A Powerful Perp Walk

Harvey Weinstein was arrested and charged with rape in New York.

MUSIC & INDUSTRY


After a few false starts, Google debuted its own music streaming platform, YouTube Music. The service is polished, intuitive, and received mostly positive reviews. The star feature is "Your Mixtapes," a well-branded personalized recommendation engine that allows Google's algorithm prowess to shine. It even includes location-based recommendations for the privacy ambivalent. Coinciding with the rollout comes this statement from Vevo, all but announcing the slow shuttering of the service now that labels and streamers are on the same side.

BRANDS & BANDS


As EDM mainstreamed over the past decade or so, it's been compressed and standardized into build - drop - rinse - repeat, "weaponised elevator music."  James Murphy and Soulwax's Dewaele brothers have the antidote: play the classics, slowed down (way down in some cases), and play it all on a custom speaker rig that weighs more (33-tons) than Metallica's arena tour PA. Voila! Despacio.

RESEARCH & INSIGHTS


Spotify may sell itself as a music company, but it's really a data company. That data provides a powerful toolset for artists, promoters, labels, marketers, and anyone who's fascinated by cultural listening habits. For true metric nerds, we recommend this analysis of attention measurement between followers and listeners.  

EVERYTHING ELSE


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Pusha T
If You Know You Know
Recode Media
Lyor Cohen

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Adam Levine & James Corden pulled over by cop
Beverly Fishman

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