"Spotify’s future is going to be much more than being the future of music retail," says industry analyst Mark Mulligan, who expects "Spotify to lay the foundations for a bold platform strategy that has the potential to change the face of the recorded music business as we know it."
Releasing music requires a massive amount of work for any artist as they must ensure their music is promoted and marketed in such a way as to actually reach the listener. Here we look at ten different techniques for increasing the revenue earned from your tunes.
Sean Atkins has been the president of MTV for just a year, and during his tenure the network has veered back towards it musical base. Butin the last 9 weeks through mid-October, MTV ratings in the key 12-34 demographic were down an average of 17% over 2015.
Much needed major copyright reform seemed on track until Friday when the U.S. Register of Copyrights Maria Pallante was suddenly pushed aside. Many in the music industry are expressing concern over the move; with some seeing the mighty hand of Google pulling strings at the highest level of government.
It is a truth universally acknowledged that having a good video to accompany it can really help a song to gain popularity, as seems to have been the case with fan copies of the video for Adele's "Hello" according to recent analysis.
This week's music commentators voiced their thoughts on how smart home technology will alter the music industry, the coming of device restricted music subscriptions, and Google and Amazon's leveraging of copyright loopholes.
In our advice corner this week we provide suggestions for independent and DIY artists on how to prep their music for a vinyl pressing, make better concert posters, avoid common mistakes when putting together an electronic press kit, and much, much more.
In this trip down memory lane from the last seven days of music industry news, we revisit the damage done to after a massive DDOS attack, the spike in Janet Jackson's 'Nasty' on Spotify following Trump's debate outburst, Kanye's complaint of the Apple/Tidal feud, and much, much more.
Some of Hypebot's most popular and well received posts from the past week included a look at the truth behind Amazon Music's alleged low price, ASCAP's litigous actions against unlicensed venues, music streaming's tipping point, and more.
UPDATE 2: Spotify, SoundCloud, Twitter and othermajor sites were down or loading slowly all day on Friday thanks to a massive Distributed Denial Of Services (DD0S) attack. By Friday evening the problem had been resolved according to the subject of the attack, managed DNS provider DYN.
With the recent massive uptick in vinyl's popularity of late, more and more artists have been working to get their music pressed in this format to release to fans. Preparing and album for vinyl, however, is decidedly different from doing so for CD or digital release. Here we look at how to so correctly.
While major labels once held the majority of power within the music industry, able to pick and choose which artists they would buoy on to success, the tables seem to have shifted, with streaming services like Spotify now acting as the primary gatekeepers between artists and the potential consumers of their music.
First impressions are as important in the music business as they are anywhere else, and your band bio is often the thing making that impression, meaning its important that is stay up to snuff. Here a veteran bio writer offers some quick and useful tips on getting your bio to stand out.
Posters are an important part of promoting an upcoming show, and the content and style of said posters go a long way towards impacting their effectiveness as a promotional tool. Here we look at twelve helpful tips to ensure you're getting the most out of your design.
Kanye West used a break between songs during his Seattle concert on Wednesday night to explain why his recent collaboration with Drake and Jay Z had gone missing and reignite his running criticism of the Apple music industrial complex.
After departing from an industry trend and offering their unlimited streaming service for the low price of $7.99 per month, it looks as the payouts Amazon will need to subsidize its new service, at least for a while.
Hindsight is always twenty-twenty but sometimes other people are helpful enough as to make mistakes for you. Here a once-awful music producer shares seven things he wishes he'd known about releasing music when he began his career years ago.
With the rise of the Internet of Things and the increasing connectivity of smart home technologies, the way in which the industry operates in relation to consumers is changing, as music streaming and discovery become increasingly integrated into homes.