“First!” is the calling card of internet commenters across the globe. It’s a symbol of nonchalant pride and achievement, and an iconic idiom of the age we live in.
Things weren’t always so connected, though. Prior to the 1960’s computers could not communicate with one another. By the late eighties that they became small enough to approach the mainstream market. (As they could now fit inside houses, rather than being the size of them.)
However, it was arguably the turn of the century that witnessed the birth of the information age we know today.
Our modern lives are dominated by our phones. The internet has grown from a quirky technical experiment to the dominant channel for information exchange. Even if that information is just endless streams of instagramed of dogs in fancy dress, viral videos about Daniel’s impressive trainers, and Twitter updates on breakfasts across the world. Crucially, the internet is now with us wherever we go.
Last month Twitter turned ten, and a whole host of once innovative apps and sites are beginning to show their age. Start-ups have become dominant cultural media channels, influencing everything from the language we use to the opinions we are exposed to. Not bad for a few lines of code.
Trump or Clinton.
The prospective of either of these presidential frontrunners emerging victorious in November is too much for many Americans to bear.
A shocking number of U.S. citizens would consider a move to Canada—15 percent if Hillary Clinton is elected and 20 percent if Donald Trump is elected, according to recent polls.
The question remains: How serious are these people? And how hard is it to move to Canada?
Well, check out this inforgraphic below. We Canadians will be waiting for you.
Via Presented by SpareFoot
ince its arrival in 1966, the iconic Batmobile has had many incarnations with each decade bringing its own take on this iconic supercar.
In the 1930s and early 40s Batman’s car barely featured in the comic strips. When it was eventually drawn, it was just a bulk standard red convertible with elongated wings and a bat emblem on the front. Pretty boring when you consider what came later!
In fact, it was not until the 1966 TV series that the first real Batmobile appeared. This initial version was actually a converted Ford Lincoln Futura, which was a concept car that never made onto the forecourt. That said, it only took three weeks for the car to be transformed into a vehicle that was fit for a superhero and the rest as they say, is history.
Check out BookMyGarage’s amazing infographic detailing the history of the Batmobile from its earliest incarnation to the very latest version.
The Evolution of the Batmobile by BookMyGarage at bookmygarage.com/
Through social media, music and fans continue to rely on each other like the industry have never seen before. This infographic from Fanbridge shows where we are now, and what the road to success might look like in the future.
Things haven’t exactly been easy for Tidal since its high-profile relaunch last spring. After rapper Jay Z had acquired the streaming service in March and assembled an impressive line-up of fellow artists to do no less than “change the course of music history”, Tidal quickly stopped making waves in the media, but their loyal fans championed the service.
Co-owned by the musicians themselves, Tidal was supposed to return the control over music to those who made it – the artists. However, the music streaming market got even more competitive when Apple entered the scene with Apple Music in late June.
Enter Kanye West: After premiering his new album as part of a fashion show / art performance in Madison Square Garden last Thursday, the long-time Jay Z confidant released “The Life of Pablo” as a Tidal exclusive over the weekend. He even went as far as saying that the album would never be available anywhere but on Tidal, which would be a departure from the usual practice of granting the service an exclusive period before releasing the album to a wider audience.
West’s announcement turned out to be a godsend for the music service. Global interest in Tidal quickly exploded (see the chart below) and the company’s app shot up the app store charts as fans eager to hear the record signed up in droves. Whether or not the current spike will help Tidal gain a foothold in the streaming market remains to be seen, but one thing seems fair to say: the notoriously self-absorbed rapper knows how to make some waves.
You will find more statistics at Statista
Oh What a Feeling: A Vital Collection of Canadian Music was a 4-CD box set released in 1996 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Juno Awards. A second box set, Oh What a Feeling 2, was released in 2001 to mark the awards’ 30th anniversary, and a third set, Oh What a Feeling 3, was released in 2006 for the 35th anniversary. All of the sets feature popular Canadian songs from the 1960s onward. The original 25th anniversary box set peaked at #3 on the Canadian Albums Chart and was certified Diamond in Canada (250,000 sales times 4 discs…see how that works?) Although hard to find, I’ve seen a few on eBay for a few hundred dollars.
What were the most popular songs on there? According to YouTube and this great infographic from Completely Ignored, it’s these:
2015 marked an interesting milestone in the history of the U.S. music industry. For the first time ever, current releases accounted for less than half of total album sales in the United States as catalog albums outsold new releases by more than four million units. Nielsen defines catalog releases as any release older than 18 months, thus including old Beatles albums as well as more dated releases of current artists.
Just ten years ago, current releases outsold classic material by 160 million units, a fact that illustrates how big of a change the industry underwent within the past decade. There are several factors that likely contributed to this trend. Online retailers and digital music stores have given consumers much easier access to older releases, allowing music fans to catch up with their favorite artists’ earlier work. Then there is the rise of music streaming, which has probably also tipped the scale in favor of catalog album sales. While the youth, more interested in current music than classic rock, has turned to streaming services, older music fans, i.e. those who still purchase albums, are more likely to buy old Rolling Stones records.
You will find more statistics at Statista
Another great graphic from the fine folks at Completely Ignored.
Canadian Music Blog put together a pie chart of Canadian album releases by genre for 2015. I’m not sure where they got the amount from, but let’s trust them. Of 661 albums (LPs) theytracked, theycame up with percentages based on genres. As you can see, the genre of choice for Canadian recording artists was singer – songwriter or folk at 143 of the 661 or 21.6% of the total. Close to that was alternative at 21.0% or 139 of the albums. The “other” category includes holiday albums, children’s, dance, reggae, and OST/musical. So, Canadians continue to be a country standing on the cusp of Neil Young, Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen-inspired rock and roll and folk singers, blazing across the planet of popular music.