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Leaving Legacy Behind Music Marketing Responds to Streaming

Report by Keith Jopling

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Music marketing has changed for good

Marketing music has never been straightforward. That’s why, back in the day, label executives would use the single as the shortcut to finding an audience on which to foster the artist, and even more importantly, their latest album. Meanwhile, radio stations were largely in lockstep, since they would rather play the ‘catchiest’ hits as well as help build familiarity for those hits (those that got through dreaded call-out research). Still, neither side really knew which songs audiences would take to their hearts. The signal was foggy, at least until the record reached the shops. Even then, it was hard to know whether people liked the music, or just didn’t know about it. Hence the market was a constant flow of ‘push and pray’.

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