Apple Music has no intention of "building an audience on the back of the artists" by offering a free ad supported music option, as Spotify does, according to senior exec Jimmy Iovine. Is this just spin to cover up slower than hoped for user adoption; or is this caring corporate policy?
If you're planning to release your new hit holiday single this Thanksgiving, you're going to be a little late to the party. According to this article, if you want your tunes to grace the festivities this year, the time get them released is now.
At a Guardian Live event in London, Imogen Heap launched her new song "Tiny Human" using blockchain technology as a new way to share and track music. A panel that included Heap, Zoe Keating, Rob Thomas and others discussed how bitcoin blockchain technology could change the music industry and how artists are compensated. WATCH:
Shares of Pandora [P] fell as much as 7% yesterday on news that the music streamer had acquired indie ticketer Ticketfly for $450 million. While the deal could lead to new opportunities for artists, Wall Street was skeptical.
Hypebot will host its fourth San Francisco Music and Tech Meetup next Wednesday, October 14 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.
In a new tv ad for IBM Watson, the computer analyzes Bob Dylan's lyrics,telling the master songwriter that his major themes are love and time. Dylan agrees and offers to c0-write a song with the computer. WATCH:
Whether it's Apple Music, Spotify, or any number of smaller companies, everyone in the streaming industry is obsessing over music discovery. But just how valuable is discovery for artists, when listener engagement has become so minimal?
Competition is stiff these days when it comes to booking your band at an ever declining number of venues. Here are some tips for how to adapt your strategy in order to get the optimal number of gigs on your band's calendar.
While Apple often gets a lot of the attention when it comes to music apps, Android also has several options to bring to the table, whether it's an app for downloading and streaming music, finding the perfect workout playlist, or both.
Pandora has acquired independent ticketing company Ticketfly. It's a move that diversifies the music streamer's portfolio within the music vertical, and it could also be goods news for artists and promoters offering direct access to Pandora's 80 million monthly users.
Although U.S. Copyright Law states that artists and their publishers are owed a statutory mechanical royalty rate of $.091 cents per song, many record labels use their position of power over new, inexperienced artists to persuade them to enter into contracts which reduce this minimum rate.
A new TV drama promises a fictionalized look at the record industry of the 1970s. "Vinyl" was created by Terence Winter (Boardwalk Empire, The Sopranos) and will premiere on HBO in 2016. The pilot was written by Winter and directed by Martin Scorsese. Mick Jagger is a co-producer. WATCH THE TRAILER:
In 1961 a music video jukebox called the Scopitone was spreading through the United States like wild-fire. People thought the machine would popularize the music video, that is until the Scopitone’s mafia connections came to light.
Today's PITCH comes from Skoove - a music leaning platform that centers around an interactive online piano lessons. Like other startups featured in THE PITCH, Skoove has just 100 words to convince you to pay attention.
As early as the late 1960's, The Grateful Dead were putting into action the kind of fan friendly practices that are a now cornerstone of the new music business - fair ticket prices, open fan recording of every show, not just playing a concert but creating a scene, building community and more. The band's latest incarnation has adopted this same ethos.
For those who find giant cities like Austin and L.A. to be a little too much, here are four approachable urban locales where the music scene is disproportionately large and vibrant when compared to the size of the town itself.
Classical music hasn't exactly been the dominant genre in the age of streaming but Dart Music, a fresh face in the world of digital music, is looking to change that, in part by honing in on music's metadata issues.
In a followup to an article he wrote in 2014 regarding the potential forcryptocurrency to revolutionize the music industry, recording artist/songwriter D.A. Wallach recently did an interview with Forbes in which he speaks about problems in the architectural structure of the music industry, and the need for a distributed registry.
When D.C. hip hop artist Oddisee decided to release his sophomore albumThe Good FIght this year, it presented an excellent marketing opportunity for his promotional team, who utilized the artist's interest in coffee as a means of pitching the new release to the masses.
In this episode of Music Biz Podcast, we talk to with Ed Aten, who is the CEO and co-founder of Merchbar, a website and mobile app that allows people to purchase artist merch. We talk to Aten about his company and what he has learned running it. Subscribe to the show in iTunes or SoundCloud.
Sean Combs has moved his Bad Boy Entertainment to Sony's Epic Records from Universal Music Group's Interscope. The deal includes two upcoming albums from Combs aka Puff Daddy. The deal was announced by long time Combs collaborator LA Reid, Chairman and CEO of Epic.
Miley Cyrus' huge success in due in no small part to her ability to work the press and social media alongside an intense connection with her fans. Cyrus pushed both buttons yet again with the announcement that she and Her Dead Petz (aka The Flaming Lips) are heading out for a limited tour of clubs.
While pushing your show on social media and plastering your town with promotional posters can be effective to a certain extent, there are are several other less obvious ways to create a pre-concert buzz that can improve attendance and fan participation dramatically.