The hot summer month of July brought a number of swelteringly hot chart toppers with it, as well as the launch of New Music Fridays — the new global release date. On the Top 200, we found Cody Simpson with his debut album Free and Nuclear Blast acts Thy Art Is Murder and Symphony X. Quite the range, you might say. Internationally, Portugal label Vidisco dominated the local chart with their series of popular Kizomba releases, and Brazil showed love and support for the local singer-songwriter gone too song, Cristiano Araújo.
If you’ve somehow resisted the wave of live video that’s taken the internet by storm, prepare for it to become even more inescapable. Facebook has just unveiled its response to Periscope and Meerkat, and it’s aimed directly at artists and others in the spotlight. And whereas Periscope and Meerkat remain open to any Joe or Jane, Live for Facebook Mentions allows only verified public figures beyond its velvet rope, giving an air of prestige to broadcasts on the platform.
Windows in the Home Entertainment space continue to shrink. Just recently, Paramount announced a deal with AMC Theaters and Cineplex shortening the time from the theatrical release to the home theatre screen. Now, only two weeks after a film’s theatrical run has shrunk down to 300 theaters or less, that film will be released on DVD/digital formats. Furthermore, Netflix, now doubling as both a studio and distribution platform, plans to release films on the same day they open in theaters.
Customers continue to embrace these disruptive trends in the marketplace. While historically, direct-to-digital (DTV) titles may have carried a negative stigma of lower artistic quality, our binge watching, on-demand culture has become increasingly impatient and therefore less sensitive to how long a film might be in a theater or if it even has a theatrical run at all. This new consumer mindset has directly benefited the DTV business.
Over the next few weeks, YouTube will no longer require a Google+ profile to upload content to, comment on, or create a new YouTube channel. All you’ll need is your Google account — which you probably already have through Gmail. This new change will allow for greater flexibility when updating a channel or engaging with your favorite content on the platform.
But don’t delete your Google+ page yet! Doing so right now will also delete your YouTube channel and profile, and we definitely don’t want that.
Modern Jazz speaks many languages, but at age 25, nobody is more fluent that Cécile McLorin Salvant. With a show-stopping, Grammy-nominated debut record under her belt and a sophomore release on the horizon, it seems the sky is the limit for this classy, acclaimed virtuoso.
Salvant was swept from the warm stage lights of small Jazz clubs and placed under the world’s spotlight when her debut album, WomanChild, was nominated for Best Jazz Vocal Album at the 2014 Grammy Awards. Critically, the album earned rave reviews from some of Jazz’s most decorated journalists. The sudden success of this much-deserving musician beckoned one big question: who is Cécile McLorin Salvant?