened to these songs a lot in 2014.
- List of Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles of 2014 – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
- Music Critic Top 10 Lists – Best Albums of 2014 – Metacritic
Our top albums:
What goes around comes around, right?
- Sony/ATV CEO Slams Cheap Songwriting Royalties Paid by Pandora, Spotify: ‘Totally Unacceptable’ – TheWrap
- But wait, what about this, Marty? Sony/ATV’s Martin Bandier on New, ‘Quite Reasonable’ Pandora Deal | Billboard
- Warner Music Group Revenues Top $3 Billion Following Acquisitions, Streaming Gains | Billboard
- WMG Releases Fiscal Year-End Report : MusicRow – Nashville’s Music Industry Publication – News, Songs From Music City
- Warner Music Group | News (the full earnings release)
- Pandora Signs First Direct Label Deal With Merlin | Billboard
- Merlin Network – Representing the rights of independent record labels worldwide
- Less Could Mean More: Why Merlin’s Deal With Pandora May Pay Off | Billboard
- Bitcoin for Rockstars — Backchannel — Medium
- Billboard 200 Makeover: Album Chart to Incorporate Streams & Track Sales | Billboard
- Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ Returns to No. 1 on Revamped Billboard 200 | Billboard
- Lefsetz Letter » Blog Archive Billboard’s New Chart – Lefsetz Letter
- Year in Music 2014 | Spotify
- Can Technology Make for Better Concerts? | WIRED
Traditional depictions of The Devil – a.k.a. Satan, Beelzebub, El Diablo, Lucifer, Abaddon… you know, that bad guy, the baddest guy – typically describe a red-skinned, horned, winged, terrible creature, a fallen angel tempting humans to sin, the sworn enemy of God himself, and the enemy of virtuous humans everywhere.
In today’s music industry, the devil wears green.
We spend the better part of this podcast discussing the recent tiff between The Green Devil and The Biggest Pop Star On The Planet.
SHOW NOTES (really just a reading list this time):
- Taylor Swift Catalog Removed from Spotify | Billboard
- Nikki Sixx Speaks To Taylor Swift’s Record Company President About Decision To Remove Catalog From Spotify – Blabbermouth.net
- $2 Billion and Counting | Spotify Blog
- Aloe Blacc: Streaming Services Need to Pay Songwriters Fairly | WIRED
- Garth Brooks Weighs In on Spotify, iTunes and YouTube Controversies | Rolling Stone (apparently the devil does wear red)
- The future of music sales is here. So how CAN the artists make it pay? | Music | The Observer
- Steve Albini on the surprisingly sturdy state of the music industry – in full | Music | theguardian.com
- How To Make Streaming Royalties Fair(er) — Cuepoint — Medium
Just how much difference does lossless audio make?
On this episode, we put that theory to the test. TIDAL has launched in the US, and we’re testing FLAC lossless audio next to Rdio 320kbps AAC. You’ll have to listen to find out the results.
We also welcome our newest team member Justine Avila!
And here’s the world’s worst captcha, which Mike encountered on Ticketmaster this morning.
- CAPTCHA stands for “Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart.” That’s awesome.
- YouTube Music Service Could Cost Artists, Labels $2.3 Billion Per Year In Lost Income – hypebot
- Borrell: Digital dashboards will wipe out half of FM stations – RAIN News
- Hidden track – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
- Mike’s personal favorite hidden track #1 (and #2, technically)
- Mike’s personal favorite hidden track #3 is Funkytown, by 1990s Minneapolis funk outfit Greazy Meal (a cover of the Lipps Inc. one hit wonder). It appeared in the negative space before track 1 on the CD Visualize World Greaze. Here’s the video.
- YouTube is still predominantly a desktop platform (contrary to Mike’s statement), but mobile views are currently at 40% worldwide, according to YT’s stats.
Here are the songs we used for our audio tests, links to TIDAL, Rdio, and iTunes for good measure. It’s probably worth noting that the audio we used in the podcast was taken from FLAC versions, though our podcast is encoded in the extremely lossy 128kbps MP3 format. We just put it in the podcast for reference.
- Esbjörn Svensson Trio – Tuesday Wonderland | TIDAL | Rdio | iTunes
- Green Day – Jesus of Suburbia | TIDAL | Rdio | iTunes
- Miles Davis – All Blues | TIDAL | Rdio | iTunes
- Dave Matthews Band – Crash Into Me | TIDAL | Rdio | iTunes
- Jimi Hendrix Experience – Voodoo Chile (Slight Return) | TIDAL | Rdio | iTunes
- Alan Jackson – Like Red On A Rose | TIDAL | Rdio | iTunes
And finally, is FLAC really lossless?
Today we take the wraps off a project we’ve been working on for quite some time, called MAGCON. It’s a touring show for social media celebrities, mainly catering to teenagers, and covering a wide variety of talent from musicians to actors to models to comedians. Similar to Comic-Con, MAGCON affords fans the opportunity to meet-and-greet their favorite stars (hence the name: Meet-And-Greet CONvention). We’ve revamped the entire tour from the ground up, keeping the familiar meet-and-greet portion that is the core of the show, and adding a significant performance aspect to create a truly unique entertainment experience.
To everyone who has helped on this journey so far, we thank you. This thing is just getting started, and we have a whole lot more in store.
We do cover a couple news items in this episode as well, but you’re just going to have to listen to find out what those are :)
- Follow MAGCON on Twitter, Instagram, Vine
- New Survey Says Teens Abandoning Facebook – hypebot
- SoundScan’s Third-Quarter Numbers in One Word: Bleak | Billboard
Following up from the lightning round, here’s a list of notable Christmas songs written by Jews:
- “White Christmas” by Irving Berlin
- “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” by Johnny Marks
- “Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow” by Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne
- “Silver Bells” by Livingston and Evans
- “The Christmas Song” (a.k.a. Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire) by Mel Torme
- “Santa Claus Is Back In Town” by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller
- “We Need a Little Christmas” by Jerry Herman
- “Santa Baby” by Joan Javits
- “There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays” by Al Stillman
And there are many notable Christmas albums recorded by Jews, such as Barbara Streisand, Kenny G, Sammy Davis Jr. (via The Rat Pack), Barry Manilow, Michael Bolton, Phil Spector, Carly Simon, and Neil Diamond. In fact, Barbara Streisand’s Christmas album, entitled A Christmas Album, is one of the best selling albums of all time, with over 5 million copies sold.
If you’re going to break the law, don’t write an email to your whole company about it. Just saying.
Oh, and go RSVP for our Movies On The Back Porch featuring Spinal Tap, next Wednesday October 8 at 7pm.