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Kanye West makes history as ‘The Life of Pablo’ becomes the first streaming-only LP to go Platinum

Kanye West LP is the first streaming only album to earn a platinum certification.
The rappers seventh studio album has been certified by the RIAA following its release last February. In total, the record has been streamed over three billion times. It comes after it became the first streaming-only record to hit number one in the Billboard charts.
The musician made it clear that he would no longer be releasing music in CD form last year. His 18 track LP was only made available through Jay-Z’s streaming service TIDAL and Kanye stated that the album will never be available through Apple music.

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Really interesting discussion between the owner of a major record label and two representatives of global streaming services. It has given me a real clear insight to the problems within the music industry at this time. I have made detailed notes in my sketchbook picking out some important points that revolve around the issue of free music.

The streaming services say they need to offer the free services to build their user numbers however with on average only 25% of users being paying consumers to the streaming services there is not enough money being made to re invest in the music industry. The money made by streaming services is largely just making the investors of the services richer.

This means that the record companies are losing out on huge amounts of money. I know that people may think well why is this a problem? I don’t care about giving money to the big record labels surely they have enough as it is. However the problem these services have created is that there is not enough money being reinvested into the industry to help support up and coming new talent and also to release new music content, the record companies simply can’t afford it. This system is simply not sustainable and it is heading towards a problem where there will be limited amounts of music content provided on the streaming services and there will not be enough new content coming through. Essentially it is killing the industry and the diverse nature of music culture.

Research suggests that the users paying for streaming services are older users and the younger generation have a mindset where they won’t pay for music. I feel this gives me a clear target audience to focus on, I need to highlight the problem that the music industry is not currently sustainable and communicate this to the younger audience. I need to change their perceptions of seeing music as something that should be for free, hearing how this system is preventing new talent coming through really made me think there needs to be a change i need to communicate this to the audience.

What I have noticed is that many of the streaming services are all very similar in look in the services they offer and the prices, I feel there needs to be differentiation to encourage the younger audience to feel they want to pay for these services the system needs to be more tailored to each user.