This week some of our most popular pieces on Hypebot covered a petition urging Spotify, Apple, and Amazon to label indie music, how bot farms are continuing to manipulate streaming numbers, why image is so important in the streaming age, and more.
There have been a number of stories released in the past week covering a fake LA hard rock band created by a one Jared Threatin who purchased massive numbers of followers, views, and Facebook attendees only to, unsurprisingly, have the "real" tour go up in flames.
Apple Music will continue its growth trajectory, according analysts at Morgan Stanley. Over the next five years, Apple Music's 5% market penetration will expand to 14%of a growing user base of Apple's products, driving a 28% revenue growth. Apple Music is predicted to grow to 164 million users by 2023.
The annual Spotify Wrapped billboard and ad campaign highlights unusual stats from the streamer's users. In an era when data privacy is a universal concern, Spotify is encouraging people to go public as part of an “Overshared” initiative that will feature the year-end stats of users that submit them.
YouTube has expanded Stories to all creators with more than 10,000 subscribers., as it said it would in June. YouTube launched its own version of Stories which was initially available only to select YouTube creators.
As an artist striving for success, you're doubtless putting in countless hours of blood, sweat, and tears, but even working as hard as you do, it's easy to make career derailing mistakes. Here we look at five of the most common ones.
Warner Music Group's indie arm ADA Worldwide has inked dBpm Records, the record label founded by Wilco in 2011. The deal includes Wilco front-man Jeff Tweedy’s first all-original solo album, WARM, out today.
While the vast majority of us rely on Google for our searching needs, we're also aware of a few other engines like Bing and Yahoo, as well as some other outliers. One major search engine artists over look when focusing on making their music discoverable, however, is the Russian search engine Yandex.
Talent and entertainment agency, United Talent Agency has hired from Spotify executive Vanja Primorac as an executive focused on Music Innovations. In this newly created role, she will identify and create marketing, distribution, and platform partnership deals for UTA’s client roster.
The rise of the streaming age has brought with it an unsurprising uptick in artists attempting to game social media and streaming platforms in a less-than-honest approach to finding success in the music business. The "band" Threatin's faked fanbase and resulting failed tour has become perhaps the most extreme instances of this tactic.
Nominations are now being accepted for consideration of individuals as 2019 Inductees into the Personal Managers Hall Of Fame. Established by the National Conference of Personal Managers Inc. (NCOPM), the Personal Managers Hall Of Fame celebrates illustrious careers in entertainment, music, sports and talent management.
Warner Music Group has named Jess Keeley-Carter as SVP of Global Digital Marketing, Recorded Music. Keeley-Carter was previously at Facebook, where she oversaw Label Partnerships for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Rapper and producer DJ Khaled and boxer Floyd Mayweather were each charged by the US Securities and Exchange Commission for not telling investors that they had been paid to promote an Initial Coin Offering (ICO) for cryptocurrency startup Centra.
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[UPDATED] Bandzoogle is celebrating 15 years, a lifetime in both in music and tech. The website and marketing platform continues to thrive by providing a product that every musician needs, constantly improving it and charging a fair price. But Bandzoogle's not-so-secret ingredient is founder Chris Vinson and his team of musicians and music lovers who wake up every morning wanting to make life better for artists. Here, Chris shares his journey.
If you want your career in music to be a success, you're going to need to invest in it, but this doesn't necessarily mean financially. There are a number of other ways to put yourself out there which will increase your liklihood of making new connections, engaging with your audience, and building a larger following. Here we look at five such unique opportunities.
On today's edition of The Business Of Indie, Eric Ethridge joins Ole’s Red Dot record label. Kobalt adds music publishing clients Jonathan Sherwood and Boy Named Banjo, Stella's Music Club launches a record label and more.
While musical integrity is often (as it should be) an artist's number one priority, musicians still need to make money, and there's no reason that same integrity can't extend through to the merchandise they sell. While higher quality merch may typically mean higher production costs, there are ways around such expenses.
Kim Petras and Lizzo have a short but informative discussion with Karen Brooks, a Grammy Award-winner who has a No. 1 single on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs Chart about the need for equality in the recording studio and music industry at large.
While Sony, Universal and Warner are the music industry's biggest players, there is a lot more going on with the music business that doesn't involve these three giants, as Professor David Philp of William Paterson University explores.
Qobuz, which bills itself as the world’s only certified hi-res streaming and download service, will launch in the US in early 2019. 40 million tracks will be available in “lossless” quality (FLAC 16-Bit/44.1 kHz, similar to CD quality) and in 320kbps MP3 quality along with extensive meta-data and additional content.
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Sheck Wes’ track “Mo Bamba” ruled the YouTube Music charts landing at #1, Mariah Carey’s Christmas classic began climbing the charts, and Queen saw continued success after the release of their biopic.
In this piece Chaz Jenkins explains why implementing a broader approach to analytics is key to an effective marketing strategy, and why only looking at past data simply doesn't provide enough information.
Bot farms continue to manipulate streaming stats on Spotify and Soundcloud, a year after the streamers and music industry became aware of them, multiple sources tell Hypebot. The bots, which target these two services because they offer free access, are available both home-brewed and professionally marketed.
Cybersecurity firm AppRiver have discovered a phishing campaign specifically targeting Spotify users. The attack is designed to lure users to click on malicious links in an email. The next screen asks victim to enter their Spotify login credentials to remove restrictions on their Spotify account.