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post Mar 18 2020, 10:20 AM
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How do people think this will impact on the music industry? Obviously lots of tours are being postponed or cancelled but will there be any positive impacts? Physical sales are likely to be affected if shops close but digital and streaming might actually increase if people are confined to their homes. Will artists be able to continue making new music or will we see a big fall off in the number of new releases in the coming months. There is going to be lots of uncertainty.
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post Mar 18 2020, 11:24 AM
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I've been thinking a lot about this. Obviously in the short-term I think a lot of people will delay their album releases and campaigns.

Longer term I'm hoping it gives everyone a kick up the backside to make the music they actually want to make and feel more free from the constraints of making lowest common denominator generic stuff to try to get onto streaming playlists. Who really cares anymore? Life is really too short not to make the music you want to as an artist, surely? And if every artist starts taking more risks, then Hot Hits etc will obviously become more diverse as a result.

If this decade is as musically boring as the last half of the 00s in terms of the mainstream, I'll be very surprised, following this.

I also think this is pretty much going to speed up the decline of the CD even more, as the remaining CD buyers are converted to streaming through no choice of their own if they want to hear new music, it will become more normal for them and CD's will become even a niche interest product. I doubt HMV will survive this anyway (sad.gif) so you'll have to buy them online anyway.

Things like live streaming gigs will also become more of a normal thing and people will find other new ways to promote their music.


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post Mar 18 2020, 11:26 AM
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Thanks for starting this thread, I was going to post something similar, just hadn't got round to it yet. Obviously casual sales of physicals in supermarkets will be the most affected, although I doubt this will have too much of an effect on the charts. Almost all upcoming tours will be postponed, just heard that Glasto has been postponed, and yeah I think that there will be less new music for a while, which is a real shame. Can't really think of any positives!

I'm off to stream some Corona cool.gif
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post Mar 18 2020, 12:32 PM
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I predict that a charity single is coming.
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post Mar 18 2020, 12:47 PM
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we might see more songs getting traction from tiktok as there becomes less big new releases from established artists. that’s happening already but could be to a further extent.
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post Mar 18 2020, 12:56 PM
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I kinda think Netflix will benefit more than Spotify
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post Mar 18 2020, 02:52 PM
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Dance records possibly doing less well in the chart because nobody is going on summer holiday or to nightclubs.

Longer gaps between singles making the charts slower and less interesting.

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Yes so do I as well.
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post Mar 18 2020, 03:35 PM
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Maybe more home producing?? I'm not too sure.
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post Mar 18 2020, 03:51 PM
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I can see there being no major releases over the next couple months until a big artist takes advantage of the lack of competition.
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post Mar 18 2020, 05:09 PM
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My biggest fear music-wise is for small venues. Many of them have been lost in recent years and many others are struggling. A prolonged period of closure could prove fatal for a lot more venues sad.gif
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post Mar 18 2020, 05:38 PM
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QUOTE(The S***e @ Mar 18 2020, 02:52 PM) *
Dance records possibly doing less well in the chart because nobody is going on summer holiday or to nightclubs.

Longer gaps between singles making the charts slower and less interesting.
Yes so do I as well.


Is that even possible right now?
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post Mar 18 2020, 07:14 PM
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QUOTE(n4yr @ Mar 18 2020, 01:32 PM) *
I predict that a charity single is coming.


Is that going to be Amanda Holden's debut single?
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post Mar 18 2020, 07:41 PM
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Now 105 has been postponed, along with the Now 5 re-release
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post Mar 18 2020, 08:17 PM
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Please no charity singles. They're so f***ing emotionally manipulative. More money is probably spent on recording the track, paying all the artists, writers, producers, recording a music video and promoting it than actually goes to the charity they're supposed to be raising money for.

Just a bunch of rich, attractive celebrities trying to act sad and look relateable and asking the public to help them get a hit single basically.
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post Mar 18 2020, 10:13 PM
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QUOTE(n4yr @ Mar 18 2020, 12:32 PM) *
I predict that a charity single is coming.

Apparently Bono has already written one. It had to be Bono, right?

QUOTE(-SCOTT- @ Mar 18 2020, 07:41 PM) *
Now 105 has been postponed, along with the Now 5 re-release

But why? People can still order the CDs online even if not as many people will be visiting supermarkets.
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post Mar 18 2020, 11:02 PM
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QUOTE(shadow2009 @ Mar 18 2020, 08:17 PM) *
Please no charity singles. They're so f***ing emotionally manipulative. More money is probably spent on recording the track, paying all the artists, writers, producers, recording a music video and promoting it than actually goes to the charity they're supposed to be raising money for.

Just a bunch of rich, attractive celebrities trying to act sad and look relateable and asking the public to help them get a hit single basically.


laugh.gif Artists don't get paid to do the charity singles laugh.gif
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post Mar 18 2020, 11:15 PM
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Some of the soaps are downgrading their schedules so I expect the same for the music industry. The longer it goes on the worse the impact too.
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post Mar 18 2020, 11:21 PM
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I guess we'll probably see a fair few albums being delayed (and certainly physical album sales are going to take another big hit) but I don't think it's going to completely grind the industry to a halt the same way the film industry for example is going. Social distancing surely won't make it that much more difficult for artists to record and release stuff online (and music can certainly still be consumed just as much as before).
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post Mar 19 2020, 07:11 AM
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What about the actual charts themselves will they go ahead still and just be posted without people hosting them?

Will the midweeks also be like when it’s Xmas / New Year and we just find out the chart stuff on the actual day.

Streaming will probably be bigger than usual tbh. I can see The Weeknd, Dua and Gaga all getting good debuts from stream sales alone now if they all keep their release date.
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post Mar 19 2020, 11:00 AM
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HitsDailyDouble published an article about this topic and apparently people do stream in times like the current coronavirus crisis
but it's all classics they're streaming not newies



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hitsdailydouble.com/news&id=320489&title=GOOD-NEWS-ABOUT-STREAMING-AMID-THE-LOCKDOWN%3F-WE%27RE-ALL-EARS

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

GOOD NEWS ABOUT STREAMING AMID THE LOCKDOWN? WE'RE ALL EARS

Despite speculation that streaming would drop during the planet’s COVID-19 ordeal, there are some intriguing and encouraging signs emerging from the data.

Insiders with access to the relevant spreadsheets say to look to listening patterns, not just the numbers on the usual charts, for the larger story. They confirm that in Italy, South Korea and China, catalog streaming has gone through the roof—with beleaguered, homebound consumers turning to musical heroes rather than the newest hits. Beloved stars and legacy artists are providing comfort during this emergency, as the greatest artists tend to do. Since these countries are just ahead of us in terms of the disease’s spread, it’s not unreasonable to think their musical instincts will be mirrored to some degree in the states.

Indeed, labels are optimistic about streaming and believe that the uptick could well continue after the emergency lifts, as habits formed during such times can become established—not just in the places that have been hardest hit, but everywhere. Could music become a bigger piece of the cultural mix as a result?

Songs that have gained pertinence in the present context, from “Don’t Stand So Close to Me” by The Police to “It’s the End of the World as We Know It” by R.E.M., have naturally gotten a big boost; other thematically relevant songs will undoubtedly spike in a similar fashion. But it’s also emerging that overall, musical “comfort food”—including not only the most beloved pop/rock/hip-hop/R&B artists but also jazz, classical, meditation music and other stress-reducing sounds—will be a refuge amid all this confinement and crazy news.
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