Audio recognition app Shazam has found a place on every music lover's smartphone. Increasingly labels and publishers are using data from the app to spot trends, find new artists and measure fan engagement. Today, Shazam added visual recognition to its bag of tricks.
Heritage acts dominate the summer's top concerts, according to StubHub. The ticket reseller draws its top 10 from sales and demand drawn from its more than 16 million visitors. Taylor Swift overwhelmingly took the #1 spot, nearly tripling the demand of One Direction at #2.
2015 is the year Facebook video will reach parity with YouTube’s feature set and audience. The introduction of auto-playing video, changes to the platform’s algorithm to favor video, and Facebook’s strong investments in their mobile offerings are all coming together to create a powerful marketing platform.
Pandora and Spotify topped both the App AnnieTop 10 music app "By Downloads" and "By Revenue" charts. Beats Music landed an impressive 3rd place finish on the revenue ranking. Even Rhapsody and Rdio charted. But where did TIDAL rank?
Social media has become one of the most powerful self-promotional tools for all artists. But while many acts use social media like Facebook and Twitter to advertise new releases and upcoming shows, a few go the extra mile, upping their statuses as fan-friendly by interacting with others or posting clever content.
When you have big news about your band to announce, make sure you don’t miss out on retargeting pool opportunities. The earlier that you get your retargeting pixels in place the sooner you can start putting users (fans of your band) into your retargeting pools.
Wolfgang's Vault bills itself as the "world's largest collection of live music." Sister site Daytrotter brings that same sensibility to merging music. But much of the music you find on these sites has not been properly licensed, according to the NMPA.
Depending on who you talk to, the internet has either helped or hindered the music business. Some people think it's done both. Sure, sales are down and the economic paradigm continues to shift, but access to music has never been greater, vinyl sales continue to grow, and with such a low barrier to entry, it seems as if there are more new bands than ever. In spite of all of these varying factors, here are three reasons why signing a record deal may be a good idea.
When you are making your own music and doing your own marketing, you have to front the cost yourself. But is it providing a large profit margin for you? Check out today's article to see how you can get great revenue from your merchandise.
Responding to the wave of criticism that followed the leak of a contract between Sony Music and Spotify that revealed $42.5 million in advances, $9 million in advertising trade and deductions for digital "breakage," Sony has responded.
In this episode of Music Business Podcast, Cortney Harding and Kyle Bylin discuss YouTube and music videos. YouTube is widely known as the most popular music service. It's where most young people go to find and stream songs. Harding and Bylin talk about where music videos are today and how technology has changed them.
Last week, Spotify added audio and video content from a wide variety of major media companies including NPR, MTV, Vice and The Nerdist. While seen as a preemptive move prior to next month's Apple/Beats music relaunch, there was also another reason that the music streamer added video.
Censorship of music, almost unthinkable in the U.S. and Europe, still exists in other parts of the world. Taiwanese singer Jolin Tsai's "We're All Different, Yet The Same" song and music video featuring same-sex relationships has been banned on TV and radio in Singapore by the government agency responsible for censorship.
Music supervision has roots dating back to silent films, when composers provided background music in the theaters during the showing. Now, the craft has evolved into a multifaceted profession with responsibilities that range from licensing, curation, and even producing.
Independent musician and artist advocate Zoe Keating has released another detailed spreadsheet that shows her payments from Spotify. Zeating, who has chosen to have only some of her music available on Spotify, has had her music streamed almost 1.5 million times there.
Summertime is here and that means it is time to break out all of the gear to hit the festival circuit right. But do you really have EVERYTHING you need? Check out today's article to see if you have all of the essentials on your festival checklist.
Anyone old enough to remember the early days of Live Nation (then known as SFX), know that founder Bob Sillerman has more financial tricks up his sleeve than a day trader on crack. Today, Sillerman, played his latest hand, taking EDM giant SFX private again.
With the second leg of the Triple Crown set to get underway this weekend in Baltimore, horse racing is once again enjoying its annual moment in the spotlight. Over on the radio dial, it’s also a big time of year for jockeying; that is, tracking the fortunes of major radio formats with summer right around the corner.
I recently had the pleasure of pitching a very talented, well produced artist to major labels. Years ago I was a VP of a major label and have been in the business for decades. We all know that record sales have been taken over by streaming. Very few people are buying records anymore. So it’s tough these days to be a record label.
Following the leak of a revealing contract between Sony Music and Spotify, the recently formed International Artist's Association has joined managers in calling for contract transparency and better terms for artists.
The global EDM music market grew 12% last year to $6.9 billion, according to the latest IMS Business Report. The U.S. EDM market hit $2 billion or 29% of global revenue. While impressive, EDM's growth rate has slowed considerably in the last year.
CMW2015 has concluded with its full rotation of panels, showcases, mentorship and networking opportunities, as well as a keynote speech by Spike Lee. Yet again, Canadian Music Week cemented its valuable place on the music industry calendar
Downtown Music Publishing's acquisition of Eagle i-Music, the battle with The Verge over Sony Music's leaked contract with Spotify and BMI's win over Pandora dominate the music publishing news this week.