Dealing with global events can be mentally and emotionally taxing for anyone, but particularly so when you're the president of the United States. Here we look at Obama's top playlists, and how music and general can help when dealing with stress.
Songwriters got some good news last week, but there battle is far from won. Here a co-founder of the Songwriters Of North America, Michelle Lewis. explains their decision to sue the Department of Justice, and how they're going to make it happen.
[UPDATED] Live Nation and Ticketmaster have shifted 80% of its concert marketing dollars from traditional radio and press to online. But, perhaps in part because Pandora owns Ticketfly, they are not buying ads where people actually listen to music - Pandora and Spotify.
Hidden in the hoopla surrounding Pandora's direct deals last week, and the resulting launch of the Pandora Plus interactive streaming service, was the major blow they dealt to SoundExchange; and the confusion that they are causing indie artists who are wondering how they will be getting paid in the future.
Social networks are essential for promoting music and shows, but their popularity can rise and fall. Remember MySpace? There are just two constants in your marketing plan, your web site and your email list. In this post, the smart folks at CyberPR share some musician newsletter essentials.
The massive saturation present on virtually every music platform means it has become that much more difficult to get your music to stand out from the crowd, and YouTube is no exception. Here we look at some tips that can give you an edge when it comes to attracting fan (or potential fan) attention.
Tinder has partnered with Spotify to bring music to the dating app. After all, can you imagine a lasting relationship with someone who doesn't like the same music? And it's only lasting relationships that you're looking for on Tinder, right?
After a decade of decline, the U.S. recorded music business is growing for the second year in a row, according to the RIAA. Driving the trend is the revenue source that the music business loves to hate - streaming, and in particular Spotify and Apple.
[UPDATED] Following the DoJ consent decree over 100% licensing, resulting in multiple lawsuits, Chris Castle took a long hard look at where things are likely to go from here. Late last week, a judge overturned part of the decree, but the issue is far from resolved.
While many musicians struggle with their social media presence, Twitter is often the most loathed for those not already accustomed to the platform. Here we cover some ways artists can boost their presence on the site and maximize fan engagement.
In my role as an instructor at Berklee Online, my international students often remind me that indie artists have similar problems wherever they launch their careers. Most artist service firms gladly service clients in other countries, but ReverbNation has taken the important step of building a physical presence there.
ArtistData is shutting down in October. The free service, which allowed musicians to syndicate tour dates across multiple sites and platforms, was launched by Cluster Labs co-founderBrenden Mulliganin 2008 and acquired by Sonicbids in 2010.
Although safe harbor laws have done little to help law abiding citizens, and made it easy for conniving entrepreneurs to earn big while hiding DMCA laws, it seems Europe at least is leading the way with a solution to the safe harbor problem.
Although streaming in general has seen strong growth in 2016, it seems this recent build in subscribers has largely been isolated to two major players in the streaming wars, Apple Music and Spotify, leaving smaller contestants in the dust.
Indie music and film distributor The Orchard has partnered with Taihe Music Group (TMG), the largest label group in China, in an exclusive digital deal that will bring The Orchard's catalog to a Chinese music services.
While some artists may think that once and album is finished, they kick back and relax, they should actually be taking steps to build fan interest, increasing the likelihood of the albumactually selling.
Just because you can write a great song, doesn't mean that you can write a great bio or press release; and even in D.I.Y. world, there are some things better done by someone else. To fill that void, digital PR platform StoryAmp has launched StoryAmp Writing Services.
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On Friday, a federal judge ruled in favor of BMI in its fight with the DoJ over 100% licensing. This piece from attorney Erin M. Jacabson looks the history of PROs, how the original ruling came to fruition, and the problems it could create for the music industry moving forward.
A major investor in Spotify has signaled that while a 2017 IPO is likely, "don´t discard the possibility of a sale to Facebook." He also shared projections that, if correct, would solidify the music streamer's position as a market leader.
Apple Music unveiled a humorous 2 minute ad Sunday night during The Emmys that features late night host James Carden channeling David Bowie, Slash and The Spice Girls while pitching Apple execs Jimmy Iovine, Eddie Cue and Bozoma Saint John ideas for a new marketing campaign. WATCH:
While many artists prefer the idea of bringing something new to the table with their compositions, the fact is that original doesn't always pay the bills, which may cause some musicians to er on the side of music that will actually sell.
A Federal Rate Court Judge has ruled in favor of BMI, rejecting the U.S. Department of Justice's recent consent which included 100% song licensing. While the DoJ decision sent shockwaves through the industry, yesterday's was a cause for celebration.
In our tips and advice section this week, we offer indie artists guidance on boosting your organic reach on Facebook, growing your email list, what to do when you're feeling stuck in your music career, and much, much more.