Last week, as you may or may not have heard, a guy named Jack Elypassed away at the age of 71. The name may not be that familiar, but the voice almost certainly is. Jack Ely was -- fairly briefly -- the lead singer of the Kingsmen, and happened to do a cover song in a single take under poor conditions, that created one of the most memorable songs in rock and roll history, also known as Louie Louie:
This week in Music Publishing News, Spotify raises the first $350 million of what is projected to be a $900 million fundraising campaign, the NMPA finalized a licensing deal ensuring better compensation for songwriters, and Jon Platt receives the Visionary Award.
In yet another eventful week in the new music industry, Pandora Defeats ASCAP, Music Publishers in royalty rate appeal, Prince announced the impending release of "Baltimore", teaming with Live Nation for Rally for Peace concert, Simfy shuts down, and TIDAL continues to rock the boat. All this and more on this week's music industry rewind.
This week's Top Posts covered topics ranging from popular music keys on Spotify, SoundCloud's new deal with music publishers, mistakes musicians make on Instagram, Sony pulling music off of SoundCloud, and more.
Last Sunday, Jay Z shared a series of stream-of-conscious tweets defending his new music streaming service Tidal. Much has been said about the ill-concieved press conference and prohibitive prices for music fans, but as a new and unsigned, millennial-minded artist, I’ve been wondering what this new wave might mean for up-and-coming talent out here on the interwebz.
De La Soul secured second place in the most-funded Kickstarter music projects of all time category when they raised $600,874 for their first album in over a decade, a staggering $490,847 over their goal.
The FKA Twigs, Run the Jewels and Aphex Twin top the nominees for the 4th annual A2IM Libera Awards. The awards honor successes in the indie music sector and spotlight creative marketing plans, innovative syncs, Independent label of the year and more.
National Public Radio stations around the U.S. have long been great friends and allies of musicians. In turn, artists have long been great friends and allies of NPR stations. So it came as a surprise when NPR joined a lobbying consortium that many view as anti-artist.
Yesterday morning, The Recording Academy announced it will merge it's Advocacy and Membership divisions in an effort to enhance the grassroots advocacy happening on behalf of music creators at a local level. The merge will allow the music community a direct line to approach Congress with an informed & unified voice at a time where effective communication on behalf of creators is critical.
We're used to musicians with hyphenated resumes: hip hop - entrepreneur, singer - actor, rocker - filmmaker, pop star - fashion designer. But Smashing Pumpkins frontman - Pro Wrestling Senior Producer of Creative and Talent Development?
It was another big week for the new music industry: Tidal fired its CEO as user signups sunk faster than the Titanic, Grooveshark got some very bad news in court, Pandora's stock fell after they reported new earnings and listener stats, Record Store Day delivered good news to indie retailers and so much more...
A New York Federal Courts' recent decision concerning a "work for hire" determination could prove controversial. The Court's ruling involved "Iron Man", a rapper from the Wu-Tang Clan and a music composer working in television back in the 1960s.
With album sales nowhere near what they used to be (unless your name is Taylor Swift, who probably doesn't frequent indie artist advice columns), and streaming not yet a truly viable source of income for musicians, a lot of artists are looking for new ways to distribute their work that will both reach their fans and result in some remuneration.