This week our sage advice for the independent, do-it-yourself musician includes tips on time management, things you must include in your monthly newsletter, how to ensure your YouTube videos get the attention they deserve, and much more.
In this round of our weekly re-visitation of industry news from the past seven days we look at iHeartMedia's confirmed launch of two new streaming services, Spotify and Tinder's recent union, recorded music's growth, and more.
In some of most popular posts from that past seven days, we looked at Apple's possible victory in the streaming wars, why Pandora's new direct deals spell trouble, and Spotify's potential Facebook sale, as well as much more.
Following the Wall Street Journal's recent piece showing some rather ominous numbers coming from TIDAL, Jon Maples takes a closer look at some of the streaming services financials, revealing a company hemorrhaging subscribers.
While streaming's growth has certainly been noticeable in 2016, the full extent is greater than many previously thought. Indeed, recent stats show that purchase revenue barely surpased non-purchase revenue, putting streaming in a dead heat with retail and downloads.
An ever-changing platform, Instagram has recently introduced several new features artists ought to be familiar with, including the ability to zoom, stories, and additional comments management. Here we offer a quick guide to help users getacclimated to the new updates.
Although it's been about half a decade, the music business has, at long last, seen some appreciable growth in 2016, thanks largely to streaming. However, music continues to be undervalued, and the industry remains hobbled by outdated laws.
In a recent bout of industry hypocrisy Paul Young, a former director of licensing for Universal Music Group has taken to the soap box denouncing the DMCA and the unfairness of streaming services, although his argument seems plagued with a lack of understanding regarding copyright and economics in general.
In many ways, time is like money, meaning it's important to develop a system through which you manage and budget your time. This can be especially true for artists, so in this piece we look at how musicians can structure their days in such a way as to avoid constantly running out of time.
Dealing with global events can be mentally and emotionally taxing for anyone, but particularly so when you're the president of the United States. Here we look at Obama's top playlists, and how music and general can help when dealing with stress.
Although safe harbor laws have done little to help law abiding citizens, and made it easy for conniving entrepreneurs to earn big while hiding DMCA laws, it seems Europe at least is leading the way with a solution to the safe harbor problem.
Although streaming in general has seen strong growth in 2016, it seems this recent build in subscribers has largely been isolated to two major players in the streaming wars, Apple Music and Spotify, leaving smaller contestants in the dust.
In our tips and advice section this week, we offer indie artists guidance on boosting your organic reach on Facebook, growing your email list, what to do when you're feeling stuck in your music career, and much, much more.
In our look back through major industry events from the past week, we're revisiting the upset winner of the 2016 Mercury Prize, Sony's launch of a new low-cost streaming service, Apple's quashing rumors of a Tidal bailout, and more!
Hypebot's most heavily read posts from the past seven days included those revolving around Beats music co-creator's exit of Spotify to join Apple Music, Spotify's alleged 33% subscriber growth, the re-imagination of the album release, and more.
Although music has in many ways lost some of its potency as the driving force behind the world's increasingly sprawling subcultures, one particularly large subculture, the gaming community, has developed into a massive underground dance music scene.
$5 a month has often been touted as the magic monthly fee which will precipitate a massive surge in subscriber growth, a theory which looks as though it's about to be tested, with both Amazon and Pandora announcing a lower priced tier.
In this interview, PledgeMusic speaks with talented piano player and transcriptionist Holly Bowling about her latest work, a Grateful Dead tribute album titled Better Left Unsung, a followup to her first work transcribing Phish's music.
The recent and decidedly unpopular ruling by the Department of Justice regarding 100% licensing has left many in the industry confused as to what the ruling actually means for the music business. The following chart contains a summary of the ruling, helping to clarify the decision's overall impact.
As the popularity of takedown notices continues to grow, some are taking things a little too far including, it seems, Warner Brothers Pictures, a company which accidentally requested Google remove Warner Brothers' own website from its search results.