Offering unique renditions of independent artist's music in an intimate and minimalist setting, video music blogs are both an excellent way to discover great new music, or simply hear artists which you already enjoy in a different context. In this piece, we look at five such blogs to keep on eye on.
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.
While superfans have traditionally sought to develop a personal connection with artists, the "shuffle age" of streaming has brought with it the streaming superfan, who instead seeks to continuously broaden their musical knowledge base as a means of increasing their social capital and confidence in their own tastes.
Today's generation of young adults has rarely, if ever, had to pay for music, having grown up during the reign of the illegal MP3, and now living in the golden age of freemium streaming. This raises some tough questions about whether or not these consumers will ever be willing to part with solid cash for music.
With the rise of apps such as WhatsApp, many people are moving away from larger public social networks in favor of smaller group and one-on-one messaging services. This raises some interesting questions about how people's listening habits will be affected if they also begin sharing music in this more isolated manner.
While the days of Woodstock and Lilith Fair may be behind us, the U.S. has no shortage of other festivals to offer the modern music fan who may be seeking to indulge their senses with tens of thousands of other like-minded individuals, all for the price of a ticket.
Apple CEO Tim Cook recently announced that Apple Music has 6.5 millions paid subscribers. While a promising figure on its face, it seems unlikely that all these listeners will continue paying past the first month. This article breaks down Apple Music's most recent statistics, offering us some idea of where the streaming service is headed financially.
Although putting music on Soundcloud is easier than ever, there are still several all-too-common mistakes that can prevent artists from getting the most out of the site, whether it's not keeping your account consistently organized, failing to interact with other users in a constructive and meaningful way, or simply not posting regularly.