MusicTank, University of Westminster, has opened the floor for its first Think Tank Debate of 2015: Is Data The New Oil? The question originated from the observation of the unrelenting shift today’s music industry is making toward being data smart. Data has undeniably jumped in the drivers seat, informing the decisions of industry professionals ranging from top tier executives to the newest emerging artists.
Why would I love a little Israel Music Conference more than SXSW? When it comes to music conferences, I feel like I can compare them to weddings. SXSW is sort of like a mass produced mandatory family wedding where you see and interact with everyone you have ever met in your family since the age of 6. They have grown up , they look at you forever in a certain way, and you all have the same interactions since the beginning of your existence You spend your time in a hall and then the DJ comes on and then there are certain parts which are awesome yet there is still this lethargic part to it we all dread. SXSW is just that, and it is the family wedding.
You kind of have to be there.
Compiling and analyzing data from the listening patterns of their 76 million monthly users, Pandora has released a list of predicted Grammy winners. Based on their findings, they predict Iggy Azalea will be named Best New Artist, Sia's "Chandelier" will be named Record of the Year, Sam Smith will take home Album of the Year for In The Loney Hour, and Meghan Trainor's "All About That Bass" will claim Song of the Year. See a further breakdown of categories, nominees, and Pandora's predictions in the chart below.
The 23rd Annual New Music Seminar (NMS) will be held June 21-23 at the Wyndham New Yorker Hotel. The conference brings together. The distinguised music convention and festival limits its registration to 1,500 esteemed delegates and ensures that all sectors of the music industries are represented. This year's convention boasts over 180 influential speakers, thought provoking discussions, and live performances from the NMS 'Artists on the Verge'.
The National Conference of Personal Managers has announced that they are planning to host Personal Managers Interchange, a trade conference for professional entertainment, music, sports and talent managers. Set for April 22-23 at Morongo Casino Resort & Spa in Cabazo, the two-day business conference will provide managers with networking and education opportunities and will feature programs such as The Contract Conundrum and panels on crisis management.
Louisa Wendorff's EP Arrow has soared to No. 1 on Billboard's Heartseekers Albums chart, a first for the singer/songwriter who recently caught the eye of one Taylor Swift and her 50+ million followers. Following Wendorff's uploading of a mashup of Swift's "Blank Space" and "Style," performed with Devin Dawson, Swift tweeted the video with one word only: OBSESSED. 17,000 retweets later, the Twittersphere is following suit.
"The heart of music will always remain the same, the way we consume it will constantly evolve." The Annual Music Tech & Futures Summit being held on February 19th & 20th in Nashville, TN. explores the sharing of music moments through technology. Boasting over 25 industry expert keynote presentations, 150+ industry leaders and innovaters in attendance, the Music Tech & Futures Summit offers ample networking opportunites - furthermore, Hypebot readers can enjoy those opportunites for 20% off of registration.
Bandsintown dug deep into their large concert database emerging with a top list of most active, rapidly growing artists of 2014. Using Bandsintown Tracker to see which artists made their mark this year, Bandsintown identified and recognized artists with the Most Tour Dates, Most Countries Visited, and Fastest Growth. American Aquarium, Aly & Fila, Vance Joy topped each category respecitvely. A further breakdown is illustrated in the infographics below.
The Recording Academy has named its Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winners for 2015. George Harrison, The Bee Gees, Buddy Guy, the Louvin Brothers, Wayne Shorter, Flaco Jiménez and Pierre Boulez will all be honored at next year's ceremony during Grammy week.
Grammy Trustee & Technical Winners Also Named
As the year comes to a close, Amazon joins the host of platforms taking a look back on 2014, reporting their top trends of the year. Amazon's team of music experts curated a list of Best 50 Albums and Best 50 Songs of the year - The War On Drugs' Lost In The Dream came in as the top album of 2014 and Sam Smith's "Stay With Me" landed the top song of the year slot. Pentatonix claimed top best-selling album of 2014 on Amazon with That's Christmas To Me and Meghan Trainor took home the gold with "All About That Bass" coming in as Amazon's best selling song of 2014. The top five winners for each category are listed below.
The 2015 Grammy Hall of Fame inductees range from gospel music to ABBA, Hank Williams, the Sex Pistols and many in between. This year's 27 inductees brings the grand total of Hall of Fame titles to 987. A special member committee who nominate inductees from a group of recordings from at least 25 years ago with particular qualitative or historical significance. The Hall of Fame titles are on display at the Grammy Museaum in downtown Los Angeles.
From the A2IM blog.
All U.S. independent labels, artists, distributors and partners are invited to submit projects for consideration for the 2015 A2IM Libera Awards (“The LIBBYs) Every year, the annual A2IM Libera Awards spotlight extraordinary achievements by independent labels and artists as voted upon by the independent music community.
The 2015 list of inductees into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame were has officially announced overnight. Lou Reed, Green Day, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Bill Withers (right) and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band will join this exclusive club. With 1989 as this year's cut off date, Green Day are being inducted in their first year of eligibilty.
Ringing in the new year with an extra $620,000,000 in his pocket, Forbes identified Dr. Dre as the top paid musician on 2014 by a landslide. Beyonce and the Eagles came in second and third to Dre, pulling in $115 million and $100 million respectively, hundreds of millions shy of Dre. Dr. Dre clearly benefitted handsomely from the sale of Beats by Dr. Dre to Apple, a one time cash injection that contributed significantly to him grossing nearly 50% of the combined pre-tax income of $1.4 billion to 2014's top 10 paid musicians.
