23 September 2014, 14.00-18.00
Lewis Silkin offices, 5 Chancery Lane, Clifford's Inn, London, EC4A 1BL
“…with a few exceptions, albums are edging closer to extinction. Playlists are the future.” George Ergatoudis, BBC
Traditional radio is finding itself in a consolidated landscape where, faced with the increasing expansion of streaming services, the main route to growth is to innovate, developing new business models and new technologies.
Streaming services are looking more and more like radio with a “richer suite of lean-back, programmed and semi-programmed experiences”(MusicIndustryBlog, Mark Mulligan).
While it is agreed that streaming drives music discovery and consumption, what does it do for music sales? Are we witnessing the death of the album, cannibalised by playlists and ‘free music’?
Whilst radio has long been the biggest promotional media for new music, in the streaming world, what works for the record companies and artists in “the age of the playlist” (MusicIndustryBlog, Mark Mulligan)?