This week in music commentary we weighed the delicate balance artists face between unbridled self-expression while avoiding listener alienation, the greatest challenge currently facing music, and the value of a successful social media campaign.
Our sage council for the music industry's scrappy do-it-yourselfers this week covered how to create free, simple music videos, how to utilize YouTube's paid fan memberships as a small-scale creator, the best way to get your music discovered in the digital age, and more.
Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Mobile Apps For Making Music • Copyright And The Consumer • Drugs • More
On MusicThinkTank this week, we looked at 10 great mobile apps for creating music from scratch, how to understand the basics of copyright law as a consumer, whether or not musicians are really more likely to use drugs, and more!
As we flit back through major music industry goings-on, we revisit artists new free upload option on Spotify, the power of live music, Amazon's uptick in the churning out of its own exclusive recordings, and more.
The most popular of the articles shared on Hypebot this week covered issues ranging from the major changes brought to Apple Music By iOS 12, the music industry's reaction to the passage of the music modernization act, how Instagram stories can be utilized to promote music, and more.
It's been several months since Facebook made massive changes to its News Feed algorithm, changes which made it much harder for music marketers to utilize the platform for promotion. Now that brands have had some time to grapple with this thorny new social media beast, we're taking a look at four different ways to beat the new Facebook algorithm.
Spotify is testing the addition of individually personalized tracks to existing editor curated playlists, multiple sources tell Hypebot. In one example, tracks which Spotfy's believes would fit the taste of a particular user were added to an official Spotify hand curated workout playlist.
For musicians, growing a solid reputation on SoundCloud is key, as the platform provides opportunities to take their work to the next level, although the way in which they manage their account can often have as much of an impact on their success as the music itself.
After an undercover investigation appeared to show that, contrary to an anti-scalping pubic posture, Ticketmaster is courting ticket brokers and profiting from them, the Live Nation owned ticketing giant has responded.
Yesterday the Music Modernization Act, a massive overhaul of the US copyright system, unanimously passed the Senate, and while good news for the music industry as a whole, one entity remains in opposition to the bill: SiriusXM. That said, the MMA's smooth passage will like prevent a major boycott of the satellite radio service by artists.
While copyright law is often covered from the perspective of musicians and labels, we don't often look at it from the point of the consumer. Still, even as a casual consumer of music, copyright effects us, often in more ways than we might guess.
Billboard has acquired live entertainment news site Amplify Media. Amplify founder Dave Brooks has joined the Billboard staff as a senior correspondent, along with writer Taylor Mims. Brooks will lead Billboard’s touring and live entertainment coverage.
Concert and event ticketing platform Eventbrite stick soared as much as 70% during its Thursday IPO. Eventbrite shares had been priced $23 but at opened at $36 and climbed as high as $39.30 before ending the day up 59% at $36.50 per share.
UK indie rockers Wolf Alice have won the 2018 2018 Mercury Prize for their 2017 album “Visions of Life” during a ceremony on Thursday night at the Eventim Apollo in London. The award celebrates the best in UK music.
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