In a followup to an article he wrote in 2014 regarding the potential for cryptocurrency to revolutionize the music industry, recording artist/songwriter D.A. Wallach recently did an interview with Forbes in which he speaks about problems in the architectural structure of the music industry, and the need for a distributed registry.
Recently Finnish-American singer-songwriter Janita did an interview with Forbes regarding her #IRespectMusic movement, an interview which Forbes later declined to publish. Here Janita examines the reasons behind the reversal of Forbes' decision, as well as providing the original interview in it's entirety.
In this Music Consultant interview they speak with Scott Herring, a digital music entrepreneur who got in on the game early and, most recently, has been serving as the head of operations for OnRamp Digital, a platform designed to help unsigned artists create, and profit from, cover songs posted to YouTube.
When it was originally begun, CASH Music was catering to the needs of only a few choice musicians who believed that the traditional label model was not for them. CASH Music instead worked to directly connect fans with artists as a means of financing their music. Since then, crowdfunding has only increased in popularity, as has CASH.
Changes in the structure of the music industry over the past few years have precipitated the rise of third party publishing companies. Here we speak with the CEO of one such company, Lip Sync Music, who is working to help smaller groups of DIY artists with the promotion and syndication of their music.
Launched in 2011, Turntable.fm represented a new way of listening to music socially online. Although it initially gained a great deal of traction among users, Turntable could not sustain its growth and was forced to shutdown. This discussion with founder Billy Chasen sheds some light on exactly what went wrong.
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.