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Music copyright has been a constant battle in the industry since modern law came into effect. Musicians face each other over claims of creation. Companies battle over sampling issues and plagiarism. And the biggest battle of all rages constantly across the entire planet. Piracy. All of these issues compound to continually put stress on one of the most lucrative and important industries on the planet. Many up and coming musicians look for a reliable lawfirm specialised in media law before they do much else just to make sure they are protected from the oncoming storm of copyright law. But why is copyright law so important to musicians and the music industry as a whole?
How it Works
Before we can look at why Copyright law is so important, we have to understand what it is and how it works. When some create something and they want to sell it, without anyone copying their idea, they can copyright it. This applies to products, fiction, and, importantly to us, music. People love to sprout the argument that artists should be fine with proving their work for free as it should be done for the art. But artists need to eat. They need to be comfortable and be able to produce their art. Money makes our society work. And this is the main body of copyright law.
Once a song has become copyrighted by a musician, it is their property. They can then do with it as they wish. This is how they make money off their songs. Stations will buy the right to play their song on the radio. Streaming services will pay them for the right to stream the music. They will be able to sell albums and singles to the public. The copyright law on a song stops another musician or company from simply taking their song and making money of it themselves or distributing it for free to the public.
Why is this Important
The first, and most important reason Copyright law is vital, is to protect the artist’s source of income. As we said, these artists need money to survive, just like anyone else, and copyright law ensures they get what is rightfully theirs. Secondly, it is a matter of pride. For an artist, their art means the world to them. When they produce something they pour their heart and soul into it. It becomes a part of themselves and they share that with the world. Having that part stolen and misused by someone can be painful for them. Copyright law further helps protect artists.
It also encourages fresh art. In our increasingly digital world, it is all too easy to simply rip off another artist. This creates a stagnant artistic landscape. Copyright law forces people to create new content. This doesn’t mean using other artists’ work as inspiration or in sampling is a bad thing, quite the opposite. As long as it is done with permission.
The Piracy Battle
Piracy is an issue that plagues all forms of entertainment. It is not just contained in the music industry. Piracy is the act of illegally downloading and sharing media without permission. Copies are made of the song or album and then put up on streaming sites or burnt onto physical discs and sold. There are lots of arguments over if piracy is inherently wrong and some use it as a method of testing songs before buying. But we are interested in those who maliciously gain income off other people’s art. This hurtful practice is theft and can devastate hardworking individuals, not just the artists, but those working at record labels and producing stations.
Copyright law is in place to make sure legal firms, governments, and artists have the ability to go after those who try illegally distribute their material. Without copyright law, artists would be at the mercy of thieves and digital pirates intent on robbing them of their source of income.
Copyright law is an often murky area of the music industry. It is sometimes seen as a necessary evil by some, and a force of guiding good by others. But however you look at it, it is an important and integral part of the industry and it is here to stay.
No matter what mood you’re in, music always makes everything seem a little bit better. Whether you’re wanting to dance around in your kitchen, or whether you’re wanting to watch the rain run down the window in a melancholy fashion, there’s something out there for you. With such a wide variety of artists around today, it can be difficult deciding on who or what to listen to. However, once you discover a couple of genres that you start to love, you’re all set. But there’s always an opportunity to take a step outside your tastes and try listening to something new. If you’re looking for new artists to listen to then look no further. Here are 5 Music Stars we think you should be watching in 2020.
Fresh off the success of their latest album Map of the Soul: 7, rumor has it that the boys have decided not to stop for a breather and have reportedly already started working on their next album. BTS only seems to be getting better and better, and with every new release, it’s not hard to see why they’re so loved by so many. With their beautiful vocals and incredible choreography, BTS has been making their mark all across the world. Their popularity continues to grow day by day and it doesn’t show any signs of stopping. With sites like WeVerse designed to fulfill all your BTS merch needs, it’s no wonder the boys’ names are popping up everywhere you look. The boys are due to go on a massive world tour to showcase their new album, much to the delight of ARMY’s all over the world. Since 2013 BTS has been releasing anthem after anthem and we can’t imagine 2020 will be any different.
After taking a break from her incredible music career to pursue acting, Lady Gaga is back and better than ever. Fresh off the success of A Star is Born, her new single Stupid Love is a much-welcomed return to form from Gaga. The pop track is sure to get you busting a move whenever you hear it. However, going by the sound and visuals in the Stupid Love music video, many little monsters will be glad to know that mother monster is returning to her true form. Her new album Chromatica is full of out of this world concept photos and the album itself appears to be designed around a super exciting concept. Gaga is back.
A step away from the pop genre, Beartooth is an awesome American rock band that is definitely worth checking out. With 3 amazing albums already out there, there have been whispers that they are working on their 4th. Beartooth offers powerful lyrics with some incredible riffs that are sure to knock your socks off. If you’re the sort of person who loves going to gigs then this is the band for you. Their music is a bit on the heavier side and therefore, their concerts are sure to be a hell of a good (if not a bit sweaty) time.
