Beyoncé and Jay-Z surprised fans and the industry with the release of their first joint album on Saturday afternoon. The announcement came at the end of the duo’s London show on their joint "On the Run Tour II" with the casual announcement: “Album Out Now.”
Commentators inside the music industry this week weighed in on whether playlists are ruining album sales or helping them, why Senator Ron Wyden's claim that he's pro-artist is bogus, important lessons about music and radio learned from Anthony Bourdain, and much, much more.
Our advice for the independent self-starters in the music industry this week covered how to give your album that perfect flow, how to grow superfans from the ground up, the best technique for landing your music on a playlist, how to make your merch pop, and so much more!
This week on MusicThinkTank, we looked at whether music theory still matters, the best songs for testing equipment, must-have music accessories for the summer, and more.
In this rummage through a full week of music business happenings, we revisit Snapchat's new musical partnerships, Facebook's dive into the music industry, Haim's firing of their booking agent, and much more!
This week on Hypebot, the most popular and often read articles covered Spotify's potential new industry antagonizing approach to licensing, an eight-year-old's mind-blowing cover of Zeppelin, the correct path to getting your music on a playlist, and much more.
In this piece Michael Hahn explores the art of album sequencing, why it's important, and how an artist can assemble their tracks in such a way as to create a compelling and successful album and album release.
[UPDATED] Music related services including BandsInTown, Patreon, Eventbrite, Pandora and SoundHound are among the first to take advantage of Snap Kit, a new developer platform connecting Snapchat with apps and services.These early integrations open the popular social network up in exciting ways for musicians, marketers and fans.
Michael Foster weighs in on how streaming and playlist culture is effecting album sales for niche genres including ambient, electronic, new age and electronica; and whether they could spell out the end of conventional albums or actually multiply sales.
While having quality music is certainly an important part of finding success in the music industry, perhaps more important, particularly when it comes to growing your fanbase, is conveying your brand, and the person you yourself are.
The Polaris Music Prize announced its ‘long list’ of nominations for 2018, with artists such as Arcade Fire, Gordon Downie, Sloan and U.S. Girls making the cut. 225 albums were considered by the 203 member jury for Long List selection.
Soundfly recently ran a short playlist of songs to use when testing new studio monitors. Following feedback from their Facebook community, they've now released a new playlist with recommendations from the community and over 70 more songs to include!
Finally following through on a long-term threat, Facebook is finally making its move into the music business, announcing that videos shared/uploaded by users of the platform and containing the copyrighted works of popular artists will now be legally licensed. Additionally, Facebook is horning in on Musical.ly's territory with a feature called 'Lip Sync Live'.
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