Harnessing the power of engaged fans is at the center of many startups, particularly in music. The Physical Network has successfully extended that concept to music festival marketing in the EU and now their bringing it to the U.S.
In this episode of the Music Business Podcast, Alex May talks with James Shotwell of Haulix, a platform for artists to securely share electronic press kits. As the company’s Social Media Coordinator, Shotwell helps us explore how Haulix addresses and prevents the unauthorized leaking of promotional pre-releases.
[UPDATED] After two hugely successful events earlier this year, Hypebot will host its third San Francisco Music And Tech Meetup on Wednesday, August 5, 2015 from 7:00-10:00PM at Upcider in San Francisco – and you're invited.
Connecting artists to fans without the middlemen has long been holy grail of the new music industry. Last week, Bkstg, a new player with a substantial pedigree, powerful backers and a major war chest entered the race.
Hypebot presents our fifth Los Angeles meetup for readers to have a conversation with like-minded peers. You are invited to gather for drinks on Thursday, July 23 from 6:30 to 9:30PM at Village Idiot. Space is limited – RSVP below!
After several hugely successful Hypebot sponsored music and tech meetups in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York City, we're taking on Chicago on August 5, 2015. Details on how to register are below.
Overwhelmed by the many social media channels you should be following and participating on? Your anxiety level just increased thanks to a new kid on the block that's attracting users in the tens of millions and just got $70 million to expand.
The Grateful Dead's farewell tour, along with large festivals like Coachella, have been garnering increasingly massive audiences through their live streams. What does this mean for the companies providing the streaming service, and their ability to monetize the phenomenon?
Launched in 2011, Turntable.fm represented a new way of listening to music socially online. Although it initially gained a great deal of traction among users, Turntable could not sustain its growth and was forced to shutdown. This discussion with founder Billy Chasen sheds some light on exactly what went wrong.
Once it leaves the creative stage, music is more and more dependent upon the tech community than ever before. Today's distribution, communication, interaction, marketing and promotion all depend on tech.
With new app adoption slowing. does every artist really need his or her own mobile app? If you are a super fan who wants as much of their favorite artist as they can get, you still think so; and if you're hoping to monetize a legion of fans, you might agree.
After several hugely successful Hypebot sponsored music and tech meetups in San Francisco and LA, we're taking on New York City. Details on how to register are below. And we're thinking about expanding the meetups to Nashville this fall. Please contact us, if you'd like to be involved there.
Increasingly mainstream music organizations are placing relatively small bets on music-related technology startups. Doppler Labs is not the first foray into music tech for investors Live Nation, Universal Music Group or William Morris.
We all have a favorite song, and if we think about it, there's probably that one certain point in our favorite song where everything about it seems to come together and all we want to do is listen again and again... so we do. Now there's an app that finds "the drop" for you.
Snoop Dogg brought out his latest album, Bush, the other week. But if you were keeping an eye out for it in the kinds of places album releases are usually trumpeted, you’d have been forgiven for missing it.
Don't expect Spotify's free tier to go away anytime soon. Despite public protests, the major labels, all of whom own stock in Spotify, will not do anything to hurt the music streamer. After all, they stand to gain handsomely when Spotify goes public. While no IPO date has been set, it appears to be getting much closer.
Live Nation owned Ticketmaster is the dominate live event ticketer in the U.S. and many overseas markets. Today, they moved to extend that dominance with 2 acquisitions - one a competitor associated with C3 and its mega-festivals and the other aimed at the D.I.Y. market.
Timing, particularly in the entertainment industry, is everything. So, it is no coincidence that right after Apple Music launches, Spotify just happens to close a $526 million round that has been an open secret since April.
This weekend 16 international teams of music tech hackers joined the 5th annual Music Hack Day at the Midem music conference in Cannes, France. I'm most intrigued by FanBox and The Catheruperer, but its another great hack that took home the prize.
Helping fans discover and buy tickets to concerts is a problem Songkick, BandsInTown, BandPage and others are each battling to solve; and looking over their shoulders is the Ticketmaster/Live Nation giant. Each has taken a different approach; and today Songkick shifted gears, merging with CrowdSurge.
Believe Digital continues to make aggressive moves in its quest to become a dominant global player in digital music and video. Recently the company acquired TuneCore and now it's gotten a $60 million infusion from a venture capitalist already heavily invested in the sector.
In this episode of Music Business Podcast, I talk with Nicole Cifani, who is a marketing lead at Chosen, a talent competition app. I talk to Nicole about what Chosen is and how she landed a job at the company. We also talk about what exactly it means to “gamify” the music experience.