Content is still king. Or at least it is to Shamrock Capital Advisors and the investors who joined their new $250 million fund to invest in music publishing rights, recorded music masters and other intellectual property.
Beholden to faceless bureaucrats at Google, YouTube has become extremely difficult to do business with, says Chris Castle, provoking the ire of manyin the music industry; and while its dominant position in online video allows YouTube to call the shots for now, it may not always be this way.
[UPDATED] First it was Apple Music and now Spotify. Dubset is bringing its MixBANK platform that identifies and pays revenue to both DJs and the artists sampled to the worlds largest streaming music service.
UMG is smartly grabbing the long tail of classical and jazz. These divisions are like step children at major labels. But while the big boys thrive on hits, they survive on catalog, particularly as ongoing payments from streaming becomes recorded music's biggest revenue source.
With fanboy like zeal, I'll admit that Spotify's Discover Weekly is one of my favorite features on any streaming service. (Though, I'm also excited about Slacker's new programming.) Stats from Spotify show that millions of others have also experienced the eerie accuracy with which Discover Weeklyunearths great music that fits their specific tastes.
More than simply a vehicle for music sales an artist's website can (and should) act as a funnel for fan connections. Here we look at how this can be done in such a way that you're engaging fans at all different levels.
From exclusives to curation, every streaming service is looking for unique features that attract users. As it battles Pandora and the rest of a crowded field, Slacker is putting its efforts into something that many miss on radio and online - personalities and the insights they add to music.
Just in time for summer, two of streaming music's biggest players are launching substantial sales. If you're on the fence about which music service to subscribe to, Google clearly offers the better deal, but both deals come with restrictions.
Music, particularly country music, does not need another televised award show. But the industry is welcoming the CBS deal to broadcast the ACM Honors which celebrate the special honorees and off-camera category winners from the Academy of Country Music Awards.
Expressing yourself in 140 characters or less has almost become an art form, but it can also be incredibly restrictive in certain situations. Today, Twitter announced that they are playing with the 140 charterer rule.
As a musician, adding cards to your YouTube videos can be a great way to communicate with your fans, whether your a pedaling merch, announcing an upcoming show, or simply trying to build up your email list.
In response to David Pakman's piece on the difficulty of building a successful music industry startup, Jim McDermott looks at why it is that so many of these startups have failed, and don't seem to grasp how labels work in the music business.
Are playlists the new radio? It's too early to know if that's really an apt comparison, but its unequivocally true that playlists generate huge interest and income. Proving just how important playlisting has become, Spotify, the biggest player in streaming music globally, has shared new playlist stats.
As Facebook Live continues to take the world of live video broadcasting service, we're looking at several different tips and strategies for getting the most out of the service, and maximizing the effectiveness of the time you spend broadcasting to your fans.
Travelling by air with a musical instrument is never easy. If you check in your instrument on a flight with one or more stopovers, there is always the chance that you reach your destination and find that it has been offloaded at another intermediate stop, or worse, has been damaged as a result of rough handling.
Recent Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame inductee Steve Miller had some choice words to say about the Hall of Fame's treatment and selection process, not all of it glowing. Here we look at an excerpt from an interview Miller did with Billboard regarding the event.
Indie rockers The Eagles Of Death Metal were hailed as heroes and a symbol of resistance following concerts both during and after the terrorist attack at Le Bataclan in Paris just 6 months ago. But a single magazine interview has changed French perceptions of the band.
The Weeknd was the big winner at last night’s Billboard Music Awards, but a reunited Go-Go’s got the biggest bump from the televised ceremony. Following their performance of ‘We Got the Beat', the 70’s all female group had a 300% increase in streams during next hour. Here's a full list of last night's winners:
80% revenue growth would be cause for celebration at almost any company. But Spotify isn't just any company. Growth means greater expenses for the music streamer and last year, which they are calling their "best year ever," Spotify suffered a $194 million loss while paying 84% of total revenue to the music industry.
In an effort to combat the devaluation of music in culture, Flying Vinyl offers the best new alternative music, printed on gorgeous vinyl, as part of a monthly subscription series. Here founder Craig Evans discusses the origins of the company and where he sees it headed in the future.
Although music fans have been using Shazam to identify tracks awhile now, the app can also be used to connect with fans, making it a unique and highly effective marketing tool to utilize in your next promo campaign.
$130 million dollars. That's the total of the record deal that Sony has reportedly signed with Adele. You can't blame her for taking the cash, but is it a smart move for Sony at a time when artists like Chance The Rapper are proving that they don't need a record labelto have a hit?
Do artists need labels anymore? Are exclusives a good thing? Those questions and more are being asked by artists and managers this week after Chance The Rapper became the first artist to debut an Apple Music exclusive streaming-only album high on the Billboard 200;and he did itwithout a record label.
With its largeshare of viewers, and a higher revenue payout, Facebook's new Slideshow feature is the latest in the popular social networks efforts to unseat YouTube as the king of video, and could be good news for artists.
While numerous technological advancements have enabled us to build our music careers without the help of expensive outside expertise, some things are worth an investment, and trying to do them yourself can have detrimental effects down the road.