It's always fun to discover a great album that you missed when it was originally released.

"Innuendo" which was released by Queen in 1991, is such an album.  The release was just months before Mercury died from AIDS.  It's full of great songs, great production and shows off the incredible vocal talents of Freddie Mercury. 

I was planning to see Bohemian Rhapsody anyway but after listening to "Innuendo", I can't wait. 

You can listen to it on Napster or your favorite streaming site.

My favorite cut is "I'm Going Slightly Mad."  What's yours?

Barbra Streisand's latest album "Walls" is quite an amazing piece of work, especially when you consider her age and the length of her amazing career.

Check it out.  Even if you're not a fan of her politics, you have to admit she's still got an extraordinary, unique talent.  She shows it off brilliantly in her latest work.

On Napster.

My latest release, Time Askew, is available for streaming on Napster as well as other streaming platforms.

Have a listen.  Two minutes of something new!

My latest release, Time Askew, is available on CD Baby and Bandcamp.

It is also available on your favorite streaming platform.  Have a listen and tell me what you think.

Since digital music is at the center of the music business these days,  for essential for musicians to have a digital distribution company to get their work into digital stores, like iTunes and Amazon, and streaming services like Spotify, Apple Music, and Napster.

There are an increasing number of companies that do digital distribution.  Some of the best-known are CD Baby, Tunecore, and DistroKid, but there are many more.

This article by Ari Herstand offers the most detailed comparison that I've read anywhere. Digital distribution is not a one-size-fits-all proposition.  So it's important to do your homework to find the best company for your needs.  That can be difficult because some of the companies don't disclose all of their fees up front.  It can also be hard to understand exactly what services they offer. 

Ari's article is a great place to start your search or to compare what you already have with other options out there that might work better for you.

The Music Modernization Act, which was supported by both parties in Congress, was signed into law by President Trump.

The Music Modernization Act, which received complete bipartisan support, most notably guarantees that songwriters and artists receive royalties for songs recorded prior to 1972. It also creates a new organization -- run by publishers and songwriters -- that’s tasked with identifying copyright owners and paying them their royalties if songs are played on streaming platforms like Spotify and Apple Music. Overall, it establishes a new standard for setting digital royalty rates for songwriters and publishers.

It will take some time to understand the details.

For a very funny, informative look at today's pop music, watch this video.

 

The Relative Minor Blues Backing Track album is now also on Bandcamp.

This will not be a full review of the Napster  streaming service.  I've been using it for about three weeks and a couple of things make it a standout in my view: Even EarPrint and payment to musicians.

First, and this is really a HUGE advantage, they not only stream the music but give you a way to improve your listening experience.  It's called Even EarPrint. Napster didn't invent it but they include it in their apps so you can use it with your existing headphones or ear buds. It allows you to take a quick hearing test to tailor the sound to fit your own hearing and the headphones you use.  You can can create multiple EarPrint profiles for different headphones and/or different users.  The EQ profile it creates is so well-tailored to your own hearing that can hear things you don't usually hear and you may be shocked at how good your headphones suddenly sound.

It's worth the 30-day free trial just to experience it.

Second, they pay musicians/artists more per stream than other streaming services. I wrote about this before and the graphic in that post gives a great comparison of the major streaming services.

Check it out!

It's always fun for a musician/songwriter when somebody is listening to your music. And getting people to listen is not an easy task, at least not in the beginning.  I'm happy to report that last week my music was streamed in 21 countries on Spotify. That's fun, not to mention encouraging.

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