This week we heard commentary from inside the industry on why labels reissuing vinyl should go the extra mile to ensure maximum quality, how YouTube's 1 billion plays club is changing global music culture, everything you could ever need to know about article 13, and more!
This week, we provide a whole slew of invaluable advice to those foraging their own way through the dense jungle that is the music business, with tips on guerrilla marketing for events, how to improve press coverage of your music, the best way to dodge music industry burnout and much, much more!
In this roundup of the past week's music industry news, we look back in on Amazon rapid growth in the battle for supreme streaming domination, major news outlets' protesting of Ariana Grande's photo agreement, Spotify test run of it's premium duo discount subscription, and more!
Some of this week's most popular articles on Hypebot covered recent important updates to 'Spotify for Artists.' the latest in the PledgeMusic dumpster fire, what the approval of Article 13 means for YouTube's safe harbor rules, and more.
If you've got a major show or tour in the offing, you may be eager to think of new ideas for taking your marketing to the next level, and amplifying your exposure among potential ticket buyers. Here we look at ten great guerrilla marketing ideas for 2019.
With the world of music journalism in a state of disarray, navigating when and how to get press coverage of your music has become increasingly challenging. Even once you've selected an outlet, getting that publication or personality interested in your music is a major hurdle, one where adding a personal touch can go a long way.
Eligibility for the 62nd annual Grammy Awards will close Aug. 31, a full month earlier than in previous years. The shift comes alongside the Grammy telecast moving up two weeks to Jan. 26, 2020, after the Academy Awards moved its telecast to Feb. 9, 2020, the same day as the original Grammy date.
In this piece Fred Jacobs recalls the era of Album Oriented Rock (AOR) and, more specifically, the 'King Biscuit Flower Hour,' a show which presented original concert programming through until the early '90s. So could the such programming survive today, living as we are in the age of reboots?
Alison Bonny is leaving Spotify after eight years as Communications Director for Europe, Middle East and Africa. Bonny joined when Spotify had just a million subscribers and exits as it passes 200 million active users.
Lil Nas X scored a crossover country hit when his cowboy-themed rap song “Old Town Road,” debuted at #19 on the Billboard country chart. The Billboard decided to pull the song from a country chart after determining it wasn’t a good fit for the genre.
YouTube is now unveiling some important changes to its Content ID feature which could impact artist videos moving forward, requiring content owners to provide infringement timestamps, and limiting the number of manual copyright claims.
FRI. BRIEF: Kobalt Revenue Grows 25% • Mixcloud Select Expands • Instagram Music Head Departs • More
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While social media platforms offer artists a convenient method for contacting and advertising to fans, these sites also provide valuable marketing info behind the scenes on the demographics of visitors and other helpful data-driven insights.
BUSINESS OF INDIE: Downtown Acquires CD Baby • Mojo Expands Catalog • Spinnin' Records Turns 20 • More
In this Business Of Indie update, CD Baby is sold to Downtown Music, indie publisher Mojo expands its catalog, Spinnin' Records turns 20, zines make a comeback and so much more.
The Article 13 copyright directive passed the European Parliament this week, bringing with it sweeping copyright reform, limits to Safe Harbor and an end to YouTube as we know it, at least in the EU. The legislation is complex, so here is Everything You Need To Know About Article 13.
The American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) has announced the nominees for its 2019 indie music Libera Awards. The Libera Awards will be held on June 20th in New York City as part of Indie Week.
In a competitive and crowded industry, it can be easy for those working in the music biz to overdue it as they try to juggle innumerable tasks, and act as both entrepreneur and artist, but taking time off and giving yourself breathing room can be just as important.
15 major news outlets have joined together to oppose a restrictive photo agreement fot Ariana Grande’s upcoming Sweetener Tour. The agreement, which all photographers must sign to recieve a photo pass, includes a clause giving Grande ownership of all of the images.
In the modern music industry, being talented and unique isn't enough to help you stand out from the crowd of other artists, and gaining the kind of recognition you want in a competitive market requires careful strategizing, and a good understanding of your strengths.
Bertelsmann’s indie music subsidiary BMG marked its 10th year in 2018 with significant growth in revenue and profits. BMG reported that overall revenue for 2018 was up by 7.5 % to €545 million / $613 million USD.
While there's been no shortage of media coverage over the ongoing Brexit dumpster fire, one group that often gets left out of the hypotheticals and conjectures are touring musicians. Here we look at what some of the technical ramifications might be for artists transporting their instruments between the UK and rest of the EU in the event of a 'no deal' Brexit.
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Downtown Music Holdings has acquired AVL Digital Group and its portfolio of music distribution, rights management and artist services businesses, including CD Baby, AdRev, DashGo and Soundrop. DMH is the company behind Downtown Music Publishing and Songtrust.
When trying to promote yourself as an artist, it can be easy to fall into the trap of focusing exclusively on social media and the promotion of your latest release, for while this is certainly important, too many artists neglect the development of their personal narrative, and the crafting of an image that's compelling to fans.
The resurgence of vinyl has breathed new life into a number formerly overlooked albums, bringing hitherto forgotten artists out of the woodwork. When it comes to these fresh pressings, however, it's important that labels take the time (and money) to invest in top notch audio quality.