As the music industry continues to shift and change, appearance and the visual component of music are becoming increasingly important, and having a graphic designer to rely on is essential for ensuring that you make a good visual impression.
YouTube appears to have fallen victim to hackers today, as a number of high-profile music videos have been defaced. The most-viewed YouTube video of all time, Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito,” disappeared from YouTube today after being defaced by hackers. The video’s image was altered and replaced with a masked gang holding guns (from Netflix show Casa de Papel), and the description was changed by hackers calling themselves Prosox and Kuroi’sh.
The big copyright dispute between the American record industry and internet service provider Grande Communications will proceed as planned after a judge refused to dismiss the case. Though neither side are that happy with the new ruling.
2018 will be another record-breaking year for live music. But growth isn’t always good news. Music fans have raised their expectations for which artists they’ll shell out money to see, how they’re willing to buy tickets, and what you should be doing to make sure ticket bots don’t buy out a show before real fans have a chance.
Business cards, we’ve all had them. Some of us swear by them, others say “neh” and do away with them. Whatever type you are, I’m sure someone’s handed you one at some point. I seriously doubt you thought, “heh, look this guy, what a dinosaur, still uses business cards.” In this article we’re going to take a look at a few things you can do with business cards to stand out amongst the sea of musicians out there, and why business cards for musicians still can be used today.
For unsigned bands, promoting your music can be an even greater challenge than for those with a label attached to their name. Here we break down ten principles for success which unsigned bands and artists can use as a guide to marketing their music.
While ability and good intuition are certainly assets when it comes to finding success in the music industry, a proper mind set and commitment to putting in the necessary blood, sweat, and tears is also needed when it comes to coming out on top in today DIY-driven music business.
Following the emergence of CD bootlegs and illegal downloads, the traditional business for music labels and publishers collapsed in the early years of this century. The compact disc had served its time and music downloads weren’t big enough yet to compensate for the losses. The music industry was short on solutions and struggled to develop effective distribution channels in the digital age.
With Spotify now becoming one of the best ways to showcase new music, artists are eager for ways to get their music on the platform and quickly see results. Here we look at five different avenues for getting your music into the ears of potential fans via Spotify.
Spotify’s opening act on Wall Street struck a chord with investors betting the unprofitable company’s trend-setting music streaming service will maintain its early lead over Apple and other powerful challengers.
It was long an open secret that the three major labels — Sony, Universal and Warner Music — owned stakes in Spotify that were rumored to be as large as 18% but have since been revealed to be 5.7% for Sony, and an estimated 4% for the other two. (SEC rules require disclosure of shareholders with 5% or more.) This was a very savvy strategy on the part of Spotify: Making the labels not only partners, but party to their success or failure.
Stuart Dredge explores how the new hardware category of the smart speakers is transforming the music landscape and what the technology's rise could mean for the future of music and the music industry.
Let’s be clear–one reason why there are problems with mechanical licensing in the US is the loophole created by the government consent decrees that block ASCAP and BMI from issuing a “unilicense” for both performances and streaming mechanicals. I have argued for years that PROs should be allowed to administer existing statutory mechanical licenses for services that they already license on the performance side of the song. Personally, I think it is the main reason for creating the situation (such as the mass address unknown NOIs) that gets abused by the services like other loopholes.
Amazon Music Unlimited subscriptions have more than doubled in the past six months, thanks to dramatic growth in Amazon Prime customers and because of the popularity of voice-activated speakers. That’s according to data provided exclusively to Billboard by the company. Amazon, the third-largest streaming service behind Spotify and Apple Music, did not clarify the exact number of paid customers it has.
Maintaining popularity in the music industry is no easy task, with a song or artist that's at one moment topping the charts suddenly becoming passé the next day. Here we look at how artists can achieve longevity in the turbulent music business.
An Apple executive has officially announced that all iTunes MP3 music downloads will be terminated by early 2019, about a year from today, in an attempt to shift users toward Apple Music's online streaming - though you'll always be able to access the MP3s you've previously downloaded and paid for.
