Here Billy Seidman discusses what it takes to create a song that will truly grab its listener, and how a composer can craft a track which pulls a listener in both musically, and with regard to the song's content and integrity.
In the streaming age, revenue share calculations have become so complex and convoluted that it be difficult to tell if artists and labels are being paid what they deserve, begging the question of whether revenue share deal are worth bothering with.
In this piece, Stephen Carlisle weighs in on several recent court cases revolving around remix artists and their right, or lack thereof to take another artist's note for note material, and use it in their own work.
As newer tech like drones and VR increasingly infiltrate mainstream culture, the potential for branding partnerships between artists and the companies behind these technologies could be good news for musicians in search of further revenue streams.
As more listeners discover music through streaming playlists on services like Spotify, many of the service's users are scrambling to create and promote their own custom playlists within in the service, but they're not always doing so particularly well. Here we look at some incorrect methods for promoting a Spotify playlist that should be avoided.
Although the blockchain technology used for cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum is often hailed as a potential savior for the music industry, getting the industry to embrace and integrate such technology may, as yet, not be feasible, says Bas Grasmayer.
There's certainly been plenty to say in the music industry, as we hear about everything wrong with the Spotify/NMPA settlement, listen to Troy Carter explain why he joined Spotify, and learn why we need to kill the "Manel."
In some of the more widely read articles on Hypebot this week, we looked at the court's ruling that remastered songs deserve a new copyright, Axl Rose's attempt to use a copyright claim to remove an unflattering photo of himself from the internet, and Wiz Khalifa's lawsuit of his former label and manager.
With an abundance of good advice this week, Hypebot has suggestions for independent artists on how they can be better organized, get more fans through social media, play gigs while the sun's still up, and much, much more.
Rhapster restructures (dropping a slew of staff in the process), rebellious Radioheadembraces streaming, Spotify announces it will never sell to Microsoft or Amazon, and much more, as we pay one final visit to the past week's music industry news.
The life of an independent artist can often tend towards chaos, but staying organized is huge component of achieving success in your music career. In this piece we look at five different tools musicians can use to keep entropy at bay.
Here an artist discusses the challenge and importance of taking risks in your musical career (in this case the decision to relocate) and why taking a leap of faith can ultimately provide the best return.
Following the filing of a class action lawsuit against Spotify, the popular streaming service announced that it had reached a landmark deal with the NMPA which it quickly tried to get publishers and songwriters to sign on to, a deal which is rife with problems, says the respected Future Of Music Coalition.
Following the The Pirate Bay's return to its original .org domain, the RIAA has demanded that the popular search engine be once again taken down, a request complicated by the fact that there doesn't seem to be much legal precedent to do so.
Carrie Underwood was the big winner at the 2016 CMT Music Awards, taking home two trophies along with a show stopping performance. Here is a video of Underwood last night singing "Church Bells" with a full choir plus a full list of CMT Award Winners 2016:
With more and more high profile artists like Beyoncé, Radiohead, and even David Bowie eschewing traditional record release dates in favor of surprise album drops accompanied by massive social media hype, the question is being raised if traditional album releases are becoming a thing of the past.
As a band or artist, it can often be smart to establish yourself as a loan-out company or some similar form of corporate entity, as doing so can both shield you from liability and allow for numerous tax write-offs.
In a recent piece of bad copyright news, the courts have ruled that pre-1972 music should, in fact, receive a new copyright once it has been remastered, meaning copyright extensions can be piled on ad nauseam, without a track ever falling into the public domain.
From our commentary section this week, we hear why EDM still has room to grow despite contrary predictions, what happens when rappers are affected by white fragility, and how embracing VR tech could allow streaming services to finally move forward.
Some of the most frequently read, chart-topping articles from the past seven days included the demise of Spotify and Musixmatch's partnership, the filing of a lawsuit against Skrillex/Bieber over a sample they didn't actually use, the launch of Playboy's new streaming service, and others.