U.S. and European music interests are starting to make serious moves into the emerging landscape of hybrid messaging apps that are becoming communication and entertainment platforms. The quickly growing messaging app/platform Tango, with a large American audience, caught Spotify's eye and they're now providing music to Tango users. Paul McCartney started an account on Line, which is particularly strong in Asia, to promote his new album. Stay tuned for much more to come.
The newest listing on Hypebot's Jobs Board comes Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. They're hiring a Financial Operations Manager. There's also a recent listing from Folk Alliance seeking an Executive Director. Details on all these opportunities and much more are on Hypebot's Music Industry Jobs Board.
Finding Halloween-themed vinyl coming out this season was a bit more difficult than I expected but that's what I get for focusing on new releases. MondoTees is getting into vinyl in a big way with a new soundtrack release for John Carpenter's "Halloween." Yep Rec Records has a Halloween-themed album and tour featuring Southern Culture on the Skids, The Fleshtones and Los Straitjackets. Then I have one more legitimate entry followed by a couple of ringers plus a bonus link. Happy Halloween!
Let's face it - we are all always needing more hours in our day, but what if there was someone out there who's job it was to make that happen? A virtual assistant can be an extra set of hands, extra ears, and eyes to help you set a clear path to reach your goals while staying on top of the implementation it will take to get there. None of us can be in two places at once, but your career could certainly benefit and you may be surprised to know your finance could to by hiring your own virtual assistant. Fiona Zwieb shows us just how much ground we could cover by employin a virtual assistant on MusicThinkTank.com.
Live Nation has partnered with BandPage to add artist profiles on LiveNation.com. The match follows similar BandPage Connect API integrations with VEVO, Xbox Music and Rhapsody. BandPage's 500,000 artist profiles will begin appearing on Live Nation websites and mobile apps in December 2013.
Today MTV Artists launches a new app to leverage all that info and content they've been gathering on their site. If it takes off that will certainly be enticement for more artist involvement. I don't find the app that compelling but I'm not good with apps so maybe you'll have a different response. However I'm also wondering why I don't hear more about MTV Artists outside of their own publicity. Hypebot readers, any thoughts on the state of MTV Artists? Musicians, in particular, are you finding the site of use?
As we reported last week, teens are not as enamored with Facebook as they once were. In fact, Facebook has lost its crown to Twitter as the most popular social network for American teenagers, according to Piper Jaffray's biannual survey among thousands of U.S. teens. On yesterday's earnings call, Facebook confirmed the slide.
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Billboard and Neilsen BDS have named the 10 Most Popular Halloween Songs. The are:
10. "Dragula" - Rob Zombie
9. "A Nightmare on My Street" - DJ Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince
8. "Somebody's Watching Me" - Rockwell
The Echo Nest's Dynamic Music Data solution aggregates music news and content with Echo Nest music data to create a real-time feed. Customers include MTV, Nuance, the BBC and Yahoo Music. Now The Echo Nest is enriching the stream with curated photos from Getty for the top 10,000 musicians which are then available for licensing by publishers. Instead of making do with Wikipedia portraits and dated stock images, publishers can have updated, curated, tagged pics for their use.
It's truly amazing how much money is going into tech companies including those with various degrees of music in the mix. Snapverse, which launched an app combining user video clips and licensed music, yesterday announced major label deals and $3.5 million in funding. Applauze, the company formerly known as 955 Dreams, raised $7.2 million earlier this month to turn their ticketing app into a "lifestyle and luxury" app.
So many people are always talking about the biggest thing they ever did in their life. How many kids do you know who were child superstar athletes and got burnt out by the time college came? I know tons of those kids. What about people who were in shape when they were younger and are now 50 pounds overweight…do you know any of those people? I do.
When reviewing websites for Bandzoogle, I advise artists to think about the different kinds of people that will be visiting their site. These can be your current fans, and potential new fans, but also media/bloggers, bookers and other industry people.
For that latter group, they’re likely looking for different information than your fans are, and you have to be sure to make it easy for them to find it.
Bandcamp turns 5 years old this week; and with it comes some rarer stats from the musicuam sales and marketing platform. Bandcamp is reporting that they've paid out $50 million since launch, a number they say is on track double to reach $100 million in the next 18 months,or less because of a recently launched mobile app and "some of the other things we’ve got cooking."
The FCC has released new numbers show 30,367 total licensed broadcast outlets (AM/FM/TV) in the United states. That includes 4728 AM stations, 6613 commercial FM stations and 3989 educational/non-profit FM stations. But with all of the options available online and via portable devices, how many still matter to you?
