New book "Writing Songs in the Streaming Age" reveals how streaming is changing songwriting

Music streaming is having a profound impact on how songs are written today
LONDON - Nov. 7, 2022 - PRLog -- Songwriters who want to get more plays on Spotify need to rethink their approach to songwriting to meet the needs of streaming audiences. Spoiled-for-choice streaming listeners are likely to 'click and skip' to the next track if a song doesn't grab them in the first 20 seconds.

That's the key message of a new book: Writing Songs in the Streaming Age – 40 Mistakes to Avoid If You Want to Get More Streams. The book aims to help aspiring songwriters to write more streaming-friendly songs.

"Streaming has not only revolutionized how people consume music, it's also transforming the way songs are being written and recorded," says the book's author Brian Oliver, an experienced music publisher. "Streaming is changing the methodology of songwriting. Successful streaming now requires a different type of song."

The book looks at how the dominance of music streaming is having a dramatic impact on songwriting—with songs that connect in the streaming world no longer the same as songs that work on traditional media, such as radio.

"Songwriters face a period of great change," Oliver warns. "To succeed in the streaming world, creators need to adapt to the new songwriting conventions that are emerging in this algorithm-driven musical environment."

Song structures that have always been at the heart of hit songs are being replaced by a song form with one overriding objective: Keep streaming audiences listening for at least the first 30 seconds—otherwise a play won't count as a stream, the song may be downgraded on the streaming platform's database, and nobody gets paid.

With more songs now designed to please the streaming companies' algorithms, the book aims to provide a better understanding of the changing building blocks of song structure in the streaming age—an era in which the verse has gained greater importance because streaming listeners don't always wait for the chorus.

The book examines the new elements found in the construction of the biggest streaming hits. it highlights the most common errors made when these key components are built into a song and aims to help new songwriters avoid such mistakes in their own songs.

The book provides 40 insightful tips, such as: treating a verse like a chorus, not making a song too long for streaming, and genre-blending to get onto influential streaming playlists. There's also a comprehensive Checklist designed to help new songwriters overcome the most frequent mistakes that are made when trying to write streaming-friendly songs.

Writing Songs in the Streaming Age is now available from Amazon as a paperback and eBook, and also from eBook retailers such as Apple Books and Kobo.

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