Digital music industry veteran Tim Quirk examines the coming arms race in the music industry, with online music services competing to offer artists programs and features which enable them to generate revenue beyond just streaming royalties.
Being a DJ is more lucrative than ever, at least according to the latest 'who is making the most money' report from Forbes.Calvin Harris tops the list with $63 million, but 9 more DJs earned in the double digit millions last year.
17 injured concert goers are suing Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa and Live Nation. Safety at shows became the issue it always deserved to be several summers ago after a spectacular stage collapse at a state fair. Then came the age of terrorism, with public gatherings a popular target. Now there's a third area of concern: infrastructure, which is often many years old.
For touring artists, a lack of planning will often lead to disaster and a failed tour, meaning that properly advance a show leading up to the performance is critical for success. Here we look at five simple steps for doing just that.
Australian concert promoter Andrew McManus has pleaded guilty to lying to police in connection to a suitcase full of cash recovered from a Sydney hotel in 2011. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, McManus, 55, entered a plea of guilty in answer to a charge of attempting to pervert the course of justice. This offense carries a maximum sentence of 14 years' jail.
Believe Digital has acquired indie label and publishing company naïve. Believe is the global digital distributor and artist services firm that purchased DIY digital music distribution platform TuneCore last year.
An already dwindling number of online music site - or too often, music celebrity click bait engines - may be about to get a good bit smaller with news that perpetually struggling online publisher SpinMedia is for sale.
Questlove is getting creative with Pandora. Change happens slowly at the music streamer, particularly when its comes to its consumer offering. But teaming with the Roots drummer may hint at a new Pandora as it preps the launch of its own Spotify and Apple Music competitor as early as next month.
As seems to so often be the case, a new host of updates for Twitter will likely make DIY promotion for artists more difficult when it comes to getting their content seen by fans. New features being added to the platform include changes in notification settings and, worst of all, a quality filter.
Frank Ocean has just shaken up the music industry, probably forever. His dual exclusive releases via Apple on Friday and Saturday ignited a long overdue debate about exclusive streaming releases; and hidden in the details are lessons that should be sending shockwaves through the executive suites at Universal, Sony and WMG.
You spent the time, energy, and money creating a music video. Now what? The team at CyberPR has come answers. Posting your video to YouTube won't accrue the views you want unless you have a bit of strategy. Here are 8 ways to maximize your video's potential on YouTube.
In this article Dave Brooks of Amplify offers an alternative perspective on the recent Department of Justice ruling, suggesting that the rules may in fact help rather than harm venues and event producers.
Have you been curious about how to get a supplier to work with you who will be reliable and produce what you actually want and need? Here an industry offers some experiential advice choosing the right supplier.
A recent look at some overseas music industry numbers in Japan has revealed streaming's continued growth, and that physical sales, while still dropping, are slower to decline there. Additionally, and unlike the US, ringtones continue to take up an appreciable share of the market there as well.
Most artists would rather focus on their creative output than getting bogged down with the business side of things. That said, marketing is an inherent part of being a successful artist, so we're offering five marketing truths musicians can apply when "selling" their act.
Although one would expect record labels to be happy that the TPP includes a provision extending the life of minimum copyright at the expense of the listening public, it seems they still not content, complaining that making alterations will be too costly to rights holders, says Mike Masnick.
Spotify's contracts with all 3 major labels have lapsed. That's not news to any of use who follow the music industry, but what is new is a report that talks are stalled over Spotify's request to pay a smaller percentage of its income to labels and artists.
Although the music industry has for some time operated under the assumption that music related content made up 40% of YouTube videos, news and drastically different data from Pexeso, offers some very different numbers, suggesting some of the low payout related anger targeted at YoutTube may be misplaced.
In this recent piece, Cortney Harding investigates what happened to CÜR, a music startup designed to offer streaming and internet radio at a lower rate than its competitors, but which seems to have gone the way of so many startups and spent itself into an early grave.
On Tuesday Deezer responded to yesterday's story that the CEO of its Deezer's North American division had exited for another startup. The music streamer officially launched its $9.99 per month online music service in the U.S. last month.
Making some form of money is key to maintaining a career as a musician, although the ways in which artists earn income have changed quite a bit over the past few years. In this excerpt from his recent eBook, Dave Cool outlines 23 different revenue streams artists can tap into in the modern music economy.
New Soundcloud stats show just how big its footprint is, both in terms of listenership and the size of its music catalog. Most of their listeners are free, however; and monetizing them, along with making such a massive catalog user friendly, present a challenge.
Self-funded startup Mixcloud has quietly reached the million curator milestone. This achievement stands in sharp contrast to headlines touting millions in new funding alongside high profile failures by music tech startups like Crowdmix, Guvera and CUR.
Last week Apple Music announced a new deal with hip hop powerhouse Cash Money Records, which will officially begin with a documentary about the label and its founder. Now the trailer has been released.
With physical products on a continuing decline in the music industry, there is little stopping artists from following in the footsteps of artists like Leonard Cohen and, more recently, Kanye West by continuing to re-work and improve their music after its initial release.