A new report, “Everybody’s Talkin’ – Smart Speakers And Their Impact On Music Consumption,” looks at the role these new devices play in music consumption, streaming and subscription service growth and in establishing a new e-commerce platform for physical sales of music product.
SoundMachine has partnered with Napster to create a new premium music subscription for retailers and businesses of all sizes. Business Premium powered by Napster blends SoundMachine’s scheduling and management features with Napster’s music programming tech and catalog.
Spotify shared that 2 million users accessed illegal apps to avoid listening to ads since the first of the year. While the music streamer is busy kicking them off the platform, the path these users took to access Spotify illegally runs straight through Google and YouTube.
A week before its Wall Street debut, Spotify is painting a fairly rosy financial picture for the remainder of 2018, complete with double-digit increases in revenue and paid subscribers to go along with smaller losses.
The deadline for the Department of Justice to file an appeal to an appeals court decision that could impact how much radio pays in music royalties came and went last week. The DOJ’s move lets stand a December decision that said performance rights organizations, such as ASCAP and BMI, can engage in the practice of what’s known as fractional licensing.
Odd as it may seem, people apparently still don’t understand how streaming music works. Spotify has been a thing for years and there’s a fair number of competitors these days, as well. Despite the vast trove of experience available to anyone with a stake in the music biz (or an internet connection), everyone seems dead set on getting it wrong. Again. Good Read!
Back in the days when radio was king, labels would attempt to game the system by bribing radio stations to play their tracks, a practice known as payola which was then outlawed. The concept seems to be making a resurgence however, but this time with highly influential Spotify playlists instead of radio.
The U.S. recorded music business grew for the second consecutive year in 2017, driven largely by a 56% increase to 35 million paid music subscriptions, according to the RIAA's 2017 year-end music industry revenue report. Overall, recorded music saw a 16.5% increase in retail revenue to $8.7 billion, of which $5.7 billion came from streaming.
The process of putting together a release can be intense and exciting, and once your material is finally ready for release, you naturally want to build up as much hype as possible before the drop. Here we look at five key ways to get fans salivating for your new material.
A crackdown by Congress on tax loopholes may have a far-reaching impact for the entertainment industry as corporate America is forced to take a hard look at how much they spend at live entertainment venues around the country.
Facebook’s total market has fallen more than $50 billion since Friday, the stock’s biggest two-day decline ever. Facebook’s stock fell 10% on Monday and Tuesday and was down another 2% in Wednesday morning trading. In addition to its stock market problems, #DeleteFacebook has been trending on Twitter.
Heavy music users on YouTube are about to be deluged with ads in an effort to encourage them to switch to Google's new paid music streaming service, according to YouTube Global Head Of Music Lyor Cohen.
While much is said about how to capitalize on social media and manipulate the algorithms in order to get your message through to fans, the reality is that social media may not, in fact, be the best use of musician's time, energy, and money when it comes to marketing their music.
While the front page of Pitchfork or the AP may be where most artists would like to see themselves, the reality is that these major blogs are likely out of reach. Small blogs, however, can do wonders when it comes to giving your a career-boosting bump.
An ad "following" you is familiar to any consumer who's used the internet in the past five years and, while irritating on the one hand, this form of marketing can be a fantastic way for artists to sell more concert tickets by constantly reminding shopping of a show they might be interested in.
With all the data and analytics available for measuring your music's impact and success, it can be tempting as an artist to play the comparison game and assessing how your play count compares with that of your rivals. Such behavior only brings disaster, however.
We will now examine the music publisher and its exclusive publishing agreement with a songwriter. In addition to the standard exclusive publishing agreement explored below, there are other types of related agreements a songwriter could potentially sign with a music publisher, including a co-publishing, sub-publishing, or administration arrangement; however, these will not be explored in this article.
YouTube is making it easier for you to broadcast a livestream right from your desktop with a handy new update to its site. Instead of fiddling with an encoder app, you’ll only need Chrome and a webcam. Simply visit youtube.com/webcam, or click on the “Go live” button in the site’s header, and you’ll be able to fire up your stream in seconds
Doug Collins, a conservative Republican from rural Georgia in the U.S. House of Representatives, likes pretty much the type of music you’d expect from someone in his rank and station. His desert island albums are by Meat Loaf and the Eagles. He’s amped about having caught a couple of AC/DC live shows: “Any band that puts cannons onstage, that’s worth seeing.” He also happens to be a leading architect of what would be the biggest change to music royalties in the last 20 years.
