One of the most valuable types of data for artists and labels is demographic information on exactly who is listening to their music. This is why a new deal being struck between Spotify and Nielsen Research could have implications for not just advertisers, but also artists.
Arthritis is hugely prevalent in the population, and one of the primary causes of disability in adults. The lifestyle of musicians makes them particularly prone to this ailment due to the repetitive strain practicing and performing can put on one's joints. Here we look at how to keep arthritis at bay, and cope more effectively with it as a condition.
Samples are an incredible tool at all levels of music production, opening up all kinds of new creative horizons. However, they can be confusing and difficult to implement effectively. Here we explore how to use samples the proper way.
ASCAP has announced that the 14th edition of its signature “I Create Music” EXPO, will return to the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles on May 2 - 4, 2019. The PRO also announced the release of 60+ hours of video of panels and performances from the 2018 conference.
While every band has to start somewhere, lining up shows can be a challenge, and finding decent shows to play, particularly at the early stages, is not easy task. Here we look at some mixed techniques to try in an effort to line up more shows for your band.
While musicians typically follow an established formula when it comes to releasing new music, this doesn't mean it's always the best way. Here Chris Robley digs into three way you can think differently about releasing your music and see drastically improved results.
Chasing press can be one of the most frustrating elements of self-marketing, and is made even more frustrating by the fact that there is no guarantee of a payoff. Here we look at five easily fixable problems that could be preventing you getting the press you need.
Rarely does someone purchase a ticket for an event immediately after learning about it, and 'converting' them into a ticket buyer can be a delicate process. Here, we look at how to target the right potential attendees through Facebook.
Quincy Jones has led a $1 million seed funding round in music tech startup Jammcard. The music industry professionals network has been called the "LinkedIn for musicians" by Forbes.
Playlist doesn't seem to be going away, and while landing on Spotify curated playlists may seem out of reach, their hardly the only option, with user-generated playlists often having hundreds of thousands of followers. Here we look at what artists need to do land spot on one of these coveted lists.
While you may not yet be ready to employ a full-time music manager, that doesn't mean that, as a DIY artist, you need to totally go it alone. In fact, there are a number of ways you can expand your team and advance your career without having to fully invest in a manager. Here we look at five things an accountability team can do for you.
Apple Music has improved how its displays an artist's albums and singles. Previously, tracks, collections and albums were lumped together, forcing the user to scroll through dozens of often redundant releases to find what they are looking for.
In this piece Gloria Ruth Finney looks at the phenomenon of a YouTube Pop-space dubbed the Nashville Sessions which allows select up-and-coming musicians to connect and collaborate over the course of a week as well as work on increasing their YouTube viewership.
Acknowledging that "with 180 million tracks and millions of artists to discover, sometimes SoundCloud can feel like a very big place to explore," the streamer has launched SoundCloud Weekly, a personalized discovery playlist.
Becoming a successful artist will, on some level, always necessitate a certain amount of branding, and a huge part of your visual identity comes from the font you choose. In this piece we look at how to determine which will work the best for you.
Your brand is your calling card, but most artists and entrepreneurs fail at one of the cornerstones of building and protecting their online brand. Ariel and her team CyberPR offer 5 Elements to Include For A Perfect Press Kit and more.
Our tips and advice for the independent do-it-yourself musicians out there this week offer guidance on how to budget for the cost of touring in 2018, the five things you absolutely must have at every live show, how to effectively split songwriting royalties, and more.
This week on MusicThinkTank, we looked at articles on weird mixing terminology, how to use Spotify and other streaming services as an independent artist, how to identify if you need a manager, and more!
It has been commonly acknowledge that touring is now how artists are making their money in today's music business, but hitting on the road brings with it a host of expenses. Here we break down the various costs of touring into three different tiers: basic, medium, and premium.
This week's most popular articles from the pages of Hypebot explored a new Instagram marketing tool from Bandsintown, Camila Cabello breaking a major record for women on Spotify, how AI is creating new opportunities for artists, and more.
Life as an artist can be unpredictable, and as a successful musician, it's important to take steps to ensure that your royalties continue to provide for you late into life and beyond. In this piece we look at steps taken by artists and their estates to guarantee that their legacy and money will last.
The world of recording and mixing can often seem intimidating, with its various technical complexities and confusing terminology. Here we help explain a few of the more befuddling terms which are often thrown about in the recording studio.
Being an entrepreneur of any kind is hard work, and requires a certain set of skills to do well. Here we look at the top seven qualities of a successful musical entrepreneur, and how you can further develop any of the skill should you struggle with them.
This short piece comes from independent music professional and former Hypebot contributor Hisham Dahud.
Here's an unexpected revelation: I used to put my laptop to 'sleep' upon ending a workday. No shutdown; just close the screen and pick up where I left off the next day. I used to view this as a nifty feature, but I've recently uncovered the subconscious impact this can have.
Live shows bring with them an unending host of variables and complications, and it can be difficult to prioritize what you need to take with you. Here we look at the five essential items for converting concert goers into engaged fans.
Chris Robley of CD Baby shares a helpful video from ASCAP on the importance of making sure you get all the co-songwriting from writing as soon as a song is finished, and making sure said splits add up to 100%.
When new technology is introduced to the music industry, artists and musicians often flock to it to create new music, and new businesses. The next tech now positioned to disrupt the music industry is predicted to fill this role is Artificial Intelligence )AI).
Bandsintown has added a unique free tool to announce concerts and sell tickets directly on Instagram via the concert discovery platform's new Events Landing Page. Instagram has quickly become a very effective viral marketing tool for music and musicians.