According to Nielsen, sales of vinyl have grown an astonishing 260% since 2009. In 2010, only 2.8 million records were sold in the US—just a tiny fraction of total physical product moved. Last year, that figure had more than tripled, and 9.2 million units were moved.
I never could imagine that vinyl sales would skyrocket like that! You know, personally I haven’t met anyone who are die hard fans of vinyl (other than online); it was difficult for me to fathom that that many records were sold. Now this could only be that music subscriptions could possibly make CD’s and albums obsolete one day. It’s had to think about that but it is really possible that that could happen. Do you now see why we have to share our memories on social media and blogs? I think the mere fact that albums are being sold exponentially is a HUGE sign that albums are going bye bye. Then again, I’ve also thought of the possibility that this can grow in to a nitch business; to capitalize on the people that still value vinyls. In fact, I still see new music being produced in vinyl. I’ve always thought that was because of DJ’s still buying them. Maybe this can turn in to “limited time offers” or something. This will be interesting to see what happens in the future. If you would like to read the article click here.
You know, when I look at Aaron Neville, I would have never guessed that he would have the kind of voice he has. Aaron is a huge success story, and has managed to put out 4 platinum albums during his career to prove it. I think Neville is a great singer, but a lot of his music wasn’t my taste to be honest. However I should worn you, he is what I call “the remake king.” He has done a LOT of redoes of music from other artists. I’ve read one article that they’ve compared him to Sam Cooke. Well, I think that person need to get their ears checked; because not only do I think their music is different, but their voices are different. Neville is more of a “falsetto,” type of singer, were as Cooke projected his voice a lot more. Just my humble opinion. Now, as always, there is always a ying and yang to my reviews. Just because I don’t particularly care for most of his music, don’t mean he is not worthy of being written about. What makes him worthy is the duets he has done with Linda Ronstadt. I love me some Ronstadt! There is one song that I really loved from them called “Don’t Know Much.” There is also another song that was a huge hit that I like, it’s called “Tell It Like It is.” Maybe my visitors would like his kind of music?
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“If Apple wants to make a dent, it can by its sheer heft. It can simply throw gazillions of dollars at the problem/opportunity. There is nothing else like it,” he says.
I guess we shouldn’t be surprised that the leading digital retailer would try their hand on music subscriptions. According to USA Today, apple will be competing with a similar business scheme/marketing to Spotify. They better come up with something that blows our mind! Then again, if they do have something awesome waiting for us, chances are it is for apple specific devices I would guess. This will be interesting, because in my opinion (at least in terms of new music), everybody is selling the same thing; so what more can they offer? I don’t know. I guess I should have realized this earlier when they stopped offering DRM free upgrades. I got to tell you, apple REALLY pissed me off with that. they were on my shit list for quite a while. Some of you die hard apple users may not understand where I am coming from. Apple makes outstanding products, I’m not saying they’re bad; however, I refuse to allow a company take me hostage against my will with their product. I lost a LOT of money when they took that DRM free option away, and I was forced to circumvent the issue by extracting my music through other means; otherwise, I would have been shit out of luck. iTunes has been on my shit list for a long time for that reason. Apple is said to announce this big news sometime next week at a conference. If you’d like to read the rest of this article, and watch a short video, click here.
All I can say is, thank goodness for Rhapsody. If this was the very best of Macy, then I really didn’t miss much! Macy does not have a great singing voice, just was one of those people that got lucky and struck it big with a hit song. Macy is like one of those drunk family members at parties, that know every single words to every single song, and sings all of them at every family function LOL. I’ll just come out and say it; she reminds me of Billie Holiday a lot, in that she spent most of her time in the recording studio blasted! The only difference between Macy and Billie, is that if I had to pick an artist to listen to for a day, I’d rather listen to Billie. The one and only song I liked from Macy (and I”m sure many would agree), is the one big hit called “I Try.” The song “I Try” seemed to be that one song that really suited her voice; perhaps maybe because that was the energy she was in at the time of that recording. It was a very slow and mellow song, yet the texture of her voice, and the way she sang the song made it fun to listen to. I did manage to find one other choice song called “I’ve Committed Murder,” which has a very hot beat in my opinion. I think you’ll like the lyrics too, it’s actually quite funny. I wasn’t feeling the album she released last year either. I don’t know, maybe I should give her another chance? I’m kind of saddened, because had Macy just stayed sober a little bit more often, I think she had the potential to have an awesome singing career.
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Streaming music services like Pandora, Rhapsody and Spotify are largely credited with helping steer the music industry away from the piracy path. The current model is sustainable (and legal) but for the largest music group of them all, it’s still not generating enough revenue.
Last month, Universal Music Group CEO Lucian Grainge voiced his concerns regarding the freemium business model that’s popular among the top streaming providers. The executive said ad-funded on-demand is not going to sustain the entire ecosystem including creators and investors.
Now it looks like they’re going to try and do something about it.
