Some of the industry's most vocal commentators have decided that streaming offers little to no benefit to artists, unless they've achieved a level of stardom where earning money from streaming is no longer an issue. Services like Spotify and Apple Music may be helping artists more than previously thought, however, writes Robert Lanterman.
Music sales tracking firm BuzzAngle reports that Adele's "25" sold 3,327,992 total albums in its first week of release. Nielsen Music put the number slightly higher at 3.38 million. Sales were split almost equally between physical and digital with “25” representing an amazing 67.1% of total sales in the Top 200 last week.
Once the recording process is successfully completed, you'll likely be eager to get your music in every digital store possible posthaste. While this takes time, there are several things that can be done, from correctly formatting your content appropriately to ensuring all the music is licensed, which will greatly expedite the process.
While Billboard takes a number of factors into account when calculating its rankings, it does not include illegal downloads, which would alter their statistics significantly. Here we look at which albums and genres are most commonly pirated, and what these illicit downloads might indicate for the artist.
While piracy remains a significant issue in New Zealand, the recording industry is saying that the country's laws make copyrights too expensive to enforce. According to a report by Fairfax Digital's Stuff.nz, only one complaint has been successfully pursued with the country's Copyright Tribunal this year, compared with four last year and 18 in 2013.
The idea of a blank media levy is not at all new. The debate has been around since cassette tapes enabled affordable, large-scale private copying. Today, it seems as if this idea is losing importance given that the ‘access’ model of music consumption is gaining ground against the prevailing ‘ownership’ model in which music is purchased and technically ‘owned’.
You’re an independent artist about to release your first album in four years. On release day, in addition to making the album available via download stores and streaming, you give away free downloads of the whole album away on NoiseTrade. Crazy? No. Josh Garrels' new album Home just charted on Billboard despite (or because of) also being available for free.