As the music industry has transformed and increased in complexity so dramatically over the past few years that the already time consuming task of reporting has grown even more so. In this piece, David Weiszfeld looks at how reporting and project managementshould work in the music business.
For musicians, setting up their social media accounts is only half the battle. The real challenge comes when it's time to put out material that will interest and engage fans. Here we review several proven avenues to explore when it comes sharing content.
More than 200 musicians and songwriters have filed a joint brief in support of overturning the verdict in the Marvin Gaye Estate vs. the writers of the hit "Blurred Lines." The diverse group, which ranges from Rivers Cuomo to John Oates and R. Kelly to Hans Zimmer, sites both case law and music experts.
All 3 major labels have reported impressive growth in streaming income. But that's only a fraction of the story, says top industry analyst Mark Mulligan of MIDiA. "If the music service wins, the label wins, if the music service loses, the label still wins," he says. "This disconnect... is one of the festering wounds of the streaming music market."
As the user base for the popular messaging app continues to grow, the pressure for artists to get on Snapchat continues to grow, and while it may seem to be one of the harder social media platforms to break into, to not attempt to do so is to ignore a whole host of potential fans.
Here a former publicist shares some insider information on what you, as an artist, can reasonably demand from your publicist and expect to actually receive, and why it is that you in fact should insist on getting the following three things.
LA Superior Court Judge William Fahey yesterday handed down a summary judgment that effectively dismissed the claims that Beats by Dr Dre had cheated Monster and its CEO Noel Lee out of a 5% share of the Beats brand.
With so many unhappy with the Department of Justice's recent alteration to the Performing Rights Organization licensing model, Texas Governor Greg Abbott recently sent a letter to Attorney General Lynch urging reconsideration of the decision.
Keith Urban, Cam and Dierks Bentley announced the nominees for the 2016 CMA Awards this morning on Good Morning America in top categories, and the Country Music Association followed with the other categories. Here is the full list of 2016 CMA Awards Nominees:
I've always loved my Sonosmulti-room speaker system. It's a near perfect combo of size, fidelity and wireless convenience. My single beef has been that using Sonos speakers meant using the Sonos app as a controller. And it works well, I missed some features that I enjoyed on Spotify, Pandora and other music apps.
Fifteen years after her untimely death in a plane crash at the age of twenty-two, the R&B/hip-hop singer Aaliyah continues to see great popularity, racking up impressive spin countson platforms like Pandora, and even seeing remarkable traffic across a variety of social media outlets.
Sturgill Simpson has been hailed as the second coming of Hank Williams and Merle Haggard. But despite a lot of lip service, country radio and the Nashville establishment have failed to give him his due. Simpson doesn't care what they think, but he does care about hypocrisy, and he let loose this week on Facebook.
The VMAs may have taken a ratings hit, but they still deliver a bump on Spotify. After Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj’s workout-filled performance of their new single “Side To Side”, the track jumped 355% from the weekend prior. Kanye West’s “Fade”, whose video he premiered during the show, jumped 324%. Michael Phelps’s Olympic pump-up song “Stick That”, from Future, jumped 75%.
Getting fans to sign up for your email list requires more than simply dropping a signup form on your website. Although it's certainly a critical step, there's much more artists can do when it comes to raising their signup conversion rate.
Revelator's mission is as simple as it is important: build the first open business platform for distributing, selling, licensing and collecting revenue for music online. Today, the the company announced it has raised $2.5 million to fund its global expansion.
Given the multitude of available channels, it's unrealistic to expect to be able to promote your music on all of them. A more effective strategy is to focus on those platforms most likely to offer success. Here we look at determining which channels those might be, and utilizing them accordingly.
Viewership for Sunday's MTV's Video Music Awards fell dramatically for the second straight year, even as related action on social media soared. But what does MTV expect when they repeatedly produce a show designed primarily to create tweetable moments?
Spotify is ready to allow new releases to be windowed on its paid Premium service. The music streamer needs new contracts with the major labels before it can move forward with an IPO; and reversing its long and strong anti-windowing policy has reportedly become part of the negotiations, according to a new report.
Amazon is so close to finishing its deal with the major labels that it will launch a competitor to Spotify and Apple Music in September, sources tell the Financial Times. Previous reports have Amazon adding a lower priced $5 tier available only via its Echo speaker/digital assistant combo.
While major stars like Robin Thicke and Zeppelin can afford to combat massive lawsuits, the average artist may have a tough time footing the bill for a bitter and protracted court battle. This could change however, should a recently introduced small claims alternative bill end up passing into law.
Although Spotify, like so many streaming companies, blames its lack of substantial profit on its requisite payment of such high royalty rates, the company's woes may in fact stem from a flawed growth strategy and mismanaged finances, as potential investors wait for an IPO which may be a long time coming.
After releasing his heavily anticipated visual album 'Endless' and thereby fulfilling his contractual obligation with Universal, Frank Ocean sent massive shockwaves through the music industry by independently releasing another album, 'Blonde' exclusively on Apple Music, a decision which could predict the future of artist/label relationships, particularly with regard to exclusives.
Spotify CEO Daniel Ek married Sophia Lavender this weekend on the beautiful shores of Lake Como in the Lombardy region of Italy. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife were guests, and singer Bruno Mars provided the entertainment. Thanks to social media, we've got photos.
Frank Ocean's Blonde, his second studio album, debuted at #1 on the BuzzAngle Music U.S. Album Chart for the week of August 16, 2016 with 278,110 album project units, including 232K album sales and 69.1M audio streams.
Music videos require a lot time and often money to produce, so it's a shame if no one ends up seeing them. In this piece, rapper Kosha Dillz outlines eleven different methods for promoting a music video to ensure that as manyfans (or potential fans) see it as possible.
At last night's 2016 MTV Video Music Awards, Beyonce stole the show with a "Lemonade" inspired performance, Drake all but proposed to rumored girlfriend Rihanna and Britney Spears hit the stage with a performance that proved the creative distance between her and Ms. B. Here is afull list of 2016 MTV VMA Winners.