Music Industry News 2019|
by Alex Cosper
New Radio/Music Industry Live Podcast
Playlist Research has launched a new weekly radio/music industry podcast called Social Music Talk featuring Alex Cosper, Mike Halloran and Max Tolkoff. Former Reprise President Howie Klein was recently featured as a special guest. The show originates from WS Radio, a 24-hour streaming platform in San Diego.
SXSW Music Convention March 8-17
The 32nd annual South by Southwest (SXSW) music convention was held from March 8 through March 17 in Austin, Texas. A&R Consultant Bruce Ravid sent in his review of the 2019 convention to the podcast Social Music Talk on March 22, 2019. Ravid mentioned bands he saw and his overall opinion was positive. The keynote address was given by Nile Rodgers and political appearances were made by Elizabeth Warren, Tulsi Gabbard and Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez among others.
2019 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
The recording acts that will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 29 will be: The Cure, Def Leppard, Janet Jackson, Stevie Nicks, Radiohead, Roxy Music and The Zombies. The ceremony will be held at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York and will be broadcast on HBO and SiriusXM.
RIAA Report: Streaming Accounted for 75% of 2018 Music Industry Revenue
The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) released a report in March 2019 that revealed 75% of 2018 music industry revenue came from streaming services such as Spotify, Apple Music and Pandora. Streaming revenue has climbed 30% to $9.8 billion since 2016 when it pulled in $7.6 billion for the year. Digital downloads, by comparison, only accounted for 11% of 2018 revenue.
Prodigy Vocalist Keith Flint Dies at 49
Keith Flint, who fronted electronic/rave band The Prodigy died at age 49 in his Essex, UK home on March 4, 2019. Rolling Stone reported a week later that Flint's death was ruled a suicide by authorities. The band is best known for the tracks "Firestarter" and "Breathe." Although "Firestarted" only reached #30 on the Billboard Hot 100, it made number one in England. They earned several other top 10 hits in the UK.
The Cure's Drummer Andy Anderson Dies at 68
Andy Anderson, who was the drummer for The Cure from 1983 to 1984, passed away at age 68 on February 26, 2019. A week earlier he announced on Facebook he had stage 4 cancer. Anderson also did recording session work with Iggy Pop, Peter Gabriel and collaborated with several artists such as Isaac Hayes, Donovan, The Last Poets, Midge Ure, Glenn Matlock and Mike Oldfield. Born in London, Anderson joined The Cure after drummer Lol Tolhurst shifted to keyboards. Songs that feature Anderson's drums include "Love Cats," "The Caterpillar."
Talk Talk Singer Mark Hollis Dies at 64
Mark Hollis, who sang lead and wrote songs for synth-pop band Talk Talk, died at the age of 64 on February 25, 2019. The band disbanded in 1992 then six years and retired in 2008. Talk Talk was best known for the song "It's My Life," which was covered by No Doubt. His manager characterized Hollis' death as resulting from a "short illness from which he never recovered."
Women Dominate 2019 Grammy Awards
The 61st Annual Grammy Awards ceremony was held on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles at Staples Center and broadcast on CBS. This year's awards show, hosted by Alicia Keys, was dominated by females, such as Kacey Musgraves winning album of the year with Golden Hour. Other appearances included Michelle Obama, Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez. Here are some of the top award winners:
RECORD OF THE YEAR: Childish Gambino - "This Is America"
SONG OF THE YEAR: "This Is America" by songwriters Donald Glover and Ludwig Goransson
BEST NEW ARTIST: Dua Lipa
BEST POP SOLO PERFORMANCE: Lady Gag - "Joanne (Where Do You Think You're Goin')"
BEST ROCK ALBUM: Greta Van Fleet - From the Fires
BEST R&B ALBUM: H.E.R. - H.E.R.
BEST RAP ALBUM: Cardi B - Invasion of Privacy
BEST COUNTRY ALBUM: Kacey Musgraves - Golden Hour
BEST JAZZ INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM: The Wayne Shorter Quartet - Emanon
Monkees TV/Musician Peter Tork Dies at 77
Peter Tork died at age 77 on February 21, 2019 following a rare form of head and neck cancer. He played keyboards and bass for The Monkees, who were popularized from their 1960s TV show. They actually outsold The Beatles in 1967, as The Monkees occupied the number one position on the album charts for most of the year. Tork died at his Mansfield, Connecticut home. In 2011 he had recovered from a two-year battle with cancer but was stricken with cancer again in 2018. One of Tork's most familiar songs to Monkees fans in which he sang vocals was "For Pete's Sake."
R&B Vocalist James Ingram Dies at 67
Grammy winning artist James Ingam died of brain cancer at the age of 67 on January 29, 2019. His biggest hit was the number one duet with Patti Austin called "Baby, Come To Me" in 1982. Other hits included teaming up with Quincy Jones, Michael McDonald, Kenny Rogers, Kim Carnes and Linda Ronstadt. His biggest solo hit was the 1990 number one ballad "I Don't Have the Heart."
Captain & Tennille's Daryl Dragon Dies at 76
Keyboardist Daryl Dragon of The Captain & Tennille died of kidney failure at age 76 in Prescott, Arizona on January 2, 2019. Ex-wife/singer Toni Tennille was by his side, five years after their divorce. Dragon, aka The Captain, performed with The Beach Boys from 1967 to 1972 prior to hitting number with the duo's debut record "Love Will Keep Us Together" in 1975. Other acts he joined prior to The Captain & Tennille in the sixties were Charles Wright and the Wright Sounds and The Yellow Balloon.
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