Without a doubt, electronic music culture has exploded to almost unfathomable heights. With roots in North America, a longtime embrace and sustained culture in Europe, and subsequent resurgence back in the United States, the sounds of this culture are now being heard and felt all the way across waters into a new and hugely expanding market – the Asia-Pacific. Leading the conversation of what’s happening in the region, the International Music Summit held the first ever IMS Asia-Pacific summit in Singapore last week, and it couldn’t have come at a more appropriate time.
A recent release by American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) recognized and congratulated the noteworthy talent coming from the independent music sector. For five years in a row, independent music labels and artists have received over 50% of all GRAMMY nominations - earning 219 nominations out of 404 non-producer category nominations (excluding the not-yet-announced Album of the Year nominations) for 2014. Independents earned nominations in key categories, including but not limited to Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Pop Solo Performance, Best Rock Performance, Best R&B Album, Best Rap Performance.
[UPDATE 3] Ed Sheeran and Pharrell Williams revealed four major categories of nominations for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards Friday AM on CBS This Morning. An hour later Ryan Seacrest announced the nods for Best Solo Pop Performance. The Recording Academy will be revealing other nominees via Twitter through 2PM today.
Before the ball drops and brings in the new year, Shazam has released it's top Shazamed artists of 2014 along with predictions for the year ahead. What were the most saught after tracks? Most popular artists? What can this year's trends suggest about next year's successes? Shazam shares the best of the US, best of the world, and the best of what's next in their recent release of top charting music of 2014. Where did your favorite artist land? Continue reading to view the results.
First things first, she's the realest, she dropped "Fancy" and let the whole world hear it. So much so, that she just claimed the top slot as Vevo's most watched music video of 2014. Vevo ranked vidoes by order of plays generated on Vevo.com, on it's mobile app, and syndication web partners (AOL, Yahoo!, YouTube and many more). "Fancy" (featuring Charli XCX) put its stamp on Summertime listening, pulling in more than 380 million views, 140 million of which were in the US alone.
As the year comes to a close, Spotify combs through the listening habits of its 50 some million global users, revealing the most popular songs and artists of 2014. Ed Sheeran came in as Spotify's most-streamed artist of 2014. Pharrell Williams earned his place in the rankings with his hit single "Happy" which claimed the most-streamed track in the world. Aligning with Vevo's recent accouncement of Iggy Azalea's "Fancy" being the most watched video of 2014, Spotify announces "Fancy" as the top streamed track in the US. With much to celebrate, Spotify has chosen to do so by offering Premium streaming for 3 months for only $0.99 throughout December.
At last month's SF MusicTech Summit, a panel including Dave Cool (Bandzoogle), Zack Greenburg (Forbes), Kristin Thomson (Future of Music Coalition), Wade Metzler (SoundExchange), J Sider (BandPage) and Amy Dietz (INgrooves) discussed where the money is for artists in today's music industry. Being a self-sustaining artist a hard row to hoe - as Dave Cool pointed out, some of the best advice he ever received and took himself was to go get a day job to sustain his day dream - but just because it's hard doesn't mean it's impossible. Give yourself a leg up with these career tips from SF Music Tech's "Where's the Cash For Musicians Today and Beyond" panelists.
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Over the course of a single November weekend, Hannah Robertson, Russell McClellan, and Matt Jardine were not romping around in piles of leaves. Nor were they taking it easy on the couch, bowling, or headed somewhere for a weekend getaway. Instead, they spent the weekend building something truly impressive at Music Hack Day Boston earlier this month.
Soul Train Awards 2014 honored soul music’s brightest new stars as well as R&B’s greatest legends during the star-studded show, which aired on CENTRIC and BET on November 30th. Chris Brown was the big winner of the night, walking away with three awards, while Pharrell Williams and Beyonce both took home two. Soul Train Awards 2014 was hosted by talk show queen Wendy Williams and featured show-stopping performances by Chris Brown, Jodeci, Nico & Vinz, Tinashe, Lil’ Kim, Missy Elliott and Da Brat, and also honored funk music icons Kool & The Gang with the Legend Award.
The Hip Hop Hall of Fame + Museum (HHHOF) announced that it has a permanent location for its Harlem Pop-Up Hip Hop Museum and its Youth Media Education Academy & TV Studios that is scheduled to open in April 2015. Hip Hop Global Media & Entertainment has formed a long-term multi-media programming, brand expansion, and educational partnership with the HHHOF. It will create the curriculum and manage the program and the Harlem TV Studios with its state of the art digital video, media, and audio equipment for youth and professionals to produce real content for the Hip Hop TV Network Channels, National TV and Cable Channels.
Martin Varsavsky, Founder & CEO of community WiFi network Fon has been named a keynote speaker at next year's Midem conference, where he will offer his views on the future of convergence and new collaborations between the creative industries and digital technology. The world's largest international music conference, Midem has moved from its traditional January slot to a new time of year in 2015 - June 5-8 in Cannes, France.
On November 12, New York Is Music partnered with NYS Assemblyman Joseph Lentol to host a roundtable discussion focused on the coalition's first initiative: gaining support for the passing of the Empire State Music Production Tax Credit. The bill was introduced by Assemblyman Lentol in hopes of rejuvenating the Empire State's increasingly lackluster music industry scene. The bill would allow businesses as well as individuals recording and/or producing music a 20% ($60 million) income tax credit on expenditures relevant to music creation. The roundtable discussion drew many of New York's finest industry leaders all of whom helped the coalition make significant progress toward their goal of seeing the bill through to implementation.
It was not a great night for upstarts at last night's American Music Awards. Despite four nominations, Lorde went home empty handed and Iggy Izalea's six nominations netted just two awards. But ddespite being one of the few major nominees not to perform last night, Katy Perry tied with One Directions to win the most trophies - three each.
Full List Of The American Music Awards 2014 Winners: