Often overshadowed by San Francisco and Silicon Valley, Oakland and its surrounding area remains home to Pandora, MOG and Gracenote. Over the weekend, 70 hackers from all over California to joined together for us for the city's first ever music hackathon
HootSuite is one of the more popular social media tools that allow you to manage multiple social media accounts from one interface. A variety of third party apps are available including the recent addition of a SoundCloud app that allows you to publish and share music via HootSuite. For those of you managing multiple social media accounts or just trying to consolidate every activity possible, HootSuite's SoundCloud app should be a welcome addition.
(Updated) Songdrop, the free playlist based streaming music service has launched it's first iPhone app. The company says an Adroid version is coming soon. Songdrop pulls music from YouTube, Soundcloud, Bandcamp and Vimeo. Users find songs, add them to your mixes; and can create playlists with videos and songs. Here are some screen shots:
Do you have great music and want to score a record deal? Or have you always wondered how artists got through to big labels and ended up getting signed?
In this post I will teach you my foolproof method for scoring a record label deal.
(UPDATE 2) New artist and direct to fan services launch almost daily, leaving music marketers and artists juggling a mashup of what might work for them. 3 million artists have chosen ReverbNation as their one-stop marketing hub; and they've been rewarded with a steady stream of new service launches. The latest is Crowd Review, a crowd-sourced music feedback platform. Submitting artists receive a comprehensive review, including the numerical rating along with comments. Here’s an example:
China's moving to limit web-related music piracy in order to develop an environment conducive to paid music services though the details are a bit confusing and not to be taken fully at face value. A big piece of the puzzle is a Government-backed shift to paid music downloads from the web following new copyright legislation that went into effect at the beginning of the year. It's a huge shift for China and one that raises questions about whether specific bits of news are designed to placate international forces, to bring companies in line with government desires or to make it seem like companies are following the government line.
Spotify's getting some positive attention from celebrity musicians of late. Dave Stewart, who only last year was warning musicians away, is now praising the streaming music service. Instead, he's focusing his ire on labels and publishing companies and responding to past abuses by launching a bank for musicians. Pink Floyd's Nick Mason also recently had kind words for Spotify, stopping a bit short of Stewart's praise, but saying that Spotify "was a success" for the band.
Differentiating between work and play is often easier said than done. For many, music is more fun than it is work - if you skip the part where you put in good work you'll find yourself missing out on the fun. Professionalism is a key component to your success in any industry but being able to establish and maintain a professional image is crucial in the music business. Jason Giroux offers a few suggestions on how to hone in yours on MusicThinkTank.com
CD Baby announced that, as of today, it has paid out more than $300 million to artists using its services, This year total payouts to artists are expected to be $60 million. That's up from $56 million in 2012 and $48 million in 2011. “It took us eight years to pay out the first $50 million,” says CD Baby CEO, Tracy Maddux. “But now our artists are earning at least $50 million per year and this year we expect to beat $60 million.”
By Eliot Van Buskirk of Evolver.fm.
If you’re sick of working as your own music system administrator (i.e. someone who spends lots of time moving music from one place to another) and instead to make the leap into “the cloud,” where you can access the same music library from all of your devices, you have a number of options.
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Warner Music Group today revealed that Christian Tattersfield has decided to step down from his role as CEO, Warner Music UK and Co-Chairman, Warner Bros. Records UK in February 2014. Max Lousada will assume the position of CEO, Warner Music UK
- Disconnect Your Music Service From Facebook NOW, Says Beats Music Exec' Ian Rogers
- What Social Media Is Doing To Music (Hint: It's Not Good)
- Why Federal Policy Matters to Musicians - Now More Than Ever
- NME's Enhanced HAIM Feature Simply A Baby Step Towards Digital Publishing Possibilities
- Tips On Getting Your Music Licensed From Music Supervisor & Songwriter Sarah Sharp
- 10 Myths of Music Crowdfunding
- Instagram Music Videos With Merch On The Side
- A PledgeMusic Campaign That Was More About Community Building Than Funding
- Coffee House Sessions Launches Alternative University Touring Circuit
- Why Musicians Are Being Warned About Upgrading To Apple's iOS 7
- Spotify, Pandora and TuneIn Form Streaming Audio Task Force, Release Online Listener Survey
- YouTube Music Video Biz: Offline Viewing, Finding Collabs & Sponsors, Fixing Content ID
- The Case Of The Disappearing Tracks: Your Music Is Not Safe On Apple's iCloud
- Days After Launch iTunes Radio Is 45% As Popular As Spotify, Pandora Stock Drops 10%
UPDATE: The new Carlyle Group investment totals $500 million, according to the Wall Street Journal. No announcement was made of the stake the investment group gets in return, but it's likely Beats total valuation is north of $1 billion.
