Adele’s 25 scores the #1 position on both the Nielsen and BuzzAngle Music charts for the 10th nonconsecutive frame this week, moving another 100,000 album equivalent units, including 81,000 in traditional sales.
Once you've spent the time and energy to create your music, getting into the hands and ears of your fans is the next step. This article looks at several different content delivery systems from more conventional techniques like email, to more innovative tech like the digital wallet.
The SXSW Music Hackathon will return for its third year with programmers, designers, musicians and digital artists teaming up to create music tech innovations. Using their programming know-how and a collection of music-tech APIs, teams will compete for $10,000 in prizes.
"Windowing" music has proven to devalue it, but accepting that the music industry is a listener's market and that the product is the artist not the art is the first step towards revitalizing the industry as a whole.
Culture commentator Paul Joseph Watson, has developed a YouTube following with snarky but usually justified diatribes, turns his lens to popular music. "Popular music is getting measurably less intelligent," states Watson citing a 2015 study that showed lyrics falling from a 3rd grade reading level to 2nd grade level in the last decade.
At present, the U.S. does not pay royalties to performers when their music is played on the radio, instead compensating only the songwriters. This article looks at how this antiquated legislation came about, and how it needs to change moving forward so that performing artists are properly paid for their presence on the airwaves.
Beatport has been sucked into the SFX bankruptcy battle with some questioning if the court proceedings will prevent them from continuing to pay royalties on time. But that hasn't stopped the EDM destination from evolving and innovating.
Podcasting has seen exponential growth of late, but indie music has not gotten much attention. In this interview, the creators of music-centric network Jabberjaw Media talk about their podcasts and where they're headed.
The 88th annual Academy Awards were held in Los Angeles on Sunday night with "Spotlight," a film about the Boston Globe's investigation into sexual abuse by priests winning awards for Best Picture, and best original screenplay. The primeval action survival film "The Revenant" won Best Actor honors for leading man Leonardo DiCaprio and Best Director for Alejandro Iñárritu.
More and more major artists are leaving major labels and taking control of the recording careers bu going independent. But increasingly their doing it with the help of experienced partners like BMG, Kobalt, Thirty Tigers and more recently Tidal.
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If video is the new audio, does that change music or just music marketing?
How to craft a successful tour, sell your music online, and make the most out of the massive marketing opportunity that is Snapchat is just some of the advice we provided this week for the independent, do-it-yourself musician.
This week on MusicThinkTank, we discussed how piracy law impacts the music industry, different ways musicians can earn more money from live shows, what's inside a hit song, and more.
As we hit rewind on another week of music industry news, we look at TIDAL's uncertain future, question if Spotify is really the savior of the music business, explore the harsh realities of touring, and much much more.
By at least one important measure Taylor Swift was not the biggest winner at the 2016 Grammy Awards, even though she took home the top prize. Other artists who gave memorable stage performances saw the biggest sales jump that night.
Whether or not an artist chooses to try and get signed to a record label or promote themselves independently, having a unique selling point is important to their development, as they work to stand out from the legions of other musicians competing for the same fans.
Although Adele's choice to delay making her album available on streaming services certainly helped boost 25's retail sales, there's some question over whether this practice of windowing can be effective in the music industry over the long term.
iHeartMedia reported financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ending December 31, 2015 showing no revenue growth on a constant currency basis. In addition to it's radio and digital properties, including iHeartRadio, the company owns old school billboard and outdoor ad providers; and they offered a bright spot in the earnings report.
The artwork which you choose for your album can greatly influence how listeners feel about your music, and simply not bothering to include any is a lost opportunity for personal branding. The following article offers tips and suggests several tools for creating engaging and original album art.
The RIAA has scored a series of high-profile victories against illegal file sharing sites, but its latest win may ring hollow since appears unlikely that the perpetrator will ever be found or pay a single dime of the $22 million awarded.
In part two of her touring guide for emerging artists, Sharyn Goldyn discusses how bands can get on festival bills, how they can get the attention of booking agents, and some of the bigger mistakes she's seen bands make when first touring.
Concert and ticketing giant Live Nation is reporting record revenue, but losses continue - $46.8 million in the last quarter alone. Live Nation produced almost 3,000 more concerts in 2015 than the previous year, reporting 16,854 events in North America and 8,665 concerts internationally.
Despite some visible successes, Tidal has struggled since launcing. It's latest stumbles included the early release of Rihanna’s “Anti” and the piracy surge that Kanye West’s latest album suffered after a Tidal-only release. But that hasn't stopped major suitors from lining up to explore an acquisition.
FRI. BRIEFING: Samsung Eyes TIDAL Bid • Live Nation Reports 4Q Loss • MP3Skull Owes Labels $22M • MORE
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How will TIDAL'S artist/owners react when their new boss is an electronics giant?
Musician web site builder and marketing platform Bandzoogle has announced that independent artists using their e-commerce tools have sold over $20 million in music downloads, merchandise and tickets directly to fans.
Here former manager and former booking agent Sharyn Goldyn outlines how an up-and-coming band should approach their first tours, what then can expect financially, and how they can promote their shows while on the road.
Many artists may think of music videos as being the be all and end all of video, but the medium has much greater potential beyond that. As artists like Fugazi, the Foo Fighters, and Action Bronson have shown, subscription based video content can be an excellent way to engage with fans while generating some supplementary income.
Currently, the majority of online music competitors are fighting over a broad demographic of listeners, with little attention given to consumer's specific behaviors, meaning there is an opportunity for those willing to build something smaller and smarter.