[UPDATED] Chance The Rapper has become the poster child for truly independent artists with his hugely successful streaming only releases. So Ditto Music being chosen to handle the worldwide distribution for his new release is a major score for the D.I.Y. distributor.
As with so many industries, advancements in tech are quickly changing and reshaping the music business in several significant ways, with new jobs emerging all the time. Here we look at ten different music business jobs of the future.
Building community is the best rewarding way to build an engaged fanbase. Amanda Palmer's crowdfunding efforts earned her $2.8 million from her community of supportive fans. Ariel Hyatt of CyberPR explores the three communities that make up every fan base and how to engage each.
As old as recorded music itself, disputes over ownership have permeated the music industry for decades. Luckily the advancement of technology has made it a little easier to keep performance rights in check. In this article we explore exactly what performance rights disputes are, and where they come from.
In this case study, the team at Burstimo worked to raise the profile of the band Victors to the next level, by hitting hard on YouTube, Spotify, industry influencers, and social media as whole. Here we explore the story of their success.
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.
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.
David Turner, the author of the newsletter Penny Fractions. David joins Michael Brandvold on the Music Biz Weekly podcast in a discussion about the business of streaming music, the issues to data standardization and the problem with streaming services being gamed.
As streaming settles in to become the established medium of music consumption, the inevitable issue of fraud is rearing its ugly head. In this piece Kevin Cornell provides a quick breakdown of streaming fraud and what you, as an artist, need to know.
[PIAS] co-founder Michel Lambot looks at how the economic structure of media consumption has shifted over time to one of renting vs. owning; and how tech companies bypassing record labels to make direct deals with artists is the next logical step in this progression.
As the music industry has changed, so too has the way in which consumers find new music, but music discovery remains one of the most important aspects of the music industry, and is the holy grail for artists and promoters. Here we look at prevailing music discovery trends of 2018.
In this interview, James Martin of Midem speaks with Sam Hill, Director of Digital Marketing at BMG UK, about his job, advice he'd give to those starting in the music industry, where he thinks the music industry is headed, and why he doesn't think data should drive 100% of decisions.
As the Music Modernization Act has moves through congress, controversy continues to persist surrounding the actual impact it will have on the creators, producers, and performers in the music industry, particularly with regard to the database creation built into bill.
EPs have existed for a long time as a great way for artists to test the waters before dropping a full length album. Here we look at the benefits of having an EP, how to use it, and the history behind the format.
Singer songwriter Smokey Robinson too the stage in a somewhat different capacity recently to act as a moving and powerful advocate for artists' rights, delivering a passionate defense to the Senate Judiciary Committee as they deliberate on the Music Modernization Act.
As the use of big data as a marketing tool gains speed in music industry, Natasha Lane here explores in depth the definition of big data, and how it applies to music itself, and the marketing strategy implemented for said music.
The relevancy of the Billboard Hot 100 has long been argued by those operating in and around the music industry, receiving particular criticism for the weight which it gives to streaming, something which Billboard is hoping to fix in newly instituted alterations to their measurement system.
Having been in financial hot water for some time, Pandora is anxious to crank up its revenue, and so has increased the number of ads which play on its free tier. Unfortunately, although perhaps not surprisingly, this uptick in ads seems to have blown up in Pandora's face.
Subscription based online music and audiobook retailer eMusic has been struggling of late, and most recently has been seeking salvation by reinventing itself as blockchain platform, a makeover which seems unlikely to end successfully.
While online streaming and terrestrial radio both seem to have figured out the best way in which to gather listener data, online radio is lagging behind in this department, a problem which needs to be solved if they hope to keep/bring in advertisers.
New numbers have revealed that YouTube is more popular than every other streaming service combined, and while there's some suspicion regarding these numbers, there remains a great deal that Spotify could do to make itself a little more user friendly to consumers.
Data shows that interactive streaming has become the dominant form of music consumption, largely replacing previous means of listening, and causing us to look back at the less than lucrative (albeit brief) fourish year period of music downloads.
Although none of it is shocking new data from the most recent IFPI study has given us a glimpse of what a later stage streaming economy might look like, thanks to the numbers coming from Spotify's home country of Sweden.
"I spoke on an incredible panel for AIMP here in New York City a few nights ago all about branding and marketing," writes Ariel Hyatt of CyberPR, "and in a roundtable discussion after, an artist asked me what my history was in the music business. he asked, “How do you know so much about locating super fans and building?”
Chinese streaming company Tencent Music is rumored to be headed for an Initial Public Offering in the very near future, with a valuation high enough to make it the fourth biggest streaming company in North America.
In this piece Bobby Owsinski refutes the idea that technology will "save" the music business, arguing that as long as people want to hear music, there will be a business around it, and that things like blockchain tech can only be so beneficial.
A theory often perpetuated by Spotify maintains that streaming will yield more revenue than downloads or traditional retail sales, as it generates money for the artist with every play, as opposed to a one-time purchase. Unfortunately, streaming is a lot more like traditional sales than Spotify is letting on.