September 17, 2013 |
Streaming music pioneer Rhapsody, one of the first digital music companies to offer access to songs through monthly subscriptions, has cut its staff by 15%. Also, its president, Jon Irwin, is stepping down and will continue as a strategic advisor. Rhapsody International, the service's parent, said Monday that the layoffs were concurrent with New York investment firm Columbus Nova Technology Partners' taking a large share in the company....
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September 16, 2013 |
Residents of a Woodland Hills neighborhood where a music industry veteran was stabbed with a machete and scalpel Sunday expressed shock over the incident. Police said Jerry Sharell -- who hosts a show on KJAZZ-FM (88.1) -- was visiting his girlfriend about 8 a.m. Sunday in the 4700 block of Nomad Drive in Woodland Hills before the attack. “Basically, I was just shocked because he's just the greatest guy and I feel for his family,” Mike Zarsky told KTLA-TV on Monday. Witnesses said the girlfriend's former husband pulled up on his motorcycle when the two were inside the home.
September 4, 2013 |
Young Guru has helped everyone from Jay Z to Beyoncé to Drake to Eminem to Kanye West shape their sounds. Now, the Grammy Award-nominated engineer-DJ-producer will shape minds at USC as an artist-in-residence for the coming academic year, the university announced Tuesday. The prolific engineer, born Gimel Keaton, will join the faculty of USC Thornton's Contemporary Music Division, where he will work with students in the popular music, music industry and music technology programs. During his post at USC, he will be instrumental in helping the university develop a degree program in music production and will also lecture students studying hip-hop, electronic music, music industry and songwriting.
July 24, 2013 |
Digital music is expected to surpass physical music sales within the next several years as revenue from downloading and streaming increases and the overall business shrinks, according to a new report. Digital music is picking up share and will account for the majority of the industry's sales by 2017, said the report from from Siemer Ventures, the investment arm of Santa Monica-based merchant bank Siemer & Associates LLC. Part of that growth is coming from streaming on a plethora of services , including Pandora, Clear Channel's iHeartRadio, Spotify, Rdio and MOG, as well as online video companies such as YouTube and Vevo. RELATED: Despite concerns, it's full-steam ahead for music industry The streaming space is getting more crowded with big players, including Google Inc.'s recently introduced offering and the impending launch of Apple Inc.'s iTunes Radio . The growth will continue as companies offer new services, such as streaming in cars, said John Rudolph, a senior advisor at Siemer.
July 22, 2013 |
One of the more interesting things happening at the fringes of dance music right now is that artists are re-defining what it means to be dancey. In one corner, you've got artists like Nicolas Jaar and Maya Jane Coles who play all the big tents at mainstream dance music festivals, but who also feel free to lose that throbbing four-on-the-floor template to play around in weirder, atmospheric musical spaces. And on the other end, you've got a band like Soft Metals, an experimental L.A. duo who use all the basic tools of dance music - hard, repetitive kick drums and tangles of arpeggiated synths - but the end result is moody and punky and definitely un-celebratory.
April 19, 2013 |
Twitter Inc. says its new music service helps users discover songs and artists. But the music industry isn't sure it's something to sing about just yet. The #Music app recommends songs based on the artists Twitter users follow. It also shows what tracks friends are tweeting about. And it lets users browse songs that are popular or up-and-coming on the service. The user can preview the tracks from iTunes or subscribe to Spotify or Rdio to listen to full-length versions of the suggested songs.