Bitcoin, a virtual currency that's pushed the alternative currency movement into high gear, continues its unpredictable growth towards toddlerhood with periodic bumps into the world of music. Beatcoin debuted at the Disrupt Europe Hackathon with an app that can be described as a Bitcoin jukebox for the digital age. Crowdfunding platform Pozible is now accepting Bitcoin for pledges which are then paid out in Bitcoin. In the broader world, the first Bitcoin ATM's hit the streets and BitMonet helps content creators build Bitcoin paywalls.
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Inspired, in part by Ryan Holiday's new book "Growth Hacker Marketing" , I recently introduced some ideas about growth hacker marketing for musicians. I then spoke with Holiday about how his ideas apply to musicians including Alex Day with whom he has worked. Growth Hacker Marketing focuses quite a bit on a binary of new and old approaches to marketing. Once you get the idea of growth hacking, you'll realize that it's more a perspective than a technique, one that greatly expands the concept of marketing.
Swedish Musicians' Union lawyer Per Herrey told a Swedish radio station late last week that a number of Swedish artists are considering suing Warner Music and Universal over their split of Spotify revenue. Many of these musicians are working under pre-digital agreements that give them a cut based on earlier days and they feel they should get more. It's less an attack on Spotify than an issue between artists and major labels.
In episode 31 of the Upward Spiral, Billboard writer Kerri Mason talks about the rise of EDM to prominence over the last few years and how it has changed the musical and business landscape. Mason is recognized as one of the leading experts on the business of EDM — she has written features on major EDM festivals, Baauer and his rise to the top of the Billboard charts, and Robert FX Sillerman’s world domination attempts. We discuss the continued investment in EDM and whether there is a bubble.
(UPDATED) Yesterday, Bandzoogle completed the migration of the "tens of thousands" of musician web sites it hosts to a new Beta 2.0 platform. Both members and new sign-ups are now using the new codebase and server. "The goal was to rebuild the foundations of our platform and migrate the sites we host," Bandzoogle CEO David Dufresne tells Hypebot. "The biggest upgrades are coming in the next few weeks and months, and we will have new features and updates on a regular basis, going forward."
Plus 5 Lessons Learned From Emily White at Readymade Records
Officially, I can no longer be tagged "The 27 year old intern" for two reasons specifically.
1. I turned the ripe old age of 28 last month and
2. I have taken on the role of Director of New Artist Relations at Cyber PR after consulting for the boutique online PR and social media strategy firm for the last 6 months.
In the 10 months since ReverbNation launched it's Music For Good charity download program, 100,000 artists have signed up to "do well by doing good". 13 charities including Oxfam America, Heifer International and World Vision have already received funds.
By Eliot Van Buskirk of Evolver.fm.
It might seem crazy for YouTube to launch a music subscription somewhat along the lines of MOG, Rdio, Rhapsody, and Spotify, because you can already play just about any song in the world on YouTube, for free, in seconds — even music from The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, and other artists who refuse to put their music on music subscriptions.
Tweaks and interations are the name of the game as a number of new features are rolling out for major web services used by musicians and music marketers. SoundCloud is making it a little easier to add Instagram pics. Vine now lets you save video drafts and edit your choices. Google is experimenting with its musician results in search (click on thumbnail at left). And Instagram showed examples of their upcoming ads.
SoundCloud Integrates Instagram
More than once in your career, you're going to be presented with the opportunity to do something awesome. Sure, you'll have obligatory functions where you're forced to make an appearance, but when you have the chance to cultivate some good, old-fashioned, organic good - don't miss out. Last week in Hollywood, David Grohl did just that at the Autism Speaks Third Annual Blue Jean Ball. Diana Herald tells us more about the importance of outreach on MusicThinkTank.com.
Today we'll be streaming day #2 of The Future Of Music Summit live from DC starting around 9AM ET today. Here are some highights from day #1:
- Peter Jenner, artist manager: "Artists have to aggregate, work together to get paid. It might involve unions, collection action." (via @gregkot)
- Jim Griffin: "Cannot have global music market without globally unique identifiers and enumeration" (via @future_of_music)
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Tuesday 10/29: We're streaming the Future of Music Summit live from Washington DC. Presented by the Future of Music Coalition. today's action starts at 9AM ET and runs through 5PM. Here is the full schedule, and be sure to join us in the online conversation. Watch The Future of Music Summit Live here:
A bit more clarity came to the discussion of Twitter #Music on Friday with a piece by Alex Pham in Billboard. Her sources say that the app's going but Twitter #Music will become part of the main Twitter platform. In fact, it will become one of a number of topic verticals that will allow Twitter to sell more targeted advertising. This certainly makes a lot of sense though it was interesting to see Twitter leveraging its data to power an offsite web and mobile app.