As we flit back through major music industry goings-on, we revisit artists new free upload option on Spotify, the power of live music, Amazon's uptick in the churning out of its own exclusive recordings, and more.
The most popular of the articles shared on Hypebot this week covered issues ranging from the major changes brought to Apple Music By iOS 12, the music industry's reaction to the passage of the music modernization act, how Instagram stories can be utilized to promote music, and more.
It's been several months since Facebook made massive changes to its News Feed algorithm, changes which made it much harder for music marketers to utilize the platform for promotion. Now that brands have had some time to grapple with this thorny new social media beast, we're taking a look at four different ways to beat the new Facebook algorithm.
Spotify is testing the addition of individually personalized tracks to existing editor curated playlists, multiple sources tell Hypebot. In one example, tracks which Spotfy's believes would fit the taste of a particular user were added to an official Spotify hand curated workout playlist.
For musicians, growing a solid reputation on SoundCloud is key, as the platform provides opportunities to take their work to the next level, although the way in which they manage their account can often have as much of an impact on their success as the music itself.
After an undercover investigation appeared to show that, contrary to an anti-scalping pubic posture, Ticketmaster is courting ticket brokers and profiting from them, the Live Nation owned ticketing giant has responded.
Yesterday the Music Modernization Act, a massive overhaul of the US copyright system, unanimously passed the Senate, and while good news for the music industry as a whole, one entity remains in opposition to the bill: SiriusXM. That said, the MMA's smooth passage will like prevent a major boycott of the satellite radio service by artists.
While copyright law is often covered from the perspective of musicians and labels, we don't often look at it from the point of the consumer. Still, even as a casual consumer of music, copyright effects us, often in more ways than we might guess.
Billboard has acquired live entertainment news site Amplify Media. Amplify founder Dave Brooks has joined the Billboard staff as a senior correspondent, along with writer Taylor Mims. Brooks will lead Billboard’s touring and live entertainment coverage.
Concert and event ticketing platform Eventbrite stick soared as much as 70% during its Thursday IPO. Eventbrite shares had been priced $23 but at opened at $36 and climbed as high as $39.30 before ending the day up 59% at $36.50 per share.
UK indie rockers Wolf Alice have won the 2018 2018 Mercury Prize for their 2017 album “Visions of Life” during a ceremony on Thursday night at the Eventim Apollo in London. The award celebrates the best in UK music.
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Amazon unveiled a slew of new and improved Alexa voice controlled devices on Monday, and with them came new music related services, features and skills. Here's a roundup of new Alexa music services and skills:
Spotify has announced a new feature that allows almost any artist to upload music onto the service for free and collect royalties without any fees or going through a distributor or label. The streamer said that its expanding its beta program to more artists and will continue to add artists until the free service is available to every artist or label. here is how you can sign up to take advantage of free distribution on Spotify.
Spotify has announced a beta program that allows artists to upload music directly to the streaming platform from their Spotify For Artists platform at no cost. Free distribution puts the streamer more directly in competition with SoundCloud, low cost distributors like TuneCore and even record labels.
The motivation behind creating music varies wildly from artist to artist, with some doing so in hopes of fame and fortune, and others just because they feel like it. Here we look at how to strike the delicate balance between making music based solely on your own self-interest, and desperately trying to make music the world will like.
More labels and distributors are pulling and keeping their music off the eMusic download store over late or non-payments. In July, we reported that Sony owned indie distributor The Orchard informed its labels that it was pulling all music down because they had "failed to receive payments."
William Paterson University Prof. David Philp looks at a report from Live Nation based on some fresh, unique research explaining how our need for community and belonging is satisfied by attending live shows.
Developer and artist marketer Lee Martin introduces Turn, a recently launched application which allows users to create a turntable style music video consisting of an audio track and rotating static image, which can then easily be shared across the social media platform.
Spotify has been sued over allegations of defamation and gender discrimination. Former sales exec Hong Perez filed suit in N.Y. Supreme Court Tuesday, accusing the streamer of systemically discriminating against female employees.
Of late Amazon has been following in the steps of Spotify and dropping a series of exclusive recordings by noted artists like John Prine and Margo Price under the title "Produced By...", and although these recordings fall under the Amazon Originals banner, Amazon doesn't actually own the rights to them.
An undercover investigation by the Toronto Star and Canadian Broadcasting Company appear to show that, contrary to their vehement anti-scalping pubic posture, Ticketmaster is courting ticket brokers, profiting by providing special accounts and software and generally willing to turn a blind eye to violations of the company’s own contracts and ticketing policies.
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[UPDATE 4] The music industry was quick to react to the United States Senate's unanimous passages of S. 2823 the Music Modernization Act, a bipartisan bill cosponsored by more than 80 Senators that brings the music licensing system into the digital age.
"When was the last time you sat down and just… listened?" That's the question asked by Hypebot contributor Hisham Dahud. The answer for most of us could have significant implications for artists and the entire music industry in the streaming era.
This excerpt from Hacking Music: The Music Business Model Canvas delves into the concept of Artist as Hacker, which asks music artists to utilize a thought process and view of the music business that is radically different from that which they are accustomed to.
Curious to discuss the art of using social media to connect fans and artists together, Sunny Stuart Winter sat down with Aria Alagha, the Creative Director of Arke Digital, who has worked with artists like Dua Lipa, Lana Del Rey, and others running their social media campaigns.