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From Billboard:

The total volume of the on-demand streaming marketplace has increased by 50 percent, as tracked by Billboard, in the past year, from around 274 million streams a week in Nov. 2013 to roughly 413 million weekly streams in Nov. 2014. YouTube and Spotify are the clear leaders in the space, with roughly more than 91 percent of the total volume of on-demand streams in any given week coming from these two services. Over the past year, Spotify has begun to take market share from YouTube for the overall streaming volume of top tracks.

Keep in mind, this is not a market share, but rather a look at shares of top-charting songs. With the exception of the overall volume numbers, the breakdowns and increases are calculated just from the top 50 most-played songs in each period.

In this breakdown, Spotify grows in shares over the year, from 22 percent to 33 percent, while YouTube drops from 66 percent to 58 percent of the total share. Comparing the two time-based graphs, a big spike appears in August, from the week when the official music videos for “Shake It Off” and “Anaconda” were released. Generally, YouTube is much more prone to drastic spikes in activity as consumers rush to the platform for big video debuts (“Anaconda” currently holds the Vevo record for 19.6 million global views in 24 hours).


At 14 years old, the same year she signed her first song publishing deal in Nashville, Taylor Swift was a natural on camera.

She and some classmates had to put together a video project, so they came up with a fictional company called Paco’s Paradise Smoothies and made a commercial for it. Swift gets the indispensable role of “Island Girl 1.”

I’m not even going to tell you when she comes in – you’ll know.

There’s been a lot of talk about Taylor Swift recently, and not all of it has to do with, you know, the music. That changes this week, as Swift has teamed up with American Express for one of the coolest apps I’ve seen. Now, you can step inside a cinematic interactive musical experience starring the biggest-selling artist of the year (and next.) Fans can choose where you go, who you follow and what you explore in a stunning house filled with characters, objects and scenes.

Shot with groundbreaking 360° cameras and scored with a rich audio soundtrack based on Taylor’s single ‘Blank Space’ from her new album 1989, the experience is an immersive journey with intertwined storylines, multiple rooms and dozens of hidden interactive features waiting to be unlocked and explored.

You can also explore exclusive behind the scenes footage from the Taylor Swift shoot, as well as the archive of Amex UNSTAGED live events and films with other top artists.

A New Point of View

Turn your device to look around — you control the 360º camera. Explore wherever and however you choose.

Explore the Mansion

Tap on doors to move freely between rooms. Tap on objects to delve deeper into Taylor’s world.

You can download it at the App Store or Google Play now.

This project marks the next evolution in the American Express UNSTAGED platform and the music video category overall. The collaboration should give fair warning to all artists out there that perhaps music videos just aren’t enough, anymore. Kudos to Swift and director Joseph Kahn for making the relationship between fans and artists that much more fun.

What should be noted about Swift’s relationship with American Express is that the credit card company isn’t new to music – for years, they have partnered with the music industry and artists to deliver experiences for fans. From collaborative programs like their digital live-streaming UNSTAGED concert series featuring artists like Tim McGraw to their Early-On-Sale program, the company is truly helping connect fans in new ways with their Front Of The Line access, providing Canadian Cardmembers advanced access to shows.

Renowned Canadian singer-songwriter Lennie Gallant will be touring in Ontario and Quebec, November 22nd through November 30th, in celebration of the release of his new album titled Live Acoustic at The Carleton. Nominated for the 2014 Canadian Folk Music Awards for both English Songwriter of the Year and Solo Artist of the Year on the strength of his new recording, Lennie Gallant will perform on the Canadian Folk Music Awards Gala at the Bronson Centre in Ottawa on Nov. 29th.
Lennie is also celebrating the launch of a new book titled Peter’s Dream – a collaboration with visual artist and sibling, Karen Gallant. All of this comes hot on the heels of his summer–long run at Charlottetown’s Mack Theatre with his show Searching For Abegweit -The Island Songs & Stories of Lennie Gallant, a runaway hit that was extended to an incredible 57 sold out shows!
Join Lennie Gallant as he celebrates the release of his new album Live Acoustic at The Carleton at the following locations:
Saturday, Nov 22 – MacKenzie Hall, Windsor Ontario, 8 pm.  (Presented by Windsor Folk), Tickets: 519-255-7600 and online
Sunday, Nov 23 - The Pearl Company Theatre, Hamilton Ontario, 8 pm. Tickets:  905-524-0606 and online
Tuesday, Nov 25 – Stonecroft Folk, Ingersoll, Ontario, 8 pm.  Tickets: 519-423-6797 and online
Wednesday, Nov 26 – London Music Club, London, Ontario, 8 pm.  Tickets: 519 640-6996 or online 
Thursday, Nov 27 – Hugh’s Room, Toronto, Ontario, 8:30 pm.  Tickets:  416 531-6604 or online
Friday, Nov 28 – Market Hall, Peterborough, Ontario, 8 pm.  (Presented by Folk Under The Clock). Tickets: 705-749-1146 or online
Saturday, Nov 29 – Canadian Folk Music Awards, 10th Anniversary Awards Gala, Bronson Centre, Ottawa, Ontario. Tickets: online
Sunday, Nov 30 – The Blacksheep, Wakefield, Quebec, 4:20 pm.  Tickets: 819-459-3228 and online
Saturday, Dec 13 – Special Guest – A Barra MacNeils Christmas, Massey Hall, Toronto, Ontario, 8 pm. Tickets: 416-872-4255 or online


Meandering along date 23 of a 50-or-60 city tour is usually when the artist starts to wonder how long this awful life is going to continue, or that they start to really have some fun with the local media asking them the same questions over and over again. Cleveland Ohio’s news magazine show Afternoon Exchange (hosted by David Spero?)visited Iggy Pop during his rehearsal/soundcheck at the Agora Ballroom one day in November of 1979. I’m not sure what Iggy is really thinking, but this interview suggests a worthwhile extra dimension to the mundane boredom and that he might want to punch out this interviewer, as great as he might be on his show.