CD Baby announces sharp uptick in money paid to member artists

On the heels of substantial increases in payouts for 2017, CD Baby has once again announced a sharp uptick in money paid to member artists. Payouts totaled “well over $100 million” according to an announcement on the CD Baby website. What does this mean to indie artists? Does it mean anything to their supporters? 

How can Dwight Yoakam leave the Sunshine State off his tour?

The website Saving Country Music said Dwight Yoakam is heading off on tour in 2019. The website said they have “hard confirmation” about this matter. What I don’t understand is why there isn’t anything scheduled in Florida.

What’s wrong with Imagine Dragons doing halftime show for college football championship?

My indie arts family is psyched for the national college football championship game tonight between the Clemson Tigers and Alabama’s Crimson Tide. I didn’t know until yesterday that Imagine Dragons will do the halftime show. I hadn’t listened to much of that band’s music, but when I saw a columnist dissing them as halftime entertainment while expressing positive feelings about their music, I revisited their song “Zero” and a couple others. The columnist suggested a great musician would’ve been a better fit for the gig. I disagree. 

Will social media chaos benefit arts communities in 2019?

At present social media like Facebook and Twitter are experiencing chaos. This was predictable. When you have massive numbers of humans from around the globe interacting, you have a landscape akin to the ‘Wild West’ of yore. Toss in bots, insert human screeners who make decisions to block people like a famous pastor (his page was restored), and media who snark among themselves like tweens on a middle school playground, chaos is no surprise. What’s next in 2019 when it comes to arts communities? 

Seamstress as artist—one woman makes up to $5k per month

Music and writing may occupy space here more than most genres, but other art forms deserve attention too. Those who can sew expertly are true artists. I happened across mention of a woman who began her business as a hobby. She sewed tablecloths for her friends and went on to establish a business she said can make her up to $5,000 during the busy holiday season. 

Will indie authors and musicians catch the print and vinyl wave in 2019?

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

New Year’s resolution South Carolina should make and keep

My family travels I 95 frequently for many reasons, ranging from family to business. It’s a chaotic highway demanding defensive driving for survival. When we head to South Carolina, there’s a section of the highway that requires triple defensive driving. The section of I 95 between Savannah and our turnoff to I 26 is two lanes on both sides. That doesn’t sound like a big deal. It is, and South Carolina’s government should make a New Year’s resolution to fix it. 

World’s most streamed 20th century song almost didn’t get produced

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. 

Travel set for record highs ahead of Christmas; Florida wins top destinations

If you’re traveling this Christmas, you’re not alone. You’ll be one of an expected 112.5 million travelers hitting the roads. The good news is that not everyone is heading in the same direction. For Floridians, the news is a mix. My home state will benefit from all those travelers’ dollars, but three Florida cities are in the top ten destinations, and that means serious traffic on I-95 and other major highways. 

Soft AC growing in radio; songwriters take note

When I read a headline at Music LinkUp, at first glance, I was confused. The header indicated soft AC “is enjoying a renaissance.” If you think AC only stands for that thermostat setting you hit when the temps rise uncomfortably, you’re wrong. The soft AC the Music LinkUp article is talking about has to do with radio, and musicians might want to take note.