In this week's music commentary section, we hear from a five-time Grammy winner about the evils of YouTube, what's being done to effect a digital rights management overhaul, and why it is that music industry seems to crush its startups.
Some of the more popular posts on Hypebot from the past included a look at how the UK's departure from the EU might impact the music industry, why the Ticketmaster settlement is being poorly received, a helpful refresher on exactly how streaming royalties work, and more.
This week in the tips, tricks, and strategies department, we have advice on how to best sample music, use YouTube's translation tools to boost your audience, why you ought to consider making your band a LLC, and much, much more.
Rhapsody/Napster unveil their first ever virtual reality music app, Rage Against the Machine offer tantalizing hints of a new project in the works, major labels are making more from streaming than we thought, and much more as we pay a final visit to the week that was in music industry news.
When rapper Soulja Boy tweeted that he has just signed a $400 million "brand ambassador" deal, there were many doubters. Now World Poker Fund Holdings, a publicly traded company, has confirmed thedeal.
With a copyright reform bill anticipated in the near future, the Copyright Office has been holding a series of roundtable talks which it will use to support its alterations to copyright law. Unfortunately, many of the ideas raised thus far are more than a little troubling.
Although the commercial decline of the physical album means that fewer listeners are getting the full visual experience when they consume an artist's music, the following article suggests that album art has in fact become more important than ever, and makes huge difference when it comes to selling music.
Good news for artists on YouTube, it looks as though the service will soon be implementing a new data standardization tool which will help artists get clearer information regarding views and payments, as well as providing more accurateand efficient royalty accounting.
Do artists need labels anymore? Are exclusives a good thing? Those questions and more are being asked by artists and managers this week after Chance The Rapper became the first artist to debut an Apple Music exclusive streaming-only album high on the Billboard 200;and he did itwithout a record label.
Whether you're a new artist, or a seasoned veteran of the industry, a good manager is key to achieving career success. Here we look at several key practices for any artist manager seeking to make their client's career prosper.
Adele took top honors as Songwriter of the Year at Britain's prestigious Ivor Novello songwriting awards on Thursday night.. Adele, who won the award this year for her her third album, "25," took home the same award in 2012 for her last album, "21."
From our Beware Of The Contracts You Sign Dept.-Who knew that a label could stop an artist from performing on TV? Until Kesha and her team gave Sony assurances that she would not use a Billboard Music Awards slot as a platform to discuss litigation, she was off the show.
Universal Music Group announced that they are relaunching the Verve Label Group and appointed veteran manager and film & television producer (and Tony's son) Danny Bennett as the group's President and CEO.
BET Awards 2016 Nominees were named overnight, and Drake led with nine including ‘Best Male Hip Hop Artist’ and ‘Video of the Year.’ Beyoncé and Rihanna follow with five nods each. The full list of 2016 BET Awards Nominees:
There's a lot of buzz around virtual reality (VR) and music. How will creative artists use it? Will it hurt live concert attendance or add a new revenue stream? Today, streaming service Rhapsody got out in front of the trend with the launch of a standalone app, Rhapsody VR.
Since the release of Radiohead's new album, "A Moon Shaped Pool" on Pandora, the band has seen a big jump in listening and station adds. And thanks to the release, Radiohead has passed one billion spins on Pandora. The stats:
In this piece producer, DJ, and recording artist Chris Read looks at some of the best legaland technical practices for effective music sampling, as well as how artists can better monetize music for sampling.
A series of clues, including a cryptic website with a countdown timer and a series of posters around Los Angeles has prompted speculation that Rage Against The Machine might be planning a reunion. According to a source quoted by Rolling Stone, that isn't the case. But there is something up...
The indie music community has embraced Bandcamp and its suite of direct to fan monetization tools. And unlike most music tech startups, Bandcamp, which launched in 2008, has been profitable "in the now-quaint revenues-exceed-expenses sense" since 2012.
DistroKid is thriving as a discount flat fee digital music distribution platform. Offering $19.99 a year for unlimited uploads has attracted a significant user base; and somehow the low price hasn't stopped the startup from iterating.
All of a sudden, VR seems to be everywhere, from music videos to the media business. The company behind many of these experiences is VRSE, founded by legendary creative mind Chris Milk. On this show, I spoke with VRSE's creative director, Zach Richter, about the future of the format and how artists can best use VR to tell stories.
Even if an artist takes all the proper steps to make sure the content they upload to YouTube is discoverable, only having their metadata in one language can limit the potential international audience unless, that is, they avail themselves of YouTube's translation tools.
In an era where we're constantly bombarded with a multitude of advertisements, promoting your music in a way that breaks through the chatter has become increasingly difficult. Here we examine some strategies that will help make your promotion a success.
Streaming services are frequently criticized for their failure to properly compensate artists, but when it comes to the major labels, its a very different story. The more things change, the more they stay the same...