In the most read posts this week on Hypebot, we saw indie artist Josh Garrels broke all the rules by giving away his album free on Noisetrade and still landing on the Billboard chart, learned about monetizing music on YouTube, the user experience Spotify vs. TIDAL and more. Here's this week's Top 7 Most Read posts:
It takes a village to build a career in music and we're proud to be a member of that community. This week, Josh Garrels showed us that giving away you're music can land you on the Billboard charts. We also learned about using Bitcoin and making money on YouTube, selling music and much more.
It was another week eventful week in the new music business: Facing $736 million in damages, Grooveshark shut down and apologized to the RIAA, Live Nation reported a weak quarter, Instragram got into music, Jukely raised $8 million and TIDAL continued to make headlines. And that's just the beginning...
Yesterday morning, The Recording Academy announced it will merge it's Advocacy and Membership divisions in an effort to enhance the grassroots advocacy happening on behalf of music creators at a local level. The merge will allow the music community a direct line to approach Congress with an informed & unified voice at a time where effective communication on behalf of creators is critical.
We thought it was just a Christmas promotion, but 3 months of ad free Spotify Premium is back for just $1. The deal is for new subscribers only, but it is no secret that it is not that hard to game that that requirement.
Jay-Z’s ambitions for TIDAL has triggered a lot of discussion about how streaming models can evolve. One focus has been exclusives with a number of references to TIDAL ‘doing a Netflix’ by commissioning exclusives. Netflix can attribute much of its growth over the last couple of years to its flagship ‘Netflix Originals’ such as ‘House Of Cards’ and ‘Orange Is the New Black’. It is an appealing model, but...
Sampling has been controversial from the very start. Supporters argue that artists sample songs they love and build on them to create their own sound. Those opposed to sampling, while possessing mixed opinions about its value as an art form, cite the frequency of unlicensed sampling as a major issue.
After 8 year of legal battles with the major labels, Grooveshark has settled and ceased to operate. After the jump you'll find the full text of the official statements from both the RIAA and Grooveshark.
"It is better to beg forgiveness, than ask permission," appeared to be Grooveshark's mantra. The company was defiant to the point of arrogance. They had nothing wrong, they insisted, as criticism and then lawsuits mounted, and were protected by DMCA safe harbor provisions. Now the site has shut down, and they are singing a very different tune.
The idea of a blank media levy is not at all new. The debate has been around since cassette tapes enabled affordable, large-scale private copying. Today, it seems as if this idea is losing importance given that the ‘access’ model of music consumption is gaining ground against the prevailing ‘ownership’ model in which music is purchased and technically ‘owned’.
If you pay even a sliver of attention to the entertainment world, you’ve probably heard of Tidal by now.Jay-Z and his famous co-owners (Beyonce, Kanye West, Rihanna, Usher, and more) have gone all-out promoting their new music streaming service, with TV ads, an over-the-top press conference, and a social media frenzy that has turned many celebrity accounts a bright turquoise.
Why did you become a musician? I bet "because I love promoting and driving sales" wasn't on your list of reasons. But these days, musicians have to take on the responsibilities of promoting, distributing, and selling themselves, especially during the early stages of their careers. It may not be the reason you set out on your musical journey, but without it, you wouldn't be able to do what you love as a living.
We're used to musicians with hyphenated resumes: hip hop - entrepreneur, singer - actor, rocker - filmmaker, pop star - fashion designer. But Smashing Pumpkins frontman - Pro Wrestling Senior Producer of Creative and Talent Development?
It’s the least sexy part of being an indie musician: making money. Mostly because when you’re still in the early stages as an artist, you’d much rather talk about the thousands of listens you’re getting on SoundCloud than the few hundred dollars hitting your bank account every so often.
Who says you need fifteen minutes of fame? Apparently it only takes six seconds to become the next superstar.Social Media has sparked the careers of many of today's top artists, but has our attention span gotten so short that we can find our next superstar through Vine?
TIDAL may be off to a rocky and much criticized start, but that hasn't stopped Jay Z's music service from doing what any startup needs to do to survive: iterate and grow. Today, TIDAL launched in 8 new markets.
It's a web-based world, and if you're running a business, it's almost career suicide to not have a great website. As musicians, it's important to remember that we're essentially running a small business for our skills and talents. A well-developed website is an extremely powerful tool for the freelance musician.
Move over majors. Independent labels are scoring victories not just online, but everywhere. Once the exclusive territory of the major labels, indie labels are finally finding success with broadcast radio.
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