UPDATE: Spotify has refreshed it's official list of preferred distributors and renamed its "Other Preferred" designation. In October, Hypebot broke the news that Spotify was publically ranking distributors based primarily on the quality of the metadata that they delivered with tracks.
Rapper A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie topped the US album chart last week with a record low sales of just 823 albums. With no release on CD or vinyl, the 823 albums sold in the week ending January 10th were all digital downloads.
In this piece, Daniel Pines looks at how mainstream media is reinventing itself in order to accomodate the rise of independent online content creators, and how this new media model is, and will continue to impact the music industry.
In this piece, Neil Turkewitz digs deep into the recently released book by Joel Waldfogel entitled "Digital Renaissance: What Data and Economics Tell Us About the Future of Popular Culture, a work which explores how the entertainment industry is fairing in the current explosive digital age with regard to the quality of content being produced.
As the Chinese company Tencent Music Entertainment preps for their initial public offering, Robert Lyon takes a moment to look more closely at the country's digital music industry, and what the rest of us can learn from Tencent's success in such a challenging market.
With the music business in a constant state of tumultuous evolution, 2019 is shaping up to be a wild year for the industry. Here we look at five major developments we're likely to see unfolding in the coming months.
While predicting the future is no easy task, a careful look at the best can least give us a sense of where the industry might be headed in the coming year, whether its the next development in the ongoing streaming war, the future of live music, or something else altogether.
Copyright Office Issues Interim Ruling On MLC Applications Including Oversight Of MLC Board By Librarian of Congress
The United Sates Copyright Office recently issued an interim rule which maps out a carefully crafted approach to the registers position in designating the Mechanical Licensing Collective and Digital Licensee Coordinator.
The secondhand market has been a strong feature of the music industry ever since music was fixed in a tangible medium, so it's only natural that this secondary economy would evolve to encompass, "secondhand" digital music as well - at least if the court of appeals hadn't shut it down.
While the prohibitive costs of the necessary music licenses has made launching a new streaming service next to impossible, Neil Young is trying a different approach by rolling out a platform that only offers his own music, in joint venture with Warner music that might actually be successful.
While the Chinese music streaming service Tencent Music debuted with an impressively initial public offering of $14.10, music tech investors seem to have come back down to earth somewhat and reduced its value to a more modest level.
Some not-so-swashbuckling new data from an anti-piracy organization in Mexico recently released revealed that a staggering 97% of the population has engaged in some form of piracy, much of it stream-ripping.
Catering to your fanbase is a key part of successful music marketing, and Spotify's new pre-save option - which gives fans the option of adding as-yet unreleased music their library, allows artists to engage with their listeners early, and ensures listeners don't miss out on the latest tracks.
Metadata (aka data about data) has become a huge part of achieving musical success in the digital age. So huge, in fact, that to ignore it, or to have incorrect metadata, can ruin your chances of keeping your head above water in the streaming era.
Part of the main ethos behind SoundCloud which allows it to function is the idea of its users sharing and engaging with each other not just on a musical level, but also sharing common interests and ideas. As an artist, this can make for the perfect environment in which to build and grow a community of both fans and fellow creators.
While consumer need for a hi-res streaming services seems to have cooled down of late and most listeners seemingly content with CD-quality music, Qobux close to imminent launching its hi-res streaming and download platform in the US. The news comes on the same day that Sony became the first major label to launch its own hi-res streaming service.
While artists now live in a time when they have more freedom than ever to create, market, and sell their music, the digital age has brought with it a unique set of challenges as well. Here we look at the three biggest obstacles standing between contemporary musicians and success.
Ariel Hyatt and hear team at CyberPR share 7 tactics to use to first activate any fan base around a holiday music promotion to build engagement or sales – or both.
After recently making waves by allowing its users to link back to their Instagram stories, SoundCloud is mixing things up once again by integrating Dubset into their platform, allowing tracks to be scanned and then collecting and distributing royalties to the appropriate rightsholders.
Spotify is testing a feature that would allow users to upload their own tracks into their personal Spotify library. Apple Music already integrates tracks stored on an iPhone with its streaming music service.
Apple Music now has 56 million subscribers, according to a new report. That's up 6 million since April, when CEO Tim Cook announced a 50 million milestone. Spotify, which has an estimated 90 million paid users, is adding subscribers at almost twice Apple's rate.
Apple Music will continue its growth trajectory, according analysts at Morgan Stanley. Over the next five years, Apple Music's 5% market penetration will expand to 14%of a growing user base of Apple's products, driving a 28% revenue growth. Apple Music is predicted to grow to 164 million users by 2023.
In this piece Chaz Jenkins explains why implementing a broader approach to analytics is key to an effective marketing strategy, and why only looking at past data simply doesn't provide enough information.
With almost almost 30% market share overall, independent music is a music industry force to be reckoned with. But that share falls to below 20% on the major streaming services. In a effort to rectify the inequity, digital distributor Record Union is leading a campaign urge Spotify. Apple Music, Amazon and others to acknowledge independent music with a label.
While the rise of streaming and the music industry's at least partial financial recovery have sidelined music piracy as a topic of major concern, the illegal acquisition of music online continues to be an ever-present issue.
Artists have been finding ways to game the system since the digital age began, often in the form of purchasing likes or subscriptions, but streaming isn't immune either. Here we look at the tactics employed by some artists to dramatically boost their streaming numbers.
Millennials are thirsty for music and are constantly immersing themselves in at every opportunity, to the point where it is fundamentally altering the music industry, impacting both traditional retail sales of music and digital streaming.
Kris Wu, a Chinese-Canadian actor, singer and former member of EXO, topped the iTunes song chart on Monday. For almost 24 hours, Wu had all 5 tracks in the Top 5 with the exception of Ariana Grande’s just released single “Thank U, Next." But Wu's success appeared under some unusual circumstances and according to one source, won't count towards this week's chart tabulations.