Important industry commentary from those in the music business this week: how an esoteric copyright law could be key to widespread adoption of blockchain tech, why it is that we can still buy music, and the problem with literal listening.
In this edition of our tips and advice section we share industry navigation guidance for songwriters, the best way to convert interested fans into show attendees, how to build a visually appealing email, and much, much, more.
In this look back over a busy seven days in music industry news we revisit Apple Music's relaunch, Instagram's dash past 700 million users, IFPI numbers reveal the music business is finally getting back on its feet, plus much, much more.
The most frequently perused posts from the week's music industry news this week included those covering Spotify's plan to implement its own music hardware and voice control, the best way to land a spot on a Spotify playlist, how different royalties are paid on the three Pandora price tiers, and more!
Two legacy artists topped the sales charts for Record Store Day 2017 according to BuzzAngle. The Grateful Dead's "Vancouver 7/29/66" was the top selling album of the day, while The Beatles' "Strawberry Fields Forever" was the top selling single.
Although it can be one of the best social networks for bands and artists to promote themselves on, Facebook is a complicated animal, and proper execution is necessary for getting the most out of the site. Consequently, we're taking a look at ten of the best practices for musicians using Facebook.
Chance The Rapper built his hugely successful career outside of the major label system. And while a few critics see his lucrative one-off deal with Apple Music as a sellout, what the rapper has done with his platform and his money are undeniably independent.
This week James Donio from the Music Business Association joins Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert to discuss how NARM evolved to become the Music Business Association, plus why DIY artists should be a member and attend the upcoming Music Biz 2017 in Nashville.
When they zig on Twitter, you should zag, says music marketer Sunny Stuart Winter. Sunny used his time at university to research social media influence and the psychology and sociology of social media behaviour. Here, he shares tips on what to do and not do when growing your base of followers on Twitter.
While it's hardly the easiest career for anyone to pursue, becoming some form of a full time self employed musician is certainly achievable provided, that is, you can get out of your own way. Here we look at eight ways to avoid ruining your music career before it's even gotten off the ground.
Having already made his general contempt for net neutrality, it appears current FCC boss Ajit Pai plans to replace current regulations surrounding net neutrality with 'voluntary commitments' from major telecom companies like AT&T and Comcast, leaving any residual regulations the strained FTC.
Spotify has acquired Mediachain Labs, the core team behind the open source Mediachain protocol, to develop a decentralized network for sharing data critical to getting songwriters paid - in other words, a blockchain.
The game has changed drastically when it comes to getting into the record industry. While getting your material out there has become easier, standing out from the crowd enough to be noticed is still challenging, with the result that many artists have chosen to go indie. In this article we cover some tips on how to launch an indie album successfully.
[Updated] IT'S OFFICIAL: Musical.ly has partnered with Apple Music. In a rare outside partnership, Apple Music will be one of the services delivering songs to the popular short music video creation app.
PledgeMusic and Help Musicians UK have teamed up to create the Emerging Artists Fund, a talent development initiative designed to provide legitimate DIY acts with funding needed to build a long term career. Here we look at six esteemed panalists who will help to select the awardees.
When Apple introduces the next version of its iOS later this year, it will reportedly include an new Apple Music app designed to emphasize video. Recent announcements of several Apple exclusive video series would seem to confirm the shift.
The music industry is full of talented and creative songwriters, which can often foster a negative competitive environment, but rather than fall into this trap, it would behoove any songwriter to use the many likeminded artists in their field to their advantage. Here we look at how.
In this day and age, music fans expect to receive information about tours and shows, not to have to seek it out. Here we explore how artists can use Bandsintown in conjunction with streaming services to encourage fans to purchase tickets to their next show.
In this piece we take an in depth look at how Kendrick Lamar is able to craft tracks which have achieved such prominent mainstream appeal, while still remaining deeply personal and specific to Lamar's personal experiences.
Instagram now has more than 700 million monthly users, up 200% in two years actives in two years. It took just four months to add these last 100 million. Adding the previous 100 million users tooks 6 months.
New stats from TuneCore, shared as part of its launch today of SocialPro, show another year of sustained growth, with artist revenue up 32% to $188 million in 2016. Like the rest of the industry, streaming drove the revneue increase.
While many budding artists work for success in the music industry, they frequently struggle to get their careers off the ground. Here we cover several simple growth hacks ranging from how to develop your band to properly investing in your career.
UPDATED: TuneCore today launched TuneCore Social Pro, a social media management platform that enables artists to manage their social media activity and distribution sales in a single app and dashboard.
Indie label trade association, the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM), announced the nominees for its 6th annual Libera Awards. Created by and for the Independent label community, the Libera Awards – name adapted from the Latin word for freedom – is part of A2IM’s Indie Week in New York City.
[UPDATED] HR 1695, the Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act, has passed the U.S. House of Representatives on a roll call vote with 378 for and 48 against. Little opposition is expected in the Republican controlled Senate and President Trump is expected to sign the law.
A recent revue by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry has given further support that the music business is bouncing back, show its first double-digit uptick in twenty years, something for which we have streaming to thank.
What is General Music Licensing and why, though the numbers are shifting, does it generate almost four times more revenue for songwriters than all digital services combined? Why is nobody talking about it and what is being done to modernize this area of the business? Check out this infographic from Soundstr and learn.