What does it mean to own a song? Does it simply enable you to collect royalties, or does it also grant you the right to protect and preserve your creative legacy? These are questions that have gained prominence in light of sampling and remixes.

Ever since the inception of remix culture in Jamaican reggae music of the 1960s, through to the explosion of sampling in US hip-hop during the 1980s and its continued popularity in pop music today, samples have operated in a legal grey zone. This has led to a number of lengthy and acrimonious legal battles over copyright and royalties.

One of the most famous cases occurred when lawyers representing Queen and David Bowie sued the rapper Vanilla Ice for copying the bass line of their 1981 collaboration Under Pressure. …


Hi Utopians, here at Utopia Genesis Foundation we are warming up for our next catalyst sale which will take place in a few weeks from now!

As you may already know, we’re working hard in order to revolutionize the music industry by empowering decentralized ownership of music rights, bringing up transparency, and open collaboration.

In the past few weeks, our unstoppable team launched several products that will help the Foundation to reshape the way the music industry works.

Genesis Pool, Reach, Genesis Arts, and Token Farming are the first products that will help us to change the game.

The UOP…


After significant research and planning, we are at the final stages of realizing our latest product, Genesis Pool.

Welcoming across the board genres, catalogs, and artists of various size and profile, Genesis Pool aims to provide funding via our own cryptocurrency, the UOP, for new music projects whereby the content/asset owners can use their back-catalog/future royalties as collateral whilst retaining their copyright.

Funding for the future music projects will be to the value of 500,000USD in our own cryptocurrency, the $UOP token.

Together with our partners Stokr.io, Genesis Pool will be tokenized, meaning artists, labels, songwriters, and catalog owners will…


How much does it cost to record a hit record in 2019? You might be surprised to find out that the answer is not much. Take Grammy-winning music producer Oak Felder, who helped create a string of recent hits by artists such as Nicki Minaj, Alessia Cara and Demi Lovato.

The equipment used on some of these tracks consists of a consumer-grade Apple laptop ($1499), an external sound card ($650), music recording software ($199), and a few software plugins ($600) — a combined cost of less than $3,000.

Of course, the claim that “anyone” can record a hit song neglects to mention a crucial fact: not everyone has the talent or technical skills required. But for those who do, the financial barriers to becoming a music producer are lower than ever before. In terms of production at least, the music business has become close to a meritocracy as more and…


At 54 years of age, Willie Wisely has just released his eighth studio album and is on tour again. For Willie, success didn’t happen overnight, or through a YouTube discovery. Instead, he’s kept on a long journey of upskilling while balancing his act with music creation and performing.

Fortunately, living in Los Angeles, the epicenter of the music business, has given him an advantage: he was an early adopter of new music technology, including digital distribution. So how did it start for this Minneapolis native, who at the age of 15 just wanted to “get on stage and rock out”?

As a teenager, Willie worshipped Paul McCartney. Even now, several other musical influences later, McCartney remains his North Star. In his mind, in order to be a proper musician he needed to write his own songs, just like The Beatles (and so many others) did. …


What is the one thing that musicians and songwriters need to do to ensure they are being paid for their work?

It is every musician and songwriter’s dream: rolling in royalty payments, signing endless sponsorships, recording theme songs for the next blockbuster and booking sold-out tours. Of course, this kind of success has always been the preserve of the privileged few. The digitization of music led to a massive decline in record sales, with industry revenues falling from USD 14.6 bn in 1999 to USD 6.3 bn in 2009 in the US.

In the process, many of the cultural touchstones of the music industry became extinct. The Tower Records chain died off, a beloved hangout among music devotees and musicians alike…


What does true success mean in music? Awards? Gold records? Platinum? Longevity? Impact? Fame? Relevance?

There are many different interpretations, but the general consensus seems to be popularity and sustained sales over time. So while a one-hit wonder might get rich from their glory days, the true aristocracy are the musicians with decades of success and a star-studded list of collaborators. They are the names everyone knows — Paul McCartney. Mick Jagger. Weird Al.

Weird Al?

That might not be a name that everyone expects, since he’s a comedian and a parodist. Some might say he’s just one step away from a tribute artist[1] , but his track record says otherwise, to say the least. 12 million…


Sometimes it seems that older generations got to see more shows — local gigs, festivals, arena concerts. The truth is, they probably did, because shows were a lot, lot cheaper back in the day.

The price of concert tickets has been shooting up in the past decades, doubling or tripling since the 90s, with some noting that tickets have increased tenfold since the 60’s, even after adjusting for inflation.

So why has the cost of gigs increased so much? Because music consumption habits have changed, and now musicians get most of their revenue from performance, not album sales. Whereas touring used to be a way to promote an album, now it’s the other way around. U2 infamously forced iTunes users to download their album for free to promote their forthcoming toursparking outrage


Have you ever wondered why early recorded music rarely features singing or guitars? The US Billboard Chart did not exist in the early 1900s, but if it did, it would have been dominated by music featuring trumpets, cornets, trombones, and tubas. In truth, however, this had as much to do with recording technology as it did with musical tastes.

In the pre-war era, music studios looked completely different — sound recording was still an entirely mechanical process involving no electricity. Typically, the band stood around a large metal, horn-shaped funnel and played. The funnel directed the sound onto a thin glass sheet connected to a steel stylus. As the band performed, the sound waves caused the glass sheet to vibrate and the stylus to move up and down, etching a groove into a wax disk rotating underneath. The wax disk, which worked similarly in principle to later vinyl records, could be played back on a gramophone or phonograph.

This…


July 12, 1979. The night that disco died, or as some people have claimed, was murdered. Shortlived, flamboyant, and controversial to this day, disco was a cultural phenomenon that we’re still coming to terms with. Before digging into the whodunnit, we need to look at the crime scene, as it were.

When the more formalised dance music of the late big band era began to fade away in the 60s, early rock started to take its place. As time passed, early rock acts like Elvis and the Beatles gave way to folk-rock and psychedelia, music that better reflected the mood of the era. This was a good expression of the zeitgeist, of course — but could you dance to it? Woodstock footage would indicate that with the right encouragement people can dance to anything, but was it dance music[1] ? Increasingly, no.

Folks gotta boogie

As mainstream rock moved towards more stylization and bigger…

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