Yesterday morning, app analytics company App Annie released it's newest list of top performing apps in the Google Play store and Apple's App store. Pandora and Spotify were ranked first and second in the report coming in well above Apple's Beats Music in both revenue generated and user downloads. After Apple's $3 billion dollar acquisition on Beats, this may read a bit surprising, but a closer look reveals that perhaps the lackluster ratings are indicative of a broadening of horizons for Apple's Beats Music.
After uber-manager and music industry deal maker Irving Azoff exited as Chairman of Live Nation last year, one of his many moves was to form Global Music Rights as part of his Azoff MSG Entertainment, a new joint venture with the Madison Square Garden Company. There were rumors that some major songwriters including members of Journey, Foreigner, Fleetwood Mac and Soundgarden had signed on. Now its becoming clear what Azoff has planned for his growing song catalog, and it strikes at the heart of a marketplace dominated by BMI and ASCAP for decades.
A well-written bio is one of the best tools independent musicians have when it comes to making an impression on music journalists and editors. Before we even hear your song samples or are able to attend one of your shows, there’s a good chance we’ve glanced through your press materials. This is your opportunity to place yourself and your art in your chosen framework and tell your story exactly how you see fit.
By James Shotwell, Social Media Coordinator at Haulix.com
It’s funny how fast the music industry changes these days. A year ago many people would have claimed that crowdfunding was the future of the music business, but as many independent acts have learned over the year this is not always the case. Some audiences will be able to support the dreams of their favorite musicians, but that is not true for every talented musician with a diehard fans following their every move. For some, it takes a lot more than launching a free web page and asking for money, and today we’re going to take notes from one Massachusetts based group who recently cracked the fundraising code and raised the long-awaited funds needs to create their first full length album.
Now entering the arena of countless social networks, Boomio is stepping forward. Reminiscent of Snapchat in the way it shares content, Boomio allows the sending of full length, fully licensed songs to large audiences or targeted groups with personalized messaging. The recipient will receive a notification otherwise known as a 'boom' - they'll be able to listen the track once before it 'blows up.' Now that the listener has had a chance to hear the track, they'll either be able to buy the song or share it with others for an additional play through.
In parts one and two of The Cyber PR Guide to Creating an Effective Music Marketing Plan, Ariel Hyatt highlighted the importance of having a sound online presence and went on to give us the best practices for a new release launch. Today, she shares what to do in the time between albums to keep the connections you've made while continuing to grow your fan base.
Edinburgh hip-hop trio Young Fathers won the 2014 Mercury Prize for best British or Irish record of the last 12 months last night. Hopefully a win for the group means more than the nomination for one of the UK's top music awards did. According to Official Charts Company, Young Fathers post- nomination sales bump was a mere 561 units. Several other Mercury Prize nominees did not fair much better.
Universal Music Group Chairman Lucian Grainge expressed skepticism of SoundCloud's business model and the benefit of doing a deal right now with audio platform. There is an “opportunity for SoundCloud to create incredible revenue,” said Grainge, but first he needs to discuss “what the business plan is going to be.” His remarks came on stage at the WSJD Live Global Technology Conference Tuesday.
People don’t buy CDs anymore. I still buy a couple of CDs a month, but that’s because I’m a music journalist who's too lazy to steal music online like everyone else (torrents confuse me). When I tell people about the latest CD I picked up at Newbury Comics, they either yawn and change the subject or look at me like I rode into town via horse and buggy. The point is, if you want someone to buy your physical media, you have to go above and beyond these days. Here are five ways to help your fans make that purchase.
Half of all AM/FM broadcast stations will disappear by 2024, according to a new report from top radio analyst Gordon Borrell. The reason? The rise of the so called "digital dashboard" and more choices for in-car listening. “There are other means of sending out audio - you won’t need an FCC license,” says Borrell.
[UPDATED] A new report from Mark Mulligan and media industry analysts MIDiA looks at the massive impact YouTube along with its yet to launch Music Key service will have on the music industry. YouTube delivers a massive audience of 210 million active music fans, according to the study. But it fails to deliver the commensurate revenue, and that is likely to get much, much worse.
YouTube's Free Tier Will 'Suck The Oxygen' From Spotify, Competitors
Separating your cover band from the pack can often be a difficult task. In a sea of cover bands playing everything under the sun, how do you tell people, "I exist and my band plays awesome cover music"? When you are not playing original material, the way you distinguish yourself and build contacts can be the difference between success and failure.
