Spotify has confirmed that it has surpassed 60 million subscribers. That's up from 40 million paid in March of this year; and means that the worlds top music streamer is adding an impressive 2 million paid users per month. As of June, Spotify's active users - both paid and free ad-supported - totalled 140 million.
For most DIY artists, promoting over Facebook has become a huge hassle and can often seem more trouble than it's worth organic reach now often next to impossible. In this article we look at the potential of Facebook live, and how it can be used to effectively reach fans.
There is no question that streaming is driving a new era in the music industry. But where is streaming now and where does it fits in the longer term evolution of the music market? MIDiA analyst Mark Mulligan looks for answers.
Today's news that two equity firms are close to investing in SoundCloud comes just days after the music streamer laid off 40% of its staff, and multiple leaks revealed a startup quickly running out of cash.
SESAC has signed a new deal with U.S. radio broadcasters. The performing rights organization claims that its new deal, the result of arbitration, are at rates 50% per higher than published reports of those paid to members of competitor ASCAP.
This week, Ron Young of the band Little Caesar joins Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert on Hypebot's Music Biz Weekly podcast to discuss music VIP ticket experiences and where they have gone wrong. Learn the key elements that make a successful music VIP ticket program.
While social media has made it easier than ever to directly contact people within the industry, the precise approach which one uses in doing so can still make or break the success of the interaction, particularly when it comes to music journalists.
The new "Transparency in Music Licensing and Ownership Act" bill introduced by longtime songwriter antagonist Senator Jim Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin sounds promising, but in reality aims to lesson songwriters' ability to sue, writes David Lowery.
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For artists, networking can be a great way to grow a fanbase, as well a good way to gain the attention of potential fans. On such useful and often overlooked tool for this is LinkedIn. Here we cover some valuable tips for musicians new to the social media platform.
More than 22,000 fans were evacuated from the Tomorrowland Unite music festival in Spain after the main stage went up in flames on Saturday night. According to the Washington Post, the main stage at Tomorrowland's Unite Festival in Barcelona was “completely destroyed” in the blaze, which started shortly before midnight.
[UPDATED] A struggling SoundCloud may have found not one, but two lifelines. A pair of private equity firms are reportedly close to each taking a separate stake in the unprofitable music streamer that would collectively mean the acquisition of a majority of the company.
Pandora has exited the Australia and New Zealand markets leaving 5 million users without the service. While the move was expected as the music streamer works toward profitability it leaves a big whole in a significant market that has a long history of failed streaming services.
Chinese action adventure "Wolf Warriors 2" topped the weekend's global box office, clearing an estimated $125m after opening in just 5 territories. Directed by Wu Jing and starring Wu Jing in the lead role as a Chinese special forces soldier battling with a drug lord. "Wolf Warriors 2" also stars Celina Jade, Frank Grillo and Hans Zhang, and is a sequel to a 2015 film that was unsurprisingly named "Wolf Warriors."
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The Mercury Prize Shortlist 2017 is out. Honoring the best new albums in the UK over the previous 12 months, a single Mercury Prize winner will be named at a ceremony at London's Hammersmith Odeon on September 14th.
Some commentary from inside the industry this week covered the issue of transparency in the music licensing and ownership act, as well as different reactions to the new 'CLASSICS' act, introduced to theoretically protect pre-1972 recordings.
Doing our best to help to help indie and DIY artists succeed in the music industry, we're this week offering tips on improving merch sales, how to garner more views on YouTube, some essential Twitter tips artists ought to have on lockdown, and much, much more!
MusicThinkTank shared articles ranging from how singer/songwriters can save money, to some of the best ways to improve merchandise sales, to the four personnel members every big band needs on tour, and more.
In this flip back through through a full week of modern music industry news, we revisit Sirius XM's spike in subscribers, YouTube Red and Google Play's merger, ASCAP and BMI's new joint song song database, plus much more!
This week some of the most popular and often read articles from Hypebot included a look Spotify's new Facebookesque self-serve ad program, a comparison of payouts from the various streaming services, the best way to get a cover song on YouTube legally, and more.
[UPDATED] Social influencer marketing has been gaining a lot of buzz recently and, although it can be highly effective, it can also be complex and confusing method of marketing, one which requires a carefully thought out strategy in order for it to be executed effectively.
Here we examine the issue of exclusivity in the world of music and rights management, and what it means to have a single entity working on behalf of your music, whether it's sync licensing, retail distribution, or monetization on platforms such as YouTube.
As the music economy continues to shift, it's important we keep our thinking current, particularly when it comes to releasing songs. Here we breakdown what a modern release schedule looks like, as well as how implementing one will benefit the artist.
Leadership Music has named a new board of directors. Songwriter Stacy Widelitz (“She’s Like the Wind”), has been elected president; Provident Label Group’s Jimmy Wheeler is president-elect; Jeff Gregg, an agent at CAA, is Past President; and Amy Smartt, CMA, remains as treasurer. Julie Boos, Flood, Bumstead, McCready & McCarthy re-joins the officers as secretary.
In this piece Laurent Martin walks us through the process by which his startup, Aitokaiku, was able to work with members of Music Tech Germany in order to emerge as the first fair trade association the music tech industry has seen.
Bandsintown has released a major app update designed to enhance concert discovery and artist to fan interactions. Bandsintown has become an essential tool for concert discovery and marketing with more than 65% of touring artists and 80% of Billboard Top 100 artists using the app to connect with fans, according to company estimates.
While physical music may not sell like it once did, the merchandise table remains an excellent way for artists at all levels of notoriety to pull in serious cash, as well as promote their music by putting their merch out into the world. Here we look at seven different ways to step up your merch game.
Veteran music exec Quincy Jones, who produced some of pop icon Michael Jackson's best-known hits, including "Bad" and "Thriller," has won a lawsuit over royalties against the late King of Pop's estate.