Technology is Changing the Music Industry! (Pros and Cons).

Hello everyone,

We are living in the Digital Age and technology continues to play a huge role in the way society functions.There is no doubt that in recent years, the music industry has been highly influenced by the use of technology. Years ago if people were told that technology will play such vital role in the music industry, people would have been thrilled. However, the use of technology in the music industry has its pros and cons. Don’t get me wrong, I am not against technology in any way, but I think it is overused. Today I will be discussing the pros and cons and why technology is not entirely a positive factor.

By all means, technology is not 100% a negative aspect, in fact thanks to technology communication around the world is now possible. Fans interact with each other and musicians can update their fans via social media about upcoming projects. In addition, musicians have the choice of giving their fans a sneak peak of an upcoming single. Technology also allows fans to find new music from artists that are not mainstream, an example of such websites are Soundcloud and Napster. Furthermore, Tumblr also gives musicians who are not well known, the opportunity to promote their music. I have discovered sooooo many artists thanks to these websites and I intend to continue the search of more amazing artists to listen to. In addition, YouTube has given many musicians the opportunity to post their work and record song covers. For instance, Justin Bieber began posting on Youtube, later on he was discovered and now he is a megastar. The power of technology is incredible and it is a great outlet for aspiring musicians to become more noticed.

Technology allows people to become more creative with the production of their music videos. Special effects can be added to the music video to make it more eye catching and unique. Technology brings creativity to a whole another level and I am very pleased with this particular development in the music industry.

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Music devices changed profoundly in the 21st Century.

Despite the positive aspects of technology, technology can also have negative aspects as well. A negative aspect of technology is that upcoming songs and albums can be leaked on the internet before the actual release date. People will try to hack the musician’s profile, account or in worst case scenario, their personal computer. Examples of such a occurrence is when a Leona Lewis track leaked from her forthcoming album, Miley Cyrus’s song “23” from her new album leaked recently on the internet and Katy Perry’s hit single “Roar”. This is a problem because the mystery and anticipation to hear a new song or album is diminishing. People are so eager to hear the work of their favorite musician, that they try to get their hands on their work sooner. This is something that should not be happening and it is an illegal activity.

Another negative aspect of technology in the music world is the overuse of audio special effects. Auto tune is used majorly in music nowadays, some people find it unique, while others do not. Auto tune is starting to be used as a way to disguise the fact that a certain musician does not have great vocal abilities. While other musicians use these effects these effects so much because they think it adds something special to a track. In electronic music, I can understand the use of these audio effects, however regular pop artists should not rely on it immensely.  As a matter of fact, I think that this part of technology is overused and it is not necessary to render the voice of musician. As harsh as this may sound, if you have a talent, work hard to make your dream career a reality, but if you do not then you might have to do some soul searching and consider other careers you might be passionate about.

Technology allows people to buy music online, however now that technology has become so advanced some people choose not buy music. Instead, they use YouTube video to mp3 converters to download the songs they want. This is not beneficial for musicians because they lose profit. In worse case scenarios, some people download music illegally, rather than buying an album or a single. I buy music from iTunes, but to be completely honest, I do miss the experience and excitement of going to the store and buying a much anticipated CD by my favorite singer. I might have to make a trip to HMV and buy a few CDs.

Technology has created a profound change in music, from connecting artists and fans together, to sharing their work via social media. There is no doubt that the overuse of audio effects and leaking the artist’s work is a problem. However, as I stated at the beginning of this post, I am not saying technology is a bad thing, but I am suggesting to use technology wisely to benefit the music industry.

I am very interested to read some of your thoughts about this matter, feel free to comment below and I hope you enjoyed my post.

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Music Monday! Week 20.

Hello everyone,

Welcome back to Music Monday, the music video I will be sharing today is “Stay the night” by Zedd ft. Hayley Williams. Today’s post was delayed because I was eagerly waiting for the music video to be released and share it all of you.

I have replayed this song so much in the last couple days, that I actually memorized the lyrics. The music video is brilliant and the way story was represented in the video was by a contemporary dance. This is such unique and creative spin to present the music video, I am impressed and the videography is very fluid. The dancers in the music video shows us a couple that tries to find a true romantic connection and overcome the initial awkward stage of dating. Hayley William’s vocals in this song are powerful and sung with a passion, Zedd did wonderful work in creating the sound for this song.

