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The music industry’s troubles are well documented, hinging on contradictory realities: Music is too free to be expensive and too expensive to be free.
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For the newest James Bond movie, Skyfall, English singer Adele recorded a song with the same name. Though Adele speaks with a strong London accent, her singing voice sounds more American than British.
“British pop singers have been imitating American pronunciations since Cliff Richard, the Beatles, and the Rolling Stones began recording in the 1960s.* These musicians were largely influenced by the African-American Vernacular English of black American blues and rock and roll singers like Chuck Berry, but their faux-American dialects usually comprised aspects of several American dialects. Imitating an American accent involved both the adoption of American vowel sounds and rhoticity: the pronunciation of r’s wherever they appear in a word. (Nonrhoticity, by contrast, is the habit of dropping r’s at the end of a syllable, as most dialects of England do.) …
Linguist Peter Trudgill tracked rhoticity in British rock music over the years and found that the Beatles’ pronunciation of r’s decreased over the course of the 1960s, settling into a trans-Atlantic sound that incorporated aspects of both British and American dialects. The trend also went in the opposite direction as new genres developed: American pop-punk vocalists like Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day took on a British-tinged accent to sound more like seminal artists such as Joe Strummer of the Clash. Contemporary singers continue to adopt various accents according to their genre; Keith Urban, who is Australian, sings country music with a marked American Southern accent. A recent study suggests that the default singing accent for New Zealand pop singers utilizes American vowel sounds, even when the singers aren’t trying to sound American, perhaps because today’s singers were brought up listening to American (and imitation-American) pop vocals.”
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Subscription music streaming is the new model giving labels hope. But how much room to grow do digital services really have? One analyst reckons the likes of Spotify are doing great, but may have limited growth potential.
(Curator's comment: Note that this study, by WIMP, states that streaming is growing "as younger users switch from downloads and CD buying to services such as Spotify and Rdio.")
The popularity of streaming services is growing in the Nordic European countries and Germany, with growth in usage also apparently making more consumers willing to pay for access, according to a new survey from Norwegian streaming service WiMP.
The company, which clearly has a vested interest in such claims, says that streaming usage is growing across Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Germany as younger users switch from downloads and CD buying to services such as Spotify and Rdio. Usage is currently highest in Norway, with 61% using a streaming service, versus 56% in Sweden, 35% in Denmark and 16% in Germany. WiMP surveyed 1,000 respondents in the four markets where it is currently active.
WiMP claims that willingness to pay for a subscription "increased in parallel" with the growth in streaming access, with Norway reporting the highest year-on-year growth. A third of Norwegians are willing to pay for streaming, up from 20% last year, though Swedes remain ahead at 36%, having had access to streaming services longer. Meanwhile, 25% of Germans say they are willing to pay, trailed by 14% of Danes.
MySpace’s parent company is reportedly in the process of trying to raise $50 million to transform the once booming web destination into a music streaming service that would directly compete with Pandora and Spotify.
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