This week, knowledgeable commentators from within the music industry give voice to their thoughts on the artist services arms race in online music, whether we ought to buy into the negative hype surrounding the DOJ ruling on PROs, and how the economics of curation can benefit emerging artists.
Frank Ocean shook up the music industry with unusual back to back releases. His new indie album "Blonde" is headed for #1, but his Universal Music Group release "Endless" isn't even eligible for the charts.
Some of Hypebot's high-traffic, chart topping posts this week included Deezer's response to the exit of their North American CEO, the demise of the creative "full stop,"Frank Ocean's proof that direct-to-fan works, and much, much more.
Another week has ended and its time for a bit 'o buli, as in Liv Buli, who as Data Journalist for Pandora's Next Big Sound has the bestest job title ever. Each week she steps away from the stats to share her version on 5 Bullet Fridays for the music industry. Read and learn:
Independent DIY artists gather 'round! We have a multitude of helpful tips for you this week, from how to advance a show like a pro, to YouTube optimization for musicians, to five truths about marketing which artists have ignored for far too long. All this plus more!
This week in our scroll back through a busy week of music industry news, we look at 2016's wealthiest DJs, SpinMedia's arrival on the auction block, the death of disgraced hitmaker Lou Pearlman, and more.
Successfully marketing your band online can be a challenging task to say the least, particular given how much digital noise one must cut through. Branding can be one effective way to set you apart from your industry peers and better connect with fans.
Bas Grasmayer takes a look back at the multitude of different tech platforms (many of them a haven for piracy) which have allowed us to access music over the years, and how they have helped shaped the current emphasis on music discovery.
In Moorhead, Minnesota, the Bluestem Amphitheater recently created a quaint and specifically artist tailored village out of tiny houses in which it houses the multiple performers which pass through the region.
Former Apple Music employee Sean Glass offers a rare look inside the secretive world of Apple, and weighs in on the industry realities behind streaming exclusives and why they can be good for artists, but are generally not especially beneficial to major labels.
In addition to actually having content, it's important for artists to develop an effective content marketing strategy, as it helps them to build relationships both with their fans, and with others operating within the music industry.
London based startup Dice has added $6 million in funding to expand its app which facilitates hassle free music discovery and fee-free ticketing. The Series A round was led by Evolution Equity Partners with participation from Lumia Capital and existing investors White Star Capital, Designer Fund and Kima Ventures.
Clive Davis is honoring singer-songwriter Pharrell with his Legend in Songwriting Award at the 12th annual Songs of Hope event on September 15 in California. The event benefits the City of Hope, a research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes, and other life-threatening diseases.
Spotify has added a Concerts tab to all artist pages. It's part of a trend that's seen Spotify, Pandora and YouTube add features that help artists communicate with and monetize their fans, while often adding value for the user. Apple Music has thus far failed to follow suit.
Country hitmaker Jason Aldean may be one of the 17 founding artist co-owners of TIDAL, but he will still keep his new album off ALL streaming music services for at least a month, Hypebot has learned. Aldean's "They Don't Know" will be released on Broken Bow on September 9th.
Songkick has added $15 million in funding. The startup has established itself as a leader in online concert listings, thanks to partnerships with Spotify, MTV, YouTube, SoundCloud and others. But efforts to expand its artist ticketing platform have been slowed by Ticketmaster and other established players.
Spotify now has 39 million paying subscribers, up 9 million from 30 million in March. By comparison, Apple Music announced 15 million in June and TIDAL has about 4 million paying users. The new stats were shared by Spotify's recent high profile hire Troy Carter who also shared the music streamer's plans to offer a "full stack solution" for artists.
In all the fuss surrounding the recent streaming exclusive deals being struck between artists and streaming services, rock music has been conspicuously absent. Here we look at why genres like R&B and Hip-Hop have fared better in this new music economy than their rock peers.
Digital music industry veteran Tim Quirk examines the coming arms race in the music industry, with online music services competing to offer artists programs and features which enable them to generate revenue beyond just streaming royalties.
Being a DJ is more lucrative than ever, at least according to the latest 'who is making the most money' report from Forbes.Calvin Harris tops the list with $63 million, but 9 more DJs earned in the double digit millions last year.
17 injured concert goers are suing Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa and Live Nation. Safety at shows became the issue it always deserved to be several summers ago after a spectacular stage collapse at a state fair. Then came the age of terrorism, with public gatherings a popular target. Now there's a third area of concern: infrastructure, which is often many years old.
For touring artists, a lack of planning will often lead to disaster and a failed tour, meaning that properly advance a show leading up to the performance is critical for success. Here we look at five simple steps for doing just that.
Australian concert promoter Andrew McManus has pleaded guilty to lying to police in connection to a suitcase full of cash recovered from a Sydney hotel in 2011. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, McManus, 55, entered a plea of guilty in answer to a charge of attempting to pervert the course of justice. This offense carries a maximum sentence of 14 years' jail.
Believe Digital has acquired indie label and publishing company naïve. Believe is the global digital distributor and artist services firm that purchased DIY digital music distribution platform TuneCore last year.
An already dwindling number of online music site - or too often, music celebrity click bait engines - may be about to get a good bit smaller with news that perpetually struggling online publisher SpinMedia is for sale.
Questlove is getting creative with Pandora. Change happens slowly at the music streamer, particularly when its comes to its consumer offering. But teaming with the Roots drummer may hint at a new Pandora as it preps the launch of its own Spotify and Apple Music competitor as early as next month.