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Adele and The Vinyl Delay: What’s the Problem?

Ever since Ed Sheeran spoke about him having to push his new album out quicker because of Adele booking every vinyl factory for her release of ’30’ this week, there has been a huge delay in production getting shifted out of the factory gates. But it’s not solely Adele’s fault.

The huge waiting times for vinyl production – and music production in general – is due to the fact that since the pandemic struck our industry, every avid musician and producer out there is making albums between the dates of September 2021 to 2022. With no avenues to tour and no discernible income from new, hot records – the time to push is now. With record labels setting high standards of lead times and deadlines, it’s come at a cost of getting the music to the consumers.

The real problem lies why this is a real issue. We wouldn’t have to necessarily rely on the manufacturing of vinyls if vinyls weren’t the only thing musicians relied on to earn any aspect of money. Therein lies the problem – the monetisation of the music industry.

If it weren’t for the hideous regimes of streaming services providing ill-health to the pockets of the musicians, the only real way of earning any equivocal value is via merchandise and vinyls (and cassettes, for some.)

It seems that the exponential growth of vinyls since the pandemic has caused the huge spikes in new vinyl releases, classic legacy albums and remastered editions to peak in production and value.

Whether or not this will be subside is another question. One thing is for sure though – this will continue long into next year. The resolution is the issues of music streaming, and certainly not those within the vinyl factories. Where are you at with this one? Let me know your thoughts!

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Global Citizen Live: Did you Watch it?

Defend the planet. Defeat poverty.

After so many avid international music artists performing around the world – from New York’s Central Park to the Amazon River in Brazil – for 24 hours, Global Citizen was a magnificent music masterpiece to behold.

After managing to catch a glimpse of Coldplay’s performance -with the tempting cameo of Billie Eilish gracing the stage – before my eyes finally drifted off after 2 in the morning, it got me really inspired to delve into new artists I wouldn’t have heard of before if it weren’t for the event.

Christina and the Queens, Burna Boy and Lang Lang were to name a few.

After such a mass worldwide coverage, did you manage to catch a glimpse of a performance, too?

If so, what was your favourite?

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Benjamin Francis Leftwich – “To Carry A Whale” Album Review

Sombre, enchanting but entirely beautiful, Leftwich takes us down a bewildering path of human nature as an alcoholic addict tells us his tales of sobriety.

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“It’s an observation on what it’s like to be a sober alcoholic addict a couple of years in. A whale is heavy to carry.

It’s gonna hurt you to carry it. But it’s also beautiful, and it’s a miracle to be able to carry all that at all.”

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Beautiful harmonics of Cherry in Tacoma, Slipping Through My Fingers and Full Full Colour bring this fantastically calm and serene album to a disclosure of triumph and struggle – and is certainly worth the entire trawl through the 10-track listing.

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Let’s Talk: Can music cure our planet?

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It might sound CRAZY but – – can music help our planet? Let me explain … there are studies out there that show music promotes plant growth!

Some plants have been known to grow an extra 20% when played music compared to plants that didn’t have the joyous tones of music.

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But what music I hear you ask…? Well, funnily enough plants that were played rock music didn’t thrive in that environment, they actually died within a few weeks – so sorry Korn, looks like you won’t be saving the planet anytime soon!

But instead, plants that had the relaxing tones of classical music thrived in that environment – promoting the aforementioned 20% extra growth in plants.

So I go back to my original question, imagine if music could cure our planet… Unfortunately it’s not likely that it will, but it would be amazing if it was that simple. It really does show the impact music has upon living things, and the greater positive impact it has upon them. (Even if they don’t appreciate a heavy drum beat and ground breaking guitar solo).

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Blog written by Alyxandra Howarth. Thanks Alyx!