Frank Ocean's visual album is finally drops on Apple Music, streaming proves to be a bigger part of industry revenue than previously thought, The Biebs cranks up the heat on his war with fans, plus much more as we cycle back through a full week of industry news.
In this article, Stephen Carlisle dives back into the controversial decision handed down by the Department of Justice, breaking it down piece by piece and looking both at why the decision is harmful to the industry, and a violates due process.
Although vinyl's new popularity boom spans overseas to the UK, the demographic of vinyl consumers there is significantly different, with UK listeners averaging much older than those in the US, although there listening habits are fairly similar.
Copyright is complicated, particularly in the music industry. With the recent rash of lawsuits which has been cropping up of late, we're taking a minute to breakdown the difference between fair use and infringement, with the hope of avoiding the later.
While many industry analysts have already acknowledged that streaming accounts for a huge percentage of overall music consumption, some of the most popular tracks actually received an even greater number of spins once Pandora was factored into the equation.
Here a music industry veteran dives into the world of music publishing and explains why it is that so many artists aren't actually at point in their career where a music publicist is necessary or attainable.
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.