Jazz is back in a big way, with hip hop, electronic and pop fusions opening it up to young listeners with eclectic listening habits. How have streaming services and mainstream musicians contributed to this resurgence? And can this interest see jazz emerge as more than a niche genre?
With the arrival of Apple Music, continued growth of Spotify, and a vinyl revival, it’s clear that the music business is in a state of flux. So how will the way we find, play and share music change in the future? In the first of two reports we see how Spotify and vinyl are shaping the industry.
The Balkytlan festival is the latest example of young Mexicans mashing up home-grown sounds with Balkan music and style. In the past decade, Mexi-Balkan bands have flourished and a legitimate scene has emerged. But how did the sounds of the Slavic peninsula capture the imagination of Mexican youth?
Discovering new music was once a preserve of A&R scouts at major labels. But with unsigned acts now playing to anyone with an internet connection, how can music fans be sure of who was there first? A new Spotify feature is quantifying ‘cool’, giving music geeks the bragging rights they deserve.
Mainstream music often conjures images of tweentastic pop; Taylor Swift, One Direction, Rihanna and the like. But according to Spotify, pop's been knocked off the genre top spot by metal; and its loyal, supportive fans not only listen to more tracks, they buy more merchandise, too.