In this piece, Kristen Westcott Grant explores the evolving role of data algorithms in the streaming industry, and how Spotify's continued rollouts of new personalized playlists can help not just fans and the streaming service, but also artists and labels.
While many aspiring artists dream of performing in front of a crowd of thousands, the reality is that such an outcome is decidedly unlikely, and musicians should find other reasons to pursue music. Here we look at five such motivating factors.
YellowHeart hopes to give artists and promoters control of how and at what price their tickets are resold. Founded by serial music entrepreneur Josh Katz and The Chainsmokers manager Adam Alpert, the blockchain-based startup will launch in Q2 of next year.
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Commentators inside the music business this week gave voice to their opinions on why blockchain won't be saving the music industry any time soon, how publishers are driving the full sate music revolution, why the industry won't admit that piracy is on the decline, and more.
This week, our tips and advice for independent artists in the music business covered how formatting impacts social media marketing, why it's so important to build a solid brand for yourself, how you can begin booking your own local shows, and more.
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This week on MusicThinkTank, our contributors shared streaming success stories, advice on how artists can run a business from the road, info on five cutting edge music startups, and more!
In our flip back through a full week of music industry news, we look back at CD Baby and Dash Go's expansion into India, Google's new plan to being linking searches to key video moments, the slashing of music on public radio, and more.
Some of the most popular and often read articles on Hypebot this week covered how money flows from music streams into the actual artist's pocket, the top SEO Google ranking factors in 2020, what songwriters should be doing right now to prepare for the Music Modernization Act, and more.
Spotify this week released a series of shoer videos dubbed "Life At Spotify" that offer a curated look inside the world's top streaming service. While quite clearly a carefully scripted PR piece, collectively they offer a look at who and what makes Spotify tick.
While much of the advice that is dispensed to those looking to develop their music industry career emphasizes the importance of the hustle and maintaining forward momentum at all times, but new evidence is emerging that such a mentality is actually harmful to artist's mental and physical health.
Living as we are in the digital age, any company which plays host to entertainment media on a large is at constant risk of copyright infringement. Whether it's Spotify or YouTube, difficult challenges will inevitably arise over how to best monitor for and remove infringing content. Here we look at factors which determine how companies thread the copyright needle.
AWAL Promotes Two: Aaron Bogucki has been upped to Vice President, Marketing at AWAL based in the UK. Over the past 18 months, Bogucki has been building up AWAL’s global digital marketing and creative content team and forging strategic partnerships with third-party tech platforms.
Here Bobby Owsinski outlines why the rise of streaming culture has largely nullified the viability of a blockchain-based system for selling music, and why services like Audius, which do utilize blockchain tech, are more susceptible to piracy.
Being a successful songwriter doesn't necessarily mean you need to have musical experience. After going through a tough breakup, this artist turned to a community of strangers online to help her turn her written feelings into a complete album of songs.
CD Baby has expanded into India, the world's 15th largest recorded music market, according to the IFPI. The news arrives on the heels of recent expansion into China, Canada, Columbia, Southeast Asia, and the UK over the last 16 months.
Universal Music Group revenue was up an impressive 18.6% for a total of $2 billion last quarter. The jump was driven by streaming and merchandise revenue along with the releases by superstars like Billie Eilish, Taylor Swift and Ariana Grande.
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Google is set to unveil a new feature which could alter how many video searches take place. The search engine will now now take its users directly to key points within a YouTube video based on their query. As with so many changes, this could be good and bad for video creators.
Music industry consultancy Stem has launched Stem Check, a new free service to help musicians understand the ins and outs of any record label or distribution offers. Artists can meet face-to-face with a Stem finance specialists to analyze the pros & cons of the deal.
While digital marketing brings us a number of important freedoms, it also brings with it certain limitations when it comes to marketing. Thumbnail dimensions now govern how consumers engage with the visuals of music, and these formats drastically impact music marketing success across platforms. Here, we look at how to navigate these formats effectively, and how different platforms define views.
With 65% to 85% of most musician's income coming from live performance, learning how to book gigs is an essential skill. Experienced agent, manager and author Jeri Goldstein helps to demystify the process.
While music distribution seems like it should be a simple, straightforward process with just a few steps, the reality is far more complex. Here we follow the meandering breadcrumb trail from when a song is written to when it actually becomes available to the public.
Music on Facebook and Instagram launched today in The Netherlands, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Romania, and Slovakia, bringing to 30 the total number of countries across the EMEA with music on the social platforms.