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.
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.
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.
This morning, urRadio launched an impressive set of creative, music discovery, and social tools empowering anyone to create, discover, and share live streaming music and talk radio stations.
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?
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.
Independent artists are asked to be a one-stop promotion machine. They make their music. They record their music. They then promote their music on social media and through album releases. They tour and try to get the masses to hear their songs on the radio. Getting on the radio, however, can be the trickiest task to accomplish. After all, getting on the radio is one of the prongs on the self-promotion wheel that is out of the artist control. LIz Uhl sees this everyday in her attempt to get indepenendent industry and is shedding some light in the dark world of radio promotion.
Audio recordings can easily be distinguished by their quality. If you have the same person record the same thing in two different setttings, the end result can be drastic. External factors like outside noises can harm the recording. In addition, if an audio engineer does not have the correct skills to make the recording sound as best as it can, the final product can be unpolished and unprofessional. Chris Meloni has learned a thing or two about this and shares his knowledge with us today on MusicThinkTank.com
The American Country Countdown Awards, based on the long-running country music radio countdown show, has announced their list of finalists for the inaugural edition of the awards show. Florida Georgia Line and Kix Brooks made the announcement on Cumulus radio’s nationally syndicated show, “America’s Morning Show with Blair Garner.”
[UPDATE 2] Speaking for the first time since the controversy began, Scott Borchetta, the CEO of Taylor Swift's record label Big Machine says that her music was pulled from Spotify because the streamer refused to restrict her new release to its premium paid service. "We never wanted to embarrass a fan,” Borchetta told Nikki Sixx during his Sixx Sense syndicated radio show Friday. “If this fan purchased the record, CD, iTunes, wherever, and then their friends go, 'Why did you pay for it? It's free on Spotify.' we're being completely disrespectful to that superfan who wants to invest.”
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(UPDATED) By Rob Wilcox, Senior Manager of Alt. Radio Promotion at The Syndicate. This article originally appeared on DailyRindBlog.com
So you’re in a band, or perhaps you’re a manager of an up-and-coming artist — or perhaps you run a record label and have a release you want to create additional exposure for. What do you do to create awareness for a piece of art that needs to be heard? Where do you go? How do you bridge the gap between a local fan base and a national audience? As we’ve all learned, cream does not always rise, and it takes more than just a message in a bottle to make sure you’re being received in an ocean of new and/or already established artists.
Media, entertainment and digital marketing company Townsquare Media has announced the acquisition of the country music and camping festival WE Fest. Founded in 1983 and based in Detroit Lakes, MN, WE Fest has grown into a significant annual event. Townsquare is the third largest broadcast radio group in the U.S. with 311 stations and major online music properties including HypeMachine, popcrush.com., justjared.com and tasteofcountry.com.
Half of all AM/FM broadcast stations will disappear by 2024, according to a new report from top radio analyst Gordon Borrell. The reason? The rise of the so called "digital dashboard" and more choices for in-car listening. “There are other means of sending out audio - you won’t need an FCC license,” says Borrell.
From David Lowery on The Trichordist.
We told you so. Sirius, Pandora and other digital broadcasters in refusing to pay royalties on pre-1972 masters have created total chaos for digital broadcasters and enormous liabilities for their shareholders. A federal judge has ruled that Sirius has no license to play these songs. This is not a just a devastating setback for Sirius. It has wide ranging repercussions for the entire broadcasting industry. Does any service have a license to play any pre-1972 recording? That is now an open question.
In a ruling that could have major impact on all broadcasters, California U.S. District Court Judge Philip Gutierrez ruled that Sirius XM must pay copyright fees for pre-1972 recordings. Flo & Eddie of The Turtles brought the lawsuit in 2013 over the public performance of "Happy Together" and their other pre-1972 sound recordings seeking $100 million in damages.
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Am I the only one who has always thought that the name iHeartRadio sounds dated and... well, just silly? The folks at broadcast behemoth Clear Channel apparently loved the name so much that, in an attempt to put their digital media front and center, they've just rebranded the whole company as iHeartMedia. From a revenue standpoint, its the slowly growing digital tail wagging the aging radio dog. But hey, why not?
Digtal music consumption, whether via iTunes or music streaming services ranging from Pandora to Spotify is soaring, but strangely listening to music in the car is still driven by old-shool technology. More than 50% of Americans listen to AM/FM radio in there car almos every, and 86% listen it at least some of the time, according Edison Research. Only 13% listen to music in the car via digital device and 15% still prefer CDs.