Want to get the music out of your head and into the world? The best way to do that is to pay attention to the sounds around you. Here are some habits that you might want to develop to become a better musician.
Given the controversy around streaming rates, it's important to have some idea of what these numbers actually are. Here David Lowery shares his per stream rates across various platforms and see how the numbers shifted in 2016.
Abbey Road Red Incubator graduate CloudBounce, an instant digital audio mastering service, has raised a $250,000 seed round. Investors in this round include UK-based VC Ascension Ventures, and a group of Finnish business angels.
In an age where piracy is commonplace, using legal tools to combat it has proved largely ineffective. A new study suggests that publishers are better off connecting with fans and providing them with a compelling reason to purchase music instead.
As making music has gradually grown to become not just about creation but also about interaction, the line between DJing and Producing has become increasingly blurred, and finding success now often requires that an producer move beyond the confines of a studio and engage with an audience.
It's been a dirty little secret of the music business for decades. Some artists' teams skim the best tickets and profit from reselling them on the secondary market. Now we're closer to getting proof, as Robbie Williams’ management team is accused of reselling them for $79 above face value.
The LA-centric music of Issa Rae's Insecure (89.3 KPCC) The music on Insecure, the new HBO series helmed by Issa Rae, is both prominent and meticulously curated. Here music supervisor Kier Lehman talks about what it was like working as a supervisor on such a musically rich project.
Soundtracks dominate the top 10 (The New York Times) In the first chart to be published since La La Land swept the Golden Globes, soundtracks have a strong showing, with five albums in the Top 10 related to movies or musical theater.
See the star-studded tracklist for Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack (Entertainment Weekly) Featuring the already-released original song “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker)” by ZAYN and Taylor Swift, the collection houses new music from Halsey, Tove Lo, Sia, Kygo, The-Dream, and John Legend, and a collaboration between Nicki Minaj and Nick Jonas.
Pharrell Williams making noise for Hidden Figures everywhere (The New York Times) Hidden Figures is a story of representation that Mr. Williams cares about profoundly, and he has been deeply involved in the project. In addition to writing and performing new songs for its soundtrack, he is a composer of its score (with Hans Zimmer and Benjamin Wallfisch) and is also a producer of the film.
Pining Academy Award hopes on a powerful song (The New York Times) Since, “I Need to Wake Up", from An Inconvenient Truth, was crowned best original song in 2007, no song from a documentary has won the prize. But it’s not for a lack of trying. But the attention that a high-profile song can bring to a documentary — especially one promoting a social cause — is really the point.
Movies and the music: Oscar-winning scores of the 1930s and '40s (Classical MPR) The Academy Awards were first presented in 1929, but it wasn't until 1935 that awards began to be presented for Best Original Score. In this first of a decade-by-decade look back at the winners of that award, Classical MPR runs through the scores that won Oscars in the 1930s and '40s.
The music for the next Ghost Recon was born inside a cigar box (Polygon) Part of what makes Ubisoft’s Ghost Recon franchise so unique are its settings. For Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands, Ubisoft is shipping the single largest open-world game they’ve ever made. In order to truly bring Bolivia to life, they enlisted musician and composer Alain Johannes..
The role of music in apple advertising (Creative Review) Creative Review talks to Chris Pattinson, Music Supervisor at TBWA\Media Arts Lab, Apple’s ad agency, about the role that music plays for the brand and why being in its ads can be good for artists and the music industry too.
Syncing feeling lifts music industry (BBC News) The BBC looks at one of the big turning points in how musicians perceive sync opportunities, and chats to Matt Bristow, business affairs manager at independent UK record label Cherry Red.
French performance rights organization Société des auteurs, compositeurs et éditeurs de musique (Sacam) announced that they are partnering with technology giant IBM in a 10-year bid to develop URights, a cloud-based copyright platform designed to track and collect on online music for creators and publishers.
CD Baby is partnering with Music Gateway and its newly launched Sync Portal which allows 300+ global advertising agencies and 700 music supervisors to easily license tracks from CD Baby’s sync catalog of 2 million songs film, TV, commercials and video games.
An essential part of the day for many consumers, this article looks at the benefit of listening to music on a daily basis, and several specific ways in which it can help and improve both the mental and physical health of the listener in question.
Spotify, YouTube and other music streamers are locked in tough re-negotiations with the major labels. But for Spotify, the stakes are the highest. The largest music streamer, which loses millions of dollars quarterly, is planning an IPO this year.
With YouTube being the most used streaming service in the world, the pressure is building from major artists for a reform of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act which currently grants the video site safe harbor provisions harmful to artists.
In this follow-up to David Emery's must read postHow To Survive The Music Industry In 2017. MD and music industry veteran Darren Hemmings looks at the impact that a life in the music business can have on a person's mental health; and why music companies must do more about it.
Encouraging industry creatives to embrace change and adapt to new technologies, Andrew Gazdecki here outlines several different ways in which mobile apps are changing things, and how artists can benefit from them.
Donald Trump will be sworn in as President of the United States on this Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. The nation's 45th president will take the oath of office on the steps of the U.S. Capitol at noon,followed by official balls, parties and receptions. Here is list of Bandcamp artists performing at the inauguration:
Following the release of two highly anticipated new tracks 'Shape of You' and 'Castle on the Hill' on Spotify and elsewhere last, the music streamer announced that Ed Sheeran had broken a number of records this week.
Royalties from Pandora’s ad-supported radio service will continue to be paid to artists through SoundExchange, despite recent direct licencing deals with major music companies. The agreement both insures a major income stream for SoundExchange and maintains the performing rights organization's position as a protector of artists.
The U.K. recording industry’s top contest, the BRIT Awards will be held Feb. 22nd at London's O2 Arena. The awards reshaped its voting panel after the 2016 show was rocked by controversy over the lack of black nominees. Here is a full list of 2017 Brit Awards nominees:
This week, commentators from the music industry discussed why artists shouldn't make getting signed their goal, what it's like to be a 'hired gun' in the music industry, and the concept of a digital tip jar.
In our tips and advice section this week, we give independent and DIY artists sage council on they can survive the music industry in 2017, the many different ways of accepting payment for merch and music, the definitive method for releasing and album, and much more.
This week in our glance back over important music industry news from the past week, we reexamine the potential onset of high-res streaming, YouTube's new 'Super Chat', how Pinterest is becoming a go-to social network for musicians, and more.