Eager to be at the forefront of popularizing innovative new tech, Google recently announced their new high-quality virtual reality platform known as "Daydream," set to be released this fall, a platform for which YouTube also plans on creating a dedicated app.
[UPDATED] Alongside today's announcement that Spotify would be selling merchandise from 35,000 artists thanks to a new partnership with Merchbar, was a mention that offers from BandPage would no longer be offered on the music streamer.
In this piece Bas Grasmayer reflects on how a changing media landscape is working to dramatically alter how we as media consumers absorb and retain information, and what it means to live in the networked age.
Apex Twin has not released a video since 1999's "Windowlocker." That changed when AT's Richard D. James stumbled across Ryan Wyer's YouTube channel. With less than 900 subscribers, the 12 year old's YouTube presence is far from overwhelming.
In this keynote address transcript, Jim McDermott explains how the Rashomon effect, wherein multiple parties share contradictory but equally plausible accounts of an event, has persistently existed in dealings between artists, labels and the music tech industry.
[UPDATED] With current royalty deals already leading to unprofitable businesses, Spotify, Pandora and other music streamers have been turning to add-ons to try to keep artist and labels happy. For Spotify, that's meant free robust analytics thanks to its acquisition of The Echo Nest, and concert listings with buy links via Songkick.
Kickstarter was the original music crowdfunding platform. Amanada Palmer raised more than a $1 million there, and countless music projects by independent artists were funded. Since then, PledgeMusic and others have gained traction in music, but Kickstarter has started reasserted itself an essential tool for musicians.
One of the best ways to get new strategies for your music career is to look at what others are doing. So Dave and Lindsay of the New Artist Model put together a series of case studies from musicians pushing the envelope. The 7th installment is singer Angèlia Grace who has found her niche by covering film scores.
There has been a great deal of criticism of the court settlement that Ticketmaster reached over unfair charges. But whatever your position, there's no point in not taking advantage of the free and discounted tickets made available this week. That's, if you act in time.
Touring can be a grueling experience, but after a while you start to pick up a few tricks that can make the process a little easier. Here we look at five important touring hacks to implement next time you hit the road that will make playing out that much more enjoyable.
[UPDATED] Ever since Spotify bought The Echo Nest and Pandora acquired Next Big Sound, there's been a need of truly independent music analytics. Soundcharts is among a small handful of startups working to fill the void.
This graphic Guide to Starting and Building a Successful Youtube Channel covers just about everything from setting up profiles, buying the right equipment, content ideas, monetization and much more. And it does all in a handy infographic.
Summer is officially upon us, and the question of which hits will be blaring ad nasuem at every beach party and barbecue is at the forefront of everyone's mind. Here we look at which tracks the data suggests will be the receiving the most airplay as summer kicks into full gear.
As difficult as it is, networking and getting the attention of music journalists is hugely important towards achieving success as an artist, and it's important for artists to properly capitalize on the attention following any such recognition.
It can be difficult to keep pace with the internet... new platformsand features enter our daily lives so quickly that it can be easy to forget that we ever lived without them. Soon, the days before you could “go live” on Facebook, for example, may seem as distant a memory as the days before you could upload a video to YouTube.
Here we look at some of the highlights from Irving Azoff's recent keynote at the NMPA, particularly regarding artist's rights and the importance of what's best for the creators. Azoff's efforts now also includes this campaign signed by 180 major artists.
Here we look at the three different sources of publishing royalties (mechanical, performance, and synch) how they're calculated, and how a changing music business has affected how such royalties are earned.
Where you should expend energy building a following on social media can vary depending on your audience, talents and goals. But when a social media channel has 500 million active users and growing, it shouldn't be ignored.
While some may feel there's no middle ground between rock-stardom and simply having music as a hobby, there are a variety of other ways a person can build a successful career out of the passion for music beyond performing on stage.
When Michael Rapino became CEO of Live Nation he promised to make buying a concert ticket fairer. Little has changed, with LN owned Ticketmaster blocking D2F ticketers and StubHub legitimizing overpriced ticket resales. Now legislators are attempting to do what the industry has failed to do.
[UPDATE 3] international music streaming service Guvera has been hemorrhaging cash; and its best, though risky, hope was to go to the public markets. that plan was dashed, after an rare rejection ASX, the Australian version of the US Securities and Exchange Commission. Now the partied have agreed to meet.
A decade ago, major labels forgoing middlemen to sell direct to fans would have led to a revolt from retailers. Now, with the ranks of retailers diminished and streaming the new normal, ringing every dollar out of fans is so essential that Warner Music has created a division to focus its D2F efforts.
Many in the industry agree that digital copyright laws (DMCA), last updated in 1998, are antiquated. An unprecedented group of artists and music organizations has joined together demanding change. Unfortunately, their open letter to Congress is short on solutions.
After previously walking away from a SoundCloud acquisition deal at the last minute, Twitter recently invested 70 million in the company, and although such an investment is likely good for SoundCloud, it's a little harder to tell how the exchange benefits Twitter.
Ticketmaster is making good on the settlement of a class action lawsuit that affects more than 50 million ticket buyers. Some have criticized the deal as a "new scam on top of the old one." But with millions of free and discounted tickets available, why be left out? Here is how to get your free tickets and discounts from Ticketmaster.
General wisdom suggests that indie labels account for about 20% of global revenue, but a recent study has revealed that their share is in fact much greater than previously suspected, something which has broader implications with regard to the independent sector's ability to compete globally.
TC Management (REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar and more) is hiring an executive assistant to work with the firm's experienced artist management team,and Red Bull Records is looking for an office manager.More on these gigs and others on Hypebot's Music Industry Jobs Board.
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