In this article, music-tech writier Cherie Hu delves into the ability of context awareness to reshape creativity as well as create new revenue streams and new business models for the music industry in general.
Music video destination Vevo is in the midst of another makeover and part of it includes a greater commitment to developing new artists. To that end, they've released a Ones To Watch 2017 list that their analytics suggest are set to take off next year.
Something many believed to be an inevitable occurrence, it seems the first of the streaming music price wars has broken out. Precipitated by Amazon's joining of the market, other streaming industry major players like Spotify and Google have dropped their prices in response.
Music powers many videos posted on Facebook as well as driving traffic and engagement in other ways. But many uses of music have gone unlicensed and uncompensated on the platform. There are small signs that may change.
As many trade and lobbying organizations do, the Recording Academy, aka The Grammy folks, sent an open letter to the president-elect sharing their hopes and concerns for the next administration. Their letter, also signed by a number of top songwriters and producers, begins with a congratulations.
Recently Discogs released a new and improved version of its vinyl tracking app to the iOS. Of particular note is the update of the app's artist section, providing users with a greater volume of detailed information relating to the artist.
Although internet radio has in many ways been a large asset to the music industry, allowing artists to launch shows, stations, and further connect via this new platform, however being able to track spins on internet radio has always been notoriously difficult, something which DigitalRadioTracker may make easier.
Music industry veteran Liz Morentin has been appointed EVP of Communications and Media, Warner Bros. Records. She will oversee all communications and media efforts for the company’s roster of artists and corporate initiatives based at the company’s headquarters in Burbank.
[UPDATED] At least 36 party goers and 2 underground dance artists, Cherushii (Chelsea Faith Dolan) and Nackt (Johnny Igaz), signed to the 100% Silk label, are missing after fire engulfed the Ghost Ship, a two-story, 9,900-square-foot artists' space in Oakland, CA.
This week in our music commentary section, a variety of individuals offer their thoughts on the state of the industry, ranging from how we experience music when on the move, to what role music will play in a transhumanist future, to why we shouldn't compare artists to startups.
Here we lend a helping hand to independent and DIY artists, providing tips on how to drive fan traffic on social media, the best way to promote one's band to venues and festivals, define their own personal strategy, and much, much more.
Most recently on MusicThinkTank, we took a look at good timing's ability to stack music coverage in your favor, how you can jumpstart your songwriting routine, the best way to get a band knowledge panel, and more.
In this look back at the past seven days of music industry news, we examined Spotify's potential profitability, how your earbuds could be converted into microphones, looked at ten genres of music you may not have heard of, and much, much more.
Some of the star-studded, heavily read posts on Hypebot this week covered topics ranging from how Instagram and Snapchat can be utilized to reach music fans, to how record labels are transitioning from promoters to storytellers, to a breakdown of Cyber Monday streaming deals.
Although paid streaming subscriptions have continued to grow at a steady rate, the far more rapid decline of paid downloads, along with CD sales suggests that streaming services need to grow their paying subscriber base at an even greater rate.
Pandora is for sale, sources tell CNBC. The primary suitor is reportedly SiriusXM, who Pandora rejected several months ago. The dealmaking is in "the first inning of the process," according to a source. Shares of Pandora rose 11% by early afternoon on Friday.
Record execs are just like the rest of us, right? No really. Not even close. In a “recognition of British music’s significance to the UK," Lucian Grainge, the chairman and CEO of UMG, was recently knighted by Prince William. (Click for the full photo.)
For music, video and intellectual property pirates to thrive, they need a safe haven. Fortunately for musicians, labels and other content creators, no nation wants to take on that role and risk being an outcast from the global economy. That could change if a tiny Caribbean nation follows through on it threat to the WTO.
Any band or artist with a Facebook presence doubtless wants to keep their fanbase engaged and ever-growing, but attempts to do so can often backfire. Here we look at four things artists should avoid doing on Facebook if they hope to maintain fan interest.
Forbes has released its latest list chronicling musical riches. Unsurprisingly, Taylor Swift was #1, but second place went a group that lost a key member and went in hiatus. Here areForbes Highest Paid Artists of 2016:
Google Play Music, which is guestimated to have about 1.5 million paying users, has released its most stream songs of 2016, along with the rest of Google Play's most popular apps, games, music, movies, TV shows and books globally in 2016.
It is that time of year again…. The HOLIDAZE! For artists, there is no better time to work on building engagement within your fan base and it’s a great time to also stimulate sales. Our friends atCyberPR offer7 tactics that you can use to first activate your fan base in order to build engagement or sales – or both.
For unknown, up-and-coming bands, getting worthwhile music blog coverage in an overcrowded industry is a significant challenge. As it turns out, good timing can go a long way towards encouraging indie media outlets to bother taking notice.
In this recent Q&A, electronic pop musician Rod Thomas of Bright Light Bright Light answers a series of queries regarding being an independent musician, successfully building an audience, and how he works at connecting with fans.
Live concert video streams - from D.IY. (StageIt, Facebook Live) to 360 and virtual reality productions - are poised to explode in 2017. Now LiveXLive, KAOS Connect and Screenvision Media are partnering to broadcast music festivals to local movie theaters.
The growing ubiquity of social media has made it challenging for artists to get their web presence to stand out amidst the clamor for users attention, but by following these five guidelines, bands and musicians can actively drive traffic towards their social media.
Music streaming services have traditionally been huge money losers, based on recent financial filings. But Spotify may be closer to profitability than thought, based on comments from a prominent Spotify board member and investor.