It's been a dirty little secret of the music business for decades. Some artists' teams skim the best tickets and profit from reselling them on the secondary market. Now we're closer to getting proof, as Robbie Williams’ management team is accused of reselling them for $79 above face value.
French performance rights organization Société des auteurs, compositeurs et éditeurs de musique (Sacam) announced that they are partnering with technology giant IBM in a 10-year bid to develop URights, a cloud-based copyright platform designed to track and collect on online music for creators and publishers.
CD Baby is partnering with Music Gateway and its newly launched Sync Portal which allows 300+ global advertising agencies and 700 music supervisors to easily license tracks from CD Baby’s sync catalog of 2 million songs film, TV, commercials and video games.
An essential part of the day for many consumers, this article looks at the benefit of listening to music on a daily basis, and several specific ways in which it can help and improve both the mental and physical health of the listener in question.
Spotify, YouTube and other music streamers are locked in tough re-negotiations with the major labels. But for Spotify, the stakes are the highest. The largest music streamer, which loses millions of dollars quarterly, is planning an IPO this year.
With YouTube being the most used streaming service in the world, the pressure is building from major artists for a reform of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act which currently grants the video site safe harbor provisions harmful to artists.
In this follow-up to David Emery's must read postHow To Survive The Music Industry In 2017. MD and music industry veteran Darren Hemmings looks at the impact that a life in the music business can have on a person's mental health; and why music companies must do more about it.
Encouraging industry creatives to embrace change and adapt to new technologies, Andrew Gazdecki here outlines several different ways in which mobile apps are changing things, and how artists can benefit from them.
Donald Trump will be sworn in as President of the United States on this Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. The nation's 45th president will take the oath of office on the steps of the U.S. Capitol at noon,followed by official balls, parties and receptions. Here is list of Bandcamp artists performing at the inauguration:
Following the release of two highly anticipated new tracks 'Shape of You' and 'Castle on the Hill' on Spotify and elsewhere last, the music streamer announced that Ed Sheeran had broken a number of records this week.
Royalties from Pandora’s ad-supported radio service will continue to be paid to artists through SoundExchange, despite recent direct licencing deals with major music companies. The agreement both insures a major income stream for SoundExchange and maintains the performing rights organization's position as a protector of artists.
The U.K. recording industry’s top contest, the BRIT Awards will be held Feb. 22nd at London's O2 Arena. The awards reshaped its voting panel after the 2016 show was rocked by controversy over the lack of black nominees. Here is a full list of 2017 Brit Awards nominees:
This week, commentators from the music industry discussed why artists shouldn't make getting signed their goal, what it's like to be a 'hired gun' in the music industry, and the concept of a digital tip jar.
In our tips and advice section this week, we give independent and DIY artists sage council on they can survive the music industry in 2017, the many different ways of accepting payment for merch and music, the definitive method for releasing and album, and much more.
This week in our glance back over important music industry news from the past week, we reexamine the potential onset of high-res streaming, YouTube's new 'Super Chat', how Pinterest is becoming a go-to social network for musicians, and more.
In this week's set of chart toppers, some of our most frequently read articles looked at Pandora's precipitous drop in value, the challenge of building an identity in the streaming age, how Snapchat can have the same effect as radio, as well as much, much more.
A new analysis proves just how dominate a player Spotify is. The study of app downloads and app revenue showed that the music streamer was the top earner both in Apple's App Store and overall (App Store and Google Play) globally in 2016
In this piece, Corey Teich explains where Bonnaroo (who's recent lineup announcement was recieved with mixed feedback) went wrong, and why it will never be, nor should try to be a festival like Coachella or Lollapalooza.
"The music industry can really fuck you up," writes David Emery, VP Global Marketing Strategy at Kobalt Label Services in this important essay/how to guide. "It’s all well and good to talk about it ... (but) breaking it down into some small things that might make working in the music industry slightly less likely to cause more stress than it really needs to."
Why do so many music startups fail, and can we do anything to prevent it? Here we look at some alarming evidence demonstrating the incredibly high rate of failure in the music startup world, and if the end of innovation is nigh.
A new record pressing plant out of North Texas, Hand Drawn Pressing is just getting started, but have plans to churn out almost two million records by the end of the year. Here two of the company's top executives weigh in on the logic of opening a vinyl company in the digital age.
UPDATE 2: Pandora shared some positive news about both subscribers and earnings late on Thursday, after a week in which investors shaved tens of millions of dollars off it valuation. As of mid-afternoon Friday, Pandora stock was up almost 7%, the same percentage of staff who will be getting pink slips this quarter.
Long awaited by many, it appears as though high-resolution streaming could soon become an industry reality, with the three major labels and several prominent streaming companies announce their support for a new higher quality format.
UPDATED: YouTube today launched "Super Chat," a new way for musicians and creators to earn money. With Patreon, Vimeo and others fighting to attract top YouTubers, finding ways to rewarded them financially has become a top priority. But alongside today's launch, YouTube discontinued another fan funding feature.