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The Future of Digital Music 2019

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First things first - I used to call these features ’The Future of Music Online’ but feel said moniker is a little bit old-fashioned and probably has been for a while. I’m really talking about Digital Music - and to break it down further could go as far as to say just digital music streaming and playback - or ’Spotify’. I actually used to be subscribed to Apple Music, Spotify and Tidal. I subscribed to the last one named to access Prince’s full catalogue back ...

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The Future of Music Online 2018

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As I said for the 2017 round-up, I did not find last year to be particularly vintage - there was no one album or song that totally blew me away, although there was still much to be admired. As posted recently - I came across heavy metal band ’In This Moment’ over Christmas and their music dominated the tail-end of the year for me and continues to reign now - considering how little metal I listen to that is surely significant in some way.

 

There were some obvious trends that ...

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The Future of Music Online 2017

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2016 was quite the mixed up / messed up year. I spent the first probably 2/3rds of the year listening to Bowie and Prince back-catalogs - every recording made, over and over - to reminisce and celebrate their greatness. The remaining months were occupied mainly by Icelandic Hip Hop and American Hip Hop inspired by the American Honey movie soundtrack.

 

I don’t think there were any main themes last year, most of my predictions failed to materialise, although we did see another music...

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The Future of Music Online 2016

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Solo women ruled 2015 as far as I was concerned - occupying 8 of my top 10 album spots and topping my tracks chart. Despite ongoing rumblings about the value and viability of streaming services and a strange and disruptive year on SoundCloud, music is very much in rude health. Vinyl sales - supported by humongous Christmas sales of vinyl players are still on the rise (just when I’m buying less and less).

 

Looking at the longlists for new artists for 2016, there is no shortage of ...

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The Future of Music Online 2015

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NOTE - this blog post will be updated throughout the year, particularly the Album Release Schedule ...

 

2014 was an excellent year for music all in. Not much rock really, but plenty to get excited about. There are not as many big releases forthcoming in 2015, which seems destined to be the year of the blockbuster movie. Nevertheless there are lots of minor music industry intrigues happening - especially Apple’s imminent launch of iTunes Streaming. There are also a number of new ...

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The Future of Music Online 2014

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2013 was actually a pretty good year for music - highly prolific, and eclectic, and thanks to Beyoncé, it also offered up a couple of firsts vs the old school record industry. British electronica artist Emika / Ema Jolly produced my favourite long player for 2013, and as you can see from the other entries - hip hop, R&B, percussive indie and electronica also feature strongly.

 

NOTE - this blog post will be updated throughout the year with album release details ...

 

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The Future of Music Online 2013

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My Top 10 Albums of 2012

  1. Visions - Grimes
  2. Born to Die (Paradise Edition) - Lana Del Rey
  3. Kin - Iamamiwhoami
  4. Ice Level - Ava Luna
  5. Good kid, m.A.A.d city - Kendrick Lamar
  6. III - Crystal Castles
  7. Shrines - Purity Ring
  8. Instinct - Niki & The Dove
  9. Master of My Make-Believe - Santigold
  10. Give You The Ghost - Poliça

 

 

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10 Musical Trends for 2013

 

  • MySpace will try to re-
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The Future of Music Online 2012

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(Note that this post will be updated regularly throughout 2012)

My Top 10 Albums of 2011

  1. House of Balloons - The Weeknd
  2. Thursday - The Weeknd
  3. Nostalgia, Ultra - Frank Ocean
  4. Glass Swords - Rustie
  5. Electronic Dream - Araabmuzik
  6. Oh Land - Oh Land
  7. Vanbot - Vanbot
  8. On A Mission - Katy B
  9. 21 - Adele
  10. SBTRKT - SBTRKT

(Note - SBTRKT was missing from previous end of year listing)

 


11 Musical Trends for 2012

  • Some artists will move away entirely from Album releases; Rihanna is
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Björk innovates once more by releasing every Biophilia album track as an App

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Following Björk’s debut of the Biophilia opus at the Manchester International Festival - featuring elaborate custom-made instruments, nature videos and animations, she now releases said work in the form of iPhone and iPad Apps. The content is nigh identical, although the iPad benefits from greater resolution and larger screen real estate of course.

The main Biophilia App - a ’shell’ in fact - is free to download, you then pay for each track in addition.

With the launch of ...

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The Future of Music Online 2011

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I’m a little (lot) late getting off the mark with this extensive listing this year, I had a backlog of reviews to complete first, also needed to seriously consider my choices for Top 10 albums, took a lot of deliberation to distil the list down to 10, and arrange in correct order of preference; anyway, here goes:


My Top 10 Albums for 2010

  1. Crystal Fighters - Star of Love
  2. Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
  3. Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
  4. Marina and the Diamonds - The Family
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