In our wise counsel to those looking to hack their own way in a difficult industry, we this week offered key tips on how to save time when creating content for social media, what you can do to promote your music on Reddit of all platforms, what you need to know in order to make Google Analytics works for you, and more!
This week in music commentary, contributors weighed in on what it means when musicians find piracy justified, and outline exactly what it is that music business employers are looking for, plus we look at Twitter's reaction to Hasbro's acquisition of Death Row.
In this revisitation of the past week's music industry happenings, we look back at Senators' request that the Department of Justice investigate Ticketmaster and Live Nation, the motivation behind T-Swift's desire to re-record her first five albums, YouTube's refusal to negotiate with the new YouTubers Union, and more.
This week, some of the most frequently perused pieces from Hypebot explored how much streaming actually pays out to artists, Twitter's reaction to Hasbro's acquisition of Death Row, a new way artists and labels are gaming the system to manipulate their YouTube views, and more.
Spotify is asking artists and the music industry to tell them the kind of services they'd like to see listed in a "Provider Directory." The wide-ranging survey appears to be a test of the level of interest a broader services directory and which categories should be included.
As part of its system for protecting users' intellectual property, YouTube employs a strike-based system, lowering an account's standing and reducing that user's ability to monetize videos and access certain features, eventually suspending the account altogether. So how exactly does this strike system work, and what can one do to avoid accidentally incurring these penalties?
Recently the popular music discovery platform Gimme Radio launched a new feature which allows its users to link their apps with Spotify, adding their favorite tracks to a playlist. Given that Spotify could, in many ways, be considered a competitor, why would Gimme radio do this? Here Tyler Lenane explains the rationell behind it.
When it comes to promoting your music, a listening party can go a long way in helping you grow your community base and increasing general awareness, A fun event for fans to come together and celebrate your, the only downside to listening parties it that - historically - they have often been relatively expensive endeavors. Here, we look at alternative method where you can host multiple listening parties for under a $100.
In light of news that Taylor Swift plans to re-record the majority of her previous catalog, we share an in-depth look at the restrictions and allowances in contracts between an artist, producer, and label that guide how any artist can remake their initial creative work.
As with so many good things, creating quality social media content can take vast amounts of time and energy. If you're trying to make it as a musician however, these resources are likely in hi demand. Here we look at some ways in which you can streamline your social media content creation to ensure you're churning out high quality social content on the regular.
BUSINESS OF INDIE: Chrysalis Sold • BMG Revenues Rise • ADA + Incubus • Orchard To Japan • A2IM • More
In this week's new edition of the Business Of Indie, iconic Chrysalis has a new home. BMG continues its march upward, The Orchard expands to Japan, ADA partners with Incubus, A2IM names a new executive chairperson and more.
FRI. BRIEF: Resvervoir Buys Chrysalist • Trans World Cuts Losses • Spotify Gets Visual • Americanafest Adds • More
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The relationship between fans and artists has been transformed by social media, with your music's consumers now craving a higher volume of content and a more intimate connection with the creator than ever before. Luckily, this can work to your advantage as a musician, provided you know what type of content to churn out.
In this piece, artist Ellisa Sun recounts her experience embarking on a year long tour across the US with her partner Ken in a 30-foot RV. After playing roughly 180 shows and pouring themselves into the musical experience, they here share some valuable takeaways from the journey.
In a major boost to broadcast radio, Apple has added 100,000 stations and Chromecast support to the beta release of its Apple Music app. The radio stations are sourced from TuneIn, Radio.com and iHeartRadio.
Senators Richard Blumenthal of New Jersey and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota have asked the US Department of Justice’s antitrust division to investigate the ticketing industry, citing “serious concerns that online ticket markets are not working for American consumers.”
While social media is certainly accessible and easy to use as a marketing platform, the barriers to entry are so few that the marketplace has become a bit clogged. For this reason email, while old school, has seen something of a renaissance owing to its ability to actually break through and reach potential consumers.
In any industry, success is a nebulous concept, and perhaps doubly so in the music business. For one artist it could mean the ability to pay all their bills through their music, for another it might require getting a number one hit. Regardless, the modern music climate isn't what it once was, and a redefining of what success means must take place.
THU. BRIEF: Soundstripe +$2M • ICE Pays Out $1B • Vevo To TVs • Eilish VR Gig • Spotify Insta-Podcasts • More
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Once you've honed your artistry as a musician and created the perfect product, be it an immaculate album or a killer live show, it's time to switch gears to the sometimes unpleasant business of sharing your work with the world. One often underutilized platform outside of sites like Twitter or Instagram is, unexpectedly, Reddit. Here we look at why the site is a valuable promotional resource, and how you can effectively harness its potential.
Here, Wade Sutton weighs in on what he perceives to be hypocritical behavior by some musicians who, in spite of railing against music piracy, condone other forms of illegitimate downloading and/or streaming, and the 'jailbreaking' of devices like the Amazon Firestick or the Google Chromecast.
Warner Music has named Mark Fry to the newly created post of vice president, Warner Music Nordics. Fry will also continue to serve as managing director of Warner Music Finland and operate out of the company’s Helsinki office.
Trying to make it as an artist in 2019 is, undeniably, and uphill battle. With saturated markets and pitiful streaming revenues, attempting to cultivate a successful career as musician can seem impossibly difficult. But what if viewing competition as a negative is the wrong approach? Here we look at what those working in the industry have to gain from a saturated market.
Whether you're setting out on a country-wide tour or simply playing a show at the next town over, knowing how to break into a city you've never played is an invaluable skill as a DIY artist. Here we look at three essential ways in which you can boost your presence in a new city before you play a show there.
The International Entertainment Buyers Association (IEBA) has named the 2019 nominees for its Industry Awards to be presented at the Honors & Awards Ceremony on Oct. 29th during IEBA’s 49th Annual Conference in Nashville.