The legendary Blue Note Jazz Clubis hiring an In-House Art Director/Graphic Designer on the Hypebot Music Industry Jobs Board. You'll also findan opening for a social media analyst at distributor and marketing platform ONErpmand another for a music analyst at Nielsen. Learn more about these opportunities and more on Hypebot's Music Industry Jobs Board.
When putting tracks up on Soundcloud, you should strongly consider turning API access off. If you do not do this, you are granting not only Soundcloud a royalty free licence to use your recordings, but also anyone else who uses their API and/or links to your recordings (eg internet radio stations, remix services or other music apps).
SF Music Tech has launched the 2014 edition of its annual Startup Innovators Challenge. Promising start-ups compete for an opportunity to showcase at the SF MusicTech Summit XVI on November 11, 2014. The deadline to enter for priority consideration is Friday, September 26th.
We've all experienced that moment when you realize that the lyrics you've been singing to one of your favorite songs actually aren't the lyrics at all. (Chances are it's happened to you more than once.) It's easily forgiven, of course, because most musicians are hardly known for their perfect enunciation. And beyond that, with all the distractions in the world, it's easy enough to hear someone wrong in everyday speech.
Yesterday, we posted Apple CEO Tim Cook getting the ALS ice bucket treatment from Michael Franti. Cook in turn challenged his new employee Dr. Dre. Yesterday Dre accepted the challenge and threw down one of his own. WATCH:
Android Police has images and details regarding what is thought to be the YouTube subscription music service for which Google has been attempting to license music. Though we don't know where they got it, I'm going to take this news at face value for now. What Android Police shows confirms the guess that Google's registration of youtubemusickey.com means that the service will be called YouTube Music Key and, in addition, that Google Play Music All Access will be rebranded as Google Play Music Key.
As streaming has become increasingly important in today’s music market, it is imperative to understand how streams turn into publishing royalties - and of course, how to get those royalties into your wallet.
Zvooq is a streaming music service that provides ad-supported free and low cost music subscriptions of fully licensed music. Operating in Russia, the Ukraine and related markets that Zvooq itself notes for a high level of music piracy, Zvooq is establishing itself as the legal alternative to piracy. Though Spotify may be available in Russia as early as this fall, Zvooq has both a headstart on the region and the initial funding to do battle.
The Metropolitan Opera has reached preliminary agreements with two trade unions representing its orchestra, averting, for now at least, a threatened lock out of those workers. The New York Times reported that the deal was announced shortly after 6 AM on Monday morning after a marathon all night negotiation.
Vince Szydlowski has been appointed Senior Vice President of Label Sales for Capitol Music Group. He comes to CMG directly from his role as Vice President of National Sales for Universal Music Group Distribution (UMGD), a position he held for seven years.
U.S. teens are far more interested in many YouTube celebrities than they are most musicians and film stars, according to a new survey. In fact Katy Perry barely makes the top 10. Variety assigned a score to each YouTube and mainstream star based on they survey, and the resulting number was translated to a 100-point scale. The chart:
While it's easy for famous dead people to get on stamps, what about the living? Especially those with unique marketing needs that require them to find ways to connect directly in a meaningful manner with their fans. That's why I think putting your band's pics on postage stamps and sending, at the least, a unique postcard or, at the most, a special package to select fans would be an awesome marketing move.
I have been at the helm of INgrooves Music Group for nearly twelve years now, and have largely chosen to keep my head down and mouth shut (must be that New England upbringing). But once in a while, it is necessary to speak up and make sure you all know what I know. Here are five things on the top of my mind these days – feel free to connect with me if you want to do anything about any, or all, of them.
Yo, the mobile app that used to just say Yo and still claims "It's that simple" as a tagline, has been adding features like hashtags and the ability to include links with content attachments. Beta List founder Marc Köhlbrugge has discovered that they also have a hidden file that "specifies the MP3 file they should play on your device" when a Yo is sent. This ability opens up possibilities such as music messaging which could lead to music selling as well. But if that doesn't pan out, you'll still be able to use any of the growing number of music-related notification integrations that are currently multiplying like digital rabbits.
The Streamy Awards honor the best in online video and the creators behind it. This 4th edition of the annual event is not dominated by the Beyonce, Katy Perry and the other usual suspects. Instead, it showcases new artists who have broken through the new music clutter using YouTube, Vine and other online video platforms. The 2104 Streamy Music Award Nominees:
The ALS ice bucket challenge has been gaining steam thanks to celebirty and busines leaders. In a video posted by Apple, CEO Cook gets the ice bucket treatment from singer Michael Franti on stage at Apple. As is the custom, Cook also challenges three others including Franti and Dr. Dre, referencing his leak of Apple's $3 billion deal to buy Beats.
With synchronization becoming an increasingly important revenue stream for musicians, it’s vital that artists understand how these agreements work – and more importantly, how they can maximize their benefits. I could write for hours on all the intricacies of these contracts, but I’ve broken it down into just the seven most important aspects that musicians need to understand before they sign any music license agreement.
A long rumored expansion by Spotify into Canada has begun. In the last 24 hours, the music streamer has begun sending invitations. Songza, Deezer, Rdio, Sony Music Unlimited and Xbox Music are all already available in Canada.
WordPress, especially the open source software available via WordPress.org, is an incredible world of its own. It's also a popular option for music websites, from music bloggers to DIY artists, and there are lots of people who can help you join the cult club. It's not necessarily the best option for musicians building a career who need a full-featured site but I'm drinking the kool-aid these days. And it's taken me a lot of work to sort out glib assumptions from solid advice. Here are some of the basic tools and resources I've found helpful for navigating the landscape.
Venice Beach-based music streamer Radical.FM is now accepting payments via Bitcoin. Adding the digital currency is in keeping with the sartups ethos as an ad-free, pay-what-want streaming music service. Grooveshark began taking Bitcoin a few weeks ago. But with a library of 25 million songs, Radical.fm is the largest streamer to accept the alternative currency.
You may have heard of Yo. It launched as a mobile app that allowed you to send the message "Yo" to other people on the app. A frenzy erupted somewhere along the way. $1.5 million in funding was raised. Confusion reigned. Then Yo began announcing new features effectively ending its run as a single action app. Suddenly the picture becomes clearer and another brief moment of novelty fades into business as usual. More money? More features! Popular communication app? Opportunity for music marketing!
Yesterday Gizmodo leaked news of the upcoming BioSport In-Ear headphones or "biometric earbuds" from SMS Audio and Intel. This product will be based on tech that Intel demoed in January. Apparently the day after the demo SMS Audio contacted Intel and they've been working together ever since. Given SMS Audio's rather low profile and 50 Cent's long musical slump, it's a surprising combination. This deal predates Apple's acquisition of Beats so one has to assume it was initially more about getting into the wearable tech market than scrambling for a hip hop audio brand. It seems to be surprising enough that even tech bloggers can't come up with jokes about it.
As with most years, the music industry delivers both bits hits and big misses. 2014 is no exception, with several major stars flaming out in spectacular fashion and fans of TV music contest shows reminding us that viewing is very different than buying. Here, based on first week sales, are the 10 Biggest Album Release Flops Of 2014: