Why Taylor Swift and Scooter Brauns bad blood may reshape the industry

The singers dispute with the new owner of Big Machine Records over her first six albums challenges who owns what in the industry Taylor Swifts catalogue is littered with tales of the men who did her wrong. Teardrops on My Guitar, All Too Well, Dear John the 29-year-old singer is used to being let down by the patriarchy. Somehow she always manages to shake it off. This time was no different. On Sunday, Swift will receive the artist of the decade award at the American Music awards (AMAs) at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. For a few days it seemed like she would not be able to play her older hits, Borchetta sold Big Machine for a reported $300m …

How Kobalt is betting on musics middle class and DIY stars

Streaming services have made music ubiquitous, driving more exploration by consumers who don’t have to pay for each song or album individually. Musicians are correspondingly able to find their own niche of fans scattered around the world. How a Swedish saxophonist built Kobalt, the world’s next music unicorn Niche middle class vs. Global superstars

Pop’s need for speed: ‘You have to drop new stuff constantly’

Pop stars are under pressure to produce a continuous stream of new music, with many releasing two albums a year. Whats behind the explosive pace? The music industry in 2019, says Foals frontman Yannis Philippakis, could be compared to a Pez dispenser. He is not talking about big heads rather, the seemingly endless, instantly gratifying stream of new songs that drop each week, like tiny pieces of Pez candy. It certainly feels as if theres more music out there, he says. By virtue of that, a record just feels older quicker; it doesnt have its place in the sun for long, because theres new canopy growth. Everyones trying to get a bit of sunshine. Philippakis is among a growing number …