The content partnership highlights two interesting details about Spotify’s plans for future growth. First, it’s an indicator that Spotify’s audiobook content goals are aimed at superfans of the music streaming service: 33 1/3 is a series written by and for music obsessives, offering up installments about obscure classics alongside more well-known names like David Bowie, Nirvana, or Radiohead.
Independent publishing, far from dying, is undergoing a renaissance. These are not the A4-sized, glossy, free-DVD-inside commodities that dominate the newsstand. These are as much objects as magazines, collectible and shareable in the best sense of the word. These are magazines that play with the form, from open binding to multiple paper stocks. Their subject matter is as diverse as their production techniques, from mental health to trans rights, from football to street wear. They are driven by a passion, both for their content, and the printed form, and thanks to technology, they are able to reach audiences around the world. From Twitter to Instagram, from Patreon to Kickstarter, it’s never been easier to build an audience, and sell your creation to them.
In a time of heightened anxiety about school shootings, Logic Amen’s after-class rapping, posted on the website Bandcamp.com, has raised questions about the limits of free speech and artistic expression for a public figure whose job is guiding young people – at least among the hundreds of commenters weighing in on social media.
Magna Global, the Interpublic Group media-research unit, believes TV’s power to woo new dollars from Madison Avenue has peaked. Magna believes national TV hit a high in 2016 when it captured $43.3 billion dollars from advertisers; it now expects national TV to lure $41 billion in 2018. Meanwhile, it’s calling for digital media this year to capture half of all ad dollars spent – he equivalent of $97 billion spent across search and display; digital video; and social.
As networks unveil their fall lineups this week, here are some lessons from the season just ending that tell us something about the state of TV right now.
“Alsop, dismissed as a dreamer by some, was eternally optimistic about the potential of architecture. ‘Architects are the only profession that actually deal in joy and delight,’ he had said. ‘All the others deal in doom and gloom.'”
Lyn Gardner: “What is viewed by some as cultural vandalism is often a lifeline for playwrights, keeping plays that might otherwise slip into obscurity alive. Tastes and styles in theatre change. … Theatre has to move on, or it dies.”
Some – like Barry and like Big Little Lies would probably be better if they just ended after one season.
Despite leading the pack of nominations, Netflix only walked away with one award. The BBC show Peaky Blinders (available on, er, Netflix in the U.S.) took the major drama prize at the BAFTA’s TV awards, and other BBC shows did well too.
The 18-49-year-old audience range is down 7 percent for broadcast TV stations, and Netflix has poached everyone from Ryan Murphy to Shonda Rhimes, but some estimates say ad spending may actually increase this year. Wait, what?
At Cannes, she said, “If actors ask such inflated fees it will leave nothing for actresses. If the movie’s budget is $10m, the (male) actor has to understand that if he is making $9.7m, it is going to be hard for equality.”
It’s Britain, so, you know, check in with the bookies: Blue Planet II? The Crown? And what the heck happened to Great British Bake Off? (Was it snubbed – or did it just not deserve any nominations in the year it fled the BBC for commercial life?)
Recent Listening In Brief: Hersch, Davis-Coltrane & Hamilton
Fred Hersch Trio, Live In Europe (Palmetto) Hersch opens his new trio album with Thelonious Monk’s “We See” and closes it with an unaccompanied performance of “Blue Monk.” A longtime source of … read more
AJBlog: RiffTidesPublished 2018-05-12
A friend of mine has just discovered the music of Chet Baker, about whom I wrote sixteen years ago in The Wall Street Journal. Since that piece, a review of James Gavin’s Deep in a … read more
AJBlog: About Last NightPublished 2018-05-11
The Times Are Changing
Kyle Abraham’s company, A.I.M., performs at the Joyce Theater. Marcella Lewis (L) and Keerati Jinakunwiphat in Kyle Abraham’s Drive. Photo: Ian Douglas Kyle Abraham used to call his company Kyle Abraham/Abraham in Motion. Now it’s … read more
AJBlog: DancebeatPublished 2018-05-10