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The Top 50 music tech executives impacting the music industry. Follow us @Rockstardreams1 Music and tech are synonymous now. In the early 2000’s music streaming, peer-to-peer sharing and illegal digital downloads completely distrupted the music industry. Over the last two decades, brilliant minds have been figuring out a way to bridge the gap. New systems and technologies are now in place to ensure songwriters, publishers, artists and record labels get paid accordingly while music consumers can still easily download, stream and share music at reasonable rates. These executives efforts have come to fruition. While it’s not a perfect system as proper payouts and licensing agreements are still being ironed out and copyright infringement is still a concern, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Music tech is the present and future. Music industry revenues have surged to over $15.7 billion dollars this year. Here are the thought leaders and power players who are spearheading the new world order in music as curated by Billboard. Billboard’s 2017 Digital Power Players, Guiding the Future in Music and Tech
Here are 10 Songs that are a must add to your playlist. Follow us @Rockstardreams1 Over the last year or so, we’ve had the pleasure of curating, covering, interviewing and hanging with some these artists. These songs have been stuck in our head all summer long and give us those feel good vibes. From EDM to hip-hop, pop, alternative and reggae rock, these artists and bands should be on your radar if they’re not already. Super stars Kygo and G-Eazy released some bangers this summer. While emerging artists like The Heirs, who recently signed with Sony Music and unsigned emo hip-hop artist Call Me Karizma may have a couple of hits on their hands. So, raise a glass of sweet tea vodka or whiskey lemonade and toast up to an endless summer!
Alternative / trap 3-piece Leave The Universe demand a New World Order. Follow us @Rockstardreams1 When we evaluate and curate new bands for our editorial, we are always looking for that trigger moment of “wow, this is something really different,” while listening to a song. Something that connects whether it be lyrically, musically, or melodically. Thirty seconds into a song, we want it to grab our attention and not let go. Leave The Universe‘s single “If You Find Me” off their debut EP N.W.O. did just that. The overall melody and theme of this song is sullen yet mesmerizing. Hints of punk, new wave, industrial and electronic synth compliment the lead vocals of Cameron Cole who’s voice pulls from deep emotions to overcome fear and doubt. “This song is a very personal song about depression and disconnection from the world. I have always felt like I don’t fit in, and it’s often been hard for me to connect with a lot of people like an outsider looking in. This song is about wanting to find that one person that you connect with, that can pull you out of the darkness and make you feel human again,” Cole states. In the wake of the tragic suicides of two of music’s greatest heroes, “If You Find Me” and songs like it are a light house for hope. You are not alone. Find your way out of here, out of the disconnect. Follow @LTUniverse Check out LeaveTheUniverse.com for more info.
Emerging hip-hop artist Destiny Lynn has the lyrics, style, attitude, and delivery to take her music to the next level. Destinee Lynn recently hit the streets of NYC where she had the opportunity to perform at SOB’s for the Faces In The Crowd Showcase and the Power 105.1fm’s “Power Is Industry” stage at Black Thorn in Queens. The self-made MC and vocalist caught our attention after submitting her single “Second Chances” through ReverbNation. She is being featured in The Break Through, the latest addition to our editorial which features up and coming hip-hop artists who are a song away from breaking out and engaging the masses in our humble opinion. Her word play, grit, and edgy flow could compete with any female MC topping the Billboard charts and Spotify playlists today. If this up and coming talent continues to write and collaborate with the right producers and beat makers, she has a solid chance of breaking through. The mid-west is all abuzz with the emergence of female hip-hop artist, Destinee Lynn. Born and bred in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Destinee Lynn is making a mark with her latest single, “Second Chances”. Released on her very own label, Fantasy Girl Music, Destinee Lynn, is determined to make a mark as the NEW indie millennial who is gettin’ it. “Destinee Lynn is extremely talented”, states Publicist, Lynn Hobson. Her stage presence and delivery turns heads”. “I am just happy and blessed to be able to perform my music for the masses”, states Destinee. I want other aspiring artist and my fans to know to just stay in it. Believe in yourself and never be afraid of change. Check out her latest video and follow her on all social media: IG: @destineelynn_fgm FB: Destineelynnfgm Twitter: Destineelynnfgm
1-800-273-8255, you are not alone. Logic shares hope at the MTV VMAs. Logic and Alessia Cara delivered the most emotional performance of the night at the 2017 MTV VMAs. “1-800-273-8255” has become an anthem for those struggling with depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts. The audience was moved as victims of depression came on stage and celebrated life with Logic and became a beacon of inspiration. Whether you’re the average person just trying to get by day to day or a celebrity who’s life seems perfect, we all struggle at some point. Don’t be filled with fear and doubt, call the number, get help, listen to the lyrics. Whether you’re the average person just trying to get by day-to-day or a celebrity who’s life seems perfect, we all struggle at some point. Don’t be filled with fear and doubt, call the number, get help, listen to the lyrics.
