Black Music Execs Are Finally Rising Faster

Black music industry executives are rising faster in 2019, according to Billboard Magazine. “We need to fight for our seat at the table,” one major label senior VP told Billboard’s Gail. Continue reading

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SAG-AFTRA Ratifies Stronger Sound Recording Deal

The members of performers union SAG-AFTRA have voted to approve the tentative deal struck with the major labels for sound recordings back in October.  The new SAG-AFTRA Sound Recordings Code includes sound. Continue reading

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The Music Business Is About More Than Just The Big Three

While Sony, Universal and Warner are the music industry's biggest players, there is a lot more going on with the music business that doesn't involve these three giants, as Professor. Continue reading

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Ups and Downs A Big Push From A Major Record Label

Dave Lopez, lead guitarist from the band Flipsyde joins Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert on the Music Biz Weekly podcast to share the band’s story of being discovered and signed. Continue reading

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Spotify Direct Deals vs Major Label Artists – Who Wins?

Spotify has drawn fire for making direct deals with artists. But while it might offer a higher net royalty rate, are these deals really good for artists overall vs. the. Continue reading

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Sony Predicts Growth Slowdown For Music Industry

The recorded music industry has been on the up and up for the past few years, seeing double digit growth thanks to the magic of streaming. As with so many. Continue reading

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Lessons Learned From Scooter Braun [INTERVIEW]

In this piece renowned talent manager and all around business man Scooter Braun shares his insights on making deals with artists, things he's learned from his time in the industry,. Continue reading

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What Is Indie? Can An Artist Top The Charts Without Help From A Major?

By Kevin Erickson, Communications Associate, and Olivia Brown, Intern, at The Future Of Music Coalition. Let’s look at some stats: Jack White’s Blunderbuss, number one debut on the Billboard 200,. Continue reading

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MusicThinkTank.com Weekly Recap: 5 Kickstarter Killers & More

Where The Music Industry Thinks Out Loud Hoyt Emerson: Major Labels Still Invest in Music (Kinda) Simon Tam: Where You Should be Touring/Performing Levi James: Top 5 5 Kickstarter Killers. Continue reading

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Major Labels Still Invest in Music (Kinda)

(Click on image to enlarge) The IFPI recently released a report that included the typical investment by a major record company in a newly-signed artist. According to the report, major. Continue reading

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