How To Survive A Show When Everything Goes Wrong

1A disastrous live performance is the stuff of nightmares for any gigging musician, regardless of their success, but delivering a flawless performance every time isn't always possible. Here we look at how to handle things should you find yourself crashing and burning at your next live performance.

Continue reading "How To Survive A Show When Everything Goes Wrong" »


Streaming Is Now 75% Of U.S. Music Consumption [CHART]

75% musicThere were 403 billion on-demand music streams (video + audio streams) in the United States in the first half of 2018, according Nielsen’s 2018 Mid-Year Music Report. Using the industry standard of 1500 streams equals one album sold,  that means nearly 270 million albums sold in the last six month.

Continue reading "Streaming Is Now 75% Of U.S. Music Consumption [CHART]" »


What's Next For ASCAP, BMI As Justice Dept. Starts Termination Of Legacy Antitrust Judgments?

1As the Department of Justice begins its termination of 19 decades-old 'legacy' antitrust judgements, Chris Castle writes about questions being raised as to what the future holds for ASCAP and BMI, as the Music Modernization Act continues to move forward.

Continue reading "What's Next For ASCAP, BMI As Justice Dept. Starts Termination Of Legacy Antitrust Judgments?" »


Billboard, Hollywood Reporter CEO Exits Amid Investigation

image from cdn.vox-cdn.comThe CEO of the Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Media Group, John Amato has stepped down. His departure comes amid both an investigation into his conduct and a reorganization at the media group, which also includes the Spin brand, after a merger with Valence Media earlier this year.

Continue reading "Billboard, Hollywood Reporter CEO Exits Amid Investigation" »


Twitter Follower Counts Fall After Rule Change

Twitter_logo_blueTwitter has stopped including accounts locked for bad behavior in follower counts. The move is part of an effort to bolster the integrity of the platform. Some accounts will see little change. But President Trump’s account lost 100,000 followers immediately and former President Barack Obama lost 400,000.

Continue reading "Twitter Follower Counts Fall After Rule Change " »


Hipgnosis Songs Closes $23M The-Dream Catalog Deal, Debuts On London Exchange

image from www.hypebot.comHipgnosis Songs Fund Limited (LON:SONG) has acquired a 75% stake in the song catalog of Terius Youngdell Nash aka The-Dream.  The fund, which listed on London’s main exchange today, will pay $23.75 million USD.

Continue reading "Hipgnosis Songs Closes $23M The-Dream Catalog Deal, Debuts On London Exchange" »


QUICK HITS: Crowd Surf • Big Deal + Sounds Of Memphis/XL Records • Steel Wool Entertainment • Downtown

Quick HitsMusic marketers Crowd Surf has added Sarah Gaupel and Emily Bowman as Marketing Account Managers in the LA office. Gaupel worked as a Digital Marketing Specialist at Fearless Record and Bowman joins from Bkstg where she was a Community Manager. 

Continue reading "QUICK HITS: Crowd Surf • Big Deal + Sounds Of Memphis/XL Records • Steel Wool Entertainment • Downtown" »


From Ownership To Access: Disruption In Music and Media [Mark Mulligan]

Access-trumps-ownershipThe music and video industries are often cited as prime examples of digital disruption and resurrection. But while plotting comparable paths towards access-based models, a closer look  by MIDiA analyst Mark Mulligan reveals some very telling differences.

Continue reading "From Ownership To Access: Disruption In Music and Media [Mark Mulligan]" »


Change Needed Before Net Can Drive Creativity and Prosperity, say Musicians, Academics

1In this except from a submission made to the EU's National Telecommunications and Information Administration, a coalition of performers, musicians, and academics issue a plea to restructure the web as a place where creative culture can thrive.

Continue reading "Change Needed Before Net Can Drive Creativity and Prosperity, say Musicians, Academics" »


Indie Label High Time Expands Warner/ADA Deal, To Add Sydney, LA Offices

HightimeIndie label High Time is opening offices in LA and Sydney alongside an expanded partnership with Warner/ADA which includes a 5-year global deal. The UK label, which was founded by Carl Hitchborn in 2015, is home to acts like The Hunna and Coasts, who have sold more than 130, 000 concert tickets between them.

Continue reading "Indie Label High Time Expands Warner/ADA Deal, To Add Sydney, LA Offices" »


One77 Music Launches With $27M Catalog Backed By Virgo

Jennifer BlakemanMusic publisher One77 Music has launched in New York City, with an eye for new catalog and some very deep pockets.  Led by veteran music exec Jennifer Blakeman, One77 launches with a catalog of 6,000 songs, which it values at $27 million, as well as a substantial, but undisclosed capital investment.

Continue reading "One77 Music Launches With $27M Catalog Backed By Virgo" »


Spotify Blog Post Promotes DIY vs Label Release

free at lastThe Spotify For Artists blog has published a decidedly anti-record label, pro-d.i.y. article that is certain to anger the streamer's record label partners. In it, Greg Puciato of the band Dillinger Escape Plan, extols the virtues of self-release after several negative experiences with record labels. 

Continue reading "Spotify Blog Post Promotes DIY vs Label Release" »


Spotify Hiring Patterns Reveal Post-IPO Focus

Help wantedCEO Daniel Ek has promised that Spotify going public would not change the culture of the company or its mission to build a more artist centered new music industry. But a study of post IPO hiring at the music streamer reveals that, for now at least, ramping up sales and software is more of a focus than programming, video and artist services.

Continue reading "Spotify Hiring Patterns Reveal Post-IPO Focus" »


Assert Your Independence: Contact Your Senator To Support Music Modernization Act

1In this piece William Glanz reviews the current state of the Music Modernization Act, what progress it still has to make, relevant commentary being made about the bill, and more, as well as encouraging artists to advocate for copyright law by calling their senator.

Continue reading "Assert Your Independence: Contact Your Senator To Support Music Modernization Act" »


QUICK HITS: Kobalt • The Orchard • Berklee • Rolling Stones + UMG • Global Citizen Festival

Quick HitsKobalt Music has hired Rian Liebenberg as Chief Technology Officer.  Kobalt’s current CTO, Richard Thompson, is stepping down, but will continue to advise as Emeritus CTO.  Liebenberg previously held CTO positions at Schibsted ASA and Schibsted Media Group.

Continue reading "QUICK HITS: Kobalt • The Orchard • Berklee • Rolling Stones + UMG • Global Citizen Festival " »


7 Tips For Musicians To Write Emails Fans Will Adore

1Gone are the days when the only thing you had to be good at as a musician was music. Artists are now required to do their share of marketing and management, something which doesn't always come naturally. This article provides advice on how artists can craft effective emails which their fans are guaranteed to adore.

Continue reading "7 Tips For Musicians To Write Emails Fans Will Adore" »