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January 2019

Happy Birthday John Lydon!Photographed for the cover of High Times Magazine, 1976

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Remastered recordings on For Example: Workshop Freie Musik 1969–1978

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Resonance Fundraiser 2019 starts 1 February

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Oliver Mtukudzi dies aged 66

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Discogs Staff Another Milestone For Discogs: 300 Million Releases In Collections!

Ceeeeeeeeelebrate good times, come on! Our apologies for singing this anthem by Kool & The Gang out loud in the middle of the office, but the Discogs community has reached a new milestone! This time, we’re celebrating that 300 million releases have been added to Discogs collectors’ Collections. This is such a massive collective effort! Nothing surprising though, since we all know that for the Discogs community the sky is the limit.

Alright, back to our seats now. As you already know, at Discogs data is some sort of pagan deity that we venerate. And whoa! This amount of releases added to Collections is an all-you-can-eat buffet of information. And of course, we’d love to share all of this information and our analysis of where Discogs has come from, where it is right now, and what is in store for the site.

We’ll start with the obvious: the Collection feature has become a must for music collectors worldwide. More and more users have cataloged their music collections using Discogs. In only two years, the number of unique people using the feature per month has doubled from 125,000 to 250,000. If we look specifically at the number of releases collected per month we can also see huge growth. Back in 2014, 2 million releases were being added to Collections each month. Our recent data indicate that the Discogs community is currently adding 6 million releases each month.

In fact, this trend reaches all the way back to the beginning of Discogs:

  • The first million releases added to Collections were added by 2,575 unique Discogs users.
  • The most recent million releases added to Collections were added by 85,505 unique users!

As you can see, the growth of Collections usage has been exponential, and it’s not showing any signs of slowing down.

Growth of Discogs Collection Feature

Releases Collected Per Month by Discogs users

Unique Discogs Collectors Per Month

We also thought it would be interesting to see what people were collecting when Discogs started, and compare it to now, by looking at all the releases in the first and last million added to Collections.

Focusing on the genres, Discogs started as a website focused on electronic music back in 2000. Back then 87% of all releases added to Collections were Electronic. We’ve come a long way since then, and currently, as you can see in this table, Rock has taken over as the most collected genre on Discogs, making up 46% of recent Collection volume. Just by comparing those two segments, we can see how literally every other genre has experienced significant growth over the years. This is just a simple visualization of how Discogs went from the website for electronic music to the website for music collectors.

Distribution of Releases by Genre

Change in collected genres on Discogs over time

The Discogs community speaks more about formats than doctors probably recommend. And that’s alright, paying attention to the formats is when the biggest surprise of this whole report appears. Basically, between the first million releases added to Discogs users’ Collections and the last one, nothing much has changed! Hard to believe, but check it out yourself:

Distribution of Releases by Format

Discogs User Collections by Format Change Over Time

Vinyl is and will always be king on Discogs. But our community loves collectibles, and so do we! Building on Discogs’ mission to be the best place to catalog and track your physical music collection are our platforms for tracking your other music collectibles. Track your collection of music books, films, and posters in the Bookogs, Filmogs and Posterogs databases now!

If we focus on the countries from where the releases come from, we can also see how the Discogs community has expanded worldwide over the years and, therefore, the Database nowadays is at its most diverse ever. This trend of geographical diversification will likely continue as we increase the number of languages Discogs is translated into. Here you can see the distribution by Collections by release country:

Distribution of Releases’ Country of Origin

* Europe isn’t a country, but a lot of releases in the Database include it as their country of release.

Releases in Discogs User Collections by Country of Release

And last but not least, we definitely wanted to dedicate some time to the ones making all of this happen, and that’s each and every one of you! Our community keeps growing year after year and is also becoming more international and heterogeneous than ever. As you can see in the table below, we have welcomed many new users from countries that weren’t active at the beginning. Thanks for making Discogs the most comprehensive and complete music database on Earth!

Discogs Collectors by Country

Change in Discogs Users Collection Volume by Country

 

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Mark Kimber Classic Album Sundays Stavanger Presents Miles Davis ‘In A Silent Way’

In February Classic Album Sundays celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Miles Davis’ brilliant, divisive and game-changing masterpiece.

In A Silent Way, released in 1969, marked a transitional moment, not only in Davis’s career but in the future development of jazz as a whole. Considered by many to be the first fusion recording, it also commenced the composer’s most divisive phase – commonly referred to as his “Electric Period”. This groundbreaking album would test latent tensions surrounding the future identity of jazz, its relationship with new technology, and the questions of authenticity which these contentious issues would draw into focus.

Whilst Davis was no longer the young, hip savant that he once was, his new relationship with the youthful singer Betty Maybry had renewed the composer’s interest in the contemporary pop landscape. Introducing Davis to the likes of The Jimi Hendrix Experience and Sly Stone, Maybry (alongside recommendations from drummer Tony Williams) would unknowingly guide the musician into one of the most distinctive and contentious eras of his work. Nonetheless, Davis’s transition towards this new palette was methodically considered, a culmination of ideas absorbed from collaborators and developed particularly through a new style of performance, which saw his band blend each separate compositions into one meandering flow of continuous music – a style stuck to rigorously until at least 1975.

Join us to experience the album as never before.

Stavanger

Time and Date: Sunday 24th February 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Venue

Kunsthall Stavanger, Madlaveien 33, 4009 Stavanger, Norway

Tickets

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Presenter

Tarjei Nygård

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Mark Kimber Classic Album Sundays Stavanger Presents Aretha Franklin ‘I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You’ & ‘Lady Soul’

We are kicking off 2019 with a special double bill in tribute to the first Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin. We will be featuring full album playbacks of both I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You & Lady Soul.

While the inclusion of “Respect”, one of the truly seminal singles in pop history, is in and of itself sufficient to earn I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You classic status, Aretha Franklin’s Atlantic label debut is an indisputable masterpiece from start to finish. Much of the credit is due to producer Jerry Wexler, who finally unleashed the soulful intensity so long kept under wraps during her Columbia tenure; assembling a crack Muscle Shoals backing band along with an abundance of impeccable material, Wexler creates the ideal setting to allow Aretha to ascend to the throne of Queen of Soul, and she responds with the strongest performances of her career.

Lady Soul is the twelfth studio album by American singer Aretha Franklin, Released on January 22, 1968, by Atlantic Records.

Powered by three hit singles (each nested in the upper reaches of the pop Top Ten), Lady Soul became Aretha Franklin’s second gold LP and remained on the charts for over a year.

Join us to experience these albums as never before.

Stavanger

Time and Date: Sunday February 3rd 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Venue

Kunsthall Stavanger, Madlaveien 33, 4009 Stavanger, Norway

Tickets

Available Here

Presenter

Tarjei Nygård

Audio Menu supplied by Spaceworld Soundgarden

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