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Swell Punctuates ‘Freedom’
August 27, 2015

Did you catch Pharrell Williams’ vid for his latest single, “Freedom”, when it dropped? Unless you have an Apple Music subscription, probably not. The video was released exclusively through the new streaming service June 30 (the same day Apple Music dropped). But now, as of July 22, it’s on Vevo’s YouTube channel! Even if you’re […]

Berklee + Nielsen Report on Music Industry
August 26, 2015

According to the Nielsen’s Music 360 2014 study, (mostly free) online streaming is now the go-to format for music listeners. Per Nielsen’s 2014 data, 93% of surveyed Americans said they listened to music more than 25 hours per week, with 67% opting to stream, and only 5% paying for their music service. Of course, ‘free […]

Saatchi & Saatchi celebrated the 25th year of its New Directors’ Showcase at the 2015 Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. In honor of that, the ad company asked 25 showcase alums to contribute a minute-long segment to a create an experimental film. Director Noam Murro teamed up with Pivot Audio to recreate a modern, live-action […]

Meet AMRA: Kobalt’s Global Digital PRO
August 25, 2015

As the music world continues to sail into uncharted technological and political waters as consumers flock toward streaming, Kobalt Publishing has been tuning into developing lucrative microcurrents of musical royalties. Tiny, tiny little currents of online music can add up to real money. But how to find them all in such a vast sea of […]

In case you haven’t noticed, we’re pretty into “Game of Thrones” here at MAM. Dragons, giants, rebellion – what’s not to love? Chris Martin of Coldplay feels the same way. He created “Game of Thrones: The Musical” in collaboration with NBC’s Red Nose Day. The 12-minute video features much of the main cast (appearing on the promise of free […]

Spotify Hits 20 Million Paid Users
July 27, 2015

Despite Taylor Swift and Jay Z’s best efforts, millions of new users are embracing Spotify. Based on recent reports, more artists could soon follow suit. But is Spotify’s rise based on fantasy or fact? Fact: The mammoth music-streaming service just announced that its 10 million paid subscribers (who took six years to accrue) doubled in a little less […]

Instrument Inventions Get Kickstart
July 22, 2015

Kickstarter has been kicking out all sorts of new, innovative instruments for you to test your musical boundaries. Remember the Artiphon Instrument 1 Kickstarter? The ‘electric keyboard/guitar/flute/sitar/name-your-instrument-download’ was only the beginning. Mogees, short for “Modal Gestural Surface”, connects you to your surroundings. Just hook up your desk, window, teddy bear, whatever, to your phone using the […]

Oh “Blurred Lines”, how we love/hate you. Since hitting airwaves in March 2013, the pop tune has been hit with continuous criticism. Initial scrutiny for the song by Pharrell Williams, Robin Thicke and T.I. was due to its grossly sexist message, including its flagrant disregard for sexual consent (um, eww). But despite its illicit message, ‘Blurred […]

Non-profit Revolutions Per Minute (RPM) was created in 2005 by artists wanting to cultivate potent activism, including the likes of Pearl Jam, R.E.M., and The Beastie Boys. Their mission: “A non-profit agency that provides artists with strategy and support for their activism and philanthropy.” RPM’s activist strategies cover a range of topics, from disaster relief to sustainability projects, artist labs to effective social […]

SESAC Acquires Harry Fox
July 16, 2015

We didn’t see it coming either! In one fell swoop, SESAC spanked its PRO siblings in the race toward digital streaming relevancy by scooping up mechanical licensing clearinghouse Harry Fox (HRA). Thanks to its for-profit status (freeing it from Federal requirements faced by non-profit PROs ASCAP and BMI), SESAC’s ability to deal directly with NMPA’s […]