Rapper Talib Kweli has canceled a performance at a Kansas City music venue after the booked a Scandinavian accused of being Nazi sympathizers. According to the Kansas City Star, Kweli on Feb 20th told the management of the Riot Room that he would not be performing the following day after he learned that the venue had also booked the band Taake for a March 31st show.
New artists beat the old guard at the 2018 Brit Awards which saw grime artist Stormzy and pop music singer-songwriter Dua Lipa take top honors at the annual awards show, winning British Male and Female solo artist, respectively.
Besides getting the industry back on its feet as a whole, playlist have been a huge asset in bringing unknown groups and artists out of obscurity. While this all seems like a good thing, playlist culture has it's own potential downsides.
This week Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert are joined on the Music Biz Weekly podcast by Brian Slagel, CEO of Metal Blade Records. He shares his thoughts on the importance of social media and how important it is when considering a band for a record deal. We talk about bands having to pay their dues.
Like President Trump, Neil Portnow and too many other men refuse to admit without equivocation that they are part of the gender problem. Until that changes, not much else can. Is 12%, for example, or even 17% representation for women in music so much better than 9% that it deserves an announcement? The Recording Academy thought so, issuing a letter with its own analysis of women musical creators and performers.
In this interview Swedish twenty-two year old manager and digital strategist Timothy Collins discusses his company UNLTD, the importance of innovation, and the challenge of breaking through the social media landscape.
Streaming use is growing and broadcast radio's audience is shrinking. No surprise there. But what is of interest is the slow pace of the shift, which presents opportunities for streaming to reach a much broader audience and the time for radio to reinvent itself.
Given everything that the music industry's been through, it's understandable that the word "free" can often evoke a negative reaction when dropped in music business circles. That said, however, judiciously applied giveaways can yield decidedly positive results in the long run.
The songs we listen to in our early teens form our musical taste as adults, according to a New York Times analysis of data from Spotify. The study also found that these influences were stronger for women than men; and were tied to the end of puberty for both.
Here data journalist and music curator Emily Blake of Next Big Sound shares her thoughts and insights on finding trends in music, as well as how artists can and should use data for leveraging success.
The Arcade Fire, Jessie Reyez and the late Gordon Downie were among the top nominees for the 2018 Juno Awards. Arcade Fire landed nods for album of the year and alternative album of the year for “Everything Now” and also picked up nominations for Single of the Year, Group of the Year and Album Artwork of the Year.
In this interview Michelle Brook, the digital manager at Ignition Records talks about her work in the industry, and share her opinions and experiences on the value of marketing using messenger bots, and where such types of technology might be headed in the future.
CD sales fell 18.5% last year, as steaming became the dominant format for more and more U.S. consumers. But this substantial decline could accelerate as Best Buys says it will stop selling all CDs; and Target will reportedly follow suit, unless labels agree to more favorable terms.
When on tour, college towns can represent a great opportunity for artists looking to book shows, but attracting the college demographic carries with it its own set of challenges. Here we look at how to effectively market to a college audience.
While many emerging artists have chosen to eschew labels, there are still a number of advantages to having the backing of a traditional label. Here we delve into how artists can refine their approach when it comes to trying to land a record deal.
As a $32 billion dollar industry with serious growth projected, the PC gaming market has become a premium area for artists to pull in serious money, provided if they're willing to put in the work necessary to land a contract for a game soundtrack.
Petition Demanding Recording Academy Head Resign After 'Women Must Step Up' Comment Nears 10K Signatures
A petition demanding the Recording Academy President Neil Portnow resign had 9653 signatures as of Wednesday. The calls for the Academy's long term leader came after his response to the lack of women nominated for Grammys this year was that they needed to "step up" if they want to be in the music industry.
All week we digging into the Music Modernization Act currently before Congress. Yesterday, we learned that under the widely endorsed bill, songwriters would lose unclaimed royalties, as well as, some important rights to litigate. Today, Chris Castle explores a missed opportunity for the MMA - not dealing with the mass NOIs that allow streamers to use songs even when they can't find the proper license holders.
A constantly evolving vibrant music and arts mecca, Brooklyn is home to The Creamery Studio, a lofted space in the Greenpoint Neighborhood. Here Jeff Fettig and Quinn McCarthy chat with the TuneCore Blog about the space and a new mixtape of studios artists being released.
As our week long look at the Music Modernization Act continues, some see major problems, despite bipartisan support in Congress and endorsements from virtually every major music and tech trade group. Among the critics are respected music industry attorneys Nicole Haff and Cassie Daum
Independent labels won 36 out of the 84 or just over 40% of Grammys handed out this week. A2IM member labels 4AD (Beggars Group), ATO, Big Machine, Concord Music Group, Compass, eOne, Mack Avenue, Motema, Naxos, Sub Pop and Thirty Tigers all scored wins. 10 of the 36 winners were distributed by The Orchard.
The 2018 Grammy Awards saw Bruno Mars take home all six awards that he was nominated for including the trifecta of Song, Record and Album Of The Year, and Jay Z, the most nominated artist of the night, go home empty handed. Judging from the nominations, this should have been rap and hip hop's big year at the Grammys, but Mars forgot to get the message.
This week we drop some knowledge on DIY and indie artists on what to do when your song is among the Copyright Office's NOI filings, how you can combat the Facebook Page Apocalypse, the most effective way to go about contact radio stations for promo, and more.
Billboard has named its 2018 Power 100 list of the executives driving the music industry. There is only one women named in the Top 25 in a standalone role, and just four more share billing in an otherwise all male team. While reflective of the industry, the list seems particularly tone deaf appearing on the same day that the trade magazine reported a new study of the " Major Lack of Representation by Women in the Music Industry."
Here Cadence Weapon, AKA Rollie Pemberton, speaks about working as an independent artist on the frontlines of experimental hip-hop for the past decade, the process of making his latest album, and how he identifies as a DIY musician.
[UPDATED] It's shaping up to be a very interesting year for the Grammy Awards, with the current crop of nominees (finally) among the most diverse ever. Jarrod Goldner of Music Audience Exchange offers his predictions for the 60th Annual Grammy Awards, which will be held this Sunday, January 28th. CBS will broadcast the show live from Madison Square Garden in New York City.
[UPDATED] Each week Pandora shares highlights from its Trendsetters Chart. Compiled using data obtained from Next Big Sound, this chart shows the top 20 artists listeners have been using to create the highest number of stations from over the past week, and reflects which up-and-coming artists are currently trending on the platform.
Music licensing platform Songtradr today announced that is had raised a Series A round of $4 million to support the company's ongoing expansion. This latest round brings Songtradr 's total funding to $9 million. Lead investor in the round was Richard White, CEO and founder of Australian-based WiseTech Global.
In this Q&A style interview, Jo Morris talks about their work at Beggars Group, a group of labels including 4AD, Matador, and Rough Trade, as well as their work with messenger bots and how artists can use messenger bots in their digital marketing strategy.