In a recent surprise movie, Spotify announced that it will now give indie artists the option of uploading their music directly to the streaming service for free, rather than requiring artists to use a distributor. While this may simply seem like a blessing to artists, this new option is all part of Spotify's broader strategy.
UPDATE: The UK's City AM reported that Universal Music Group has entered into an agreement with streaming and download tech provider 7digital to launch streaming, download and merchandise portals for its most popular artists. 7 Digital has now issued a clarification
For musicians, growing a solid reputation on SoundCloud is key, as the platform provides opportunities to take their work to the next level, although the way in which they manage their account can often have as much of an impact on their success as the music itself.
Amazon unveiled a slew of new and improved Alexa voice controlled devices on Monday, and with them came new music related services, features and skills. Here's a roundup of new Alexa music services and skills:
More labels and distributors are pulling and keeping their music off the eMusic download store over late or non-payments. In July, we reported that Sony owned indie distributor The Orchard informed its labels that it was pulling all music down because they had "failed to receive payments."
Of late Amazon has been following in the steps of Spotify and dropping a series of exclusive recordings by noted artists like John Prine and Margo Price under the title "Produced By...", and although these recordings fall under the Amazon Originals banner, Amazon doesn't actually own the rights to them.
"When was the last time you sat down and just… listened?" That's the question asked by Hypebot contributor Hisham Dahud. The answer for most of us could have significant implications for artists and the entire music industry in the streaming era.
While the ways in which people discover music have changed dramatically in many ways, some avenues remain the same. Here we offer advice to artists on how to get their music discovered in the digital age by consulting with industry experts on where they go to find new music.
Despite the composers having died hundreds of years before the concept of copyright violation had even appeared on scene, performers are now finding it difficult to post their performances of the classical works online without receiving notices of copyright infringement, fraudulent though they may be.
Spotify has finally increased its much hated 3333 tracks per device and three device limit. It happened quietly in its latest software update software update, with users discovering the change. The streamer has now confirmed the increase. and it's a significant one.
Playlist doesn't seem to be going away, and while landing on Spotify curated playlists may seem out of reach, their hardly the only option, with user-generated playlists often having hundreds of thousands of followers. Here we look at what artists need to do land spot on one of these coveted lists.
In an effort to get more users hooked on their services, streaming platforms offered the Family Plan tier, allowing for multiple users on a single monthly bill and, while successful, such deals are now coming back to haunt streaming services in the form of reduced revenue.
Florida prison inmates will be required to hand over the MP3 players and music that they have purchased, because the Florida Department of Corrections has made a new deal with a different company to provide inmates with the material.
Spotify has opened the process of submitting music to 2018's holy grail of music marketing - Official Spotify playlists. Ariel Hyatt and the team at CyberPR have put together a guide the new playlist submission tool and and ways to improve your chances of success.
Adults have been anxious about the smartphone usage of youths for some time, and it appears teens themselves are jumping on the concern train, with more than half of teenagers feeling they spend too much time on their phones. This raises the question, however, will efforts to combat this tech addiction help or hurt the music business?
BMG has reached a settlement with Cox Communications in its 2015 lawsuit alleging the ISP contributed to copyright infringement. BMG called the sealed settlement, originally set by a jury at $33 million, "substantial."
The "Mastered For iTunes" label is a badge of sonic approval that you see on most major label tracks and almost none from idie and D.I.Y. artists. A new add-on service from DistroKid makes it possible for any artist to get the "Mastered For iTunes" certification.
As an artist, having a music publicist working for you can be a huge asset, particularly given that most publicists now double as digital strategists, and help to shepherd and artists overall brand. That said, there are several important things to consider before committing to hiring a publicist.
Stephen Carlisle, Esq. wades into the ongoing saga of Bit Torrent litigation. In a decision with major implications. the Ninth Circuit Court recently rejected a "one size fits all"approach to Bit Torrent lawsuits, in which the sins of one case could be brought to bear on others.
Long-time Hypebot contributor Kyle Bylin reflects on the death of his favorite lead singer and lyric writer, Scott Hutchison of indie rock band Frightened Rabbit. He says, "Hutchison described the struggles of finding love and meaning in adulthood in a way I related to more than any other artist. He didn’t just write songs about ex-girlfriends and past breakups but explained exactly what the experience of heartbreak feels like instead."
Alongside a backdrop of late payments to at least one distributor, music download store eMusic has just released a white paper spelling out an ambitious blockchain ICO. But, writes David Gerard, their plan leaves some significant questions unanswered.
Canadian musical sensation Drake has been smashing a number of streaming records lately, and a recent look at some of the financial numbers have revealed the artist has thus far pulled down over $100 million from streaming services alone.
Music download store eMusic is late paying at least one independent distributor, according to an internal email obtained by Hypebot. The troubles come just as the indie digital retailer launches an ambitious music blockchain project.
[UPDATED] Chance The Rapper has become the poster child for truly independent artists with his hugely successful streaming only releases. So Ditto Music being chosen to handle the worldwide distribution for his new release is a major score for the D.I.Y. distributor.
As with so many industries, advancements in tech are quickly changing and reshaping the music business in several significant ways, with new jobs emerging all the time. Here we look at ten different music business jobs of the future.
Building community is the best rewarding way to build an engaged fanbase. Amanda Palmer's crowdfunding efforts earned her $2.8 million from her community of supportive fans. Ariel Hyatt of CyberPR explores the three communities that make up every fan base and how to engage each.
As old as recorded music itself, disputes over ownership have permeated the music industry for decades. Luckily the advancement of technology has made it a little easier to keep performance rights in check. In this article we explore exactly what performance rights disputes are, and where they come from.