In music commentary this week, industry voices weighed in on why emerging artists are critical to building an authentic connection between a band and a brand, why it is that Spotify hasn't rolled out an official pre-save tool for all artists, what its like to live a day in the life of a sound designer.
Our wise counsel to the music industry' scrappy and determined do-it-yourselfers this week dug into mastering your merch sale, how you can capitalize on music festivals even if you're not the one on stage, how to collect all the revenue you possibly can from your recorded music, and more!
Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Working In Surround Sound • Buying An Electric Guitar • Avoid Burnout • More
This week on MusicThinkTank, contributors shared pieces on how working in surround sound impacts your music production abilities, what buyers should keep in mind when purchasing an electric guitar, how to prevent burnout when working in the music industry, and more.
In this cycle back through major music industry happenings from the past week, we revisit Apple Music's new subscriber milestone, check out just how extensive the damage inflicted by the Universal fire was for artists, Avid's plan to shift Pro Tools prices, and much more!
Pre-saving an album on Spotify can give record labels and others access to personal data including email addresses and playlists, according to a Billboard study. It can also grant labels permission to manage follows, change songs in their libraries, and potentially even stream Spotify on the fans other devices.
Friday is the last day at the RIAA for Senior Vice President, Communications Cara Duckworth; and so far she won't tell me where she's going. Cara joined the RIAA way back n June of 2007 and was elevated to her current role 15 months ago.
This week on Hypebot, some of our top articles looked at Spotify's big reveal of how its 'Fans Also Like' feature works, why a playlist placement does not a marketing plan make, some of best modern day practices for employing hashtags on instagram, and more!
Spotify has disrupted the music business in many, and amassed influence to the point where 'Spotify' is shorthand for streaming itself. If that's not enough change, the way in which Spotify and other streaming platforms pay artists has fundamentally altered how some musicians are structuring their songs.
A useful development in social media marketing, Chris Robley here breaks down the how-to of adding instant lyrical moments to your Instagram stories, as well as warning against some of the negatives to watch out for.
Pushing back on reports that Amoeba Music was closing its Hollywood location after a residential development was green-lighted for the site., the iconic record store issued a statement: "We are NOT closing. We are going to be in the current location at 6400 Sunset Blvd for about another year, and from there we are planning to move to a new space in Hollywood." The full statement:
Recently, DJ Khaled and Billboard entered into a dispute of sorts after Billboard disqualified a number of the artist's most recent album sales owing to the fact that they were bundled with energy drinks Awake Energy and Isotonix Turn Up via a massive marketing campaign, bumping the litigious DJ from the #1 slot.
In this compelling piece, one engineer explains how his time mixing music in surround sound at the Netherlands legendary Wisseloord Studios helped fundamentally inform and alter the process by which he sculpts his stereo mixes.
In this second part of a series on how to collect all the revenue you're owed from your music, we shift gears to look at the income which can be earned from acting as a label, publisher, and producer, three different roles that, as an independent artist, you may very well be handling yourself.
An app used by millions of fans, the Bandsintown Concert app can be a great tool for artists working to stand out. Here we look at a step by step breakdown on how to update your profile on platform and increase your discoverability to new potential fans.
FRI. BRIEF: Spotify Settles Song Suits • 60M Apple Music Subs • Spotify Privacy Concerns • Genre Share Shift • More
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If you want to have a sustainable career as a touring musician, getting your merch game right is essential. When done right, selling merch puts cash in your pocket, and gives your fans the opportunity to help market your image to the world. So how do you maximize your true merch potential?
UMG Pocketed Up To $150M In Fire Settlement, Insurance Payments and Paid Nothing To Artists, Lawsuit Claims
In addition to covering up the scope of damage in a 2008 fire in a Universal Music Group vault containing recording masters of more than 800 artists, the company allegedly also profited from settlement and insurance payments, according to a new report and court filings.
Ever since 2016 when third party tools made Spotify pre-saves possible, they have become a standard part of artists marketing when releasing new music. So, why hasn't Spotify released an official pre-save tool for all artists and labels to access?
Festival season has officially kicked off and while, as an up and coming band, it may be frustrating that you're not able able to play the festival circuit quite yet, there are number of other fun and effective ways to capitalize on a festival without actually gracing the stage. Here we look at five tips for making the most of the summer season.
For a long time, many traditional music industry revenue sources were closed off to the independent artists, but these channels are starting to open up, providing some exciting new income sources for the DIY artists out there - as long as you know how to get them.
Music sync platform mVibe has launched, featuring a collection of more than 500,000 cover recordings and re-records of hit songs for sync. The new service says it will help ad agencies and music supervisors find and license creative renditions of current hits and classic songs in all styles and genres for use in their TV, film, advertising, and other creative media projects, according to a statement.
Rather than broadly promoting a tour, artists like Garth Brooks instead 'eventize' every show, giving each performance its own personalized swathe of marketing leading up to the show, as well as producing a weekly livestream featuring a concert recap and debuting new video content. So how can you apply this practice to your own personal marketing?
B2B digital music services provider 7Digital is flirting with administration, the UK equivalent of bankruptcy, after investors rejected a plan to issue more shares for cash which the company says its needs to survive.
A new Nielson Music Mid-Year Report for the US and Canada shows streaming adoption driving a robust music industry. The first half of 2019 shattered previous 6 month records with more than 507 billion on-demand combined music and video streams and milestones led by singles and albums from Ariana Grande, Billie Eilish, Halsey, Khalid, BTS and Bad Bunny. Film, global pop, Latin, video games and mumble rap are all trends to watch.
Given the trials and countless setbacks you will inevitably face as you struggle to cultivate a successful music industry career, chances are good you will at some point - maybe after one too many money-loosing tours, or rejected pitches - question whether it's time to just throw in the towel.
Amazon Music will broadcast an exclusive Prime Day Concert on July 10th featuring Taylor Swift with additional performances by Dua Lipa, SZA, and Becky G. Actress Jane Lynch of Amazon's hit TV show The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Netflix's Glee will host. The concert will air live on Prime Video at 9 p.m. ET on July 10th exclusively for Prime members.
THU. BRIEF: YouTube Music Adds Auto-Downloads • UMG Post-Fire Plan • Amazon Prime Day Concert • More
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The LA City Council has approved zoning changes that clear the way for the demolition of Amoeba Music's distinctive Los Angeles outlet. According to the LA Times, the vote facilitates the development of a new, 26-story building at the site of the current Amoeba Music store, located at the corner of Sunset and Cahuenga boulevards.