Although Apple Music has consistently taken home the gold for paying artists the most per stream, but was coming up short in other artist services. In an effort to close that gap, the platform is now launching its 'Apple Music for Artists' feature, giving bands valuable insights into their audience.
Spotify will test raising subscription prices in Scandinavia with an eye towards taking the increases worldwide, according to a new report. The test comes at a time when labels are complaining about falling per listener payouts from the steamer.
Concert Window, which enabled artists and select venues to stream shows live on the web, is shutting down in mid-September after 10 years. The service allowed artists to offer tickets to view each stream for a fixed price, pay-what-you-want or at no cost.
Major labels are now pulling down over $16,000 per second in streaming which, while an impressive number, is somewhat tempered by the fact that the growth of streaming itself seems to be slowing down.
While streaming is the new normal for music consumption, the income that many artists receive from it is far less than needed to sustain a career. But, as some artists have learned, merch sales, remain an excellent way to net much larger profits.
Late last week Apple Music For Artists exited beta and became available to any artist with music on the platform. Since this is Apple's overdue answer to Spotify For Artists, we wondered how the two platforms compared.
Living as we now are in the digital age, it has become increasingly important for artists to attach metadata to their work, and by doing so providing key information like artist name, copyright holders, and contact info. Here we break down the fairly straightforward process of attaching this info to your music.
After sitting on a stockpile of high-resolution audio masters for a while now, Apple has finally decided to launch its often rumored hi-res streaming service, joining the ranks of other platforms like TIDAL and Deezer, who also provide this premium quality tier.
Apple Music For Artists has long lagged behind Spotify and Pandora with the tools and analytics that it offers artists. That changed overnight with the public launch of a toolkit that insiders have been playing with for months.
Chinese media giant Tencent is in talks to buy a 10% chunk of Universal Music Group, with an option for an additional 10%. This acquisition by a massive tech company benefitsTencent more than UMG and implications for the music industry as a whole.
Many sites empower users to make micropayments to creators. China's Tencent Music already has a massive tip-like program returning revenue to artists. Based on a recent earnings call, Spotify wants to get into this business, as well. Exactly how they'll do it, however, remains a question, writes music attorney and artist advocate Chris Castle.
This piece explores the marketing genius of the Flappy Bird-esque old-school online game Billy Meets World, launched in conjunction with Lauv's latest release and engineered to help casually grow the artist's Spotify followers.
The streaming price race to the bottom continues. Following on the heels of new partnership deals and discounts from Spotify and Apple Music, Amazon Prime Student members can now get Amazon Music Unlimited for just $0.99 per month.
With 2019 barely reaching the halfway point, the year has already delivered some outstanding pieces of music journalism, with scoops and hard-hitting data on music consumption, metrics, metadata and more.
Apple Music has relaunched its flagship alternative playlist as ALT CTRL. Formerly known as The A-List, the refreshed global playlist spotlights new music from across the alternative genre, hand-picked by Apple Music curators.
Move over Post Malone, Miley Cyrus, The Chainsmokers and Drake, Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” featuring Billy Ray Cyrus, has broken yet another record, this time for the most weeks atop the Streaming Songs charts.
Spotify has done wonders for allowing artists to share their music with the world, and having a Spotify presence right from the beginning can do a lot to help artists reach their intended audience. Unfortunately, many artists neglect getting verified on the platform - something which has a number of perks.
While playlist placement has become the holy grail for many artists and their promoters, this new case study of sorts from Kieron Donaghue, looks at how playlist placement alone is not in and of itself sufficient as a marketing strategy.
Those who believe that Spotify will never be a profitable company may soon be forced to reevaluate their position. Today, the streamer reported that its second-quarter operating loss shrunk dramatically to just $3.3 million in Q2 2019, down from $90 million a year ago; and its operating loss fell to $84.7 million from $439 million last year YoY.
One of the best parts of listening to music is getting to share it with your friends, and thanks to the magic of modern playlisting, collaborative playlist creation can is now a reality. Here Randy Zimmerman walks us through how to create group playlists on both Spotify and Apple Music.
UPDATED: Spotify has completed deals with two of its major-label partners in what were expected to be contentious licensing renegotiations. EK did not elaborate as to which of the two - Warner Music Group, Universal Music Group Sony Music Entertainment and perhaps indie licensing giant Merin - had signed new agreements during an earnings call Wednesday.