Sony and Universal Music have quietly teamed to launch their own budget streaming music service. Extending the popular NOW music compilation brand, Now That's What I Call Music+ will offer streams of hit songs at a budget price.
Wondering what's popular? These posts. In our chart-toppers this week, we looked at most streamed songs of summer 2016, the most expensive vinyl ever sold, whether streaming services are in competition with labels, and much, much more.
In this week's advice and tips section, we offer suggestions on how to grow your band's Instagram, the best days jobs to have when beginning your music career, why it is that all musicians should be on Snapchat, and much more.
Fifteen years after her untimely death in a plane crash at the age of twenty-two, the R&B/hip-hop singer Aaliyah continues to see great popularity, racking up impressive spin counts on platforms like Pandora, and even seeing remarkable traffic across a variety of social media outlets.
Music streaming data makes it possible to understand the fan behavior behind each stream. "But the way we translate this creativity into monetizable, digitally-mediated experiences requires a culture change" within the music industry," says Samuel Potts, the head of radio at Columbia Records UK.
All of a sudden, VR seems to be everywhere, from music videos to the media business. The company behind many of these experiences is VRSE, founded by legendary creative mind Chris Milk. On this show, I spoke with VRSE's creative director, Zach Richter, about the future of the format and how artists can best use VR to tell stories.
In this edition of Music Biz Podcast, Cortney Harding is joined by Kenna, an artist and entrepreneur. Kenna has recorded several albums but is now moving away from the traditional concepts of how to release music and instead focusing on the creation of "sonics," his term for more free-form musical storytelling.
Here Cyber PR's Ariel Hyatt spoke with long time industry veteran and member of the pop rock group October Project Julie Flanders about her career, and what today's artists can do advance their career.
Podcasting has seen exponential growth of late, but indie music has not gotten much attention. In this interview, the creators of music-centric network Jabberjaw Media talk about their podcasts and where they're headed.
Jeremy Wineberg is the co-founder of Heard Well, a label that bridges the digital and physical divide in a whole new way. Heard Well distributes compilations from YouTube stars like Connor Franta, but exclusively sells physical packages and digital downloads. We asked him about the label; his previous project, the Music Tee, and why ten year olds are willing to buy CDs even though they don't know how to play them.
Talent buyers are busy people, and typically have too much on their plate at any given time to deal with a band or artist who makes any of the following seven mistakes when attempting to contact them.
Music Biz Podcast distributed 33 shows in 2015. We are proud of every single interview we conducted, but these five episodes received the most downloads on iTunes. Thank you to every guest we had on the show! We learned so much from you. And thank you to everyone who has listened to the podcast. Cortney Harding and I appreciate your continued attention and support.
New Revenue Streams For DIY Artists - Interview With CD Baby's Kevin Breuner and GigSalad's Mark Steiner
In this episode of Music Biz Podcast, we talk with Mark Steiner of GigSalad and Kevin Breuner of CD Baby. We sat down and interviewed them at SF MusicTech 2015 on November 15. Tune in to hear a great conversation about how these two companies are creating new revenue streams for DIY musicians and building supportive community through their joint efforts.
In this episode of Music Biz Podcast, we talk with Scott LeGere and Jay Coyle, who are educators and entrepreneurs. LeGere heads the music business program at McNally Smith College of Music. Coyle is the founder of Music Geek Services and an instructor at Berklee Online. We attended the Future of Music Policy Summit in Washington, DC and recorded a podcast over dinner.
There is good money to be made by artists who can acquire a sync deal for their music, but getting your composition into the hands and ears of those who have the power to make it happen is no easy task. Here we look at why and how artists should go about getting a sync agent.
Music industry mega-conference Midem organizer Reed MIDEM has announced that Simon Rhodes has joined the company as UK managing director. In his new position, Rhodes will oversee Reed MIDEM’s British-based business and take the UK sales lead on the company’s real estate portfolio.
It was not a good day for SFX. It's TomorrowWorld had announced the details of a ticket refund and offered a public apology for the circumstances that left thousands of festival-goers stranded and led to the partial cancellation of the final day of the event.
In this episode of Music Biz Podcast, we talk with Phil Hutcheon, who is the founder and CEO of DICE, a live music discovery platform that allows fans to find shows and buy tickets without any booking fees. We talk to Hutcheon about the current state of the live music sector. Subscribe to the show in iTunes or SoundCloud.
For those who find giant cities like Austin and L.A. to be a little too much, here are four approachable urban locales where the music scene is disproportionately large and vibrant when compared to the size of the town itself.
Keeping metadata accurate and consistent is one of the major challenges of publishing and maintaining a substantial music catalog. Here we look at common metatda issues in classical music, hip hop, and EDM, three genre's which may have more in common than one might think.
In this episode of Music Biz Podcast, we talk with Craig Watson, the co-founder of Soundwave, a popular music discovery app. They also make an SDK, called Shine, that helps developers learn about the mobile music habits of their user base and provide better recommendations when they install a new music app. We talk about how Soundwave’s product and focus changed as they learned more about the mobile music sector.
In this episode of Music Biz Podcast, we talk to Farhad Mohit, who is the founder and CEO of Flipagram, an app that allows users to create musical slideshows with photos and videos. We talk to Mohit about Flipagram’s meteoric rise and his views on the future of music.
LANDR's automated online mastering service helps music creators get professional sounding masters. By uploading a track to LANDR, artists get quick results, and are able to choose from a few different styles of processing. In this episode, Alex May (@alexmaydrums) talks to co-founder and Chief Creative Officer Justin Evans about how this process works, and what it means for artists.
As the popularity of playlists continues to increase, it becomes important to make them as consumer-friendly as possible, and that there be a way for the playlist listener to contact the playlist creator. This article outlines, step-by-step, how to do just that.
In this episode of Music Biz Podcast, we talk with MaryLeigh Bliss, who is a Trends Editor and Strategic Consultant at Ypulse, a youth market research firm. We talk to Bliss about the millennial generation. Who are they? How do they listen to, discover and interact with music? How should indie artists and music companies market to them?
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