Beats is paying $265 million to buy back the $300 million 51% stake which mobile phone maker HTC made two years ago. The company, makers of top-selling Beats headphones, will also repay a $150 million note. The deal leaves music exec Jimmy Iovine and rapper Dr. Dre firmly in control just months priors to the launch of the Beats Music subscription service.
Coffee House Sessions is a new touring circuit launching this month in the UK. Created by Coalition Talent's Guy Robinson, Coffee House Sessions supports a 10 day mini-tour for each artist with two acoustic shows a day. 40 UK universities are being booked. Apparently this idea is, in part, a response to dwindling student union shows due to decreased drink purchases but it's a great concept regardless.
By Eliot Van Buskirk of Evolver.fm.
Apple’s iOS platform is widely considered by musicians (at least the ones who care about such things) to be the superior mobile platform for music creation, because Android isn’t up to the task.
As music magazines struggle in the emerging environment, some going all digital, others are exploring paid options. NME is experimenting with an alternative to paywalls with the offering of a feature on HAIM as a separate digital download. It's a fairly small bit of news but points to a larger digital publishing environment in which repackaging and enhancing content has shown signs of success even when the content is available in separate pieces for free online. But even an "enhanced" feature is only a small step towards what's possible.
BMI has released their latest fiscal report, which includes record-high revenue figures for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013. Its $944 million in revenue and $814 million in royalty distributions are up 5% and 9%, respectively, from the previous year. BMI credits much of its positive growth to a 65% increase in new media revenues coming from Netflix, Hulu and others. International revenues constituted $297 million, over 30% of its total revenue. - More Music Publishing News:
As vinyl collecting heats up, con artists are being attracted to the scene in growing numbers including bootleg manufacturing. Yet most vinyl news is quite positive with Topspin noting that vinyl outperforms in direct-to-fan campaigns and legit vinyl manufacturers getting plenty of business. Bonus: 7 minute long Arctic Monkey vinyl unboxing video!
Many artists feel helpless today. Tommy Darker paints a picture of musicians crawling around the digital music world - laws and the status quo have changed radically, along with the audience’s behaviour and preferences. The answers, says Darker, can be found at in the startup culture.
For better or worse, Robert Sillerman, brought us concert behemoth Live Nation. Now he hopes to do it again - for electronic dance music. His New York based SFX Entertainment, which controls Beatport, Tomorrowland, Sensation and other major EDM players yesterday announced the terms for their IPO. It puts the value of the company at $1.1 billion.
Music streamer Rdio has partnered with The Echo Nest to power a new Recommendations feature that provides a stream of new music recommendations including albums, stations and playlists based on what the user has listened to the most and who they are following. Highlights:
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SF MusicTech, the must-go-to event where the music industry meets technology, is just days way on October 1st. Of course there are cutting edge keynotes, panels and partied, but most of all SF MusicTech is a great place to meet the people that can move your business or career forward. It's not too late to register and get a 20% discount just for being a Hypebot reader.
(UPDATED) Apple's iCloud appears to be a safe and useful place to store music. After all, few portable devices have the memory to store all the old CD's you've ripped, the downloads you've bought and the tracks you've "borrowed" from a friend. But the thousands of always changing deals that Apple maintains with labels and rightsholders can lead to tracks suddenly disappearing from your collection.
Mindy Gledhill is a singer/songwriter who began releasing her albums independently after an initial label release. For her fourth album, "Pocketful of Poetry," Gledhill decided to conduct a PledgeMusic campaign. It was a huge success, ending at 115% of her goal and resulting in a new album. Earlier this week we spoke about why she decided to conduct a crowdfunding and album creation campaign via PledgeMusic and why it was ultimately more about building community than raising funds.