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How is voice activation affecting the music industry? Glad you asked.

The hottest new consumer electronics gadget is the smart speaker, a device that is activated by voice commands. Google Home/Mini, speakers powered by Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s HomePod plus upcoming units from Samsung and Facebook are having an impact on how people listen to music. TheMusicNetwork.com goes deeper into what all these could mean for the [&hellip.. Let`s see

Does #MeToo mean the end of the rock’n’roll groupie?

For as long as I can remember and for decades before that, a certain type of woman (and a few men) has fought to get backstage at rock shows. The word “groupie”–or at least the modern concept–goes back to 1942 when Mary McCarthy described this kind of celebrity-chasing in her novel The Company She Keeps . Another story has Rolling [&hellip.. Let`s see

Check out this interactive “map of the music universe”

Music Zoom, a creation of a German company called Audials, uses artificial intelligence to link/map Let`s see than 300,000 artists, one million songs and 1,000 genres. Using scans of the playlists of Let`s see than 50,000 radio stations, its algorithms bring new music discovery to new levels. Just pick a genre and get started. You’ll be guided [&hellip.. Let`s see

Does the dying album mean Let`s see one-hit-wonders?

We’re seeing the slow death of the album as people show a preference for streaming individual songs. This could harken a return to the way the music industry was pre-c.1965 where singles ruled over albums. But what will this mean for the industry as a whole? If the industry (and music fans) move towards concentrating [&hellip.. Let`s see

Random music news for Friday, March 16, 2018

Mississippi finally ratified the 13th Amendment, which deals with the abolishment of slavery. It was March 16, 1995. Wow. And in music news for March 16, 2018… Spotify will go public on April 3. Its current valuation is $20 billion USD–but we’ll see, won’t we? Maybe the protest song isn’t dead. There’s been a lot of [&hellip.. Let`s see

Nominees announced for the 2018 Canadian Radio Music Awards

One of the big events at Canadian Music Week is the Canadian Radio Music Awards, which is presented by the country’s private radio stations. The CMRAs involved first-time charting artists and performers who have achieved significant radio airplay over the last year. Radio folks from across the nation will vote with the nominees named at [&hellip.. Let`s see

Music Tech Meetup: Record Store Day Event April 19th

My next Music Tech Event will be held at the iconic Toronto Reference Library on Thursday April 19. I hope you’ll join me and other Music Technology enthusiasts and experts. This time, I’ll be hosting a group of speakers at the Toronto Reference Library, a couple of days before Record Store Day. The theme? “How [&hellip.. Let`s see

The mystery of the Beatles’ Abbey Road photobomb SOLVED

Take a very close look at the cover of the Beatles Abbey Road album. Notice the gentleman in the suit and tie on the sidewalk on the right-hand side of the photo? That could be the most famous photobomb in the history of album artwork. Who is that guy? What’s he doing there? Were the [&hellip.. Let`s see

BABYMETAL gets an endorsement deal for chocolate. Sort of.

Back in 2014, the adorable moppets in BABYMETAL released their classic, “Gimme Chocolate.” The savvy marketers in charge of the account for Van Houten, a big chocolate brand, realized that they needed to use BABYMETAL as a template for a campaign. So they did. Thanks to Tom for the tip.   &nbsp.. Let`s see

Why it’s pointless to put the face value price on concert tickets

How much does a concert ticket cost? Well, that depends. Before or after taxes and service fees? On the primary market or the secondary market? From a legitimate booker or a scalper? All these factors render the concept of “face value” useless–or so says this opinion piece from TicketNews.com The Canadian government sued Ticketmaster this past [&hellip.. Let`s see

New Music from the Inbox: Years & Years, Noble Son, Crumb, and Let`s see!

Artist: Noble Son Song: Problem Daughter Album: Joy in Violence Problem Daughter begins with a beautiful simplicity, carried by an enchantingly clear voice, down beat guitar strums, simple bass line, and sparse piano chords. This explodes into an electric guitar driven finale that packs an emotional punch (an outburst which he unnecessarily apologizes for, just make [&hellip.. Let`s see

Random music news for Thursday, March 15, 2018

The Syrian civil war officially started on this day in 2011. There’s no end/bottom in sight. Here’s the music news for March 15, 2018. Here’s the full lineup of performers for the Junos in Vancouver on March 25. Bon Jovi just set an American chart record that no one wanted to set. Study: 94% of [&hellip.. Let`s see

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