In this weekend's look back on the music industry news, we revisit AmpMe's funding triumphs, what are predicted to be this summer's biggest hits, and the massive success of Spotify's Discover Weekly playlists.
While services like iTunes, Spotify, and Facebook often make it difficult for artists to easily communicate with fans, SuperPhone provides artists with a way to directly message large groups of their fans outside of complex and crowded social channels.
Liv Buli has the unique title of Data Journalist at Pandora owned analytics provider Next Big Sound. With one eye on the data and the other on the cultural zeitgeist, she often uncovers what matters most before the rest of us. So, we're proud and happy that she's agreed to share what's caught her eye (almost) every Friday.
Although YouTube's Content ID system certainly has its fair share of detractors, it's important to keep in mind that the system can be useful to artists, and gives them a degree of agency and control over their work. Here we examine the process of getting your music into the Content ID system.
With 75 million users, Spotify has the potential to be a powerful music discovery and marketing tool. New stats from the streamer show that it's already helping to boost some artists. We can only hope that Spotify remains an independent discovery channel and is not co-opted by the major labels. I guarantee that their trying....
Here Patrick McCarthy, Reissue Producer and Project Manager for Light in the Attic Records, an independent company which works to bring deluxe vinyl music to the listening public, discusses how his use of Evernote has allowed him to make the company a success.
Music writers typically find themselves drowned in a deluge of promo emails from artists and publicists, to the point where many of them are never even read. Here we look at how you can craft an email which a music writer will actually pay attention to and consider.
Venture funding is still flowing into music tech, but not if the concept involves licensing music. AmpMe pulls the tunes that power its app from the users library, Soundcloud and now the free-daddy of them all, YouTube.
Everyone is trying to crack music discovery, and Twitter is trying everything it can think of to increase engagement. These two goals come together nicely with today's launch of easy to create Twitter Audio Cards for Spotify.
Just in time for the Memorial Day unofficial summer kickoff, Pandora is sharing its Songs of Summer 2016 predictions. They're based on Pandora and Next Big Sound data: trajectory of station adds, spins and thumbs plus insights from industry experts.
Following a two month pre-order campaign, The Lumineers latest albumCleopatra debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200. Here we look at how the band's careful use of social media over that two month period contributed to their massive success.
New information regarding Spotify's financials shows that it still remains the front runner in the ongoing streaming wars, but also reveals that it may face trouble from rising rights costs and a drop in the average profit per user.
One of the best ways to get new strategies and ideas for your music career is to look at what other musicians are doing. So Dave Kusek and Lindsay McGrath of the New Artist Model put together a series of case studies from musicians pushing the envelope in indie music. The third installment is celestial pop musician Parvati and her manager Rishi Deva.
Recently, the Hudson Valley Bluegrass Association had its lecture videostaken down owing to their inclusion of brief clips of bluegrass music. Although the use of the music was clearly fair use, Sony initially demanded a fee for the use of the recordings, raising some alarming questions regarding copyfraud and the use of ContentID.
Following the failure of SFX to meet a large number of profit benchmarks, a Florida company known as Amnesia is looking for a way out of their contract with the company, and exit complicated by SFX's state of bankruptcy.
In a recent bit of good news for artists using the popular social network, Twitter recently announced that it will no longer be counting photos or links in its fabled 140 character count, meaning artists will have an easier time using Twitter for promo.
The Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) has filed an N16 Billion lawsuit against telecommunications giant, MTN, for copyright infringement.The lawsuit, which is the biggest copyright lawsuit ever in the continent of Africa, alleges copyright infringement by six of MTN’s brands.
DeadMau5's SoundCloud account was hacked. We worry about our bank accounts, credit card accounts and mail being broken into, but our Soundcloud accounts? In an age where everything happens online, everything is a target.
In this Story Behind The Song from PledgeMusic News, They Might Be Giants bassist Danny Weinkauf takes us through the creation and success of his recent children's song "Only One You" as well the the accompanying video.
The nature of music festivals these days is such that it can be hard to make your show stand out and pull in a good audience. Below we offer several suggestions for how to make the most out of your next festival tour date.
The life of an independent artist comes with plenty of physical and emotional challenges to overcome, and staying positive can, at times, be incredibly difficult. In this piece, we look at seven practices that can keep you from getting to down in the dumps and jeopardizing your career.