- 24/04/2012 16:35
- General News
David Guetta? What's it all about?
Simultaneously loved by the music industry and loathed by the dance cogniscenti, you can't ignore David Guetta. It is true to say he has found a formula: take some house beats, align yourself with a R&B superstar and sprinkle some bubblegum vocals over a silky production. That said, the man gets around. He's France's best export with a growing collection of platinum-selling songs around the world.
America has now fully embraced the 'dance' phenomenon and Guetta's simple poppy take on the genre married with hip hop & R&B is proving unstoppable. After a stint at Ultra, dance music's equivalent of 'The Cannes Film Festival', he's now turning his attention to a new label, Jackback Records to showcase his love of all things electronica.
'Metropolis' is the first release, out now and is a collaboration with Dutch DJ Nick Romero.
Record sales for 'Record Store Day'
What better way to wile away the hours than to thumb through a vinyl collection, select an LP, take the record out of it's sleeve, pop it on a record player, sit back and take in those warm sounds whilst getting lost in the world of sleevenotes. 'Record Store Day', now an annual fixture, took place on Saturday 21st April.
Granted, limited releases by major artists such as David Bowie, Arctic Monkeys and Noel Gallagher boosted the coffers substantially but many of the 230 record stores taking part witness brisk sales of many releases.
Vinyl sales in the UK are on the rise for the sixth year in a row and the medium looks set to continue it's meteoric resurgence.
Anontune is the new Napster
Anonymous, the hactivist group, are planning to launch a 'social music platform' pulling tracks from legal and illegal sources. Called Anontune, songs will be initially sourced from Youtube & Soundcloud with the plan to source from many others.
In 1999, Napster was launched and distributed a user's own collection and this caused untold security and legal issues. We'll have to wait and see if and how Anontune can improve on this.
Spotify: The next stage of world domination
Being able to play any piece of music was revelation when Spotify launched in October 2008. Now, the introduction of the 'play button' allows anyone to stream Spotify's catalogue of music without legal redress, from their blogs, websites and other social networks.
Whilst other music providers have provided embeddable players, Spotify's massive userbase will make a big impact and Facebook profiles will now be adorned with all manner of musical obscurities.
How it will impact on the music licensing industry will be interesting. particularly in the years ahead when the boundaries between tv and internet become more blurred.