It's official. Nielsen Soundscan has confirmed that Adele's 25 has broken the single-week U.S. album sales record, and she's done it in just 3 days. After processing the first sales reports from Monday, Nov. 23, the album has sold at least 2,433,000 units.
We often celebrate artists like Adele and Taylor Swift for leading the music industry in a direction of positive change, but the realities of income redistribution mean that their business model, while admirable and certainly successful, is difficult for artists who aren't at a similar level of stardom to emulate.
Last week we published a piece by Bobby Oswinski of Music 3.0 describing what he sees as the "confusing" new RIAA campaign to promote Hi-Res music. Today, David Hughes, the Chief Technology Officer for the RIAA responds.
Pandora's recent procurement of the streaming service Rdio (it's second major acquisition of late, following Ticketfly) could help Pandora to expand its global customer base, but the purchase also brings with it a host of complications, and none of Rdio's customers or licenses.
For those looking to up the level of crowd engagement at their next gig, here are eight useful tips that can help your time on stage stand out and remain memorable to your audience after the show has ended.
Direct to fan music sales site Bandcamp has added the ability for artists and labels to sell full catalog bundles at a discount. Any artist with 3 or more albums can sell a bundle of releases at 5-90% off.
Today's generation of young adults has rarely, if ever, had to pay for music, having grown up during the reign of the illegal MP3, and now living in the golden age of freemium streaming. This raises some tough questions about whether or not these consumers will ever be willing to part with solid cash for music.
While for many the idea of a record label has become antiquated and anachronistic, Ed Sheeran, Miley Cyrus, and Jack White appear to disagree. Here George Howard speaks with John Simson (one of the founders of SoundExchange) about the economic incentives, both current and potential, for artists who own theirown labels.
Using a blog to market your music is an excellent way gain more exposure and grow a fanbase, as it offers a personalized glimpse at who you are and what you're doing. That said, it doesn't matter how great the content of your blog is if no one is reading it. This article offers some tips on how to better promote your blog to both current and potential fans.
Early last month fan patronage site Patreon was hacked. No sensitive user data accessed, according to the startup, which nonetheless recommended a change of passwords. But now, some Patreon users are receiving threatening messages.
Pandora today released its 100 most thumbed up songs of 2015. It reflects a wide range of taste in new and old music with Taylor Swift, Beyoncé, Sam Smith and John Legend, Rich Homie Quan alongside Lynyrd Skynyrd and Ben E. King.
Over 1,000 musicians from all across the globe, spanning every genre – from acoustic metal-rap to Zydeco pop covers – headed for Chicago to empower themselves with the knowledge handed down from leading music industry experts at CD Baby’s first ever artist-oriented DIY Musician Conference.
A Sanford, Florida policeman was fired after taking the stage in full uniform to sing "Let the Killing Begin" with death metal band Vital Remains. "An incident of this nature erodes the thin fibers of trust which already exist between the community and the police and it will not tolerated..." the city said in a statement. WATCH:
At last night's American Music Awards, Taylor Swift was the biggest winner with three - Song of the Year, Favorite Pop/Rock Album and Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist. One Direction, The Weeknd and Nicki Minaj each took home two awards.
This week in the world of music commentary, SONGS CEO Matt Pincus weighs in on why a two-class system would be harmful to the music industry as a whole, we hear a response to Jimmy Iovine'scomments, and explore the logic behind the Pandora/Rdiodeal.
Some of Hypebot's most popular posts this week included the dismissal of the "Shake It Off" lawsuit against T-Swift, Adele's rejection of Live Nation in favor of indie promoters, Spotify's announcement that its users now log 1.7 billion listening hours a month, as well as much more.
This week Hypebot has advice for the do-it-yourself musician on how to effectively delegate work, why you should be pitching smaller music blogs and, just in time for the holidays, some tips on flying with your instruments.
Alabama State University is in the hot seat after they're caught in a fake Lil Wayne concert scam,Jimmy Iovine alienates half of Apple's customer base, and the Eagles Of Death Metal release their first statement since the Paris attacks. This plus more as we take a look back at the music industry's week that was.
[UPDATE 2] SONGS Music CEO Matt Pincus writes about the threats facing the music publishing business, as larger companies work to make the shares which they control earn greater revenue from digital use than those held by smaller companies and independent artists.
After Apple Music exec Jimmy Iovine said on national TV that he had created Apple Music because he "always knew that women find it very difficult at times...to find music," music manager Jane Davidson decided to write him a letter.
Today is the last day to save on registration for both SXSW 2016 Music and Interactive. Current rates are $725 and the move up in steps to $895. Just as importantly, you need to register to get a hotel, which sellout quickly. Register now and save here.
As an artist, breaking into the music industry is a difficult task, and it's easy to feel as though your efforts are offering little in the way of rewards, but it may be that you're just not looking close enough. Here are four tell-tale signs that show you're making progress, even if it doesn't always feel that way.
Apple Music executive Jimmy Iovine is now apologizing after he said that he "always knew that women find it very difficult at times - some women - to find music. And this helps makes it easier with playlists, curated by real people.” during a CBS This Morning interview.