Nashville’s Satellites & Sirens have released their much anticipated new LP One Noise. The synthesizer pop maestros who first came to our attention as winners of our Rock Boat competition launched a Kickstarter campaign in February to help fund the release. Now, with the help of the band’s fans, the album is here for our listening pleasure. Get it now on iTunes.
A piece published today on BDCWire profiles a Massachusetts musician named Matt Farley, who has invented a one-man niche industry. Farley creates click-bait songs to load onto iTunes and streaming services like Spotify by using names of artists, celebrities, movies, and common search terms (“How to ask a girl to the prom,” for instance). The curiosity clicks that these songs have received earned Farley $23k last year.
Author Ryan Walsh interviewed Farley and found a very honest and open subject. Audio clips are included in the piece, including some from Farley’s older, more serious musical efforts, and Walsh speculates that this new career as a song spammer might have something to do with the personal frustrations so common to being an unknown musician.
It’s some interesting stuff, especially in these days when musicians are struggling more and more to figure out how to make a buck.
A week ahead of release date, Of Mice & Men have unlocked their latest full length, Restoring Force for stream via iTunes Radio. You can stream right here, and get ready for their upcoming tour dates with Bring Me The Horizon, Issues, letlive., and Northlane by pre-ordering the album through MerchNOW and iTunes.
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Christmas came a little early this year for Beyoncé fans. Dropping her self-titled fifth album exclusively through iTunes this morning, Beyoncé says about the surprise 14-track album, “I didn’t want to release my music the way I’ve done it. I am bored with that. I feel like I am able to speak directly to my fans. There’s so much that gets between the music, the artist and the fans. I felt like I didn’t want anybody to give the message when my record is coming out. I just want this to come out when it’s ready and from me to my fans.”
The album features collaborations with husband Jay-Z, Frank Ocean, Drake, and more. View the track list below. As a bonus, you can now see preview video clips of each song, uploaded by Beyoncé to YouTube. And you should, since the singer is calling this a “visual album.”
Eleven years ago, if you wanted new music, you needed to stream it online (if you had a fast enough Internet connection), or blindly purchase new albums in stores and hope the full-length was as good as the single. Napster was a thing, as was bit torrent, but neither was as large a presence as they are now. The music industry knew it had to change before the illegal realm passed the commercial world, and so ten years ago yesterday (April 28) iTunes was born.
Opinions of the software and service continue to vary wildly, but there is no denying that iTunes is a prominent force in the music industry. Ten years after its launch, it continues to outpace the competition, even if some of the updates have been met with widespread criticism, and no app or product is currently poised to dethrone it anytime soon.
To celebrate iTunes hitting the decade mark, Apple put together highlights from the product’s life up to this point. Click here to check out their efforts.