Kendrick Lamar’s Performance at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards was absolute fire. Follow us @Rockstardreams1 Further cementing himself as one of the greatest MC’s of this generation if not all time. Compton, CA native Kendrick Lamar once again proved his lyrical dominance. Lamar performed “DNA” and “Humble” as dancers literally became human torches matching the napalm of his overall delivery, style and flawless word play over emphatic beats. To say he can throw down a hot 16 is an understatement. Dude is king. Lamar performed “DNA” and “Humble” as dancers literally became human torches matching the napalm of his overall delivery, style and flawless word play over bounce beats. To say he can throw down a hot 16 is an understatement. He also throws flame at the tense political climate and racial tensions. Oh yeah, and he took away 6 awards on the night including “Video of the Year.” Dude is the Michael Jordan of the VMAs. Keep putting in work King Kendrick.
Grouplove’s latest album Big Mess is everything we love about indie rock and pop. The melodies and lyrics on this song and overall album make us smile. We love Grouplove and think you will too. Shhh….just listen and remember that night. Download / Steam Grouplove Big Mess https://bit.ly/2g1drRX
The Co-Creators of Bonaroo and Outside Lands take over the Arizona desert in October with the Lost Lake Music Fest. Whoa baby, these star-studded lineups are usually reserved for major music festivals. The team at Superfly has managed to pull off one of the greatest mid-sized festival lineups of the year in our opinion. You won’t want to miss this! Tickets and more info available at lostlakefestival.com
SoundCloud was on its deathbed before being bailed out over the past week. What is going on and what does this mean for the millions of artists who share their music on the streaming platform? Here is the nuts and bolts of the challenges and opportunity as reported by TechCrunch.com “SoundCloud has just closed the necessary funding round to keep the struggling music service afloat. CEO Alex Ljung will step aside though remain chairman as former Vimeo CEO Kerry Trainor replaces him. Mike Weissman will become COO as SoundCloud co-founder and CTO Eric Wahlforss stays as chief product officer. New York investment bank Raine Group and Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund Temasek have stepped in to lead the new Series F funding round of $169.5 million. SoundCloud laid off 40 percent of its staff last month, with 173 employees departing in an effort to cut costs. The company only had enough runway left to last into Q4, and today’s investor decision was viewed as a do-or-die moment for the company. Now it will have the opportunity to try to right the ship, or sail into an established port via acquisition. SoundCloud declined to share the valuation or quantity of the new funding round. Yesterday, Axios reported the company was raising $169.5 million at a $150 million pre-money valuation. That’s a steep decline in value from the $700 million it was valued at in previous funding rounds. The new Series F round supposedly gives Raine and Temasek liquidation preferences that override all previous investors, and the Series E investors are getting their preferences reduced by 40 percent. They’re surely not happy about that, but it’s better than their investment vaporizing. Raine will get two board seats for bailing out SoundCloud, with partner and former music industry attorney Fred Davis, and the vice president who leads music investments, Joe Puthenveetil, taking those seats. While abdicating the CEO role probably wasn’t exactly what Ljung had hoped for, at least he gets to stay on with the company as chairman of the board. ‘This financing means SoundCloud remains strong, independent and here to stay,’ he wrote.” – Posted Aug 11, 2017 by Josh Constine | Writer for TechCrunch Long story short, artists who have a profile on SoundCloud, you’re music is safe for now and it’s still free to create a profile but that could change as they find new ways to monetize the site and pay back investors. So, stay tuned!
Highly Suspect is hitting the road in support of their album “The Boy Who Died Wolf.” Rock album of the year in our opinion, Highly Suspect debuted The Boy Who Died Wolf at the end of 2016 to critical acclaim. Their single “My Name Is Human” was nominated for a Grammy for Rock Song of the Year in 2017. The album itself missed the cutoff date for a 2017 Grammy nomination but we’d imagine will be on the ballot for next year. Check out Highly Suspect’s TOUR DATES and stream their album.