If the vinyl boom wasn't maxing out record presses before, look for that super special indie release from that barely known artist to face some pushbacks. Urban Outfitters' claim to be the no. 1 vinyl retailer was shown by Billboard to be false. Amazon's no. 1 as you might have suspected. However additional rivalry is expected from Guitar Center, Whole Foods and Barnes & Noble.
Gumroad is a popular ecommerce option that allows you to sell digital goods just about anywhere. But up till now fans didn't have an easy way to take their collection in the Gumroad Library mobile. Now Gumroad's brought the process full circle with an app for listeners that lets them automatically go mobile with their Gumroad purchases allowing them to listen, watch and read as they wish.
Live Nation has announced that Prince and his band 3RDEYEGIRL will perform live on the Live Nation Channel on Yahoo for 'PlectrumElectrum and ArtOfficilAge,' as part of an exclusive album release party. In addition to the live stream, fans will get an exclusive behind the scenes look at Prince's Minnesota studio complex and lair, Paisley Park, where Prince has recorded many of his most recognized musical creations.
Thom Yorke's release of his latest solo album, Tomorrow's Modern Boxes, directly through the BitTorrent file sharing service appears to have been a successful gambit. As of noon on Monday, there had been more than 430,000 downloads.
While figures weren't provided for how many of those downloads had been of the free track and video on offer at the site, or how many users had shelled out the 6 dollar fee for the full album, Matt Mason, chief content officer of BitTorrent, told USA Today that the company was "been really, really happy at the conversion rate."
Are you someone who likes to listen to music while you work? Do you have a different playlist for the drive home and another for once you've arrived? I do. I find there to be a significant divide between music I can "think" to and music that results in emoting - turns out I'm not the only one. Alex Tiuniaev is sharing his account of the two very different listening experiences and helps to identify the types of music that leaves you uninspired vs. the sounds that leave you longing for more.
Eventbrite has a long history of blogging and creating other resources for the event organizers that use their ticketing services. Today they debut a new resource for DIY and indie musicians, Eventbrite Artist Studio. It's currently a collection of articles addressing such important issues and burning questions as "Why DIY?", "How to Make it in Music" and "Get to Know Your Fans."
eMusic is removing all product from major labels and independents distributed by major labels from its site. The service, one of the first digital music sites to launch way back in 1998, calls it a strategic move to return to is roots with the goal of becoming the premier indie music destination on the web.
New York District Court Judge Judge Thomas Griesa ruled Monday that Grooveshark and its parent company Escape Media Group are liable for copyright infringement by its employees who were encouraged to upload 5,977 tracks without proper licencing. Grooveshark had sought protection under Digital Music Copyright Act safe harbor provisions.
Spotify finally launched in Canadan this morning with a 20 million track library and an emphasis on local music including Quebecois. “Spotify is launching in Canada with a comprehensive catalogue featuring the best local music from every genre, region and generation,” said Ken Parks, Chief Content Officer, Spotify. “This is a Spotify that has been tailor made for Canadian music fans.”
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Tango is a leading messaging app with over 250 million registered members and over 70 million monthly active users. Back in July they gave an accidental preview to some tech bloggers about a new app called Tango Music Pix. Today they officially unveiled the app for iOS and Android allowing you to create a slideshow of pics with a micro-licensed backing song provided through Rumblefish.
Some people are reasonably upset about fans paying good money for a Lauryn Hill show that was disappointing. That sort of thing is always upsetting. But at least two of them have turned that disappointment into an attack on Lauryn Hill. Talib Kweli weighed in with an extreme take along the lines of Lauryn Hill's given us so much that we cannot criticize. But it's a simple situation. Lauryn Hill has a history of unpredictability so buying a ticket is a roll of the dice. You already knew that so why the drama?
As a local developer threatens to erase one of Music City's most important landmarks, a growing group of preservationists and concerned citizens are organizing to save it from demolition. Considered to be the most important music history site on Music Row, legendary RCA Victor Studio A is slated for demolition as early as December, to be replaced with retail space and condominiums. The Save Studio A grassroots petition campaign (www.savestudioa.com), calling for a collaborative solution allowing the developer to make a fair return on his investment while preserving the physical structure of Studio A, is working to compromise with the man behind the wrecking ball before the landmark is gone for good.
Ello. If you haven't heard of it yet you would have without my help. The media needs a new social networking topic and Ello is perfect. It's ad-free, anti-Facebook and cool with drag queens. Does that mean it's time for musicians to get on board for an ad-free, non-Facebook social media experience? That depends on a lot of things but there is a lot of energy moving into Ello at the moment and there is an opportunity to be an early adopting musician with a lot of new friends and music to share.
An article in today’s Guardian caught my eye: “Ello might or might not replace Facebook, but the giant social network won’t last forever.” To save you the hassle of actually reading the article, Ello is a relatively new social network (an ‘anti-Facebook with a conscience’ apparently – given that it’s funded by venture finance capital, I won’t hold my breath about the conscience bit); it is growing at a rapid rate and might one day replace Facebook as the world’s dominant social network (or not).
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- Radiohead's Thom Yorke Releases New Album Via BitTorrent
- Is Apple Planning A CD-Like 'Audio Upgrade' Campaign?
