Water & Music

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Summary

Mumbai-based music journalist Amit Gurbaxani joins this episode to discuss the latest trends defining the Indian music business. We start by examining the implications of Amit's early reporting on Badshah and Sony Music India, who openly admitted to buying views on YouTube in order to "break" the platform's record for most views in the first 24 hours —a practice that YouTube formally banned shortly thereafter. We then expand to wider industry issues, including but not limited to how language might be more important than genre in determining an artist's success in the Indian music market; why the terms "non-film music" and "independent music" are both flawed in an Indian context; what the first-ever India charts for Spotify and YouTube, both launched this year, reveal about local music-industry trends; and why charts in general have always been meaningless — and why that isn't necessarily a bad thing. At the end, we discuss whether radio payola and record labels launched by film studios are overrated or underrated.

Show Notes

INTRO/OUTRO MUSIC:
Lakey Inspired — "Better Days"
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License for commercial use: Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported "Share Alike" (CC BY-SA 3.0) License.
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Music promoted by NCM: https://goo.gl/fh3rEJ

FEATURED GUEST:
Amit Gurbaxani, freelance music journalist (Firstpost, Billboard, Music Ally, etc.)

FULL ANNOTATED AND HYPERLINKED TRANSCRIPT:
https://medium.com/@cheriehu42/what-indias-music-industry-can-teach-us-about-paid-youtube-views-musical-regionalism-and-the-7008bc4cea99

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What is Water & Music?

The fine print of big ideas in music and technology, hosted by Cherie Hu and featuring a curated selection of leaders, innovators, artists and thinkers from across the music business. This is an ad-free audio companion to the eponymous email newsletter.