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MF DOOM's NFTs, Apple Music Unveils City Charts, Secretly Group Union
When we started The Cadence back in December, our goal was to share the interesting conversations we were having with interesting people with our network of esteemed friends and colleagues.
Since then, we’ve:
Put out a newsletter every week (with over 30K reads).
Shared op-eds and interviews with NFT experts, film directors and live music executives.
Hosted three Clubhouse room (with over 2K attendees).
Convinced a few folks to make career moves (you know who you are).
The best part has been the behind-the-scenes exchanges we’ve had with readers who have reached out—whether to praise or critique. It’s been a chance to reconnect with comrades from the past and initiate conversations about the future.
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Chris & Josh
Salient statements from this week’s music news.
Why isn’t the Weeknd & Arianna Grande remix ranking in Bordeaux? We’re looking forward to the inevitable analysis on how diverse (or homogeneousness) music streaming is around the globe.
Takeaway: City Charts combine plays and additional signs of local popularity to rank the top songs gaining momentum with listeners locally.
A positive move for an industry known for leveraging worker’s enthusiasm at the expense of those workers.
Takeaway: Perhaps unionization could soon be a new way for independent labels to make good on their progressive bona fides and differentiate themselves from major labels.
3. MF DOOM’s Alternate “Dead Bent” Video Getting NFT Release
The always ahead MC, who dropped his first NFT just days before his death in October, is now posthumously pioneering how estates can unlock their archives.
Takeaways: In addition to the NFT, the highest bidder will receive physical items, including the original 16mm film negative, documentation from the shoot, and the original canister label.
Our community is saddened with the loss of two important individuals in recent weeks—legendary recording engineer Al Schmitt and Detroit-Chicago DJ/Producer Tim Baker. Our thoughts go out to their families and friends.