In some of Hypebot's most frequently read articles this week, we examined how, in the case of Ed Sheeran, inspiration can lead to lawsuit, Live Nation's introduction of expedited event entry, how artists can promote their music without actually explicitly talking about it, and more!
Frank Ocean's visual album is finally drops on Apple Music, streaming proves to be a bigger part of industry revenue than previously thought, The Biebs cranks up the heat on his war with fans, plus much more as we cycle back through a full week of industry news.
Vevo has hired Goldman Sachs to help it raise$3-$500 million, according to The Financial Times. The money will fund international expansion, acquisitions and original programming. UMG and Sony each own about 40% of the music-centered digital video service.
Pandora could launch their promised ondemand streaming music service as early as next month, according to multiple sources. But with Apple, Spotify, Tidal, Rhapsody, Slacker, Soundcloud, Deezer and others fighting for market share; and Rdio, Guvera and CUR dead or very close to it, Pandora will join a glut of competitors.
For a musician, releasing new music should be a positive experience, rather than an anxiety inducing one. Here we look at six questions artists should ask themselves in advance of dropping new tracks to help ensure that the release goes as planned.
CÜR Media, the parent company of unlaunched streaming service CÜR Music is on the brink of bankruptcy, despite raising millions. The CÜR collapse follows the recent $18 million failure of social music service Crowdmix before it had launched and the current flameout at music streamer Guvera.
In this article, Stephen Carlisle dives back into the controversial decision handed down by the Department of Justice, breaking it down piece by piece and looking both at why the decision is harmful to the industry, and a violates due process.
While young musicians unquestionably have a lot of talent and inspiration to bring the table, a lack of knowledge about the realities of an industry as competitive as the music business can often lead new artists to make mistakes or experience setbacks that a dose of reality early on could have helped them avoid.
Frank Ocean's latest release, new charts from her boss, Biebs, Kobalt and more. As she does on most Fridays, Liv Buli, the Data Journalist for Pandora's Next Big Sound shares what she's paying attention to, as she parsed the week's data to the take the cultural (and her own) temperature.
Although vinyl's new popularity boom spans overseas to the UK, the demographic of vinyl consumers there is significantly different, with UK listeners averaging much older than those in the US, although there listening habits are fairly similar.
Apple Music is continuing its streak of major exclusive releases with the debut of a Frank Ocean "visual album." As with other streaming exclusives, we'll be watching to see if Ocean's fans sign up for Apple Music, try it free for 90 days and opt out or find an unauthorized copy online.
[UPDATED] In late 2014, as part of a move to include digital consumption in its chart calculations, Billboard began counting 1,500 streams or 10 paid downloads of a song as the equivalent of one album sold. Recently, a growing number of top artists have released mega-albums that use this calculation to influence their position on the charts.
TuneCore payments to artists rose 24% to $44 million last quarter over the same quarter last year. Since TuneCore launched in 2006, their artists have earned $733 million from 36.5 billion downloads and streams.
Copyright is complicated, particularly in the music industry. With the recent rash of lawsuits which has been cropping up of late, we're taking a minute to breakdown the difference between fair use and infringement, with the hope of avoiding the later.
While many industry analysts have already acknowledged that streaming accounts for a huge percentage of overall music consumption, some of the most popular tracks actually received an even greater number of spins once Pandora was factored into the equation.
BET today announced their 2016 Hip Hop Awards nominees and Drake dominated the list with 14 nods including ‘Best Live Performer,’ ‘Lyricist of the Year,’ ‘MVP of the Year,’ ‘Album of the Year' and ‘Hustler of the Year. The BET “Hip Hop Awards” 2016 will be taped on September 17th in Atlanta, and will premiere on October 4th.
Here a music industry veteran dives into the world of music publishing and explains why it is that so many artists aren't actually at point in their career where a music publicist is necessary or attainable.
One of the greatest challenges when it comes to self-improvement as a musician is being able to judge one's own music objectively. For this reason, it can be important to develop and use effective techniques for soliciting feedback from one's fans.
By taking a leaf out of Snapchat's book and adding 'stories' to its platform, Instagram has created a new avenue through which artists can reach their fans, allowing songwriters to build a more personal connection with their listeners.
As music consumption shifts to streaming, artists and labels are experimenting with how to use the new medium to release music in different ways. Kayne West remixed and added trax in the first days of his recent Tidal digital release. Drake, DJ Kahled and others each have their own strategies. Now, David Grey has partnered with Spotify to release a "Best Of" album that changes based on fan interest.
Promotion via social media is a complex and ever-changing beast, with little consistency. Here we look at several dos and don'ts when it comes to marketing using hashtags, such as where and when they should be employed for maximum effectiveness.
While Google and the Department of Justice may be under the impression that 100% licensing is going to help them in some way, the reality is that this new ruling will introduce innumerable complexities into the world of licensing, making their lives significantly more chaotic, says David Lowery.
Thanks to social media, buying advertising to promote music is no longer just for deep pocketed major labels. But where is the best place to spend limited funds? That's a question we're working to answer in a series of posts produced with the help of entertainment advertising experts Dash Two.
While the idea of self-promotionwithout talking up one's self may seem backwards or impossible the reality is that, as an artist, more subtle forms of marketing and promotion can often be the most effective.
These lists represent the most viral tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from 8/5-11/2016 via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify.
A video synching up swimmer Katie Ledecky's recent Olympic victory with the universally recognized opening guitar riff from the song "Smooth" was recently pulled from Twitter over copyright concerns, unfortunate for a number of reasons, particularly the violation of fair use.