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.
Our wise counsel to the music industry' scrappy and determined do-it-yourselfers this week dug into mastering your merch sale, how you can capitalize on music festivals even if you're not the one on stage, how to collect all the revenue you possibly can from your recorded music, and more!
Pushing back on reports that Amoeba Music was closing its Hollywood location after a residential development was green-lighted for the site., the iconic record store issued a statement: "We are NOT closing. We are going to be in the current location at 6400 Sunset Blvd for about another year, and from there we are planning to move to a new space in Hollywood." The full statement:
In this second part of a series on how to collect all the revenue you're owed from your music, we shift gears to look at the income which can be earned from acting as a label, publisher, and producer, three different roles that, as an independent artist, you may very well be handling yourself.
B2B digital music services provider 7Digital is flirting with administration, the UK equivalent of bankruptcy, after investors rejected a plan to issue more shares for cash which the company says its needs to survive.
A new Nielson Music Mid-Year Report for the US and Canada shows streaming adoption driving a robust music industry. The first half of 2019 shattered previous 6 month records with more than 507 billion on-demand combined music and video streams and milestones led by singles and albums from Ariana Grande, Billie Eilish, Halsey, Khalid, BTS and Bad Bunny. Film, global pop, Latin, video games and mumble rap are all trends to watch.
The LA City Council has approved zoning changes that clear the way for the demolition of Amoeba Music's distinctive Los Angeles outlet. According to the LA Times, the vote facilitates the development of a new, 26-story building at the site of the current Amoeba Music store, located at the corner of Sunset and Cahuenga boulevards.
The Recording Academy has announced new deadlines and dates for the 2020 62nd Annual Grammy Awards and Grammy Week events. Nominations will now be announced in all 84 categories on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019.
BUSINESS OF INDIE: A2IM Indie Week Recap • Smithsonian Folkways Buys Stinson • Reddit's indieheads • More
This edition of Business Of Indie includes news from last week's fabulous A2IM Indie Week, Smithsonian Folkways' acquisition of Stinson Records, how Reddit's indieheads forum is reshaping indie music and much more.