Consequence (publication)

Type of site
Music and film and television news and reviews
Available in English
Owner Consequence Media
Created by Alex Young
(Founder & Publisher)
Michael Roffman
Editor Gab Ginsberg
(Managing Editor)[2]
Parent Consequence Media
Commercial Yes
Registration Optional
Launched 2007
Current status Active

Consequence (previously Consequence of Sound) is an independently owned New York-based online magazine[3] featuring news, editorials, and reviews of music, movies, and television. In addition, the website also features the Festival Outlook micro-site, which serves as an online database for music festival news and rumors. In 2018, Consequence of Sound launched Consequence Podcast Network.

The website took its original name from the Regina Spektor song "Consequence of Sounds".[4]


Consequence of Sound was founded in September 2007 by Alex Young, then a student at Fordham University in The Bronx, New York.[5] In January 2008, Michael Roffman became Editor-in-Chief. In October 2014, Consequence of Sound began covering film and became a part of the Chicago Film Critics Association.[6] In 2016, Consequence of Sound was reorganized under the umbrella of Consequence Media, a digital media, advertising, and marketing firm.[7] In 2018, Consequence of Sound launched the Consequence Podcast Network, averaging over 100,000 downloads in its first month.[8] In 2019, Consequence of Sound partnered with Sony Music for the launch of a music documentary podcast series called The Opus.[9] Also in 2019, Consequence of Sound partnered with StubHub to launch a live content hub and events series.[10] In 2021, Consequence of Sound launched a redesign of their website, and rebranded to Consequence.[11]


Consequence is listed as one of the most influential music websites by Technorati.[12] In 2010, ranked Consequence the year's best music blog, based on "Technorati rankings and the online buzz throughout the year".[13] In the Spring of 2014, Style of Sound calculated that Consequence charted as the second most influential music blog. In 2019, Consequence ranked among the top 10 most influential music blogs by Hypebot.[14]

In 2009, Consequence reported that Paul McCartney and The Killers would headline the 2009 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival prior to its lineup announcement.[15]

In 2015, Consequence was the first to break news of LCD Soundsystem's reunion tour.[16]

In 2018, Consequence documented alleged abuse allegations against Dave Matthews Band violinist Boyd Tinsley. Boyd was later fired from the band.[17]

Annual Report

Top 50 Albums

Year Artist Album Top 5 Albums Ref.
2008 TV on the Radio Dear Science [18]
2009 Animal Collective Merriweather Post Pavilion
2010 Vampire Weekend Contra
2011 St. Vincent Strange Mercy
2012 Frank Ocean Channel Orange
2013 Kanye West Yeezus
2014 The War On Drugs Lost in the Dream [19]
2015 Kendrick Lamar To Pimp a Butterfly [20]
2016 Beyoncé Lemonade [21]
2017 Lorde Melodrama [22]
2018 Mitski Be the Cowboy [23]
2019 Billie Eilish When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? [24]
2020 Fiona Apple Fetch the Bolt Cutters [25]
2021 Tyler the Creator Call Me If You Get Lost [26]

Top 50 Songs

Year Artist Song Top 5 Songs Ref.
2009 Phoenix "1901" [27]
2010 Kanye West "Power'" [28]
2011 Bon Iver "Holocene'" [29]
2012 Frank Ocean "Thinkin Bout You" [30]
2013 Lorde "Royals" [31]
2014 Future Islands "Seasons (Waiting on You)" [32]
2015 Kendrick Lamar "Alright" [33]
2016 Beyoncé "Freedom" [34]
2017 Kendrick Lamar "HUMBLE." [35]
2018 Kendrick Lamar "All the Stars" [36]
2019 Sharon Van Etten "Seventeen" [37]
2020 The Weeknd "Blinding Lights" [38]
2021 BTS "Butter" [39]

Artist, Band and Rookie of the Year

Top 25 Films

Performance, Filmmaker and Composer of the Year

Top 25 TV Shows

TV Performance and Showrunner(s) of the Year

Year TV Performance Ref. Showrunner(s) Ref.
2017 Rachel Bloom [113] Mark Frost and David Lynch [114]
2018 Billy Porter [115] Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg [116]
2019 Maya Hawke [117] Jesse Armstrong [118]
2020 Anya Taylor-Joy [119] Eric Kripke [120]
2021 Kathryn Hahn [121] N/A

Comedian of the Year

Top 100 Ever


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