Linkfire co-founder Jeppe Faurfelt joins Music Biz Weekly podcast co-host Jay Gilbert to the discuss essential and often overlooked marketing tool intelligent URLs and the use of special landing pages for all of your releases.
The venerable music trade magazine Billboard is finally shifting its publication and chart dates to closer match the real world. Starting in 2018, Billboard Magazine issues and charts within it will be dated to the Saturday of the week that that the magazine is shipped. Currently, Billboard issues are dated to the Saturday in the week following shipment.
When it comes to measuring album success, it has long been a practice to focus only on the 'frontline' releases, with music being relegated to a label's 'catalog' after eighteen month. Thanks to the age of streaming, however, music often sees increased increased spins in the years following its release, leading some to question if the charts are still accurate.
Responding to a request from SoundExchange and other artist advocates, the US Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) yesterday issued rate changes for for Sirius XM’s satellite radio service, as well as for cable and satellite television music services provided by Music Choice and Muzak, from 2018 through 2022.
In the music business, your actual abilities can often take a back seat to your network and who you know. Whether you're an artist, a label or even a mixing engineer, making industry connections and expanding your network are essential. Here we look at how record labels can better connect with independent artists.
Manchester based Beatroot has entered administration, the UK equivalent of bankruptcy protection. Founded in 2015, the online platform helped record labels, production companies and publishers prepare music for digital distribution, collecting tracks, metadata and legal rights in a single place.
YouTube is often maligned for low payments to creators, but CD Baby CEO Tracy Maddux see's the video platform differently. Here, he recounts how, thanks in large part to YouTube's open platform, more and more independent artists have been able to build a significant audience than ever before
Music Biz Weekly Podcast co-hosts Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert have discussed plans to market and promote an album or tour. But, do you have a plan for when your tour ends or your album has run it's course? It begins with removing messaging that is promoting something that is over, but that's just the start.
Despite a great deal of uncertainty surrounding its finances and future, 2017 was a big year musically for he platform and the artists that use it. To look back at the top achievements of the year, they'v broken down their achievements into 17 varied categories from hip-hop, pop, dance and rock, to what’s new, now and next in music culture.
[UPDATED] News that President Trump had recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel sent shock waves through the region. For a growing group of musicians and music industry professionals, it was another reminder of how difficult it will be to attain their goal - exporting Palestinian music and culture on an international scale.
Global indie digital rights agency Merlin has announced results of its biennial board elections, including Dave Hansen, Epitaph’s SVP of Business Development, replacing Beggars Group founder Martin Mills as the new Chairman.
In this interview Glenn Dicker, co-founder of Yep Roc records (now in its twentieth year), chats about the origins of the label, the value of genre diversity, suggests some essentials from their catalogue, and more.
Sony-owned music and film distributor The Orchard has announced a deal with independent label SPV for worldwide digital distribution. Founded in Germany, in 1984, SPV's catalog includes Whitesnake, Sepultura, Kaiser Chiefs, Motörhead, The Game, Alice Cooper, Everlast, Monster Magnet, UFO and The Scorpions.
As with every other aspect of marketing yourself in the music industry, when you choose to release your music can make all the difference. In this article we break down the best months in which to drop your new record as well as those months which will ensure a flop.
Spotify is reportedly in talks with the the music arm of Chinese net giant Tencent to swap 10% stakes in each other’s businesses ahead of expected public market listings next year. In addition to greater collective bargaining power, there are some interesting and important unintended consequences of a deal for both companies.
A lot of musicians, particularly those those who don't have a lot of industry clout or feel as though proper legal representation is out of the their reach, a legal battle may be something they're more likely to walk away from than face. This doesn't have to be the case however, and we here look at how indie artists can get access to legal help.
In this interview Jessica Page talks about her time in the music industry, from her origins at startups and in media distribution, as well as about her current position at Mom + Pop Music and current social media marketing strategies.
One of many music aggregators out there, Ditto is growing to become one of the bigger players in distribution and label services, and has been rapidly expanding to become one of the major player in digital distribution along with companies like TuneCore and CD Baby.
Spotify is in talks with the the music arm of Chinese internet giant Tencent Holdings to swap 10% stakes in each other’s businesses ahead of their expected public market listings next year, according to the Wall Street Journal.
How A Philly Alt-Rocker and Aussie Singer-Songwriter Connected Their Fans With A Spotify Playlist Exchange
As the international duo of besties was faced with limited option when it came to the promotion of their new album, artists Kurt Vile and Courtney Barnett came with a unique way of boosting their new album via a Spotify playlist sharing program.
Independent artists make up 55% of nominations in all non-producer and non-spoken word categories, according to tabulations from A2IM. In 43 of the 81 categories, majority of nominees were on independent labels.
Black Friday sales reports from the Coalition Of Independent Music Stores are in and they were universally positive, according to Michael Bunnell, CIMS Executive Director. Less comprehensive data showed an up day on Small Business Saturday, as well.
Much like the recorded music industry, record stores are making a comeback. While the gains are modest, some new stores are opening successfully with a mix of vinyl, merch, used music and more. One independent chain has grown to 82 stores, fueled by the vinyl resurgence and guided by technology.
While we wait for A2IM's definitive tabulation of who independent record labels faired in 2018 Grammy nominations, the tally for The Orchard stood out. Buoyed by its merger with RED, the Sony-owned indie music and film distributor notched a record 50 Grammy nominations.
It's clear from looking at any chart or official playlist that the major labels have a significant edge when promoting music and "creating" hits. But that promotional power does not always lead to longevity - how long a songs stays on the charts. In fact, indie labels, though falling behind in the sprint, often excel in the marathon.
Tampa based Symphonic Distribution has secured a $4 million investment from Ballast Point Ventures (BPV). Symphonic will use the investment to add to its sales force, bolster its marketing and enhance its product capabilities.
K-Pop is hardly a niche genre, but until recently, its fans were found primarily in Korea, neighboring Asian countries and Korean immigrants in the US and elsewhere. Spotify, with its global footprint, helped change that two years ago with the launch of its Korean pop genre hub. The streamer could do the same for other genres and culturally based music, but it's efforts to spotlight music ranging from Americana to ska have been spotty at best.
In this interview Noah Jackson, content and social media strategist at Downtown Records, discusses the importance of artists keeping up with marketing tech, as well as the value of messenger bots and strategies for getting them to work effectively.