Can Spotify really save the music industry? Many artists and labels are putting their faith in streaming services, both as a source of direct revenue and a way of gaining access to data on their fans, but they might be better off relying on more old school methods.
Berklee College of Music/Rethink-Music/Kobalt Music put out a report criticizing various rights/publishing organizations within the music industry for not providing artists with sufficient transparency or pay, although this article posits that the report should have delved deeper.
What does the shift to a streaming music economy mean for the industry as a whole? As the business changes and SasS (Software as a Service) providers become the dominant players, artists will have to work hard to remain relevant.
Although music and band shirts are often thought of as making up the bulk of merchandise sales at shows, this article lists several items which are often omitted from the merch table, in spite of their popularity among concert attendees.
The shift to Friday as the "official" release day for music globally begins this week. Friday, July 10th at 12.01 AM will be the new official date for new global music releases. Friday is already new release day in Germany and Australia, but the shift means big changes in the US, UK and elsewhere.
While adding extra items to merchandise orders can be expensive for an artist or record label, 'Thank You' notes can be a friendly and cost effective way to connect with fans while helping to increase social media exposure.
Vinyl records alone won't "Save The Music Industry." But as the ownership of physical music fades and is replaced by streaming, buying vinyl as a souvenir, as well as for its audio qualities, is helping to keep many indie bands, labels and record stores afloat.
This weeks Direct-To-Fan Chart fromserves as a reminder that D2F sales are not just for the young. with Bette Midler, Robert Plant, Dwight Yoakmm, Van Morrison and a cult favorite we have not heard from in a long time, Crack The Sky, all in the top 10.
For decades, brands have associated with music and vice versa. As record and merchandise sales struggle, artists cling to the opportunity of collaborating with brands. We look at how the modern music and fashion industries are combining for profit.
[UPDATED] Vinyl has helped to revive the otherwise struggling independent record store sector. Now indie music retailers are taking the promotion of vinyl beyond their annual Record Store Day with Vinyl Tuesdays.
This Saturday, music fans who prefer to listen to music on vinyl will be rewarded with special releases that validate their passion. Today, the Music Business Association highlights Record Store Day participant, Bull Moose Music.
One day a year, music fans who prefer to listen to music on vinyl are rewarded with special releases that “validate” their interest in and passion. Today, the Music Business Association highlights Record Store Day participant, Good Records.
One day a year, music fans who prefer to listen to music on vinyl are rewarded with special releases that “validate” their interest in and passion. The Music Business Association is highlighting Records Store Day participants leading up to this Saturday's Record Store Day 2015.
Muzicol International has launched Muzicol.com, an online global music community network built to provide independent artists with a virtual stage to showcase their talents, promote their music, and network with other industry professionals.
Austin based startup, The Entertainment Helping Company (ehco) has announced their next campaign in partnership with Friendly Savages. Having chosen Every Village as the non-profit to support, the is offering exclusive merchandise via ehco to provide clean water to South Sudan.
Not everyone thought Beck should win the "Best Album" Grammy for "Morning Phase," but its hard not to deny it is a good album. And since its one of the lowest selling Best Album winners in Grammy history, chances are you don't own it.
As we reported yesterday, international recording industry trade body IFPI has declared that by summer Friday at 12.01 AM will be the new official date and time for new global music releases. Friday is already new release day in Germany and Australia, but the shift means big changes in the US, UK and elsewhere.
Which day of the week new music is released on varies from country to country, leading to confusion and some say to more piracy. But getting everyone to agree has not been easy, and some retailers may use it as an excuse to stop selling music altogether.
Foo Fighter Dave Grohl has been named 2015's Record Store Day Ambassador, joining an elite group of predecessors including Jack White, Chuck D, Iggy Pop, and Ozzy Osbourne. Record Store Day is scheduled for April 18th and shines a spotlight on what Grohl calls “my churches, my libraries, my schools.” Along with the announcement, Grohl penned a heartfelt ode to record stores and shot a video in which he talks about the first record he ever bought.
Bandzoogle Pro members selling merchandise through their website now have access to the platforms newest features: Inventory Tracking. As merchandise sales play an increasingly prominent role in the generation of artist revenue, limited edition items are on the rise. With Bandzoogle's addition of inventory tracking, artists can set a quantity of items to be "in stock" without worrying whether or not someone will try to purchase sold-out merch. The feature can also be utilized for events where seating is limited, allowing artists to easily offer and manage VIP fan experiences.
The overall value of the German recorded music industry ticked 1.8% from its total size in 2013 and increasing its lead over the UK market that it first gained in 2011. The data, compiled by the Federal Association of the Music Industry (BVMI)market research company GfK Entertainment, showed that the German market had a total size in 2014 of €1.48bn.
It may have been building for some time, but 2014 was the year that vinyl record sales really came roaring back from the near-dead. Jack White lead the charge, selling almost 87,000 of his album "Lazeretto". But many others, including The Beatles, contributed mightily to the LP's comeback.
[UPDATED] Tom Yorke is now selling his new music via direct to fan platform BandCamp. With Radiohead, Yorke was the first major artist to offer new music using the "pay-what-you-want" model. As a solo artist, he's tried a variety of new release and sales platforms, including most recently, BitTorrent bundles. His goal with each of these experiments has to been to bypass "the self elected gate-keepers."
In typical Amazon fashion, the retail giant shared some vague holiday "statistics" they say show consumers embracing online purchasing and digital consumption with increasing zeal. More than 10 million worldwide took advantage of a free trial to use Amazon's Prime services for the first time, for example. 60% of all Amazon purchases this season were made on mobile, according to the company, who also shared some holiday musical milestones:
You’ve played a great show. Fans are lined up at your merch booth. You’re taking cash, making change, and signing CDs. Then a guy walks up and wants to buy a couple discs and a t-shirt — but he only has a credit card. Are you going to turn him away? No, you’re going to process his credit card transaction right then and there, in the sweet, dank, dark-lit, beer-soaked corner of a basement rock club.