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Gaining Ground – Independent Labels

May 22, 2018

Dear Reader,

The independent labels are gaining ground. This year is the 2nd in a row that Independent Labels control a bigger share of music revenues than any of the 3 major labels.

This from the digital music article “Collectively, Indie Labels are Now Bigger Than Any Major Label”

Indie labels are now outranking major labels in terms of total marketshare. In fact, this is the second-straight year that’s happened.

Rankings are based on revenues earned, instead of units sold or total streams.

Specifically, indies pulled a 32.2 percent marketshare, with Universal Music Group following at 29.7 percent. Sony Music Group finished with 21.9 percent, while Warner Music Group lagged with 16.7 percent.

Independents 32%

Universal (UMG) 30%
Sony (SME) 22%
Warner (WMG) 16%

Tom Hendricks
(editor of the 25 year old zine Musea)

MAIN Website
http://tomhendricks.us/

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Why Are So Many People Saying Bad Music is Good?

July 5, 2015

WHY ARE SO MANY PEOPLE SAYING BAD MUSIC IS GOOD?

Music has really reached some new lows. Why are so many people saying it’s great when it isn’t? Why are so many people listening to generic formulaic music and claiming it’s innovative and new? Why doesn’t a single person in the music press stand up for good music, and against the bad that everyone else is praising so much?
Has corporate music jumped the shark?

Consider some of these points:
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This from SNL nasty critic character, Jebidiah Atkinson in talking about contemporary music and all the Grammy winners,
” (It’s a)… Spotify playlist of a 12 year old girl.”
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This is being passed around as Things that Will Disappear in our Lifetime e-mail.

MUSIC : … The music industry is dying a slow death not just because of illegal downloading. It’s the lack of innovative new music being given a chance to get to the people who would like to hear it. Greed and corruption is the problem. The record labels and the radio conglomerates are simply self-destructing. Over 40% of the music purchased today is “catalogue items,” meaning traditional music that the public is familiar with — older, established artists. This is also true on the live concert circuit. To explore this fascinating and disturbing topic further, check out the book, “Appetite For Self-Destruction” by Steve Knopper and video commentary, “Before the Music Dies.”
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This from Billboard, Feb 14, 2015 :

This is from an interview of Lucian Grange, Chairman/CEO/Universal Music Group. the #1 person on the, 100 most powerful people in the music business, yearly list.

He is quoted as saying,
‘The industry broke five new artists in 2014, and we broke four of them.” Iggy Azalea, 5 Seconds of Summer, Ariana Grande, and Sam Smith. ”
UMG owns three of 2014’s top five labels.

Why would the biggest music exec in the world be proud that 1. he only released 4 new artists in a year, and 2. that the industry only released 5 in a year.
That is a massive failure. Where is the rest of the world? I’ve found 200 greats that should break out – see the BIG LIST http://wp.me/p5S9X-36
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MUSIC is 80% 3 Companies: Warners/Universal/Sony (WUS)
For real vitality we need not 3 but thousands of competing record companies. Every time there has been a great variety of record companies, the music has improved, often to a point where there is a golden age of music.
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The FORMULA: electric guitars, bass, drums.

Some of us, including me, think that the music business is stuck in the same electric guitar, bass, and drums formula done better 60 years ago. Some of us think the real creativity is to break free of bands and go a different way from the 60 year old path that everyone else is on.
How can a musician fit a 60 year old formula and call it new?

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Music Down to Coke or Pepsi, Swift or Beyonce.

Here’s the dilemma for the music media – either talk about thousands of musicians and their great music, or just cover Beyonce and Swift over and over and find out what they wear, and where they go.
Music now is down to Coke or Pepsi, Swift or Beyonce.
https://musea.wordpress.com/2014/11/02/c/
Where is the media? Rolling Stone, Spin, NPR, anyone – anywhere???
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WHERE ARE THE HITS?

Compare the massive amount of hitmakers from 1955-1975 to the last 20 years.
https://musea.wordpress.com/2014/05/27/hit-song-challenge/

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POSTISM, WHERE A LITTLE REBELLION BRINGS VITALITY BACK TO MUSIC.

There is a music revolution going on called Postism music out of Dallas. Some of these musicians are changing music history with some possible world’s firsts; while the dance pop stars that are over hyped seem to be most interested in more publicity.

POSTISM is 3 things, a revolution against what rock/rap/country/pop have become, its back to early rock and roll’s simple honesty, directness, and passion with an emphasis on melody and great SONGS, and it’s a music that includes all types of music from every place in the world.
(and It’s part of the overall art and media revolution).

https://musea.wordpress.com/2011/08/29/post-bands-music-revolution-quick-summary/

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BIGGEST RADIO CONGLOMERATE ASKS FCC IF THEY CAN DO PAYOLA QUIETLY
(no wonder radio is so bad)

http://fair.org/blog/2015/03/17/clear-channel-tells-fcc-covert-commercials-would-be-user-friendly-and-satisfying/

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Six Country Hits Sound like the Same Song – Proof here.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/09/pop-country-song-mashup_n_6444456.html

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80’s Called, They want their Videos Back
Have you noticed how only a few mainstream musicians can afford the cost of videos?
Time to put the emphasis on the music not the visuals. Leave videos back in the 80’s when they were relevant. That opens music up to everyone, not just a few with deep corporate pockets. And when you stress the quality of music, you get new, vital, better music again, not a rehash of 30 years ago.

