We are living in an era where the influence of technology has taught us too many things, even kids nowadays are learning things too fast because of its impact. But then, in so many years, there are several new inventions made up from the power of technology such as social media news site and virtual reality.

The question is: Why people still prefer to listen to music when technology has offered us newly improved activities that can be done both offline and online?

 

The Answers

  1.    Music Helps People To Focus

Whenever an individual wants to focus either on studying or working, they prefer to listen to calming songs like the following:

  •    Sounds of the waving ocean
  •    Birds Chirping
  •    Instrumental songs
  •    Sound of the water dripping

These types of sound help our brain to entirely focus on one thing, it erases our worries for a short period of time.

  1.    They Can Relate Themselves To The Lyrics

Believe it or not, different races, countries, and beliefs in life, there is one thing in common to every one of us; we love to listen to music when we feel sad, depressed or heartbroken. People chose to listen to music because they believe at some point, it’s the fastest way to ease the pain they feel, they feel each and every line of the lyrics really belong to them.

  1.    Music Synchronizes Our Brains

The music psychologist at the University of Connecticut, Mr. Ed Large, he once said that the musical rhythms can really affect our mood depends on the type of music we listen. It is our brain rhythms, the responsible one for how you simultaneously feel while listening to the current genre of the song. If you are listening to a sentimental song, you will tend to remember the memories it brought you, that is why some of the athletics and people who always visit the gym would like to play a hyper or party music, this is to entertain themselves as well as their brain.

  1.    Music Is The Only Companion You Have When Traveling Alone

Can you imagine how people who are traveling alone can get by, even when they are alone? Music can help you to get rid of unwanted noise and everything becomes picturesque at your sight.

  1.    It Connects Us To The Right People

Music serves as an interconnection between you and strangers around you. When you happened to know one of your colleagues loves the same genre of music just like you, it helps you to get to know more of the people you actually do not know in the first place, and it lets you have more friends more than you can imagine.

That is why until now, people prefer to listen to music even though technology has given us so many things to enjoy. Music is inevitable, no matter what you do and wherever you are, it attracts everyone of us. No matter what generation we are, it always has something to make us enjoy.  

Grammy Awards was established since 1988 to give appreciation throughout the years to singers and music producers even up to date. Singers with Grammy awards are one of the best with all-time record breaking sales from their platinum albums and covers.

We have compiled the list of singers with most Grammy awards, let us recognize them.

 

 

Beyonce Knowles

Beyonce Giselle Knowles Carter in real life has won 20 Grammy awards since 2014. From being the lead vocalist of the Destiny’s Child with Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland to solo singer and song writer, these are just some of her Grammy awards she has won:

  • Best R&B Song-Drunk In Love
  • Best Traditional R&B Performance-Love On Top
  • Best Contemporary R&B Album- I Am … Sasha Fierce
  • Song Of The Year- Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)
  • Best Rap/Sung Collaboration- Crazy In Love with her hubby Jay-Z

Kanye West

The 39- year old American rapper and husband of Kim Kardashian, Kanye received 21 Grammy awards. The main reason why, he absolutely hate when Taylor Swift has won Grammy awards, he believes that she doesn’t deserve to have one. Meanwhile, here are the top Grammy awards of Kanye West:

  • Best Rap Performance –Otis
  • Best Rap Song- All Of The Lights
  • Best Rap Solo Performance –Stronger
  • Best R&B Song-You Don’t Know My Name in 2004
  • Best Rap Song –Jesus Walks in 2004

U2

An Irish rock band started in 1976, they are formerly known as Feedback in 1976-1877 and The Hype in 1977-1978. U2 has made the song “Walk On” and “All Because Of You” all throughout the years.

The last Grammy award they receive was way back in 2005, “Album Of The Year” for How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb.

  • Song Of The Year- Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own
  • Best Short Form Music Video- Vertigo
  • Record Of The Year- Walk On

Stevie Wonder

One of the best and successful musical performers in the music industry with 30 U.S. top ten hits and 25 Grammy Awards. He is the man behind the famous songs like “Isn’t She Lovely” “You Are The Sunshine Of My Life” and “I Just Called To Say I love You”. No wonder he holds these Grammy awards:

  • Best Male Pop Vocal Performance –From The Bottom Of My Heart
  • Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocal(s)- St. Louis Blues
  • Album of The Year- Songs In The Key Of Life
  • Best Rhythm & Blues Song
  • Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male- You Are The Sunshine Of My Life

Rihanna

Though Rihanna or Robyn Rihanna Fenty in real life has just began in the music industry, she was able to caught the attention of listeners for her music and capture the hearts of Grammy panellists.

In 2007, during the 50th Annual Grammy Awards, Rihanna won the Best Rap/Sung Collaboration award for her song “Umbrella”, while Best Dance Recording Award for “Only Girl (In The World)”.

In 2012, she got the Best Short Form Music Video award for “We Found Love”.

These singers never failed the music industry to bring more harmonious and very graceful songs in our ears.

This is largely the era in which we are at where instead of listening to music through tapes, CDs, and MP3s, we are streaming thanks to the various streaming services such as Pandora and Spotify. Launched in the year 2005, Pandora has competently pioneered the style of music recommendation service which has grown to become one of the biggest trends in the contemporary music.

