Spotify continues to add original programming and promote its own playlists (if you can call two songs a playlist) with the launch of weekly "Singles" that include a track from a hit artist and their cover of a popular song. The music streamer is also planning a new series called "Live".
As Spotify continues to grow and develop, the ways in which artists and fans can connect is also shifting. Here to help us keep up, we look at four of the best practices for strengthening your artist profile and getting up to speed.
[UPDATED] Dubsmash has added $9.6 million in funding to expand its popular music video lip-sync app. Fan generated music videos have become a major marketing tool for labels and artists. But will revenue to rights holders follow?
Although it was originally billed as being an artist-friendly service crammed with exclusive content, Tidal's success on both counts is questionable and now, in addition to its tepid launch and low subscription numbers, the service is the subject of a Prince Estate lawsuit, after the company allegedly streamed the artist's catalog without authorization.
[UPDATED] Spotify has shared that as of November 26th, The Weeknd is the artist with the most streams on Spotify in a single day. The artist's top 5 tracks have a cumulative 1.6 billion plays on the music streamer.
Revelator CEO Bruno Guez explores how the latest evolution of data driven niche marketing by companies such as Netflix could be applied in different ways to the music industry, particularly as music streaming occupies an increasingly large segment of the market.
Starting today, a new trade mission is meeting with musicians and the music industry at conferences and festivals in 6 cities in 3 South American countries. The three - Chile, Argentina and Brazil - collectively represent 2/3rds of the Latin American music market.
After ditching Def Jam and successfully releasing his latest album Blonde independently it seems rapper Frank Ocean has chosen to fully strike out on his own. Here we look at what implications this decision has for today's industry as a whole.
Details of the Flo & Eddie class action settlement with SiriusXM over plays of pre-1972 recordings has emerged in the form of a court filing and analysis. The ruling could mean as much as $99 million - before lawyer's fees, of course - for the classic rock pair.
Bruno Mars sold more than 1 million tickets for his 24K Magic World Tour in a single day, according to Live Nation. Tickets for Mars` Europe and North America dates went on sale last Monday, following a big night of tv that included a performance at the American Music Awards and a 60 Minutes profile - his first on-camera interview in four years.
If you're curious which social media platform is the best one to target fans on, it looks as though the popular photosharing app Instagram may be your best bet, as a new study reveals its users are more likely to engage with and spend money on music.
[UPDATED] As music and technology become increasingly closely intertwined, there is often a compulsion to compare bands and artists to startups, a comparison which Emily Gonneau considers to be limited in its accuracy and benefit.
For artists, the journey to success can be a lengthy and complex one. In this piece Bas Grasmayer outlines how a musician can develop a personal strategy for success in the music industry in four steps.
SoundExchange payments were up 29.2% last quarter. So while the U.S. digital PRO has taken some big hits lately, mostly thanks to Pandora and other direct licensing deals, this impressive growth should quiet any disparaging talk of its ongoing relevancy.
Most of the top music streamers are offering deep year end discounts on premium subscriptions this holiday season designed to lure new and returning customers. But you'll need to act quickly. Some end today.
For those who have chosen to dedicate their life to the art of crafting songs, writers block of one form or another is an all-too-common occurrence. Here we look at four ways artists can jumpstart their songwriting routine.
UK's Various Artists Management has launched a North American division. Founded in 2008 by David Bianchi, Nick Ember and Matt Luxon, the company has a roster including Charli xcx, The Libertines, Spiritualized, Tom Grennan and Barns Courtney.
In our how-to and do it yourself corner this week, we advise independent artists on how they can a verified artist on Spotify, how they can build the ideal home studio on a budget, how they can get more plays on Soundcloud, and much much more.
In this casual perusal back through a week of music industry news we revisit such topics as Facebook's broken metrics, how social media use varies based on age, Kanye's cancellation of his Saint Pablo tour, and more.
Topping the charts on Hypebot this week we had articles covering how streamingprecipitating changes in the sound of pop music, why a trade group is suing against Azoff's global music rights, the reason artists still need labels, and more.