A decade ago, major labels forgoing middlemen to sell direct to fans would have led to a revolt from retailers. Now, with the ranks of retailers diminished and streaming the new normal, ringing every dollar out of fans is so essential that Warner Music has created a division to focus its D2F efforts.
The annual survey of members of Merlin, the indie music licencing agency led by Charles Caldas, was announced earlier this week during A2IM's Indie Week in New York City. The biggest takeaway was not that streaming revenue had become an essential revenue source, but rather how quickly it is growing.
Red Bull Records is looking for an Executive Assistant / Office Manager and Lily Virginia is releasing an indie album this fall and her team is looking for two interns. More on these gigs and others on Hypebot's Music Industry Jobs Board.
Although the commercial decline of the physical album means that fewer listeners are getting the full visual experience when they consume an artist's music, the following article suggests that album art has in fact become more important than ever, and makes huge difference when it comes to selling music.
How did your your Record Store Day 2106 purchases stack up against the rest of the country? This year, Star Wars: The Force Awakens “March of the Resistance” was the top selling album on Record Store Day, while Double-Sided by twenty one pilots was the top selling single. Here is the complete Top 25 Album and Singles Charts for Record Store Day 2016:
Today, Saturday April 16th is Record Store Day - a celebration of all that is good about indie record stores and indie music. Despite vinyl sales these stores are struggling and as convenient as it is to stream or download, we need them. They're guides pointing us towards hidden musical gems and gathering places for our tribe of music lovers.
Rather than play by the rules and stick to industry conventions, it has become important for those operating independently within the music business to pursue trends which will allow them greater control over their work. Here we look at three such trends which are expected to gain prominence in the coming year.