Goodbye Album Listening Party, Hello Musical Walking Sim

Pre-pandemic, the listening party was a common event in the music industry, occasions for record label marketing departments to gather a bunch of influencers, journalists, and DJs in a physical place to hear an artist’s new album. The idea behind these events is to build hype without necessarily risking a leak (which can happen sending out MP3s) while presenting the music in a controlled environment that might influence how it’s perceived. As you can probably imagine, they mostly end up as opportunities to schmooze.

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