SoundExchange says a “leveling off” in the growth of digital radio listening as well direct deals signed between music rights holders and Pandora that cut the digital collections agent out of the equation are responsible for a 26% decline in payments last year. Even so, SoundExchange says its sound recording gross distributions totaled $652 million last year.
In the digital digital age, email marketing has lasted as an essential means of reaching fans with click of a button. For such marketing to be successful however, you must first build a solid list of emails.
BASCA has called on the global music publishing sector to ensure that any financial benefits enjoyed by the publishers as a result of Spotify’s flotation or the newly signed Facebook deals are shared with the songwriters whose works they control or represent.
In a move that many see as long overdue, Spotify has effectively shut down pay-for-playlist slot site SpotLister. But more than a dozen similar pay for play services continue to operate.
ncluded in the mountains of documents filed in preparation for last night's iHeartMedia bankruptcy were lists of unpaid bills. Alongside $20 billion in debts to bondholders were performing rights organizations, record labels, a music streamer, and others that return revenue to musicians.
Stocks fell around the world as technology shares dropped, led lower by a report of a data breach that sent Facebook sliding the most it has in 2 1/2 years. Facebook's loss of as much as 8.1% spurred a decline of 1.8% in the tech-heavy Nasdaq 100 index, while the benchmark S&P 500 slid 1.4% and the Dow Jones industrial average also decreased 1.4%, or more than 300 points.
As expected, SoundExchange's gross distributions in the U.S. fell more than $225 million, or 26.2 percent, to $652 million from last year’s total of $884 million, due to Pandora switching from a compulsory license to direct deal with record labels. In making that switch, Pandora began paying its label partners directly while still paying artist royalties to SoundExchange, to make distributions to them. In its announcement, the agency noted that over 50 major and independent labels choose SoundExchange to administer the artist royalties.
It's tax season once again, and for those fortunate enough to be working as self employed musicians, this means an opportunity to claim a number of deductions and expenses when filing your tax return.
iHeartMedia and some of its subsidiaries filed for Chapter 11 protection last night after reaching a pre-packaged agreement with its principle creditors that will apparently see the company cut its debt in half to $10 billion after a debt-to-equity swap with some debt holders; and the spinoff of Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, which is not a part of the Chapter 11 proceedings.iHeartMedia and some of its subsidiaries filed for Chapter 11 protection last night after reaching a pre-packaged agreement with its principle creditors that will apparently see the company cut its debt in half to $10 billion after a debt-to-equity swap with some debt holders; and the spinoff of Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, which is not a part of the Chapter 11 proceedings.
While creating an album has for many bands and artists been a cornerstone of artistic accomplishment over the years, our shift to a predominantly playlist based culture means that we're shifting away from the album format and living in a world of singles - just not everyone's accepted it yet.
Subscription metrics platform ProfitWell collected date from 7000 users and found that the music streamer is leaving some serious money on the table. For example, consumers are willing to pay $19 per month for a family plan that includes five users, according to the analysts, which is $4 or 26.6% more than their current price.
Here we explore how to apply a re-thought definition of entrepreneurship and put it into practice, as well as how it can help artists and art leaders prepare for the future of the changing music industry.
Every site and social network online is collecting our data, and while that might seem sinister at first glance, in most cases there’s a good reason – to more precisely send us either content or advertising that’s most personally relevant to us. Why get hit with 99 things that we don’t care about just to get to that one thing that we do? That’s why artists and bands should take great care in obtaining and maintaining their fan data.
Spotify will make its stock available to the public just 3 weeks from now during the week of April 2nd, according to multiple sources. The music streamer has an investors day scheduled for this Thursday March 15th to continue its pitch to investors prior to its rare and risky direct stock offering.
