Our tips and advice for the industry's independent self-starters out there this week covered how you can use your mailing list to actually get people to your show, how to book increasingly large gigs over time, the best way to revive cold music industry contacts, and more!
Billionaire investor Haim Saban, Chairman of Saban Capital Group, is teaming with music industry veteran Gustavo Lopez to launch Saban Music Group with a promised $500 million investment. SMG is positioned as a record label, international A&R, and artist development company built around offering ‘360 deals’ to artists.
In this week's Business Of Indie, Indie label Astral People launches, The Orchard's Chief Operating Officer Colleen Theis tells all, distributor Zebrulation acquires its technical service provider Encoding Management Service (EMS) and much more.
Regardless of who's getting the money, it is undeniable that streaming has made the music industry lucrative again. Now, as the business works to reinvent itself, are historically downtrodden artists finally coming out on top, or are record labels and management siphoning off all of the profits?
Creator subscription platform Patreon has raised an additional $60 million that it says will be used "to take creator memberships to a whole new level." Patreon has more than 3 million active patrons and 100,000 creators on the platform, and has paid out more than $1 billion to date.
Shake it off, Kelly Clarkson is telling Taylor Swift about her feud with Scooter Bruan and Scott Borchetta, by re-recording and releasing the hits that Braun now controls after acquiring her former record label, Big Machine. Swift called the sale her "worst case scenario;" and re-recording the hits would both give her control of the new masters and devalue Braun's reposted $300 million purchase.
Digital music distributor Amuse and consultancy MIDiA have partnered to release Independent Artists: The Age of Empowerment, a free report that shows the growing power and potential of independent artists - artists how are growing a substantial career without the help of a record label.
Despite a very public feud with Taylor Swift, her former label, the just acquired by Scooter Braun Big Machine Records, is wasting no time cashing in on her catalog with the release of five songs from her 2006 self-titled debut album on limited-edition vinyl.
A new study from MIDiA Research and indie distributor Amuse shows that independent artists are the fastest-growing segment of the global recorded music business, the beginning of what may be the biggest paradigm shift within the music business in decades.
In a new edition of the Business Of Indie we share of streaming driven indie growth, hitmaker Iggy Azalea's return to an independent label, Merlin's new Jaxsta deal for music credits and more/
Australian music tech startup Jaxsta has announced a deal to deliver track and album credits from global independent music licensor Merlin and its thousands of label members. With the deal, Jaxsta now has access to the credits of more than 80% of all global music releases.
For those running a label with music on Spotify, the platform has a ton of exciting tools packed into its Spotify Analytics for Labels feature, all for the low-low price of nothing at all. Here we explore what it does and why you should care about it.
Niche is music's new mainstream, writes MIDiA analyst Mark Mulligan, which means that in the brave new world of music marketing, targetting trumps reach. "Instead of blowing a huge budget on carpet bombing TV, radio, print, online artists and their teams are finding their exact audiences, writes Mulligan, "focusing on relevance and engagement rather than reach and scale."
In part one of this two-part analysis, Ben Gilbert speaks with a variety of people working within the music business, in an effort to assess the state of diversity and inclusivity within the industry right now, and whether or not it's representative of society as a whole.
The term 'indie' is often tossed around when describing a certain genre of music, but what does it actually mean? Back in the day, it referred to an artist who was unsigned, but with major labels acts still retaining the 'indie' moniker, what does the term actually suggest? Here, Chris Robley delves into the term's contemporary meaning.
This new edition of the Business Of Indie includes news from India's growing independent music scene, the AIR Awards indie label nominees, AWAL's partnership with Cold Water Kids and a whole lot more.
Rolling Stone has launched five music charts powered by analytics firm Alpha Data, formerly known as BuzzAngle Music, which the magazine acquired last year. The debut comes almost two months later than originally planned.
Given its critical role in providing info that impacts how your music is stored, sorted, and identified, if your metadata isn't in order, your music simply isn't ready for public release. Here we break down exactly what metadata is, and why need to get it in order before dropping new music.
The very spat between Taylor Swift and the head of her former label over control of her hit masters is far from over. But whatever "truths" are revealed in the coming days, one thing is certain, writes MIDiA analyst Mark Mulligan, the dispute provides a cautionary lesson to artists and a boost for label services firms.
Spotify announced yesterday that it is closing down its free direct upload system after less than a year, and forcing all artists to find an outside distributors within 30 days if they want their music available on the top streaming service. Here's what artists need to know to avoid problems during the transition.
Following the success of the inaugural UK based National Album Day last year, the event, focused on celebrating everything LP, will return in 2019. Set to take place on October 12th, National Album day will feature the theme ‘Don’t Skip’ and explore the “benefits of taking time out to listen to an album from start to finish.”
Where historically being on an indie label was often a last resort after being rejected by a major, these days an indie signing can actually benefit an artist, thanks in large part due to Merlin, an organization dedicated to collecting global digital royalties for independent labels.
Big Machine Label Group founder Scott Borchetta has fired back at Taylor Swift after the singer took to Tumblr with an emotional reaction to the acquisition of BMLG and her hit recordings by Scooter Braun’s Ithaca Holding. 'This is my worst case scenario, wrote Swift. “So, it’s time for some truth…” countered Borchetta.
Taylor Swift is calling the sale by Scott Borchetta of her former label Big Machine to Scooter Braun for $300 million her "worst case scenario." Swift recently signed to Universal, but Big Machine and now Braun controls all of Swift's prior multi-platinum recordings.
[UPDATED] Scooter Braun's Ithaca Holdings has acquired Scott Borchetta's Big Machine Label Group. The combined companies create a multifaceted independent music powerhouse that includes labels, management, streaming, publishing and media companies.