Last week, musician Ben Sollee told me that Facebook Live video was now the best way to assure that his Facebook messages were seen by fans. Yesterday, at it's F8 gathering, CEO Mark Zuckerberg made it clear that live video was a top priority. Thankfully, Bobby Owsinski has created a quick guide to Facebook Live for musicians.
The RIAA and the labels it represents have been ratcheting up their anti-YouTube rhetoric, calling out the popular service for paying "meager" royalties. Never mind that these same labels where the ones who agreed to these terms a few years ago. But now, they seem intent on righting their own wrong.
YouTube's dominant position in the industry has long allowed it take a "my way or the highway" approach with artists, but there are some signs the service may lose its iron grip on the music industry, as it starts to see increasing competition from other platforms, and should make an effort to step up its game.
Apple's relationship with Taylor Swift may have really begun after she saved their reputation during the launch of Apple Music. Swift has given Apple the streaming exclusive on her catalog and a live concert film. In return, Apple certainly has found ways to reward and market her, including a new TV ad of Swift exercising to Drake and Future's "Jumpman."
YouTube has come under increasing fire of late owing to the minuscule payouts which it has been providing to artists and labels, far less than other music streaming services such as Spotify and Apple Music. Unfortunately, YouTube's powerful position in the industry makes this a tough financial nut to crack.
The Rolling Stones performed in front of an estimated crowd of 1.2 million fans in Havana on Friday night, marking the time the English band has ever played in Cuba. The free open-air concert took place at at Ciudad Deportiva de la Habana, a major sports complex which held a reported crowd of 700,000 fans, as well as another 500,000 listening outside of the venue.
[UPDATED] A new RIAA report on the "State Of The Music Business" showed that industry revenue from streaming has surpassed download sales for the first time and reported a small overall revenue uptick. Despite some bright spots, however, the report also singled out income from ad-supported streaming as the industry's major barrier to future growth.