Vinyl Boom is Tapering Off (WSJ)

The Wall Street Journal has reported that sales of vinyl records, which skyrocketed back in recent years, has finally slowed down.

The WSJ points to low quality of some vinyl pressings using digital files vs. higher quality analog tapes as the main culprit.

We personally believe that’s part of the problem, but it’s really just a niche trend, in our opinion.  It could only go so far in this new era.

We really do love vinyl, but the WSJ failed to mention that the majority of vinyl records people buy are never even played – they’re kept on shelves as artifacts.

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The Mayor of Sunset Strip now on Sirius XM

Billboard just broke news that Rodney Bingenheimer is headed for the satellite airwaves on Sirius XM.

The legendary Los Angeles DJ (aka “Mayor of Sunset Strip”) has had a 40 year career on radio on L.A.’s powerhouse radio station KROQ.

In 2003, director George Hickenlooper made a feature length documentary on Rodney Bingenheimer, which is exceptional.  He’s a true music fan and we wish him luck.  Watch the trailer on Youtube.

Many years ago, Triple Pop produced an album compilation project with Rodney Bingenheimer called Blockbuster: A 70′s Glitter Glam Rock Experience.  Featuring tracks by The Donnas and Dramarama among others, check it out on iTunes.

Iva Dawn’s True Voodoo Coming Soon

True VoodooThe new IVA DAWN album, TRUE VOODOO, is coming out soon.

This will be the follow-up to her debut studio album, The Only One, which was released in 2015 from Triple Pop.

Head on over to the Official Iva Dawn Website for more information.

New State of Streaming in Music

The Washington Post published an excellent article on the new state of the music business with “The New Streaming World: How One Band is Trying to Make It in a Business Turned Upside Down.”

The article focuses on the up-and-coming band, The Orwells, who you likely never heard of but that’s sort of the point of the article.

If nothing else, here’s the key factoid to gleam: less than 1 percent of songs represent 86 percent of the music streamed, according to the market research company Nielsen.  That means the remaining 99% of songs (and musicians) have to survive on 14% of what little income is left from selling recorded music.

Talk about wealth inequality, the music business is the canary in the coal mine for America, with a few winners and lots of losers.

This division of 86% vs. 14% closely resembles the 80/20 Pareto rule, which is also interesting.

“Apologize” still #1 on Spotify

Kacey Spotify“Apologize” from Kacey Musgraves is still her #1 song on Spotify.

The recording is now reaching streaming achievements we could never imagine.

As of Sunday June 24, 2017, with an astonishing 26+ million streams (26,348,642“Apologize” remains ahead of her Billboard hit single, “Follow Your Arrow” (26,170,731).

We’re eternally thankful to have this recording become so well loved by her fans in digital streaming.  It was recorded before she got famous, as we like to say.

Make sure to check out the official lyric video on YouTube.  Digital download is available on iTunes and Google Play.

The EP “Apologize / See You Again” is available exclusively from Triple Pop.

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Donald Gould’s debut album “Walk on Water” available June 6th

Walk on Water

Walk on Water

Donald Gould‘s debut album, Walk on Water, is set for release June 6th on iTunes, Spotify and everywhere else.

It’s available for pre-order on iTunes starting today.

Featuring nine studio recordings, including a new studio mix of “Come Sail Away,” the album features Donald doing his uniquely original piano interpretations of both modern (American Pie, Don’t Get Around Much Anymore) and classical pieces – Jesu Joy Man’s Desiring and Toccata in D minor (Bach), and Valse sentimentale (Tchaivosky).

The album also features a full production duet “Give Me Jesus” between Donald and singer Jacqueline Bevan.

In 2015, Mr. Gould (aka “Homeless Piano Man”) gained worldwide fame when his viral piano video of “Come Sail Away” went viral on Youtube, racking up 32M views.  His inspiring story touched hearts worldwide.

Walk on Water is available worldwide on all digital platforms from Triple Pop June 6th, 2017.

Production Set Picture from Upcoming Music Video

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Here’s a production set picture from an upcoming music video for one of our awesome musicians.

Video is by director Joseph Wesley, filming in and around Los Angeles, CA.

It’s all very hush hush for now … this project has been in the works for years.

More news soon.

“Apologize” #1 on Spotify

Spotify KM #1“Apologize” from Kacey Musgraves has reached #1 on Spotify in streaming figures this month in her overall catalog of recordings.

As of Sunday January 23, 2017, with an astonishing 23,476,381 streams, “Apologize” has overtaken “Follow Your Arrow” (23,412,779) her acclaimed radio hit single which peaked at #60 in Billboard Hot 100 (2013).

Apologize” previously charted in Billboard’s Hot Singles chart at #23 (2/15/2014).

So many years after it was recorded, we’re glad to have this recording from Kacey become so well loved by her fans in the new era of digital streaming.

Make sure to check out the official lyric video on YouTube.  Digital download is available on iTunes and Google Play.

The EP “Apologize / See You Again” is available exclusively from Triple Pop.