News from the Indie Artist Summit, Periscope vs. Meerkat, how to run a successful PledgeMusic campaign, innovative revenue streams for musicians along with Facebook and touring tips all make the "must know" list on This Week In D.I.Y. & Indie Music.
It was another big week for the new music industry: Tidal fired its CEO as user signups sunk faster than the Titanic, Grooveshark got some very bad news in court, Pandora's stock fell after they reported new earnings and listener stats, Record Store Day delivered good news to indie retailers and so much more...
Apple Watch mania is in full swing and like most app based companies, the smarter ones in music tech are jumping on the bandwagon with apps for the Apple wearable. Today Bandsintown joined Pandora, iHeartRadio, Shazam, TuneIn and a handful of other music related Apple Watch apps.
Barney has seen the PledgeMusic experience from all sides. Not only is he a valuable part of the PledgeMusic team, but he’s also a member of UK reggae rockers Sonic Boom Six. This means he’s uniquely suited to provide this helpful list of tips for a successful PledgeMusic campaign.
Lately, we have been conversing a lot about online advertising and its ever changing digital trends, so today’s topic is on outdoor advertising – What works and what are the most cost-effective outdoor advertising strategies in the Los Angeles and New York urban markets.
A New York Federal Courts' recent decision concerning a "work for hire" determination could prove controversial. The Court's ruling involved "Iron Man", a rapper from the Wu-Tang Clan and a music composer working in television back in the 1960s.
Grooveshark has always seemed to have nine lives. Despite multiple lawsuits, app takedowns and a whole lot of bad press, Grooveshark has continued to deliver free streaming music to a significant user base. Their luck may have finally run out.
Paul McCartney has topped the Sunday Times richest musicians in the UK and Ireland list after adding an estimated $30 million to his net worth from last year. Adele topped the list of UK musicians under 30.
UPDATED: Pandora is heading into a stormy season, with court decisions, rate hearings and Congressional action all just ahead. Today's report to Wall Street, however, did nothing to calm investor concerns. In fact, it probably made things worse.
As YouTube turns 10 years old today, Google is putting the finishing touches on an on-demand music streaming service as an add on to its video service. With Spotify, Apple, and Deezer and others, YouTube’s significant foothold in the industry, a YouTube streaming service seemed almost inevitable.
Hypebot presents our fourth Los Angeles meetup for readers to have a conversation with like-minded peers. You are invited to gather for drinks next Wednesday, April 29th from 7:00 to 10:00pm at Rosewood Tavern. Space is limited - RSVP below!
Smule has moved beyond being just the creator of popular music apps. Smartly, they combined the apps into a popular music based social network, and today they were rewarded with $38 million in new funding.
Co-hosts Kyle Bylin and Cortney Harding are rebanding their Hypebot sponsored Upward Spiral podcast to the much more descriptive and SEO friendly Music Business Podcast. If you're not a regular listener, you're missing out. Sign up and check out the latest episode:
From the relentless focus on the music industry's latest streaming model, one might think Taylor Swift and streaming services represent the entire future of the music business. When Jay Z recently announced plans and major artist support for his new Tidal streaming service, many seemed to view it through the same lens.
After 8 years, Steve Titmus, Senior Music Manager and Head of the EU Music Department is exiting Shazam. He will be joining EDM hub Resident Advisor as Head Of Product. In a letter to colleagues, he wrote:
With album sales nowhere near what they used to be (unless your name is Taylor Swift, who probably doesn't frequent indie artist advice columns), and streaming not yet a truly viable source of income for musicians, a lot of artists are looking for new ways to distribute their work that will both reach their fans and result in some remuneration.
Yesterday Facebook reported quarterly financials that fell a little short of expectations. Along with it came new stats that showed continued growth across all its properties - Facebook, Groups, Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram.
Touring isn't for everyone. I've gone on the road for few days here and there, and by the third day, I'm usually done. I like daily showers, clean spaces, and breathing room. You don't get a lot of that on the wide open road.
30 promising music, music tech and entertainment startups have been chosen to compete for the Midemlab grand prize this June at Midem in Cannes, France. We've got descriptions, links and demo videos in three category playlists.
Ten years ago today, YouTube uploaded its first video. Co-founder Jawed Karim posted a boring 18 second clip of himself at the San Diego Zoo. And while Facebook and upstarts like Vessel are coming on strong, YouTube remains the dominant force in online video. The official stats: