The rise of social media, websites, email lists, platforms for music promotion has impacted the music industry in a positive way, but with all upsides come downsides. Yannick Ilunga spoke with New York-based attorney Jo-Ná Williams to discuss best practices to protect your music on The Jazz Spotlight.
By Kyle Bylin, author of Promised Land: Youth Culture, Disruptive Startups, and the Social Music Revolution.
Edison Research, a New Jersey-based market research firm, introduced its “Share of Ear” study in June 2014, where it showed the share of everything in the audio space. For the first time, the amount of time that people spend listening to broadcast radio, streaming music services, and owned music, among other audio sources, could be compared side by side.
In this episode of the Upward Spiral, a music business podcast, we talk with Theda Sandiford, who is the VP of Commerce at Republic Records and Island Records, where she handles VEVO, Spotify, Youtube and more. Sandiford got her start at WBLS and then became the first black programmer of a major market country station. In 1994, she was nominated for “Programmer of the Year Award” by the CMA. She moved to Billboard to run the Hot 100 chart, then went on to work at Def Jam. After spending time working with an online games startup, she came back to the music industry, and currently works at Republic. We talk to Sandiford about big data, music streaming, and gaming startups.
In a recent episode of the Upward Spiral, a music business podcast, we talked with Jon Maples, the former VP of product at Rhapsody, about what the music startup landscape looks like in 2015 and how the streaming wars amongst the largest companies are going. Maples also shared his view on why it's difficult to compare the success of Netflix to Spotify. Here is a transcript of the first part of the podcast discussion.
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Fifteen years have passed since Macy Gray dropped her debut, “On How Life Is”, and won over audiences on a global scale. From massive crowds at Glastonbury to overhearing her own hit single in a Serbian market, Gray says she’s thankful for fans who’ve grabbed onto tunes like “I Try” and didn’t let go. This year, she’s giving fans a new gift through a Deluxe Edition of her album “The Way”, which includes several new songs, along with even more exciting plans in the pipeline.
In this episode of the Upward Spiral, a music business podcast, we talk with Jon Maples, the former VP of product at Rhapsody, who is now writing on his blog and consulting for companies. We ask Maples about the next crop of music startups and where they might take the music industry in the coming years.
In today's music industry, mosts artists have a web presence to connect with their fans. However, a web presence is nothing if no one is able to find your social networks easily. Thankfully in the age of new media, there are new and innovative ways that consumer can hear and see you promote your music. In this article, Mark Rubini explains how you can use your radio and television opportunities to maximize your followers on the internet.
[UPDATED] We've asked several industry leaders and influencers to join us for Hypebot.com's inaugural year end virtual panel series. We've asked them to speak openly about their thoughts on "The Taylor Swift Debate", what the introduction of YouTube Music Key and Apple acquiring Beats means for the industry, and we've also asked them to discuss what 2014 meant for their business in 2015. The panelists are listed below. Follow the links to each panelist's respective response.
Ariel Hyatt of Cyber PR joins us today on the Hypebot.com year end virtual panel. Hyatt notes a dramatic shift within her business demographic over the past twelve months. She says "I felt a palpable downturn in the attitudes of my clients as many saw their bottom lines slip even more in the past 12 months. Many of my clients do everything right: great music, a good tribe, solid social media but the problem is the things that used to pay them don't pay what they used to. Things like licensing and even live performance amounts slips. I wouldn't dare mention music sales (oh wait I just did) but... yeah that too." Continue reading for more from Ariel Hyatt.
Mike King, course author, instructor and Assistant VP of Marketing for Berklee Online is up next on Hypebot.com's Year End Virtual Panel. Discussing what 2014 meant for Berklee Online, King says "Massive Open Online Courses have made a significant, positive, impact on our business over the past year. We have seven free online courses available on Coursera right now, and two with EdX, covering music business, music production, songwriting, guitar, vocal production, and even a Gary Burton improvisation course." Continue reading on the full panel post below.
We've asked several industry leaders and influencers to join us for Hypebot.com's inaugural year end virtual panel series. We've asked them to speak openly about their thoughts on "The Taylor Swift Debate", what the introduction of YouTube Music Key and Apple acquiring Beats means for the industry, and we've also asked them to discuss what 2014 meant for their business in 2015. The panelists are listed below. Follow the links to each panelist's respective response.
Darryl Ballantyne, CEO/co-founder, LyricFind www.LyricFind.com, leader in legal lyric solutions is joining us today on Hypebot.com's year end virtual panet. On the importance of YouTube Music Key's entry and Apple's acquisition of Beats, Ballantyne says "The jury's still out on both YouTube Music Key and Beats (within Apple), but both have the potential to have a massive impact on the subscription market based on their reach." Read more from Darryl Ballantyne below.
WholeWorldBand Managing Director, North America Gregory Butler is up next on Hypebot.com's year end virtual panel. "We have enough data to show that people believe music has value - more options for people to choose how music can be devalued isn't exactly positive. I'm not specifically saying the options mentioned are positive or negative, but until a fair, multilateral system exists for streaming, every option is suspect." Find out more about Gregory Butler's position on where music streaming is headed below.
Benji Rogers, Founder and President of PledgeMusic joins us today for Hypebot.com's 2014 Year End Virtual Panel. Rogers has a hopeful outlook for the collaboration between artists and music streaming services, but suggests that streaming companies handle the relationship with care. "The artists are the ones with that power. If the artists are given the tools, and therefore the incentive, they will bring the subscribers and all boats will begin to rise." Continue reading for more from Benji Rogers.
