You might ask: Where can people get music in 2015? With the trend right now, it seems like people are not going to buy CDs anymore, based from the revenue of streaming songs in the US, the sales surpassed CD sales in 2014 for the very first time. In the UK market, it is catching up too.
Apple signalled that it is ready to make a new and fresh assault in the music industry with the recent purchase of The Beats of Dr. Dre as well as their streaming service worth $3 billion in October 2014. However, not everyone became a fan of streaming sites; artists like Taylor Swift, Beyonce and The Black Keys withheld their music this year from the streaming sites. Their move is to show protest of the low royalty rates the sites offered. On the other hand, Ed Sheeran said he is grateful to Spotify for his career and the main reason why the artists are not paid a fair share is because of the record labels. He told the BBC that he could not be where he is today without Spotify.
The stadium residency of Sheeran whom he is playing without a band is considered as one of the highlights of 2015 showing live music. Incredibly, his gigs are all sold out even before announcing the support acts. He added, he does not want to play with a crowd that is not of his genre but he already booked three acts each day and they are all hits as manifested by their multi-platinum albums. Some of the acts already played Wembley and the live concert is going to be like a mini festival. Sheeran is not the lone artist who booked on the turf of Wembley but includes Foo Fighters and AC/DC who promised to rock in summer.
On February 1, Katy Perry will play a different pitch by hosting the prestigious half-time show of the Super Bowl in Arizona. The show promised of fire-breathing sharks, a thousand kittens and an edible glitter, the pop star will be witnessed by millions of audience. Traditionally, more people are watching the half-time show compared to the game.
Other tours for 2015 is staged for Taylor Swift, One Direction, Take that and the reunion of Christine McVie and Fleetwood Mac. Also, George Ezra, Royal Blood and Jessie Ware will pack their belongings for various concerts while Wu Tang Clan is going to celebrate their 20th anniversary with a show to be held at the Brixton Academy.
Hopefully, there are a couple of surprises for 2015 that can truly make the year of the music industry jam packed.