Pandora Pioneers Streaming

In 2000, the Music Genome Project was founded to help in capturing the essence of music at its most fundamental level. Pandora happens to be the custodian of this project and assigns up to 450 musical characteristics per song based on the genre. For instance, rap is assigned 350, rock and pop 150, jazz 400, while the other genres including classical are assigned up to 450. The characteristics assigned include aspects such as hard rock roots, mixed minor and major key tonality, unique instrumentation, dirty organ riff, epic buildup/breakdown, subtle use of strings, groove-based composition, melodic songwriting, tonal harmony, highly synthetic sonority and everything else that you could possibly think of.

The characteristics are normally assigned by human analysts who at any one time are coding songs. The output for this human analytical team is about 10,000 songs per month. The information is then fed to an algorithm which permits the user the ability to listen to songs which resemble a given song, artist or album.

Availability of Music Globally

This technology has introduced hundreds of thousands or even millions of listeners to several bands across the world as well as opening up a wide range of previously unavailable listening experiences. Every system comes with its own criticisms and Pandora has received its fair share. The critics are of the opinion that the recommendation engine together with its degree of homogeneity, are not living up to the expectations of the 21st century.

Despite the criticism, the popularity of Pandora has increased immensely and in April, 2013, the service had 200 million users. Much of the revenue this service earns comes from the ads which are placed on the service and listeners hear in between songs. Pandora also offers an advert-free premium plan.

The rise to prominence of Pandora was not an easy feat; the service is meant to allow listeners to hear music from lots of artists without even buying a single album. As you know, in the music world, this can be controversial. Together with the other music streaming services, Pandora has faced constant battles over loyalties to artists.

spotify-1360002_640Today, Spotify, iHeartRadio, and iTune Radio are among the biggest online music streaming services in America. Artists are on the constant push to ensure their music is adequately rewarded over these platforms especially after a report came out that Pandora pays $0.0012 per play to record labels while artists get only $0.0002 per play. This simply means that a million plays only earn the artists $200.

A Win for Listening Experience

Online streaming has been criticized also for destroying the music industry by allowing listeners to access music for almost for free with the likes of Spotify only charging $10 a month for premium subscriptions. Album sales are tanking and CDs are slowly exiting the scene. YouTube is also coming into the scene and artists like Jay-Z have launched their own streaming services.

Listeners are the biggest gainers of the online streaming services because they can access lots of music within a few seconds and this is extremely appealing to a large variety of listeners from the most committed to the casual. According to statistics, online streaming has greatly reduced music piracy by a whopping 80%.

The fact that the online streaming service doesn’t require you to have terabytes of hard drive space in order to store your music, but rather you can stream directly from the cl9ud and download only a handful of albums is a good thing.

radioThe development of radio technology and that of airing music through radio did not happen at the same time. Radio technology came first at about the beginning of the 20th century while broadcasting of music through the airwaves came a little bit later. Even though the history of music radio was not as well documented and therefore a little bit murky, a college radio station in San Jones is said to have broadcasted music from 1912 to 1917. This was not on a daily basis but later daily broadcasting started. 

Due to security concerns during World War I and part of World War II, the US congress passed a motion to suspend all amateur radio broadcasts which meant a lot of stations went off air almost permanently. However, there is evident that 1XE of Medford Massachusetts began broadcasting music shortly after the war ended in 1919. In the following years, lots of radio stations sprung up and that meant more music in the airwaves.

The Entertainment Function of Radio

There was resistance to radio music broadcasts by people who strongly believed that radio was a channel to be used only for two way communication and not entertainment. The resistance was so strong that a New York station was ultimately shut down by a federal inspector.

The appearance of commercially licensed stations in the years leading to 1920 saw a general increase in acceptance of radio as an important entertainment and information channel. The first inaugural broadcast of presidential election results through radio was done through KDKA in October 1920. KDKA was a commercially licensed radio station based in Pittsburg. Shortly after, there was a massive explosion in the popularity of radio with 60% of American families reported to have purchased radio receivers between 1920 and 1930 while the number of families with radios doubled during the 30s thus ushering in the famous golden age of radio that lasted up to the 50s.

Radio Advertisements and Sponsored Music Programs

In addition to music, radio broadcasts included news, soap operas, weather reports, lectures, sports scores, voting results, political commentaries, comedy, and other informational stories. In 1922, the feature of music broadcasting took a different twist with the introduction of the first radio advertisement. It was paid for by AT&T. Before advertising on radio was accepted, companies used to sponsor musical programs, some of the famous ones including King Biscuit Time, Acousticon Hour, and Champion Spark Plug Hour. Classical music was oftentimes broadcast live which to some extent survives though on a very small scale today. The 1920s and 1930s also witnessed the rise in country music broadcast with lots of country shows gaining popularity over this period.

 

The Development of Popular Music

The radio is often credited with the development of popular music. The rise of the top 40 stations in the early years of the 1950s had a tremendous impact of music radio as we know it today. Because radio stations were allowed to run with less equipment, space, and staff, top 40 stations quickly became the norm. This was especially after higher-fidelity magnetic recording made it possible for prerecorded programs to be broadcast. Before then, radio shows were live broadcasts because there was no mechanism to capture prerecorded programs to give a better sound quality.

In the middle of the 20th century, another significant radio technology development took place with the invention of the transistor in 1947. The transistor was quickly integrated into radios thereby allowing for smaller and more portable radios instead of the large and stationary ones which were a common scene in the golden age of radio. The 1960s and 70s saw billions of transistor radios manufactured and this made portable music a reality.