Where Fans Discover New Music In 2018

1As the music industry has changed, so too has the way in which consumers find new music, but music discovery remains one of the most important aspects of the music industry, and is the holy grail for artists and promoters. Here we look at prevailing music discovery trends of 2018.

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Streaming Habits Mirror Purchasing Habits: The Big Lie Of Spotify [David Lowery]

1A theory often perpetuated by Spotify maintains that streaming will yield more revenue than downloads or traditional retail sales, as it generates money for the artist with every play, as opposed to a one-time purchase. Unfortunately, streaming is a lot more like traditional sales than Spotify is letting on.

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This Years' Record Store Day Was The Best Day Ever

1With the music industry continues to change, Record Store Day offers an opportunity and experience which can be embraced by industry enthusiasts across the board, here we check in with a variety of music business players on their experience with Record Store Day, 2018 edition.

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Today Is Record Store Day - Stop Reading This Right Now And Go Buy Something

RecordStoreDayLogoToday, Saturday April 21, 2018 is the 10th annual Record Store Day, both in the US and UK.  It's a day to celebrate and support indie music and the eclectic stores that help bring it to the world, as well as, serve as cornerstones for local music scenes across the globe. 

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The Album Is DEAD, But Not Everyone Believes It

1While creating an album has for many bands and artists been a cornerstone of artistic accomplishment over the years, our shift to a predominantly playlist based culture means that we're shifting away from the album format and living in a world of singles - just not everyone's accepted it yet.

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Apple Deleting iTunes LP Format: Beginning Of The End?

image from images.apple.comApple is deleting the iTunes LP format. The news was shared with labels and distributors two weeks ago; and now an email to iTunes' music partners has surfaced that states clearly, "Apple will no longer accept new submissions of iTunes LPS after March 2018."

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Led Zeppelin Embraces Record Store Day With New Release

photo by Happybeatle2 via WikemediaYou may want to get in line early this Record Store Day.  In advance of Led Zeppelin’s 50th Anniversary celebration, slated to commence this September, the band will wet fan’s appetites with their first ever Record Store Day release on April 21st, 2018.

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Discs To Digital: The Strange History Of Music Formats

1While streaming has become the dominant form of music consumption, the road to get here was a complex and varied one. Here we look at the history of the physical music formats, dating back as far as the 1870s, and how it led us to where we are now.

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Bandcamp Reports 'Stellar' 2017, Indie Revenue Up 73%

BandcamplogoBandcamp marked its 6th straight year as a profitable company in 2017 with revenue and usage on the indie music platform rising by double digits across multiple categories, including the sale of physical goods. Industry wide, physical goods sales fell 20% last  year. 

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Music Streaming Growth vs. Music Sales Decline [CHART]

Arrows up and downMusic streaming has changed how people discover and consume music forever, as well as rejuvenated the recorded music industry after years of decline. But its growth came at the expense of a vital income stream for artists and labels - music sales in the form of both physical goods and paid downloads. 

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Atlantic Records Finds New Excuse To Underpay Producers

1[UPDATED] With the rise of streaming, the job of producer has declined to a much less lucrative position, as many producer deals are built around physical sales. Atlantic Records has found a way to cut into this limited revenue further, however, by retitling some albums as 'mixtapes' or 'compilation albums,' writes Bobby Owsinski.

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