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RADIO: Radio Issues an Ironic Plea for Fairness [op-Ed]

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In a welcome twist, a group radio broadcasters recently got together and penned a letter supporting the national Association of Broadcasters' goal of deregulating the radio industry. Op-Ed by Michael Huppe, President and CEO of SoundExchange On Monday, a group of radio broadcasters penned a letter in support of the National Association of Broadcasters' (NAB) push for deregulation of the $14 billion radio industry. Their letter was based on the NAB's petition to the FCC this past June, in which the NAB sought to allow expanded broadcaster ownership of radio stations (i.e., increased consolidation) throughout the country. The NAB's justification: broadcasters must adjust their business model to the realities of the new streaming world...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Sony, Universal Earn $500k Every Hour from Streaming

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While streaming is often slammed for how little money it brings in, it turns out that this is more an issue for the artists, and the major companies behind the music like Sony and Universal are pulling down plenty of cash from streaming. Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0 The naysayers have always been so negative on the fraction of a cent payout that comes from a music stream, but it's never been so evident that those small bits add up to something huge. Music Business Worldwide did the math after looking at both Sony Music and Universal Music Group's financials for the beginning of this year and found that between the two they were making more than a half-million dollars per hour...

RECORDING: Vocalist Olivia Foschi to Release Sophomore Album Fleeting Windows Produced by Ulysses Owens, Jr. Featuring Acclaimed Producer/Accordionist Gil Goldstein and All Star Line-Up

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Italian-American vocalist m: Olivia Foschi will release her sophomore album entitled Fleeting Windows on August 24, 2018; the official record release concert is scheduled for 8:15 p.m. that evening at ShapeShifter Lab in Brooklyn, NY. The record was produced by m: Ulysses Owens, Jr. who plays drums/percussion on all tracks and features m: Gil Goldstein, accordion/piano/Rhodes; m: Billy Test, piano/Rhodes; m: Alex Sipiagin, trumpet/flugelhorn; m: Daniel Dickinson, bass clarinet/flute/tenor sax/alto sax; m: Joseph Doubleday, vibraphone; m: Yotam Silberstein, guitar; and m: Marco Panascia, bass...

RADIO: JazzWeek Radio Chart: August 20, 2018

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All About Jazz publishes the weekly JazzWeek radio chart. Discover new releases, track chart movement, and learn what is being played on jazz radio stations around the United States. Enjoy! TW LW 2W Artist TW LW Move Add Rpts Peak Wks 1 1 1 John Coltrane Both Directions at Once- The Lost Album (I...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Ike Quebec

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All About Jazz is celebrating Ike Quebec's birthday today! 'This incontestably superior musician has been almost totally ignored in the chronicling of the musical form to which he has contributed so much. Quebec was a tenor man of the Hawkins school with a big tone and firm, vigorous style. I hope this new perspective of the contribution Ike Quebec has made to jazz will help to bring a little lightness to his soul and much more recognition to his name... Read more...

OBITUARY: Aretha Franklin (1942-2018)

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Aretha Franklin, long considered the undisputed 'Queen of Soul' and one of America's most emotional and spiritual interpreters of pop, jazz and soul songs, died on Thursday at her home in Detroit. She was 76. The cause was advanced pancreatic cancer. My Franklin obituary and appreciation for The Wall Street Journal can be found here. Yesterday, I spoke by phone with singer-songwriter Valerie Simpson about her feelings for Franklin. Valerie, who began in New York as a gospel singer and crossed over to secular recording, wrote many of soul's most important songs with her husband Nickolas Ashford...

TRENDS: Discogs Analysis Shows Continued Vinyl, Cassette Growth

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Discogs has released their 2018 Mid-Year Marketplace Analysis and Database Highlights. The report emphasizes physical musical sales for both catalog and new releases, comparing them to broader industry stats from Neilson. The Discogs Mid-Year Marketplace Analysis compares data from the Nielsen Music Mid-Year Report offering a unique comparison of Nielson's B2C and online music marketplace Discogs' data, which includes C2C re-sales...

CAREER: 5 Ways to Win During Music's 'Moneyball' Moment

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A recent data-driven approach to artist discovery from the team at Instrumental has been receiving comparisons to Billy Beane's statistical approach to building a baseball team. Here we look at five ways those in the music industry can use this approach to their advantage. Guest post from the team at Instrumental...

CAREER: Can Jazz Help You Be More Organized?

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In this piece Jazz saxophonist Mike Casey explain the concept of mental flow in his music, and how getting into a deep zone of focus can positively impact both compositional and performative aspects of music. Guest post by Anthony Bartlett from the Evernote blog The night in early 2016 was cold and clear, but inside the small jazz club in Old Lyme, Connecticut, the atmosphere was warm and inviting. Standing on the low stage at one end of the room, saxophonist Mike Casey was deep in concentration. His eyes shut tight, the young musician was focused on the creative interplay between himself, bassist Matt Dwonszyk, and drummer Corey Garcia...

