Despite all the talk of equality for women in music, the top 5 most streamed most artists of 2018 on Spotify are all men. Spotify's 5 Most Streamed Tracks were also all male. The streamer registered the same all male top artist inequality in 2015 and 2016.
Commentators from inside the music industry weighed in on radio's best defense against the future, why Spotify should create a 'followed artists' feed, why streaming services hold the key to music's diversity, and more.
Our advice for the independent do-it-yourself musicians this week provided sage wisdom on engaging your fanbase holiday style, what to know before signing a recording contract, how to nail low-cost promotion, and much more!
This week on MusicThinkTank, contributors shared pieces on how professional musicians can effectively manage expenses on tour, what happens when public brands change in the music business, how to make a living as a singer, and more.
As we check back in on all the happenings from inside the music business over the past seven days, we revisit the top lyric searches of 2018, why it is that we skip so many songs, indie music's impressive market share, and much more.
Our greatest hits of the week on Hypebot this time around covered the five genres which saw the most growth on Spotify in 2018, a look at the platform's 2018 recap micro-site launches, Apples filing for a music business trademark, and more.
In a followup to his recent piece regarding user-centric royalties and the idea of an "ethical pool" solution to streaming royalty allocations, Chris Castle here raises the question of whether artists' departure from major streaming services would cause fans to follow suit and ditch them as well.
Hall of Heavy Metal History Names 2019 Inductees: Lita Ford, David Ellefson, Jon and Marsha Zazula, More
Move over today's Grammy nominees, the men and women of metal are march through with their own award announcement. Lita Ford and David Ellefson of Megadeath are among the 2019 The Hall of Heavy Metal History inductees.
If you're an independent songwriter, you're your own publicist on your compositions, meaning it can be worth setting up your own personal publishing entity to affiliate with your PRO. Here we look at what exactly a PPE is, and whether setting one up is the right decision for you.
The members of performers union SAG-AFTRA have voted to approve the tentative deal struck with the major labels for sound recordings back in October. The new SAG-AFTRA Sound Recordings Code includes sound recordings on digital, CDs and vinyl.
While not having the backing of a major label has its downsides, many artists wear their indie status as a badge of honor, and music distributor Record Union wants to take things a step further by getting streaming services to tag songs and playlists as 'independent' in much the same way as certain songs or playlists are tagged 'explicit'.
The nominations for the 61st GRAMMY Awards are in and Kendrick Lamar leads the 2019 pack with 8 nominations for his Black Panther soundtrack. Here are all of the nominees in each of the 84 categories.
Apple has acquired U.K. based music creative services and artist development startup Platoon, according to multiple reports. The startup's co founder, Denzyl Feigelson, is a long time consultant for Apple and produces its annual UK iTunes Festival.
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While artists now live in a time when they have more freedom than ever to create, market, and sell their music, the digital age has brought with it a unique set of challenges as well. Here we look at the three biggest obstacles standing between contemporary musicians and success.
LyricFind has pulled together the data to determine the Top 20 Lyric Searches of 2018, and Taylor Swift's "Look What You Made Me Do" tops the list. Swift also grabbed the #18 spot with "Ready For It."
We knew our attention spans were short, and it seems the streaming era is only making things worse, with new data revealing that consumers are becoming increasingly fickle, and skipping more songs after spending a decreasing amount of time listening to them.
Every aspect of the music industry has been touched by its transition to digital distribution, and record deals and recording contracts are no exception. Here music attorney Mark Quails breaks down some of the most import questions about contracts for current day musicians.
EDM festival promoter Insomniac has launched Insomniac Music Group, an in-house record label services group overseeing distribution and management of music for both established and up-and-coming artists.
Spotify for Artists has launched the 2018 edition of its annual Wrapped campaign. Artist get a free custom micro-site chronicling their stats and successes on the streamer over the last year. Wrapped for fans give users a look back at the music they discovered and played on Spotify over the last year.
THU. BRIEF: Spotify Wrapped 2018 • BMG Splits Exec Team, Katz Exits • New Soundcloud Music Chief • More
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Here Dana Feldman looks at how Los Angeles-based company Create Music Group has been able able to impact the online streaming economy in artists' favor by tracking down $60 million dollars in unclaimed streaming revenue.
A new Worldwide Independent Market report prepared by MIDiA for indie music trade group WIN shows impressive growth in the global independent music sector. Indie revenue grew 11.3% in 2017 to reach $6.9 billion vs. 9.7% for the major labels. Overall, the independents’ share of global revenue grew from 39.6% in 2016 to 39.9% in 2017.
Playlists are the new radio for many music fans, making the right playlist placement a coveted "get" for any artist or label. Alongside their 2018 top artists, songs and albums, Spotify has shared its most followed playlists of 2018.