Spotify’s Original Content, Shazam Gets a Gameshow, and Frank Ocean is Just Cruel: This Week in Music and More
Despite what I would describe as ungodly temperatures and 3000% humidity in New York (that is an official statistic from the National Weather Association I swear), I’ve had the chance to catch up from a nice long summer holiday in Norway, read a bit of news, and get back to my weekly summaries of what’s what in music and tech.
First of all, TechCrunch’s Josh Constine pulls no punches (he rarely does) when reviewing the new original content videos from Spotify. There is more to come it seems, and they also launched their portal dedicated to video game music this week.
Don't expect Spotify's lackluster attempt at original video to help it defeat Apple Music or YouTube. The three-minute…techcrunch.com
Apparently Fox has picked up a new game show entitled ‘Beat Shazam,’ where contestants will face off against the app to name that tune (If only this were a competition in guessing b-movie actors, my brother and I would reign supreme).
Fox has picked up a new musical game show centered around the song-identifying app Shazam, according to The Hollywood…www.rollingstone.com
Last week I wrote a story about how Frank Ocean could keep us waiting for the new album as long as he wants. It’s been yet another week. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH FRANK.
Tensions were heightened this week when an Apple Music-sponsored live stream popped up on Frank Ocean's website. The…www.forbes.com
In fact, according to Twitter, the internet is experiencing a veritable rollercoaster of emotions on the topic, expertly expressed in emojis. Frankly, I am surprised there aren’t more expletives (yes, I was pretty excited about that pun :smugbert:).
Here’s a great feature on Chance the Rapper from the latest issue of Billboard. I was particularly interested to read not just about who he is and how he thinks about composing his music, but also his approach to making money in this business.
“It’s not about the music being free. It’s about how it is displayed and made accessible and about artistic power,” explains Chance. “It was always about the artist-to-fan relationship.”
Holed up at a recording studio in Chicago's Near North Side, Chancelor Bennett - the local phenomenon known as Chance…www.billboard.com
So I know this all went down a few weeks ago, but we have to talk about Instagram stories. Total Snapchat ripoff aside, now that we’ve had them for a few weeks, how do we feel about it? This lady is apparently NOT into it.
I don't hate Instagram Stories, but Instagram Stories hates me. I also don't know what I've done to deserve such…www.theguardian.com
And that’s all I’ve got for this week. If you’re in LA this weekend, Pandora is hosting their annual Summer Crush concert, with Daya, 5SOS and Fergie taking the stage. Since it’s timely (and let’s face it I am obsessed with Kim Kardashian), I’ll leave you with the video for M.I.L.F $.