Enjoy 🙂

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Music Monday! Week 19.

Hello everyone,

Welcome back to Music Monday, today I will be sharing with you, Katy Perry’s brand new music video, “Roar”.

Some people may think I’m exaggerating, but for me this has to be the best music video of 2013. Most of the time I will listen to a song before the official music video is released and imagine the music video. I am usually disappointed by the original work, but Perry’s music video for “Roar” exceeded my expectations. The video is creative and it suits the lyrics well, the song is about empowerment and being determined to succeed. I love the Tarzan vibe this music video is giving me and the videography is smooth, also the transitions from one clip to another is done well. The song is currently number one of the Billboard Hot 100 for five consecutive weeks. This is a great pop song and Katy Perry’s vocals sound powerful, her vocal work keeps improving.

Enjoy.

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Time to Boogie: Disco Week. (#1)

Hello everyone,

Welcome to the final of Disco week, I hope everyone enjoyed the music videos I picked and please let me know in the comments box below which one was favorite Disco song. Let’s get started.

The music video I chose as number 1 is “Stayin’ Alive” by Bee Gees, this song was released on December 13, 1977.  This song is a classic and a great part of Disco history and it reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 and the US Record World Singles. This is Bee Gee’s most recognizable song and about four million copies were sold worldwide. “Stayin Alive” also landed a spot in the Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

Enjoy and thank you for tuning for Disco week, Music Monday is back tomorrow 🙂

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Time to Boogie: Disco Week. (#3&2)

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Welcome to day 6 of Disco week, today I will be sharing two music videos with you all, so let’s get started.

The music video I chose as number 3 is “September” by Earth, Wind and Fire and the song was released on November 18, 1978. The single sold over a million copies and it has a gold certification. This is a fun and upbeat song, that definitely makes me happy when I listen to it.

The music video I chose as number 2 is “Dancing Queen” by Abba and it was released on November 12, 1976. Abba is a very popular Swedish band, that became popular in countless countries. Their hit single “Dancing Queen” is considered one of the greatest songs of all time. The song reached number one on Billboard Hot 100, as well as in other countries and their song sold over three million copies. “Dancing Queen” also has a gold certification and it also got a spot in the Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 greatest song of all time.

Enjoy 🙂

See you tomorrow for the number one song of Disco week!

Time to Boogie: Disco Week. (#5&4)

Hello everyone,

Welcome to day 5 of Disco week and today will share two music videos. Let’s get started.

The music video I chose as number 5 is “Funkytown” by the band Lipps Inc. The song was released in 1980, but it was recorded in 1979. The lead singer of the band, Cynthia Johnson performed the song and this Disco hit reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and the Dance charts. This single reached number one in many countries and it was considered the last huge hit of the Disco era.

The music video I chose as number 4 is a very popular song from the Disco era and it is “YMCA” by Village People. The song was released on November 13, 1978 and this single has sold about 10 million copies around the world. The song reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100, US Dance Club Play and in many other countries. The single is written about the non-for profit institution, YMCA, which is where are I work currently. Just thought of mentioning that, haha. “YMCA” is included in the VH1’s list of the 100 Greatest Dance Songs of the 20th Century. I love it and I’ve been singing it a lot lately, I’m addicted to it again.

Enjoy.

See you tomorrow!

Time to Boogie: Disco Week. (#7&6)

Hello everyone,

Welcome back to day 4 of Disco week, today I will be sharing two music videos, so let’s get started.

The music video I chose as number 7 is “Fly Robin Fly” by Silver Connection. Silver connection is a German group and their song was released in 1975. This song became a huge hit and it landed the number one spot on the US Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks. This song also hit number one on the Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary and it won a Grammy for Best R&B Instrumental Performance. As you can tell, this song is instrumental and it does not have many lyrics. I enjoy it because it makes me want to dance, this single was part of VH1’s greatest dance songs.

The music video I chose as number 6 is “If I Can’t Have You” by Yvonne Elliman and the song was released in 1977. This song was originally performed by the Bee Gees, however later on it was re-recorded by Yvonne. The song became such a hit that it landed a number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for eight weeks.

Enjoy 🙂

See you tomorrow!