Apple Music launched last week in 100 countries; and that only begins to give you an idea of how big the potential is for streaming music. That universe expands even farther if the industry can bring affordable options to less affluent markets like India, China and Africa.
Followers of the Future of Music Coalition know that they have long supported a public performance right for AM/FM radio that would pay artists when their music is played on over-the-air. This right already exists for digital radio platforms like Pandora and SiriusXM. Yet massive companies like iHeart Media, Cumulus and Entercom are exempt due to a loophole in US law.
As we wait to see what effect Apple Music will have on streaming adoption, download revenue and its competitors, one of the music industry's top analysts, Mark Mulligan, looks at listener-to-buyer ratios - how many new listeners you get for each ‘lost’ buyer.
After successful Hypebot sponsored music and tech meetups in San Francisco and LA, we're taking on New York City next week. Details on how to register are below. This Fall were expanding our meetups to Nashville. Please contact us, if you'd like to be involved there.
For a band just starting out, building a substantial fanbase often proves to be quite a formidable task. This article outlines several highly applicable techniques that can help new bands gain traction and start networking early on.
OK, I'm going to just say it. I used to make fun of Taylor Swift as another lightweight pop star. She still is unlikely to join the pantheon of musical geniuses and pioneers. But when an artist consistently delivers mega-hits while cultivating an image that is more about self-empowerment than sex and money, she deserves respect.
How many people do you hear talk about their master plan to rule the world, but they never seem to make much progress from one year to the next? Sure, pursuing a career in the musicbusiness is difficult. But perhaps with these eight common-sense, practical tips (here are the first nine tips in case you missed them), you just might get to that next level.
Microsoft and Google must be envious. Despite their massive scale, neither has been able capture a significant portion of the music market, as Apple did with iTunes and appears to be doing again with Apple Music. But that doesn't stop them from trying.
Streaming is not just causing a seismic shift in recorded music revenue, its disrupting music publishing and performing rights, as well. Mechanical licenses handled by Harry Fox were once a lucrative business, but as tracks sales decline and streaming rises, performing rights have become an increasingly valuable business.
Late last week, we asked our savvy Hypebot readers to vote and share what they thought of the new Apple Music service and Beats 1 online radio. The results were mixed, though more favorable for Apple Music than Beats 1.
There are two main reasons we should all demand full credits be published on Apple Music and all digital services.: 1) its only fair that musicians, producers and others get credit 2) it deepens our knowledge of and increases our connection to the music.
After rapper Prince Harvey's computer crashed and a second one was stolen, he was left without a way to record his next album. So he set in motion a plan to record under the radar inside a New York City Apple store.
Over the course of my career I’ve been asked a million times, “What is the best way to learn the music business?” Answering that question has really become something of a mission for me over the last two and a half years.
In the wake of global Friday release dates, another initiative, Vinyl Tuesday, is starting up as a way to offer physical retailers new titles to sell and promote during the week. Launched by the Record Store Day organization, the weekly Tuesday physical street date will encourage artists, labels and distributors to put out several different types of releases.
More than most strategies, hashtags are a simple and effective way to boost engagement on Twitter (and Instagram, but that's another post). But hashtags can also be a bit confusing. This infographic shares the why, what and how of hashtags on Twitter.
At A2IM’s annual meeting, Merlin CEO Charles Caldas presented Merlin’s 2015 Membership survey. The survey outlines how international Independent labels are crossing a digital tipping point. Some key findings:
As I've said many times here and in my book Social Media Promotion For Musicians, just being on a social network doesn't mean that you're using it effectively for promotion. There's a mindset that's needed before you can use any network as a promotional tool.
The shift to Friday as the "official" release day for music globally begins this week. Friday, July 10th at 12.01 AM will be the new official date for new global music releases. Friday is already new release day in Germany and Australia, but the shift means big changes in the US, UK and elsewhere.
It's a Hypebot tradition to host a free online networking party several times a year. The music business slows down for the summer, but many of readers use the down time to plan and work on exciting projects. We want to hear about about all of them.
Apple Music dominated this week's news. There were good reviews and bad, but all of it is worth knowing about given Apple's game changing potential. Our friends at CD Baby got an amazing hat tip from Apple; and there was more news...
Apple launched its streaming music service Apple Music and global online station Beats 1 yesterday. What do you think of it so far? Is it a winner or a dud? Inviting or confusing? Revolutionary or nothing new? Vote in our 2 question poll and share your comments below.
It's a great time to be indie; and its primary U.S. advocate, the American Association Of Independent Music, turns 10 tomorrow. A2IM can take more than a little credit for bringing indies together to force Apple Music to pay royalties during free trials. But over the years, A2IM has done much more.
The City of Chicago has imposed a pair of taxes that would impose a sales tax on pay-per-view entertainment delivered over the internet. The law seems aimed at streaming services such as Netflix and Spotify, but could apply other streams and downloads.