Our sage counsel for independent, do-it-yourself artists and writers this week covered how you can enhance your Instagram content, how to target the people who will actually contribute to your crowdfunding campaign, how to use Spotify playlists to your advantage, and much, much more!
This week on MusicThinkTank, we looked at how to master the side hustle, the best way for artists and musicians to party successfully, looked at some of the greatest documentaries on musicians, and more.
This week, as we flip back through a full seven days of exciting music industry news, we revisit Songkick's trade secret sharing scandal, Sirius's victory in a pre-72 royalty case, Pandoras case for the construction of a full stack music streaming company, and more!
This week, the most popular articles from Hypebot included topics such as SoundCloud's continued need for cash, why the music industry is more innovative than you might think, Spotify's massive job expansions, and more.
In the latest development of the BMG v. Cox case, Judge Liam O'Grady is seeking to wreck the DMCA's safe harbors by insisting that Cox shell out eight million to BMG in legal fees, claiming that the use of these safe harbors as a defense was "objectively unreasonable."
Those familiar with Instagram know that an engaging composition is important to capturing fans' attention, but when it comes to standing out from the crowd, things get a little more complicated. Here we look at six key ways in which users of the platform can separate their content from the pack.
While the National Association of Broadcasters once again works to pass the Local Radio Freedom Act, something which would be harmful to recording artists everywhere, it becomes increasingly important for Congress to take real action regarding artist' performance rights.
Universal Music Publishing Group has named Rochelle Holguin to the newly-created position of Vice President of Creative Strategy. Holguin's new gig will see her with oversight of creative development and marketing for UPMG artists, songwriters and song catalog.
Regardless of who went home with an award on the night of the 2017 Grammys (Adele) it's important to consider for whom it had the best effect streaming-wise. Here we break down which artists saw the biggest post-Grammys bump.
It's clear that streaming is the present and future of music consumption. Chance The Rapper's 'Coloring Book' was the first streaming-only album to win a Grammy this past weekend, Prince's Warner Bros. catalog was streamed almost 5 million times in two days (up 6,323% from the previous two days) after being released onto more streaming platforms, and more and more services are popping up to compete with streaming giants like Spotify and Apple Music.
Celebrate Success: 4 Party Ideas For Musicians And Artists - MTT - Music Think Tank
For many artists and musicians who consider themselves original, a generic party simply won't cut it, and a somewhat more off the beaten path celebration is required. Here we look at four innovative party ideas that can a musician make the kind of splash they want.
[UPDATED] Spotify joint venture Soundtrack Your Brand has raised $22 million to expand its music for business service. The round was led by Balderton Capital and Industrifonden and will be used to expand globally and evolve its service which allows business to select and play licensed music in stores and other retail locations.
A major new chapter in the ongoing battle between Songkick and Ticketmaster unfolded this week as Songkick amended its 2015 antitrust suit lawsuit to include information and accusations that it says emerged during discovery.
UPDATE: The U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed a Federal District Court ruling. Today's decision means that there are no performance fees due on sound recordings created prior to 1972; and that there were no alternative grounds for finding against. Trade group MusicFirst called for copyright overhaul to right the wrong.
The seventh annual Guild of Music Supervisors Awards were handed out last night at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles. The awards recognize outstanding music supervisors in 14 categories representing film, tv, games, advertising and trailers.
In this helpful how-to article, we look at the proper actionable steps to take when it comes to launching a successful crowdfunding campaign and how, as an artist, you can work to target those who will actually donate to your project.
Songkick's Ian Hogworth apparently coined the term, but I first heard about "full stack" music companies during a webinar that PledgeMusic and DotBlockchain co-founder Benji Rogers gave for BerkleeOnline. He was referring to the rollup of PledgeMusic, Noisetrade and Set.fm into a multi-faceted artist services company. Now, Pandora's Glenn People's makes the case that their acquisition of Ticketfly and other initiatives are creating the first full stack music streamer.
After 40 years the CMJ Chart - the only chart that measures college radio - may be gone forever. If true, its a blow both to college radio and to the many indie artists and labels that used it to launch their careers.
According to multiple reports, Spotify will delay its IPO until at least 2018. That's an expensive choice, thanks to a $1 billion loan with an escalating interest rate. But there may be another reason that Spotify is taking its time. A buyer could swoop into save the rapidly growing but very unprofitable company; and that buyer isn't likely to be Google, Amazon or any of the names often mentioned, says analyst Mark Mulligan.
Talk about pent-up demand. On the partial first day that the bulk of Prince's catalog was again available on all the major streaming music services, his songs were streamed 1 million times. And then plays grew exponentially on day 2. Here, via Nielsen, are the impressive stats:
It may by far far be the largest social media network, but that doesn't mean Facebook is staring down some serious user fatigue, with all age groups reporting a drop in their satisfaction level with the service. This could be bad news for artists using the platform as a marketing tool, but good news for Facebook's social media competitors.
Gasparilla Music Festival has been seeing steady growth over the past several years. Here Executive Director David Cox sat down to share the festival's vision, as well the challenge of putting on a festival as a non-profit.
By many measures, Amazon has the biggest U.S. reach of any music streamer. Populated by more casual listeners, who get it bundled with Amazon Prime, the service now appears to turning to discovery - a move that could mean millions of new fans for emerging artists.
Following the release of YouTube star PewDiePie's "Death To All Jews" video, Disney has severed ties. But YouTube seems to be holding fast, also featuring Neo Nazi bands like Weisse Wölfe who have large followings there. Is it time for artists and labels to take action?
To think that Spotify has inadvertently (we hope) helped President Trump "make america great again"... The Stockholm based music streamer announced today that it would be adding 1000 jobs in the U.S. over the next two years. Of course, there were also those $11 million in New York rent incentives that helped make the deal possible.
36% of respondents to a new survey said they watched live video. That jumps to 63% of millennials. It's no wonder, since Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Snapchat, Twitter and other social channels have gone all in on live video. But which channel do fans use the most often?