Billboard and Nielsen surveys inform a great deal of what we know about the music business when it comes to numbers, but how these companies work can be something of a mystery to artists, a mystery which we unpack some of here.
With Amazon having finally released their long awaited stand-alone streaming service, the $7.99 sticker price seems to be bucking an industry trend by offering consumers unlimited streaming for less, but the figure is deceptive.
The show must go on, apparently unless you are "uncomfortable" and fighting with your bandmates. UK alt-rockers Placebo left the stage after an internal argument in the band on Thursday night at Danish venue Train in Aarhus.
Data doesn't lie if you know what to look for. Here Next Big Sound's Liv Buli takes a close at he rapid rise of rapper A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, who is he dominating the Pandora charts in the wake of the release of his new mixtape.
An electronic press kit, or EPK, is best way for artists to give their business contacts all the information they need about said artist, this means it's an important thing to not screw up. Here we look at several all too common mistakes artists must work to avoid.
Apple used Twitter to debut a new celebrity-filled ad for Beats wireless headphones on Monday. Set to the Disney Pinocchio song "I've Got No Strings" it features a plethora of musicians and other celebrities including DJ Khaled, Pharrell Williams, Nicki Minaj, Rebel Wilson and Steve Buscemi. WATCH:
Pandora has launched a major upgrade to its free AMP artist marketing platform. In addition to enhanced analytics, it enables all artists to communicate directly with fans, market music and tours, and track their progress.
VOLUME,SiriusXM's new talk-radio channel devoted to the discussion of music launched this morning. Among the channel's first scores is the live unveiling of the 2017 nominees for Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Music commentators this week shared their thoughts and opinions on how old school talent can transition to a modern music economy, the RIAA gets confused, and we hear a brief but poignant history of 1/8 inch headphone jack.
In our DIY and advice section for this week, we drop some handy knowledge for on artists on using Snapchat like a pro, embracing your mistakes, and how artists can better tap into the college music market, as well as much more.
Recently on MusicThinkTank, we looked at the return of the song plugger, the importance of getting judicial approval for contracts with minors, how production costs are impacting songwriters, and more.
In this edition of our look back through the past seven days of industry news, we examine SFX's continued action against Robert Sillerman, Pandora and Shazam's additions to their respective platforms, Spotify's recent massive payout, and much, much more.
The most popular and frequently read posts on Hypebot this week included a breakdown of what to expect when working with studio musicians, what will happen when music streaming reaches a tipping point, how you can set positive but also realistic goals in your music career, and more.
In the wake of new and exciting announcements from Snapchat, (soon to be Snap Inc) we're looking at some of the favorite and most effective ways for artists to use Snapchat for promoting their music and tapping the interest of fans.
After yesterday's announcement that Bob Dylan had been awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature, his streams increased 512% on Spotify globally. The most listened-to song in reaction to the news was "Like a Rolling Stone," which saw streams increase by 258%. Even President Obama reacted to the award:
An increasing number of old school label executives are jumping ship as they move to new digital platforms. But the question is being raised as to how smooth the transition will be and to whether established artists and their relationships with these execs will survive the move.
While there are many skills musicians must master in order to be successful, one of the most important and difficult is the ability to recover and learn from mistakes. Here we look at how artists can use their screw-ups to help with their overall improvement.
Each year the RIAA submits a list of "notorious markets" to the U.S. Government, and this year's list includes torrent trackers, download sites and stream rippers. In addition, the RIAA called out CloudFlare for making it harder to track illegal activity. The full RIAA list of Top Music Pirates & Notorious Markets 2016:
As Robert Sillerman attempts to claim millions from his former company in an attempt to cover his legal costs, as well as obtain some form of reimbursement for purchases made while at SFX, the company's lawyers are working hard to keep him in check.
Record labels and other music companies are, by necessity, businesses. But in an age when each of the three major label groups is part of a larger conglomerate (WMG/Access Industries, UMG/Vivendi and Sony/Sony Corp.), how much clout does a music division have within its respective corporation?
When it comes to making a song a success, one of the key players, the song plugger, is often forgotten, and although the role has certainly changed dramatically over the years as music has transitioned to a digital format, the role remains important.
Timing is critical when it comes to capturing users' attention on social media, so we've broken down which times are optimal for the various different social media platforms, be it Facebook, Instagram, or LinkedIn.
In the wake of Apple's dispensing of the eighth inch headphone jack, some fear that the technology will soon fade from the mainstream as it is gradually replaced with wireless listening technology. In this piece, Max Alper takes us through the history of the headphone jack.