Neil Young Talks About PONO
Neil Young revealed a bit more information about his upcoming PONO music service in a post on his Facebook page. Young says that PONO seeks to give people access to high-quality digital music files, rather than the normal files they have been using which are degraded to make them smaller. PONO will create new files from the studio masters that are closer to the original recordings and fuller in sound.
Brands Are Getting Into the Music Business
The Hard Rock Cafe and other non-music brands are getting into the music business and signing artists the way music labels always have. Their purpose is not to make money through album sales, however. The brands are seeking to use the music in advertising, as well as reshaping their image to appeal to younger consumers. By getting into business with new bands, they are trying to generate more "impressions" of their company, which is like raising awareness, though quantifying impressions is a hard thing to do.
Billboard Names "Blurred Lines" the Song of the Summer
After holding the top spot on the Billboard charts for 12 weeks, "Blurred Lines" has been officially designated as the 2013 Song of the Summer. Robin Thicke is the first male solo artist to achieve this Usher's "Confessions Part II" in 2004.