The need for compulsory licenses to display songwriter credits, Rhapsody names a new CEO (and they're a former UMG exec), Pirate Bay claims streaming will lead to an increase in piracy, and much more as we mash the rewind button on another full week of music industry news.
What's popular? These articles for a start. Here we visit Led Zeppelin's ongoing plagiarism woes, check in on how 2016's Record Store Day went, review the best times to post on Facebook and Twitter, and much more.
While any number of artists have seen success using Snapchat,DJ Khaled has unquestionably his use of the popular photosharing platform to a whole new level, with over three million followers engaging with his content. Here we look marketing strategy which has allowed Khaled to achieve such Snapchat fame.
In her recent article, The Music Business Reimagined, Vickie Nauman discusses the continuously evolving intersection between music and technology and the perpetual motion towards a digital music economy. More than ever before, the necessity to engage digitally and develop a strong online presence is extremely important for musicians, both established and emerging.
Coachella has a massive reach on social media - 239 million for Week 1 alone. The folks atAmpsyapplied their social data voodoo to create an infographic which illustrates the social media juggernaut that is Coachella.
In this article, we look the value of artists' rights and why the U.S. government should require that digital music services provide proper attribution to songwriters when compulsory licenses relating to said artist are obtained.
Here CD Baby CEO Tracy Maddux weighs in on the recent wave of litigation which has swept through the music industry, suggesting that the recent string of lawsuits against companies like Spotify and TIDALdiscourages innovation in the industry and sets a poor tone for the future of digital music.
Hannah Dudley has joined Sony Music Nashville as Director of Marketing. Previously, Dudley was at Dream Big Entertainment Group and did stints at East West Records/Rhino/Label Services, Parlophone and Virgin Records UK.
Social media has closed the gap between artist and fan and given rise to greater accessibility than ever before, however if artists handle this new level of interaction poorly, the effects can be highly detrimental to the artist's online image and overall career.
In celebration of Earth Day 2016, Hypebot's parent company, booking agency Skyline Music, will plant 2000 trees as part of its Book A Band/Plant A TreeProgram. To date, Skyline has planted 12,000 trees.
To celebrate Earth Day 2016, Hypebot's parent company, booking agency Skyline Music, who celebrate Earth Day everyday with their Book A Band/Plant A Tree program, have put together a playlist of environmental and earth friendly songs from some of the 60+ artists on their roster. Listen and enjoy:
Remember when BMG sold its mega-share of Sony BMG vowing to exit the recorded music business. In the last 2 years, they've re-entered the record marketplace via acquisitions and creative partnerships; and now they've partnered with former rival WMG for distribution.
What's the one thing an artist needs in order to achieve success in their musical career? This article alleges that the correct mindset is the most important factor in determining and artist's future in the industry, and how it allows an artist to overcome the various challenges which they will inevitably face during their career.
We all know that how often your Facebook posts are seen by your fans is an ever-changing target. This week, Mark Zuckerberg moved the goalpost again. Here's the latest change and three things you can do about it.
Facebook Live promises to be a highly valuable new asset to any artist seeking to connect with their Facebook fans, but like any new technology there a right way and wrong way to use it. Here we look at some of the best practices for using Facebook live.
Adele is the richest woman in UK music, according to Sunday Times Rich List, but 29 male UK musicians and music moguls have a greater net worth. Adele, who also tops the Young Music Rich List of artists under 30 has an estimated wealth of $122 million USD. The full list:
Pirate Bay may no longer be the top source for pirated content but its founder Peter Sunde is still a powerful and informed voice. Ever the rebel, Sunde is concerned about streaming's centralization of content that the consumer doesn't own, along with tracks that suddenly go missing from playlists.
If you're new to an area, getting involved in your local music scene may seem like an intimidating prospect, but chances are good that anyone seeking to help a scene thrive and grow will be welcomed. Here we look a five easy ways to get involved with local music in your area.
While compact discs are certainly on the decline as far as the average music consumer is concerned, several innovative pioneers within the music industry have and continue to explore the limits of the CD as not just a means of listening to music, but as a creative tool from which to create new sounds.
Is William Morris Endeavor-IMG strapped for cash or hording dollars to fuel acquisitions? The talent agency took on massive debt when it acquired sports agency IMG for $2.4 billion. Last month, SoftBank acquired a minority stake in WME-IMG. Now, Fidelity has added $55 million.
When big promoters like AEG and Live Nation acquire scrappy independents, its hard to see it as a win for any musicians beyond the top tier players. But the consolidation is continuing with AEGs acquisition of aggressive indie competitors Bowery Presents.
In this article we delve into the world of live coded music, a phenomenon which has existed since the 1970s and features artists live streaming the creation and manipulation of electronic music in a combination of composition and improvisation.
Spotify is "misleading" songwriters by encouraging them to sign onto a settlement it made with the National Music Publishers, Association according to a motion filed by attorneys representing David Lowery, who is suing the music streamer for use of his songs without a license.
More tickets sold mean more money for artists (and promoters). I get it. But when is big, too big? The promoters of Coachella and Stagecoach seem determined to find out, potentially to the detriment of the powerful brands that they've carefully cultivated.
In this piece, longtime Guster member Brian Rosenworcel looks at how changes in technology have altered the dynamics of artist fan interaction, and the challenge of maintaining an authentic connection with fans.