Paying top dollar to receive VIP treatment from your favorite artist is nothing new in the music industry, but in Japan, Idol fans have taken this to the next level, shelling out thousands of dollars on multiple copies of the same album in hopes of getting closer to their favorite pop stars.
Although Jay-Z signed a massive deal requiring that he release three albums within the decade, there are so far no signs that a new record is forthcoming, and some question as to how the music mogul would use a new album to boost his lagging streaming service.
It used to be that the only place worth debuting a music a video was on MTV. But with the once music network now driven far more by reality shows than VJs, labels and music marketers are turning to unusual places to premier new work.
Pretty much every band or artist hoping to engage with a modern audience has some kind of presence on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, but for those who want to use social media to go the extra mile and connect further with fans, here are four platforms that you may not have yet taken into consideration.
After having the audio removed from his Guitar Hero video one YouTuber, intent on displaying his prowess at the game, opted to uploaded an acapella version of the song. While likely still illegal, the cover highlights some of the inherent absurdities in current copyright law.
Almost 8 months after announcing the addition of video to its mobile platforms, Spotify video is finally live in both the Android and iOS apps. Right after the original announcement, music industry analyst Mark Mulligan offered his well informed assessment of video on Spotify.
With the deadline for NPR's second ever Tiny Desk Contest looming just around the corner (February 2 to be exact) NPR's Ben Naddaff-Hafrey offered PledgeMusic some advice on what an entry needs to make it stand out from the crowd, and how competitive we can expect it to be.
Although for many artists, recorded music is no longer as profitable as it once was, this is not the case for live performance which remains quite lucrative, provided all right components are in place.
Living in the digital age, the resources necessary for recording an album are easily available, but when it comes to making said music available to the public, it's easy to become lost in the clamor and end up without a single soul hearing your album. Here we outline some steps which will help you avoid such an unfortunate circumstance.
Yasiin Bey, the artist formerly known as Mos Def, has announced his retirement from music and film. Bey made the announcement in a SoundCloud recording seemingly made on a cellphone and posted on KanyeWest.com.
Burning cash, getting ready for battle or both? Just 6 months ago, Spotify completed a $526 million funding round; and now the music streamer is reportedly meeting with bankers and investors in search of $500 million in convertible debt.
Two weeks from today, I'll be in San Francisco for the Hypebot Music & Tech Meetup and hosting a star studded "Data Driven Touring" panel at Pollstar Live!, the premier gathering of the touring industry. DETAILS:
Many artists who sit down to write a single often do so without thinking through the expenses they will encounter before the song can actually be released. By going over the actual costs in advance, artists can help keep them low and avoid complications later on.
As part of PledgeMusic's new series Pledger Stories, we hear the personal account of a Megadeth superfan who traveled to Nashville to spend a day in the studio with the metal band to listen to early mixes, get a personal guitar lesson, and even record.
Adding proof that they are about to finally launch their long promised video service, Spotify has pushed out an app update that adds concert listings, more "Moods & Genres" and Genius curated "Behind The Lyrics" playlists, along with at least one "surprise" feature.
Releasing music independently can be a confusing process, and requires making many complex decisions along the way without any kind of certainty as to what the outcome may be. Here we take a step by step look at the release process, determining which course of action makes the most sense depending on the type of music in question.
Offering unique renditions of independent artist's music in an intimate and minimalist setting, video music blogs are both an excellent way to discover great new music, or simply hear artists which you already enjoy in a different context. In this piece, we look at five such blogs to keep on eye on.
When the industry rails against ticket resales, bots (automated ticket buying apps) are held up as the main culprit. But it turns out, to the surprise of absolutely no one inside the event business, that insiders including managers, agents, promoters, venue execs and even some artists, withholding and reselling the best seats in the house are a huge problem, as well.
Constantly having to manage so many social media accounts can be frustrating for artists, particularly given how little they often seem to have to do with actual music. Still, Instagram has risen through the ranks as one of the best ways to engage and interact with fans. Here we look at quick, six-step method for making the platform your friend.
Although Google was careful to clear the rights to Darlene Love's song in their recent Nexus ads, Love has nonetheless filed a lawsuit on the grounds that Google failed to obtain her permission and give her a opportunity to refuse them.
While somewhere in the ballpark of three minutes has for years been the standard length for pop music hit singles, artists like EMM and Kenna are bucking this trend by releasing sixty-second "micro songs."
AM radio has historically been one of the best ways for local artists to begin their breakout success, but with numerous technological changes taking place, demand for AM radio has been steadily dropping.
It's been a rough couple of months at Twitter with a steady stream of key executives either being shown the door or exiting for safer positions elsewhere. To help fill the void, former Ticketmaster CEO Nathan Hubbard, who was most recently Twitter's VP of Commerce, will take over the social network's media team on an interim basis.