Some of the top hits onHypebot this week include an explanation of why SoundCloud is still preferable to Apple Music, a look at the best way for artists to make money...without music, and an account of why the iPad Pro is perfect for musicians.
This week on Hypebot we shared a myriad of valuable tips for the independent musician, from the importance of being onInstagram, to how artists can make money off of Happy Birthday (now that it's in the public domain) to four all too common mistakes bands make when using Facebook.
This week on MusicThinkTank, we look at some of the best apps and accessories for mobile music fans, whether or not you're getting the most from your current fans, five excellent careers to pursue when armed with a music degree, and much more.
In this edition of our weekly rewind, we hear from another side of the streaming playola debate, learn about the shocking amount of time people spend on Facebook, and watch as Apple Music users (or at least some of them) begin having to pay for the service.
Here TuneCore talks with MC/Producer Cam Meekins about the challenges of making a career in hip hop, his signing to and subsequent departure from Atlantic Records to start his own label, and his decision to donate part of his album profits to suicide prevention.
Although Pandora's CEO Brian McAndrews recently boasted of the success of their free music streaming service, claiming that Americans are unwilling to pay for streaming, a breakdown of their revenue model shows that Pandora's system is detrimental to songwriters, says the head of the NMPA.
Social media has, undeniably, been a game changer for musicians, but as the social media landscape continues to shift, so too does its role for artists and marketers and it is important for them to look beyond likes and follows at what kind of an impact their social media presence may really be having.
If you are marketing music and not consistently interacting on Instagram, you are missing a huge opportunity. The picture based social network passed 400 million usersthis week with growth so meteoric that it's leaving Twitter in the dust.
Here online radio trail blazer Ari Shohat looks at why unlimited catalogs can be bad for digital music, and why a limited amount of content curated by people rather than algorithms is important to creating a positive listening experience for the user.
Ticket marketplace StubHub today announced the hottest concerts of the fall season, as determined by sales and demand of its 16 monthly million visitors. The list is bookended by Taylor Swift and Janet Jackson.
If you're not seeing the kind of income you want from your music, holes in your metadata could be part of the issue. While filling in information such as the year a song was released or how many beats per minute is has can seem pointless and tedious, it's important information for distributors to have.
Will stiff competition between streaming music services and direct to fan interaction kill the practice of streaming music prior to release? Some think so, but music marketer Wes Davenport has a very different opinion.
Lazy Rich, known for his remixes and as the engine behind Big Fish Records, talks about the importance of arranging and producing high quality recordings before submitting them to labels, and the challenges of making money in today's music industry.
Very few startups run out of funding, shut down and then live to see another day. Music discovery platform Earbits beat the odds and shares its story today thanks to a new owner along withsome lessons he's learned along the way.
While piracy remains a significant issue in New Zealand, the recording industry is saying that the country's laws make copyrights too expensive to enforce. According to a report by Fairfax Digital's Stuff.nz, only one complaint has been successfully pursued with the country's Copyright Tribunal this year, compared with four last year and 18 in 2013.
While the vast majority of bands have some kind of Facebook presence, they do not always utilize the platform to their greatest advantage, often posting inconsistently, or focusing on the wrong sort of fan engagement.
The annual Forbes Hip-Hop Cash Kings: The World's Highest-Paid Rap Acts is out for 2015, Doddy tops the list again followed by Jay Z, Drake and Dr. Dre. But furthers down the list 0f 20 there are a few newcomers and surprises.
Taking advantage of a copyright void which was created for all pre-1972 music after the law was updated in 1976, the RIAA has been trying to claim that the state laws which existed before before this update intended to include a public performance rights, meaning that services like Pandora, Sirius XM, and possibly even terrestrial radio are in violation of this theoretical law.
Income from presale, fan and VIP ticketing has become essential for many touring artists and a number of startups like BandPage have built tools to help make it easy. Now this vital income stream may be threatened as Ticketmaster expands its OnTour offering.
[UPDATED]Artist as an entrepreneur once carried negative connotations. Now it's an essential concept. How to achieve it is the topic of a free webinar this Thursday produced by Music Biz , SynchTank and Merry Bright.
Looking for a job in the music industry but are worried that all the good ones are taken? Fear not. Although it can often seem as though the industry doesn't have many careers to offer to those who aren't destined for stardom, there are more options for someone with a music degree than you may realize.
When discussing streaming, it's usually the big players like Apple Music and Spotify which are talked about most, but in places like Africa, several lesser-known streaming services are becoming hugely popular, and may have something to teach the big players.
In a stunning reversal, a federal judge ruled that all copyright claims against "Happy Birthday" are invalid and declaring that the song is in the public domain and free to use. Its a huge loss for Warner Chappell Music who bought the rights in 1988, but its a big win for enterprising musicians.