Jerome Renard

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Outside The Box - The New Gold Rush in Music

Hey, Reader, it's Jerome - ↓ Is it the end of the industry? A bold question, I know. In recent months, the music industry has been undergoing massive shifts. Giants like Sony and Warner have initiated massive layoffs, and most recently UMG announced a workforce reduction of 40%. This brings many talented professionals into the market, sparking a mix of concern and speculation about the future. So, what does this mean for the industry in general, for artists, and its ecosystem as we know it?...

3 months ago • 2 min read

Outside The Box - From Tokyo to Cairo, the Next Big Hits in Music

Hey, Reader, it's Jerome - ↓ Growing Markets! For decades, J-pop remained an enigmatic gem, cherished within Japan and by an army of fans. But now, the scene is shifting. J-pop's global popularity is surging, marking unprecedented moves on the international charts. Unlike the West, where streaming has overtaken physical, CD sales in Japan remain "rock solid". This is deeply rooted in Japanese culture and a fan-driven demand for collectibles. Merchandise to limited editions, Japan has...

3 months ago • 1 min read

Outside The Box - Inside UMG's Artist-Centric Revolution

Hey, Reader, it's Jerome - ↓ Universal Music wants music streaming royalties. With their new Artist-Centric Model unveiled last year, this initiative prompts us to consider its potential to enlarge the revenue share for non-major artists. But what exactly is this new model? Its core principles are straightforward: Fair rewards for artists Ensuring authenticity Deepening the artist-fan connection As the ecosystem grows and AI continues to evolve, UMG appears to be making the right moves. But...

4 months ago • 1 min read

Outside The Box - Battle of Giants

Hey, Reader, it's Jerome - ↓ UMG pulled its catalog off of TikTok It’s an unprecedented move in the industry that has been making noise for a few weeks, especially now with other labels joining UMG's action. So, what’s wrong? It’s quite a battle, with both sides accusing each other of being greedy. UMG accuses TikTok of: Not providing appropriate compensation Failing to protect artists from the AI-generated music surge Lacking online safety for users ByteDance (TikTok's parent company)...

4 months ago • 1 min read

Outside The Box - Semantic Satiation in Music Production

Hey, Reader, it's Jerome - ↓ Harnessing Semantic Satiation in Music Production I wanted to circle back to this intriguing intersection of psychology and music production. If you haven’t read about this one yet, I suggest starting here. Semantic Satiation isn’t just a small phenomenon; it’s a goldmine for music production! So, what's the big deal about semantic satiation in music? It comes down to the power of repetition—not only for creating catchy hooks (though we love those) but for its...

4 months ago • 2 min read

Outside The Box - The New Era of Music Tech Startups

Hey, Reader, it's Jerome - ↓ A World of Startups Pushing Music's Boundaries The lockdown turned out to be a blessing in disguise for some, propelling us toward innovation and sparking some truly fascinating concepts in music tech startups. I've come across a few gems recently that caught my attention. Stem and Create Music, for instance, offer artists both funding and back-office support. What's cool about Stem is its slick automatic points distribution feature, ensuring points are recouped...

4 months ago • 1 min read

Outside The Box - From Overnight Sensation to Forgotten Hits

Hey, Reader, it's Jerome - ↓ From #1 to Unknown Ever noticed how a song by an unknown artist skyrockets to the top 10? Then, as quickly as they rose, they vanished into obscurity. It's a curious trend in pop music, where an artist can suddenly be everywhere and then... nowhere. This is part of the magic of the entertainment industry. But did you know there’s a kind of secret formula behind this and even a psychological aspect at play? We're all aware of the power of repetition in music. As...

5 months ago • 1 min read
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