Everybody enjoys free stuff, but many artists just starting out can't afford to chuck expensive items like t-shirts and vinyls into the crowd without any kind of compensation. Still, giving things away for free can be a great way to show fans you care. Here are ten items that can be gifted the crowd at a minimal loss.
Physical music sales may be tanking, but its still an important component of the industry's bottom line. Along with sales shrinkage inevitably comes consolidation, and its against that backdrop that Alliance's acquisition of ANconnect, which services music to Walmart and other big box stores, is being viewed with caution.
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Universal Music Group has named veteran home entertainment executive Robert Ziegler as EVP of Global Physical Operations. Ziegler's portfolio at the label group includes oversight of the manufacturing and distribution of physical products including CDs, DVDs, Blu-Ray discs and vinyl LPs in 60 countries.
Although the commercial decline of the physical album means that fewer listeners are getting the full visual experience when they consume an artist's music, the following article suggests that album art has in fact become more important than ever, and makes huge difference when it comes to selling music.
[UPDATED] When starting out as an artist, touring requires a phenomenal amount of work, but it's important to make sure that you aren't throwing yourself into a tour without planning ahead, with the result that you end up losing money and morale in the process. Here, we look at five ways to tour smarter.
How did your your Record Store Day 2106 purchases stack up against the rest of the country? This year, Star Wars: The Force Awakens “March of the Resistance” was the top selling album on Record Store Day, while Double-Sided by twenty one pilots was the top selling single. Here is the complete Top 25 Album and Singles Charts for Record Store Day 2016:
Today, Saturday April 16th is Record Store Day - a celebration of all that is good about indie record stores and indie music. Despite vinyl sales these stores are struggling and as convenient as it is to stream or download, we need them. They're guides pointing us towards hidden musical gems and gathering places for our tribe of music lovers.