This week in music commentary, analysts are speculating at a Live Nation purchase by SiriusXM, senators demand answers from Ticketmaster, industry experts weigh in on what free Spotify uploads mean for SoundCloud, and more.
This week we shared tips and advice for artists on how Instagram can be used to help sell out your event, the primary reason you're not seeing any growth on Facebook, the best strategy for new artists on YouTube to pursue, and much more!
In this cycle back through major music industry news from the past week we re-examine the growth of on-demand streaming, the expansion of Amazon Music into Canada, the rise of Blockchain based music competitors, and more.
In this week of music industry news, some of the most popular articles on our site looked at the top ten most influential college radio stations in the US, the deeper meaning behind Spotify's artist direct upload strategy, who the music industry's most powerful new executive is.
After establishing itself as a huge success in the travel industry, Airbnb is now looking at expanding its services into the live music space by partnering with Sofar Sounds to offer guests "Music Experiences".
Pandora's Next Big Sound has made all artist data open and available to anyone. Until now, Pandora data was only visible to the artist, label and their team. "In an industry where stream counts are an important measure of an artist’s success," writes Next Big Sound senior product manager Dan Wissinger, "the inaccessibility of this data publicly has meant that Pandora’s important role in many artists’ career trajectories has gone unnoticed."
Unless you're writing music purely for your own delight, fostering a strong connection with your fans should be a top priority as an artist. Besides simply the substance of the music itself, we here look at three essential ways in which artists can cultivate a connect with fans.
Live Nation has released "The Power of Live", a global study that captured trends and behaviors of 22,500 live music fans from 11 countries, ranging ages 13 to 65. Conducted by research agency Culture Co-op, the findings revealed that in the digital age, live music is more necessary than ever and helps create human connections.
New research has revealed that a majority of event marketers don't bother using Facebook ads in their promotion. Whatever your feelings on Facebook may be, however, there are several reasons why advertising via the social media platform can be a huge asset in making your event a success.
Spotify (NYSE:SPOT) will post its third quarter 2018 financial results and letter to shareholders on Thursday, November 1, 2018 before the market opens. The streamer will hold a question and answer session at 8:00 AM ET.
Spotify has recently begun not only allowing artists to directly upload their content to the streaming service, but also cutting directly deals with artists. Here we take a closer look at what exactly artists, labels, and Spotify all get out of these deals.
BMI has filed against the North American Concert Promoters Association (NACPA) in the U.S. Rate Court. The performing rights organization says it has been negotiating with NACPA for five years to agree on new rates when BMI member songs are performed publicly.
Spotify is cracking down on abuse of its Premium For Family subscriptions.The streamer sent email to many Family subscribers in the U.S. demanding that they confirm their home address by clicking on a links that will verify the link using online GPS data.
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Late payments continue to plague artists using PledgeMusic more than 100 days after the music crowdfunder promised to fix the problem, blaming rapid growth and "externally imposed transfer of the company’s payment processing systems."
On-demand streaming will have 19.8% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) through 2026, according to an new analysis by PMR. YouTube and its massive audience remains the wild card. Will more YouTube users pay for music - including via its own recently launched subscription service - or are it and Spotify's free service enough?
Instagram has become a go-to resource for people looking to discover local businesses and experiences while simultaneously share them with their community and friends. Here we look at a step-by-step strategy from the platform on how Instagram can be used to help sell tickets to your event.
While there are alternatives, Facebook is still the top promotional tool for most artists and labels. But the rules about what gets promoted on Facebook continually change making it difficult to grow your Page following. Ariel Hyatt and her team at CyberPR offer some solutions.
The life of a DIY musician is crowded one, and every minute of time saved in marketing and promotion is one that can be spent honing your craft. This means automation is your friend, so here we look at how you can easily boost the growth of your YouTube channel via the inclusion of one simple link, shared in strategic places.
For good or for ill, the first impression potential listeners get of you will likely result from whatever online persona you've established for yourself, meaning it's critical to get it right the first time. Here we look at how to establish a solid online persona/reputation, while keeping an eye on how developing technologies could effect you.
The estate of 1950s teen idol Rick Nelson has filed a class action lawsuit against Sony Music Entertainment. The suit, which was filed in U.S. District Court in New York on Tuesday, alleges that the label is improperly withholding a portion of Nelson’s royalties from international streaming revenue.
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Amazon Music Unlimited launched today in Canada, joining Amazon Music which launched there last year. As in the US, users can access music through voice with Alexa on the Amazon Music app for iOS and Android.
Promoting your own event via posts on Facebook and Instagram is important, but can only go so far in breaking through what has become a crowded space - to truly build momentum for your event, user-generated content is what's needed.
The "Orrin G. Hatch-Bob Goodlatte Music Modernization Act” passed the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday night and is on its way to the President for a final signature. Widely praised by the industry, the leaders of music trade groups and others were quick to react.