retailers have been decimated over the past decade, for
obvious reasons. But the music industry is now
starting to see an encouraging resurgence in music-focused
retailing, thanks largely to vinyl. That includes
massive vinyl sections at mega-retailers like Urban
Outfitters and Barnes & Noble, not to mention boutique
stores like the just-opened, vinyl-only Stax of Wax.
and parcel of getting your music out there into the world is
ensuring that you can be found in all the right stores. I
say “right” because, not everybody will want full
coverage in every store, and appropriateness of certain
services or platforms will be down to your judgement but
generally most artists will likely want to get their music
onto many of the key online stores and streaming platforms
like iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, Shazam and so on.
September, US District Court judge George H. King ruled
that ‘Happy Birthday to You’ belonged in the public
domain. The landmark decision meant that anyone could
freely use (or modify) one of the biggest songs in the
a multitude of reasons, males dominate country radio. In
Nashville, it's a tired topic and one that people are wary
to talk about. But following the release of the year-end
charts, it's worth against asking -- again: Why aren't women
getting hits at country radio? Some people, both inside and
outside the radio business, believe labels release more
music by males because women prefer to hear male artists on
your label is so transparent, why can’t you see any of the
numbers? Here are 9 questions to demand from your
label (major or otherwise) regarding your Spotify and
streaming payouts.If you can’t get straight answers,
you’re probably getting ripped off.
law, an author or creator owns a copyright in his or her
work the moment it is “fixed in a tangible medium”
(i.e., the moment the expression of an idea is written down
or recorded in some manner). When it comes to the recorded
music business there are two primary copyrights of interest:
one in the musical composition or song; another in the sound
recording of that song. A copyright extends for the life of
an author plus 70 years, and in the case of collaborators on
a copyright it extends for the life of the last surviving
collaborator plus 70 years.
music video plays have been getting gamed for years, with
major labels one of the biggest buyers. Facebook and
Twitter followers have been notoriously for sale for even
longer. But when it comes
to inflated play counts in music, almost everything is now
in play, including Spotify. In fact, Spotify seems to
be an increasingly important menu item alongside the usual
social media culprits. All
of which means — once again — that if a band looks huge
online, it could be paid for.
overall album sales decline across the music industry as a
whole, vinyl sales have been skyrocketing. In 2015, sales of
vinyl records in the United States grew by 30 percent,
bringing the total number of records sold to just about 12
million – up from 9.19 million in 2014. Something, unfortunately no streaming service has
understood. Music is so much more than just a sonic
Musicians generally look for the answers to all the wrong
questions. What questions am I talking about? The ones that
all amateurs or people who have never been in music ask.
These questions are based on ignorance, guesswork, fears and
self-destructive thoughts centered around how some people
think the music industry works. By seeking the answers to
these questions, you can only reduce the likeliness that you
will ever have a chance at growing a successful music
performance rights for sound recordings SoundExchange has
announced total year-end royalty payments reaching $802.6
million (up 4% from $773.4 million in 2014). Overall,
SoundExchange - whose sister company in the UK is PPL - has
paid $3 billion cumulatively in digital royalties to
recording artists and labels since 2003.
After nearly 16 years of supporting and legitimizing Texas Music, The Texas Music Chart
published its final chart on Monday, February 1st. The first Texas Music Chart appeared November 20, 2000. Shane Media created the Chart because research done for our radio consulting firm showed growing interest in Texas and Red Dirt music throughout the region. Our visionary founder Ed Shane knew it was time to give form and focus to the scene and help the musicians spread the word.
SoundCloud to the list of streaming music services using
Internet radio in its offerings. The Berlin, Germany-based
audio distribution platform has added a “Stations”
feature to its website and mobile apps, enabling users to
launch a custom stream based on a track, search terms or
you love music then there’s something majestic
about the passionate and perhaps impossible search
that writer and showrunner Terence Winter goes on in
the new HBO series Vinyl, trying to find the
euphoric electrical chord that runs through great
rock 'n' roll — from the searing guitar to the
pounding drum and the propulsive bass — and ends
up in your head. The series posits, rightly, that
great producers know it when they hear it, but that
over time even the best can lose the instinct and be
fooled by the sound of something that may imitate
greatness but not quite get there.
John Kellogg is
a practicing entertainment lawyer and assistant chair of
Management at Berklee College of Music in Boston. I met
him when I spoke at Berklee and my firm was delighted to
represent him for the release of his book Take Care of
Your Music Business, Second Edition.
you put together a release of either your own music or
somebody else’s, these days it’s common to go further
than just including the tracks themselves and artwork. Some
stores, like iTunes or Bandcamp allow you to include other
things in your release, aside from the music.This could be
some samples, shorter edits, an acapella, or it could be
something like a video, a PDF of exclusive information or an
has announced that it is introducing video content on its
Android app this week, followed by the iOS app by the
end of next week in the U.S., the U.K, Germany and
Sweden. The new video content will be available to all
As stated in issue 135 of the Federal Register, the Copyright Royalty judges have received notices of intent to audit the 2012, 2013 and 2014 statements of account submitted by Beasley Broadcast Group Inc., Greater Media Inc., Saga Communications Inc., and Univision Communications Inc. Additionally, the CRJ has received the 2013 and 2014 statements of account submitted by Townsquare Media Broadcasting concerning royalty payments.
