While the majority of bands should have someone who is dedicated to protecting the band/s public image, both in the press and on social media, there are certain types of artists that have no need for such a person, perhaps because they're too new, or simply don't care about their image.
For all the criticism leveled at Pandora of late, it seem the popular internet radio service is helping out some mid-tier musicians, or at least those who play country music, by providing them with significantly greater airtime than traditional broadcast radio.
SXSW2017 has opened its Panel Picker. Aside from the overwhelming amount of music, panels are the best thing about SXSW, and fortunately, unlike some conventions, the process to choose which panels get SXSW slots is relatively transparent and democratic.
With its golden hospitality and government funding of the arts, touring Europe can be a musician's dream, provided it's done correctly. Here musician Brett Newski shares some wisdom from the road on how to make your next European tour a success.
[UPDATED] "Um, we just released our new album... can you help us publicize it?" I cannot even begin to count the number of times artists have called my office and said this (or something very close to this). There's a HUGE problem with this retroactive approach...
While touring across country is likely the goal for many up-and-coming artists, it's important to first build buzz in your local scene. Just because you're playing locally though, doesn't mean that you can't turn your neighborhood show into a major event.
When you hear a song played at a political rally, does it imply that the artist singing it endorses that candidate? This is the kind of thorny legal and moral issue that continues to resurface, particularly during presidential campaigns.
After a long legal battle, "Happy Birthday To You" has entered the public domain. It's part of a growing list of "moder" songs whose legal status is shifting as copyrights run out and lawyers test their limits. Up next, a battle over Woody Guthrie's iconic "This Land Is Your Land."
If you’re anything like me, your social feeds are a mess right now. A quick sample of mine: festival flyers, ads for a CRM system, open letters to Donald Trump, a defense of Kim Kardashian, and ads to join Yahoo Mail. Even without the necessary evil of promoted posts clogging up the feed, it feels like the initial promise of social media - a hub of digital connections between physically separated people - is lost.
Roc Nation Nashville has entered into a publishing partnership with Warner/Chappell Music to publish Roc Nation Nashville’s repertoire. In 2013, the two companies signed a global publishing agreements for JAY Z and Roc Nation’s roster.
The life of the independent musician is challenging and requires massive amounts of work, with little to no guarantee of commiserate return. But such work can also be the most rewarding. Here, from the debut edition on the Cash Music blog WATT, indie hip hop artist Jean Grae looks at the pros and cons of the independent creative life and what it has to offer.
Although services like Apple Music and Spotify tend to get most of the attention, they're hardly the only companies in the streaming game. Here we look at what Soundcloud, Amazon, and Tidal have been up to of late.
Like it or not, a large part of the music business is just that: business. While musicality and creativity are certainly important, possessing solid entrepreneurial skills is also critical to getting your music to the largest audience possible.
Historically, DJ hosting has been great way for artists in the hip-hop community to gain credibility through association, but as more DJs enter the scene and crowd the market, the question is being raised of whether the expense is worth the exposure.
[UPDATED] Google Search and Google Play Music are diving more deeply into song lyrics via a deal with LyricFind. Lyrics as an add-on have been getting attention lately. Apple Music is adding them. Spotify offered lyrics and recently dropped them, but insists their coming back.
UPDATED: While its become controversial within the industry, there's no denying that YouTube remains one of the most important social media platforms for music. Here we go beyond the basics, and look at some more in-depth ways to promote your music and reach fans.
When Len Blavatnik's Access Industries bought Warner Music Group in 2011, it took on $3.05 billion in expensive debt. Now investment ratings firm Moody's has upgraded WMG's outlook slightly from B2 to B1, but with a "high default risk."
Ariel Hyatt and her team at CyberPR spend long days helping artists build an audience. Included in their toolkit is the particularly misunderstood role of music publicist. To help explain what a music publicist does and how to hire them, they've created several free resources.
Despite an oft quoted figure of 3 billions dollars since 2005, it seems YouTube actually has has no idea what it's paying artists, although the evidence seem to be fairly clear that it's not enough, says Ted Kalo.
While being a producer may be dream job of many, not everyone's cut out for a career behind the console. Here Joey Sturgis offers some advice on what an aspiring producer/engineer should do in order to stand out and find success in the industry.
64% of respondents to a new study in five countries say that they have too little motivation on Mondays. I would have guessed a number closer to 99%, but the good news is that music can help beat the Monday blues.
Kayne West has called his marriage to Kim Kardashian live performance art, and indeed that could be said about his entire career and life. his latest piece of social media genius, a new flesh-fueled star studded video for the song "Famous."
At last night's BET Awards 2016, Beyonce won four awards - Best Female R&B/Pop Artist, Video of the Year, Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award, and the Centric Award. "Straight Outta Compton," and Creed star Michael B. Jordan winning Best Actor. The full list of BET Awards Winners 2016:
Patent infringement lawsuits, both valid and unjustified, are a fact of life in tech. As the value of music streaming has grown, so have the legal action surrounding it. Spotify and iHeartMedia are the latest targets.
This week industry commentators weighed in on whether it's time to consider something other than the streaming business model, if narcissism is ruining the live music experience, and what Rhapsody's return to it's Napster moniker means for the company.