Apple Music will be the exclusive home for a new official Ed Sheeran documentary. It's a big win that should draw new subscribers to Apple Music, as the battle for exclusive content among streamers clearly shifts from music to video.
Ten albums have been named to the Polaris Music Prize short list for Canadian album of the year. “These 10 titles traverse language and culture and highlight the beauty and richness of Canada’s musical life in 2018,” said Polaris jury foreperson Katherine Duncan.
Yesterday we reported that allegations of sexual misconduct, a pattern of burying similar allegations against others and possible financial improprieties had allegedly forced the exit of Billboard, Spin and Hollywood Reporter CEO John Amato. Now come reports that Amato was paid handsomely to find the door.
MTV's 2018 Video Music Awards will air live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City on Monday, Aug. 20th at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. Starting today through Aug. 10, fans can vote for their favorite artists across eight categories.
Ousted Billboard, Spin and Hollywood Reporter CEO John Amato was reportedly pushed out earlier this month after an internal investigation uncovered allegations of sexual harassment and efforts to cover up misconduct by others.
There were 403 billion on-demand music streams (video + audio streams) in the United States in the first half of 2018, according Nielsen’s 2018 Mid-Year Music Report. Using the industry standard of 1500 streams equals one album sold, that means nearly 270 million albums sold in the last six month.
As the Department of Justice begins its termination of 19 decades-old 'legacy' antitrust judgements, Chris Castle writes about questions being raised as to what the future holds for ASCAP and BMI, as the Music Modernization Act continues to move forward.
The CEO of the Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Media Group, John Amato has stepped down. His departure comes amid both an investigation into his conduct and a reorganization at the media group, which also includes the Spin brand, after a merger with Valence Media earlier this year.
The Spotify For Artists blog has published a decidedly anti-record label, pro-d.i.y. article that is certain to anger the streamer's record label partners. In it, Greg Puciato of the band Dillinger Escape Plan, extols the virtues of self-release after several negative experiences with record labels.
Legendary label imprint Arista Records has restarted and will be headed by veteran label exec David Massey. Sony has announced that Arista will launch as a “frontline creative center,” alongside Epic, RCA and Columbia.
In this op-ed, Chris Castle examines Lyor Cohen's relationship with YouTube/Google, and how he has worked to reconcile his role in their exploitative business model while claiming that he's working to help artists, as well as whether there's any merit to his claim.
By extending the length of videos from 1 minute to ten, and for some users to an hour, and the launch of its ITV video hub, Instagram hoped to unleash the kind of creativity that attracts and retains users. Jaden Smith just used it to exclusively release a new EP.
Jack White outsold Kendrick Lamar to grab the top spot in the best selling vinyl albums so far this year, according to Nielsen’s 2018 Mid-Year report. White’s "Boarding House Reach" sold 37,000 copies. Here is the top 10:
Drake continues to break streaming music records with his fifth album '"Scorpion". Tracks from the new release streamed 1 billion streams globally in its first week, Republic Records has confirmed. In the US, the story was much the same.
The American Federation of Musicians (AFM) is effectively preventing as much as $25 million in royalties due musicians and background singers from being distributed allege Kobalt, Wixen, Sony and a growing group of organizations tasked with collecting royalties.
Rapper Cardi B has responded to a lawsuit filed by her former manager, Klenord Raphael, who claims the rapper reneged on their contract, with a $15 million counterclaim and a demand to void their original contract.
The vote by the EU Parliament Thursday to open debate on Article 13, sweeping legislation that revamps copyright law, is seen as a setback for the music industry. But what is exactly is Article 13 and what does today's vote mean for musicians and the music industry?
UPDATE 2: 1300 recording artists including Sir Paul McCartney, Plácido Domingo, James Blunt and Max Martin, as well as most industry trade groups are urging the European Parliament to support the Article 13 EU Copyright Directive today. But big tech disagrees.
Best Buy cut the number of music CD's it carries dramatically this week. The electronics retailer operates more than 1100 stores in the United States and was the largest chain of stores there that carried CD titles beyond the Top 100.
Most labels and many musicians thrive because of their hits, but survive over time because of their catalog. But as MIDiA analyst Mak Mulligan points out, streaming , which offers access to 35 million track library and a 'small royalty income forever' business model, changes the value of music catalogs in ways that we're just beginning to understand.
Efforts continue to gut portions of the Music Modernization Act in the Senate despite unanimous backing in the House Of Representatives and near unanimous backing from all sectors of the the music industry. Now is an essential time to get speak out.
As an up-and-coming artist, getting interviewed by represents an exciting opportunity to tell your story and reach new fans. But pulling off a successful interview takes planning. Kevin Kenney of Billboard shares tips on how to make it work.
Kendrick Lamar won best male hip hop artist and album of the year for “DAMN” at last night's BET Awards. Beyonce won best female R&B/pop artist, and Cardi B won for best female hip hop artist. Migos took home the the best group award and SZA won for best new artist.
Create Playlists Simultaneously on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, Napster, More Free with Soundsgood
Playlist distribution and sharing app Soundgood has announced a new integration with Napster and an improved integration with Apple Music. The app, which enables playlist distribution and updates to multiple streamers simultaneously, is used by 19,000 influencers and music companies.
Chris Castle of Music Technology Policy offers an alternative interpretation of Spotify's recent stock behavior, including how the streamer is taking a much tougher approach with labels and other rights holders.