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Editor’s Note: August 2017

Editor’s Note: August 2017

July 31 / 17

Vol. 5 / #8

August is here and the months are flying by. Not a lot to do this month, so this will be short and to the point. If you’ve been catching up lately, there are a few things to cover.

The 4 Portal’s Governor’s Island Art Fair will be held each weekend of September. I will keep you posted on that event and a few others. I’m still doing research on art residencies and what not. Shadow Spotlight will focus on Literature. This month @The Event is heading to Vegas.  Creative Close-Up will focus on two giant comic rivals, DC and Marvel.

You’ve seen the changes going on the blog site and be prepared for a lot more. Goodbye July….Hello, August!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Reflections: Enjoying the Summer

Reflections: Enjoying the Summer

July 29 / 17

No poetry, no short story, no post….no nothing. Just take the time to enjoy the summer. Kids that means you because school is just around the corner. Be thankful and happy to enjoy your vacation with family and friends or to just be creative. Enjoy the rest of your weekend, be always blessed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Creative Close-Up: From Digital Music News…..

Creative Close-Up: From Digital Music News…..

July 29 / 17

Hey everybody…it’s time for a Creative Close-Up. I found a recent article about music streaming, courtesy of Digital Music News. This has been updated to show you how much the artists are making. Read it and see for yourself.


Digital Music News

What Streaming Music Services Pay (Updated for 2017)

Image source by Information is Beautiful

So, how much can you expect to get from Spotify, Apple Music, and other streaming platforms?

Music streaming services have helped to spark a revival in the music industry.  This year alone, major labels have reported record-breaking revenue.

But how much are artists actually earning?

We’ve been compiling data on this for a few years.  But getting a comprehensive, overarching look is pretty difficult.  Now, Information is Beautiful has released a new infograph showing how much major streaming services actually pay.  It reflects their best efforts to amass per-stream data into one diagram.

Calculate Your Earnings from Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora, Amazon, Google Play & More

Two years ago, the team at Information is Beautiful did the same analysis.  They analyzed what it would take for an artist to receive a monthly wage minimum of $1,260. For example, Google Play Music paid out $0.0073 per play; so artists would need 172,206 plays to earn the $1,260.

TIDAL, which paid out $0.007 per play, would require a similar amount.

Artists on YouTube have traditionally received lowest amount.  In 2015, the video platform paid $0.0003 per play.  To earn the minimum wage amount, musicians would need 4.2 million plays on the platform.

Now, Information is Beautiful has updated their list for 2017.

This year, they compared eight major music streaming services: Napster, YouTube, Pandora, Apple Music, TIDAL, Google Play, Deezer, and Spotify.  The team tracked the following information:

  • Artist revenue per play.
  • Total users (millions) per platform.
  • Percentage of free users on the platform.
  • Plays needed to earn minimum monthly wage ($1,472).
  • Total annual loss reported by the streaming platform.
  • Annual loss per user.

It’s worth noting that this report doesn’t apply to signed artists, as they receive an unreported cut based on their contracts.

And the king of streaming payouts is… Napster?

Napster topped this year’s list with the highest artist revenue paid out per play.  For a single stream, Napster paid out $0.0167.  Compared to its competitors, however, the platform has the second-lowest amount of total users: 5 million.  So it can be difficult to scale that per-play number, but great if you assemble a core Napster following.

To earn minimum wage, an artist would need 90,000 plays on the platform.

But why does Napster have higher payouts?  The answer may be that the service doesn’t have a free tier.  In 2015, a Napster spokesperson told TechRadar that a freemium business model simply “isn’t sustainable.”

The company has reported losses, however.  Yet, its losses only amounted to $35 million, the third-lowest on the list.  With five million users on its platform, on average, each user costs Napster $7.78.

Second place in payouts: TIDAL

Despite Jay Z’s massive star power, users have yet to flock to the high-fidelity streaming service.  The company last reported around 4 million users, though it may have inflated its total subscription numbers. The Jay Z-owned streamer pays out $0.0110 per stream.  An artist on the platform would need 130,000 plays to earn the monthly minimum wage amount.

Based on Information is Beautiful’s calculations, only 28% of users on the platform pay for a subscription.  TIDAL last reported an annual loss of $28 million, the second lowest on the list.  Each user costs the company about $6.67.