It’s no secret that digitization is proliferating into almost every corner of our lives. We can order our groceries delivered, communicate in an instant with someone halfway around the world, and yes — share a song with our Facebook friends and other social media followers whenever we want, introducing an entire audience to music they might never have experienced.
Songwriters have a special place in our culture. If you’re a songwriter, you’re not simply playing music, you’re imbuing our lives with a soundtrack that is evocative, thought provoking, and deeply meaningful. Most bands have a songwriter, or several, and most songwriters have been in a band before. But being a songwriter can be a more feasible career choice in the long run. Here’s a look at some of the different types of job opportunities that are available to songwriters.
So far, Spotify's relationship with the recording business has resembled many marriages, says MIDiA Research managing director Mark Mulligan: A passionate honeymoon, followed by a series of arguments over which partner is in charge, and then a realization that both depend on each other.
Recently, Spotify dropped a new self-serve platform allowing users to upload their own audio which Spotify then mixes and serves to its users. Here we look at how the streaming platform's ad studio works, and why you should consider using it.
As part of its 20th Anniversary celebration, CD Baby shared stats showing substantial growth. In 2017, CD Baby paid their indie clients $80 million, up 33% from the previous year. The bulk of the income for CD Baby distributed artists came from three sources last year: Spotify (35%), iTunes (24%) and Apple Music (13%) followed by Pandora (8%), Amazon (7%) and Google Music (4%).
Hundreds of millions of listeners have made the leap to streaming, abandoning CDs and downloads for free and monthly subscription services like Pandora, Spotify, SoundCloud, Apple Music and Amazon Prime Music. Consumers love them, gladly swapping ownership for access to a massive, on-demand universe of songs. But the business has been treacherous, at least when it comes to turning a profit. The latest reminder: Spotify's filing for U.S. shares, which detailed how big payouts to music labels have made it tough to turn its 71 million subscribers into a profitable concern.
Does your bio need an update? It’s quite possible, and not only because you’ve released work or reached other milestones since it was written. Independent DIY bands typically organize and craft all their own press materials—so few have the good fortune of label or PR expertise, and not everyone can afford to hire someone skilled to help.
After months of silence, Universal Music Group has joined Sony and Warners in pledging to share proceeds from the upcoming public sale of Spotify stock with the artists signed to its labels. But the announcement came without details as to how much of the profit will be shared or how payments to artists will be calculated.
Thirty-five years after the format was introduced as one of the greatest audio advancements since the birth of recorded music — and unwittingly unleashed digitized music into the wild — the once indestructible compact disc received another existential wound in early 2018 after a report that two big box retailers were reassessing their approaches to physical CD sales.
With the increased digitization of the world creeping into almost every corner of our daily lives, the music industry is no exception, and our increased connection on social media and online generally is changing the music industry game for all players.
Spotify has already won over the music industry, and listeners worldwide, with an online streaming service that makes millions of songs instantly available. Now, it is ready to test its business model on Wall Street. Instead of a traditional initial public offering, Spotify will, as expected, pursue a direct listing of its shares, an unusual process in which no new stock is issued — and therefore no money is raised. However, existing investors and insiders can trade their shares on the open market.
Averting an event of default on a group of its loans, iHeartMedia on Sunday signed a forbearance agreement with a group of its lenders, giving the company a few more days to hammer out a comprehensive deal to restructure its $20 billion of debt. The Bloomberg report also states that despite a year of negotiations on a restructuring plan, a formal decision has yet to be made surrounding a formal support agreement.
Unclaimed mechanical royalties should be maintained on deposit for as long as it takes to be distributed to their rightful copyright owners.At the end of last year, the Music Modernization Act (MMA) was introduced on Capitol Hill. Among other things, the MMA protects digital music services from copyright infringement suits by establishing a blanket licensing system whereby digital music services can obtain a blanket license to play all U.S. copyrighted songs, from a statutorily created entity to be called the Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC).
Tulsa native Brandon Jenkins, one of the standout singer-songwriters on the red dirt music scene, died Friday March 2, after complications from a heart operation. He was 48.
Here Chris Castle explores some of more concerning aspects of the proposed Music Modernization Act, as well as the peculiarities of the non-profit collective it is supposed to established and the collectives Congressionally mandated board composition.
