As the global music economy continues to transform, it's important to take a look at the various factors which feed into a song's success, particularly when it comes to that song's geographic origin. In this in-depth piece, we explore the concept of 'trigger cities,' and how streaming popularity often begins in the places you might least expect.
While streaming has remade the economic landscape of music and made earning a living harder for many musicians, some of the industry's biggest stars are still managing to bring in a significant amount of revenue in this new environment.
Many artists spend so much time and energy writing and recording their music, that they almost ignore the essential steps needed to prepare for and launch its release. Veteran music publicist Ariel Hyatt has created a template to help artists avoid this crucial mistake.
With the streaming age in full swing, pre-saves have booted out pre-sales and become a great way to get fans access to your music first, and give you a play count boost when your album finally drops. In this piece Christine Elise Occhino walks us through how to utilize the Spotify pre-save feature for maximum efficacy.
Multi-territorial music rights administrator Revelator has launched Artist Wallet, a mobile copyright app that uses smart contracts technology to turn future receivables into instant royalty payments. Slow, delayed and inaccurate distribution of royalty payments have long afflicted the entertainment industry.
In this edition of Building Your Dream Team, AWAL breaks down the who, what, when, where, and why of the music industry's matchmaking money hunter, the publisher. Here we look at the important role they play in gathering artist revenue, and how why they've taken center stage in the legally complex streaming era.
Now that the EU Copyright Directive has (for better of for worse) passed into law, in this Op-Ed Neil Turkewitz takes a long and hard look at what the fallout from this new legislation, and looking ahead to how we can build a more creator-friendly world of fair compensation and voluntary licensing.
While many musicians in the industry (particularly legacy artists) may like to rage against the digital machine, the reality is that this new era of music, while it reduces or closes off many traditional sources of revenue through music sales, creates a number of important new opportunities for those willing to embrace them.
When critically acclaimed singer/songwriter, Amy Speace, live streamed a Concert Window album preview from her walk-in closet to the fans who had just helped fund its release, it wasn’t because she couldn’t book another venue. It was because she is both a new mom, and a musician, and with a one year old asleep down the hallway, it was a way to say yes to both.
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.
A fundamental part of the music business, advertising's latest evolution is arriving at Pandora in the form of interactive voice ads, built in partnership with Instreamatic around AI tech and with an alleged ability to understand listeners' speech beyond simple "yes" and "no" commands.
In 2019, music and technology have become more linked together than ever, with new tech advancement now part and parcel of every aspect of the music industry. In this piece, Patrick McGuire explores the historical context for this, and what happens technological change is put at odds with artists' values.
CD Baby has partnered with Audible Magic to identify content rights conflicts prior to delivery to Spotify, Apple Music and other digital service providers, ensuring that CD Baby remains a trusted distribution partner.
A survey of 1000 streaming service subscribers showed that many share their passwords with others, breaking terms of service. Apple Music subscribers were the biggest offenders among music services, with 31.4% admitting to sharing their passwords with others.
As old school as it may sound, email is still the most effective and consistent way to communicate with and monetize your fans. Here, Ariel Hyatt and the CyberPR offer a step by step guide to building a massive email list.
While paid streaming subscriptions have, in many circles, been billed as the savior of the music industry, the reality is that the business is still operating at a severely reduced capacity since the devastation visited on it in the early days of digital.
Much as streaming has replaced traditional album sales, Spotify and Apple music 'pre-saves' have replaced pre-orders. While these pre-saves are certainly good news for artists as a metric of gauging listener interest, there is concern that artists are missing out some valuable listener data as a result.
Bob Moz (short for Moczydlowsky) is a fixture in music tech. Now the Managing Director of the Techstars Music startup program, Moz worked at Yahoo Music, as Topspin VP Product & Marketing and Twitter's Head of Music.
As with so many consumer practices, piracy has its own trends which, in the age of streaming, most recently took the form of stream-ripping, an illegal process whereby, content is 'ripped' from existing streaming sites. Fortunately, this practice appears to be on the decline, according to a recent report.
Spotify has hired Chaka Zulu to head artist and talent relations. Zulu is the long term manager of rapper Ludacris and co-founder of the Disturbing Tha Peace label. He replaces Troy Carter who exited the streamer several months ago. He shared the news via a post on Instagram.
Spotify has recently been testing the waters with its new personalized editorial playlists, a kind of hybrid between curatorial and strictly algorithmic playlists. Here Chris Robley outlines what artists need to know about this new listening format entering the streaming arena.
Downtown Music Holdings has acquired AVL Digital Group and its portfolio of music distribution, rights management and artist services businesses, including CD Baby, AdRev, DashGo and Soundrop. DMH is the company behind Downtown Music Publishing and Songtrust.
The Apple Music app has been installed on 40 million devices running on the Google Android operating system. Of course, installs and paid subscriptions are two different things, with Apple Music only having a total of 50-55 million subscribers worldwide.
In this piece, Jon Maples explains how the principles and process behind the unique radio streaming app Gimme Radio have given rise to a successful listening platform, home to a vibrant social community.
Being an artist is hard enough without having to manage the mini-department store that is your merch - luckily there are a number of tools out there designed to lessen the headache of keeping up with orders and streamlining sales.
Recent news that the down on its luck social network Myspace fried a dozen years of media due to a server error should have artists and professionals alike scrambling to make sure they have a multitude of backups for their precious data.
With the ubiquity of music access and a lack of any need for patience, the term "skip-rate" has crept into the modern music industry lexicon, and some new data behind why and when consumers are skipping songs (and thereby not generating revenue for the artist) has many in the industry concerned.