In this helpful how-to article, we look at the proper actionable steps to take when it comes to launching a successful crowdfunding campaign and how, as an artist, you can work to target those who will actually donate to your project.
Songkick's Ian Hogworth apparently coined the term, but I first heard about "full stack" music companies during a webinar that PledgeMusic and DotBlockchain co-founder Benji Rogers gave for BerkleeOnline. He was referring to the rollup of PledgeMusic, Noisetrade and Set.fm into a multi-faceted artist services company. Now, Pandora's Glenn People's makes the case that their acquisition of Ticketfly and other initiatives are creating the first full stack music streamer.
After 40 years the CMJ Chart - the only chart that measures college radio - may be gone forever. If true, its a blow both to college radio and to the many indie artists and labels that used it to launch their careers.
According to multiple reports, Spotify will delay its IPO until at least 2018. That's an expensive choice, thanks to a $1 billion loan with an escalating interest rate. But there may be another reason that Spotify is taking its time. A buyer could swoop into save the rapidly growing but very unprofitable company; and that buyer isn't likely to be Google, Amazon or any of the names often mentioned, says analyst Mark Mulligan.
Talk about pent-up demand. On the partial first day that the bulk of Prince's catalog was again available on all the major streaming music services, his songs were streamed 1 million times. And then plays grew exponentially on day 2. Here, via Nielsen, are the impressive stats:
It may by far far be the largest social media network, but that doesn't mean Facebook is staring down some serious user fatigue, with all age groups reporting a drop in their satisfaction level with the service. This could be bad news for artists using the platform as a marketing tool, but good news for Facebook's social media competitors.
Gasparilla Music Festival has been seeing steady growth over the past several years. Here Executive Director David Cox sat down to share the festival's vision, as well the challenge of putting on a festival as a non-profit.
By many measures, Amazon has the biggest U.S. reach of any music streamer. Populated by more casual listeners, who get it bundled with Amazon Prime, the service now appears to turning to discovery - a move that could mean millions of new fans for emerging artists.
Following the release of YouTube star PewDiePie's "Death To All Jews" video, Disney has severed ties. But YouTube seems to be holding fast, also featuring Neo Nazi bands like Weisse Wölfe who have large followings there. Is it time for artists and labels to take action?
To think that Spotify has inadvertently (we hope) helped President Trump "make america great again"... The Stockholm based music streamer announced today that it would be adding 1000 jobs in the U.S. over the next two years. Of course, there were also those $11 million in New York rent incentives that helped make the deal possible.
36% of respondents to a new survey said they watched live video. That jumps to 63% of millennials. It's no wonder, since Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Snapchat, Twitter and other social channels have gone all in on live video. But which channel do fans use the most often?
The recent launch of YouTube's Super Chat feature represents and interesting new way of monetizing a combination of mobile messaging and live video, and although it seems like good news for both creators and superfans, YouTube could be facing some unanticipated consquences as a result of this new service.
[UPDATED] Hypebot is proud to be hosting the official Indie Music Forum on May 18th, as part of the Music Biz 2017 convention. I'll also be interviewing one of the most influential figures in independent music, A2IM CEO Richard Burgess, live on stage.
Although old, mostly white, men in suits ruining things is more commonplace than ever these days, The Grammys stand out in particular as highlighting much of what is wrong with the music industry today in general and Grammys culture specifically.
If you're hoping to get your song on a major Spotify playlist, it's important to first cut your teeth on lower-level playlists, until eventually Spotify's algorithm picks up on what's going on down below and elevates your song to the top. One good way of doing this is to build your own playlists.
Streaming music service SoundCloud has named Merritt Farren as its new General Counsel. Farren's bailiwick includes oversight of SoundCloud's legal affairs and public policy strategy, as well as data protection, privacy, contracts, music rights and copyright issues.
It seems someone has once again been trip-trapping over the patent trolls' bridge, with the recent news that Blackbrid Technologies (a bonafide patent troll company) is sueing multiple streaming companies for making their content available for offline consumption.
On Monday, the day after Prince became available on music streaming and a tribute at The Grammys, 686,348 Pandora listeners added the Prince station to their account. That’s a 39,000% week over week increase in station adds.
Michael Angelakos, the frontman of Passion Pit, is reportedly launching a company to provide musicians with legal, educational and healthcare services. Details are scarce, but the well funded efforts could be announced as early as this week.
BuzzAngle Music took a deep dive into the post Grammy sales data providing both a macro and a micro view of the impact that the globally televised and subsequent social media has on both sales and an artist's career.
The world of social media is tumultuous and ever-changing, and nowhere is this more true than on Twitter. This means that if you're planning on promoting an event on the social media platform, your marketing strategy needs to be able to evolve, and quickly.
The recent slew of over-the-top plagiarism lawsuits leveled against artists in recent years has left much of the music industry's creative personnel on edge. This recent "Grammy for Suing" clip from Portlandia serves to highlight the issue.
What were the most searched love song lyrics in eleven countries leading up to Valentine's Day? From Canada to Brazil, the most searched lyrics range from sexual confessions to heartsick elegies in a list compiled by LyricFind.
Early sales figures show that, while mainstream superstars benefit from a televised Grammy performance, the greatest sales gains Come from less well known artists. The same goes for the streaming, with both Beyonce and Adele missing from Pandora's Top 10 post-Grammy week over week lifts.
[UPDATE] The SXSW Hackathon is returning for its fourth year with an expansion into VR/AR, film, and music. In a marathon 24-hour coding experience, hackers will work to solve real problems and create new tools across entertainment media.