In Moorhead, Minnesota, the Bluestem Amphitheater recently created a quaint and specifically artist tailored village out of tiny houses in which it houses the multiple performers which pass through the region.
Former Apple Music employee Sean Glass offers a rare look inside the secretive world of Apple, and weighs in on the industry realities behind streaming exclusives and why they can be good for artists, but are generally not especially beneficial to major labels.
In addition to actually having content, it's important for artists to develop an effective content marketing strategy, as it helps them to build relationships both with their fans, and with others operating within the music industry.
London based startup Dice has added $6 million in funding to expand its app which facilitates hassle free music discovery and fee-free ticketing. The Series A round was led by Evolution Equity Partners with participation from Lumia Capital and existing investors White Star Capital, Designer Fund and Kima Ventures.
Clive Davis is honoring singer-songwriter Pharrell with his Legend in Songwriting Award at the 12th annual Songs of Hope event on September 15 in California. The event benefits the City of Hope, a research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes, and other life-threatening diseases.
Spotify has added a Concerts tab to all artist pages. It's part of a trend that's seen Spotify, Pandora and YouTube add features that help artists communicate with and monetize their fans, while often adding value for the user. Apple Music has thus far failed to follow suit.
Country hitmaker Jason Aldean may be one of the 17 founding artist co-owners of TIDAL, but he will still keep his new album off ALL streaming music services for at least a month, Hypebot has learned. Aldean's "They Don't Know" will be released on Broken Bow on September 9th.
Songkick has added $15 million in funding. The startup has established itself as a leader in online concert listings, thanks to partnerships with Spotify, MTV, YouTube, SoundCloud and others. But efforts to expand its artist ticketing platform have been slowed by Ticketmaster and other established players.
Spotify now has 39 million paying subscribers, up 9 million from 30 million in March. By comparison, Apple Music announced 15 million in June and TIDAL has about 4 million paying users. The new stats were shared by Spotify's recent high profile hire Troy Carter who also shared the music streamer's plans to offer a "full stack solution" for artists.
In all the fuss surrounding the recent streaming exclusive deals being struck between artists and streaming services, rock music has been conspicuously absent. Here we look at why genres like R&B and Hip-Hop have fared better in this new music economy than their rock peers.
Digital music industry veteran Tim Quirk examines the coming arms race in the music industry, with online music services competing to offer artists programs and features which enable them to generate revenue beyond just streaming royalties.
Being a DJ is more lucrative than ever, at least according to the latest 'who is making the most money' report from Forbes.Calvin Harris tops the list with $63 million, but 9 more DJs earned in the double digit millions last year.
17 injured concert goers are suing Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa and Live Nation. Safety at shows became the issue it always deserved to be several summers ago after a spectacular stage collapse at a state fair. Then came the age of terrorism, with public gatherings a popular target. Now there's a third area of concern: infrastructure, which is often many years old.
For touring artists, a lack of planning will often lead to disaster and a failed tour, meaning that properly advance a show leading up to the performance is critical for success. Here we look at five simple steps for doing just that.
Australian concert promoter Andrew McManus has pleaded guilty to lying to police in connection to a suitcase full of cash recovered from a Sydney hotel in 2011. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, McManus, 55, entered a plea of guilty in answer to a charge of attempting to pervert the course of justice. This offense carries a maximum sentence of 14 years' jail.
Believe Digital has acquired indie label and publishing company naïve. Believe is the global digital distributor and artist services firm that purchased DIY digital music distribution platform TuneCore last year.
An already dwindling number of online music site - or too often, music celebrity click bait engines - may be about to get a good bit smaller with news that perpetually struggling online publisher SpinMedia is for sale.
Questlove is getting creative with Pandora. Change happens slowly at the music streamer, particularly when its comes to its consumer offering. But teaming with the Roots drummer may hint at a new Pandora as it preps the launch of its own Spotify and Apple Music competitor as early as next month.
As seems to so often be the case, a new host of updates for Twitter will likely make DIY promotion for artists more difficult when it comes to getting their content seen by fans. New features being added to the platform include changes in notification settings and, worst of all, a quality filter.
Frank Ocean has just shaken up the music industry, probably forever. His dual exclusive releases via Apple on Friday and Saturday ignited a long overdue debate about exclusive streaming releases; and hidden in the details are lessons that should be sending shockwaves through the executive suites at Universal, Sony and WMG.
You spent the time, energy, and money creating a music video. Now what? The team at CyberPR has come answers. Posting your video to YouTube won't accrue the views you want unless you have a bit of strategy. Here are 8 ways to maximize your video's potential on YouTube.
In this article Dave Brooks of Amplify offers an alternative perspective on the recent Department of Justice ruling, suggesting that the rules may in fact help rather than harm venues and event producers.
Have you been curious about how to get a supplier to work with you who will be reliable and produce what you actually want and need? Here an industry offers some experiential advice choosing the right supplier.
A recent look at some overseas music industry numbers in Japan has revealed streaming's continued growth, and that physical sales, while still dropping, are slower to decline there. Additionally, and unlike the US, ringtones continue to take up an appreciable share of the market there as well.
Most artists would rather focus on their creative output than getting bogged down with the business side of things. That said, marketing is an inherent part of being a successful artist, so we're offering five marketing truths musicians can apply when "selling" their act.
Although one would expect record labels to be happy that the TPP includes a provision extending the life of minimum copyright at the expense of the listening public, it seems they still not content, complaining that making alterations will be too costly to rights holders, says Mike Masnick.