But for the last year and a half, Spotify has attempted to democratize the process by encouraging artists and managers to submit soon-to-be-released music via one digital form, which asks questions about new tracks’ genres, moods, and other characteristics. It then funnels the pitches to editorial staff based on artist-provided metadata. The pool of unsolicited playlist submissions is akin to a publishing-house slush pile — only with many more editors (and better-paid ones, at that) going through the amateur works. Spotify says that since its original beta launch of New Music Submissions in July 2018, 72,379 artists have been added to playlists for the first time, and musicians have submitted songs in 171 languages. … [Read more...] about How Do You Get a Hit Song? Spotify Says to Pitch It
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It's the most competitive I've ever seen, and a success like [Parasite] is only going to make it even more competitive. The good news is that we've been a top-tier buyer since we opened and had solid financing from day one. With [30West's] Dan Friedkin's investment in 2018, that has placed us at the top of the independents. Not every film is to be released in the same manner. The idea that it's one-size-fits-all, which is very much the Netflix model, I believe is a major flaw in how it approaches the business. … [Read more...] about ‘Parasite’ Exec on Life After Historic Oscar Wins: “I’m Still in Shock”
The year after the RFRA debacle, Pence continued his social holy war by signing into law House Bill 1337, one of the nation’s most stringent anti-abortion laws. Previously, Pence had allocated $3.5 million to Real Alternatives, a Pennsylvania company running abortion crisis centers, a.k.a. places where a woman goes for medical help and is pressured into carrying her baby to term and given no immediate medical treatment. The program had to be suspended in 2016 when Real Alternatives was investigated on billing-overcharge claims, a crime it was already under investigation for in Pennsylvania when Pence granted the contract in 2015. … [Read more...] about The Radical Crusade of Mike Pence
A big hit would be good news for an industry that hasn’t had an outsized blockbuster on the Salman Khan level this year, or of last year’s Tollywood release Baahubali. Even Shah Rukh Khan’s Fan underperformed. So far this year, Bollywood’s biggest local title is Airlift, the Akshay Kumar starrer that released back in January for a total 128.1 crore ($19.3M), per Bollywood Hungama. In a rare turn, the market — which typically is skewed 90% toward local fare — currently is led by Disney’s The Jungle Book at $39M — the biggest Hollywood movie ever in India. … [Read more...] about Salman Khan’s ‘Sultan’ Goes To The Mat; Wrestling Drama To Break Bollywood Bank?
Manoj Bajpayee, an established Bollywood star, anchors the cast of The Family Man. Per Amazon’s description, the show is “an edgy action-drama series, which tells the story of a middle-class man who works for a special cell of the National Investigation Agency. While he tries to protect the nation from terrorists, he also has to protect his family from the impact of his secretive, high-pressure, and low-paying job.” … [Read more...] about Amazon’s ‘The Family Man’ Puts Bollywood’s Manoj Bajpayee At Center Of India Din – TCA