Although music streaming continues to take main stage as the dominant form of music consumption, the value of physical should not be discounted, with vinyl in particular making a strong showing. Here we look at some of the top vinyl services for increasing an artist's revenue.
With the rise of playlist culture, and the nature of music consumption changing so rapidly, many are questioning whether the conventional album is worthy investment of a band or artist's resources. In this piece we look at why albums still matter.
From retail to streaming, being able to quantify the number of sales for an album or song has always been an important part measure an artist's success, but doing so accurately has always been difficult. Here we look at the RIAA's ranking of the best selling artists of all time.
Nothing can ruin the normally serene moment of unwrapping a crisp new vinyl and placing it on your turntable than finding out you've come into the possession of a mispressed album. Here we look at eight famous instances of of vinyl mishaps.
If you're confused about the best ways to release your music online, have we got a free webinar for you! Getting music up for sale is the easy part. The key is to have a strategy for where your music goes up for sale, and when. Join the Bandzoogle team online Wednesday to learn more.
Further evidence that the return of vinyl is as strong as ever, the city of Austin will soon see a new vinyl pressing plant known as Gold Rush Vinyl - this is good news for indie acts who often have lengthy waits when ordering their music on vinyl.
Going strong for ten years, Record Store Day has become a big part of the independent music retail business, but besides just being a single day, the event has grown beyond just a single day. One iteration of this is networking party that is Record Store Day Camp. Here we take a closer look at the event and its structure.
Diggers Factory founder Alexis Castiel takes us behind the scenes of his crowdfunding styled vinyl pre-order and production service designed to keep artists from wasting money on vinyl production. In this article he explains how the idea for the company came about and where it's headed.
While the majority of music consumers have switched to listening to music via online streaming, the physical product endures, and mediums like vinyl have even seen a spike in popularity. That said, moving physical product remains a challenge, so we're offering up some tips on how to do it more successfully.
Like it or not, we live in a singles driven music industry. A recent half-year report from Nielsen revealed that album consumption has taken a dramatic hit over the past six months, even for the industry's stars. So, should you even bother "making" an album?
Steely Dan's Donald Fagen was recently quoted griping about how he is no longer making enough money from his recorded music, and although it's hard to feel too badly for someone as financially successful as Fagen, his frustration does provide us with an interesting snapshot of music revenue overtime.
The recorded music industry has only recently gotten back on its feet after plummeting to half of its former peak. Streaming seems to have picked up the slack though, and Warner Music is seeing the results with its most successful quarter in fourteen years.
[UPDATED] This article takes a deep dive into the world of vinyl, exploring why vinyl is superior to a digital format, how one can maximize the sound quality of a vinyl record, several useful ideas for recycling a vinyl record, and more.
While physical music may not sell like it once did, the merchandise table remains an excellent way for artists at all levels of notoriety to pull in serious cash, as well as promote their music by putting their merch out into the world. Here we look at seven different ways to step up your merch game.
While sales of physical music may be in a slump, other types of physical merchandise continue to provide a reliable source of revenue for both established artists and up-and-comers. Here we look at five techniques for selling even more.
For all the talk of money in the music industry, it's interesting to take a step back and look at who's actually been pulling it off and raking in the real industry cash. Here we look the music business's top ten earners and where that money came from.
The income boost that many artists and labels get from vinyl record sales is in danger of shrinking. This year vinyl sales grew just 2% compared to 12% in 2016, according to new data from Nielsen Music.
Indie music distributor TuneCore has announced that its artists are approaching the milestone of $1 billion in revenue earned solely from downloads and streams. TuneCore along with its parent corporation Believe Digital are currently actively for sale.
While the vast majority of artists are forced to record their music on a budget, we here look at eleven different instances in the history of recorded music when record labels spared no expense funding an artist album, although the return on such investments was not always proportionate.
After an exciting and illuminating visit to Jack White's baby, Third Man Records, Chris Robley shares some valuable insights into what made the venue/studio/record store such compelling place to visit, and how the lessons learned there can be applied to the branding of other artists.
In the wake of the annual music convention hitting Nashville, The Orchard's Antone DeSantis takes us on tour of some Nashville's top brick and mortar retail spots, from Third Man Records to Grimey's New and Preloved Music.
For the discerning listener, finding the right pair of headphones can be a challenge. In this piece we look at the five key qualities to take into account as you search for a new pair should you find your old headphones kicking the bucket.
In this day and age, there's no reason any of your fans should ever walk away from a concert disappointed in the merch. Clever and innovative band merch is one of the best ways not only to earn an income from your profession, but also to make yourself memorable to fans.
Two legacy artists topped the sales charts for Record Store Day 2017 according to BuzzAngle. The Grateful Dead's "Vancouver 7/29/66" was the top selling album of the day, while The Beatles' "Strawberry Fields Forever" was the top selling single.
Although an album's success was once measured by the number of purchases, the streaming era has significantly altered how information is gathered and used, with success now being measured by listens, not purchases.
Did you know that one in three vinyl buyers also pays for an on-demand music subscription? Even in the age of streaming, many still want to touch, feel and own their music. Proof of that is just hours away during this Saturday's Record Store Day.
Although sales of physical music may have declined, there's still plenty of money to be made in the merch department. Here we look at six effective ways of improving traffic and sales at the merch table during your next show.
In this edition of 6String Minutes, Elyadeen Anbar explores the true history of the fabled Japanese 'lawsuit' guitars, alleged knock-offs of popular American brands, the quality of which, however, at times rivaled that of their American counterparts.