In theory, streaming should provide all artists with a fair chance of organically building an audience, provided they can game the system. As with any game, however, success depends largely on the skill of the player, and raising your music's profile on a streaming services requires a carefully implemented strategy.
A cause of concern for musicians everywhere, there is a new bill which recently sailed through the Pennsylvania House as an amendment to the state's liquor code which would prevent minors who perform at restaurants and clubs from being fairly compensated.
Being a gifted performer often has nothing whatsoever to do with how outgoing you are as a person, and in the music business, where networking is paramount, having an introverted personality can often seem like a liability when it comes to advancing your career. Luckily there are ways around this that can give you an edge.
Sony Music Entertainment reported flat sales of $7.20 billion for the last year. Profits almost doubled to $2.08 billion, reflecting the consolidation of EMI Publishing. But for the current year, the company forecast far lower profits of $1.20 billion.
UPDATE: At 12:01 AM Friday, Taylor Swift released a new single and video, "ME!" featuring Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco. Most previous releases by Swift have been windowed, but "ME!" was available on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube and all major streaming services immediately.
The Office of the United States Trade Representative released its 2019 Notorious Markets List which highlights markets that engage in and facilitate substantial copyright piracy and trademark counterfeiting. And yes, both Canada and Mexico made the list.
Spotify (NYSE:SPOT) will share its first quarter 2019 financial results this morning before the market opens. It is the first report to investors since the streamer's big bet on podcasting with the acquisition of Gimlet Media and Anchor.
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UPDATED: Paste has acquired music and book discovery platform Noisetrade from PledgeMusic. Paste Media Group controls Paste magazine and live music sessions site Daytrotter.
Entertainment One has named Bill Wilson as Senior Vice President of Digital Operations and Innovation, Music. He will oversee all aspects of digital strategy across the company’s music business, including label service, talent management, music publishing and live entertainment.
In this review of the song reviews section of the musician focused social media site Drooble, Brian Hazard of Color Theory provides a detailed breakdown of his experience using the site, kind of user feedback he received on his music, and whether the process as a whole was valuable to him as an artist.
Electro-pop group Blood on the Dance Floor had their entire catalog pulled from Spotify, over alleged violations of the streaming service’s content policy. Blood on the Dance floor is under fire after MetalSucks and Huffington Post detailed allegations against frontman Dahvie Vanity (real name Jesus David Torres) from 21 women, who say they were forced to perform sexual acts by Torres, including several women who were minors at the time.
Ariel Hyatt's best selling book CROWDSTART is now a 3-part masterclass – Cyber PR LAB 9. With leading crowdfunding service PledgeMusic at least temporarily offline, this must-read book excerpt and the course are more important than ever.
Taylor Swift Fans Couldn't Watch Her Receive Time Icon Honor After UMG, WMG Issued YouTube Takedowns
The Time Magazine 100 honors the most influential people in the world with BTS, Ozuna, Khalid, and Ariana Grande among the musicians selected. Taylor Swift and Lady Gaga were honored as "icons" for 2019, with Swift set to perform.
SiriusXM today announced missed Q1 2019 operating and financial results. Total revenue of $1.7 billion increased 27% compared to the prior year with growth driven by the acquisition of Pandora. But the purchase also hit net income driving it down 44% to $162 million.
A recent study from the USC Annenberg's Music Coalition revealed that only two percent of producers are women, as well as only three percent of mixers and engineers. In this round table, a variety of some of the industry's top female producers discuss a plan of action for raising women's profile on the other side of the mixing board.
Hitting the road with your band is an exciting prospect, but can be an expensive one as well. Even for established bands, anyone operating below rockstar level is likely to face financial pressures on tour. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to practice frugality while on tour.
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Last month the headline was that Apple Music had unofficially surpassed Spotify in U.S. paid subscribers. But new data suggests that Spotify may have pulled ahead in this neck and neck race for streaming supremacy.
K-Pop is certainly having a moment as far as its Stateside popularity goes, but will South Korean pop music's recent surge in popularity in the US translate to more than just flash in the pan, and develop into longterm sustainable popularity?
Record Store Day 2019 drove another record year of vinyl sales. 827,000 vinyl albums sold in the U.S. during the week ending April 18, according to Nielsen Music. That's a Record Store Day week record and the third-largest sales week for vinyl albums since Nielsen began tracking sales in 1991.
SoundExchange has added there music industry executives and an leading entertainment attorney to its board of directors. The digital performing rights organization just announced a record $953 million royalty distribution in 2018, and its entrance into the publishing space through the acquisition of the Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency (CMRRA).
While you may be blessed with copious amounts of creative talent, no journey through the music industry will be smooth sailing the entire way. Failure is an inevitable byproduct of creativity, but luckily such stumbles can be a learning opportunity, and are ultimately beneficial to your career.
Snapchat's user base is finally growing again, though not dramatically enough for investors. The social channel added 4 million daily active users last quarter, marking its first gain in a year. Snapchat now has 190 million DAUs, up from 186 million at the end of 2018.
For as long as recorded music has existed, so too have wrongful claims of ownership. Either as the result of ignorance or confusion, disputed claims continue to crop up in the recording industry again and again. Here we look at what causes the disputes, and what systems exist to resolve or avoid them.
AWAL, Kobalt’s red hot label services and recordings company, has hired Thomas Fiss as VP of Strategic Marketing, North America. Based in Los Angeles, Fiss will oversee multichannel marketing, which includes conceptualizing and producing content offerings and partner integrations for AWAL artists with brands, media outlets and others.
The IFPI, the global association for the recording industry, dropped its annual report including a ranking the top 10 global recording artists. While much of it plays out as expected, there are a few dark horses that we'll bet you'll miss. Before you llok below, take a minute and write down your top 10.