The Bible of the Digital Music Industry

The Bible of the Digital Music Industry

The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) released their global music report and in it digital revenues have overtaken physical revenues for the first time ever in the global music industry. 2015 became record year for the digital music industry and from 2014 to 2015, plenty has changed. Continue reading “The Bible of the Digital Music Industry”

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The Battle between Internet Radio and Podcasts

The Battle between Internet Radio and Podcasts

Gone are the days when you had to tune up your radio to your favourite station, but also, gone are the days when you had to wait for a specific time to listen to your favourite radio show.

Internet radio is a live broadcast audio streaming service that allows you to tune into a radio station anytime of day and anywhere in the world on the Internet. Podcasts, however work differently. They allow you to stream or download your favourite shows after they have been uploaded onto the Internet at anytime from anywhere. But what are the pros and cons for both? What do people prefer? Which, between the two, suits you? Continue reading “The Battle between Internet Radio and Podcasts”

Get That Fame Internet-Style

Get That Fame Internet-Style

The Internet has become an interesting platform for musicians to gain fame for their work. It has also brought about the Internet celebrity and their Internet fame and shown us how the music game has changed from what it used to be to what it is now.

You too can now gain fame without others having to promise it to you first. There is no longer a need for you to go to recording companies to make them listen to your work. Instead, you can have the recording companies come to you just by putting your work out there. Case-in-point: Justin Bieber (yes, him) and many others.

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Music Streaming: The Google of the Music Industry

Music Streaming: The Google of the Music Industry

On April 23, 2016 Beyoncé released her latest album Lemonade along with a visual album that could only be viewed on Tidal. Tidal and Beyoncé signed a contract that gave Tidal sole rights to the release of her visual album and putting snippets of the audio and visual album on its home page.

Tidal is a subscription-based music streaming service that combines lossless audio and high definition music videos, but it is also under the ownership of Project Panther Ltd., owned by Beyonce’s husband Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter. Continue reading “Music Streaming: The Google of the Music Industry”

NON: Africa’s Worldwide Movement

NON: Africa’s Worldwide Movement

The pan-diasporic nature of African individuals all over the world has prompted the formation of NON – “a collective of African artists using sound as their primary media, to articulate the visible and invisible structures that create binaries in society, and in turn distribute power” as it claims on its websites- and started a worldwide resistance movement that is not only a movement, but a community. Continue reading “NON: Africa’s Worldwide Movement”

Music, Activism and the Internet

Music, Activism and the Internet

The Internet has shaped the music industry in a number of ways and the whole point of Binary Beats is to show you how it has shaped it. My favourite is when the Internet is used to create awareness about something and something is actually done. When music is put into the mix… well… that’s when the whole game is changed and activism changes its whole methodology.

Jhatkaa, a new campaigning organisation “committed to building grassroots citizen power across India in effective and innovative ways enabling people ro as the tipping point on an issue” uses its website as an activism tool and its biggest activism campaign is “Kodaikanal Won’t” which is, supposedly, also a music video.
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