2018 Year In Review
To start, 2018 saw genuinely great new music. Since the music industry is built on, well, music, by that mark it’s been a banner year. Hip-hop continued its dominance. What Pop lost in popularity, it gained in relevance and vitality
. Live music continued to flourish
and grow. The industry finally, albeit slowly, began its #MeToo reckoning
. And the album, an industry mainstay since 1948, is on its way out. For many artists this is liberating – creativity unbound by format
. The flip-side of this is a profound change in listener habits. A lingering question moving forward is, what is lost
when we “listen to Spotify” rather than songs?