Music industry commentators this week discussed whether streaming killed song intros, why TV is perfect for artists who don't fit the radio model, and why we shouldn't expect major internet companies to do anything to save net neutrality.
Our tips and advice for independent, self-starter artists this week covered how to make the best use of YouTube Analytics, how to make the touring process easier, why you don't need a record label to achieve industry success and more.
In this meander back through the biggest music industry news from the past seven days, we revisit Apple Music's challenge of Spotify as streaming leader, whether streaming has actually stopped or merely slowed piracy, 2017's Record Store Day, and more!
The most popular articles on Hypebot this week dug into Universal Music's potential cancelling of its Prince deal, eight free social media tools every artist should be using, the Beib's big 2017 debut, and much more.
Saturday 4/22 is the 10th Record Store Day, with hundreds of independent record stores celebrating a resurgence that most thought would never happen. Thanks to vinyl, survival skills and loyal fans, these stores are, for the most part, experiencing a resurgence. But that will only continue if you turn off your computer, put your phone down and go buy something.
Many artists may have conflicted feelings about cover songs, for although they can be fun to play and offer an easy way to connect with your audience, it can also be irritating when cover songs are all an audience wants, or when they get more attention than original compositions. Here we look at the best way to make cover songs work for you.
While radio may have once been the means of making or breaking a hit, the onset of the streaming age means the playlist is now the primary avenue for listener discovery. Unsurprisingly, this has given rise to a new form of payola, with companies emerging that specialize in getting artists' music on playlists...for a fee.
Here Bas Grasmayer explains why he believes online music may be on the verge of another Myspace style implosion, and why this could open up new opportunities for those operating and innovating in digital music.
In this interview Nora Germain, a seasoned violinist and veteran of the stage, shares her extensive DIY knowledge, particularly when it comes to the running a PledgeMusic campaign, as well as advice on cultivating a successful career in music in general.
This week Jon Ostrow of Bandsintown joins Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert on our Music Biz Weekly podcast. If you are not using Bandsintown to distribute and promote your tour dates, you really are missing out. Listen and learn.
My journey to a life in the music business began as an intern in the A&M Records Boston office. I'll always thank Billy Gilbert and Barry Korkin for giving me a chance. But how can you snag the internship that launches your career? The Cyber PR team offers some stellar advice.
ASCAP’s 12th annual “I Create Music” Expo took place last week in Los Angeles. The national conference dedicated to songwriting and composing provides a unique opportunity for songwriters, composers, artists, producers, publishers – and those in the industry that support them – to come together to share their knowledge and expertise.
In the digital age, having a slew of physical material on hand is no longer the necessity it once was, but having an electronic press kit has become essential, particularly when it comes to promoting, branding, and demonstrating your band's accomplishments.
Apple Music got a huge leg up as the default music services on tens of millions of iPhones and other Apple Devices. Now Google Play Music is getting a similar boost via an exclusive relationship with the globe's #2 phone maker Samsung.
"Songwriting is fragile," says Garth Brooks, "(yet) it's the most important step in music." But the craft is undervalued in the digital age. The number of full-time songwriters in Nashville is down 80%, according to the Nashville Songwriters Association Int'l. In the film, "The Last Songwriter," some of Nashville's best discuss the demise of the artform.
YouTube is now an integral part of any band's marketing platform, allowing artists to easily engage current and potential future fans. The site also provides an invaluable set of analytics which allow artists to better maximize its effectiveness.
Did you know that one in three vinyl buyers also pays for an on-demand music subscription? Even in the age of streaming, many still want to touch, feel and own their music. Proof of that is just hours away during this Saturday's Record Store Day.
Touring is a massive undertaking for a musician of any experience level, requiring a huge amount of planning, saving, and organizing. Here we look at ten key steps to follow in the preparation process that much easier and allow you as an artist to focus more on your craft.
[Op-Ed] Copyright Office legislation is moving through Congress, and the House of Representatives is expected to take up the bill when they return from Easter Recess. In this op-ed, leaders from five leading advocacy organizations come together to explain why this debate is important for all creatives.
IPinvestments Group is selling an interesting portfolio of music technology related patents, including one aimed at understanding real-time audience behavior and sentiment via mobile activity during a concert.
Although artists now have the resources and technology to be successful without the help of a major label, or indeed a label of any kind, many are still confused as to why so many in the industry are eschewing traditional labels in favor of their own DIY efforts. Here we look at why.
Although Spotify is generally touted as being the front runner in streaming world with it's 51 million plus subscribers, new controversial data suggests that Apple Music may be on course to emerge the dominant player and, in some areas, may have even overtaken Spotify already.