Scooter Braun and Jessie Reyez on how COVID-19 is ‘forcing the entire industry to innovate’

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During a Fast Company Innovation Festival panel, music mogul Scooter Braun, artist Jessie Reyez, and entrepreneur Shara Senderoff discuss music and technology. The entertainment industry has faced existential challenges over the past seven months, as artists and executives alike have attempted to navigate a world beset by COVID-19. Read Full Story

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How creativity can help us navigate COVID-19: Lessons from the 19th century

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Abbott Thayer’s life and work underwent dramatic change after his wife died of tuberculosis. Like everyone else, artists have been challenged by new conditions and routines since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many have had to adjust what they make as well as how and where they work, coming up with innovative ways to be productive in makeshift studios with limited supplies and in relative isolation. Read Full Story

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Spotify unwraps Wrapped 2020, and you loved Rogan, The Weeknd—and gardening playlists

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It’s the usual suspects for music and podcasts—but the 2020 experience of COVID-19 and racial injustice made waves in streaming too. Spotify has unveiled its annual list of the year’s top artists, albums, songs, and podcasts. While it features a lot of the usual suspects (Bad Bunny, Billie Eilish, Joe Rogan, and so forth), Spotify also released some data that shows how people processed the roller coaster of emotions that’s been 2020. Read Full Story

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The COVID-19 economy is devastating for creative workers. Here’s how to navigate it

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Some options for artists and designers in need. To say that the coronavirus crisis will devastate the creative community is an understatement. Design and other creative industries rely heavily on freelancers and independent studios, both of which are seeing their work dry up and earnings plummet. According to a recent study conducted by the Freelancer’s Union, 85% of freelance visual artists and photographers report contract cancellations due to the coronavirus pandemic, and 91% of freelancers expect to lose income in the coming weeks. Read Full Story

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What is Blackout Tuesday? Apple, Spotify join music industry’s response to George Floyd’s death

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The day honors the overwhelming contributions black artists have made to the music industry and pushes those in the industry to highlight the importance of black lives. Listeners of various streaming services today may notice some changes when they open up their apps. Apple Music, for example, has decided to pause parts of its service including replacing the usual For You, Browse, and Radio sections with a “Listen Together” link that takes users to a streaming station filled with the best of black music. Spotify, on the other hand, will add eight minutes and 46 seconds of silence to certain playlists and podcasts. Read Full Story

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Streaming hits new milestone, accounts for nearly 80 percent of US music revenue in 2019

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Oddly enough, revenue from vinyl was up a whopping 19% in 2019, too. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has released a report examining music sales trends for the full 2019 calendar year. The report, as noted by Variety , shows that U.S. revenues of recorded music grew by 13% to $11.1 billion last year. The driver of that growth? Streaming music services. Read Full Story

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These Are Perceived to be the World’s Most Innovative Market Research Suppliers in 2020

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Although market research buyers’ and suppliers’ optimism about the industry remains steady despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the latest GRIT report [access page] shows that the research industry is not expected to emerge from the pandemic unscathed. Indeed, the number of suppliers who are very optimistic about their company has dropped significantly since the pandemic hit.… Read More » The post These Are Perceived to be the World’s Most Innovative Market Research Suppliers in 2020 appeared first on Marketing Charts .

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