We lost quite a few music legends in January and out latest Merchbar Hot Merch Chart reflects fan admiration for our fallen rock stars. In addition to the merch fans are buying in memoriam, there are a few new surprises and some notable standouts as new albums and tours have been announced.
As creating and promoting music has become easier and easier to do, garnering the attention of a label's A&R department has become that much harder. Here two A&R reps outline some techniques artists can utilize in their attempts to stand out from the mob.
Artists, like it or not, are frequently judged by their streaming and social media numbers. That said, it has become difficult for artists to break through the digital clutter and be noticed by potential fans. This how-to guide provides tips on finding your audience, monetizing your online presence, make the most out of streaming services.
In this interview, George Howard spoke with PRS for Music CEO Robert Ashcroft about the challenges and opportunities of integrating technology with both recording and public performance so as to ensure artists are appropriately compensated for the use of their music.
Finalists for the 2016 iHeartRadio Music Awards were announced this morning. “Our Awards are not chosen by a mysterious panel of judges,” said John Sykes, President of iHeart. “They are a reflection of the artists and songs our listeners supported all year long."
This is the year that SoundCloud has promised to launch a paid music service and start paying more to the artists that create the music that draw millions of listeners to the service. But first it has to survive growing multi-million dollar losses.
"EDM Happy Birthday", "Soulful Happy Birthday", "Country Happy Birthday," and of course, we need each version sung in multiple languages. You can almost hear the hard drives in home studios everywhere revving up as "Happy Birthday" enters the public domain.
In a recent opinion piece, Austin artist Tish Hinojosa highlights the dark truth of how little musicians can expect to make for performing live, and the "beggars shouldn't be choosers" mentality which contributes to the unwillingness of many venues to properly compensate artists.
As we reported on Friday, thanks to a new plug-in from Torrents-Time, Pirate Bay has just become the world'sbiggest free video streaming site, and others like KickAssTorrent have pledged to follow suit. We speculated that free music streaming was right around the corner; and now, Torrent-Time has confirmed a pending music rollout.
Rather than demanding a takedown when you catch someone using your music without permission on their YouTube video, there are instead services which allow you to cash in on the ad revenue, although said cash may be minimal...
For artists, keeping up with digital marketing trends is important when it comes to getting the attention of fans both old and new. Here we look at how GIFs and Cinegraphs can be made and integratedinto email and other forms of social media.
Merlin, the global digital rights agency for independent labels has announced that it is reducing the administration fee for deals with members by 20% from 2.5% of revenues to 2%. This marks the 5th time in 4 years that Merlin has reduced admin fees. They are now almost a quarter of what they were in 2012.
Co-writing songs with friends and fellow artists can be a fun and productive experience, but also brings with it a host of legal complications. Here we examine how both the revenue and copyright of a collaboratively written song can be fairly divided in such a way that your songwriting partner remains your friend.
As the biggest bull in the barn, Live Nation and its Ticketmaster subsidiary are easy targets; and too often they've painted the bulls eye on their own forehead. But Live Nation's behavior does not violate anti-trust regulations, according to a Circuit Court of Appeals.
This week, we hear why the so-called death of Bitcoin is bad for artists, how robots may or may not be able to replace flesh and blood musicians, and why it is that indie musicians may have more opportunities than ever moving forward.
Some of Hypebot's more popular reads this week included articles on Apple's shutdown of its free iTunes radio, who's getting wrecked by the SFXE bankruptcy, Amazon's prep for a jumping into the streaming world, plus more.
Hypebot is rife with advice for the motivated independent artist this week, with advice on how you can transform your merch table into a hub of commerce overnight, the best places to give away your music, a behind the scenes look at how a DIY music video is made, and much more!
It's been a busy week in the music industry , as we take a moment to revisit Sillerman's departure from SFX, Guns 'N Roses awkwardly band-free VIP experience, the RIAA's inclusion (finally) of streaming into album certifications, and more.
The granddaddy of torrent trackers, Pirate Bay, has already had nine lives. But it just grew a second head with thanks to a new browser plug in that effectively turns it into the worlds largest streaming site. For now, the browser is aimed at video streaming, but music is inevitably just a few tweaks away.
Superbowl 50 mania is in full swing and, as with all marketing extravaganzas, music plays central roll. Twitter has a list of 15 music related influencers that you MUST FOLLOW prior to kickoff and the music of the music of David Bowie, Li'l Wayne and Janelle Monáe, are all anchoring major Superbowl 2016 commercials. WATCH:
There's an ongoing debate in the music industry about fairness. How much should Spotify, Pandora and other digital services pay to use music? And how should the money be divided between performers, songwriters and record labels. One particularly contentious issue is the ownership that the major labels took in Spotify, in lieu of higher royalty payments.
Although many are gleefully claiming that the cryptocurrency Bitcoin can now be officially declared as dead, it's initial failure could simply be a minor setback in the technology's slow but steady march towards ubiquity.
As live streaming continues to become an increasingly important part of an artist's digital presence, services like Joicaster are making it easier for said artists to place their video on multiple streaming platforms simultaneously.
The bankruptcy judge overseeing the Chapter 11 bankruptcy restructuring of SFX Entertainment has agreed to let the company draw on $80 million of the $115 million loan which bond holders have extended to the struggling company.
After keeping her new "Adele 25" album purposely on-demand streaming music services, today Adele released her new single "When We Were Young" to Spotify and other on-demand streaming music services. It's a well timed move that will help her stay at or near the top of the charts.
Although primarily famous for his work as a musician, David Bowie (with the help of a Wall Street investor) is also notable for being one of the first artists to use celebrity bonds as a means of extricating himself from his financial woes.