Here we lend a helping hand to independent and DIY artists, providing tips on how to drive fan traffic on social media, the best way to promote one's band to venues and festivals, define their own personal strategy, and much, much more.
Most recently on MusicThinkTank, we took a look at good timing's ability to stack music coverage in your favor, how you can jumpstart your songwriting routine, the best way to get a band knowledge panel, and more.
In this look back at the past seven days of music industry news, we examined Spotify's potential profitability, how your earbuds could be converted into microphones, looked at ten genres of music you may not have heard of, and much, much more.
Some of the star-studded, heavily read posts on Hypebot this week covered topics ranging from how Instagram and Snapchat can be utilized to reach music fans, to how record labels are transitioning from promoters to storytellers, to a breakdown of Cyber Monday streaming deals.
Although paid streaming subscriptions have continued to grow at a steady rate, the far more rapid decline of paid downloads, along with CD sales suggests that streaming services need to grow their paying subscriber base at an even greater rate.
Pandora is for sale, sources tell CNBC. The primary suitor is reportedly SiriusXM, who Pandora rejected several months ago. The dealmaking is in "the first inning of the process," according to a source. Shares of Pandora rose 11% by early afternoon on Friday.
Record execs are just like the rest of us, right? No really. Not even close. In a “recognition of British music’s significance to the UK," Lucian Grainge, the chairman and CEO of UMG, was recently knighted by Prince William. (Click for the full photo.)
For music, video and intellectual property pirates to thrive, they need a safe haven. Fortunately for musicians, labels and other content creators, no nation wants to take on that role and risk being an outcast from the global economy. That could change if a tiny Caribbean nation follows through on it threat to the WTO.
Any band or artist with a Facebook presence doubtless wants to keep their fanbase engaged and ever-growing, but attempts to do so can often backfire. Here we look at four things artists should avoid doing on Facebook if they hope to maintain fan interest.
Forbes has released its latest list chronicling musical riches. Unsurprisingly, Taylor Swift was #1, but second place went a group that lost a key member and went in hiatus. Here areForbes Highest Paid Artists of 2016:
Google Play Music, which is guestimated to have about 1.5 million paying users, has released its most stream songs of 2016, along with the rest of Google Play's most popular apps, games, music, movies, TV shows and books globally in 2016.
It is that time of year again…. The HOLIDAZE! For artists, there is no better time to work on building engagement within your fan base and it’s a great time to also stimulate sales. Our friends atCyberPR offer7 tactics that you can use to first activate your fan base in order to build engagement or sales – or both.
For unknown, up-and-coming bands, getting worthwhile music blog coverage in an overcrowded industry is a significant challenge. As it turns out, good timing can go a long way towards encouraging indie media outlets to bother taking notice.
In this recent Q&A, electronic pop musician Rod Thomas of Bright Light Bright Light answers a series of queries regarding being an independent musician, successfully building an audience, and how he works at connecting with fans.
Live concert video streams - from D.IY. (StageIt, Facebook Live) to 360 and virtual reality productions - are poised to explode in 2017. Now LiveXLive, KAOS Connect and Screenvision Media are partnering to broadcast music festivals to local movie theaters.
The growing ubiquity of social media has made it challenging for artists to get their web presence to stand out amidst the clamor for users attention, but by following these five guidelines, bands and musicians can actively drive traffic towards their social media.
Music streaming services have traditionally been huge money losers, based on recent financial filings. But Spotify may be closer to profitability than thought, based on comments from a prominent Spotify board member and investor.
For those fearful of undesired surveillance, there's fresh news to instill fear in their hearts, with an Israeli university recently reporting that they were able to successfully convert earbuds into a functional microphone. Or maybe you just need a way to record those new song ideas...
Witch House, World Meditation and Dangdut are among the ten that top the list of new genres emerging in 2016 on Spotify. The music streamer did not share stats, but each is clearly worth paying attention to for any serious music junky or forward thinking music executive.
On Wednesday, iHeartMeida launched both the Pandora-like ad free iHeartRadio Plus and iHeartRadio All Access, a full service music streamer. Rather than build their own music service from scratch, the broadcast radio behemoth partnered with Napster to power it's new Spotify competitor.
While listening to music in the car has long been a tradition, the way in which we do it has changed significantly over the years, as technology has developed to allow greater choice in what we choose to play. Here we look at some numbers relating to listeners on the go.
Spotify has shared its annual lists of artists, albums, tracks and trends that top streaming in 2016. “Drake has been unstoppable this year - he’s a true global superstar,” said Stefan Blom, Spotify’s Chief Content & Chief Strategy Officer. "It’s no surprise he is dominating the music industry.”
For independent artists looking to promote their music online to venues and festivals, the sheer variety of choices can often make it challenging for artists to know how to best channel their online presence for positive results. Here we examine how determine which yes the most success.
Long time Billboard writer, Ray Waddell is leaving the trade magazine to work with Tim Leiweke and Irving Azoff at their recently launched Oak View Group. Wadell has covered live touring for Billboard for 30 years, and his departure will leave a gaping whole in Billboard's coverage of the sector.
Wil we all be musical cyborgs one day? In this edition of Projecting Trends, Bas Grasmayer explores how music will likely fit in to a transhumanist future, as technology's development continues to rapidly accelerate, bringing music along with it.