Latin music and artists have become a force to be reckoned with on YouTube. At the start of 2017 there were 5 videos from Latin artists in YouTube’s Billion Views Club, and as of today, there are 41. More than half of the top 100 most-viewed music videos of 2018 are Latin and 8 of the top 10 most-viewed music videos of 2018 feature Latin artists.
Although vinyl has been making a significant comeback in the age of streaming, the CD has largely been thought of as a relic of the past. New data suggests, however, that calling time of death on the CD may have been premature.
Currently one of the most powerful operators in the music industry, Taylor Swift's contract with Big Machine Records has come to an end, giving her freedom to go out on her own, shop around and choose another label...or maybe not.
Music Modernization Act A 'Countdown to Modernity' - Progress Chart For Mechanical Licensing Collective
In this piece, the people at Music Technology Policy provide a chart listing the key events in the necessary path to launch in order for the Mechanical Licensing Collective as needed by the recently ratified Music Modernization Act.
Pitchfork and record of the month club Vinyl Me, Please are partnering to curate and reissue four special edition vinyl albums over the next year. The series will kick off in December with UK shoegaze legends Slowdive and a limited 2,000 record pressing of their 1995 album Pygmalion.
Days after acquiring the SnowGlobe Music Festival to build its live entertainment presence, MTV has announced it is bringing back an old chestnut – “MTV Spring Break” – which introduced North America to many new artists during its heyday.
Pirate Studios has raised $20 million in new finding for its growing network of self-serve high tech music studios. Pirate operates 350 studios in 21 locations in London, New York and Berlin, with plans to grow internationally.
In this sixth and final part of a multi-part series breaking down the ins and outs of email marketing, Cheryl B. Engelhardt focuses on how artists can use their email marketing strategy to actually monetize (or "Sell") their work.
Spotify has launched a new Apple Watch app which includes improved access and control over music and podcasts, as well as, the ability to connect to speakers or devices. The streamer promises the more improvements ahead including the ability to listen to music and podcasts offline.
With more music and music related stock traded on the public markets, Hypebot is stepping up its coverage of the markets, quarterly reports and earnings calls. Here, with a help from CelebrityAccess, are updates on Eventbrite, Spotify and Snap.
The 52nd Annual Country Music Association Awards were held last night at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. Here is a complete list of CMA 2018 winners and nominees.
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[UPDATED] This week, Pandora announced the Podcast Genome Project, a cataloging system and discovery algorithm that uses a combination of technology and human curation to deliver personalized podcast recommendations. Spotify and Apple Music have both stepped up their podcast game, as well, by improving their search and discovery options.
Facebook Outage Reveals People Still Read News Other Ways, Would YouTube Outage Reveal Something Similar About Music?
While YouTube has certainly moved in on the music industry in a major way, carving out a huge swathe of listens and views, a recent news outage at Facebook has suggested consumers may not be as dedicated to these major sites as was at first thought, and that, were YouTube to disappear, consumers would have no trouble moving on to greener pastures in order to get the music they crave.
Did Spotify just share a big hint that is is investing in The Orchard? Days before the streamer announced an investment and partnership with DistroKid, it prominently featured the DIY distributor as the only logo on a page announcing its Spotify Preferred Distributor program.
NetEase Cloud Music has completed a $600 million funding round to take on Spotify partner Tencent Music in China and Asia's exploding streaming music market. NetEase boasts 600 million registered users, adding 200 million over the last twelve months.
As anticipated, Spotify has launched in 13 new markets in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), including United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestinian Territories and Egypt. That brings Spotify's total markets to 78 including neighboring Israel , which launched in March.
WED. BRIEF: Billboard Live Summit • NetEase Music Adds $600M • Festicket Raises $10.5M • audiobridge To Nashville • More
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While SoundCloud has certainly become a powerhouse for musicians looking to spread their music and promote their brand, the accessibility of the sight has caused it to quickly become overcrowded with artists vying for fans and attention. This added challenge means that a solid, actionable strategy is a necessity when it comes to gaining a critical mass of followers on the site.
On the YouTube Music Charts this week, Ariana Grande’s “thank u, next” reached #1 on the US Top Songs Chart, Linkin Park’s “Numb” crosses 1 billion views, and Queen continues up charts again following the release of their biopic
Here Chris Robley cautions against the dangers of posting content to your YouTube channel which too closely matches something you or another user has uploaded, and the negative consequences YouTube will counter with should you do so.
Spotify and Soundgirls have partnered to launch The EQL Directory , global database of women working behind the scenes in music and audio. Any woman can add their name and those looking to hire a more inclusive creative team can find professionals in their area.
The Business Of Indie: Daptone Resurrected • New Ole CEO, Acquisitions • Sup Pop Singles Club • More
Today Hypebot launches The Business Of Indie, an initial step in our effort to give independent labels, publishers and artists the attention they deserve. Much like Hypebot's More News section, The Business Of Indie will be nestled under the Indie tab at the top of the page and feature a constantly updated compendium of indie news from hundreds of global sources.
As an artist, building an audience is one of the hardest and most important things to do, and it can be difficult to know where to start. Here we look at helpful comprehensive beginner's guide to successfully growing an audience from the ground up.
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) has filed 12 separate copyright infringement actions against U.S. bars and restaurants alleging unauthorized public performance of its members’ copyrighted musical works.