It's a Hypebot tradition to host a free online networking party several times a year. The music business slows down for the summer, but many of readers use the down time to plan and work on exciting projects. We want to hear about about all of them.
It's a great time to be indie; and its primary U.S. advocate, the American Association Of Independent Music, turns 10 tomorrow. A2IM can take more than a little credit for bringing indies together to force Apple Music to pay royalties during free trials. But over the years, A2IM has done much more.
The City of Chicago has imposed a pair of taxes that would impose sales tax on pay-per-view entertainment delivered over the internet. The law seems aimed at streaming services such as Netflix, but could apply other streams and downloads.
Apple launched its streaming music service Apple Music and global online station Beats 1 yesterday. What do you think of it so far? Is it a winner or a dud? Inviting or confusing? Revolutionary or nothing new? Vote in our 2 question poll and share your comments below.
Facebook has always left the music business to others, but that may be about to change. With video viewing on Facebook exploding, the online giant announced that it would start paying creators and began secret talks with the record labels.
An email list isn’t worth much if you never use it. In fact, an email list isn’t worth much if you only use it every now and then. It is perhaps the best platform for both developing a relationship with your fans and driving sales, but many artists aren’t using it to it’s full potential.
Eager to beat Apple Music's June 30th launch to the punch, Google recently announced its newly-launched free music streaming service. Beginning this Tuesday, the search engine giant is introducing a free version of Google Play Music that allows users to listen to custom-made radio stationsbased on time of day, mood, artist or other factors.
We haven't done it in awhile, but its a tradition for Hypebot to host online networking parties. Much of the business shuts down over a holiday, but many readers use the down time to work on exciting projects. Be sure to stop back on Friday, introduce yourself and share what you're working on.
There’s been a lot of talk and understandable dissent surrounding Apple’s free tier payment of the reported .002 per play during each consumers 90 day free trial period. We now live in a world of lessor evils, says David Lowery.
While adding extra items to merchandise orders can be expensive for an artist or record label, 'Thank You' notes can be a friendly and cost effective way to connect with fans while helping to increase social media exposure.
Nothing happens in a vacuum, and that's particularly true when Apple is the one throwing a big rock into already choppy waters. Apple Music launched yesterday and with Apple's user base and marketing prowess, the consequences - intended and otherwise - could be considerable.
Now that ASCAP and BMI have released their revenues for 2014, and we have some data on SESAC (thanks to Moody’s), we can estimate the value of a spin, per listener, to songwriters;from performances on US;Radio, in 2014; and it's not much...
Live has been music's slowest sector to jump on the digital bandwagon. That's finally changing with more promoters and festivals increasing their online presence before, during and after the event, often in partnership with innovative music tech startups.
Yesterday's launch of Apple Music will surely accelerate mainstream adoption of streaming music. But how quickly will it happen and what does it mean in terms of revenue for artists and the music industry?
It seems like there are two kinds of "musical cities": those that are known as being enormous hubs filled with music lovers, headquarters for industry companies, and go-tos for ambitious artists trying to make it – such as New York City, Los Angeles, and especially Nashville – and those that have thriving, growing arts scenes that remain somewhat unknown to the general public.
While checking out Apple Music after it launched this morning, I noticed a link targeting undistributed independent artists that points straight to CD Baby. While another link below it leads to a full list of approved providers, Apple, which seems to be making a real effort to support indie music, chose to highlight CD Baby as an onramp.
Apple's Beats 1 live online radio station is on the air with Zane Lowe behind the mic. Listen via the Apple Music app and tell us what you think. Still need to download iOS9 and Apple Music? You'll find instructions here.
The starving artist is quickly becoming a thing of the past. And with new digital tools arriving daily and empower artists, we are seeing a birth of a new creative class: The artist entrepreneur.These producers are ditching their previous gigs for a more lucrative day job; one that balances equal parts business-know-how with artistic talent.
Apple's iOS8.4 and Apple Music are finally live and available for download now! Sign up for your free 90 day Apple Music trial, play with it and come back and tell us what you think. Having trouble with the install? We want to know that too. Here, courtesy of Apple is how to download the iOS update which includes the Apple Music app.
SiriusXM has settled one of several pending lawsuits over payments for pre-1972 recordings with Sony Music for $210 million. It's unclear how much of this will trickle down to artists, but Mike Masnick of Techdirt offers some important background and context.
When it comes to advice, the music industry is fraught with misinformed, bad and just plain wrong advice. Just being a musician, suddenly everyone is an expert on what you should do. The one thing for certain is that all advice isn’t good advice. And just because someone says something doesn’t mean it is true. Or true for YOU.