Articles by David Hopper

Author Talk: Sven Carlsson on ‘The Spotify Play’

January 17, 2021 by

360°Sound spoke with Swedish tech journalist Sven Carlsson about his new book The Spotify Play: How CEO and Founder Daniel Ek Beat Apple, Google, and Amazon in the Race for Audio Dominance (out January 26 on Diversion Books). Carlsson and co-author Jonas Leijonhufvud conducted more than 70 interviews for the 304-page book, which chronicles Spotify’s […]

CD Junkies: Collector Melina Richart

January 16, 2021 by

It’s not easy bein’ green. I imagine it’s also not easy to put Kermit the Frog in various poses as he holds CDs. But Melina Richart accomplishes just that on a regular basis. Her Kermit and CD-themed Instagram account @i.love.cd has amassed over 1,000 followers since its launch at the start of the pandemic in […]

CD Junkies: Collector Jim Farley

January 11, 2021 by

Here at 360°Sound, we’re big fans of the compact disc. We share The Audiophile Man’s view in that we believe CDs aren’t going away any time soon. CDs may be becoming a niche market, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Because CDs, SACDs, and CD players are now more focused on a specialized market, […]

Threefer: Gerry and the Pacemakers

January 5, 2021 by

Gerry Marsden, frontman of the British rock band Gerry and the Pacemakers, passed on January 3, 2021 at the age of 78. Gerry and the Pacemakers have many parallels with The Beatles. Both groups were from Liverpool and got their start at the fabled Cavern Club. Both were managed by Brian Epstein, signed to EMI, […]

Threefer: New Year’s Tunes

January 3, 2021 by

Happy New Year! Several years back, I made a playlist of about 30 New Year’s songs. Nearly one-fifth of those songs are no longer on streaming. [A big advantage of owning physical media is that the songs are there to stay, but that’s a subject for another article]. In this Threefer, I recommend three of […]

The Audiophile Man on Why the CD “Ain’t Dead Yet”

December 27, 2020 by

British hi-fi journalist Paul Rigby, aka “The Audiophile Man,” recently posted an insightful video on his YouTube channel about CD players. The video includes recommendations of CD players at various price points. You may be wondering, “Why should I bother with a CD player when disc sales have been declining for years and streaming and […]

Greatest One-Hit Wonders: 2000

December 23, 2020 by

Cue LaBamba voice from Late Night with Conan O’Brien: “In the year two thousand, in the year two thousaaaaaaaaand!” In the year 2000, amid the Napster lawsuits, release of The Beatles’ 1 comp, and Santana’s nine-Grammy haul for Supernatural, there was no shortage of one-hit wonders. Over 30 artists notched their one and only hit […]

Author Talk: 1984 – Pop Music’s Greatest Year

December 12, 2020 by

360°Sound spoke with author Michelangelo Matos about his new book Can’t Slow Down: How 1984 Became Pop’s Blockbuster Year (out now on Hachette Books). Matos has written about music for numerous publications, including The New Yorker, GQ and Vice. Can’t Slow Down is his third book. He also wrote The Underground Is Massive: How Electronic Dance Music […]

Hayley Sales on new tune “It Can’t Be Christmas Without You Here”

December 7, 2020 by

Singer/songwriter/actor Hayley Sales, who spoke with 360°Sound about her music in October, has returned to talk about her new Christmas recordings. Last month, she released her first original holiday composition, “It Can’t Be Christmas Without You Here,” as well as her take on the classic “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” Beginning in mid-December, Sales will […]

Greatest One-Hit Wonders: 1990

December 3, 2020 by

If you’re just joining us, it’s 1990. This is not a bad thing because, as Vanilla Ice reminded us last summer, there was no coronavirus in the ’90s. (At this point, you may want to go back and get caught up on the one-hitters from 1960, 1970, and 1980.) As with the one-hitters of 1970 […]