Already a rather suspect company, a new piece of investigative journalism appears to show that Ticketmaster is, as it turns out, perfectly happy to see it's customers buy from scalpers on the secondary ticket market. After all, it gives the ticketing giant a chance to collect twice as many fees on every ticket.
A massive piece of legislation, the Music Modernization Act has, at long last, finally passed through both the House and the Senate. Here entertainment industry lawyer Wallace Collins looks at what some of highlights and benefits will be for artists and songwriters as the the bill takes effect.
Spotify opened the floodgates last week with a commitment to allow all artists to upload music to the streamer with no fees or commissions. But a look inside the offering shows that artists are being paid a bit less than the streamer pays both major and larger independent labels
What Free Spotify Uploads Means For Soundcloud, Artists: Bruce Houghton, Michael Brandvold, Jay Gilbert Weigh In
Bruce Houghton from Hypebot and Skyline Artists sits down with music marketers Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert of the Music Biz Weekly podcast to discuss news that artists will be able to upload their music directly to Spotify without any fees. What does this mean for artists? What about Soundcloud, Apple and other services? Is this a game changer? Plus Michael shares his favorite new music marketing tool.
Many songwriters, particularly those just starting out, may live in constant fear of their creative work being stolen from them, a fear which the music industry's constant stream of litigation helps perpetuate. The reality is that this kind of plagiarism, at least when perpetrated deliberately, is a little harder to pull off than commonly thought. That said, we here break down the three steps to proving your music was plagiarized.
Many a legend tells of the big breakout that came as the result of an early pickup by a college radio station, and while radio may not have the grip it once did, college radio stations remain an extremely desirable place for emerging artists, and are much more likely to take on chance on an artist than their massive commercial counterparts.
UPDATE: The UK's City AM reported that Universal Music Group has entered into an agreement with streaming and download tech provider 7digital to launch streaming, download and merchandise portals for its most popular artists. 7 Digital has now issued a clarification
[UPDATED] SiriusXM will acquire Pandora in an all stock transaction valued at $3.5 billion. The combined companies create what they are calling "the world's largest audio entertainment company" with $7 billion in expected 2018 revenue.
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This week in music commentary we weighed the delicate balance artists face between unbridled self-expression while avoiding listener alienation, the greatest challenge currently facing music, and the value of a successful social media campaign.
Our sage council for the music industry's scrappy do-it-yourselfers this week covered how to create free, simple music videos, how to utilize YouTube's paid fan memberships as a small-scale creator, the best way to get your music discovered in the digital age, and more.
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On MusicThinkTank this week, we looked at 10 great mobile apps for creating music from scratch, how to understand the basics of copyright law as a consumer, whether or not musicians are really more likely to use drugs, and more!
As we flit back through major music industry goings-on, we revisit artists new free upload option on Spotify, the power of live music, Amazon's uptick in the churning out of its own exclusive recordings, and more.
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