The RIAA may have slowed down on lawsuits against average customers, but its continuing to fight grassroots piracy on another front by working with aggressive copyright takedown service Rightscorp. The major label trade group, along with indie BMG, are the copyright cop's biggest customers.
In this piece we look at TAD, an app which has helped artists to create album cover art, and has since been expanding into giving artists the opportunity to create Facebook video profiles and expand into a social media tool.
[UPDATED] Two jobs listings point to a major expansions of Spotify's ambitions to include music hardware with voice control. While details are scarce, they hint at a wearable device "akin to Pebble Watch, Amazon Echo, and Snap Spectacles."
In this piece, Thomas Euler ponders the question of why it is that we can still purchase music. Will we soon live in a world where music cannot be bought. but only accessed, and what this would mean for not only labels but also the industry in general?
Pandora's recent rollout of its third tier service, Pandora Premium has us taking a look at how artists an labels earn royalties from the traditional ad-supported service, as well as Pandora Plus, an update to the ad-free version, and of course the new Premium Tier.
In this thought provoking piece by Kat Harding, she explores the issue of literal listening in the music industry, particularly when it comes to the music of women and people of color, and why it is that there exists such pressure to leave artistic interpretation out of their lyrics.
Digital music veteran Chris Harrison has been named the CEO of the Digital Media Association (DiMA), a trade group representing Spotify, Apple, Pandora and other online distributors of digital music, movies and books.
Music industry commentators this week discussed whether streaming killed song intros, why TV is perfect for artists who don't fit the radio model, and why we shouldn't expect major internet companies to do anything to save net neutrality.
Our tips and advice for independent, self-starter artists this week covered how to make the best use of YouTube Analytics, how to make the touring process easier, why you don't need a record label to achieve industry success and more.
In this meander back through the biggest music industry news from the past seven days, we revisit Apple Music's challenge of Spotify as streaming leader, whether streaming has actually stopped or merely slowed piracy, 2017's Record Store Day, and more!
The most popular articles on Hypebot this week dug into Universal Music's potential cancelling of its Prince deal, eight free social media tools every artist should be using, the Beib's big 2017 debut, and much more.
Saturday 4/22 is the 10th Record Store Day, with hundreds of independent record stores celebrating a resurgence that most thought would never happen. Thanks to vinyl, survival skills and loyal fans, these stores are, for the most part, experiencing a resurgence. But that will only continue if you turn off your computer, put your phone down and go buy something.
Many artists may have conflicted feelings about cover songs, for although they can be fun to play and offer an easy way to connect with your audience, it can also be irritating when cover songs are all an audience wants, or when they get more attention than original compositions. Here we look at the best way to make cover songs work for you.
While radio may have once been the means of making or breaking a hit, the onset of the streaming age means the playlist is now the primary avenue for listener discovery. Unsurprisingly, this has given rise to a new form of payola, with companies emerging that specialize in getting artists' music on playlists...for a fee.
Here Bas Grasmayer explains why he believes online music may be on the verge of another Myspace style implosion, and why this could open up new opportunities for those operating and innovating in digital music.
In this interview Nora Germain, a seasoned violinist and veteran of the stage, shares her extensive DIY knowledge, particularly when it comes to the running a PledgeMusic campaign, as well as advice on cultivating a successful career in music in general.
This week Jon Ostrow of Bandsintown joins Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert on our Music Biz Weekly podcast. If you are not using Bandsintown to distribute and promote your tour dates, you really are missing out. Listen and learn.
My journey to a life in the music business began as an intern in the A&M Records Boston office. I'll always thank Billy Gilbert and Barry Korkin for giving me a chance. But how can you snag the internship that launches your career? The Cyber PR team offers some stellar advice.
ASCAP’s 12th annual “I Create Music” Expo took place last week in Los Angeles. The national conference dedicated to songwriting and composing provides a unique opportunity for songwriters, composers, artists, producers, publishers – and those in the industry that support them – to come together to share their knowledge and expertise.
In the digital age, having a slew of physical material on hand is no longer the necessity it once was, but having an electronic press kit has become essential, particularly when it comes to promoting, branding, and demonstrating your band's accomplishments.
Apple Music got a huge leg up as the default music services on tens of millions of iPhones and other Apple Devices. Now Google Play Music is getting a similar boost via an exclusive relationship with the globe's #2 phone maker Samsung.
"Songwriting is fragile," says Garth Brooks, "(yet) it's the most important step in music." But the craft is undervalued in the digital age. The number of full-time songwriters in Nashville is down 80%, according to the Nashville Songwriters Association Int'l. In the film, "The Last Songwriter," some of Nashville's best discuss the demise of the artform.