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SAYINGS AND POEMS ON ALL OF THIS.

https://musea.wordpress.com/2013/08/24/rock-n-roll-poems/

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ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME

Some think it should close it’s doors!  Who is left to add in the current group?
Has rock/rap/country/pop jumped the shark?
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signed,

Tom Hendricks
Box Office From my Back

What is Compression and Is it Destroying Music?

August 28, 2014

WHAT’S COMPRESSION AND IS IT RUINING MUSIC?

When you listen to my recordings you may notice that it doesn’t sound as loud as the mainstream stuff. Why? Don’t my engineers know how to turn the volume knob?

They do, but they don’t overdue it, because  that turns the music into a loud mush. That’s what compression does in the mainstream music if it’s a corporate decision to sound louder on the radio, instead of an artist’s decision to get the song right.

Compression is when you digitally adjust all the parts of the music.  But if misused, you get a dynamic, loud sounding music for sure – but it never can get louder and never softer.

Musicians like me who like to start slow and quiet , build to a peak, and either end high or bring it back down, are not what the mainstream music companies want. right now

When one of my songs was included in a compilation Landmark Theaters’ promotional CD with a lot of other musicians, I was ecstatic ! But when I heard it, my song sounded so quiet, so out of place. I thought it was my fault – now I know it was compression on all the others that made the striking difference.

The mainstream music you hear on major releases is compressed to give a full sound on every note –  that’s fine if you leave it at that.  My music is compressed to give a better performance – that’s fine. But  you get a generic sound that soon sounds like a loud wall of noise with no where to go if you misuse it.

The links below, give you some of the controversy on compression, (or just google ‘compression in modern recording’ and see a lot of articles on this.)

Thanks Corporate Music (the Big 3: Warners/Universal/Sony) for trying to make music even more generic , robotic, and phony.

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http://www.cnet.com/news/compression-is-killing-your-music/
(Hear how the Nirvana classic would sound with compression.)

http://www.cdmasteringservices.com/dynamicrange.htm
(see the graph for changes from 1985 – 2007)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loudness_war#2010s
(The Loudness War – wikipedia)

Hit Song Challenge (3 to 6 String of Hits Club)

May 27, 2014

BIG THREE CHALLENGE. Most of the music business (80%) is controlled by 3 companies, Universal, Sony, Warners. This is an open challenge for those three.

CHALLENGE: Here is a list of nitmakers from 1955-75. Big 3, see if you can match it from your roster of hit songs from 1995-Now.

BACKGROUND
When I was growing up we had a consistent stream of hits. We thought they would never end. (Time period about 1955-1975)
There were the major artists: Elvis, Beatles, Rolling Stones, Dylan, Beach Boys, etc.
But even more important there were so many artists that had at least a string of 3,4,5 or 6 major hits. Never in history was there such an out pouring of hit records.
For fun I began to make my list of
THREE TO SIX – STRING OF HITS Club

Help me, won’t you? Add to the list or tell me who doesn’t belong. Here’s a start:

Chuck Berry
Fats Domino
Little Richard
Jerry Lee Lewis
Jimmy Reed
Ike and Tina Turner
Bo Diddley
Buddy Holly
Brenda Lee
RicK Nelson
Ray Charles
Dion and the Belmonts
Eddie Cochran
Little Anthony and the Imperials
Bill Haley and the Comets
Roy Orbison
Carl Perkins
The Righteous Brothers
Bobby Darin
The Drifters
Sam Cooke
Pat Boone
Neil Sedaka
The Platters
Jackie Wilson
The Everly Brothers
The Coasters
James Brown
Connie Francis
Peter Paul and Mary
The Kingston Trio
Dean Martin
Freddie and the Dreamers
Stevie Wonder
Four Seasons
Ventures
Gerry and the Pacemakers
Peter and Gordon
Chad and Jeremy
Dave Clark Five
Hollies
the Kinks
The Who
Neil Diamond
Herman’s Hermits
Simon and Garfunkel
Petula Clark
Sonny and Cher
The Animals
Tommy James and the Shondells
Gary Puckett and the Union Gap
Jan and Dean
Stevie Wonder
Sly and the Family Stone
Byrds
The Righteous Brothers
Mammas and Pappas
Tom Jones
Englebert Humperdinck
Monkees
Otis Redding
B.J. Thomas
Bobby Vinton
Wilson Pickett
Doors
Chicago
Paul Revere and the Raiders
The Shirelles
Martha and the Vandelas
4 Tops
Marvin Gaye
Smokey Robinson
Wilson Pickett
Crosby Stills Nash and Young
Aretha Franklin
The Temptations
The Supremes
The Young Rascals
The Association
The Yardbirds
The Lovin Spoonful
Buffalo Springfield
Johnny Rivers
Glen Campbell
Roger Miller
Buck Owens
Patsy Cline
Herb Alpert and theTijuana Brass
Brasil 66
The Guess Who
Steely Dan
Zombies
Moody Blues
Dionne Warwick
Linda Ronstadt
Henry Mancini
Leslie Gore
Van Morrison
Creedence Clearwater Revival
Bread
James Taylor
Turtles
Don Mclean
Blood, Sweat, and Tears
Chicago
America
Cream
Carpenters
Fifth Dimension
Elton John
Al Green
Gary Lewis and the Playboys
Barry Manilow
Jimi Hendrix
Jomi Mitchell
Janis Joplin
Dustry Springfield
Jackson Five
John Denver
Rod Stewart
Olivia Newton John
Jim Croce
Cat Stevens
Led Zeppelin
Eagles
Abba
Queen
Fleetwood Mac
ZZ top
Phil Collins
Bee Gees

