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(Al Pereira/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images) Wednesday - February 13, 2019 Wed - 02/13/19 “Look at us. This is our success, knowing that this collective group of men was able to touch so many people. That’s a blessing.”
-  RZA, quantifying the success of the Wu-Tang Clan rantnrave:// There's a group of people we've got our eyes on as the COUNTRY RADIO SEMINAR (CRS) kicks off in Nashville today: the country music radio programmers who need to react to KACEY MUSGRAVES winning Album of the Year at the GRAMMY AWARDS. Her single "RAINBOW" dropped on YOUTUBE, where she picked up a 1700% spike in views, the day after the awards and has officially been serviced since last week. So, are you planning to test it? MARISSA R. MOSS breaks down for ROLLING STONE why Musgraves and her label decided to follow their arrow and not work GOLDEN HOUR to radio after the format ignored her first two albums. To a lot of folks, that looks like it fits into the country radio pattern of not playing women, who make up a mere 10.4% of country playlists. Musgraves has gotten that treatment for her whole career, with only a few singles charting on country radio at all. In BILLBOARD, MCA NASHVILLE execs break down the intense process they went through in selecting and packaging "Rainbow, and so far it's paying off, with 53 stations adding it, a career high. But the magazine also has a program director quoted on how her previous singles, "SPACE COWBOY" and "BUTTERFLIES," were "a little too far out there" for country radio. If a song with a slide guitar and another with the lyrics "You can have your space, cowboy / I ain't gonna fence you in / Go on ride away, in your Silverado" aren't country enough, it's hard to say what is. Don't let one of the best artists of the decade and a future legend of the genre pass you by... This JASON ISBELL and FATHER JOHN MISTY co-headlining tour is the far too clever but still endearing aesthetic I want to cultivate in 2019, and the stage banter is sure to be worth the price of admission... No one in music is getting paid, it seems. This tease of a forthcoming book, SPOTIFY TEARDOWN: INSIDE THE BLACK BOX OF STREAMING MUSIC, whet my appetite to know what a team of researchers found when they set up a fake label to gather intel on SPOTIFY's finances. And PITCHFORK investigates how TIKTOK, a platform worth three times as much as Spotify, is getting bands and labels to give them music at low or no cost. Sure, you're seeing a payout on other streaming platforms from the TikTok bounce, but is it wise not to monetize? Let's ask DINOSAUR JR., whose "big in Japan" mystery is solved: it was all about nostalgia and accounting for all sources of streaming, even if they were pirated... Not sure you can totally reinvent the love song, but you can give it a makeover. The less heteronormative, less fixated on sex love songs that obsess on the idea of connection that millennials are about sound like a bop to me. - Courtney E. Smith, guest curator can it all be so simple Pitchfork The Great Music Meme Scam: How TikTok Gets Rich While Paying Artists Pennies by Duncan Cooper The company behind lip-sync app TikTok is reportedly worth three times as much as Spotify, but the artists whose music powers the platform are seeing very little of that money. Rolling Stone How Kacey Musgraves’ Grammy Wins Give Country Radio a Choice to Make by Marissa R. Moss With Musgraves’ song “Rainbow” shipped to radio, gatekeepers can embrace both critical acclaim and public consumption Gizmodo How TV Pirates Accidentally Pushed a 25-Year-Old Indie Song to the Top of the Charts in Japan by Hudson Hongo Last week, an alt-rock mystery puzzled the music press. Almost 25 years after its release, the Dinosaur Jr. song "Over Your Shoulder" appeared at number 18 on Japan's Hot 100 chart, beating out major new releases like Ariana Grande's "7 Rings." Noisey The Classic Album Release Cycle Might Be Dying by Chanté Joseph Am I the only one who was like "I cannot keep up with all these projects coming out right at the end of the year, the f***?" No? Good. MTV News Even After 21 Savage's Release, the Unsettling Reality of His Arrest Remains by MTV News Staff Though Savage's release from detainment is a relief for many, the entire saga underlines a stark and undeniable truth. NPR Music The Grammys Don't Have A Hip-Hop