Leo Barraclough, writing for Variety, on the revenue that “Carpool Karaoke” creates:
Digital is central to how the show is funded, primarily through brand integrations. For example, the “Carpool Karaoke” segment with Selena Gomez included a visit to a McDonald’s drive-thru, which was the result of a deal with the fast-food outlet. “That was an integration and it was incredibly profitable for the show,” Winston said, adding that it also generated 45 million views on YouTube. “We made sure it was incredibly subtle so our viewers would not for a second think that this was a sponsored bit. James and I debated it for many hours.”
The emphasis is mine. I really like Corden and his bit, but I really hate deceptive advertising. I’m actually surprised this isn’t a violation of some kind
Jimmy Eat World’s Jim Adkins will be on KROQ’s Kevin and Bean on Tuesday, August 30th, to premiere their new single “Sure and Certain.”
Death by Stereo will release their new EP, Just Like You’d Leave Us, We’ve Left You For Dead, on October 28th. Pre-orders are now up.
Pinegrove performed three songs on CBS This Morning over the weekend. The performance can be found below.
Peter Kafka, writing for Recode, reports that Spotify denies that they are demoting songs in search that have been exclusives on other streaming platforms:
Spotify doesn’t like it when big-name acts take their music to Apple or Tidal first.
But it’s not punishing them when they do, by making their stuff harder to find in the music service’s search results, the company says.
That accusation, sourced to anonymous sources in a Bloomberg report out today, is “unequivocally false,” says a Spotify rep.
NOFX’s new tune, “I Don’t Like Me Anymore,” can be streamed below.
The Dear Hunter have debuted their new song “Light.”
Trophy Eyes have released their new song “Heaven Sent.”
Tom Chaplin, of Keane, has released a new video for “Quicksand.”
It looks like the F.Y.E. version of Yellowcard’s final album will have a couple of acoustic bonus tracks.
Two Tongues will release their new album, Two, on October 14th. The first single, “Azalea,” is up on Apple Music and Spotify.
Ben Sisario, writing for The New York Times, details a new policy from Spotify where they give less promotion to albums on their service if they’ve been exclusives on other platforms first:
Executives at two major record labels said that in recent weeks Spotify, which has resisted exclusives, had told them that it had instituted a policy that music that had benefited from such deals on other services would not receive the same level of promotion once it arrived on Spotify; such music may not be as prominently featured or included in as many playlists, said these executives, who spoke on the condition of anonymity in order to discuss private negotiations. Spotify declined to comment.
It seems to be getting harder for Spotify to justify any claims that they’re artist friendly. Artists that are doing exclusives with other platforms are doing so because of the massive promotion, and in some cases monetary advantages, of locking in these deals. They’re doing what’s best for them in a world where rates-per-stream are awful (and Spotify wants them to drop even more) and this windowing strategy1 allows them to maximize their income for a small moment in time, and then push the album out broadly everywhere else and gain exposure as they tour. If the reports are true, Spotify’s trying to make that secondary broad push just a little more difficult, and therefore make the windowing strategy less attractive. I’m not a fan.
Local Natives have released their new song “Coins.”
NOFX will release the audiobook version of their recent autobiography next Tuesday, August 30th. Each member of the band reads their individual parts in the book. Pre-orders are up.
Brand New and Biffy Clyro have announced an arena UK tour. The dates can be found below.
David Anthony, writing for The A.V. Club, about Modern Baseball:
“We would hear horror stories from fans,” said Lukens. “The easier ones would be like, ‘I got kicked in the face.’ Then there’s the more intense ones like, ‘I put my drink down and now I’m feeling odd,’ or, ‘I was crowdsurfing and guys pulled me down and started groping me.’ We realized that it was as much on us, as it is on everyone else, to make everyone safe and make sure all these venues are safe and accommodating.” These new policies have not only added more work for Lukens and Holt, but they’ve led each member of the band to look inward and find ways to become better allies to the non-white, non-male people at their shows.
This is a really fascinating article, even for someone that’s admittedly not a huge fan of the band. Not sure what’s going on with the typography choices for links though.
Layne’s new EP, The Black Hills, can be streamed below.
Mat Kerekes, the frontman for Citizen, has posted up his new album for stream. It’s below.
The end of Warped is always followed by an onslaught of fall tour announcements. This year felt even more nuts than usual and with so many bands hitting the road, it can be difficult to know where to begin diving in. So for this week’s playlist I decided to do the heavy lifting for you and preview eight of my must-see tours for this fall.
You can check out the full tracklist below, and stream the playlist now on Spotify.