As seems to so often be the case, a new host of updates for Twitter will likely make DIY promotion for artists more difficult when it comes to getting their content seen by fans. New features being added to the platform include changes in notification settings and, worst of all, a quality filter.
Frank Ocean has just shaken up the music industry, probably forever. His dual exclusive releases via Apple on Friday and Saturday ignited a long overdue debate about exclusive streaming releases; and hidden in the details are lessons that should be sending shockwaves through the executive suites at Universal, Sony and WMG.
You spent the time, energy, and money creating a music video. Now what? The team at CyberPR has come answers. Posting your video to YouTube won't accrue the views you want unless you have a bit of strategy. Here are 8 ways to maximize your video's potential on YouTube.
In this article Dave Brooks of Amplify offers an alternative perspective on the recent Department of Justice ruling, suggesting that the rules may in fact help rather than harm venues and event producers.
Have you been curious about how to get a supplier to work with you who will be reliable and produce what you actually want and need? Here an industry offers some experiential advice choosing the right supplier.
A recent look at some overseas music industry numbers in Japan has revealed streaming's continued growth, and that physical sales, while still dropping, are slower to decline there. Additionally, and unlike the US, ringtones continue to take up an appreciable share of the market there as well.
Most artists would rather focus on their creative output than getting bogged down with the business side of things. That said, marketing is an inherent part of being a successful artist, so we're offering five marketing truths musicians can apply when "selling" their act.
Although one would expect record labels to be happy that the TPP includes a provision extending the life of minimum copyright at the expense of the listening public, it seems they still not content, complaining that making alterations will be too costly to rights holders, says Mike Masnick.
Spotify's contracts with all 3 major labels have lapsed. That's not news to any of use who follow the music industry, but what is new is a report that talks are stalled over Spotify's request to pay a smaller percentage of its income to labels and artists.
Although the music industry has for some time operated under the assumption that music related content made up 40% of YouTube videos, news and drastically different data from Pexeso, offers some very different numbers, suggesting some of the low payout related anger targeted at YoutTube may be misplaced.
In this recent piece, Cortney Harding investigates what happened to CÜR, a music startup designed to offer streaming and internet radio at a lower rate than its competitors, but which seems to have gone the way of so many startups and spent itself into an early grave.
On Tuesday Deezer responded to yesterday's story that the CEO of its Deezer's North American division had exited for another startup. The music streamer officially launched its $9.99 per month online music service in the U.S. last month.
Making some form of money is key to maintaining a career as a musician, although the ways in which artists earn income have changed quite a bit over the past few years. In this excerpt from his recent eBook, Dave Cool outlines 23 different revenue streams artists can tap into in the modern music economy.
New Soundcloud stats show just how big its footprint is, both in terms of listenership and the size of its music catalog. Most of their listeners are free, however; and monetizing them, along with making such a massive catalog user friendly, present a challenge.
Self-funded startup Mixcloud has quietly reached the million curator milestone. This achievement stands in sharp contrast to headlines touting millions in new funding alongside high profile failures by music tech startups like Crowdmix, Guvera and CUR.
Last week Apple Music announced a new deal with hip hop powerhouse Cash Money Records, which will officially begin with a documentary about the label and its founder. Now the trailer has been released.
With physical products on a continuing decline in the music industry, there is little stopping artists from following in the footsteps of artists like Leonard Cohen and, more recently, Kanye West by continuing to re-work and improve their music after its initial release.
It seems more and more music consumers are eschewing algorithm driven playlists in favor of good old fashioned human curation, a trend which is having promising outcomes for both up-and-coming artists and music fans.
In this piece, Davin Riley takes a closer look at the "click-access" nature of the internet as it relates to fan involvement, as well as how artists can optimize their content to turn fan awareness and clicks into profitable engagement.
It was only a matter of time before TV talent competitions joined forces with streaming music. That's the premise behind the open talent competition "The Stream," and Spotify along with all 3 major labels have signed on.
Here we look at Spotify's toe dip into the world of original video content, just as Netflix simultaneously releases music-centricmaterial, while both companies face obstacles to steady growth and profitability.
Former boy band manager Lou Pearlman has died in price at the age of 62. The svengali behind *NSYNC and the Backstreet Boys has been serving a 25 year federal prison sentence for swindling investors out of more than $300 million.
Samsung's US based streaming service Milk Music is shutting down. Despite denials earlier this year, the closing is no surprise to observers who saw low adoption and a decided lack of attention from Samsung. But the closure still signals that more consolidation in the streaming sector seems likely.
Frank Ocean has debuted his much anticipated album "Blonde" exclusively on Apple Music and iTunes. The unconventional release is the latest in a growing list of major artists who are breaking all the rules of how to release an album and even what an album is.
In this week's deluge of tips and good advice, we offer suggestions on using fan feedback to make better music, how songwriters can avail themselves of Instagram's new story feature, how artists can use radio and music blogs to promote their tours and much more.
The week's music commentators double down on the Department of Justice's no good verdict, explain why it is you may not actually need a publicist, and warn Apple not to drop the audio jack from future devices.