Based on a string of rumors that began circulating in January of this year, it was only a matter of time before Amazon rolled out its fully fledged music service. And today is that day. Enter Amazon Music Unlimited, a standalone offering set to rival the likes of Apple Music and Spotify. It is, of course, a complement to Prime Music, the free streaming service for people who are part of Amazon's 99-per-year membership. Naturally, Prime subscribers get the benefit of paying less for Music Unlimited: 8 monthly compared to 10 for everyone else.
Despite the current success of romantic musical La La Land, a poll has found we rate musicals as the least sexy genre of music. A survey carried out by the Symphony Hall in Birmingham found only 1% of people listen to songs from musicals in the bedroom. The genre came behind thrash metal, spiritual music such as hymns, and meditation music. The genre with the most sex appeal was R&B, followed by chart music. While it's no surprise R&B came top, it is perhaps surprising that the world of Cabaret, Chicago and Moulin Rouge polled so low.
"For the longest time, women were relegated to a passive role as either muses or groupies," says Lucía Alvarez, a Buenos Aires-based journalist. "The female musicians of this new generation are, in fact, artisans of a new poetic language. Their work stems from the fragility of being outsiders but carries in it a sense of energy and freshness. I suspect this movement, which reflects the political and social struggle happening in the streets, is just getting started."
Since the last couple of years, we have been witness to a soaring number of startup companies which have developed lucrative platforms for music fans and also for the musicians. Between the categories of music fans and musicians, there lays a subtle segment, in fact a huge one called Active Music Lovers. They are those who are involved with music, who would love to learn music or even just play along or practice their favorite songs. The market is undoubtedly full of play song and karaoke apps but Utab Media, which is based on Tel Aviv and New York, has provided us with a high-end technology which works on various platforms and is also tailored to meet the needs of this specific group called Active Music Lovers.