In what appears to be an acquire-hire, the team from blockchain startup Mediachain will be joining Spotify in New York City to help the music streamer create "a more fair, transparent and rewarding music industry for creators and rights owners."
Here Stephen Carlisle breaks down the significance of the Performance Royalty Owners of Music Opportunity To Earn Act, better known as the PROMOTE Act, which would give artists the ability to pull their music from radio stations should they not receive proper royalties from the sound recording.
Blockchain technology has been embraced by many smaller independent artists, but widespread adoption has been slowed by a lack of participation from major labels and publishers, although an ancient copyright clause could provide a solution.
So many social media outlets means so, so many different required image sizes. To help you sort out this confusing mess and streamline your marketing efforts, we share this Social Media Image Size Chart 2017.
Although an album's success was once measured by the number of purchases, the streaming era has significantly altered how information is gathered and used, with success now being measured by listens, not purchases.
Copyright should be at the top of everyone’s agenda in the music industry as it is what turns our artform into sustainable careers. To celebrate Intellectual Property Day, the Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) has shared their top tips on how to protect your music, busted common myths around the subject and given their insight into how this elusive subject works...
In this interview, Romy Harber, Manager and Head of Digital at Hospital Records weighs in the importance of direct-to-customer marketing for labels, his experience with the music industry and where he sees it headed moving forward.
It should go without saying that one of the most important things you can do for yourself as a solo artist or band is to focus heavily on PR. Unless you can gain an audience, no one knows you exist. How can you sell records that way? The answer is, you can’t!
Twitter revenue fell 8% last quarter, according to new financial from the company. The drop was smaller than expected and sent the stock up 11% in pre-market trading Wednesday. Twitter also added 9 million new users in the last 3 months.
Independent label global digital rights agency Merlin has cut its administration fees as a percentage of revenue for the sixth time in 5 years. The move comes days after it announced a new multi-year indie licensing deal with Spotify.
WED. BRIEF: UMG Valued At $22B • Songwriters Push For Reform • Twitter +9M Users • National Concert Day • More
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5 years ago many thought major labels were headed for extinction, today UMG is valued at $22 billion.
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Given that email remains one of the best ways to reach fans and potential fans, it's important to put some thought and care into how to make said emails aesthetically appealing to the viewer. Here we look at some important visual factors.
Facebook and it's Instagram app have made a cottage industry out of copying features from Snapchat. As the chart shows, the result has been meteoric growth for Instagram and slowed growth for Snapchat.
Anyone working in music industry promotion has doubtless tried to figure out how to get their music on a Spotify playlist, and while it's not as simple as most would like, there are certain steps you can and should take to increase the likelihood of earning a coveted playlist spot.
New Survey Says Millennials Pay For Streaming Services And Use Pirate Streams When Content Isn't Legally Available
In a further sign of change coming to the music industry, a new survey has revealed that millennials, and those younger, while willing and happy to pay for streaming services, are also more than happy to access the content they want on pirate streaming sites should it be unavailable elsewhere.
Music Tech Conferences: A Guide for Startups is available for free. This 31-page guide will help anyone - from startups to seasoned veterans - navigate the many music and tech industry conferences.
Just because an album has been around for awhile doesn't make it irrelevant. The streaming age and the rise of playlist culture has provided a unique opportunity for artists to breathe new live and relevancy into their back catalog of work.
Here we look at four essential copyright and legal rules for musicians and creators of any type, including how to properly trademark your name, as well as what to be conscious of when signing a contract.
International trade group, the IFPI, released its annual Global Music Report 2017 today. It's overview of developments in the recorded music sector including the rise in streaming and the industry’s priorities. Analyst Mark Mulligan offers a quick look at the numbers.
TUE. BRIEF: Twitch Pays Live Streamers • Streams Propel Latin Music • FCC Net Neutrality Rules Wed. • More
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Amazon owned Twitch is helping live streamers monetize their efforts much as YouTube does for musicians, vloggers.
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The RIAA may have slowed down on lawsuits against average customers, but its continuing to fight grassroots piracy on another front by working with aggressive copyright takedown service Rightscorp. The major label trade group, along with indie BMG, are the copyright cop's biggest customers.
In this piece we look at TAD, an app which has helped artists to create album cover art, and has since been expanding into giving artists the opportunity to create Facebook video profiles and expand into a social media tool.
[UPDATED] Two jobs listings point to a major expansions of Spotify's ambitions to include music hardware with voice control. While details are scarce, they hint at a wearable device "akin to Pebble Watch, Amazon Echo, and Snap Spectacles."
In this piece, Thomas Euler ponders the question of why it is that we can still purchase music. Will we soon live in a world where music cannot be bought. but only accessed, and what this would mean for not only labels but also the industry in general?
Pandora's recent rollout of its third tier service, Pandora Premium has us taking a look at how artists an labels earn royalties from the traditional ad-supported service, as well as Pandora Plus, an update to the ad-free version, and of course the new Premium Tier.
In this thought provoking piece by Kat Harding, she explores the issue of literal listening in the music industry, particularly when it comes to the music of women and people of color, and why it is that there exists such pressure to leave artistic interpretation out of their lyrics.