Listen up folks, because we just experienced history. Last Friday, July 10th was the first ever global release date for music, and the first of many New Music Fridays. An initiative to standardize national release dates for albums and singles, New Music Fridays have many benefits for us music industry folk, not least of which is minimizing piracy. With some music being available in certain territories and not in others, modern listeners will find other means to get it if not given a legal option — even if we’re talking about a few days. New Music Fridays solve this problem.
Ready for a throwback fixed with frosted tips, pierced lips and overtly provocative lyrics? Well come on pretty baby, because Y2K platinum record rockers Crazy Town are back with a new attitude, a new sound and a new album, The Brimstone Sluggers.
In an era of bands like P.O.D., Linkin Park and Limp Bizkit gaining popularity, Crazy Town rewrote the Alternative Rock/Rap story with their #1 track “Butterfly” back in 2001. The chart topping hit differentiated the band from others at the time, as they dropped eloquent rhymes over a smooth Red Hot Chili Peppers sample, creating a unique gem in the genre.
Hey gang, did you know that today marks the first week of New Music Fridays? Starting now, all music worldwide will be released digitally on Fridays for even more weekend wildness. To mark this monumental day, we have compiled an especially exciting collection of new music for you. Let’s go!
To start things off, we have an EP download from the Indie Electronic Malpas. The duo, made up of writer Ali Forbes and producer Andy Savours, takes a uniquely organic angle on electronic, with beautifully sampled beats and sweeping synthesizers tied together by wonderfully melodic vocal hooks. This EP is no exception, and it will definitely help you head into the weekend with a smile on your commute home. The verses are reflective, the chorus is catchy and the mood is mellow.
Summer will always be summer at the movies. The hottest months make us want to shake off the weight of real life for an epic, otherworldly journey or a silly romp. After being teased by trailers since Christmas, we finally get pay-off in the form of star-studded sex comedies, hyper-enhanced comic book adaptations, and a soul-stirring run of tentpole animated family adventures. At least that’s the standard theory: hold the gold [statue hopes] for winter — quiet dramas and prestige pics have no place in long, languid days. Save the summer for simpler times, roller coaster ride plots, easy laughs, and pure movie fun for the masses.
As you may be aware, YouTube in Germany has a large GEMA shaped problem to contend with, and that problem manifests itself in the form of the majority of music content being blocked in Germany.
All is not lost though, and there are things we can do to make the most of this situation. (more…)