[UPDATED] Chance The Rapper has become the poster child for truly independent artists with his hugely successful streaming only releases. So Ditto Music being chosen to handle the worldwide distribution for his new release is a major score for the D.I.Y. distributor.
Some chart-topping articles from the pages of Hypebot this week looked at 2018's leading MTV VMA nominees, why Apple Music's passing of Spotify could also have a downside, Spotify's opening up of access to its official playlists, and more.
Your Deep Focus playlist may soon be interrupted by those frightening tones and messages from the Emergency Broadcast system, if a bi-partisan bill introduced in the U.S. Senate passes.
While every artist and promotor wants sold out shows, pouring endless amounts of money into every aspect of marketing isn't usually an option for the typical musician. This piece looks at how to budget your money effectively in order get the greatest return on every marketing dollar spent.
While an error in either recording or performance is bane of many musicians' existence, such errors aren't necessarily the worst thing that can happen. In fact, some mistakes can ultimately play out in an artist's favor in some surprising ways.
With record deals no longer what they once were, and live shows and merch sales notoriously unstable, music licensing has become one of the best ways to make reliable and significant money in the music industry. That said, the competition is understandably significant. Here we look at how to get ahead of the pack.
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DIY distributor TuneCore has added a new opportunity - Facebook and Instagram monetization. Facebook recently cut licensing deals with all three majors, Merlin and others for music on all its platforms, but this is the first time we've heard of funds trickling down to DIY artists.
Spotify has launched a new beta feature that gives artists, labels and their teams a channel to submit unreleased music directly to their editorial team for playlist consideration. The new feature also guarantees playlist placement for an artist or label selected track on the Release Radar playlist of all their followers.
While promoting your music may have gotten easier, doing so successfully has only gotten harder. In this piece Joan Selby illustrates how artists can flip their YouTube video marketing strategy to break through the noise and hit potential fans.
As a musician, getting the world to pay attention to your music can be one of the most frustrating and heartbreaking tasks you will face. This piece explores why it is that the world doesn't yet care about your music, and what you can do to (eventually) turn things around.
$9.1 billion was wiped off its market capitalization this week, after Netflix missed aggressive targets by analysts, despite solid earnings. As Spotify prepares for its quarterly earning report next week, there are lessons for both investors and CEO Daniel Ek that can be learned from the fate of its fellow streamer.
Second amendment supporter and gun enthusiast Ted Nugent banned all guns during his performance in Roanoke, Virginia on Tuesday night. His security team made the call at the last minute to bar guns. That did not stop Nugent from calling local protesters like Andy Parker, who is the father of a gun violence victim, "dumb fucks."