The perfect female K-Pop group for anybody new to the genre, Mamamoo combines catchy songs with stunning visuals to create a fun and fresh kind of music. Are you looking for some music to play in your jammies while you play this or that? Well, look no further. A quick search on Spotify and these girls will be able to provide you with the perfect soundtrack for any girls night. Each of the members also has some great solo tracks as well. Most recently, Solar has come out with her new single Spit it Out, much to the delight of MooMoo’s everywhere. Rumour has it the girls are also working on new music so there has never been a better time to start listening to Mamamoo!
After dropping an entire album without any prior warning, Gambino drove his fans wild. His music is great to just vibe with and his latest offering was no different. With a couple of songs featuring cameos from his young children, it’s easy to see why so many fans felt so much love for his new music. Gambino’s music is perfect for a long drive or just a perfect sunny day. Try your luck at rapping along with some of his more complex and faster songs.
Since 2020 began, we have seen some of the most influential artists come out with some of the best looks. If you’re looking for some fashion inspiration, here are the 8 most fashionable musicians of 2020.
One of the most fashionable women around today, 2020 has been no exception for style queen, Hwasa. With any number of looks to choose from, she wears her fashion with a confidence that makes sure she owns the spotlight.
The Other 7?
It may not come as a surprise, but the other 7 most fashionable musicians of 2020, just so happen to be the members of worldwide supergroup BTS. Each member with their own individual style, it’s no surprise BTS have also made waves in the fashion world as well as music. If you’re wanting to support BTS or any of your other favourite artists in style, click for sleekwristbands to order your own customizable wristband that will have all of your friends jealous.
Kim Namjoon (RM)
The leader of BTS, RM is known for his casual style. From street wear to more boho looks, RM is the perfect inspiration for more casual and comfortable outfit choices you can wear anywhere.
Kim Seokjin (Jin)
A fan of more comfortable fashion, oldest member and vocalist Jin often combines a casual shirt or jumper with ripped jeans and plain accessories like glasses to create a seemingly effortless, yet totally stylish look.
Min Yoongi (Suga)
A lover of simple fashion, rapper Suga is often seen rocking a pair of skinny jeans and dark headwear. He certainly knows how to make any simple look his own with accessories to match his personality.
Jung Hoseok (J-Hope)
The ‘sunshine’ of the group, rapper J-Hope’s fashion certainly lives up to this description. J-Hope is no stranger to creating looks that reflect his bright personality like with his trademark chunky trainers.
Another fan of effortlessly cool looks, vocalist Jimin can often be seen combining a pair of skinny trousers with an oversized top or hoodie. He often be seen wearing a pair of sunglasses.
Kim Taehyung (V)
A fan of boho fashion, vocalist V often prefers comfortable outfits with casual cardigans and baggy trousers. He loves incorporating his favourite brand, Gucci, into his outfits for more of a bold statement.
Jung Jungkook (BTS)
One of the edgier members of BTS when it comes to fashion, lead vocalist and golden maknae, Jungkook is often seen making a statement, combining all-black outfits with a pair of chunky black leather boots.
While it may be hard to realize now given the current COVID-19 situation, it is true that small music venues were indeed making a comeback before everything went on lockdown. This begs the question, why?
When people think of the live music industry they usually think of something akin to a “sinking ship”, and while this is true in some cases, it isn’t true as a whole for the industry. It can’t be denied that large festivals and concerts are making less and less profit, but it isn’t as if people have just stopped liking live music. It is more the case that there has bee a “shift” in the industry as people attend individual small concerts rather than festivals. Music promoters have responded to this by increasing their focus on such venues and less so on larger ones. There are a few reasons for this shift, but it mainly comes down to economics.
The Economics of Live Music
When discussing the popularity of music venues in regards to how they stay afloat, we have to talk about how different venues make money.
When it comes to festivals and large concerts, most of the money is made from ticket purchases. For instance, a big band like The Rolling Stones will attract enough people that the promoter will make a profit off of the concert alone. This is the idea, anyway.
For small venues, however, most off the profits come from drinks purchases as opposed to ticket sales. What this means is that even if it is a relatively unknown band that is playing, the venue can still keep a steady profit from drinks. This is in opposition to festivals in which if a good line-up can’t be obtained, they will simply not make the profit needed to continue.
Changes to Gig Culture
Changes to gig culture are also massively important to why small venues are fairing better than large ones. This is because nowadays people tend to enjoy knowing who they are about to see more than they used to. Even when discovering new bands, people tend to find the artist in the comfort of their home and then see how they are live, rather than gambling on festival tickets when you may not enjoy a lot of the bands. It’s like ordering an expensive piece of furniture at random from Theo-Theo and just hoping that you like how it looks in your room. This has become especially true given how expensive festivals are nowadays, which simply encourages people to be more stringent with their money.
If you ask people why they prefer festivals, it’s usually to do with things like atmosphere and the sense of community, rather than things like price or line-ups. There are many people arguing that festival line-ups have taken a bit of a nose-dive in the last decade, and this also contributes to small venues making a comeback.
