Rumors of next week's launch of Apple Music may have dominated the week, but there were also important announcements from Merlin, Soundcloud, BandPage, Rhapsody, Songkick, Tidal, Leadership Music and more.
A week ago I found myself at a rowdy Trampled By Turtles concert. If you've never been to one, you need to go. It's basically an all-acoustic punk show. Some people mosh and some people like to sway back and forth like broken pinwheels. It's great. Until some drunk concert goer shoves a cellphone in front of your face.
Musician and producer Steve Albini has never been a fan of the recording industry. He posted the definitive essay onhow labels screw artists over 20 years ago, and it's just as relevant today as it was then.
Leadership Music provides a unique opportunity for industry leaders to meet, learn with and discuss issues effecting the music business. I'm proud to have been chosen to be a part the next Leadership Music class in my role as President of Skyline Music and Publisher of Hypebotand Music Think Tank.
The 2015 BottleRock Napa Valley closed its gates on a sold-out three day festival to the tune of Sunday's headliner, No Doubt, and if the energy flowing through the crowd was any indication, she wasn't the only one feeling "Hella Good". The 3rd annual BottleRock Napa Valley attracted over 100,000 fans to the festival grounds in historic downtown Napa.
Music publishers suing Wolfgang's Vault and Daytrotter, Zoe Keating, a look back at the major labels' reaction to Napster and getting fans to shows on a weeknight were all among the most read posts last week on Hypebot.
Big new contracts for Sony's aging top two executives, music publishers sue Wolfgang's Vault, Shazam added visual recognition and usual suspects like YouTube and Spotify dominated this week's music industry news.
For almost a hundred years Billboard has been producing music charts, and artists that have a single hit then drop into oblivion have always played a major part in them. These "1 hit wonders" either come and go (like Keith's "98.6" in 1967) or hit the oldies circuit (Nena with "99 Luft Ballons" in 1983), but every year the charts are littered with them.
Breaking new ground for Snapchat, popular electronic dance musician, Goldroom, will be debuting their new EP as well as four videos exclusively on Snapchat Discover. Snapchat worked directly with Goldroom to produce top quality vertical videos optimized for their massive mobile audience. A new video will be released daily beginning May 22nd.
Much of the initial enthusiasm that accompanied the opening up of the Chinese music industry with the advent of the internet, usually supplemented by a hopeful but misguided reference to 1.3 billion people parting with their money, has since whittled down to a more pragmatic approach.
Whether we like it or not, smartphones, iPads, and tablets have taken up permanent residence in our day to day existence. Fans are on their mobile devices more and more during events - which begs the question, is live tweeting is killing live shows or are smartphones are simply paving the way to the new generation of fan engagement?
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.