A recent report from the Financial Times claims Universal Music Group is using ongoing contract negotiations to try and strong arm Spotify into enforcing additional restrictions on its free listening service. The idea is that limiting access would convince more free users to sign up for the $9.99 per month premium service which would in turn put more money in the hands of labels.
I’m not sure how I feel about this new article. It seems as though the recording industry is always trying to find reasons to cry about not making any money. You’re not going to make the same amount of money you did 20 years ago! First of all, the economy is different today; second, the internet has forced the industry to create a business model that everyone can afford; thirdly, artists are now competing with lesser known talents on the same platforms! The music industry has finally gotten to a point were illegal music sharing has cut down significantly because of sites like Spotify, yet the recording industry is still bitching? The recording industry had better be careful, otherwise we’ll start seeing a surge in illegal album sharing again. If you want to read the rest of this article, click here.
Did you guys know that handsome Sal Mineo had an album? Actually quite a few albums. I happen to stumble upon this whilst I was googling. Well, let me say this, I was so excited to listen to this particular album at first; but let me tell you, I think he was a much better actor then he was a singer. This album sounded like he had a voice coach for one week; before he then put out this album. After listening closely, I could tell right away that he did not have a well trained voice. However, according to a video I was watching, he had a lot of number 1’s; but which ones I have no idea, cause what I heard on this album were not #1’s in my onion. “Baby Face” was a very famous song, sung by so many classic artists; but when Sal Mineo sang it, he actually sounded angry; like “they made him sing it.” LOL. The only 2 songs that I felt was kind of cute to listen to was called “Cuttin’ In” and “Down By The Riverside.” Maybe some of you guys would like to listen to his music and hear for yourself? You be the judge!
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How many of my Latin seasoned visitors remember Carmen Miranda? I can’t find the words to describe how hugely popular Carmen Miranda was. Carmen literally was a franchise on to herself. There were dolls in her image, clothing, you name it. Carmen kind of reminded me of Gloria Estefan (from Cuba). She is probably best remembered by her trade mark; a head garments with fruits/flowers/ornaments on her head. Even if you didn’t know her name, you’d know her by her head dress. She was so popular that even plenty of cartoons have imitated her, such as Daffy Duck. You know, when I first saw her perform on a television movie for the first time in the 70’s, I had absolutely no idea she was Brazilian. I didn’t realize her nationality until decades later. In my opinion, Carmen Miranda was another one of those people I’ve talked about numerous times on my blog; performers who performed acts that were specifically catered to “the American market” back then. She used to sing so fast that I often thought she was trying to be one of those “singing comedians.” Kind of like a female version of Danny Kaye; she was always animated in that same manor. There were a couple of favorites from Carmen. My most favorite was a song called “Mama Eu Quero,” which I believe was the very song that made her extremely famous. Anothers were “Chica Chica Boom Chica,” “Touradas Em Madrid,” “I Yi Yi Yi (I Like You Very Much),” and “Tico Tico.” All are fun songs to listen to. She has also recorded some English albums as well.
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As many of you had probably noticed already, since my blog’s inception it has gone through numerous transformations. Some of it was due to new creative directions; and other changes were made to make things easier for me. It was long journey trying to figure out what I felt worked for me. By now, I hope my blog fans can finally see and understand what I’m trying to accomplish with my blog. I also do hope you’re enjoying the new format and the diverse content I have shared, and I hope my visitors continue to enjoy the culture and assortment of genres shared in the future. If you are new to my blog, and if you haven’t already, please click on about to get the general idea of the goal I have for my site.
As far as my youtube channel. There are a lot of issues that exist with youtube, that make it difficult for youtubers to freely create content without dealing with a whole bunch of crap. Some of it is youtube’s consistent unpredictable and unapologetic changes to it’s site; others times it’s the tons and tons of copyright red tape that youtubers have to go through to keep our channel legal. In the end, I decided that movie reviews for even semi classic movies was more trouble than what it is worth. People may not realize, the successful movie reviewers often times have staff helping them in the background (editors, writers, producers, etc). It’s quite difficult when you’re the sole youtuber doing everything, then have to fill out tons of copyright forms, it gets annoying. I’ve carefully researched other youtubers, and sadly, if you’re not a gamer reviewing games, or reviewing the latest new movies (which would pull in 6 digits worth of subscribers each and every single month), there just isn’t a whole lot of views for classic movie reviews older than 1980s (this is for most channels other than my own).
However, I have noticed that there are many views for full public domain movies. I have a funny feeling that this has a lot to do with youtube integrating more and more with television technologies. People can now watch public domain movies, as well as newly purchased movies on just about any TV with youtube capabilities. Having said this, I will now use my youtube channel to post full public domain movies. I will not include these videos on my iTunes channel, to prevent my host from being taxed as a result of high volumes of bandwidth. Thank you for following me, and if you have any friends that love the classics, don’t forget to tell about my blog!