To most local musicians, focusing on the business side of their career is seen as a necessary evil if they want to do more than just play tunes in their garage. Clients need entertainers for their event, artists offer their talent to potential purchasers, and booking agents or managers serve as the medium between the two parties. Now a new platform,Professional Entertainment’s www.GigRoster.com, seeks to narrow the gap between performer and purchaser.
The price of vinyl is continuing to soar, with many new records costing upwards of $40. Used vinyl prices are also hitting unbelievable highs. Here we look at some of the most expensive releases sold in 2017.
U.S. Rep. Robert Goodlatte (R, VA ), powerful chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, is set to unveil umbrella copyright reform legislation that combines three major bipartisan bills currently before both houses of Congress.
Whether it's Spotify plays or social media traffic, being able to look at a tangible metric and see that listeners are consuming and enjoying your music is exciting for any band or artist, unfortunately this feedback doesn't always translate to success. Here we look at why.
While having and keeping up with a band or artist website may seem easy enough, many music industry entrepreneurs struggle to do so. Having a solid website has become a must for artists however, and is essential for keeping your fans engaged and up-to-date.
This is based on research and is very interesting. Check it out!
As we suggested last time the ‘Spotify making hardware’ speculation bubbled up, it would be surprising if the company *wasn’t* mulling physical products, given its current reliance on devices from Apple, Google and Amazon as its route to market. So, the latest evidence of Spotify’s ambitions – again, from a recruitment ad on its website – shouldn’t come as a shock.
Facebook is set to officially foray into the global smart speaker market in mid-2018 by launching two new models, codenamed Aloha and Fiona - both with 15-inch touchscreens - in July at the latest, with the devices positioned as a way to allow family and friends to stay in touch with video chat and various social features, according to industry sources.
The deadline for unaffiliated independent musicians and rightsholders to get paid for use of their music on Facebook by registering with the Harry Fox Agency's Rumblefish division is just 3 weeks away.
fter multiple reports that Gibson was teetering on the edge of bankruptcy, the iconic guitar and musical instrument manufacturer has issued a statement designed to calm the nerves of the legions that rely on its products.
Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, will release Last Man Standing, Willie Nelson‘s new studio album (and 11th for the label), on Friday, April 27. Arriving just in time for Willie’s 85th birthday (April 29), Last Man Standing will be available on CD, 12″ vinyl LP and digital formats.
While some artists may consider purchasing likes and follows as a quick route to success, the reality is that these fake social purchases are easily identified by any industry professional looking into your band.
VNUE has signed an agreement to acquire Soundstr, a music tech startup that helps businesses pay music license fees based on actual music usage, both companies announced this morning. Soundstr was founded by Eron Bucciarelli-Tieger, who was the co-founder and drummer of the platinum-selling rock band Hawthorne Heights.
For artists who had worked tirelessly to cultivate a following on Facebook, the blowing up the popular social network's algorithm has industry marketers spooked. Here we look at how musicians can continue to maintain a successful Facebook strategy.
Both Spotify and Apple Music are expanding subscriptions discounts, as the battle for new subscribers between two of the dominate players in music streaming heats up.
As efforts to secure federal copyright protection for music recorded prior to Feb. 17, 1972 continue to gain momentum, a coalition of 213 musical artists, supported by eight leading music organizations, is now calling on Congress to pass proposed copyright legislation that would see significant streaming royalty increases for radio stations that play older recordings
The Songwriters Guild of America, the largest and longest-established music creator advocacy organization in the United States, today announced it has negotiated changes to the pending Music Modernization Act (HR 4706) that will enable it to support passage of the legislation. Among the agreed-upon amendments to the bill are:
Janette Berrios, Director of Marketing from Symphonic Distribution talks with Music Business Weekly podcast co-host Jay Gilbert, about indie distribution and artist services like playlist pitching, sync licensing, YouTube and educating indie artists.
While bands or artists may be inclined to jump ahead to hiring a PR company in hopes of having their career made, they are often disappointed by the results. Here we look at ten essential questions to ask yourself before making the decision to have a PR agency take you on.