There appears to be a print and vinyl wave in progress if news reports are accurate. Books and vinyl records are holding their own, with print book sales increasing last year according to Quartz. This is good news to me, at least on the books end of things. I love books. I declare I won’t buy another one every time I dust the shelves of books in various rooms of my house. Then I go buy another one. Or two or more. As for vinyl records, I haven’t jumped on that option yet, but I might. The latest report I
Universal Music Group recently announced “Bohemian Rhapsody” has officially become “the world’s most-streamed song from the 20th Century, as well as the most-streamed Classic Rock song of all time.” Considering the song was recorded more than 40 years ago, that’s quite phenomenal. What’s even more phenomenal is the fact the song almost didn’t get produced.
By now you probably know Hootie & the Blowfish have announced a new tour and a new album, their first together in a decade. What some fans may not know is that the band began on indie footing, and according to frontman Darius Rucker, it took about seven years for them to get signed by a label.
World Market is holding a contest to determine the best presentation of a Christmas classic. All you have to do is make a video and submit it. The winner will receive a number of prizes, including a recording session at a Los Angeles studio with engineer, song mixing, on-site vocal coach & producer. It’s important, if you are going to enter, to read the rules and make sure you comply. The deadline for the Cost Plus World Market Star Maker Song contest is 12-8-18, but that competition isn’t the only holiday option coming your way.
Are you an indie musician with a hot song? Have you recorded the song in a “fully mastered and complete” format? If so, you might consider entering the Independent Music Awards contest. Entry fees are reasonable, and the bang for your buck if you win will definitely be positive.
Spotify and Ancestry.com are taking DNA to a new level—music. The Ancestry website is now offering a way for users to tap into their ancient heritage via results of their DNA. How does it work?
You really don’t have to look at the list of this year’s Country Music Association nominees to determine the winner will probably be male. For 2018, a male is a shoo-in. How can I be so sure?
I have to say MusicLinkUp is a gold mine of information. I’d received notifications for several days, but because of a ridiculously busy schedule, I hadn’t had time to stroll around the site and see what’s happening. I took that time this morning, and frankly, the site made me dizzy. In a good way.
Miranda Lambert is the queen of country music, and now she’ll become the 15th artist in residence at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville.
Music LinkUp is now live, and my initial reaction is that this site could become addicting. I wasn’t quite sure to expect when I wrote about the site in June as the reveal date approached. I spent some time there this morning, and there’s so much to explore, I’ll have to set aside some time in coming days. I will say there’s a tremendous amount of potential here for all manner of musicians and associated creatives.