PLUS these add ons I missed
Joe Cocker
Eddie Fisher
Paul Anka
Nat King Cole
Gladys Knoight & The Pips
Brook Benton
Johnny Mathis
Chubby Checker
Patti Page
Johnny Cash
Three Dog Night
Isley Brothers
Bobby Vee
Jimmie Rodgers
Frankie Avalon
Marty Robbins
Duane Eddy,
Gene Pitney
Ray Stevens
Bobby Goldsboro
The Guess Who,
Ike Turner
Joe Tex,
Tommy Roe
The Four Lads
Mary Wells
Marvelettes
War
Ritchie Valens
Chris Montez
The Grass Roots
Nancy Sinatra
Frank Sinatra
Loretta Lynn
Conway Twitty
Barbra Streisand
Gilbert O’Sullivan
Bobby Vee
Freddy Cannon
Del Shannon
The Ronettes
Billy J. Kramer and The Dakotas
Gordon LIghtfoot
Neil Young
Three Dog Night
Jimmy Reed
Classics IV
Billy Joe Royal
The Grass Roots
The Buckinghams
Jay and the Americans
Spanky & Our Gang
Chubby Checker
Bill Withers
Carly Simon
Dovells /Len Barry
Tammy Wynette
George Jones
Johnny Tillotson
Jimmy Clanton
Gary U.S. Bonds
Jimmie Rodgers
Frankie Laine
Dinah Washington
The Lettermen
Hank Williams
Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers
Donovan
Ronettes
Ronny and the Daytonas
Johnny Crawford
Melanie
Wings
5 Americans
Tony Orlando and Dawn
Andy Williams
Todd Rundgren
The Wrecking Crew (assorted studio musicians)
Anne Murray
New Christy Minstrels
The Diamonds
Rod Stewart
Steppenwolf
Deep Purple
The Vogues
Donny Osmond
The Crystals
Soundtracks that had 3 or more hit songs.
Cilla Black
Walker Brothers
Ben E. King
Chordettes
Shangri – Las
The Angels
Lou Christie
Gladys Knight and the Pips
Sam The Sham and The Pharaohs
Edwin Starr
Harry Chapin
Alvin and the Chipmonks

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Now corporate music, you do your best music list from 1995- 2015 and let’s compare.

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Music Down to these 5: Beyonce, Beiber, Lady Gaga, Perry, and Swift

October 24, 2013

Have you gotten the corporate memo from the Big 3 ( Universal Music Group, Sony,  and Warner Music Group are collectively known as the “Big Three” majors – they control 80% of the music business).

They will only allow 5 musicians to get most of the music coverage.

Music and the music business, has been reduced to 5 auto tuned sound alikes. These 5 get more media attention than all the other musicians in the world, combined. Corporate music has marginalize the rest into footnotes. Whatever musician you loved, their career is on hold or has been stopped.

It has been decreed by the suits that you will not have any real career in music unless you are *Beyonce, Beiber, Gaga, Perry, or Swift. (and maybe runnerups 1D, JT, and Miley). Rolling Stone  and Spin magazine,  talk shows that cover music, websites that feature music reviews – they have gotten the message.

Then too there is the guy from Dallas, Hunkasaurus and His Pet Dog Guitar, leading the revolution against the suits and for the marginalized – but he’s been banned by everyone in the music business for being too fun. (He is me).

Hunkasuarus = One standard guitar, one voice, and one revolution.

Good thing too or people would start comparing the two types of music – generic karaoke clones, versus a world wide variety of fun and excitement again from thousands of independent musicians.

Want a change?  Then support the changers!

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*Beyonce,  Justin Beiber, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, and Taylor Swift.


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