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.
The 52nd Annual Country Music Association Awards were held last night at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. Here is a complete list of CMA 2018 winners and nominees.
On the YouTube Music Charts this week, Ariana Grande’s “thank u, next” reached #1 on the US Top Songs Chart, Linkin Park’s “Numb” crosses 1 billion views, and Queen continues up charts again following the release of their biopic
Canadian rocker Neil Young took U.S. President Donald Trump to task on Monday over calls to revoke federal funding for forest management. Young, a vocal environmentalist, is one of the thousands of people who lost their home in the ongoing deadly Woolsey fire near Malibu, California.
Kris Wu, a Chinese-Canadian actor, singer and former member of EXO, topped the iTunes song chart on Monday. For almost 24 hours, Wu had all 5 tracks in the Top 5 with the exception of Ariana Grande’s just released single “Thank U, Next." But Wu's success appeared under some unusual circumstances and according to one source, won't count towards this week's chart tabulations.
The BTS behemoth keeps gaining momentum.This week the group became the first Korean act to surpass 1 billion streams on Apple Music. It's a milestone not equaled by PSY and other more established Korean artists.
In recent weeks, four hit titles from UMG have sold out and put on backorder or never made it to stores for their release dates. Causes of the shortage include unexpected demand, reduced manufacturing capacity and a shift of factories to Mexico.
Iggy Azalea has revealed that she is officially an unsigned artist. The Australian performer signed a deal with Island Records back in February of 2018, however, has now parted ways with the label after only nine months.
Universal Music Group has become the first major label to licence popular African music download and streaming service Boomplay. The service, boasts 36 million users in multiple African markets and is adding 2 million users monthly.
MusicTank has closed after 15 years of providing music industry data and analysis. The sudden closure appears to have come after funding ran out and was announced on Twitter and the organization's web site.
Two were stabbed and a suspect taken into custody at the London offices of Sony Music. The label's office were evacuated, but there were no firearms were involved and it is not being treated as terror related. Simon Cowell’s Syco is based in the same building.
Spotify CEO Daniel Ek refused to comment "on deal negotiations," when asked if the streamer was considering an investment in Universal Music Group. UMG corporate parent Vivendi is openly exploring investments in exchange for up to 50% of the world's largest music group.
Universal Music Group's Global Accelerator Engagement Network has added its eighth partner with the addition of the Melbourne, Australia Accelerator Program (MAP) Since launching in 2012, the UMG initiative has backed over 100 startups - 28 of which were digital music ventures - that have raised more than $70 million in funding, generated over $100 million in revenue and 1000 new jobs.
Spotify has made some radical moves lately including direct deals with artists that include cash advances to offering free Spotify distribution to all and then buying part of distributor DistroKid to help artists put their music on its competitors. Collectively, they are causing concern at the record labels. But as analyst Mark Mulligan shows, there may not be much the labels can do about it.
Dave Lopez, lead guitarist from the band Flipsyde joins Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert on the Music Biz Weekly podcast to share the band’s story of being discovered and signed by Jimmy Iovine to Interscope Records. One song got them discovered and signed. Now, looking back 13 years later Dave shares the ups and downs of being a major push on a major label.
CNCO, Ozuna and Daddy Yankee were the big winners at the Latin American Music Awards 2018 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood last night. CNCO took home Favorite Duo or Group, Favorite Artist – Pop and Favorite Artist – Pop for CNCO. Ozuna won Favorite Artists – Urban, Album of the Year and Favorite Album – Urban for Odisea. Daddy Yankee won Favorite Male Artist and was honored with the ICON award, according to UPI.
Apple Music is making a play for the red hot Latin music market with ¡Dale Play!, a newly launched playlist of hot Latin hits globally. Each week, the playlist artwork features a different artist hand selected by Apple Music’s editorial team and will act as its face of Latin music for the week.
One of the most widely consumed genre's of music in the world, pop, has been home to some of the most iconic and groundbreaking performers of the 21st century. In this piece we look at eight of the most renowned pop artists to ever live.
Now that the Music Modernization Act has run the gauntlet and been passed into law, Chris Castle takes a hard look at what role of the Copyright Office Examiners will be playing in authorizing the noncommercial use of pre-1972 recordings.
In a positive sign for overall industry growth, music business giant Warner Music Group has to allocate some of its cash into something called WMG boost, with hopes of investing in music tech related startups.
Although the Swedish streaming service couldn't have been introduced to the market at worse time, Spotify has managed to not only endure but grow. Now ten years in, we look at both the good and the bad brought about by the platform's presence in the music industry.
INgrooves has joined a growing group of distributors and record labels pulling their music from eMusic over continued payment problems, a spokesperson told Hypebot Monday. Just weeks ago, The Orchard and Naxos separately pulled their extensive catalogs from the struggling subscription music download platform.
Apple's acquisition of the music identification app Shazam, while certainly a notable purchase, occurred with little industry fuss, but the spreading of the Apple umbrella over Shazam may have more dramatic implications for the music business than were first thought.