Almost everyone enjoys listening to music and most people that do often rely on their phones to provide them with their favorite music. Whether that’s through apps like Amazon Music, Spotify or Apple Music, we would be lost without our phones. That’s why music lovers need to consider what phone they buy when it is time for an upgrade. If you’re struggling to decide on a phone that will enhance your music listening experience, here is a list to provide some insight on the best phones available.
LG G8 ThinQ
According to experts, this phone is particularly good for music lovers due to the high quality of audio. Also, something extremely sought after with phones nowadays thanks to Apple’s removal of this feature in their phones is a headphone port.
iPhone 11 Pro
This new 2019 release has topped the board with a lot of its features, including the camera and quality of music. Whilst there is no headphone port, the speakers on the phone make up for this slight inconvenience. This iPhone model also makes the pairing of Bluetooth earphones a lot easier. This phone is, however, very expensive so if it is outside of your budget, you may want to consider a second-hand phone, information for which can be found if you visit the refurbished iPhone website.
Samsung Galaxy S10+
This phone not only provides a great quality of audio with their internal speakers but also comes with a now rare headphone port. The quality of music this phone provides through headphones, Bluetooth or otherwise has been highly praised thanks to the output of audio at a good volume and low harmonic distortion. It also has a huge amount of storage so you can download as many playlists and albums on apps such as Spotify as you want.
While many people think becoming a successful youtuber is too challenging due to the difficulty in getting views, sometimes its as simple as ensuring your videos have the right feel (and sometimes it’s as simple as buying views from Marketing Heaven). In regard to the former, the most important thing in ensuring your videos have the right feel is making sure you’ve chosen the right music to accompany them. This is because music can really make or break a YouTube video as it is such a big contributor to the video’s atmosphere (i.e. how it makes the viewer feel). For instance, the wrong music can make a story intended to be humorous feel awkward, or a montage intended to be exciting feel boring. This is why should thoroughly consider what type of content the music is going to accompany.
What is the Music For?
Different soundtracks are needed for different types of videos. Software tutorials, for instance, need music that is subtle and unobtrusive, while something like an adventure video needs something more epic and uplifting. This is the difference between a backing track and a feature track. A backing track is supposed to fill noise in the background to keep your video feel free flowing without obstructing the actual content, while a feature track is one that takes more of a center stage role in the video.
What Makes a Good Background Track?
– Should be unobtrusive and subtle
– Should not distract the viewer from the videos content
– Doesn’t have complicated musical shifts or changes in pace
– Should have a relatively constant volume
– Should have a steady beat
– Should be easy to loop
What makes a Good Feature Track?
– Should be something that can be listened to on its own
– Should have a catchy beat that is easy to cut footage with
– Should have interesting breaks that can be edited to go well with changes in the video
– Should have a similar mood to the video
Capturing the Mood of the Video
The music that accompanies a video such an important affect on its mood, so whichever track you pick should work alongside your videos content and tell the viewer how they should be feeling at different moments. For example, if you’re have a serious conversation about some important life-lessons you learned on a road trip then you probably shouldn’t use hardcore techno to accompany your message, even if that’s your favorite style of music. It would be much better to use something like a soft rock track that places the viewer in a similar frame of mind that you are.
The best way to find the right track is by going by trial and error. This entails downloading tracks, placing them over your video (at the right volume) and seeing how well they work. This will let you set what works and what just feels wrong. You may see that the track goes too slow for the fast-paced nature of the video, or maybe it has too many major chords and sounds too happy for the melancholy nature of the video. Whatever the case, you make sure the music matches the videos mood if you want the video to feel right.
Guitar playing is a passion for many, who often see the glitz and glamour- and the plain coolness of guitar playing. However, there is an extremely common phenomenon of a sort of brick wall in skill, you reach a decent level then you can`t seem to find that next step to really kick on and become the guitarist of your dreams. When improving at anything self-reflection is one of the most important qualities, you need to be your own harshest critic, so recording yourself and listening to how you play is imperative you need to recognise your own strengths and weaknesses.
Another key is keeping your own enthusiasm in guitar playing it should not feel like a chore, this can involve buying new guitar pedals to experiment with different sounds or sampling different guitar tunings. So perhaps instead of playing your favourite John Lennon song in the same old way you experiment with a reverb pedal, really try push the sound you can create out of your guitar, and this is a guarantee to not only keep you enthusiastic, but improving.
In order to improve it is also important to play with friends, not only as I previously mentioned this will help with your enthusiasm for guitar, but you will learn new ideas and pick up on their different techniques. Playing in a band or jamming with friends gives you that in-game experience that playing alone simply will not allow. You will pick up an ear for timing, when to play the right note, how to play the right note. Feedback is essential and playing in a band environment will give you an instantaneous judgement. To truly improve you need to listen to yourself play, try keep the guitar fun and attempt to jam with fellow musicians.