When Spotify sent out media invites for a press event this Wednesday May 2oth, multiple reports pointed toward the addition of a video service including content from top media companies. Now comes word of a new, likely related launch of "Spotify Now".
It's hard to keep up, but that why we're here with news that the new Apple Music is adding some artist friendly social features, a chart that show just how messed up our radio royalty system is, the story of Gangstagrass and more.
This week on MTT. we discussed getting back to our indie roots by focusing locally and to build a fan base , and looked at how to treat ASD with music therapy along with the ramifications of an "Iron Man" lawsuit
Another eventful week in the new music industry: BMI scored a major victory for songwriters, streaming revenue passed downloads for the first time at a major label, Spotify unveiled a surprising stat and much more.
As streaming matures, how is the music industry changing? And when Spotify and Tidal offer deeps discounts, who pays the creators? That's just the start of what the music industry pundits shared last week.
The FBI's absurd investigation into the lyrics from "Louie, Louie," Facebook tactics that actually work and the most popular keys for all music on Spotify top this week's list of the most read posts on Hypebot.com.
The internet exploded with 'Spotify Is Killing Free' headlines after Digital Music News quoted "multiple unnamed sources" that Spotify was succumbing to label pressure to end its free music service. replacing it with a 3 month free trial.
At first, the major labels made deals with digital music services in desperation - to provide an alternative to piracy. More recently, they've become motivated by short term greed in the form of big advances and ownership stakes. Now, the entire music industry is struggling with the consequences of their actions.
Tidal chief investment officer Vania Schlogel was interviewed by the Wall Street Journal about the new music streaming service owned by Jay-Z and other major artists, focusing on artist compensation and competition from other music services.
Spotify claims to have been responsible for 10% of all U.S. record label revenue in the first quartet of 2015. The stat came from Will Page, Spotify's director of economics during the Music Biz Conference in Nashville this week.
Whether we like it or not, smartphones, iPads, and tablets have taken up permanent residence in our day to day existence. Fans are on their mobile devices more and more during events - which begs the question, is live tweeting is killing live shows or are smartphones are simply paving the way to the new generation of fan engagement?
In what can only be described as troubling and suspicious activity, NPR has joined Google, Amazon, Pandora, Clear Channel, the NAB and even the National Restaurant Association in opposing changes that would benefit songwriters and musicians.
The laws governing digital music are a mess and getting messier. Recently, the FCC approved Pandora's purchase of a radio station that would lower payments to rightsholders, and an ASCAP attempt to retroactively raise their rates was defeated in court. Yesterday, however, BMI scored a major victory vs. Pandora for songwriters.
You’ve closed the door in your room and churned out your favorite songs all by yourself, but what about collaborating? Almost every song you hear on the radio today was co-written, and the skill of collaboration will go a long way for you as a songwriter.
The nominees for the 2015 Americana Awards were announced today at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville yesterday. The winners will be named Sept. 16th at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium during AmericanaFest.
The last time Apple tried to combine social media with music was a flop. Ping came and went quickly. But Apple is reportedly ready to try again, adding a twist that could offer an important new direct to fan communications channel for musicians.
Now that we’ve defined engagement,let’s dive into the analytics. What makes a good engagement rate? It can be hard to identify the benchmark to aim for, and it differs from platform to platform. Here are some numbers to let you know if you’re on the right track.
In these times of rampant social media messaging, basic on-the-ground community building tactics are more valuable than ever to cut through the maze of the digital world and reach fans where they study, work,and hang out. In business, they say that only "family, friends, and fools" will invest in your startup company, and the same might be said of startup bands.
As an artist or creator in the entertainment industry you do not need to know everything about the business in order to succeed, but you should hire people who do. When I was a teenage recording artist back in the late 70's, I can remember being intimidated by the "suits". Now that I am on the other side of the desk, I have a broader perspective.
Ahead of the expected launch of Apple's streaming music service next month, competitors are pulling out all the stops with new features, promotions and other offerings. Today, Rdio unveiled a creatively conceived lower priced tier that's a bit like Pandora on steroids.
There was a time where location in the music industry had its disadvantages. You may have had a local fan base, but making the world know about your music was difficult. In real estate, it's all about location, location, location. Could it be the same in the music industry?