The album is dead, long live the single: how music streaming is transforming the music industry

The year was 1992 and grunge was the biggest trend in US rock music as bands like Nirvana and Alice in Chains dominated the album charts. It would seem like a particularly unusual time to sign a college rock band consisting of four ordinary-looking guys whose style and demeanor were the antithesis of the grunge aesthetic. Yet this was the year that Atlantic Records signed Hootie and the Blowfish, whose debut album went on to sell millions of copies globally.

Golden ears

The album is dead, long live the single

Smoothing the peaks and troughs of revenue

Tricks of the trade

The dreaded skiprate

The missing link — royalty payments

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