EPs have existed for a long time as a great way for artists to test the waters before dropping a full length album. Here we look at the benefits of having an EP, how to use it, and the history behind the format.
With hundreds of thousands of indie music fans using the platform, Soundcloud is an important way to build an audience. But with tens of thousands of artists active there, how do you not get lost in the shuffle? Fortunately, Soundcloud offers some tips.
After Spotify announced a new "Hate Content and Hateful Conduct" policy last week that resulted in R. Kelly and others being downgraded on the platform, the rumor mill went into overdrive that Troy Carter, Spotify’s global head of creator services, was leaving the company in protest.
Just days after it was reported that Beyoncé and Kanye West's TIDAL streaming stats had been manipulated with hundreds of millions of false plays, the music streamer denied the claim and launched an investigation into the data breach. TIDAL did not, however, address multiple reports that it was months behind in payments to record labels and rights holders.
Musicians and labels have long been skeptical of Spotify's free ad-supported tier, primarily because returns a lower per stream rate than Spotify's, Apple Music's or other paid subscription tiers. But according to MIDiA's Zach Fuller, a recent makeover and the latest revenue stats show that Spotify is, at least somewhat successful, repositioning free streaming is not a replacement for retail but a replacement for radio.
After several attempts that failed to gain traction, YouTube is taking another stab at something the record labels insist it must - get people to pay to stream music. MIDiA analyst Mark Mulligan looks at why Google cares about subscription streaming and the new service's chance of success.
The relevancy of the Billboard Hot 100 has long been argued by those operating in and around the music industry, receiving particular criticism for the weight which it gives to streaming, something which Billboard is hoping to fix in newly instituted alterations to their measurement system.
YouTube's promised reboot of its music and video services will launch on Tuesday armed with new features. Borrowing from the Spotify playbook, a freemium ad-supported version of the new service will be used to lure $9.99 per month subscribers.
YouTube has added "music in this video" artist, songwriter and publishers credits to more than half a billion videos. In addition to official music videos, the credits are being added to user generated content and virtually any YouTube video that uses recorded music.
Just days after Norwegian investigative journalists accused TIDAL of a massive manipulation of streaming data, multiple sources are reporting both underpayments and late payments from the streamer. At least two performing rights organizations are now calling for action including a criminal investigation and audits.
Having been in financial hot water for some time, Pandora is anxious to crank up its revenue, and so has increased the number of ads which play on its free tier. Unfortunately, although perhaps not surprisingly, this uptick in ads seems to have blown up in Pandora's face.
Apple Music now has 50 million subscribers, CEO Tim Cook shared in a wide ranging Bloomberg interview. That's up 2 million since April when a leaked Apple memo revealed 40 million paid subscribers and 8 million currently a part of the music streamer's 90 day free trial.
Troy Carter, Spotify’s global head of creator services, is rumored to be leaving the company, according to multiple sources. Carter is apparently upset over how the music streamer handled partial censorship of music by R. Kelly and XXXTentacion and the implementation of a new ""Hate Content and Hateful Conduct" policy.
Norwegian performing rights organization Tono has asked local police to investigate TIDAL, after a reports that the music streamer falsified hundreds of millions of plays of the music of Beyoncé and Kanye West.
While online streaming and terrestrial radio both seem to have figured out the best way in which to gather listener data, online radio is lagging behind in this department, a problem which needs to be solved if they hope to keep/bring in advertisers.
Vivendi has been openly exploring spinning off Universal Music Group. Publically the talk is of a possible IPO, but the rumor mill has spun out several scenarios, including a purchase by Apple or Alibaba. But what if Spotify bought UMG? Could that bold move solve its ongoing profitability problem?
New numbers have revealed that YouTube is more popular than every other streaming service combined, and while there's some suspicion regarding these numbers, there remains a great deal that Spotify could do to make itself a little more user friendly to consumers.
Warner Music Group has quietly launched a digital music distribution service that is a direct competitor to Tunecore, CDBaby and DistroKid. Level Music, which WMG has never announced it's involvement is live online, accepting artists and offering some additional service.
The Prince Estate and TIDAL have announced plans to debut new Prince music exclusively on the streaming service. The new album will contain previously unreleased material from Prince's extensive vault of recordings.
Data shows that interactive streaming has become the dominant form of music consumption, largely replacing previous means of listening, and causing us to look back at the less than lucrative (albeit brief) fourish year period of music downloads.
The bipartisan Music Modernization Act was introduced in the US Senate today. It closely mimics the House version which passed recently on a unanimous vote. As with the previous bill, music industry trade groups lined up in strong support.
Billboard recently greenlit some promised changes to how music streams would be weighted when assembling their Hot 100, with the new methodology lending more weight to hybrid paid/ad supported services than those supported by ads alone.
A bipartisan group of U.S. led by US Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) have introduced The Music Modernization Act, a major music reform package similar to legislation which recently passed recently on a the U.S. House 415 -0 vote.
Although none of it is shocking new data from the most recent IFPI study has given us a glimpse of what a later stage streaming economy might look like, thanks to the numbers coming from Spotify's home country of Sweden.
With streaming the dominant form of music consumption, landing a good playlist placement has become a Holy Grail for artists. In order to avoid flash in the pan popularity, however, it's important to spin that placement out and position yourself for long terms success. Here Chris Robley of CD Baby details how.
Spotify has announced a new "Hate Content and Hateful Conduct" policy, and among the first artists is effected is R. Kelly. Multiple women have come forward in recent weeks accusing the rapper of sexual abuse and running a "sex cult."
Earlier today, we reported that TIDAL had been accused of inflating streaming stats for Beyonce and Kanye West. Hundreds of millions of false plays for superstars were reported to the trades, according to a study of leaked Tidal data by a Norwegian newspaper.
TIDAL is being accused of inflating streaming stats for two of its most visible artists/partners, Beyonce and Kanye West. The millions of false plays resulted in overpayments to the two superstars at the expense of other artists, according to a study of leaked documents by a Norwegian newspaper.