It seems to be sunny days for online radio stations and live music streaming sites. As the old adage goes- Make hay while the sun shines, these sites and stations are raking in ever increasing profits thanks to the widespread popularity and mass-appeal they have generated among the tech-savvy youth of today.
Lately, every online mode of entertainment has been witnessing an unprecedented upward swing. Be it Spotify, Apple Music or, lately Warner Music, all the big names are turning into a much bigger revenue than what it did till recently. Industry experts have pointed their fingers straight at the emergence and sustained growth of new generation Smart Phones as well as the ease and wide use of the Internet.
As said earlier, the latest big name to flaunt its annual report was Warner Music. At a press conference arranged last Friday, CEO Stephen Cooper announced what he termed was his company’s greatest achievement till date as well as a major breakthrough in the live streaming music industry. He said this while revealing the company’s much awaited second-quarter earnings.
Imaginations have been running wild ever since Spotify announced recently that it had garnered over 30 million subscribers. Even Apple Music, launched just in 2015, has boasted of subscribers coming up to a half that number. And, the trend doesn’t show any signs of waning anytime soon in the future.
The popularity of this online music platform can be chalked up to the fact that some of the great names in the industry, like Taylor Swift, Beyoncé, Frank Ocean, and so, have all debuted their hit albums through these mediums. Beyoncé s Lemonade made it out from Tidal, while Frank Ocean’s hit number Boys Don’t Cry came out through Apple Music. Warner Music gets credit for Jason Derulo’s Want To Want Me.
This year the Billboard Music Award function, held at LA on May 22, 2016, lasted 3 and a half hours exciting and luring fans to enjoy every second of it. The smart and pretty ladies Celine Dion, Rihanna, Madonna and Britney Spears conquered the hearts of millions of fans as they reigned over the stage.
Special awards given out included the following:-
· Britney Spears was given the famous Millennium Award.
· Celine Dion was declared the Icon
· The Top Hot 100 Artist went to The Weeknd
· The Top Hot 100 Song was captured by Wiz Khalifa feat, Charlie Puth in See You Again”
· The Top Country Song went to Thomas Rhett, “Die A Happy Man”
· Justin Bieber grabbed the Top Male Artist
· The Top Album was given to Adele, 25
· The Top R&B Song went to The Weeknd, “The Hills”
· The Billboard Chart-Achievement Award: Rihanna
· Billboard Top Artist was given to Adele
Performing Artists who captured the audience were
· Celine Dion
· Britney Spears
· Shawn Mendes
· Ariana Grande
· Justin Bieber
· The Go Gos
Madonna along with Stevie Wonder Led the “Purple Rain” Sing-Along
· Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn,with Mila Kunis
What could be improved?
The Anchor Ludacris who hosted the show could have tried more to keep the enthusiasm of the crowd up rather than spoil it with cringe-worthy commentary. The audiences of the show along with the anchors are supposed to have ea fun evening out. However, at the Billboard Music Award 2016, this was not the case. The Anchors tried to pull off jokes and lame cracks which fell flat on the audience. Also, Lukas Forchhammer and his band came with a poor performance of what should have been a pleasant experience.
Read More: Iggy Pop And His Legacy –Post Pop Depression
On March 18th, 2016, the seventeenth pop album by Iggy Pop was released. Loma Vista Recordings released this album. The producer is Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age. The famous Matt Helders played the drums. Dean Fertita was in charge of the guitar.
Sources reveal that this may be his Last album. Those who saw the show would surely miss his performances if it is indeed his last show. At 68 years he gave the audience one of his best performances. Tossing away his jacket, he rocked on the stage, hurling himself completely into the mood. The album showcases the avante-rock frisson he used to create along with David Bowie. Iggy made his debut with his solo album, The Idiot.
Tracks included in the album – Post Pop Depression are
1. “Break into Your Heart”
3. “American Valhalla”
4. “In the Lobby”
7. “German Days”
8. “Chocolate Drops”
This album was recorded in secrecy and depicts an act which portrays public mourning.
Iggy’s legacy is expressed in more of an oblique fashion throughout this album, with the aid of hypnotic and bass-battering grooves. The album reasserts Iggy’s facility with many simple and suggestive phrases. Post pop depression is part of the result of Iggy’s mourning for his lifetime friend and career savior. The entire album is filled with a tinge of melancholy.
Listeners can also catch more than one moments of reflection being silently made. Yet it is not only immersed in the music of sorrow. There are even creepy pickup lines like “I’m gonna break into your heart/ I’m gonna crawl under your skin”. While paying attention to the album, you can see how Iggy has managed to include his sentiments while he was on the bumpy roller coaster trip to success.
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