Pandora, YouTube and Spotify combined to capture 72% of all streaming music listening in 2016. And for the first time ever, enjoying music via streaming was more popular than listening to music on the radio, according to a new MusicWatch survey.
In the age of streaming, landing your music on a playlist is one of the best ways to be discovered as an artist. Here we look at the six different types of playlists to purse when seeking to get your music featured.
In a piece of legal news with wide implications for the music business, indie string trio Time for Three and S'More Entertainment have filed a class action lawsuit against Entertainment One regarding the music and entertainment distributor's their direct deal with SiriusXM.
Apple's Garageband and the many digital audio toolkits that followed helped revolutionized the music industry by offering affordable and usable music creation and recording tools. This week, Apple pushed out a major update to both of its top audio software offerings.
Former Beatle Paul McCartney filled a lawsuit against Sony/ATV Music Publishing in federal court in New York on Wednesday, hoping to reclaim the ownership of 267 Beatles songs that Michael Jackson acquired in 1985.
In this interview we hear from Janet, drummer, backup singer, co-songwriter, and setlist maker for a variety of different bands, most notably Sleater-Kinney and Quasi about her preferences for hardware, software, and setup.
Veteran label executive Gregg Nadel has been named as President of Atlantic Record Group's Elektra Records. Nadel, who has been General Manager of Elektra for the past two years, is a twenty-year veteran of the Atlantic records team and most recently served as General Manager of Elektra, stepping in after the departure of Jeff Castelaz.
Here musician and longtime Philadelphian Nick Millevoi shares some his favorite venues in the city, giving us an inside look at how such a large city can sometimes feel like a small town of interconnected scenes and genres.
With the advent of streaming, playlists have risen to become many consumer's default interface for listening to music, something which has some serious implications both for the music business and music itself.
Want to get the music out of your head and into the world? The best way to do that is to pay attention to the sounds around you. Here are some habits that you might want to develop to become a better musician.
Given the controversy around streaming rates, it's important to have some idea of what these numbers actually are. Here David Lowery shares his per stream rates across various platforms and see how the numbers shifted in 2016.
Abbey Road Red Incubator graduate CloudBounce, an instant digital audio mastering service, has raised a $250,000 seed round. Investors in this round include UK-based VC Ascension Ventures, and a group of Finnish business angels.
In an age where piracy is commonplace, using legal tools to combat it has proved largely ineffective. A new study suggests that publishers are better off connecting with fans and providing them with a compelling reason to purchase music instead.
As making music has gradually grown to become not just about creation but also about interaction, the line between DJing and Producing has become increasingly blurred, and finding success now often requires that an producer move beyond the confines of a studio and engage with an audience.
It's been a dirty little secret of the music business for decades. Some artists' teams skim the best tickets and profit from reselling them on the secondary market. Now we're closer to getting proof, as Robbie Williams’ management team is accused of reselling them for $79 above face value.
The LA-centric music of Issa Rae's Insecure (89.3 KPCC) The music on Insecure, the new HBO series helmed by Issa Rae, is both prominent and meticulously curated. Here music supervisor Kier Lehman talks about what it was like working as a supervisor on such a musically rich project.
Soundtracks dominate the top 10 (The New York Times) In the first chart to be published since La La Land swept the Golden Globes, soundtracks have a strong showing, with five albums in the Top 10 related to movies or musical theater.
See the star-studded tracklist for Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack (Entertainment Weekly) Featuring the already-released original song “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker)” by ZAYN and Taylor Swift, the collection houses new music from Halsey, Tove Lo, Sia, Kygo, The-Dream, and John Legend, and a collaboration between Nicki Minaj and Nick Jonas.
Pharrell Williams making noise for Hidden Figures everywhere (The New York Times) Hidden Figures is a story of representation that Mr. Williams cares about profoundly, and he has been deeply involved in the project. In addition to writing and performing new songs for its soundtrack, he is a composer of its score (with Hans Zimmer and Benjamin Wallfisch) and is also a producer of the film.
Pining Academy Award hopes on a powerful song (The New York Times) Since, “I Need to Wake Up", from An Inconvenient Truth, was crowned best original song in 2007, no song from a documentary has won the prize. But it’s not for a lack of trying. But the attention that a high-profile song can bring to a documentary — especially one promoting a social cause — is really the point.
Movies and the music: Oscar-winning scores of the 1930s and '40s (Classical MPR) The Academy Awards were first presented in 1929, but it wasn't until 1935 that awards began to be presented for Best Original Score. In this first of a decade-by-decade look back at the winners of that award, Classical MPR runs through the scores that won Oscars in the 1930s and '40s.
The music for the next Ghost Recon was born inside a cigar box (Polygon) Part of what makes Ubisoft’s Ghost Recon franchise so unique are its settings. For Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands, Ubisoft is shipping the single largest open-world game they’ve ever made. In order to truly bring Bolivia to life, they enlisted musician and composer Alain Johannes..
The role of music in apple advertising (Creative Review) Creative Review talks to Chris Pattinson, Music Supervisor at TBWA\Media Arts Lab, Apple’s ad agency, about the role that music plays for the brand and why being in its ads can be good for artists and the music industry too.
Syncing feeling lifts music industry (BBC News) The BBC looks at one of the big turning points in how musicians perceive sync opportunities, and chats to Matt Bristow, business affairs manager at independent UK record label Cherry Red.
French performance rights organization Société des auteurs, compositeurs et éditeurs de musique (Sacam) announced that they are partnering with technology giant IBM in a 10-year bid to develop URights, a cloud-based copyright platform designed to track and collect on online music for creators and publishers.
CD Baby is partnering with Music Gateway and its newly launched Sync Portal which allows 300+ global advertising agencies and 700 music supervisors to easily license tracks from CD Baby’s sync catalog of 2 million songs film, TV, commercials and video games.
An essential part of the day for many consumers, this article looks at the benefit of listening to music on a daily basis, and several specific ways in which it can help and improve both the mental and physical health of the listener in question.
Spotify, YouTube and other music streamers are locked in tough re-negotiations with the major labels. But for Spotify, the stakes are the highest. The largest music streamer, which loses millions of dollars quarterly, is planning an IPO this year.