A video synching up swimmer Katie Ledecky's recent Olympic victory with the universally recognized opening guitar riff from the song "Smooth" was recently pulled from Twitter over copyright concerns, unfortunate for a number of reasons, particularly the violation of fair use.
Popular singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran has been slapped with two lawsuits on the somewhat arbitrary grounds that his songs have stolen 'the heart' of compositions written Matt Cardle and, once again, Marvin Gaye, recently in the legal news following the infamous 'Blurred Lines' case.
This week music commentators take to their soap boxes to share their thoughts on why surprise album releases are terrible, the importance of having physical music for sale at your show, and to explain how songwriters just got screwed over.
Taking away the gold in Hypebot's popularity contest this week, our most read articles covered iHeartRadio's money problems, Azelia Banks' promise to forever ditch social media, Kosha Dillzbillboard success, and much, much more.
For our do-it-yourself, independent readers this week, we're offering advice on how targeting can help you grow your fanbase, instances when it's better to turn a gig down, six things you really don't need to be successful as a musician, and much more.
In this revisitation of the past week's music industry news, we look back at why the Ke$ha/Dr. Luke lawsuit highlights so much of what is wrong with the industry, Spotify's new cartoon series, Led Zeppelin's mass of legal fees in the wake of the 'Stairway' case, and more.
Ke$ha's decision to drop her California lawsuit in order to continue making music does not indicate that her allegations were in any way false, as she continues to pursue said claims via the New York court system, meanwhile the lawsuit does serve to highlight many problems within the music industry.
As far as geographical spread goes Apple Music seems to be winning the streaming wars, having expanded to 114 different countries. Interestingly, however, it seems Apple is using variable pricing in these different locations, unbeknownst to many artists and publishers.
Here Mideast Tunes founder and civil rights activist Esra'a Al-Shafei discusses her new music streaming platform and its goal of promoting social change as well as the work of underground artists from the Middle East and North Africa.
When promoting a show via social media, it can be difficult to tell how much rampant posting across the various platforms actually translates into attendance at shows. Ultimately, it does make a difference, but using said platforms correctly affects dramatically affects the size of that difference.
'Value gap' has recently become a popular buzz term in the recording industry when describing the disparity in payouts from various streaming services, and in particular to demonize YouTube. The concept is largely inaccurate, however, and its perpetuation could be harmful to both the music and tech industries.
With more than four years having gone by since the sensation of channel ORANGE, Frank Ocean has been teasing a new album for quite some time without releasing it, and fans are getting impatient. Regardless, the tactic seems to be working well for Ocean.
David Lowery examines how such an unpopular decision as the 100% licensing decree handed down by the Department of Justicecame to pass with a little help from Google, and how it could negatively impact the ability of venues to license music.
As part of a growing trend only made possible in the digital age, an increasing number of high-profile artists are choosing to drop their albums suddenly and without warning, which can be a problem for both smaller artists and fans.
Here a music industry lawyer lays out exactly what went down with the recent consent decree review, and how the decision put forth by the Department of Justice is bad news for writers and publishers alike.
Terrestrial radio giant iHeartRadio is in a slew of financial trouble as scared investors demand it pay back $6 billion it simply doesn't have, and as advertising revenue for radio continues to decline, things look bleak for broadcasters everywhere.
This piece examines how the Obama years have affected the music industry as well as how, according to Chris Castle, a suspiciously close relationship between the White House and Google has been to the detriment of musicians and other creatives.
As inevitable controversy continues to erupt between artists and politicians regarding the use of music at political events, George Howard takes a closer look at exactly what rights these artists have, and how Blockchain Technology might be used prevent such tension in the future.
In Hypebot's most popular posts from the past seven days, we explored what impact the DoJ's consent decree will have on music,examined what it takes to start an independent record label, looked at how much indies and majors pull in from streaming, and more.
In this latest roundup of advice for DIY and independent artists, we offer tips and suggestions on using livestreaming to grow your fanbase, how to negotiate for higher pay from venues, how you can get YouTube to promote your videos, and much, much more.