In just 3 days since its release, Drake's Views, has passed 822,000 album units (streams + sales) in the US and 89,000 in Canada. Beyonce's Lemonade made also remained strong with 188,000 album units in U.S. and 13,ooo in Canada, according to BuzzAngle.
Concert giant Live Nation is planning a special $20 ticket fire sale to 1000 major summer concerts. Starting May 13th and running through May 20th. We'll have more details as they leak, though we expect a complete list of concerts tomorrow during Live Nation's National Concert Day celebration.
ASCAP Expo 2016 is a wrap. But last week's LA gathering did offer more than a few memorable moments and Adam Davis of Hypebot's parent company Skyline Musicwas there to capture them. Overheard at ASCAP 2016:
Although recording covers of popular songs has long been a tactic for more obscure artists to try and gain prominence, streaming services like iTunes and Spotify are taking steps to either hide or remove these versions in an effort to make it easier for users to find the originals.
In addition to his legacy as an artist and performer, Prince also had, throughout his career, a complex relationship with the world of digital music distribution, and while he certainly tried many different tactics when it came to making his music available to the public, it's unclear just how successful he was.
Warner Music Group has expanded its Board of Directors from 11 to 12 members with the addition of Ynon Kreiz. Until last December, Kreiz served as the CEO of Maker Studios, which produces content for YouTube and other digital distribution platforms.
As the popularity of video on platforms like Snapchat, Facebook, and Instagram only continues to grow, it is becoming increasingly important for artists integrate video into their digital marketing campaigns.
Although music may be more ubiquitous than ever before, this availability has failed to translate into greater payouts for artists. It's hardly the first time in music's history that artists have been unfairly treated, but after all these ups and downs, how big is the music business now?
Drake's new release "Views" topped 740,000 album units in the U.S and 80,000 in Canada in just two days (4/29-30). That surpasses Beyonce's "Lemonade's" first full week numbers, according to BuzzAngle. Apple Music, which has a 1 week streaming exclusive, streamed "Views" 600,000 times on release day alone. Top 5 in the U.S. and Canada:
This week in music commentary, we hear thoughts and opinions on why virtual reality must be treated as a tool not a toy, what's working for indie musicians of today, and why it is that universal data standards are so important.
This weeks most sought after and thoroughly perused pieces included the announcement that Beyonce's 'Lemonade' would be available on multiple platforms, a look inside the T-Swift Anti-piracy battle, Prince's lasting impact on the copyright world, and more.
In our ongoing effort to help indie artists find success in the industry, Hypebot has tips on how to promote your music on social media with maximum effectiveness, build a following on Snapchat, actually earn some revenue from having your music on YouTube, and much more.
Neil Young drops on TIDAL, a judge assigns an administrator for the will-less Prince's estate, Apple Music sees something of a growth spurt, and much more as we take one last look back a full week of industry news.
While streaming services continue to announce seemingly impressive subscription numbers, consumers continue to gravitate more strongly towards visual experiences, meaning that integrating video and things like virtual reality tech, will be more and more important to platforms like Spotify and Apple Music.
Keeping up with social media can be a challenge for busy independent artists, but doing so is still important. Here we look at seven different ways artists can increase the efficiency of their social media postings, while simultaneously improving their online image.
Although Apple's quarterly revenue streak was recently broken, a bump in Apple Musicsubscribers offered one bright spot in an otherwise grim report, suggesting Apple may finally be creating some perceived value in its music, even as Spotify loses ground.
Record label Prospect Park sued its band Five Finger Death Punch this week, alleging breach of contract and claiming that the group started working on a new album and refused to provide masters to the label for a planned greatest hits collection.
YouTube has recently come under fire from labels and some in the music community both for its Content ID system and the size of payments to creators. Now, a top YouTube exec is pushing back with a rebuttal that offers Google's point of view.
Communication is important, particularly when it comes to bands and managers. Below we look at three things bands should take care to discuss and finalize with their managers in order to avoid problems and complications after the fact.
Instagram is an extremely important tool in any artist's social media arsenal, provided it's used effectively. Here we look at some solid Instagram practices to employ in order to get the best results from the platform.
Have you released a great music video in the last year? Enter the Radar Awards and it could win guaranteed exposure. Held at YouTube studios in London in July, the Radar Awards will reward the best videos from up and coming, non-mainstream acts worldwide.
Neil Young is often held up as the rare major artist that is always true to his values, whatever the commercial consequences. Apparently, Young's moral backbone does not extend to his espoused hatred of streaming music.