How Fast Are U.S. Download Single Sales Declining? [CHART]

Down arrow redThis chart from Statista shows the decline in digital music single downloaded sales in the United States from 2004 to 2017. Last year, 553.5 million digital music singles were downloaded in the U.S., down from 743 million a year earlier.

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Road Hazard: 5 Touring Challenges And How They Can Be Avoided

1The idea of hitting the road on your first major tour is an exciting prospect for any new band starting out, but it's important to remember that while a potential thrilling adventure, touring brings with it many hazards for your health and wellbeing. Here we look at how such problems can be dealt with before they become a major issue.

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5 Band Skills That Can Apply Towards A Career

Band-skills-apply-to-career-1500pxAlthough popular notions may suggest that holding down an additional job means you've somehow failed to 'make it' in music, this is far from the truth, and many relatively well known artists still maintain some other form of day job. Here we look five band skills that artists can also apply towards a career.

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Why Moving To Brooklyn Isn't Necessary For Your Band To Make It Big

Photo-by-Joe-Hunt-co-flickr-CC-672x372Thanks in part to an idea perpetuated by popular culture, many fledgling bands and artists enter the industry under the assumption that moving to a densely populated area is a requirement to achieving success. This is untrue, however, and doing so can sometimes be a setback.

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Ticketfly Sees Big Layoffs Following Eventbrite Purchase

3_FW-141_AM[UPDATED] Following Eventbrite's purchase of Ticketfly from Pandora, the new owner is letting at least 25% of itd staff go as the two companies integrate into what is shaping up to be the most viable alternative to Ticketmaster for small and mid-level concert and event producers.

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Required Personnel Every Large Scale Band Needs On Tour

Images (1)While going on tour can be an arduous and complex enterprise, ensuring that you have the right set of competent people on the road with will drastically improve things for the better. Here we look at four essential personnel that should present on any big touring team.

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5 Ways Of Giving Back Through Music

How-to-give-back-through-musicThe positive impact that music can have has by this point been widely acknowledged, but less often discussed are the ways in which people can give back through music that which they have gained from it. Here we look at five music-centric organizations which are always looking for extra help.

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How To Get An Internship In The Music Business Without A Single Contact [Cyber PR]

interns wantedI was journalism major at Boston University's School Of Communications when I got my first and only internship.  Those two years spent interning at the local branch of A&M Records changed my life, and set me on a path that I'm still gladly following today. The team at Cyber PR shares how you can do the same, even without the help of a college or personal contacts. - Bruce Houghton

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Major Layoffs At Slacker Radio [UPDATE]

Slacker NewUPDATE: Slacker has laid off a major portion of it's staff, Hypebot has confirmed. In a statement (below), the company's CEO said that "approximately 25%" of the staff had been let go. Earlier in the day, a source familiar with the music streamer put the total layoffs at 50%.

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5 Ways To Optimize Your Time At SXSW

Sxsw-3.9.17-672x372Owing to issues like the visa controversy and the scaling back of some its major participants involvement, 2017's SXSW is shaping up to be an odd one. That said, the festival is still worth your time. Here we review five of the best ways to make this SXSW a showcase and marketing success.

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Is Facebook Finally Getting Serious About Music? Two Help Wanted Ads Suggest Maybe

Facebook-musicMusic powers many videos posted on Facebook as well as driving traffic and engagement in other ways.  But many uses of music have gone unlicensed and uncompensated on the platform.  There are small signs that may change.

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10 Tips For How To Work With Tough Promoters

toughThe "tough" promoter can be a facet of many local scenes, and though it can often be challenge to get on their good side, doing so can ultimately be an invaluable asset to getting good shows, as well as building your career in general.

 

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Women In The Music Industry: A Networking Guide

11Concerns regarding the persistence of majority-male event lineups and the low number of female producers have been raising some concerned questions about the state of the modern music industry. This networking guide looks at several organizations working to bring about effective change.

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How To Make Money From Teaching Music, Even If Your Schedule Is Full

1 (1)In addition to providing an excellent added source of income, teaching music can go a long way towards helping you to expand your fan base. Here we review five tips that can help you make teaching music work, even with a busy musician's schedule.

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5 Simple Ways To Look More Professional As A Musician

1 (1)When it comes to be a professional musician, it's important to dress for the part. Of course a large portion of if this revolves around one's choice of attire, but there are a multitude of other ways to cultivate a degree of professionalism extending beyond choice of clothes.

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New Job Ad Signals Facebook Is Finally Getting Serious About Music

Help wantedFacebook is hiring a Director of Global Music Licensing Partnerships.  There's already a lot of music on Facebook, but almost none of it - whether via apps for Spotify and others or in uploaded videos - is licensed directly by Facebook. That's about to change, but is it part of a larger music strategy?

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5 Best Day Jobs For When You're Starting Your Music Career

ZcXobpd9iMaking a living as a musician can be a challenge, and trying to subsist only of your music at the beginning of your career can be next to impossible. That said, there are some day jobs that can not only help you eat while in the early stages, but also give you a leg up in the industry.

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JOB: Director Marketing, Sales, Licensing At Smithsonian Folkways

Help wantedSmithsonian Folkways Recordings is seeking a new Director Marketing, Sales and Licensing.  Smithsonian Folkways is an internationally prominent nonprofit record label located within the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage at Smithsonian Institution. Details:

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CHANGES @ Spotify • WMG • UMPG • ASCAP • A2IM • UMG • Berklee • Pandora • More

 

ChangesJames Duffett-Smith, Spotify's Global Head of Publisher Relations is leaving the company.  The music streamer is actively looking for a replacement.

Warner Music Group has promoted Aton Ben-Horin from senior director, global A&R to global VP, A&R. 

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New On Our Jobs Board: TC Management • Red Bull Records

Help wantedTC Management (REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar and many others) is looking for an executive assistant to work with the firm's experienced artist management team, and Red Bull Records is hiring an office manager for its Hollywood based staff. More on these gigs and others on Hypebot's Music Industry Jobs Board. 

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CHANGES @ Bandcamp • Spotify • Songkick • Chrysalis • Valory Music • FaderPro + Beatport

ChangesFormer Bandzoogle chief David Dufresne has exited Bandcamp after a year as the d2f platform's Head of Strategy and Growth.  "I plan to re-immerse myself in the Montreal startup and VC investor community, check in with my contacts across the music industry and music tech scenes," writes the popular music tech exec.

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New On Hypebot's Music Industry Jobs Board: 2 DIY Music Marketing Interns Ready To Learn

Help wantedLily Virginia is releasing an indie audio/visual album this fall and her team is looking for two interns ready to learn DIY music marketingMore on this gig and others on Hypebot's Music Industry Jobs Board. 

HIRING? Here's how to post your job:

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CHANGES @ MetaPop • UMG • SESAC • SGAE • 7Digital • Three Six Zero • More

ChangesA new installment of Hypebot's compendium of music industry deals, appointments, announcements and more.  If you don't read about it on Hyepbot, did it really happen?

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Changes @ Imagem • Music Dealers • SAG-AFTRA • Best Music Group • More

ChangesKaren Macmillan has been appointed as the new Vice President of Imagem USA Creative Services.  Macmillan comes to Imagem USA from a position as Senior Director of Advertising & Branding at Nettwerk Music Group.

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