I don’t think this will come as a surprise to anyone – especially given last week’s ‘where have all the guitar bands gone’ debatings online – but pop releases dominated 2011 in the UK, with the genre surpassing rock in terms of album sales for the first time in seven years.
According to Official Charts Company data released by the BPI this morning, big-selling albums from the likes of Adele, Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga and Jessie J helped pop increase its share of album sales from 30.9% to 33.6%. Meanwhile rock’s share fell from 31.2% to 29.4%, with Coldplay contributing highly to that stat with their new album ‘Mylo Xyloto’.
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If you’re serious about making music in the digital age then you need to be equally serious about backup. For most people it takes the loss of an important file to find the resolve to implement a proper backup strategy but hopefully after reading this you’ll be an instant convert.
If you are new to backup then you’re potentially in a better position to set up a system that is going to work for you now and in the future without any of the baggage that goes with an approach that has evolved over time. So lets look at Why you should backup your data? How to back it up? and When to do it?
Why is backing up important?
If you think of digital files not really existing until there is at least one copy then you’ll be well on the way to entering the backing up mindset. With only one version of that great mix or precious photo there are any number of potential mishaps that could reduce that to zero versions, here are just a few:
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We’re very sad to say this but tonight is our last show with our good friend Rory Ellis. He’s been filling in as our second guitarist for the past year, traveling from GA to FL just to play shows with us. In that time, he’s become a brother and an honorary member of our band. He is in the army and is being deployed to Afghanistan for the next six months. We will miss him very much, especially sharing the stage together. We wish you the best, Rory and can’t wait til you come back so we can tear up the stage again!!!!
Hey dudes! This is Anso DF what’s up! My favorite album from last year is Look Right Penny‘s debut Sugar Lane. It’s awesome! To get an idea of the Florida quintet’s style, imagine a pairing of Paramore and Protest The Hero, a collision of Avril and Coheed, a collabo between Sikth and a chipmunk — but even younger and wayyy better than their predecessors! They are my JAM!
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How Much Streaming is Really Worth to Artists: a Consumption Analysis
The streaming debate has been a watershed moment in artist empowerment, a discussion which has allowed them discover that they can have a meaningful voice in the digital debate. Crucially it has also been a democratization of the artist voice. In the days of Napster it was only the superstar artist who got airtime to argue for (Chuck D) or against (Lars Ulrich) file sharing. Now in the days of social media the playing field has been levelled. The streaming debate has also been a coming of age for artists as business people, coming to terms with the wealth of analytics and sales data they now have at their fingertips.
All of this has been good and positive, and it is an evolution that I look forward to seeing continue. However there has been an unfortunate by-product of the process. With an artist posting their latest streaming versus download income data practically every week the focus has been on quantity of data not quality and, most importantly, data has often been misinterpreted and stripped of crucial context. The situation is compounded by the murkiness created by the mass of moving parts that determine how much an artist gets paid. These include: what sort of deal the artist is on, whether they are recouped, whether the artist is just a performer and/ or a songwriter, whether the label is redistributing all of its advance payments from the streaming services with artists, whether the artist is paying additional fees to distributors / aggregators and how good a deal those organizations have struck with streaming services.
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