- REPORT: Apple Ready To Rebrand Beats Music
- Sirius XM Loses Major Pre-1972 Music Lawsuit
- Copyright Attorney On The SiriusXM Legal Defeat
- 3 Things We Need To Figure Out About Streaming Music
- Radiohead's Thom Yorke Releases BitTorrent Album
- Who Still Buys Music In 2014? [INFOGRAPHIC]
- Three Things About Streaming Music The Industry Needs To Figure Out
- Are You As Excited As Bono About Apple's Plans For A New Music Format?
- Sirius, Pandora Pre-1972 Music Royalty Scam Creates Broadcaster Chaos, Huge Shareholder Liability
- Getting Buzz For Your Band Before You Have Fans
- ToneDen Adds Social Features and Downloads For SoundCloud Follows To Music Marketing Platform
- How To Get More Email List Signups At Shows
- Bandzoogle Celebrates 10th Anniversary, Launches New Web Site
- Brian Hazard | What Artists Should Know About Next Big Sound
- Cherie Nelson | 5 Portable Must Haves for Musicians
- Jack Stokes | Mozart or Most Art: What’s Really Good for Kids?
- Apple To Rebrand Beats Music
- Sirius XM Loses Pre-1972 Music Lawsuit: Potential Damages In $100s Of Millions, Copyright Attorney On The Ramifications
- Fullscreen MCN Acquired by Otter Media, Cuts Monetization Deal With Loudr
- Watch Spotify PartyDrone Fly Over Fans and Play Their Favorite Songs
- YouTube Launches Realtime Analytics
By Eliot Van Buskirk from Spotify Insights.
Music’s emotional power stems from a mix of factors, only some of which we understand. Much about music resists full explanation. One thing we do know: Some of the magic has to do with dynamics: changes from soft to loud, or from loud to soft.
The most dramatic part of a song often coincides with a crescendo (when the music gets louder). That’s when everything kicks in, louder effects and guitar pedals come into play, and the engineer pushes the sliders up to 11. Just ask the Pixies, whose quiet verses and loud choruses Nirvana channeled for ‘90s game-changer “Smells Like Teen Spirit.”
Pandora's new #ThumbMoments campaign may be awkwardly named but it's a pretty cool effort to delight individual fans. Basically a fan hits the thumbs up like button on an artist's song and they're surprised with a FaceTime video chat and personal concert by that artist. The program kicked off with Lindsey Stirling surprising some of her fans who then had a couple of ways to participate while Stirling played so they didn't just sit there. What a great #ThumbMoment!
Remember all of the money you spent - and the record labels made - when upgraded your record and tape collection to "superior sounding" CDs? Former label chief and Jimmy Iovine certainly does; and I'm hearing persistent talk that he's close to selling a similar audio upgrade campaign to Tim Cook and his new bosses at Apple.
Radiohead's Thom Yorke has released his new solo album "Tomorrow's Modern Boxes" via BitTorrent for $6. Ever since Radiohead released an album using a "pay what you want." Yorke has experimented with a variety of ways to release new music. This one he calls "an experiment to see if the mechanics of the system are something that the general public can get its head around."
Yorke Searches For Best Way To Sell Direct To Fans
By Seth Godin
The pedant (that's what we call someone who is pedantic, a picker of nits, eager to find the little thing that's wrong or out of place) is afraid.
He's afraid and he's projecting his fear on you, the person who did something, who shipped something, who stood up and said, "here, I made this."
Without a doubt, when the Beatles played Shea Stadium, Paul was a little out of tune. Without a doubt, the Gettysburg Address had one or two word choice issues. Without a doubt, that restaurant down the street isn't perfect.
Stripe is becoming omnipresent as a partner in new social and mobile payment systems. They offer an integration with the upcoming Apple Pay and are also one of a small group of companies partnering with Twitter on their buy button. Facebook began testing a buy button back in July but it's only come out this week that Stripe is going solo, at least for this testing period, in powering Facebook's buy button. Given Stripe's integrations into a wide range of platforms and ecommerce services, it's worth a look if you're considering options for your music site or business.
DON'T MISS THIS: Kevin Lyman, the founder of the Warped Tour is sharing his insights on building a career in today's music industry with a free Creative Live class that will be livecast tomorrow Saturday September 27 from 12-7 ET / 9-4 PT. It can also be accessed later for a $29 fee:
" In this class he’ll introduce you to your (many, many) options for building a career in the modern music industry. Kevin will talk to musicians about getting on festival tours and about operations jobs for people who are looking to get in on the business side. You’ll learn how to build and maintain a professional brand that will open doors for you and help connect you to the right people and expanding your opportunities in a constantly changing environment."
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For the first half of 2014, growth in revenues from music streaming services partially offset declines in digital download, according to a new report from the RIAA. But overall revenues were still down 2.5%, to $2.2 billion at wholesale value on a year-over-year basis. At retail, the decrease in value was 4.9% to $3.2 billion.
When it comes to coverage, "lead time," or the amount of advance notice a publication needs to assign an article before its run date, is an essential consideration for artists. While it may not seem necessary for a baby band to employ the same lead time strategies as record labels and more established artists, remember that everyone is competing for the same resources as everyone else.