In this new edition of The Business Of Indie, Amsterdam based music distributor FUGA expands, indie label Fearless promotes two to co-presidents and legendary soundtrack label Varèse Sarabande turns 40.
Neil Turkewitz challenges some of the common narratives that have recently been spread regarding copyright, including the idea that copyright limits freedom of expression for artists, and works to the advantage of the already rich and powerful.
CD Baby's DIY Musician Conference is moving from Nashville to Austin " to connect with a fresh community of musicians in another deeply musical city." Presentations, workshops, mentoring, jam rooms and more will be held at the downtown Hilton August 16-18, 2019.
Tunefind has released its statistically driven Top TV and Film Sync lists of 2018 and for the second year in a row ABC's Grey's Anatomy is televisions most influential show when it comes to music. Ruelle tops the artist sync ranking.
While emails certainly do a lot for driving ticket sales, it's easy to wonder if they could be doing more, and artists frequently vacillate between sending too few emails, and bombarding their market base and over-saturating them. Here we look at new data on how to get it right.
"Bohemian Rhapsody,” the iconic song by Queen, has became the world’s most-streamed song from the 20th Century, as well as the most-streamed Classic Rock song of all time more than 40 years after it was recorded.
An integral part of the music industry, tribute bands seem to be only growing in popularity, with countless artists playing thousands of shows a year in masterful recreations of some of music's biggest names, and while these bands' success may not be up for debate, it does beg the question, just how legal are they?
Spotify is steadily becoming a less social service, even as most social platforms from Facebook to TikToc are putting music front and center. It's a contradiction that's not lost on some Spotify users.
Audiobyte, the parent company of Giftnote and Songbytes has completed a $6 million financing round led by Evolution. The company's apps create short licenced music plus graphics clips that can be shared in social and text messages.
Tencent Music [TME] will launch its scaled down U.S. IPO on Wednesday. China's largest music streamer priced shares at $13 ahead of its NYSE listing hoping to raise $1.1 billion. The IPO had originally been scheduled for October 18th.
This week's YouTube Music Charts finds Ariana Grande’s “thank u, next’ at #1 on the Global Charts, the Charlie Puth and Selena Gomez collaboration crossed 2 billion views and Christmas classics are climbing the charts.
WED. BRIEF: Tencent Music IPO • Gifmote Raises $6M • Spotify's Amber Grimes Joins Capital Music • More
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Part of the main ethos behind SoundCloud which allows it to function is the idea of its users sharing and engaging with each other not just on a musical level, but also sharing common interests and ideas. As an artist, this can make for the perfect environment in which to build and grow a community of both fans and fellow creators.
Chris Robley of CD Baby highlights the five things every artist must include on their Facebook page that are so frequently neglected. When it comes to your Facebook page, a first impression is likely the only impression you'll be able to make.
Modern U.S. jukebox leader TouchTunes has released its annual Year-End Charts reporting its top-played songs and artists of 2018. TouchTunes’ annual jukebox charts are based on music played by consumers across its domestic network of digital jukeboxes.
In this second in a multi-part series exploring some of the less well known publishing agreements in the music industry, Justin Jacobson delves into the nitty gritty of sub-publishing agreement and what its implications are for an artist.
The failed Fyre Festival is the subject of a documentary to be released on Netflix next month. The doc “gives a first-hand look into the disastrous crash of Fyre as told by the organizers themselves.” Promoter Billy McFarland received a six-year prison sentence.
Pitchfork has named its Best Albums of 2018, following yesterday's Best Songs Of 2018 list. While some heavy hitters in pop and hip-hop returned, there were many new comers. Topping Pitchfork's list is "Be The Cowboy" by Mitski. Second is Kacey Musgrave's "Golden Hour" followed by DJ Koze's "Knock Knock."
Ticketmaster has added a fan-to-fan resale feature within their app. The launch follows a rough 2018 for Ticketmaster which was marred by scalping accusations, a major lawsuit and the closure of the company’s secondary ticketing platforms, GetMeIn And Seatwave, where tickets were regularly being sold at insanely inflated prices.
As negotiations between the EU Council, EU Commission, and EU Parliament have progressed regarding the EU Copyright directive, something which they all passed different versions of, the directive overall (and Article 13 in particular) has devolved into a mess no one, it seems, wants.
TUE. BRIEF: Tencent Music Fights Back • MelodyVR Goes Live • Women In Music Database Launches • More
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Now that it's December, the holiday season is in full swing. For artists, this means a huge marketing opportunity, whether you're performing, recording, or simply marketing holiday merch, we here look at five key tips for capitalizing on holiday music fever.
Here we look at how the Facebook-owned social media platform powerhouse that is Instagram is dominating a transforming the music industry's social media landscape, and some of the statistics, trends, and hidden tricks through which it's doing it.
How To Work With A Record Producer: Reto Peter (Green Day, Counting Crows) On Music Biz Weekly Podcast
Record Producer Reto Peter joins Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert on the Music Biz Weekly Podcast. He has been actively engineering and producing music for 20 years at prestigious studios in Boston, NYC, Switzerland and San Francisco.
Although it's a great way for artists to boost their overall revenue, selling merch at shows can often be a challenge to do. Here we look at seven ways to switch things up and move a few more shirts at your next show.