This week, Hypebot's most often read articles covered the financial plight of the average musician, Ed Sheeran's litigation woes at the hands of Marvin Gaye's estate, how Best Buy brought about the downfall of the CD, and more!
For those artists looking to get their work on YouTube without having to pull together a music video, YouTube Art Tracks provides an excellent alternative, allowing artists to share their work in a high quality, data rich format easily accessible by consumers.
While you likely have a website, are you really getting the most out of it? Here we explore changes you can make to optimize your site that will produce more results from fans already visiting your site.
Here Justin M. Jacobson highlights several important clauses which artists should take note of when entering into brand sponsorship agreements, using three different examples to illustrate the terms and language used.
Since its humble origins these many years ago, YouTube has made more than a few stars, and continues to do so even now. The platforms ubiquity, however, has made it that much harder for artists to break through the clutter and get noticed. Here we look at a few success stories from artists who have managed to do just that.
Achieving success on Youtube and social platforms requires more than just creating a great music video - the promotional strategy surrounding how you market said video will ultimately make the most difference in how well it fares.
The vote by the EU Parliament Thursday to open debate on Article 13, sweeping legislation that revamps copyright law, is seen as a setback for the music industry. But what is exactly is Article 13 and what does today's vote mean for musicians and the music industry?
Founded in 2015, Stem.is is a unique digital aggregator which submits your music to all major streaming services and, unlike most other digital aggregators, has a more streamlined payment process, meaning you and your collaborators can earn royalties with fewer accounting hassles.
You can be the most skilled musician in the world, but when it comes to performing live every artist is at the mercy of the sound technicians. Here we explore when is the right time to hire a professional sound person, and what qualities they should possess when you do.
When it comes to promoting a show or event, email is your best friend, as it still yields a higher return on investment than many forms of promotion. For emails to be effective, however, they need to grab readers attention. Here we look at how.
Kevin Breuner Of CD Baby joins Michael Brandvold on the Music Biz Weekly podcast to talk about the 4th annual DIY Musician Conference being held August 24-26th at the Omni Nashville. CD Baby expects another standing-room only event, welcoming 1500 independent artists.
In some unfortunate although perhaps not surprising recent news, a new study has revealed that, apart from those operating at the top rung of the business, the average musician is now pulling down less income from their work than ever before.
In this piece, Laurens Kusters of indie.ninja shares his knowledge from the road. Having gained significant experience as a tour manager for many years, he discuses when to hire a tour manager and what qualities to look for should you do so.
Humans, for the most part, don't often take criticism particularly well, and having someone pass judgement on your music can seem especially personal. Here we look at how make the most out of criticism and turn it into a positive source for growth.
Having a solid web presence is essential to being successful as a musician in 2018, and a website is a key part of this. Here we look at several important elements to include and consider when constructing a website for your band.
[UPDATE] Festivals have become a preferred way for artists to gain visibility and earn some serious cash, but their ubiquity has often leaves these events competing for customers, causing them to implement a "radius clause" but Coachella, it seems, may have taken this clause too far.
Given the time and energy which it takes to record new music, along with the challenges facing the format of the conventional album, artists looking to make splash should consider the advantages of a well crafted cover. Here we explore why.
TuneCore has partnered with Sentric Music to improve its music publishing administration service. Launching next month, TuneCore’s new platform will offer members more revenue opportunities and faster overseas payments.
We have a variety of invaluable tips for the do-it-yourself indie artist looking to make it in the music industry this week, including advice on the best Facebook strategy for selling out your next show, what to avoid when you're pitching your music to press outlets, how to sell music with words, and much more.
This week's chart-topping articles on Hypebot covered whether Article 13 could spell the end of music on YouTube, the most effect way to utilize Facebook event marketing, why every indie needs a ninja, and more.
While most artists are likely using Facebook in some capacity to promote their show or event, a few half-hearted posts aren't going to cut it. Here we look at how to utilize the full potential Facebook's marketing capabilities.
Getting press from taste-making gatekeepers is an essential part of releasing music for any artist, and those who don't have a boatload of cash must instead rely on crafting the perfect pitch. Here we look at what not to do when pitching your music.
For musicians, buying instruments or gear can be a stressful experience, with so many different factors to consider it can be easy to end up making an expensive purchase that you later regret. Here we go over some tips for first time equipment purchasers that can help prevent buyers remorse.
With the acknowledgment that selling music is hard and there are no silver bullets, this article helps to outline what some of the challenges are in selling music with your writing, and the steps which must be taken for someone to become a music buying fan.
Concert discovery app Songkick has announced the addition of free artist specific fan and gig analytics, alongside some impressive new user, concert listing and SEO stats of their own. Songkick distributes concert information to Google, Spotify, Facebook, Pandora, Shazam and other music and web services.
Concert discovery and marketing app Bandsintown has announced key partnerships in Japan and France to further expand its international reach. 35% of Bandsintown's 130 million monthly active users are currently from outside of North America.
In this open letter to music venues, Evan Zwisler details the ways in which performance spaces should be more upfront about their business operations, and how they should bands and artists before, after, and during the show.