That's what some are calling this new trend in music apps. Here's what Billboard has to say on the subject:
For decades, the question, "What song is playing?" plagued music fans. If a DJ failed to announce an artist's name or the song's title, fans were left to their own devices to figure it out (usually singing, humming and/or reciting misremembered lyrics to bemused friends or annoyed record-store clerks). Often, people accepted the music playing through the speakers in TV shows, movies, and bars as background ambience, because they lacked a means to identify a song and discover the artist behind it.
Last week was good. VERY good. This week? Not so much.
Overall album sales tanked by 22% from last week, but given that it was back-to-school, back-to-work and back-to-all-that-is-not-summer, it wasn't unexpected. Year-to-date sales remain equal to 2010. There's a bunch of other numbers I could throw at you, but that's all we really need to know.
I've been harping on about how the next big shift in listening habits is going to come in the car. As soon as infotainment systems get a little more user-friendly and as more people start plugging their smartphones into their dashboards, things are going to get really, really weird for traditional radio. And I maintain that it won't be a gradual thing. As soon as the stars align, radio will go over a cliff.
And let's you think I'm on the only one, check out what Fred Jacobs has in his blog today.
[SOMEWHERE NORTH OF BEIJING] - No one shoud ever attempt a transpacific flight without some kind of super-heavy-duty sleeping pills, especially if you're in economy. In fact, if airlines want to save money on catering and booze, they should simply hand out the meds as passengers take their seat, just like those Versace-clad flight attendents did to Bruce Willis in The Fifth Element.
For nearly two decades Chuck Ragan has traversed the country and the world—first with his celebrated punk act Hot Water Music and later as a solo troubadour—to bring his music to the masses. If any artist has earned the right to name a record Covering Ground, Chuck Ragan is deserving of that honor.
How many times have you heard a song and said "hey, that song sounds just like something I heard last month”. Or "wait a second---that guitar riff really sounds familiar. Doesn’t that guy realize that someone has already used those chords in another song years ago?”
It was the decade marked by hit songs from Canadian performers like Sloan, The Tragically Hip, Barenaked Ladies - to name a few. It was the 1990s, and it’s celebrated in the new, two-part documentary Life Is a Highway: Canadian Pop Music in the ’90s.
Florence and the Machine's set up at Abbey Road May 2011Florence Welch is on the phone and she sounds far more self-assured than the woman I first talked to almost three years ago. The relentless touring behind her debut album, Lungs, hasn't seem to hurt her a bit.
Florence and the Machine's second album--due October 31 in the UK and Europe and November 1 in North America--will be called Ceremonials.
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