Tag Archives: Music

Crowdfunding Art

Artists just can’t seem to win these days. If a streaming service like Spotify isn’t pulling most of the profit from the songs, then chances are iTunes is doing the same exact thing, or maybe it’s Tidal, Apple Music, whatever. Or perhaps the artist is releasing music on Bandcamp where a total of 10 people, if […]

1 Week, 3.4 Million Albums

Remember when buying and receiving iTunes gift cards was useful? Whether they were for stocking stuffers or Secret Santa gifts, $10 on an iTunes gift card could get you a whole album. However, those days are old news. These days, a majority of avid music listeners are subscribed to Spotify premium or loyal streamers on SoundCloud. […]

Social Media and Music

     In this blog post, I am going to discuss the music industry and the platforms that are currently available to stream music (some of which I’m sure you are already familiar with) and how they encourage online social interaction amongst users. In this post, I will be discussing Spotify, Soundcloud, and Bandcamp and […]

Taylor Swift Using Social Media to Diminish Her Celebrity Identity

In my writing intensive course that is required for my communications major, I had to choose a musician to analyze for my final paper. Naturally, I chose arguably one of the most successful artists of all time, none other than Miss Taylor Swift. But why is Taylor so successful? Don’t get me wrong, I am […]

Who Do You Know Here?: How Affiliation Goes a Long Way in Social Media

Social media doesn’t get enough credit. Some people consider it a consider it a wasteland for millenials to post selfies on. Others believe it creates an environment that gives credit to those who don’t deserve it (for example, The Fat Jewish). Yes, certain outlets do prove these skeptics true, but as a whole, social media […]

Spotify vs. Tidal: Should You Pirate Music?

Daft Punk. Chris Martin. Nicki Minaj. Rihanna. Jack White. Usher. Madonna. Win Butler. Alicia Keyes. Beyonce. Kanye West. Jay Z. Drinking champagne, kissing hello on both cheeks, talking about starting a movement, claiming this yet to be named collaboration is “ego-less” (re-read previous 12 names), arguing that whatever ‘it’ is (still yet to be named) […]

Eurovision and Social Media

As a fan of The Eurovision Song Contest and the 2015 edition’s quickly approaching show, I thought it would be appropriate to talk about Eurovision’s social media presence and how they have popularized the contest outside of Europe with their use of social media. What is it? Before delving into the actual social media presence […]

Turning the Non-Social, Social

Most social media activity can be seen as an extension of the social activities we partake in on a day-to-day basis. My use of Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat generally boils down to allowing me to keep in contact with people that I am not physically with. I think that for many people, this is the […]

FB: “For Boston” on FaceBook? University Bands go Social

I love marching band. As someone who has been involved with music programs for over 10 years, I know that fellow band members serve as a surrogate family. And, like a family, every band has its own traditions, values, and practices. But I know this as an “insider.” One of the challenges of marching band, […]

“Pandora” Box of Enterprise Engagement? Music as a “social” media

What have I been listening to this week? This week’s blog post was encouraged and eked out of me with the help of some classical 19th century Rimsky-Korsakov reverberating through Boston College’s Gargan Hall (my headphones, at least). I stumbled upon this song a few years ago when my piano teacher shared it with me as one […]

Is Spotify the Best Option for Distributing Music?

Spotify has over 40 million active users (active users meaning people who have used Spotify in the last 30 days), and over 20 million songs spanning 58 countries. There are playlists, recommendations, an option to follow other users or artists, integrated apps, radio channels, the ability to send other users tracks along with messages, an […]

REVOLT TV: #IAMREVOLT

Last week, Sean Combs, also known as Diddy, P. Diddy, Puff Daddy, Puffy, or Puff (yes this man has 6 alter-egos) launched a television channel called Revolt TV. P. Diddy decided to partner with Comcast to introduce this new music-oriented television channel. The REVOLT will be a platform where people of all ages can come […]

Zeitgeist: “The Spirit of the Time”

Zeitgeist is a German term that roughly translates to “the spirit of the time.”  As someone who graduated in May with a degree in Music, I have heard this word used quite often.  That is because music is one of the best illustrators of the spirit of the time.  For example, I am sure you […]

An Ode to Record Store Day: 5 Ways to Use the Social Web to Discover New Music

One of my favorite holidays, Record Store Day, is fast approaching.  The event, taking place this year on April 20th (it is held yearly on the third Saturday in April), is an event designed to raise support for brick and mortar retail stores.  The day features special edition album releases, special events, and features participants […]

Sasquatch Music Festival 2013

Sasquatch Sighting…On Pinterest!

While trapped in my dorm room this weekend with a broken ankle and a raging blizzard outside, I decided to take an imaginary escape from my reality in order to peruse the beautiful world of Pinterest.  I scrolled through the plethora of images that interest me: house décor ideas, amazing recipes, funny animal memes, outfit […]