Apple Music's live global net radio station Beats 1 will launch at 8AM PT on Tuesday June 30th, according to a tweet by Apple Music Senior Director and former Beats Music CEO Ian Rogers. A clearer picture of who will be manning the mic has also emerged.
Established artists making label services deals rather than signing with a label have been gaining favor of the last few years. BMG is trying to accelerate the trend, signing top tiered artists - first Janet Jackson and now Dave Stewart - to wide ranging deals.
It's tempting, especially as a new band, to say yes to every show you're offered. You want to take advantage of every opportunity you get to make a mark in your local scene. But even groups just starting out can't or shouldn't accept every gig they're extended.
The way we listen to music has changed over the years. But has it become background noise to our television watching? In today's article, we explore how this has changed throughout the world of television on MusicThinkTank.com.
The independent label community gathered at the Highline Ballroom in NYC last night to celebrate a year of achievements by the Independent music community at A2IM’s fourth annual Libera Awards ("The LIBBYs") hosted by comedian John Ross Bowie (The Big Bang Theory, Curb Your Enthusiasm).
We may never know if there were backroom negotiations, payments were made (she insists not) or if Taylor Swift just liked how Apple reversed course after her open letter and decided to pay some royalties during their 90 day free trials. Whatever the reason...
After several hugely successful Hypebot sponsored music and tech meetups in San Francisco and LA, we're taking on New York City. Details on how to register are below. And we're thinking about expanding the meetups to Nashville this fall. Please contact us, if you'd like to be involved there.
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Since Spotify launched in 2010 the music business has been in an existential crisis. Convinced that ad-supported unlimited free access to on-demand music would ultimately grow recorded music revenues the major labels opted into what may be their worst decision ever.
So far we haven't seen much that's all that different about Apple's new music service scheduled to launch next Tuesday, June 30th. One point of differentiation is Beats 1, the Zane Lowe led live online radio station. Yesterday, Apple began its marketing for Beats1, unveiling a massive Time Square billboard (pictured after the jump).
In the hustle and bustle of touring, you can easily forget to have some fun. After all, what's the fun of playing in a city you don't actually get to see? Here are some tips on getting the most out of touring in today's article on MusicThinkTank.com.
One by one yesterday, independent music trade groups and labels announced they would be signing revised contracts with Apple Music. It was a major victory for indies who had objected to Apple's plan not to pay royaltiesduring their free trial, but it quickly became clear that they would still not be paying the full rate.
[UPDATED] Apple Music has unveiled its first exclusive. Pharrell Williams, the singer, songwriter and producer who single handedly brought the world the mega-hit "Happy" will release "Freedom"exclusively on Apple Music on launch day, June 30th. Pharrell and Apple tweeted this preview video:
In a claim that, if proven, has far reaching implications, a group of American Idol winners including Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson and the label 19 Recordings are suing Sony, saying that the music company's equity stake in Spotify sells them short.
How many followers does each social network have and what is their age breakdown? These key questions which, along with engagement, are key metrics that can help you decide where to spend your precious time and resources online. This chart will help:
At this point, the only way you don't know about Snapchat is if you've been literally living under a rock. Even the most off-the-grid among us know that Snapchat is mobile platform that allows users to share perishable photos and video with their friends and followers. Are you using Snapchat to reach your fans? If you aren't, you should be.
The money that artists make when music is played online is very slowly inching upward. That pace should accelerate when Apple launches, or will after it gets past a controversial 90 date free trial. Today, Beatport did their part to both set music free and making certain that artists are compensated.
If you're a musician, you've probably wondered how your career would have fared if this was another decade. Would you have sold more albums if you were a musician in the late '80s or early '90s? You know, when people actually bought music?