Who’s got that Friday feeling?
We are trying something new on the Next Big Sound blog. For some time I have been sending out a weekly round up of the goings-on in the music world to everyone in our company. Now we want to share this with you.
Let’s start with what’s on our blog this week.
I did an interview with Atlas Genius before the release concert for their debut album and put together this profile on them which was picked up by the O Music Awards blog. If I haven’t already chewed your ear off about them, Atlas Genius was the first band I ever wrote about for Next Big Sound, and it has been a real treat watching their numbers grow and grow:
(Figured I’d include both links, just in case you wanted to click twice.)
Also on the blog is our regular column covering a few of the acts that appeared on the Next Big Sound chart.
Alec Zopf (Software Engineer) and I had been working on putting together something around weekly periodicity, and the data featured in the print issue of Billboard this week. Had to Instagram that one.
In other news this week, some good numbers for the recorded music industry. Global sales were up last year (albeit incrementally), for the first time since 1999!
Here is an overview of the IFPI report itself:
The NPD group announced this week - they’ve found that illegal music file sharing declined significantly last year. Good stuffs.
Here is a great profile on Alabama Shakes from Will Hermes at Rolling Stone, I suggest you give it a read.
And finally, our CEO Alex White spoke on a panel arranged by IA Ventures and Orrick last night. The topic was big data, and he spoke about what we are doing alongside a few other companies you might just recognize including Facebook, Bit.ly and Data Sift. He also did an interview for the Tastytrade network this week, you can watch/listen here:
As for interesting graphs this week, check out the boost in awareness around Mikky Ekko after he performed “Stay” with Rihanna at the Grammys.
And last but not least, I have not one, but two vids to share this week. Clearly indulging for pure entertainment, but this has to be best impersonation of Lena Dunham ever, no?
And here’s one that is relevant to music, but also more than a little bizarre. It’s toss-up whether this is Thom Yorke seriously releasing a video for the new album Atoms For Peace, or doing his own version of the Harlem Shake. Either way you gotta see it.
So that’s what’s what in music this week. Have a happy Friday, and don’t go too nuts this weekend.
Liv Buli is the resident data journalist for music analytics company Next Big Sound. Buli is a graduate of New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute and her work has appeared in Newsweek Daily Beast, The New York Times Local East Village, Hypebot and more.