Johan Svanberg of indie distributor Record Union looks at the need for music streaming services to become more diverse and egalitarian; not only where gender and ethnicity are concerned, but also in terms of creation and ownership. The answer, he believes, is to make streaming platforms a more hospitable and profitable environment for independent artists and labels.
This week we provided DIY independent artists with helpful tips on investing in your music career, how to keep the cost of merch down without sacrificing quality, how artists can give back to fans this holiday season, and much more!
Warner Music Group's indie arm ADA Worldwide has inked dBpm Records, the record label founded by Wilco in 2011. The deal includes Wilco front-man Jeff Tweedy’s first all-original solo album, WARM, out today.
On today's edition of The Business Of Indie, Eric Ethridge joins Ole’s Red Dot record label. Kobalt adds music publishing clients Jonathan Sherwood and Boy Named Banjo, Stella's Music Club launches a record label and more.
While Sony, Universal and Warner are the music industry's biggest players, there is a lot more going on with the music business that doesn't involve these three giants, as Professor David Philp of William Paterson University explores.
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.
Radio-like streaming platform Mixcloud has signed a multi-year direct licensing agreement with global indie label rights agency Merlin. Mixcloud recently closed similar deals with Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group, in the run up to the planned launch of a paid subscription service.
Kobalt’s AWAL has signed a worldwide recording deal with viral sensation Gus Dapperton. The singer, songwriter and producer is best known for his viral hits "Prune, You Talk Funny” and “I’m Just Snacking.” He averages nearly 1 million monthly Spotify listeners and has garnered 100 million cumulative streams in less than a year’s time.
Folk Alliance, the organizers for the International Folk Music Awards (IFMAs) announced the details for the 2019 edition of the event, as well as an early slate of award recipients for the event. Musician and broadcaster Tom Powers has been announced as the host for the 2019 return of the awards show.
Advertising via social media is fairly common in the industry now, and Snapchat is no exception. Here we look at why more independent artists should be using the platform for promotion, as well as exactly how they can go about doing it.
Business Of Indie: Mumford Goes #1 • Iggy Azalea's Indie EMPIRE • Trippie Redd Tops • A2IM Parties • More
This latest edition of The Business Of Indie celebrate's Glassnote's latest #1 with Mumford & Sons, Iggy Azalea's move to independent with help from EMPIRE, Trippe Redd's rise to the top of the hip hop album chart, A2IM's holiday parties and much more.
In this op-ed, we look at the UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall, an independent venue based in the Bay Area which functions as a nonprofit giving underrepresented youth from diverse racial and socioeconomic backgrounds opportunities for success in the music industry.
Last week, Taylor Swift announced her new deal with Universal, which included a gift to thousands of other UMG artists in the form of Spotify stock revenue distributions. Swift's label move is also part of an important trend, writes MIDiA's Mark Mulligan; and that's the rise of the label services deal.
Sonny Stuart Winter shares advice for music industry hopefuls by recounting his experience from age 15 putting on music events and how it led to a successful industry career. Later, he talks about the role of social media and mental health, and how they relate to the music business.
Indie digital music retailer eMusic will open the sale of its eMU Tokens to the public outside of the U.S. on Monday. November 26. The tokens are part eMusic's blockchain project that could be hampered by its ongoing payment struggles that have seen a number of major and independent labels and distributors pull their catalog off the platform.
[UPDATED] The team and growing network of indie stores behind Record Store Day are celebrating both Black Friday and Small Business Saturday this weekend with an extensive array of exclusive releases, special sales, in-store performances, signings and events.
Danny Ross sat down to chat with Robby Morris, the creative director of indie powerhouse the Secretly Group, which is responsible for the releases of Bon Iver, Angel Olsen, The War On Drugs and others about why image is so important in the streaming age.
IMPALA, IFPI and three other major music industry organizations have issued a strongly worded joint statement pushing back against Google and YouTube claims that pending EU Article 13 legislation will blunt creativity and cripple the video platform.
The Grammy Awards final nominees will be announced on December 5th , starting with the announcement of top categories on CBS This Morning starting at 8:30 a.m. ET. Approximately 15 minutes later, the Recording Academy will reveal the nominees in all 84 categories on grammy.com and social media.
In this 2nd edition of our continously updated Business Of Indie compendium of independent music news, we share stories on Taylor Swift's exit from indie Big Machine to UMG, Glassnote's switch from UMG to AWAL (Do they cancel each other out?), changes in Recording Academy membership to increase diversity and much more. As always, you'll find it under our INDIE tab here.
While radio stations have provided compensation to songwriters and music publishers, they have never never paid record labels, artists, or producers, something which, Richard James Burgess of A2IM believes, it's high time to change.
Just a month after becoming a free agent, Taylor Swift has announced a global deal with Universal Music Group and its Republic Records imprint. The superstar has been with indie label Big Machine since 2006, selling more than 32 million albums in the US alone. As part of the new deal, Swift will own her own masters going forward.
Indie label Glassnote Music has shifted its digital and physical distribution to Kobalt's AWAL, after years at Universal Music Group. Glassnote artists include Mumford & Sons, Phoenix, CHVRCHES, Childish Gambino, The Strumbellas, and Jade Bird.
Conventional wisdom is that an artist has to be on a major label to have major success in the music industry. But these 11 top artists are proving that the major label paradigm has shifted, Indie is in.
Latin music and artists have become a force to be reckoned with on YouTube. At the start of 2017 there were 5 videos from Latin artists in YouTube’s Billion Views Club, and as of today, there are 41. More than half of the top 100 most-viewed music videos of 2018 are Latin and 8 of the top 10 most-viewed music videos of 2018 feature Latin artists.
Although vinyl has been making a significant comeback in the age of streaming, the CD has largely been thought of as a relic of the past. New data suggests, however, that calling time of death on the CD may have been premature.
Currently one of the most powerful operators in the music industry, Taylor Swift's contract with Big Machine Records has come to an end, giving her freedom to go out on her own, shop around and choose another label...or maybe not.