Thank-you to all who braved the crowds to join us for Hypebot's Music And Tech Meetup in San Francisco. I say "braved the crowds" because the evening got off to a rocky start when another event was booked in the same room on top of ours...
Packaging music for release on something that's specifically designed for video may seem difficult without a fully fledged music video, but by following three fairly basic steps through the process, an artist can easily make YouTube a successful launching platform.
For artists trying to step up their game in 2016, here are seven different tech tools and techniques that will help to take your musiccareer to the next level, and make your life easier in the process.
Despite the growth of music-centered fan funding platforms like PledgeMusic, Kickstarter is still very popular with many musicians. The company announced this week that it has past 100,000 successfully funded projects and released stats that show how musicians are using Kickstarter.
Twitter stock tumbled yesterday after the company reported slower user growth. This came after a week of consternation among Twitter users after a rumor began to circulate that the service would be switching a Facebookesque newsfeed, where user only see posts deemedpopular or relevant to their interests.
Here Brian Mansfield speaks with Justin Kalifowitz, CEO of the dynamic and versatile Downtown Music Publishing, discussing the state of music publishing, the success of the company's royalty collection service Songtrust, and where publishing is headedin the future.
As its stock flutters dramatically downwards, and bickering musicians use the platform as a space to air their grievances, there is some question as to how artists' relationship with Twitter - and indeed Twitter itself - will evolve moving forward.
Jeremy Wineberg is the co-founder of Heard Well, a label that bridges the digital and physical divide in a whole new way. Heard Well distributes compilations from YouTube stars like Connor Franta, but exclusively sells physical packages and digital downloads. We asked him about the label; his previous project, the Music Tee, and why ten year olds are willing to buy CDs even though they don't know how to play them.
The Copyright Royalty Board's recent rate hike continues to decimate the world of independent webcasters, with the result that the past couple of weeks have seen numerous well established internet radio services go dark for the foreseeable future.
In this article, we scrutinize a contract for a new musical reality program, revealing how little control a participant has over not only any music they may perform, but also how they themselves are portrayed, or their information and privacy in general.
Keeping up any kind of regular written correspondence can be a challenge, and emailing fans is no exception, but for a band or artist, consistency is hugely important when it comes to connecting with fans and maintaining their interest.
For about six months now, fans attending shows at Washington D.C.'s 9:30 Club have been warned by signs posted around the venue that the show they were attending was being recorded. However, the nature of the recordings was obscure until the club revealed that it was partnering with public television for a new musical variety show.
We lost quite a few music legends in January and out latest Merchbar Hot Merch Chart reflects fan admiration for our fallen rock stars. In addition to the merch fans are buying in memoriam, there are a few new surprises and some notable standouts as new albums and tours have been announced.
As creating and promoting music has become easier and easier to do, garnering the attention of a label's A&R department has become that much harder. Here two A&R reps outline some techniques artists can utilize in their attempts to stand out from the mob.
Artists, like it or not, are frequently judged by their streaming and social media numbers. That said, it has become difficult for artists to break through the digital clutter and be noticed by potential fans. This how-to guide provides tips on finding your audience, monetizing your online presence, make the most out of streaming services.
In this interview, George Howard spoke with PRS for Music CEO Robert Ashcroft about the challenges and opportunities of integrating technology with both recording and public performance so as to ensure artists are appropriately compensated for the use of their music.
Finalists for the 2016 iHeartRadio Music Awards were announced this morning. “Our Awards are not chosen by a mysterious panel of judges,” said John Sykes, President of iHeart. “They are a reflection of the artists and songs our listeners supported all year long."
This is the year that SoundCloud has promised to launch a paid music service and start paying more to the artists that create the music that draw millions of listeners to the service. But first it has to survive growing multi-million dollar losses.
"EDM Happy Birthday", "Soulful Happy Birthday", "Country Happy Birthday," and of course, we need each version sung in multiple languages. You can almost hear the hard drives in home studios everywhere revving up as "Happy Birthday" enters the public domain.
In a recent opinion piece, Austin artist Tish Hinojosa highlights the dark truth of how little musicians can expect to make for performing live, and the "beggars shouldn't be choosers" mentality which contributes to the unwillingness of many venues to properly compensate artists.
As we reported on Friday, thanks to a new plug-in from Torrents-Time, Pirate Bay has just become the world'sbiggest free video streaming site, and others like KickAssTorrent have pledged to follow suit. We speculated that free music streaming was right around the corner; and now, Torrent-Time has confirmed a pending music rollout.
Rather than demanding a takedown when you catch someone using your music without permission on their YouTube video, there are instead services which allow you to cash in on the ad revenue, although said cash may be minimal...
For artists, keeping up with digital marketing trends is important when it comes to getting the attention of fans both old and new. Here we look at how GIFs and Cinegraphs can be made and integratedinto email and other forms of social media.