In an email to users yesterday, ReverbNation shared that its data had been hacked. Law enforcement agents say that in January of 2014, an individual, who has since been charged, illegally accessed a vendor’s computer systems and gained access.
Music recognition app Shazam announced that its verified artist community has achieved a combined reach of 1.4 billion followers. Starting today, Shazam Verified Artists is open to all artists offering an easy way to connect with fans.
[UPDATED] The rise of the Internet significantly changed how we consume music, and many are calling into question if, as we move forward, the album format is really the best way to release music. Here one such musician explains why he is choosing (in lieu of a full album) to release his music as a series of 7" singles.
When it was originally begun, CASH Music was catering to the needs of only a few choice musicians who believed that the traditional label model was not for them. CASH Music instead worked to directly connect fans with artists as a means of financing their music. Since then, crowdfunding has only increased in popularity, as has CASH.
In this latest installment of THE PITCH, startup Kandeze, an online learning platform for art, music, and creative technology gets their chance to explain what they're about and why you might want to get involved in 100 words or less.
Though an integral part of search engine optimization, the world of hashtags is so cluttered and complex, finding ones that are actually effective can be a struggle. Here are three tools for making that process easier.
TuneCore is expanding into the UK. While the flat fee digital music distributor already has many UK based artists onboard, the expansion will allow them to be paid in local currency. Last year the US based company expanded into Japan and Canada.
Even in this digital age of music, fans can still be willing to part with cash in exchange for a physical copy of your album, particularly if you sell it right. Here are six tips for getting your CD into the hands of concert goers.
All streaming music services are not created equal, at least when its comes to payments. A myriad of advances to major labels, fine print and legal trickery makes it impossible to declare one service more artist friendly than another. But occasionally something emerges that sheds a bit of light.
Having a hard time locating and negotiating licensing and publishing deals? A new company known as Tuneteams is working to streamline this process by connecting music companies with new music available for license.
In a mood for some smiley tunes? Since their introduction in 1999, emojis have attained massive popularity and are now littered across all social media platforms. So why not start including searchable emojis in playlist names?
[UPDATED] Our ongoing early stage startup series, The PITCH, today gives Busker - "a platform designed to facilitate the direct financial support of musicians" - its chance in 100 words or less to tell you why you should pay attention.
As carefully calculated and smartly packaged as Taylor Swift is, Miley Cyrus is improvisational and raw. The music industry needs more of both kinds of artists. Each attracts legions of fans and neither is afraid to criticize the establishment. But, lets face it, Miley is way more fun to watch, and she didn't disappoint last night.
Hypebot was full of tips for the D.I.Y. musician this week, offering instruction on how to make more money from ticket sales on you website, successfully launch an artist, what to do after you've named your band, and more.
Some of the most popular items on Hypebot this week included a look at several labels working to fix the music industry, an examination of the actual problem with streaming, and the power of the Ryan Adams bump, plus much more.
Louisa Wendorff has been awash in success following a recent tweet from Taylor Swift and has had the good fortune to play at both the Grammy Red Carpet on E! as well as the closing ceremony of the Special Olympics. Here PledgeMusic speaks with her about the upturn in her career and her new EP.
This will not be a long post. It is being written to share one fact: on Monday, 1 billion people used Facebook. That's 1/7th of the world's population, including people too young, old or poor to be online using, Facebook on a single day. If you still wondered whether or not you need to have a strong presence on Facebook, you have the answer.
While new products and services are constantly being introduced to the music industry, few of these are truly "disruptive." This article examines some telling signs that can allow artists to identify game-changing technologies early on.
While you hopefully won't end up in court, creating a paper trail when submitting your work is critical when it comes to protecting your intellectual property, be it music, art, or something else all together.
Do you know what it takes to successfully launch an artist? Release parties and Facebook posts are all well and good, but a truly successful launch requires that any social media posts be backed by a database and strong content.
While making music readily available for digital download is an easy process, it is important that artists take the time to include metadata relating to the music in order to maintain a professional image.
Gunning to be the social network where artists connect with their fans is an ambitious goal. But Flipagram has deep pockets and offers the one thing most of its competitors from Facebook to niche players don't - artist monetization.
It's one step forward and one step back for SoundCloud. Rumors have the music site close to a key deal with Universal. But today UK music collection and licensing body PRS Music announced it was suing SoundCloud after five years of negotiations with no agreement.
Once the fun part of picking a unique and memorable band name is done, there are some important steps you need to take immediately afterwards in order to properly secure your carefully selected moniker among the ranks of others.
[UPDATED] For much of recent history, the music industry has been infamous for its inability to adapt to digital technology. This said, certain companies within the industry, like Apple and Spotify, have proven they are able to adopt new ideas and succeed, demonstrating how valuable innovation is in any creative industry.
While there are those who say that the era of musical protest is over, an agency of music hackers has been collaborating with Greenpeace to create interactive digital music as a means of protesting Shell's oil drilling in the arctic.