This week our sage advice for the independent, do-it-yourself musician includes tips on time management, things you must include in your monthly newsletter, how to ensure your YouTube videos get the attention they deserve, and much more.
In this round of our weekly re-visitation of industry news from the past seven days we look at iHeartMedia's confirmed launch of two new streaming services, Spotify and Tinder's recent union, recorded music's growth, and more.
In some of most popular posts from that past seven days, we looked at Apple's possible victory in the streaming wars, why Pandora's new direct deals spell trouble, and Spotify's potential Facebook sale, as well as much more.
While an artist may have created wonderful music, how they launch it can make or break the success of the material. Here Yann Ilunga discusses what he learned in his conversation with Music Launch Summit founder Steve Paolfreyman about the right way to release new music.
Following the Wall Street Journal's recent piece showing some rather ominous numbers coming from TIDAL, Jon Maples takes a closer look at some of the streaming services financials, revealing a company hemorrhaging subscribers.
Like it or not, data drives the music industry. That's particularly true of labels that compete for commercial radio play. Data, including expensive focus groups, drives what and how they pitch, and streaming data has rapidly become an essential and free source.
When it comes to be a professional musician, it's important to dress for the part. Of course a large portion of if this revolves around one's choice of attire, but there are a multitude of other ways to cultivate a degree of professionalism extending beyond choice of clothes.
While streaming's growth has certainly been noticeable in 2016, the full extent is greater than many previously thought. Indeed, recent stats show that purchase revenue barely surpased non-purchase revenue, putting streaming in a dead heat with retail and downloads.
Attending a concert can be a joy and delight, but before hitting the floor to indulge in your favorite band's performance, there are some useful tips to keep in mind to keep the evening from turning into a disaster.
BMI’s rate-court Judge has ruled against the Department of Justice’s 100% licensing decision. Judge Louis Stanton stated that “the consent decree neither bars fractional licensing nor requires full-work licensing,” exactly the opposite of what the DOJ argued in its controversial ruling earlier this summer.
iHeartMedia has confirmed yesterday's reports that it will launch to new streaming music services early next year. The broadcast radio giant joins a crowded sector, but could help drive mainstream adoption of streaming music.
[UPDATED] Playster, the so-called "Netflix of everything" has signed deals with several major music groups to add music to its monthly multi-channel streaming packages which also includes audiobook, games and movies.
Facebook is hiring a Director of Global Music Licensing Partnerships. There's already a lot of music on Facebook, but almost none of it - whether via apps for Spotify and others or in uploaded videos - is licensed directly by Facebook. That's about to change, but is it part of a larger music strategy?
It's no secret that how music is discovered and consumed is changing at a dizzying pace, thanks to streaming music. The latest proof is a survey that shows that listening to playlists have surpassed albums for the first time ever.
An ever-changing platform, Instagram has recently introduced several new features artists ought to be familiar with, including the ability to zoom, stories, and additional comments management. Here we offer a quick guide to help users getacclimated to the new updates.
Although it's been about half a decade, the music business has, at long last, seen some appreciable growth in 2016, thanks largely to streaming. However, music continues to be undervalued, and the industry remains hobbled by outdated laws.
While it has for some time been a popular practice for industry producers and artists to sell their unreleased tracks to their peers in the music business, dealings of this type can often present a host of legal complications for the parties involved.
Although much of the early commentary on the Apple AirPods were less than glowing, Tyler Hayes offers a different perspective, suggesting that these new AirPods represent the next evolution in wireless sound tech.
Chris Stapleton won Artist of The Year at last night's Americana Music Awards in Nashville. Jason Isbell took home two major wins: Album and Song of the Year. The awards capped a week of Americana Music Conference panels and performances celebrating the year that the Americana genre received mainstream recognition, while still remaining true to its eclectic roots.
Milk Music, the on again off again attempt by Samsung, one of the world's biggest cell phone manufacturers to launch a music service, is shutting down today. One beneficiary of Milk's demise is the often overlooked streamer Slacker.
Free music services account for 80% of all streaming the in U.S., according to a new Music Watch survey. That's bad news for rightsholders, since free services pay far less per stream than paid. But it's also a reminder of how much room for growth there is for paid services
Singer and songwriter Ray LaMontagne may lose a few fans for cancelling a Texas concert after the state changed is concealed gun carry laws, but he's likely gained the lasting respect of many more for not being afraid to take a stand.
With high hopes of giving their static user base a boost, Twitter is doubling down on their video offerings, giving creators 70% of the ad revenue garnered of its videos, a greater percentage than either YouTube or Facebook.