Brooklyn rapper Bobby Shumrda, best known for the hit “Hot Boy,” has been sentenced to seven years in prison, despite his last minute attempt to change his plea deal, which has been worked out last month.
Concerns regarding the persistence of majority-male event lineups and the low number of female producers have been raising some concerned questions about the state of the modern music industry. This networking guide looks at several organizations working to bring about effective change.
The big musical tent that is Americana had its best sales week ever, even as rock music failed to find even a single slot on Billboard's mainstream Hot 100 radio chart. The exception: rock with a heavy dose of EDM.
SoundCloud has launched its paid on demand music streaming service in Canada. Alongside the paid launch, the music streamer is adding ads to its free service with a portion of the revenue being returned to creators.
Video views are critical for measuring success not only to artists, but also labels, advertisers, and anyone else attached to the video in question. Unfortunately, measuring these views is not always easy, as each platform has their own method for counting. Here we examine what the different platforms use to calculate views.
Amazon launched its paid on demand streaming service Amazon Music Unlimited just last week; and today signaled that it too would play the exclusive music game with the acquisition of first-ever streaming rights to country superstar Garth Brooks.
A key piece of music promotion for a quite a while, video has long given fans a way to connect more deeply with music, so it stands to reason that YouTube would rise to become one of the most useful platforms from which artists can connect with fans. Here we take a look at how they can do so better.
One of the stars and co-creators of the classic rock spoof "This Is Spinal Tap" has filed a $125 million lawsuit after statements from film producer Vivendi allegedly issued statements claiming that total worldwide merchandising income from 1984 to 2006 was just$81 and that between 1989 and 2006 income from soundtrack sales was$98.
Apple's decision to ditch the headphone jack highlighted the idea that future music services might soon be device specific, and it looks as though Amazon is taking the plunge by offering a subscription service with a strict one device limit.
As live streaming and other newer media models becoming increasingly commonplace in the new music economy, it may be time to revisit donations and see if they are perhaps a more legitimate component of artists' business model than previously thought.
Apple debuted a new celebrity-filled video ad for Beats wireless headphones via Twitter on Monday. Set to Disney 's Pinocchio song "I've Got No Strings" it features a plethora of musicians and other celebrities. Can you name them all? WATCH:
To avoid properly compensating songwriters, big data purveyorsAmazon and Google are claiming they are unable to find contact information for the deserving songwriters, instead opting to file copyright notices in what appears to be a music land grab, says Chris Castle.
Delivering the best personalized music experience is the subject of much effort and hand wringing in the conference rooms of every music streamer. And how each service uses artificial intelligence, machine learning, and human curation may determine their fate, as well as, what music consumers are exposed to.
In the wake of the release of so many streaming exclusives from high profile artists like Frank Ocean and Beyoncé, it looks to some as though streaming services are poised to further subvert the old media status quo by positioning themselves in an increasingly label-like role.
Drake's hit "One Dance" is now the most streamed song in Spotify history with over 880 million streams. Released earlier this year, "One Dance" blew past Major Lazer's 2014 hit "Lean On" to take the top spot.
Billboard and Nielsen surveys inform a great deal of what we know about the music business when it comes to numbers, but how these companies work can be something of a mystery to artists, a mystery which we unpack some of here.
With Amazon having finally released their long awaited stand-alone streaming service, the $7.99 sticker price seems to be bucking an industry trend by offering consumers unlimited streaming for less, but the figure is deceptive.
The show must go on, apparently unless you are "uncomfortable" and fighting with your bandmates. UK alt-rockers Placebo left the stage after an internal argument in the band on Thursday night at Danish venue Train in Aarhus.
Data doesn't lie if you know what to look for. Here Next Big Sound's Liv Buli takes a close at he rapid rise of rapper A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, who is he dominating the Pandora charts in the wake of the release of his new mixtape.
An electronic press kit, or EPK, is best way for artists to give their business contacts all the information they need about said artist, this means it's an important thing to not screw up. Here we look at several all too common mistakes artists must work to avoid.
Apple used Twitter to debut a new celebrity-filled ad for Beats wireless headphones on Monday. Set to the Disney Pinocchio song "I've Got No Strings" it features a plethora of musicians and other celebrities including DJ Khaled, Pharrell Williams, Nicki Minaj, Rebel Wilson and Steve Buscemi. WATCH:
Pandora has launched a major upgrade to its free AMP artist marketing platform. In addition to enhanced analytics, it enables all artists to communicate directly with fans, market music and tours, and track their progress.