Artist and music discovery on Spotify were among the topics covered during Monday's earnings call. With CEO Daniel Ek sharing some stats that show that the despite the fact that 40,000 new tracks are uploaded daily, more artists than ever are being discovered on the platform than ever before.
SoundCloud has added a new DJ performance software integration with DEX 3. DJ's can now instantly stream content from SoundCloud’s massive catalog of original tracks in high-quality audio available with a SoundCloud Go+ premium consumer subscription.
For some time, a theory has existed in the music industry that, for an artist to have a sustainable if not particularly lavish career, they must have at least 1000, 'true' fans. Here we look at the reality of the math behind this idea.
In this new edition of the Business Of Indie, AWAL inks SideOne Dummy Records • Primary Waves names a CFO , indoe labels Fierce Panda signs and LVRN get profiled. All that and more news from the world of independent music.
While the rise of streaming is, in many ways, responsible for the music industry's salvation, the vast majority of content streamed on platforms like Spotify generally tends to lean towards the pop/hip hop spectrum. As Thomas Steffens here explains could be bad news for more niche music genres like classical and jazz.
According to a new study from Pew Research, Twitter usage in the US seems to have peaked at around 22%, with most of its content dominated by an even smaller percentage. Here we look into more of these numbers and what it means for artists and musicians on the platform.
Berklee Online Adds Grassroots Touring Course With Bruce Houghton Of Hypebot, Skyline Artists Agency
With income related to live performances accounting for 60 - 80% of most artists’ income, never has it been more important to build and sustain a touring career. Grassroots Touring, a new course authored by music industry Bruce Houghton, is designed to teach just that. Houghton is the editor of Hypebot and MusicThinkTank and the president of the Skyline Artists Agency.
When embarking on the delicate process of songwriting, it can be tempting to hold off on committing to anything until the right inspiration strikes, but there is significant evidence that it may in fact be more beneficial to simply power through. Here we look at how you can train yourself to write a song in a day.
While many unfamiliar with the platform may be quick to dismiss TikTok as yet another frivolous video sharing platform, the reality is that TikTok can be an amazing opportunity for artists to expand their fanbase.
TUE. BRIEF: Spotify Hits 100M Premium Subs • Twitter Expands Live Streams • Pandora + Ticketmaster • More
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Has Coachella lost its cool? Burning Man is now the most Instagramed festival in the world, beating out Coachella for the top spot. An Instagram user at Burning Man will post an 24 times over the course of the event, compared to 21 times at Coachella.
Woodstock 50 has been cancelled. On Monday, officials with Dentsu Aegis Network released said that the concert and celebration had been cancelled because they "don’t believe the production of the festival can be executed as an event worthy of the Woodstock Brand name." Headliners scheduled to appear included The Killers, Dead and Co, Imagine Dragons and Jay-Z. Here is the statement in full:
How to fairly compensate creators as consumption becomes dominated by streaming is the subject of vigorous debate. But a new model dubbed 'creator support' is gaining traction because it will pay many artists more with minimal impact on the wider royalty pool, says MIDiA's Mark Mulligan.
There's no limit to the approaches and techniques artists can apply to create original music, but in this piece we revisit some particularly effective and often low-budget ideas that have been utilized in the past, that any artist could borrow today.
Too many artists forget to change bios, links, call to actions, photos after an album, tour and other milestones and events. On this week's Music Biz Weekly podcast Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert discuss some tips we learned from speaking with YouTube, like setting up your video name, description, keywords and custom thumbnail. Did you know that even the file name matters?
In this piece we look at the importance of mindset when it comes to achieving success and eliminating obstacles in your both towards music industry success, and what it looks like to transform your mindset from negative to positive.
TuneCore artists earned $83 million in the first quarter of 2019, a 21% increase over the same period last year. Total streams and downloads of music by TuneCore’s 250,000 worldwide artists hit 199.3 billion in the past year, a 83% increase over 2017.
While few can ever hope to compare to level of talent and success that Beyoncé has achieved, there are some valuable takeaways from her recent Netflix documentary 'Homecoming' that all artists can learn from.
UPDATED: Spotify's monthly active users grew 26% over the last year to 217 million at the end of 2018, the streamer reported on Monday. Now in 79 countries, a February launch in India added 2 million to its global total. Overall, Spotify posted a smaller first-quarter loss of $158 million vs $189 million for the same period last year.
MON. BRIEF: Spotify Files Q1 Report • Fortnite vs Music Industry • Soundhound + Instagram • MuseNet • More
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This week, commentators inside the industry weighed in on whey learning to fail is such an important part of music business success, what comes next for K-pop after its big week, and why legacy music industry companies shouldn't be the ones watching over the royalties of independent songwriters.
This week, we impart sagely wisdom the independent, DIY artists out there on how to build a dream crowdfunding team, what performance rights disputes are and why they happen, how to add value to your email mailing list, and more!
Just in case you missed something the first time around, we're taking a moment to look back on another full week of music industry news, revisiting a big Record Store Day for vinyl, the somewhat surprising top ten global artists, the arrival of Beyoncé's 'Lemonade' on Spotify, three years after it was released, and more!
This week, some of our most popular articles on Hypebot dug into the world's most popular websites, Festify's new utilization of Spotify which allows you to craft your dream festival, a stunning defeat of Warner Music as the company is found guilty of wrongfully withholding royalties from a 'Vogue' co-writer, and more.
BUSINESS OF INDIE: IMPEL Names CEO • AIM @ Midem • Bandcamp To Press Vinyl • Position Signs Franti • More
In this new edition of the Business Of Indie, IMPEL (Independent Music Publishers’ E-Licensing Collective) names a CEO, AIM shares discount passes and its Hack Midem Academy, Bandcamp takes the risk out of pressing vinyl for indie artists and labels. Michael Franti signs with Position Music and much, much more news from the wild and wonderful world of independent music.