While all of David Bowie's predictions about copyright - like its no longer existing - may not have been one hundred percent accurate, he was correct about the panic the copyright industry would experience, causing them to enact policy which is now hurting, rather than incentivizing, the creative economy.
Music and alcohol are old and close friends, but usually the pairing invokes memories of cheap beer-encouraged mosh pit ecstasy. (OK, maybe that's just me.) But some of the folks behind Bonnaroo are taking a very different approach, pairing designer cocktails mixed by "spirit guides" with music.
This article examines the detrimental fallout from the landmark case of Capitol Records, LLC v. ReDigi, Inc, how it created a music economy where the resale value of digital music is effectively zero, and how blockchain technology might be able to alter consumer behavior to better benefit artists.
On this edition of Hypebot's Music Biz Podcast, we're joined by Per Emanuelsson the CEO and co-founder of Soundtrap, a platform for collaborative music creation. He shares his thoughts on writing songs with people around the globe and Sweden's red-hot startup scene.
In this interview, longtime industry marketing expert Tony Harris speaks about his extensive experience in the music business, the changing face of social media, and how his company Deliberate Marketing helps to grow an artist's online fanbase
While there are certainly a variety of different ways to launch your music so that it ends of up on services like iTunes, Spotify, and Amazon, whether you choose to release said music yourself or to outsource it, as well as which digital distributor you use is a decision which should be made carefully.
In a recent victory for Philadelphia's live music scene, city councilman Mark Squilla has opted to withdraw his bill giving local police the opportunity to veto live performances. The decision comes following strong opposition from the community, although the question remains why he attempted to push the bill through in the first place.
Thank-you to all who braved the crowds to join us for Hypebot's Music And Tech Meetup in San Francisco. I say "braved the crowds" because the evening got off to a rocky start when another event was booked in the same room on top of ours...
Packaging music for release on something that's specifically designed for video may seem difficult without a fully fledged music video, but by following three fairly basic steps through the process, an artist can easily make YouTube a successful launching platform.
For artists trying to step up their game in 2016, here are seven different tech tools and techniques that will help to take your musiccareer to the next level, and make your life easier in the process.
Despite the growth of music-centered fan funding platforms like PledgeMusic, Kickstarter is still very popular with many musicians. The company announced this week that it has past 100,000 successfully funded projects and released stats that show how musicians are using Kickstarter.
Twitter stock tumbled yesterday after the company reported slower user growth. This came after a week of consternation among Twitter users after a rumor began to circulate that the service would be switching a Facebookesque newsfeed, where user only see posts deemedpopular or relevant to their interests.
Here Brian Mansfield speaks with Justin Kalifowitz, CEO of the dynamic and versatile Downtown Music Publishing, discussing the state of music publishing, the success of the company's royalty collection service Songtrust, and where publishing is headedin the future.
As its stock flutters dramatically downwards, and bickering musicians use the platform as a space to air their grievances, there is some question as to how artists' relationship with Twitter - and indeed Twitter itself - will evolve moving forward.
Jeremy Wineberg is the co-founder of Heard Well, a label that bridges the digital and physical divide in a whole new way. Heard Well distributes compilations from YouTube stars like Connor Franta, but exclusively sells physical packages and digital downloads. We asked him about the label; his previous project, the Music Tee, and why ten year olds are willing to buy CDs even though they don't know how to play them.
The Copyright Royalty Board's recent rate hike continues to decimate the world of independent webcasters, with the result that the past couple of weeks have seen numerous well established internet radio services go dark for the foreseeable future.
In this article, we scrutinize a contract for a new musical reality program, revealing how little control a participant has over not only any music they may perform, but also how they themselves are portrayed, or their information and privacy in general.
Keeping up any kind of regular written correspondence can be a challenge, and emailing fans is no exception, but for a band or artist, consistency is hugely important when it comes to connecting with fans and maintaining their interest.
For about six months now, fans attending shows at Washington D.C.'s 9:30 Club have been warned by signs posted around the venue that the show they were attending was being recorded. However, the nature of the recordings was obscure until the club revealed that it was partnering with public television for a new musical variety show.
We lost quite a few music legends in January and out latest Merchbar Hot Merch Chart reflects fan admiration for our fallen rock stars. In addition to the merch fans are buying in memoriam, there are a few new surprises and some notable standouts as new albums and tours have been announced.
As creating and promoting music has become easier and easier to do, garnering the attention of a label's A&R department has become that much harder. Here two A&R reps outline some techniques artists can utilize in their attempts to stand out from the mob.
Artists, like it or not, are frequently judged by their streaming and social media numbers. That said, it has become difficult for artists to break through the digital clutter and be noticed by potential fans. This how-to guide provides tips on finding your audience, monetizing your online presence, make the most out of streaming services.