Since even before it launch, Apple Music has been using social media creatively to promote Beats 1. From "leaking" details to posting "exclusive" interviews on YouTube, Beats 1 and Apple Music are going wherever their audience goes.
Pandora has taken multiple tacts in its effort to lower the royalties it pays to musicians, labels, publishers and other rightsholders, including lawsuits, lobbying and even buying a small South Dakota FM radio station.
Last month, after Amazon exited the Google and Pandora backed anti-artist MIC Coalition, pro-artist advocates set their sights on NPR. Why NPR "who artists have worked so closely with over the years, would be involved in a Coalition apparently so laser-focused on cutting artists’ pay?," asked MusicFirst.
Just a few years ago, smooth jazz was hugely popular on radio stations throughout the nation. Recently the genre has been in decline, but is that genuinely a result of fewer listeners, or simply bad data?
Apple launched its streaming music service Apple Music and global online station Beats 1 yesterday. What do you think of it so far? Is it a winner or a dud? Inviting or confusing? Revolutionary or nothing new? Vote in our 2 question poll and share your comments below.
Now that ASCAP and BMI have released their revenues for 2014, and we have some data on SESAC (thanks to Moody’s), we can estimate the value of a spin, per listener, to songwriters;from performances on US;Radio, in 2014; and it's not much...
Apple's Beats 1 live online radio station is on the air with Zane Lowe behind the mic. Listen via the Apple Music app and tell us what you think. Still need to download iOS9 and Apple Music? You'll find instructions here.
SiriusXM has settled one of several pending lawsuits over payments for pre-1972 recordings with Sony Music for $210 million. It's unclear how much of this will trickle down to artists, but Mike Masnick of Techdirt offers some important background and context.
Apple Music's live global net radio station Beats 1 will launch at 8AM PT on Tuesday June 30th, according to a tweet by Apple Music Senior Director and former Beats Music CEO Ian Rogers. A clearer picture of who will be manning the mic has also emerged.
So far we haven't seen much that's all that different about Apple's new music service scheduled to launch next Tuesday, June 30th. One point of differentiation is Beats 1, the Zane Lowe led live online radio station. Yesterday, Apple began its marketing for Beats1, unveiling a massive Time Square billboard (pictured after the jump).
Four years after launching, iHeartRadio has surpassed 70 million registered users, and say they reached that milestone faster than Facebook or any other digital music or streaming service. More iHeartRadio stats:
With royalties and digital music the subject of current lawsuits, regulation review, Justice Department investigations and new federal legislation, industry trade groups are staking out strong positions that do not always mirror the values and interest of all of their members.
With the second leg of the Triple Crown set to get underway this weekend in Baltimore, horse racing is once again enjoying its annual moment in the spotlight. Over on the radio dial, it’s also a big time of year for jockeying; that is, tracking the fortunes of major radio formats with summer right around the corner.
In what can only be described as troubling and suspicious activity, NPR has joined Google, Amazon, Pandora, Clear Channel, the NAB and even the National Restaurant Association in opposing changes that would benefit songwriters and musicians.
At a recent House Judiciary Committee hearing with the Register of Copyrights, "Fair Play Fair Pay Act" cosponsor Ted Deutch and the MusicFirst Coalition unveiled an infographic that shows how chaotic and arbitrary the current system has become.
As suspected, it appears that NPR’s participation in the controversial “Mic Coalition” (or as we call it the “McCoalition”) was a decision taken by NPR’s Policy and Representation division (aka “suits”) without consulting with any of the music or news workers or any of the NPR member stations.
National Public Radio stations around the U.S. have long been great friends and allies of musicians. In turn, artists have long been great friends and allies of NPR stations. So it came as a surprise when NPR joined a lobbying consortium that many view as anti-artist.
As music consumption shifts to online, internet radio - Pandora, iHeartRadio or great standalone stations like Radio Paradise - have become key to music discovery and marketing. But who actually listens?
The Internet is still ablaze with news of Tidal, the Jay Z-owned streaming service you can pay $20 a month for… if you’re into that sort of thing. Tidal will apparently “change the game” and is backed by a smorgasbord of famous musicians, but the internet thinks differently.
Broadcast radio is asking the FCC to be allowed to accept payments to play songs with minimal disclosure. If you find that as abhorrent as we do, its time to speak out. As David Lowery wrote, "Let’s not let the bastards get away with this." Here's some background and how to get involved.
Radio promotion is the process of soliciting your music to radio stations to get airplay, to build professional relationships, and to make fans. Are you getting the most out of your radio promotion campaigns?
Many digital services would like to see AM/FM radio pay a performance right, too, but the American federal government is giving giant commercial broadcasters a subsidy - one that’s gone on for nearly a century. TheFuture of Music Coalition believes its high time to put an end to it.