Spotify today added audio and video content from dozens of major sources along with new personalization options to its music streaming service. To introduce the new offering, Spotify created two videos.
[UPDATED] "Today music discovery and collection have converged.... radio and the record store are converging (online)," said Spotify CEO Daniel Ek during his introduction to today's launch event. But music was just the jumping off point, as Spotify added audio and video content from a variety of major sources.
Sunday night saw the world watch as musicians from every corner of entertainment came together for the Billboard Music Awards. It was an event that had been promoted for weeks, and it was filled with as many headline-worthy moments as promised, including the world premiere of Taylor Swift’s long-awaited “Bad Blood” music video.
Most indie artists don't have a lot of money in the bank, so if you're going to spend your valuable savings or that money you raised crowdfunding, you're obviously going to want to make sure it's a wise investment. Outside of the typical things musicians have to shell out cash for, though (quality gear, recording, merch, publicity – you know the drill), there are many less obvious investments you can make to enhance your music career.
Yesterday the 2011-2013 contract between Sony Music and Spotifyleaked online. Fascinating reading, it offers as many questions as answers. David Lowery took a look at the deal and noticed, among other things, how much it differs from that given to indie artists.
Have you ever worked with a publicist you weren’t sure was telling you the truth? Did you spend a lot of money with very little evidence of what was being done? Did you feel excuses were being made for why things weren't moving?
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The Verge has obtained a copy of what it says was Sony Music's 2012-2013 contract with Spotify. The contract, which appears genuine, offers a unique glimpse in to the major labels relationship with Spotify.
NPR recently posted an article about how the tiny royalties coming from music streaming can add up and chose one artist as a great example. Josh Colum and his band Secrets In Stereo signed up with Rumblefish, a company that finds licensing opportunities for artists.
Pundits are fond of saying that the major labels blew it by suing Napster instead of doing a deal with them. It's as though they're obligated to repeat it as a mantra; they didn't get it, they were asleep, how could they have missed such a golden opportunity, yadda yadda. Shift through all the reverential twaddle, and you'd think Napster walked into the major labels offering trays of gold and were rebuffed.
[UPDATED] Everyone seems to be trying to find new ways to stand out ahead of Apple Music's relaunch. Today music streamer Deezer added podcasts to its offering, and more interestingly, downplayed just how important free music is to its own growth.
How your social media looks matters. It sends a signal. It says that you care. You are telling a story that I want to follow. You are building a career and a brand. But creating the different graphics and sizing them for every social network can be a daunting task.
Our prediction that 2015 would be a big year for music tech mergers and acquisitions is proving accurate. Today, Pandora, online radio's dominate player, announced that it has acquired Next Big Sound, a pioneer in digital music analytics.
Much of the initial enthusiasm that accompanied the opening up of the Chinese music industry with the advent of the internet, usually supplemented by a hopeful but misguided reference to 1.3 billion people parting with their money, has since whittled down to a more pragmatic approach.
Live Nation Entertainment has named Jordan Zachary to serve as the company's Chief Strategy Officer. Zachary joins from The Raine Group, a merchant bank that advised Live Nation on a number of recent deals including the C3 acquisition.
Digital music deals and launches are accelerating ahead of next months Apple music relaunch. Spotify hit a solid double yesterday with multi-faceted Starbucks deal that includes 200,000+ free Spotify Premium accounts and marks a shift for the ubiquitous retailer away from a longterm relationship with iTunes.
Budgets. They are difficult to make. They are also difficult to stick to and often you have to make sacrifices to do the things that are most important. Photoshoots are important for a new artist, but can often be pricey! Check out Part 2 to this amazing series to see how to
The final chapter in the long, sordid story of the pirate site, Grooveshark, finally played out in a New York Courtroom last week. The principals, after years of litigation, have finally shut down their website and signed an agreement stating they will never own or operate a pirate site again or face millions of dollars in fines.
The question of just how to distribute the royalty dollars from music services has moved from a back-office thought exercise to an out-in-the-open debate. Moving forward in this debate is the argument that it would be fairer—particularly to emerging, independent, or less “popular” artists—to distribute royalties on an each pair of ears basis (i.e., per subscriber) rather than on an all pairs of ears basis (i.s., all subscribers).
Many in the music industry are concerned that income from streaming will not adequately fund artists and the music industry. With the shift to streaming accelerating, should record labels and other rightsholders force streaming music services to limit their free offering or will that just drive fans to piracy?
What your social media sites and posts look like matters. But sizing images for every different social network can be a daunting task. This one chart simplifies the process, and tomorrow we'll share a free tool that helps you create and re-size them.
The RIAA represents over 1,600 U.S. record labels that collectively create and distribute about 90% of recorded music sold in the United States. It's largest and most influential of the members are the "Big Three" - Universal, Sony and Warner Music.