Record Store Day is arguably the most important day on the indie music calendar. Participation is a part of many music marketing plans; and the deadlines and dues dates have just been announced. Here is the timeline courtesy of A2IM:
After a much publicized spat over unpaid royalties which led to the entire Victory Records catalog being removed from Spotify, the indie label is back on the music streamer. No details have been shared, but the reconciliation apparently happened fast enough so feared layoffs at the label were avoided.
Flat fee indie digital music and publishing administration service TuneCore has expanded into Australia with the launch of a regional service. TuneCore.com.au allows Australian-based artists to collect revenue from streaming services, digital download stores, songwriter royalties and sync licensing opportunities, all in their local currency.
The road to country music stardom may no longer be a one lane highway. A more diverse group were nominated for the 2015 Country Music Association awards, and the big winner was Kentucky bluegrass musician Chris Stapleton. He won three: male artist, new artist and album of the year. By midnight, Stapleton was No. 1 on iTunes.
The music business world is reeling after the news that Spotify neglected to license and pay royalties on a large portion of Victory Records' song catalogue. While certainly alarming, it looks as though this isn't the first time Spotify has failed uphold their end of the legal bargain, and will likely not be the last.
A new TV drama promises a fictionalized look at the record industry of the 1970s. "Vinyl" was created by Terence Winter (Boardwalk Empire, The Sopranos) and will premiere on HBO in 2016. The pilot was written by Winter and directed by Martin Scorsese. Mick Jagger is a co-producer. WATCH THE TRAILER:
Over the last few years, the major labels have made small investments in startups, but aside from UMG's acquisition of EMI, not made many deals to purchase other labels. Now there are signals that major label tech investments could get larger and indie label and event acquisitions are likely to increase.
In 2012, when Jeff Castalez left Dangerbird, the influential label he had co-founded, to helm Elektra Records, independent music lost an important voice and the major label kabal gained an innovative leader. Now Castalez is exiting Elektra to spend more time in music management and with his important non-profit Pablove.