Spotify has shared the most played songs of the summer of 2015 with Major Lazer, OMI, The Weeknd and Wiz Khalifa among those making waves globally and in the US as the season draws to a close. Here are the top 10 and players just in case you've had your head in the sand all summer.
Why does the listening public think music is worthless? Although music streaming has become hugely popular, this popularity has yet to translate into significant revenue, largely because potential subscribers don't feel that having tens of millions of songs at their fingertips is worth ten bucks a month.
Apple Music may not be showing much of a profit, but Apple has always primarily been a hardware company, and has a history of operating many of its services, like iTunes, at a loss. Here we look at Apple's long-term strategy, and why it works for them.
When Michael Rapino took over Live Nation, he promised a revolution in ticketing; and when he acquired Ticketmaster, one almost believed that it would happen. Along the way, a group of digital ticketing upstarts also promised to change the system. But it appears that in ticketing, old habits die hard.
[UPDATED] The rise of the Internet significantly changed how we consume music, and many are calling into question if, as we move forward, the album format is really the best way to release music. Here one such musician explains why he is choosing (in lieu of a full album) to release his music as a series of 7" singles.
Profitability has been allusive for most record labels in the last 5-10 years, including for so-called major music groups like WMG. Not so for Universal Music Group where CEO Lucian Grainge seems to have created a modern music juggernaut.
When it was originally begun, CASH Music was catering to the needs of only a few choice musicians who believed that the traditional label model was not for them. CASH Music instead worked to directly connect fans with artists as a means of financing their music. Since then, crowdfunding has only increased in popularity, as has CASH.
Though an integral part of search engine optimization, the world of hashtags is so cluttered and complex, finding ones that are actually effective can be a struggle. Here are three tools for making that process easier.
Though often maligned, many people still listen to broadcast radio; and in some age groups it is still the #1 vehicle for music discovery. But this are changing. These stats from Audiomonitor via MusicBiz show broadcast radio's share of the ear by age.
SoulCycle, the increasingly popular spin-class-meets-dance-party fitness company's integral use of music in their business is calling into question whether or not the traditional "general licensing" method currently being used by PROs is really the best option.
Pandora turns 10 years old next week, and a decade is an eternity in digital music. After they launched, co-founder Tim Westergren spent a lot of time out of the office doing roadshows at places like the AARP Convention demoing how to stream music on your computer.
Billboard recently gave an anonymous survey to a group of music industry executives, asking them several poignant questions about the state of the music industry and where they think it's headed in the future.
A notable figure in the industry for not only his music but also his business smarts, Prince is continuing to stand his ground with a zero tolerance policy where copyright is concerned, as he revealed in a recent phone call with Scott Goodman of YourListen.com.
Before 1972, there was no copyright protection for sound recordings, at least not on the federal level. Since then, the rules surrounding SR copyright have changed quite a bit, particularly in the age of digital streaming. This article looks at how music's copyright laws have developed over the years and how these developments have affected revenue.
Even in this digital age of music, fans can still be willing to part with cash in exchange for a physical copy of your album, particularly if you sell it right. Here are six tips for getting your CD into the hands of concert goers.
The music tech and broader music industry brain drain has usually attracted talent to more lucrative areas in tech and media. This time, a music tech veteran has been lured from a top position at Apple Music to the holding company of Moët,Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs and Bulgari.
It is generally acknowledged that information regarding musical rights and works can be difficult to obtain, something which the Global Repertoire Database initiative was hoping to fix, before crashing and burning in 2014. Here we look at why it failed and why it's still something the industry needs.
From a star-studded launch through today, TIDAL has a PR problem. Sadly, the first music streaming service whose stated goal was empowering artists has repeatedly misjudged the effects of both its words and actions.
Having a hard time locating and negotiating licensing and publishing deals? A new company known as Tuneteams is working to streamline this process by connecting music companies with new music available for license.
In a mood for some smiley tunes? Since their introduction in 1999, emojis have attained massive popularity and are now littered across all social media platforms. So why not start including searchable emojis in playlist names?
As carefully calculated and smartly packaged as Taylor Swift is, Miley Cyrus is improvisational and raw. The music industry needs more of both kinds of artists. Each attracts legions of fans and neither is afraid to criticize the establishment. But, lets face it, Miley is way more fun to watch, and she didn't disappoint last night.
Plenty of chatter in the music industry this week, as Lady Gaga issues a cease and desist over breast milk ice cream, Louisa Wendorff talk T-Swift and Twitter, and Straight Outta Compton continues its reign of success.
Hypebot was full of tips for the D.I.Y. musician this week, offering instruction on how to make more money from ticket sales on you website, successfully launch an artist, what to do after you've named your band, and more.