CAREER: 3 Ways Musicians Deal with Rejection, Take Action

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Rejection is never easy to deal with in any industry, and the fear of it can often hamper productivity. In this article Suzanne Paulinski explains how to overcome fear of rejection, and how to deal with it in a productive way. Guest post by Suzanne Paulinski from the TuneCore Blog The other day I stared at my computer, watching a cursor blink on a blank page in Microsoft Word for a solid 20 minutes. Have you ever experienced that...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Bill Evans

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All About Jazz is celebrating Bill Evans' birthday today! Who Was Bill Evans? Bill Evans, one of the most influential and tragic figures of the post-bop jazz piano, was known for his highly nuanced touch, the clarity of the feeling content of his music and his reform of the chord voicing system pianists used. He recorded over fifty albums as leader and received five Grammy awards. He spawned a school of "Bill Evans style" or "Evans inspired" pianists... Read more...

CAREER: How to Copyright Music, Why It Matters

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Music copyright is an incredibly important concept for musicians to have a firm handle on, however it can also be confusing. Here we detail why copyright is so important, and exactly how to go about copyrighting your own music. Guest post from Landr Music Copyright is one of the most important concepts for musicians. It's how you get paid for your music and how you protect the music you've worked so hard on...

RECORDING: The Old Catchup Game: Daan Kleijn and Charles Lloyd Reviewed

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For at least the next couple of days we'll attempt to deal with some of the backlog of albums that accumulated during the week or so when the Rifftides staff was on vacation. Daan Kleijn, Passages, (Self Produced) Kleijn's spare format of his guitar with bass and drums allows him freedom to pursue an instinct for melodic creativity. Despite its title, his composition 'Bird Song' has no obvious Charlie Parker allusion. Rather, it develops subtle rhythmic movement, and relaxed interaction with fellow Hollanders Tobias Nujboer, bass, and Joost van Schalk, drums. Kleijn also wrote the sprightly and surprising 'Humble Bee.' The remaining pieces on the album are compositions by Richard Rodgers, Lee Konitz, Duke Pearson, Bobby Hutcherson and Antonio Carlos Jobim. Jobim's 'Estrada Branca' is a captivating rendition of the piece known in English as 'This Happy Madness...

OBITUARY: Morgana King: 1930-2018

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Morgana King, a jazz singer with an unusual voice that seemed more in sync with classical than swing and who is perhaps best known as playing Marlon Brando's wife in the first two Godfather films, died earlier this year on March 22. She was 87. The only reason we know about her passing is that Matt Schudel in yesterday's Washington Post wrote her belated obit. I was never a huge fan of King's voice or her recordings. I found her approach a bit belabored, the way a classical singer might take on jazz...

CAREER: Pre-Saves vs Pre-Adds: What They Are, How to Use Them

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With streaming now the dominant form of music consumption, labels and artists have been adapting their promotional strategies. Here we explore how to run a Presave/Pre-Add campaign for your next release. By Jorge Brea, CEO of Symphonic Distribution from the Symphonic Blog With Streaming now being the most popular way users listen to music, record labels and artists have shifted their promotional efforts to tap into the popularity of services such as Apple Music, Spotify, TIDAL, and more. Features such as playlists, verified profiles, and now Presaves and Pre-Adds are dominating the discussion amongst many record labels and artists when it comes to DIY tools...

CAREER: Importance of Planning Your Next Music Release

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In this piece Chris Robley breaks down why planning your release doubt matters more than ever, even as the way in which listeners find and consume music continues to change. By Chris Robley of CD Baby's DIY Musician blog Release dates matter MORE (and less) than ever before. On the one hand, since shelf space is no longer a factor in making music widely available, there's less pressure to have a quick win with your new release...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Oscar Peterson

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All About Jazz is celebrating Oscar Peterson's birthday today! One of the most admired pianists in jazz, Oscar Peterson has rightfully claimed the same sort of status as earlier greats such as James P. Johnson, Art Tatum, Teddy Wilson, Fats Waller, Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell, and Bill Evans. Possibly the most successful artist produced by Canada, he appeared on well over 200 albums spanning six decades and won numerous awards, including eight Grammys... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Erroll Garner: Nightconcert

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When Erroll Garner died in 1977, his business partner and manager Martha Glaser became executor of his estate. The position gave her full control over Garner's unissued recordings, which she kept under lock and key. When Glaser died in December 2014, the Garner estate passed to the University of Pittsburgh, and material once salted away began to emerge: Concert by the Sea and Ready Take One were the first two. Recently, the third -- Nightconcert -- was released by Mack Avenue Records...

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