Spotify, Amazon, Apple and several dozen other major companies were exempted from Facebook privacy rules and given access to private user data, according to a New York Times report. Spotify was also reportedly given access to 70 million private messages each month. The social network has since largely confirmed the practice and now the streamer has responded.
The golden age of YouTube personalities may, it seems, be finally drawing to a close as creators burn out and corporations improve the implementation of their channels. One of the clearest signs of this shift is the impending de-throning of Swedish gamer PewDiePie, who currently maintains a whopping 76.4 subscribers, by an Indian music label/movie studio.
As if Instagram Stories weren't enough of a game changer, the popular photo sharing site's introduction of Instagram live is taking the music industry by storm. A slew of new data has revealed live video captures viewers attention far better than on-demand content or traditional blogs, meaning it's more valuable than ever for artists to harness this new medium.
In this piece, Glen Peoples has compiled a list of some of the greatest documentaries from the '70s through to the '10s covering musicians, instruments, and music scenes. Although not comprehensive, the list contains some of the most exceptional highlights from the past fifty years.
As streaming music use skyrockets, much is made of the neck and neck race between upstart Spotify and market leader Pandora for listenership. In the United States, however, there's a clear winner, according to eMarketer.
For artists, marketing music online has become a challenge. Traditional promotion avenues like blogs no longer provide the same opportunities, and so smart bands like Heart Attack Man are producing better, more interesting content to grab fan attention.
Clean Bandit and Demi Lovato’s “Solo” was Shazam's most-Shazamed song of the year in 2018 with over 9-million searches. Nicky Jam and J Balvin’s “X,” Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa’s “One Kiss,” Cardi B. and Ed Sheeran also made the list.
As always, one of the best gifts you can give this holiday season is a donation to charity, but with so many options out there, it can be difficult to know where to begin. Here Angela Mastrogiacomo looks at ten outstanding charities centered in and around the music industry that could benefit from you help.
[UPDATED] Spotify, Apple, Amazon and other companies were reportedly exempted from Facebook privacy rules and given more access to user data than the infamous Cambridge Analytica. Facebook has confirmed that Spotify also had access users’ private messages.
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Ariana Grande keeps her hold at the top of this week's YouTube Music Charts, Ozuna passes one billion views with “Se Preparó” and “All I Want for Christmas is You” continues climb landing at #13 this week.
Cellist and composer Zoe Keating has won legions of fans with recordings and performances that use live sampling to create a rhythmically and sonically dense, almost otherworldly sound. To her fellow independent artists, she's also an inspiration and a thought leader.
Global recorded music revenues will top $18,9 billion in 2018, says MIDiA analyst Mark Mulligan in a year end wrap up. While both major and indie labels are showing strong gains, the biggest growth is among independent and diy artists whose total 2018 revenue will approach $643 million, up 35% from 2017.
Country music has been taken over by snap and click tracks, says music journalist Grady Smith; and it is doing the genre a disservice. "Keep in mind," says Smith "I like a handful of these songs, but the pervasiveness of this exact same beat is suffocating."
60's San Francisco music scene stalwarts The Ace of Cups have signed a record deal and are planning to hit the road for the first time – some 50 years after their first attempt. The all-girl band was part of the SF music scene in the ’60s, playing alongside acts like the Jefferson Airplane, The Grateful Dead and Big Brother & The Holding Company, and venues like Bill Graham's Fillmore.
While it's easy to get lost in the glamour and forget, the vast majority of our favorite pop hits are rarely penned exclusively by those singing them, and often as not there is a less well-known person, or even team of less well-known persons behind your favorite chart-topper. Here we look at some of these unsung heroes.
Some not-so-swashbuckling new data from an anti-piracy organization in Mexico recently released revealed that a staggering 97% of the population has engaged in some form of piracy, much of it stream-ripping.
The value of Spotify's stake in Tencent Music nearly double when the Chinese music streamer went public on the New York Stock Exchange last week. Spotify's windfall could top $1.5 billion and make the company profitable in Q4. Spotify stock closed at $120.47 Monday, a post-IPO low.
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Tour trade publication Pollstar tracked more than 44,000 live concerts in 2018 logging in a record-setting $10.4 billion total gross and 152.1 million tickets sold. Ed Sheeran topped the year grossing a whopping $432 million, an all time touring record.
For artists and musicians, email marketing can be a tricky beast, and while may think your email marketing campaign is doing just fine, given that emails are being opened and tickets are being sold the reality is, you could be losing out to the competition - here we look at some key benchmarks that can help you better assess the success of your campaign.
Music's pundits wondered ad infinitum if consumers would put up with the inferior digital sound of downloads and streaming. More than 17 years after the iPod was introduced , the answer is a loud lo-res yes. Such was also the case when the music industry first introduced stereo records to a skeptical public.
Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert discuss the pitfalls of holding conference calls and meetings with groups of people and not having a single point of contact who is responsible for managing your project on this episode of the Music Biz Weekly podcast.
As another year draws to a close, Angela Mastrogiacomo offers some helpful advice on how to position yourself for a successful music business career launch in 2019, by drawing on the experiences of 2018, constructing a solid plan and challenging yourself.
Although the tinkly, saccharine iterations of current major hits, dubbed 'Muzak' is much maligned by those forced to endure it, such watered down covers are a fairly profitable vein of music business, enough so that apple has decided it wants its piece of the pie.
Catering to your fanbase is a key part of successful music marketing, and Spotify's new pre-save option - which gives fans the option of adding as-yet unreleased music their library, allows artists to engage with their listeners early, and ensures listeners don't miss out on the latest tracks.
Spotify stock closed at $125.68 on Friday, ticking up slightly from an all time day-end low of $125.55 the day before. In late July, Spotify's stock was soaring at $196.28, raising the streamer's market cap to $35.3 billion.