We often celebrate artists like Adele and Taylor Swift for leading the music industry in a direction of positive change, but the realities of income redistribution mean that their business model, while admirable and certainly successful, is difficult for artists who aren't at a similar level of stardom to emulate.
Last week we published a piece by Bobby Oswinski of Music 3.0 describing what he sees as the "confusing" new RIAA campaign to promote Hi-Res music. Today, David Hughes, the Chief Technology Officer for the RIAA responds.
After Apple Music exec Jimmy Iovine said on national TV that he had created Apple Music because he "always knew that women find it very difficult at times...to find music," music manager Jane Davidson decided to write him a letter.
Pandora has acquired the assets of music streamer Rdio for $75 million and will use them to add to its paid offerings. Does the deal make sense and should it worry Spotify, Apple Music and others. Music industry consultant Cortney Harding says yes to both and explains why.
Spotify announced that its "more than 75 million" users now listen 1.7 billion hours monthly. As Music Ally points out, that matches Pandora listener stats from its 78 million users. Pandora users are almost all in the US, whereas Spotify's are global.
Dividing and allocating funds to those who deserve them continues to be one of the greatest challenges faced by distributors of music, and labels and publishers often claim that to accomplish such a task with 100% accuracy is impossible. This article looks at a recent report from The Fair Music Project which examined this issue, as well as possible solutions for fixing it.
According to data from Common Sense Media, teens are consuming media much like they always have, but the delivery vehicle has changed. Video viewing has moved from TV to YouTube and music consumption from CDs to Spotify. But fortunately for us, teens are still teens, and they still love their tunes.
Things have certainly been looking grim for the music industry in many areas, and what exactly is needed to turn things around has a been a subject of constant debate among those in the business. This article examines several different ideas for how to save the industry, and why they may or (more likely) may not work.
After a much publicized spat over unpaid royalties which led to the entire Victory Records catalog being removed from Spotify, the indie label is back on the music streamer. No details have been shared, but the reconciliation apparently happened fast enough so feared layoffs at the label were avoided.