Third place: Apple Music

In just two years, over 27 million people have subscribed to Apple Music.  It took Spotify nearly a decade to reach 50 million.  While Apple remains secretive about its losses, unsigned artists on the platform can expect to receive $0.0064 per play.  For an unsigned artist to earn $1,472, they’d need 230,000 plays.  Apple didn’t share how much each user costs the company.

The former payout king falls to fourth place

In 2015, unsigned artists on Google Play Music would earn $0.0179 per play.  That number has since decreased to $0.0059.

Like Apple, Google won’t report on its annual music losses.  That includes how much each user costs the company.  Currently, the service has more than 5 million paid subscribers, and 5 million more on a free tier service (possibly on a trial subscription).

For an artist to earn minimum wage on the platform, they would need 250,000 plays.

Say hello to Deezer

French-based music streaming service Deezer may not have a huge presence in the United States just yet.  However, it is available in over 180 countries.  It also has more than 40 million licensed tracks.

On average, the service pays out $0.0056 per stream, slightly lower than Google Play Music.  It also has 16 million total users, 57% of whom are on a free-tier.  To earn $1,472, an artist would need 260,000 plays on the platform.

Deezer also has the lowest annual loss on the list.  Each user costs Deezer just $1.69.

Et tu, Spotify?

Ahead of their long-awaited IPO, Spotify is currently embroiled in controversy. While the service has the highest number of paid subscriptions, artists often complain about low payouts.  According to Information is Beautiful, the Swedish streamer pays out $0.0038 per stream.  That means for an artist to earn minimum wage, they would need 380,000 plays on the platform.

Two years ago, the service paid out $0.007 per stream.  Unsigned artists would need 180,000 plays to earn $1,260.

The streaming platform has recently locked down long-term licensing deals with major labels.  It also has 140 million total users.  According to Information is Beautiful, 57% use its free-tier service.  The number doesn’t add up, as Spotify last reported over 50 million users.  Roughly 90 or so million use the service.

Losses at the company continue growing, however.  Information is Beautiful calculates an annual loss of $194 million, with each user costing the company $1.39.

DMN’s investigation calculates losses over $600 million.

Struggling Pandora lands in seventh place

Without presenting a clear financial plan, Pandora’s CEO promised investors that the company would turn a profit this year.

On the infograph, Pandora landed in second-to-last place with one of the worst artist payouts.  Per stream, Pandora pays $0.0011.  It also has the second-highest amount of total users, right behind Spotify.  However, an unsigned artist would need 1.2 million plays to earn minimum wage on the platform.  Its losses also grew to $250 million. Each user costs the company $3.20.

Don’t expect to earn money once again on: YouTube

Artists, major labels, and music organizations have long called out YouTube for its paltry royalty payments.  The Google-owned company has defended itself, stating that it has paid out over $1 billion.  The numbers speak for themselves, however.

Two years ago, YouTube paid unsigned artists $0.0018 per play on its video platform.  That number has dropped to $0.0006, the lowest on the list.  The platform has one billion users.  The team at Information is Beautiful calculates that only .1% have subscribed to YouTube Red.

For an artist to earn minimum wage on the platform, they would need 2.4 million plays.  While this number remains high, two years ago, unsigned artists would earn $1,260 only after just 70,000 plays.

The Google-owned video platform reported a loss of $174 million.  With over 1 billion users, each costs YouTube just 17 cents.

Featured image by Information is Beautiful

[UPDATE] The numbers originally referenced in this piece were for signed artists, not unsigned artists.  The calculations have since been updated to reflect unsigned artists.

I hope Mr. Sanchez’s article gave you something to think about.

Film Review: It Follows (2015)

Film Review: It Follows (2015)

July 27 / 17

Picture yourself at the park enjoying the scenery, minding your own business, just enjoying the day. That changes completely when you see a woman half-naked, disheveled, but the face is just not right. There is no smile, no anger, just no emotion…She’s slowly walking towards you. The other people in the park don’t even know she’s there, that’s because they don’t see her, but you do…..

This is the premise of It Follows. Confused? Well, you shouldn’t be. This supernatural horror film is different from films that you’re used to seeing. It keeps you guessing and you want to know more.

Jay Height is your average college student. Everything is going well in her life. She has her family, her friends, her health, and now a new boyfriend name Hugh. The pair ends up making out in his car after a date. Everything is fine, but Jay’s world changes for the worse. She learns from Hugh that she inherited a curse, all by having sexual intercourse. He tells her that an entity in the form of someone she knows or a stranger will pursue her and she is the only one who sees it. Doesn’t matter where she goes, this entity will follow her and kill her. Once she’s dead it will pursue the person who passed this curse to her, her boyfriend. All she has to do is pass it along to someone else.

