The popular and frequently perused articles from the pages of Hypebot this week explored five Spotify hacks your really ought to know, the reason so many major labels are dumping the streaming platform's stock, what you should consider before hiring a music publicist, and more.
[UPDATED] CD Baby, a company best known as a distributor of and advocate for independent musicians, now also administers the publishing of more than a million songs for 160,000 songwriters in over 50 countries. Their core distribution business is booming, as well.
Spotify has drawn fire for making direct deals with artists. But while it might offer a higher net royalty rate, are these deals really good for artists overall vs. the clout of a major label. This fascinating Chartmetric analysis looks at the numbers.
In this piece Jon Chattman explore how Adam "MCA" Yauch of the Beastie Boys rose to prominence from a band that was often considered juvenile to become powerful social change advocate, before his untimely demise in 2012.
Jerry Garcia acted as the frontman for the Grateful Dead, a band who musical style will forever impact music across the globe. In this piece we explore the artists legacy on the anniversary of his passing.
23 Prince Albums, New 'Anthology' Available On Spotify, Apple Music and Other Streamers For 1st Time
Twenty three Prince albums are now available on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube and other music streamers for first time. The superstar singer/songwriter was a vocal critic of music streaming, with YouTube a particular target.
While streaming is often slammed for how little money it brings in, it turns out that this is more an issue for the artists, and the major companies behind the music like Sony and Universal are pulling down plenty of cash from streaming.
Music Business News From Around The Web
Janet Jackson has partnered with tech driven indie distributor, label and publisher Cinq Music to release new music through her own label Rhythm Nation Records. Jackson's last release was in partnership with BMG.
Discogs has released their 2018 Mid-Year Marketplace Analysis & Database Highlights. The report emphasizes physical musical sales for both catalog and new releases, comparing them to broader industry stats from Neilson.
With today's death of Aretha Franklin (76), music has lost one of its powerful voices, and both the industry and other artists are responding with heartfelt tributes befitting "The Queen of Soul." During her long and illustrious career, Aretha Franklin won 18 Grammy and a Lifetime Achievement Award.
A recent data-driven approach to artist discovery from the team at Instrumental has been receiving comparisons to Billy Beane's statistical approach to building a baseball team. Here we look at five ways those in the music industry can use this approach to their advantage.
In this piece Jazz saxophonist Mike Casey explain the concept of mental flow in his music, and how getting into a deep zone of focus can positively impact both compositional and performative aspects of music.
Rejection is never easy to deal with in any industry, and the fear of it can often hamper productivity. In this article Suzanne Paulinski explains how to overcome fear of rejection, and how to deal with it in a productive way.