Problem. The Grammys Have A Grammy Problem by Rodney Carmichael The Recording Academy stepped up on Sunday, giving major awards to Childish Gambino, Cardi B and Drake, but these efforts might be too late to make up for decades of turning its back on the genre. GQ How Our Sexless, Disconnected Generation Is Reinvigorating the Love Song by Max Cea Romance may be dead, but the love song lives forever. Music Business Worldwide Universal fully acquires Ingrooves Music Group by Tim Ingham UUMG has been a minority investor in Ingrooves since 2006, and is thought to currently hold approximately 20% in the independent music distribution and marketing company. Flagpole Magazine Before They Were Truckers: An Oral History of Adam's House Cat by Gabe Vodicka One of Athens’ most anticipated musical events returns this week, as the Drive-By Truckers host their annual HeAthens Homecoming series. From Thursday, Feb. 14–Saturday, Feb. 16, the acclaimed Southern rock group sets up shop at the 40 Watt Club, and fans from all over flood in for a taste of the band’s country-punk gospel. USA TODAY Burning Man announces 2019 ticket changes as CEO chides social media influencers by Sam Gross Burning Man CEO Marian Goodell said they are changing ticketing in an attempt to discourage "concierge-type" camps. da mystery of chessboxin' DJBooth How to Release a Project In the Streaming Era on a Minimal Budget by Spree Wilson Okay, now you have some jammin’ music and a super creative video, and some cool pictures taken from your video shoot, so what next? Deadline ‘Wu-Tang: An American Saga’: Ashton Sanders, Shameik Moore, Siddiq Saunderson Among 6 Cast In Hulu Drama Series by Nellie Andreeva and Denise Petski Ashton Sanders ("Moonlight"), Shameik Moore ("Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse"), Siddiq Saunderson ("Messiah"), Marcus Callender ("Power"), Zolee Griggs ("Ballers") and Erika Alexander ("Get Out") are set to star in Hulu's "Wu-Tang: An American Saga," a 10-episode drama from Wu-Tang Clan frontman The RZA, writer Alex Tse ("Superfly") and Imagine Television. PopMatters You Can Feel the Venue's Heartbeat on Every Page of 'Showtime at the Apollo' by Christopher John Stephens How do we measure the status of a performer's Holy Grail like the Apollo Theater in 2019? Ted Fox and James Otis Smith's beautifully realized, updated graphic novel brings this rich history to life. Red Bull Exploring the evolution of music fashion by Sammy Lee Sartorial trends in music evolve like the sounds themselves as artists and fans alike try out new ways to look iconic or terrify mums and dads. This is how music fashion has changed. The FADER Meet the pianist who lit up Cardi B’s “Money” at the 2019 Grammys by Wandera Hussein Read classical pianist Chloe Flower speak on her masterful piano work during Cardi B's performance of "Money" at the 2019 Grammys. GeekWire Amazon and Coachella: Tech giant to place package lockers at music festival by Taylor Soper Amazon has expanded its delivery locker network to Whole Foods, 7-Eleven, Chase Bank, and other places where customers can pick up their packages. In April, they'll arrive at a surprising new location: Coachella. Vulture Which Celebrities Should Be in The Masked Singer Season Two? by Lindsey Weber As you might have already heard, America’s favorite reality-TV fever dreamhas been renewed for a second season. Billboard Tidal Now Lets Users Block Artists and Songs by Tatiana Cirisano Starting today, Tidal is giving users the ability to block artists and tracks from appearing in curated playlists, following in the footsteps of Spotify, which unveiled a similar feature last month. Rolling Stone St. Vincent on How to Empower More Women in the Music Business by Kory Grow Clark has been working toward leveling the playing field between women and men behind the scenes of the music industry for years. And she’d like to see the rest of the music business follow suit. Pacific Standard Pop Musician Wafia Is Done Wishing She Was White by Alexa Lee The Syrian-Iraqi, queer singer-songwriter discusses family, representation, and why she won't compromise on artistic independence. MUSIC OF THE DAY YouTube "What U Waiting 4" Isabelle Brown “REDEF is dedicated to my mother, who nurtured and encouraged my interest in everything and slightly regrets the day she taught me to always ask ‘why?’”


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