**Artists to Watch in 2014**

Here’s my prediction for 2014…take a look at 5 different artists/bands that I believe will be successful in the next year.  Feel free to take a peep to see if you agree and to discover some new music to add to your ever-growing collection..Enjoy!

1.  Snarky Puppy
Snarky Puppy

  • The band features a collective of nearly 40 musicians, referred to as “The Fam” on their recordings and tours.
  •  Snarky Puppy was nominated for a Grammy Award in the “Best R&B Performance” category, with their cover of Lalah Hathaway’s song “Somethin”

Watch the video for “Somethin” below..

2.  Hiatus Kaiyote

  • From Melbourne, Australia
  • Nice blend of soul music with Jazz vocals
  • Currently nominated for a grammy for their song “Nakamarra”–listen to it below

3.  Lianne La Havas

Lianne La Havas

I absolutely love this artist! Her first album was amazing and I can’t wait to see what she has in store for 2014.

  • Her debut album Is Your Love Big Enough? was awarded the title of iTunes Album of The Year 2012.
  • She was nominated for the BBC’s Sound of 2012 poll
  • Listen to “Elusive” below (one of my favorite records from her debut album)–the video was released this year

4.  Gary Clark Jr.
Gary Clark Jr.

  • Influences:  Blues, jazz, soul, country, hip hop
  •  Clark’s musical trademarks are his extremely fuzzy guitar sound and smooth vocal style.
  • Currently nominated for a Grammy for “Please Come Home”

Listen to his live performance of “Please Come Home”

5.  Lorde


Lorde is only 17 years old and her debut album, Pure Heroine has received worldwide critical acclaim…

  • Lorde is nominated for a total of four Grammys, which include ‘Record of the Year’ and ‘Song of the Year’ for “Royals” and ‘Best Pop Vocal Album’ for Pure Heroine.
  • Her musical debut was an EP entitled, whicThe Love Clubh was released in November 2012
  • Her first single, “Royals”, debuted at number one on the New Zealand Top 40, and also reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2013, making her the first New Zealand solo artist to have a number one song in the United States.

Lorde’s video “Royals”

Would the fee structure of pay + free per download succeed in China?!

Since people in China have started to use Internet, music is free and legal to download from website such as Baidu and QQ music, however, that may be changing.

According to Jian, Lu, CEO of an independent record label company in China, the main record label companies such as Universal and Warner will alliance with those music download websites such as QQ music, Baidu and Kugoo and supported by the government to carry out new fee structure in 2013 so the internet user could pay for the music, though user only pay for the high quality music but free to download low quality music.

Based on the Internet survey, 80% of users in China refuse to pay for the music as they used to download music for free, yet record label companies prefer user to pay for listening to the song from the website so it is possible that the new fee structure, the combination of pay + free download music structure model will be accepted by user.

However, the record label companies are still negotiating with those websites about the free download part so it is hard to know that whether this alliance will succeed.

From my point of view, although China government is supporting the pay + free fee structure but if they do not modify the copyright regulation that could guarantee musician and record label company to get the right amount of royalties from their music, more commercial music will be produced and people would not pay for the song that is not sincerity and inspire them.