Dave Kusek is the founder of the New Artist Model online music business school and former CEO and founder of Berklee Online. Kusek is also the co-author of one of the best selling music business books The Future of Music: Manifesto for the Digital Music Generation written in 2005, and has enjoyed a successful career as an entrepreneur in music, technology and marketing. He started the first music software company Passport Designs in 1980, helped bring MIDI to the marketplace, was one the of inventors of the Synare electronic drum and has shaped the digital music market for many years. Today, he shares with us his thoughts on how 2014 has shaped the landscape of the music industry for 2015.
Jack Conte, multi-instrumentialist of Pomplamoose and co-founder of Patreon joins us today to Hypebot.com's year end virtual panel. When asked about effect of ubiquitous music online and what the "Taylor Swift Debate" means for music streaming he says "No - the debate won't change anything, but artists pulling out of Spotify will." Conte goes on, "So many financial models are crumbling for artists right now - they're going to go where they get paid, as they should." Continue reading for more from Jack Conte.
We've asked several industry leaders and influence to join us for Hypebot.com's inaugural year end virtual panel series. We've asked them to speak openly about their thoughts on "The Taylor Swift Debate", what the introduction of YouTube Music Key and Apple acquiring Beats means for the industry, and we've also asked them to discuss what 2014 meant for their business in 2015. The panelists are listed below. Follow the links to each panelist's respective response.
ReverbNation CEO Mike Doernberg joins us today for Hypebot.com's 2014 Year End Virtual Panel. He discusses the focus ReverbNation has placed on streaming in 2014 and what that means for them in the coming year, saying "We understand that it will impact the entertainment industry in dramatic ways, very quickly. What pique’s our interest most, is the area of talent identification, smart curation and the “packaging” of music and artists."
Dave Cool, Director of Artist Relations at Banzoogle joins us next on Hypebot.com's 2014 Year End Virtual Panel. Cool lands among other YouTube Music key skeptics: "I’m not sure what impact it will have. YouTube has gotten away with being the largest free music streaming service for years. I don’t know how they’re going to get people to start paying for it now, and it already seems confusing." Find out more about how 2014 impacted Bandzoogle and what Dave Cool thinks this past year will mean for the music industry in 2015.
Dmitri Vietze of Music and Technology PR Firm Rock Paper Scissors is up next on Hypebot.com's virtual panel. He shares his thoughts on the Taylor Swift rift with Spotify and the importance of YouTube Music Key and the expansion of Beats Music ecosystem below. He also speaks to the changes brought on by 2014 and what it means for his business: "The largest shift right now is that we are in a transitional moment, which means there are no one-size-fits-all solutions for musicians, labels, managers, agents, tech start ups, or fans. Our interconnectedness and ubiquitous access to information (including music) means that everything can be approached from a lot of different angles." For more from Vietze, continue reading.
Up next in our 2014 Year End Virtual Panel, Simon Cole, CEO of 7digital chimes in on the current state of the music industry. Cole says "The switch to hi-res and wearable technology has pushed the need for a great deal of quick innovation on our part. But these challenges are exciting to us because we see how they will lead to engaging new customers for digital music, as well as demand for services like 7digital." Continue reading for more from Simon Cole on what 2014 meant for the music business.
Kyle Bylin, of SoundHound, former editor of Hypebot.com and author of Promised Land, a collection of essays on how disruptive startups and digital youth reshaped the music industry from 2008 to 2013, revisits his old stomping grounds by joining our year end virtual panel. On the significance of YouTube Music Key and the expansion of Beats Music within Apple's ecosystem, Kyle shares: "The debut of YouTube Music Key and distribution of Beats Music within Apple’s ecosystem are important, highly-anticipated moments in the online music sector, but whether they will lead to a much larger streaming music audience by the end of 2015 is still open to question." For more from Kyle on what 2014 meant for the music industry, continue reading.
Cortney Harding, strategist at Muzooka and co-host of Hypebot.com's Upward Spiral Podcast will be kicking off the 2014 Hypebot.com Year End Virtual Panel. "Much like cab drivers love to whine about Uber when they should be thinking about how to survive when driverless cars hit the road, the Taylor Swift vs Spotify dustup is a short term distraction to a much bigger disruption." Continue reading to hear more from Cortney on what 2014 meant for the music industry.
This year, Hypebot.com is starting a holiday tradition of our own. For the first time, we're opening the floor to industry leaders and infuencers asking them to reflect on the year behind us, how it affected the music industry, and how they believe it will continue to effect the evolution of the music business moving forward in a Virtual Panel.
We have learned a lot from one another in years past and look forward to bringing those conversations front and center as we close out 2014.
In a recent interview with Grammy U and All Def Digital, Def Jams' Russell Simmons spoke about the recent shift in the music industry - a shift he believes has taken the industry away from a royalty based formula. Simmons discussed All Def Digital, his new project with Steve Rifkind in partnership with Universal Music Group and Samsung. He highlighted the platform's matchmaking capabilities for artists to match with users, helping them to foster meaningful connections and find new ways to earn money - a formula for success that Simmons advocated in his interview.
Even with expertly curated playlists, redundency tends to kick in eventually. Mad Genius Radio is looking to change that with their uniquely customizable streaming platform. With Mad Genius Radio you can add music by genres, time periods, moods and artists; you can then rate those artists and their songs individually, and change the level of each category's influence as simply as you push/pull a dial on a sound board. Mad Genius Radio introduced their platform to the public three weeks ago and has issued an exclusive free lifetime of listening offer to the first 50 Hypebot readers to subscribe. Want in?
iHeartMedia Chairman & CEO Bob Pittman spoke with Bloomberg's Stephanie Ruhle and Erik Schatzker at Bloomberg's The Year Ahead summit in Washington, DC: "Taylor Swift is probably one of the smartest people I've ever met, putting age not a factor."