Category: Music News

As we all know, music is constantly changing and there is always something new and interesting to learn. Here at Sage Audio, we like to to stay up to date on current stories in the music world. Whether it's news about artists, gear, studios, technology, or just random music interest pieces, we try to stay involved in the music industry as much as possible. In this section, we'd like to offer artists the opportunity to read interesting stories over an array of topics, in order to keep you informed, entertained, and connected to what's happening in music today.

Meet the Creator of Worlds

One of the most creative artistic projects arising from Nashville these days is the synthesis of graphic comics and music under the originative eye of Vian Izak. Graphically and musically he cherry picks cultural influences  ranging from Chinese propaganda to manga to early Egyptian motifs. 

HiFi Streaming is Here

Audiophiles rejoice! Americans and Brits can now stream over 25 million records in CD-quality format through the streaming service Tidal, which launched this week. The new music subscription service costs $20 per month. It features a similar user interface to Spotify and has already proven itself in a handful of European countries.

Album Sales Hit Record Low

Last week was historically bad for the music industry. Weekly album sales figures dropped to their lowest point since Nielsen Soundscan began been keeping record in 1991. It was also the first week on record that sales of albums dropped below 4 million units. While multiple factors are blamed for the record lows, streaming is the undeniable catalyst.

A Music Insider’s Take On the Next 5 Years

The music industry is changing so fast these days that anyone who claims to know what it will be like in 5 years might seem crazy. However, when an entertainment lawyer for digital music entrepreneurs has some thoughts on the future of the business, it’s worth at least hearing. Here’s the takeaway from Steve Gordon’s recent guest post on Billboard.

Apple’s New Music Format

Apple is working on a new way to deliver and sell albums. According to TIME and Billboard, U2’s Bono has been collaborating with Apple to work on a new “interactive” album format that will allow fans to “play with lyrics and get behind the songs.” While no details have been released regarding new format, it’s likely Apple’s reaction to declining album sales over recent years to streaming.

Farewell, iPod

The last true iteration of Apple’s iconic and world-changing MP3 player, the iPod, has been retired. Last week, as Apple announced new iPhones and a forthcoming Apple Watch, the iPod Classic quietly disappeared from their online retail store. This marks the end of an era that redefined our music listening habits and launched Apple on its path to become the most valuable company in the world.