This week on MusicThinkTank, we learned from mistakes The Beates made, looked at how you can increase your chances of getting press, a better way to structure your website, and more.
With 75 million users, Spotify has the potential to be a powerful music discovery and marketing tool. New stats from the streamer show that it's already helping to boost some artists. We can only hope that Spotify remains an independent discovery channel and is not co-opted by the major labels. I guarantee that their trying....
One of the best ways to get new strategies and ideas for your music career is to look at what other musicians are doing. So Dave Kusek and Lindsay McGrath of the New Artist Model put together a series of case studies from musicians pushing the envelope in indie music. The third installment is celestial pop musician Parvati and her manager Rishi Deva.
Recently, the Hudson Valley Bluegrass Association had its lecture videos taken down owing to their inclusion of brief clips of bluegrass music. Although the use of the music was clearly fair use, Sony initially demanded a fee for the use of the recordings, raising some alarming questions regarding copyfraud and the use of ContentID.
With fanboy like zeal, I'll admit that Spotify's Discover Weekly is one of my favorite features on any streaming service. (Though, I'm also excited about Slacker's new programming.) Stats from Spotify show that millions of others have also experienced the eerie accuracy with which Discover Weekly unearths great music that fits their specific tastes.
Are playlists the new radio? It's too early to know if that's really an apt comparison, but its unequivocally true that playlists generate huge interest and income. Proving just how important playlisting has become, Spotify, the biggest player in streaming music globally, has shared new playlist stats.
Travelling by air with a musical instrument is never easy. If you check in your instrument on a flight with one or more stopovers, there is always the chance that you reach your destination and find that it has been offloaded at another intermediate stop, or worse, has been damaged as a result of rough handling.
80% revenue growth would be cause for celebration at almost any company. But Spotify isn't just any company. Growth means greater expenses for the music streamer and last year, which they are calling their "best year ever," Spotify suffered a $194 million loss while paying 84% of total revenue to the music industry.