More than 20 years after Oasis‘ peak, both Noel and Liam Gallagher shot to #1 in the UK this year, both with one of the Top 5 highest debuts of the year. This demonstrates how solid their following remains in their native country. One may wonder how they managed to create such a powerful fan base. Obviously, if you can put Wonderwall, Don’t Look Back In Anger, Roll With It, Morning Glory, Champagne Supernova, Some Might Say and She’s Electric into the same studio album, you are very likely to perform well. The string of memorable Continue reading “CSPC: Oasis Popularity Analysis”
The history will remind that Kendrick Lamar‘s Damn was the most successful album of 2017 in the US. Obviously, it isn’t the top LP since January, but it does lead the list from from late-November 2016 to mid-November 2017 which is what matters for Billboard’s Year-End ahead of Bruno Mars. Maybe more surprising than the #1 is the complete absence of female Continue reading “Flashback Chart – When 4 females were simultaneously #1 in the UK”
American singer Selena Gomez is perhaps the most representative star of the diva movement currently taking place. In recent years, the role of Instagram has been crucial in guiding the pop music scene. While the industry was at its worst, record companies decided to bet on artists who can bring revenue on their record sales but also on their images. The most followed individual on Instagram is none other than Continue reading “CSPC: Selena Gomez Popularity Analysis”
Ariana Grande surprised the US music industry in September 2013 when her debut album Yours Truly entered the charts directly at #1. By then she was already a celebrity, but as an actress thanks to her role in TV sitcom Victorious. She has continued to grow album after album since this perfect transition. It’s time to review the first part of her career now that Continue reading “CSPC: Ariana Grande Popularity Analysis”
Now that I’m covering the nonsense which is being said here and there about Taylor Swift‘s mega-hyped new album let me point out more piece bad press on that subject. We can allow bloggers or small entities to make mistakes at times, but when you are named Forbes the expectations are Continue reading “Rubbish Alert: the inaccuracy of Forbes”
It starts with some random feelings. It then morphs into a lie. Uneducated people hear about it and make up conspiracy theories. It all ends up a huge mess that creates a myth. This scenario happens day in day out. I can’t point out all of them, but at least when I read rubbish about charts and sales I can try to block it before it propagates all over the web. The last master in making up lies to get into the spotlight is the website Hits Daily Double. Continue reading “Rubbish Alert: the childish drama of Hits Daily Double”
In an era in which everybody who achieves 15 minutes of fame is labelled a “Legend!!!” – like comments by some, we may wonder which word would fit well someone of the stature of Bob Marley. The utterly iconic Reggae singer crossed over cultures, boundaries and generations to become way more than a simple singer. He is one of the World’s main flagships of love, peace and respect. More than 36 years after his death Marley‘s face remains widely known in every Continue reading “CSPC: Bob Marley Popularity Analysis”
I know you wonder what you are doing here. If you will change your behavior, that’s most likely not me who’s going to tell you that. Well, I still will. Choices do not need to be conscious to happen. Streaming creates different dynamics, a different way to live music experiences. When deciding which artist you go after, your choice may not be the same if you are on a retailer or logged intoSpotify.
In fact, there wasn’t only one reason to buy an album. Not all purchases had the same purpose Continue reading “Understanding: The Impact of Streaming versus yourself”
Living species always need to adapt to their context in order to survive. For businesses, the situation is no different. As streaming is fully changing the music industry, its actors, both the labels as well as the artists need to update their way of building their careers in order to stay relevant. Which adjustments do they need to do? Can all artists react positively or are some of them poised to fallinto obscurity?
As we pointed out inside the first part of this set of 3 articles, the Media which links the music industry to the general public, is fast transitioning from Continue reading “Understanding: The Impact of Streaming versus your Fave Artist (& his label)”
Streaming is organically increasing. When I first wrote The Music Industry, an infinite journey way back in early 2014 I concluded the study with the chapter titled The Future, which determined how the industry would be by 2020. One section in that article covered Streaming vs Downloads, the War is open. In fact, for most people it was still unclear that streaming was going to take over from downloads – let alone physical sales. Half-way between 2014 and 2020, there is no doubt anymore about streaming dominating the industry. Plenty of questions remain though. Continue reading “Understanding: The Impact of Streaming versus the Music Industry”