You might not admit it to anyone, but I’ll bet seeing a fan wearing your band’s t-shirt is one of the secret little highlights of your musical life. A striking band logo, a sweet design, quality fabric. Of course you want to print up quality t-shirts to sell to fans at your gigs and on your website. And you want to see your fans wearing those shirts out there in the world, helping to spread the word about your music.
According to Billboard, Indie music comprises 34.5% of the United States music industry market. It is notoriously an underserved sector - Platformz mobile app aims to change that. The app aims to connect artists to their audiences in a new and increasingly meaningful way. Platformz gives artist's access to their most streamed music and breaks down the data into how long their music was streamed and where the traffic is coming from regionally, nationally, and even around the world. Being able to crack open this data could prove extremely valuable to Indie artists.
In 2008, many a teenage heart was broken over indie-rock group The Format's break up. Soon after the split, singer Nate Ruess scored huge with a licensing deal for his new band, Fun. This one deal single-handedly took them from underground darlings to worldwide superstars in a matter of months. The key word? Licensing. Let's explore how to get licensed, and how one little song can change your life.
Guildhall School of Music and Drama is home to over 800 full-time incredibly talented musicians and drama students. Forging a creative alliance for students with the London Symphony Orchestra it is no surprise that they're widely recognized as one of the world's leading music conservatories. What may come as a surprise from this "prestigious" and "prosperous" institution is their recent enrollment of a rapper. That's not a type, Guildhall School of Music welcomed a rapper to their school... if you're as dumbfounded as most, allow me to elaborate.
Created by the team at WiMP and bringing lossless music to mobile for the first time, Tidal is making waves, but their high quality ALAC and FLAC format at 1,411 kbps, 44.1kHz/16-bit isn't the only thing catching the attention of listeners. In a marketplacce saturated with streaming services ranging from free to reasonably affordable, coming in at $19.99/month, a full $10 over the competition, means Tidal has some proving to do.
Documents filed by Pandora with the U.S. Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) have revealed an until-now secret deal that the music streamer made with digital rights organization Merlin on behalf of 120,000+ independent record labels and distributors globally. Merlin's contract which was signed in August and includes Beggars, Epitaph, Domino, Yep Roc and many of the world's most important indie labels, pays a rate less than is now required by U.S. statue and just half of what SoundExchange was requesting that Pandora and others pay in the future.
By Yannick Ilunga on TheJazzSpotlight.com
This is the final part of the three-article series A Guide to Getting Gigs.
As the title suggests, in What to Do Before Looking for Gigs I talked about what indie musicians should do before trying to get booked.
In How to Look for Gigs, on the other hand, I went over some of the tools you can use if you have decided to look for gigs by yourself.This post is all about what you should think about and do, once your show dates have been confirmed.
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This story from Hootsuite shares how Ticketleap, an event marketing and online ticketer, stood out by empowering employees to share expertise and lend personality to the business.
Meet Ticketleap. This tech startup helps its customers sell more tickets to their events. But if you’ve ever created an event through Ticketleap, you know that the team leading the charge offers so much more than one-time products and services. They bring people together through events and experiences, empower and give the DIY event creators a voice, and encourage small teams, like themselves, to make a big impact.
Modern has accounced the release of an innovative documentary entitled 'Cumulus' featuring Imogen Heap and her fans. The experimental short film is, as described by Modern, is "an investigation of the how our personas evolve and develop in the digital space through shared and repurposed content." Imogen constantly experiments with unqiue ways to engage with her fans on social media and innovative technology. Following her creative life was both a thrill for a producers and a perfect fit for the documentary.
Clowdy, the online creative community platform, has announced the release o new features that could rival LinkedIn for the creative industry. Currently, you can upload unlimited content, connect with your fans and followers, collaborate with other creative contributors, and sell your media and/or distribute to other services. Clowdy recognizes that there are a lot of individuals who contribute to creative projects, so in a week's time, everyone who contributes to a project has the ability to be recognized.
By Steve Lawson from SteveLawson.net
There’s one story that’s been circulating a lot over the last few days amongst musicians on social media – “2014 is first year ever with ZERO platinum-certified records” – it tells us that 2014 is (barring some kind of unforseen massive sales surge) the first year ever (ever??? no.) when no single band has had a platinum selling record. In the US. Even though the Frozen soundtrack has sold 3 Million copies.
Meanwhile, 60 songs HAVE sold a million copies in the US.