Facebook has always left the music business to others, but that may be about to change. With video viewing on Facebook exploding, the online giant announced that it would start paying creators and began secret talks with the record labels.
Being an indie musician means waging a constant war for survival. At the times of R.E.M., it was a real nightmare to self-produce and self-promote indie music, as artists didn't have such a powerful tool as the World Wide Web.
Digital music distributor and YouTube multi-channel network (MCN) ONErpm has opened a Brooklyn studio so creators in its network can produce HD videos at no charge. ONErpm MCN's recently hit 700 million views per month on YouTube.
It was Carrie Underwood's night. At Wednesday's CMT Music Awards she took home three awards, including Female Video of the Year for "Something In the Water" and Collaborative Video of the Year with Miranda Lambert for "Somethin' Bad."
It will be months before we know if Apple Music is a hit. But one thing you can bet on is that Apple will use its substantial resources to promote it; and thus promote all music streaming. As Sony CEO Doug Morris said at Midem, a rising tide raises all ships.
Until recently, YouTubehad the market cornered on video both by users and brands. If you wanted the greatest interaction with your fans, that's where you'd go. That's all changed recently since Facebookhas put such a huge emphasis on video.
With the seemingly unstoppable growth being experience by the market for apps allowing you to broadcast your life in real time it should come as no surprise that artists have found yet another way to connect with their fans in the digital space.
"He said, 'Just make sure if you fail, you did what you wanted to do.' I took that to heart. I said, 'O.K., then that's what I'm going to do.' - Jerry Seinfeld, recalling advice that David Letterman gave him in 1988 when he had just made a deal to do a sitcom for NBC.
[UPDATED] YouTube, Vine and other social media outlets are providing a pathway devoid of the usual gatekeepers for musicians to build an audience. But despite their self-created success, many of these d.i.y. stars still seem eager to partner with major music companies.
In this episode of Music Business Podcast, Cortney Harding and Kyle Bylin discuss YouTube and music videos. YouTube is widely known as the most popular music service. It's where most young people go to find and stream songs. Harding and Bylin talk about where music videos are today and how technology has changed them.
Last week, Spotify added audio and video content from a wide variety of major media companies including NPR, MTV, Vice and The Nerdist. While seen as a preemptive move prior to next month's Apple/Beats music relaunch, there was also another reason that the music streamer added video.
Censorship of music, almost unthinkable in the U.S. and Europe, still exists in other parts of the world. Taiwanese singer Jolin Tsai's "We're All Different, Yet The Same" song and music video featuring same-sex relationships has been banned on TV and radio in Singapore by the government agency responsible for censorship.
There's an overwhelmingly large community of musicians on YouTube. This has been a really positive thing, as the amount of knowledge and skill amassed on this single website has really helped a lot of players in their own practicing and improvement.
As YouTube battles growing criticism that it is effectively just a free music service that pays artists and labels too little, Music Key is... key. But the goal of reconfiguring YouTube into something that people might actually pay for has proven elusive for Google.
Yesterday, Spotify announced its biggest set of changes yet with the addition of video, original content and a passel of personalization. It all comes just ahead of Apple's music relaunch, but the other target says consultant and analyst Mark Mulligan was YouTube.
Spotify today added audio and video content from dozens of major sources along with new personalization options to its music streaming service. To introduce the new offering, Spotify created two videos.
Our prediction that 2015 would be a big year for music tech mergers and acquisitions is proving accurate. Today, Pandora, online radio's dominate player, announced that it has acquired Next Big Sound, a pioneer in digital music analytics.
What do all successful YouTubers have in common?They create great videos. But beyond that, smart video creators are using some of YouTube’s tools and features to harness the power of those videos and their intended viewers. Is your channel optimized?
As YouTube turns 10 years old today, Google is putting the finishing touches on an on-demand music streaming service as an add on to its video service. With Spotify, Apple, and Deezer and others, YouTube’s significant foothold in the industry, a YouTube streaming service seemed almost inevitable.
Ten years ago today, YouTube uploaded its first video. Co-founder Jawed Karim posted a boring 18 second clip of himself at the San Diego Zoo. And while Facebook and upstarts like Vessel are coming on strong, YouTube remains the dominant force in online video. The official stats:
Short video app Vine has updated its iOS app toallow you to share videos with other Vine users and multiple networks including Twitter, Facebook and Tumblrall at once. Previously users had to share to each network separately; and Tumblr was not an option.
If you've had a lifelong dream of seeing where the magic happens withinAbbey Road Studios, Google just made it come true. Partnering with Abbey Road Studios to create and compile more than 150 different 360-degree panoramic images, Inside Abbey Road was born.
As Madonna proved by releasing new music on virtually every new digital platform possible, modern music marketing is not just for the young. Now classic rockers Kansas teamed with Mobius yielding some impressive results.
Music video service Vevo launched on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 in UK, Australia, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, and Spain today. Playstation users in the U.S., Canada, Brazil and Mexico will be able added "in the near future."
Even though many in music hate to acknowledge it, YouTubereally runs the music business these days. Multiple studies have found that most discovery of new music online is the result of YouTube, and that the percentage of use increases as the age demographic gets younger.
While still hugely popular, YouTube is facing pressure on many fronts. Key to Google's response is the launch of a long-rumored paid service, as well as, an ongoing squeeze of the creators that made YouTube popular.
Yesterday, YouTube sent a letter to top creators signalling the coming launch of ad free paid subscriptions. Creators were told to agree to new the terms of service or face having their videos re-labeled private.