I didn’t expect there to be a serious competitor to Spotify for awhile (Beats doesn’t really count), but Amazon’s new Prime Music has huge potential. So many are already bought into the program and enjoy other streaming benefits and it was time that music became a part of the formula. Prime Music comes ad-free, which is huge. Should be interesting to watch - I’m particularly interested to see how Prime Music’s user experience will look like and how important sharing/community will be. This is their chance to step it up a notch from Spotify’s pretty basic and flat iTunes-like interface.

I didn’t expect there to be a serious competitor to Spotify for awhile (Beats doesn’t really count), but Amazon’s new Prime Music has huge potential. So many are already bought into the program and enjoy other streaming benefits and it was time that music became a part of the formula. Prime Music comes ad-free, which is huge. Should be interesting to watch - I’m particularly interested to see how Prime Music’s user experience will look like and how important sharing/community will be. This is their chance to step it up a notch from Spotify’s pretty basic and flat iTunes-like interface.

I adore Beyonce on so many levels. Today, I am just amazed that she managed to pull off an album release with nearly no leaks and no pre-promotion. Plus, I am even more impressed that she dropped her new album as an actual ALBUM - fans are not able to download individual tracks for the first full week of release. A sign of a real artist.

"I didn’t want to release my music the way I’ve done it…I feel like I am able to speak directly to my fans. There’s so much that gets between the music, the artist and the fans."

So true. As one of my favorite music bloggers put it - “she out-Radioheaded Radiohead!”

I’m so impressed with all the news coming out of Spotify in the last couple of weeks. 
First they rolled out Analytics for their artists (along with concert listings within profiles and apparently merch offerings) and now they’ve revived their Browse tab (see photo above), which means they’re starting to act more like an editorial resource. 
I just started listening to their “Spotlight on 2014: Next Year’s Hottest Acts” and there are actually artists on this list that I have never heard of. Thank goodness this is not becoming a mainstream/Top 40 portal - hope it stays this way.

I’m so impressed with all the news coming out of Spotify in the last couple of weeks.

First they rolled out Analytics for their artists (along with concert listings within profiles and apparently merch offerings) and now they’ve revived their Browse tab (see photo above), which means they’re starting to act more like an editorial resource.

I just started listening to their “Spotlight on 2014: Next Year’s Hottest Acts” and there are actually artists on this list that I have never heard of. Thank goodness this is not becoming a mainstream/Top 40 portal - hope it stays this way.

Love it when artists get creative with how they share music. Justin Bieber releases album’s worth of music via Twitter http://bit.ly/15lRXRE.  
Have you seen any other artists experiment with the album form via social media?

Love it when artists get creative with how they share music. Justin Bieber releases album’s worth of music via Twitter

Have you seen any other artists experiment with the album form via social media?

Props to Kanye West. Very creative way to release a new song. Creepy, but definitely creative.

In short, Kanye is debuting his new single “New Slave” via video projections like the one you see here. The first projection was found on the corner of Bedford and North 7th in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and there are plans to share these video projections across the globe.Kanye’s website has apparently shared a map with 65 other projections going on globally.

Outdoor advertising at it’s finest!

It’s fun watching artists come up with unique ways to announce new music.

Justin Timberlake’s video teaser (where he announces he’s “ready” and heading back to the studio, see above) does exactly what it’s supposed to do - it gets you on your feet screaming for excitement. (Now, if only the first single actually lived up to all this buzz).

French indie/electro band Phoenix also try getting a little creative and put together a music sample on their site as a teaser (along with some crazy video effects). Not as creative, but it still whets the appetite.

Lots of good music to look forward to!

Spotify Apps?

Intrigued. Curious to see how @Spotify integrates apps and how brands will take advantage http://t.co/yOKY1AbJ

Trying out Spotify’s Facebook plugin

Connected Spotify to Facebook. My music activity is broadcast on Facebook + I can disconnect when I want. Reminds me of Last.fm, just easier.

I’ve Had the Time of My Life…

The person that wrote “Time of my Life” must be making some serious money this year b/w Black Eyed Peas, Crazy Stupid Love, and now New Girl