This week's music industry commentators shared their thoughts and opinions on the Department of Justice's complex interactions with the music industry, the five words which will likely define the next few years of music, and whether or not Radio Airplay is still worth it.
This week on MusicThinkTank, we looked at the DoJ's recent devastating blow to the industry, how a label can effectively market content, heard some tips on collecting music in the digital age, and more.
In this round of our weekly wrap of big music industry news stories we look at the NMPA and Spotify's declaration of victory, broadcast radio's decline in influence, SFX's withdrawal of its Beatport sale, and much more.
Though it has recently been focused on several specific facets of public performance licensing, David Lowery examines six music business issues which the Department of Justice would be better off turning its attention to.
Surprising for an artist who isn't exactly a household name, singer-songwriter Mat Kearney managed to surpass 1 billion streams on Pandora. Here we look at the set of circumstances which allowed an artist like Kearney to see such dramatic success on the internet radio service.
Although vinyl has seen a slight bump, the album format overall is in a steady and rapid decline, something which artists and the music industry as a whole need to take steps to embrace, rather than continuing to create a product which is irrelevant to modern audiences.
While we spend a lot time trying to figure out what it is that successful artistsdo in order to be so, it is perhaps equally important to consider what unsuccessful artists do, so as to avoid a similar circumstance.
Music commentators this week weighed in on the potential end of freemium music on Spotify, what Virtual Reality technology may mean for the music industry, and why purchasing TIDAL would make little sense for Apple.
Topping the Hypebot charts this week, we have pieces on Kanye West's uncensored "Famous" video, why Trent Reznor is wrong about Apple Music, YouTube's drop in importance as other streaming services get on the video bandwagon, and more.
The surprise Brexit vote is guaranteed to have far-reaching economic effects in a variety of areas, and the music industry is by no means immune. Here we examine some of the ways those operating in the music business can expect to feel the Brexit's impact.
The day after the popular birthday ditty was declared to officially be in the public domain, Jenn Nelson has released a 15-minute documentary about the struggle to free Happy Birthday from the illegitimate clutches of Warner/Chappell.
With some artists like Taylor Swift and Bjork already embracing the technology, it seem the music industry is ripe for the integration of virtual reality, although the technology will still face many barriers as it transitions form early adopters to the mainstream.
Is an artist revolution imminent? As major labels renegotiate with YouTube, the likelihood of a deal which benefits artists being struck seems unlikely, raising the question of what will happen if said negotiations do indeed fail.