Over the course of the past several years, we have been watching with a keen eye and sometimes predicting various elements of the rise of the streaming economy. Now look for these five new developments in the new world of the streaming economy.
Since its inception in the South Bronx, hip-hop has always been a genre very closely tied to location.
But in the streaming era — when hip-hop reigns as the most popular genre for the first time and, arguably, anyone could upload a song and see that song on the Billboard Hot 100 — many have asked if the regional aspects of hip-hop may become a thing of the past.
These days, Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven frontman David Lowery may be best known as a thorn in the side of music-technology companies like Spotify, which he sued in 2015 for copyright infringement related to unpaid mechanical royalties.