Check out how much moneyWarner Music will lose now that Happy Birthday is in the public domain, the surprise reason YouTubeis a threat to the music industry, and why good content curation is key to the growth of streaming. This plus more as we check out the week's smash hits in music industry news.
This week Hypebot's helping out the indie musician by offering them advice on how to monetize their tunes on YouTube, pointing out some mistakes they need to correct before they can make it big, and discussing why they should register their work, even it's technically already copyrighted.
This week on MusicThinkTank, we're looking at retro promotion techniques that still hold up, how you can identify if your music is really good enough to release, and what to do in order to set up a top notch studio, plus much more.
As we rewind through the week in music industry news, we review the return of the cassette tape, how much ad supported streaming is actually worth, which genres are messing up their metadata the most, and much, much more.
While Billboard takes a number of factors into account when calculating its rankings, it does not include illegal downloads, which would alter their statistics significantly. Here we look at whichalbums and genresare most commonly pirated, and what these illicit downloads might indicate for the artist.
Hypebot will host its fourth San Francisco Music and Tech Meetup on Wednesday, October 14, 2015 from 7-10PM at Upcider in San Francisco. Let's grab a drink and talk about Apple Music, Spotify, and Happy Birthday! RSVP info below.
This is the week that Apple learns how many users will choose to pay for Apple Music. They will never tell us the real numbers (if there were a pool, I'd bet 4.5 million) that stay and pay for Apple Music, but we can read the signals coming from Cupertino.
While musicians are often advised by their fellow artists to keep their own publishing, such an approach is no longer especially applicable in the modern music economy. It is more important that artists develop a solid understanding of where exactly publishing revenue comes from, and how to deal with Performing Rights Organizations.
The state of the music industry today is such that managers are required to wear a variety of hats and develop unique strategies for different artists. The Future of Music Coalition's upcoming Managers Sessionpanel will be an excellent opportunity to hear from several successful managers in the business and pick up a few tricks of the trade.
Increasingly, data is driving music - how labels invest resources, where bands tour and what we listen to. Sometimes that data reveals the unexpected, and no one is better at sharing those surprises than Spotify's Eliot Van Buskirk.
SoundCloud is an excellent resource for sharing and promoting your work, particularly when it comes to promoters and labels who don't want to bother with having to download music. If you're only using the service to share music links, however, you may be failing to take advantage of SoundCloud's social side.
Yesterday, we reported that Patreon had been hacked. At the time, company co-founder Jack Conteassured users that no sensitive information had been breached. Now, much of the hacked data has appeared online, and the damage may be worse than feared.
As the music industry goes into overdrive trying to figure out how many people are still using Apple Music now that their 90 day free trials are up, TIDAL has publicly passed milestone of its own - 1 million.
If you follow the music industry press, it would be easy to decide that knowing what streaming music costs and what streaming music pays is a constantly moving target. While that's sometimes true, it is equally the case that there are constants and simple formulas to help you keep score.
As it has become increasingly easy for artists to churn out music, it has also become harder to make said music stand out as anything other than mediocre. Here are some tips for how to make sure your work is truly release ready and that it will be noticed and appreciated by potential fans.
Here rapper Kosha Dillz discusses the pros and cons of giving music away for free, with a specific focus on how offering free music can frequently benefit an artist in other less immediate ways by building a positive relationships with fans.
"Yesterday I learned that there was unauthorized access to a Patreon database containing user information," Jack Conte, CEO and Co-founder of Patreon wrote users overnight. "Our engineering team has since blocked this access and taken immediate measures to prevent future breaches. I am so sorry to our creators and their patrons for this breach of trust. "
YouTube has undeniably become one of the most important tools with which artists engage both preexisting and potential fans, but in order to effectively monetize this engagement, a certain procedure must be followed.
MTV may not matter to music as much as it once did, but it still matters. There's the sales bump after s after the Video Music Awards, for example. So who leads MTV matters; and starting today its not an exec with a music industry background.
Apple Music launched 90 days ago today, and that means that the first group of free trial subscriptions are expiring. If you want to make sure you don't ever pay for Apple Music, we've got instructions here, or maybe Apple Music meets you music needs. Whatever your decision, we want to here what it is. VOTE NOW:
The latest edition of SF MusicTech is scheduled for November 10th at San Francisco's Hotel Kabuki. More than any other industry gathering, SF Music Tech brings together movers and shakers in both music and tech talking about the issues that matter.