How a Hit Happens Now

How a Hit Happens Now

The most influential playlist in music is Spotify’s RapCaviar, which turns mixtape rappers into megastars. And it’s all curated by one man.

By Craig Marks

In this, the year hip-hop won the music business, one of its defining hits was released more or less by mistake.

Back in February, Lil Uzi Vert, a charismatic, septum-pierced 23-year-old rapper out of Philadelphia who’d become internet famous with a frenetic outpouring of digital singles, EPs, and mixtapes, was on his first tour of Europe, opening a string of shows for the Weeknd. Uzi, who counts […] Read more

U2 Launching New Album Using Alexa?!

U2 Launching New Album Using Alexa?!

By: Radio Ink

The world of digital continues to edge in on radio’s space. iHeartMedia has really taken advantage of the company’s scale in recent years by teaming with artists and launching their new songs – and playing the daylights out of them – sometimes for an entire day at the top of every hour. Now, it’s Jeff Bezos’ team taking advantage of Amazon’s scale, and using Alexa to do the same for U2.

U2 is releasing its new album called Songs of Experience this Friday. Amazon is calling what happens today through that launch, ‘ a new kind of radio.’ Historical […] Read more

Return of the Top 40 Troubadour: How Singer-Songwriters Reclaimed Pop Radio

Return of the Top 40 Troubadour: How Singer-Songwriters Reclaimed Pop Radio

by Elias Leight

When Post Malone’s “Rockstar” topped the Hot 100 earlier this month, it marked the fifth hip-hop No. 1 of 2017, tying a chart record. In this climate, it’s not surprising that pop acts are scrambling to capitalize on rap’s chart popularity by borrowing hip-hop production techniques (Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Demi Lovato) or collaborating with rappers (Maroon 5, Bebe Rexha, Calvin Harris, Charli XCX).

But there’s one notable sector of hold-outs. Over the last 12-15 months, a parade of guitar-toting male troubadours have climbed, slowly and sensitively, on to pop radio, and their singles — from James Arthur‘s “Say You Won’t Let Go” to Niall Horan‘s “Slow Hands” — […] Read more

Record labels plead for more radio royalties amid cultural policy review

Record labels plead for more radio royalties amid cultural policy review

JOSH O’KANE
CONTRIBUTER TO THE GLOBE AND MAIL

As Ottawa overhauls its cultural policies, Canadian record labels are pleading for the federal government to revise copyright laws in favour of artists, hoping to offset internet-driven losses to both musicians and the businesses that support them.

Industry association Music Canada is asking Ottawa to change two specific pieces of the Copyright Act, which faces a mandated five-year review this year. The combined amendments could deliver more than $50-million in extra royalties to performers and their record companies annually, the group says.

One request is believed to be straightforward – to amend the […] Read more

Study: Radio Still Rules New Music Discovery

Study: Radio Still Rules New Music Discovery

By: Radio Ink

Integr8 Research released its third in a series of posts exploring how changing technology impacts radio listening, music consumption, and radio’s role of introducing listeners to new music. The company interviewed 3,140 15 to 39-year-olds who listen to a local CHR, Rhythmic CHR, Urban, Alternative, or Country station. The research discovered that local FM radio stations remain the leading source for 15 to 39-year-old listeners to learn about new music.

As you can see by this chart, at 49% local radio dwarfs its closest competitor which is YouTube at 16%.

As you might expect, with the rapid growth of […] Read more

Who is Dev Leone?!

Who is Dev Leone?!

 Dev Leone f/k/a D’Ray Sonshine, came on the scene back in 2009 as the debut artist of Albright College’s Lion Records college label. 

After an R&B release of “The Reflection” Dev has been fine tuning his craft releasing mix tapes and performing at clubs around the Philadelphia area. 
Dev Leone is also on the writing team for RCA Records, assisting the team with a variety of Rap and R&B lyrics.  
Dev’s 2017 solo Hip-Hop album release of “Emancipation” is under his label Ifodige Productions, Inc. / Honor Roll Hustle and features of some of Philly’s best upcoming talent such as Zero (currently featured on Tory Lanez upcoming album), […] Read more