I just made an update not long ago that they moved him from
ICU and into a regular room. I had NO IDEA he was that sick
and just about an hour ago it was reported from CEO of Heart
Of Texas Records that Country Legend Curtis Potter has died
in a Texas hospital of complications from pneumonia at
Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene Texas tonight.
ad-free ‘Prime Stations’ online radio play will draw
from Prime’s small, but tightly-targeted range of 1.4
million available tracks and offer hundreds of stations
based around genres (examples include ‘90s Indie,
Instrumental Jazz and Modern Country) and key artists, from
Ariana Grande to The Beatles and Fleetwood Mac to Nicki
Minaj. Listeners rate tracks with a ‘thumbs up’ or
‘thumbs down’, helping to fine tune the algorithm that
generates the playlists.
In my almost 40-year career in broadcast technology sales, we’ve gone from NAB carts and pressure rollers to high-definition audio streaming. It has been an amazing journey through technology. Over the last 10 years I’ve had the privilege to work with one of the true gurus of audio streaming, Greg Ogonowski, first with Orban and now as part of his own company, Modulation Index, including the StreamS Hi Fi Audio brand.
shift from ownership to digital streaming as the
standard listening experience for music consumers
kicked into high gear in 2015, with worldwide
revenue for the top 10 music-streaming apps more
than doubling its 2014 totals.
that little red flashing light that goes on when
you’re in the studio and the producer hits record.
You’ve practiced your whole life for this moment,
you’ve got this, you shred your instrument, but
then, all of a sudden, when the red light goes on,
you’ve suddenly forgotten what a drumstick is. It
happens to us all at some point.
Frey, the Lone Arranger, Spark Plug, Man with the Plan: An
Appreciation of the Eagles Leader
who died on Monday at the age of 67, was special to music,
too. Yes, there were times he could be brusque, hard-nosed,
cantankerous, perhaps arrogant, even. It's hard to forget
the famous Eagles story about Frey being ready to rumble
with guitarist Don Felder at the end of a benefit for
California Senator Alan Cranston in July of 1980. But Eagles
co-founder Don Henley aptly caught the many sides of Frey's
personality in his statement following Songwriters Hall of
Fame partner's death; "He was funny, bullheaded,
mercurial, generous, deeply talented and driven."
will end its free, ad-supported iTunes Radio service on Jan.
29, the company said in an email to customers. The product,
which includes curated and customized stations, will become
part of Apple Music’s $9.99-a-month subscription service,
marking the tech giant’s exit from the ad-supported online
dominance of U.S. radio continued unabated in 2015,
registering a fourth-consecutive year of growth in the
number of stations airing the evergreen format. There were
2,125 country stations in December 2015, a 2% increase over
2014, according to Inside Radio’s PrecisionTrak database.
costs money of course, but it’s specifically how bands
make money on the road. This is especially true in today’s
internet age, but I’ve also learned that the more merch
you have at your table, the more you’ll sell, as you
appeal to different tastes. I’m not saying your DIY,
independent band has to have six plus tee-shirt designs.
I’m saying don’t be afraid to step outside of the box.
Here’s some merch ideas I’ve seen artists - some
platinum-selling, some who can’t sell more than 100 copies
of their records - do before that struck me as particularly
update on Facebook’s event invite policy states that
users can only invite up to 500 people each, but if “a
large number of invites” aren’t responded to on a
regular basis, you’ll be limited to even fewer for “a
short period of time.” People who organize a lot of shows
– ahem, me – may find themselves with a cap as low as
50, a frustrating hindrance on the ability to promote an
event without paying for it.
if often the case, when a big industry story hits—in this
case, the Copyright Royalty Board’s new streaming royalty
rates—the big companies hog the headlines. In fact, the
troubling issues are magnified for small webcasters who must
get that much more creative in fighting for their niche.
Here are updated numbers to consider in the conversation over use of the spectrum.
Ten years ago, those categories totaled 13,573; so by our reckoning, that’s an increase in the gross number of U.S. FM signals over a decade of 38% -- or more than 5,000 more signals than occupied the band in 2005.
streaming business model will change across the board. The
new models will have fairground for artists and labels
alike. Due to royalty rates and a rebellion of artists,
streaming services will be forced to put limitations on
MTV does not play music videos anymore, the format has
become more important than ever in breaking new artists.
But before making your own video, though, it’s important
to know the legal ins-and-outs of producing them. This is
the eighth installment of my 11-part series on basic music
industry agreements, focusing on the business of producing
music videos. This article contains a form agreement
that can be used to hire a video producer, as well as
releases for people and locations appearing in videos.