It knows where you are…..

Interesting concept. What is this entity? Where did it come from or how did this start? Those are the questions that you’ve probably asked yourself.   Some critics have interpreted this film as a parable about STDs, AIDS/HIV.  Written and directed by David Robert Mitchell he explains:

“I’m not personally that interested in where ‘it’ comes from. To me, it’s dream logic in the sense that they’re in a nightmare, and when you’re in a nightmare there’s no solving the nightmare. Even if you try to solve it.” Mitchell said that while Jay “opens herself up to danger through sex, sex is the one way in which she can free herself from that danger … We’re all here for a limited amount of time, and we can’t escape our mortality … but love and sex are two ways in which we can – at least temporarily – push death away”. – Wikipedia, Rawson-Jones, Ben (2015-03-08). “Exploring the horror of It Follows: David Robert Mitchell interview”. Digital Spy & Lyne, Charlie (2015-02-21). “It Follows: ‘Love and sex are ways we can push death away’”. The Guardian

Trust is another subject that you see in this film. After what her boyfriend tells, her, at this point Jay is struggling to trust others, even her own family, and friends. You get the sense that she’s also struggling with other issues within herself. Not only is there a fear of trust, but also the fact of being intimate with someone is something else altogether.

Again, we don’t know where this thing comes from, no motive, not even a face. That is what makes this film stand a bit. The film may lag in the middle, but it definitely has some jump and tense moments. You feel for the main character and what she goes thru. You feel the need to protect her just as her loved ones do.

It Follows has a unique formula that stands out and makes the viewer even more curious or more cautious.

It Follows: B

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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HALT & CATCH FIRE SEASON TEASER AND PHOTOS

HALT & CATCH FIRE SEASON TEASER AND PHOTOS

July 24/ 17

Hello! TV is being added to the roster. One of my favorites shows will be leaving and I’m pretty sad and bumbed about it, but I can’t wait for the 4th and final season of AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire. Here is a teaser preview……


 

 

THE FINAL SEASON WILL PREMIERE SATURDAY, AUGUST 19 9/8C ON AMC.

Enjoy your Monday and be blessed!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Editor’s Laptop…..New Stuff for the Blog

The Editor’s Laptop…..New Stuff for the Blog

July 23 / 17

Goodbye News….Welcome to The Editor’s Laptop! Here is where I can give you updates about what’s going on with Shadowboxerinc.

As you can see, there have been changes. First, there have been videos added, just to give the blog site something interesting, keep the reader’s eyes focused. Second, thing is that two new subjects have been added to art, literature, music, film, photography, fashion…..tv and games. So there will be posts added for games and tv really soon.

You can now read some articles that on the right-hand side of the blog site. They will be updated every Sunday, along with This Week’s Quotes and Life Quotes.

Lastly, today is the last day of Comic-Con 2017. For those of you who have attended, I hope you had a great time. I’m planning on taking my first trip there next year. I’m sure everyone is hyped about Justice League, Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther, and many other things. So now is time to plan for next year’s Comic-Con.

July is pretty much over and now is time to get ready for August. Let this week begin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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@The Event: San Diego….Comic-Con International 2017

@The Event: San Diego….Comic-Con International 2017

July 21 / 17

Friday is here….In this special edition of @ The Event, we’re heading over to San Diego, our last stop in the state of California. This time we’re focusing on a big event that is happening right now: Comic-Con International. Since 1970, Comic-Con has become a mecca of comics, science-fiction, film, game, art, and tv. Preview started Wednesday, July 19 and yesterday was the beginning of the event. The dates are July 19-23, 2017. Here are several other tidbits about Comic-Con.


credit source: comic-con international 

MISSION STATEMENT
Comic-Con International: San Diego is a nonprofit educational corporation dedicated to creating awareness of, and appreciation for, comics and related popular art forms, primarily through the presentation of conventions and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture.

Let’s not forget the cosplay…….

So now you have a pretty good idea what Comic-Con is. If you plan on going next year, head on over to www.comic-con.org for more information.  Enjoy your Friday, be blessed. For those who are at Comic-Con, have fun, be safe!

 

San Diego Convention Center

111 West Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 525-5000

 

@2017 Google-Map Data @2017 Google

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