Music commentators voiced their opinion this week on whether $9.99 streaming subscriptions have hit a saturation point, penned an open letter to congress, and discussed the gear and tech they need to function.
This week we share knowledge with independent artists on how they can use SoundCloud to drive music sales, the types of Spotify playlist that might feature their song, how thinking like a DJ can help you become a better producer, and more.
In this look back through the past seven days of music industry goings-on, we revisit how music consumption habits changed in the past year, why Kanye wasn't permitted to play at inaugural events, the new streaming playlist music economy, and much more.
The most popular posts on Hypebot this week included a look at the new payout rates offered by Spotify, Apple, and YouTube, tips on surviving the music industry in 2017, how streaming is beating radio for the first time, and more.
In this interview Rick Goetz discusses his work as the Chief Creative Officer and head of A&R at ReverbNation, an online connection and career development source for over four million bands and artists around the world.
With ubiquity of streaming, 2017 can seem like a tough year in which to expect to sell any of your music. This hardly means it's impossible however. Here we look at a five step strategy for marking your music on Soundcloud to boost sales on iTunes.
While music streaming has had good year overall, the financially polarizing pricing structure currently being implemented by the streaming industry seems to have some wondering if the number of customers willing to pay $9.99 has hit a saturation point.
From Chance the Rapper’s indie release "Coloring Book" to some of the buzziest genre tags including #TRAPSOUL and #phonk, SoundCloud continue to be a hub of creativity and often a predictor of future musical trends.
The shift from buying music to renting/streaming it has happened more rapidly than almost anyone predicted. This chart from Statista shows the year-over-year pace as tracked by Nielsen who says audio streams were up 76%, while digital album and track sales were both down 20%.
The Americana Music Association's Airplay chart represents the reported play of terrestrial radio stations, nationally syndicated radio shows, satellite radio and internet stations who have agreed to submit weekly spin counts. Here is this week's chart:
Already an established household name in the Atlanta hip-hop scene, we look at how a series of successes plus a shout out from Donald Glover at the Golden Globe Awards is helping to push the group Migos to the top.
Indie band The Slants took their trademark fight to the Supreme Court this week. Despite being together for more than a decade, the group has been unable to get their name registered as a federal trademark because the U.S. trademark office views it as offensive.
Music industry advocacy group MusicFirst has sent an open letter to Congress setting out their legislative priorities. Members of the coalition include the Recording Academy, the RIAA and the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM).
Pandora, YouTube and Spotify combined to capture 72% of all streaming music listening in 2016. And for the first time ever, enjoying music via streaming was more popular than listening to music on the radio, according to a new MusicWatch survey.
In the age of streaming, landing your music on a playlist is one of the best ways to be discovered as an artist. Here we look at the six different types of playlists to purse when seeking to get your music featured.
In a piece of legal news with wide implications for the music business, indie string trio Time for Three and S'More Entertainment have filed a class action lawsuit against Entertainment One regarding the music and entertainment distributor's their direct deal with SiriusXM.
Apple's Garageband and the many digital audio toolkits that followed helped revolutionized the music industry by offering affordable and usable music creation and recording tools. This week, Apple pushed out a major update to both of its top audio software offerings.
Former Beatle Paul McCartney filled a lawsuit against Sony/ATV Music Publishing in federal court in New York on Wednesday, hoping to reclaim the ownership of 267 Beatles songs that Michael Jackson acquired in 1985.
In this interview we hear from Janet, drummer, backup singer, co-songwriter, and setlist maker for a variety of different bands, most notably Sleater-Kinney and Quasi about her preferences for hardware, software, and setup.
Veteran label executive Gregg Nadel has been named as President of Atlantic Record Group's Elektra Records. Nadel, who has been General Manager of Elektra for the past two years, is a twenty-year veteran of the Atlantic records team and most recently served as General Manager of Elektra, stepping in after the departure of Jeff Castelaz.
Here musician and longtime Philadelphian Nick Millevoi shares some his favorite venues in the city, giving us an inside look at how such a large city can sometimes feel like a small town of interconnected scenes and genres.
With the advent of streaming, playlists have risen to become many consumer's default interface for listening to music, something which has some serious implications both for the music business and music itself.