Although primarily famous for his work as a musician, David Bowie (with the help of a Wall Street investor) is also notable for being one of the first artists to use celebrity bonds as a means of extricating himself from his financial woes.
Merch not selling as much as you'd like? The following article offers a series of tips for how to change your merch display so as to maximize customer engagement, as well as some ways to plug your new album from stage without coming of as too sales-y.
Hypebot editor and publisher Bruce Houghton will head West next week to co-host another San Francisco Music and Tech Meetup on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 from 7-10PM at Upcider in San Francisco. RSVP info below.
Former indie and major label musician (TheLemonheads, Blake Babies)turned music attorney John Strohm who represents, among others, The Alabama Shakes and Bon Iver shares his optimistic vision for the future of streaming and the music business in general.
Crotch grabbing, middle finger pointing Robert Sillerman was controversial as the head of Clear Channel Concerts (now Live Nation) and his "screw you" attitude only become more pronounced as he rolled up the world of EDM in the publicly traded conglomerate SFX Entertainment.
When it comes to having a career in music, asking yourself the right questions, like how to create superfans or make a living as an artist, are hugely important to being successful, and asking yourself the wrong ones can just as easily derail an otherwise promising career.
For quite some time, the German performing rights organization GEMA has clashed with YouTube, but the popular video sharing service recently triumphed over GEMA in a lawsuit claiming that YouTube was responsible for the content which its users upload.
I'm so used to reporting how much major label groups lose each quarter, that I had to read these results several times before believing them: Warner Music Group reported a substantial profit in the first quarter of this fiscal year. after losing $41 million in the same quarter last year.
No event has more second screen action than the Super Bowl. Its is as much about pop culture as it is about the actual game, with the halftime show usually the most buzzed about moment. Twitter shared this list of 15 performers, musician/fans and others to follow ahead of #SB50.
Here Brian Hazard, better known by his musician alter ego Color Theory, breaks down his experience with the royalty collection service Songtrust, in and effort to help artists determine if the service is right for them.
As many music industry companies flounder for profitability, investors like Access Industries are looking to purchase and combine these companies into something referred to as the Full Stack model, but will it save the industry?
Many of today's younger music consumers expect music to be free, and while giving it away can seem disheartening at first, using the four platforms listed below to make said music accessible to your fans can often pay big dividends in other ways.
While touring is one of the biggest sources of revenue in the music industry at the moment, ticket bots are creating issues for artists and fans alike, listing absurdly priced tickets for sale on secondary markets before they're even initially available to the public.
The fallout from this week's SFX bankruptcy filing is just starting with promoters exploring buybacks and staffers planning their exits. In addition to companies who sold to SFX but are still waiting for payment, are dozens of small and medium sized business that must absorb major losses.
SoundExchange has announced record royalty payments to artists in 2015. $802.6 million was paid out, but the year's 4% growth was the slowest in the digital performing right's organization's 8 year history.
The Weeknd grabbed 6 nominations for the 2016 Juno Awards; and Justin Bieber and Drake each received 5. The show, organized by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, will air live on April 3rd. Here is the full list of nominees:
While the recorded music industry currently rests on a poorly functioning and tenuously constructedbusiness model, technological advancements and an incredibly high level of consumer engagement present an opportunity for positive change.
With labels and the music industry offering less and less support, managers have become the linchpin of most artists' teams. But except for those who give up 50% equity to join mega-management groups like Red Light, most managers are left with no road map and little support. Faction hopes to change all that.
In an effort to make sure that rightsholders and artists are being fairly compensated, SoundExchange has announced plans to audit some of the digital music companies which pay it royalties andmultiple sport leagues have plans to audit several multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs).
News that SFX was seeking bankruptcy protection and wiping $300 million off its balance sheet, sent shivers throughout the music industry, particularly within the EDM community. But Beatport, one of electronic music's most popular download stores and streaming services is promising to continue payments to artists and labels, as usual.
A Philadelphia councilman has recently sponsored a bill which would require venues to collect information from bands to hand over to the police, who would then either approve or revoke a license before said band could perform.