Google is kicking the tires on Spotify. But
they’re outright ‘laughing’ at a price tag of $10
billion, which is what both investors and major
labels are hoping to draw. “[Google might] buy it
for a few billion, max.,” a source close to the on-again,
off-again discussions told Digital Music News this morning.
Your Online Community
Your station has a website. Your morning show has a Facebook page.
Your company even has its own web design team and a separate "digital media" department.
Woooo hooooo! Does your station do anything, anything at all, to encourage a real community online?Is there a way for your listeners to engage with each other on your site?
has actually been around for a year, but has just released a
complete redesign on iOS and Android. What sets this app
apart is the ability to automatically aggregate everything
you listen to, like Last.fm does. It can track music
played from the device’s library, as well as music
streamed in apps like YouTube, Spotify, SoundCloud, Pandora,
Rdio, 8tracks, and Deezer.
last year, Google Play Music All Access executive Tim
Quirk declared that devaluing music was absolutely impossible.
“I meant what I said very literally,” Quirk told
an audience at the Future of Music Summit. Now, nine months
later and out of Google, Quirk is launching Freeform
Development, a startup that will help artists earn
more money first by gaining exposure, then by pushing fans
to unlock content (ie, ‘gamification’).
have been asking Facebook why they have to pay to reach
their existing fan base. Now, Facebook is giving artists a
new set of tools to interact with their fans, if you’re
famous enough to have a verified page.
that you no longer feel like you’re sitting and waiting
for something to happen. You’ve invested time, energy, and
probably a good amount of cash into your music but you
can’t help but feel like you need to do something to get
noticed. Why aren’t more of the right people finding you?
Why does every time you sit down to do some work end with
clicking away mindlessly on the next BuzzFeed list?
reviewing websites for musicians, we generally break down
the reviews into 3 categories:Design,
For each category, there are
certain key things that we look out for. We’ve decided to
share our checklist so bands can assess their own websites!
So here’s our 16-point band
website assessment checklist to measure how your website is
is going fully legit, with the company rumored to be selling
the three major labels a 9-15% total stake, according to
sources cited by Bloomberg. The deal has yet to be announced
due to certain parties being closer than others in signing,
Bloomberg's sources say. The deal would make it possible for
the audio streaming company to continue letting its users
stream music from the majors under licensing deals that
would form a part of the overall deal.
email your heart out to target industry people and you are
probably used to not getting many responses. This is
the life of a hustling artist. Don’t hate it – embrace
it. I always tell my bands – if you feel like you’re
doing it wrong, you’re not! You’re doingsomething proactive;
therefore you’re doing it right.
matters. Numbers matter. Facebook Likes are a quick,
one glance indicator of status. It’s not the be all and
certainly doesn’t translate directly to downloads, streams
or ticket sales, but it’s the first stat anyone will seek
the acknowledgement that Garth Brooks is about to announce
a major tour and that he has signed a record deal with
Sony Music Nashville to release his new album, the
big news from the country superstar's press conference for
music retail and consumers is that his album will be
coming out sometime in November, close to Black Friday --
and that his music will finally be available digital.
million LPs have been sold this year in the US alone,
according to stats shared this morning by Nielsen Soundscan.
That’s a 40.4 percent increase over
the same period last year, when sales reached 2.9 million
units. In 2013, LP sales grew 30.4 percent
releasing my first digital album back in 2002,
technology has played a crucial role in the
distribution of the music I create. At that time, CDs
were still the way folks listened to music but sales
were definitely well in decline. Napster had scared
the crap out of the music industry and was shut down for
good. Mp3s were all the rage and there were
these things called iPods that were changing the way
people consumed their favorite songs and albums.
has softened its posture in negotiations on a new streaming
music service with indie label trade bodies following an
uproar in the past weeks over several provisions in the
proposed contract, according to a report from the Financial
digital streaming revenue growth continues to offset the
decline in digital album and track sales, the music industry
still has the same problem it has wrestled with for over a
decade: physical music's decline is outpacing digital's
the late 19th century, a schoolteacher named Patty
Smith Hill and her sister Mildred Hill
composed the first version of a tune that would become
internationally famous. In fact, "Happy Birthday"
has been cited by the Guinness Book of World Records
as the most recognized song in the English language.
is one of the most prominent Spotify apps, and is also now
available through Deezer. Soundrop provides artists
with a unique way to engage with their fans and allows
listeners to collaborate on playlists.
was the last time you read a show preview or album review of
a band that discussed the actual music: the song structure,
guitar tones, harmonic and melodic choices, drum tones, the
pocket, innovative syncopation, varied time signatures,
sonic flourishes, unusual studio techniques that they HEARD
in the recording and not told by the press release?
announcement Tuesday that it reached a deal to
acquire Songza marks the third entrant in the
Internet radio business by a leading technology
company in the last nine months, following Apple's
iTunes Radio and Amazon's new Prime Music. Why the
Internet radio land rush?
Says That 95% of Labels Are Now on Board
everyone is on board with the new
YouTube Music, according to YouTube, and what’s
worse, only a few organizations that don’t
represent all indies are making the most noise.
Here what a YouTube spokesperson told
Death & Taxes this morning.
audio consumption is passive listening done by
people who value convenience, according to a new
Nielsen study. Called the Audio Demand Landscape,
the study breaks American consumers into six
segments according to listening habits and favored
the annual VidCon confabulation in Anaheim, California
yesterday, YouTube's Susan Wojcicki unveiled a number of
additions and features that the site will be adding over the
coming months, including links to creators' crowdfunding
projects, its own donation option, and a repository of music
the site has licensed and will make available to creators
new music industry is really about finding your own path -
one that is unique to your music and career. That’s
exactly what Jack Conte and Nataly Dawn did with Pomplamoose
and it is the foundation on which Jack’s new endeavour,
Patreon, is built. Pomplamoose and Patreon may not be names
you see plastered all over billboards and flashy
advertisements, but Jack and Nataly have made a sustainable
career for themselves, and that is something all musicians
should strive for.