"Independent record stores are much more than the name suggests. They are an international community and platform where music has an outlet and an opportunity to grow over the long term, in a way that sincerely connects with community and culture. They are also a magnificent mob of highly opinionated musical bandits..." - Ben Harper
April 18th is Record Store Day, a time to celebrate and support independent music retailers. But some think the day has gotten too commercial. Vote after the jump and let us know if you'll be visiting a record store tomorrow. Tell us why and you have a chance to win a copy of the wonderful Record Store Book.
Last year, vinyl unit sales totaled 9.2 million, a 6.1 million increase in 2013. With 2015's vinyl sales up 37% in the first three months of the year, and the growing popularity of Record Store Day (which is tomorrow - go buy something) it looks as though digital music is going to have to work a little harder to kill off the legend that is vinyl records.
Although music streaming is getting the biggest headlines these days, recent research from MusicWatch, a company providing consumer research for the music industry, indicates that consumers have not entirely given up on paid music downloads. In fact, one third of U.S. consumers purchased music downloads last year.
As artists, we are naturally overly critical of our work. No one wants to release something out to the world that is less than perfection. But the fact of the matter is that your “perfect” may never even be attainable. Taking action is imperative in moving your career forward.
Spotify has announced the launch of Playlist Targeting, the newest feature in it's Spotify For Brands platform. Playlist Targeting will allow brands to reach specific artists by targeting unique audience segments based on streams from Spotify’s 1.5 billion-plus playlists.
Everyone knows the music business is tough, and with so much conflicting career advice out there, it's enough to make your head spin! There are, of course, the time-tested words of wisdom that apply no matter which path you embark on, but here are three surprising music career tips that you didn't know you needed.
As Madonna proved by releasing new music on virtually every new digital platform possible, modern music marketing is not just for the young. Now classic rockers Kansas teamed with Mobius yielding some impressive results.
Today, the music industry is all about D.I.Y (Do-It-Yourself). But does that really mean that you have to do it all alone? Today's music industry is becoming less dependent on record labels. Thanks to technology, what was once done by labels can now be done through our own volition.
UPDATED: The Apple Watch has been one of the company's most anticipated and buzz about product releases, and like most things that Apple does, music is front and center. Yesterday, Apple released a series of videos offering guided tours of features on the Apple Watch including this one on music:
With all the news about streaming music services and the state of the “new” music business, many independents artists are wondering whether there’sstill a need for physical recorded product (i.e., CDs, download cards, vinyl, and USB flash drives). 8 experts weigh in.
Hypebot presents our fourth Los Angeles meetup for readers to have a conversation with like-minded peers. You are invited to gather for drinks on Wednesday, April 29th from 7:00 to 10:00pm at Rosewood Tavern. Space is limited - RSVP below!
In this episode of the Upward Spiral, a music business podcast, we talk with Jon Healey, who is an editorial writer in the opinion section of the LA Times. We discuss how to make Tidal, a recently relaunched subscription music service, better for independent musicians.
The 10th ASCAP “I Create Music" EXPO” to be held this April 30 - May 2 in L.A. offers attendees one-on-one time with some of the world's top producers, composers, songwriters and industry leaders including Aloe Black CD Baby's Kevin Breuner, Bill Withers and more.
From Google: "Starting April 21, we will be expanding our use of mobile-friendliness as a ranking signal. This change will affect mobile searches in all languages worldwide and will have a significant impact in our search results." That date is important, but so is the word in bold.
This Saturday, music fans who prefer to listen to music on vinyl will be rewarded with special releases that validate their passion. Today, the Music Business Association highlights Record Store Day participant, Bull Moose Music.
Exposure is everything when releasing new music; and as the debate rages over digital windowing and exclusives, Spotify is sharing stats to remind the music industry just how massive its reach can be. The latest impressive numbers come courtesy of Wiz Khalifa's new release.
After a hugely successful meeting of the music tech minds earlier this year, Hypebot will host its second San Francisco Music Tech Meetup on Tuesday April 21, 2015 from 7:00-10:00pm at Upcider in San Francisco - and you're invited.
From Mp3.com to Mp3Tunes, Michael Robertson has never been afraid to take on the music industry; and that's often landed him in court. In fact, lawyers for Universal Music are still arguing over whether $12M is enough for their work winning a "pyrrhic victory" over Mp3Tunes. Unphased, he's back with new music app Six Seconds.
In 2013 the label that gave the world the viral hitHarlem Shake faced a serious legal issue. The story has become something of a modern parable for fledgling producers who tend to sample without seeking permission.