It's no secret that how music is discovered and consumed is changing at a dizzying pace, thanks to streaming music. The latest proof is a survey that shows that listening to playlists have surpassed albums for the first time ever.
An ever-changing platform, Instagram has recently introduced several new features artists ought to be familiar with, including the ability to zoom, stories, and additional comments management. Here we offer a quick guide to help users getacclimated to the new updates.
Although it's been about half a decade, the music business has, at long last, seen some appreciable growth in 2016, thanks largely to streaming. However, music continues to be undervalued, and the industry remains hobbled by outdated laws.
While it has for some time been a popular practice for industry producers and artists to sell their unreleased tracks to their peers in the music business, dealings of this type can often present a host of legal complications for the parties involved.
Although much of the early commentary on the Apple AirPods were less than glowing, Tyler Hayes offers a different perspective, suggesting that these new AirPods represent the next evolution in wireless sound tech.
Chris Stapleton won Artist of The Year at last night's Americana Music Awards in Nashville. Jason Isbell took home two major wins: Album and Song of the Year. The awards capped a week of Americana Music Conference panels and performances celebrating the year that the Americana genre received mainstream recognition, while still remaining true to its eclectic roots.
Milk Music, the on again off again attempt by Samsung, one of the world's biggest cell phone manufacturers to launch a music service, is shutting down today. One beneficiary of Milk's demise is the often overlooked streamer Slacker.
Free music services account for 80% of all streaming the in U.S., according to a new Music Watch survey. That's bad news for rightsholders, since free services pay far less per stream than paid. But it's also a reminder of how much room for growth there is for paid services
Singer and songwriter Ray LaMontagne may lose a few fans for cancelling a Texas concert after the state changed is concealed gun carry laws, but he's likely gained the lasting respect of many more for not being afraid to take a stand.
With high hopes of giving their static user base a boost, Twitter is doubling down on their video offerings, giving creators 70% of the ad revenue garnered of its videos, a greater percentage than either YouTube or Facebook.
In a recent bout of industry hypocrisy Paul Young, a former director of licensing for Universal Music Group has taken to the soap box denouncing the DMCA and the unfairness of streaming services, although his argument seems plagued with a lack of understanding regarding copyright and economics in general.
In many ways, time is like money, meaning it's important to develop a system through which you manage and budget your time. This can be especially true for artists, so in this piece we look at how musicians can structure their days in such a way as to avoid constantly running out of time.
iHeartMedia, the parent company of broadcast and online giant iHeartRadio, is set to announce two paid streaming music services this week, according to multiple reports. While it will face stiff competition, the move is a logical brand extension; and given its reach, could find traction.
Instagram is among the fastest growing social networks. That, plus ease of use, has led many musicians to add it to their social marketing mix. Yesterday, in an overdue update, Instagram has added a "save draft" feature.
Have more tickets to sell to your next concert? Gametime could be the answer. Mobile, last minute even ticketer Gametime has added $20 million in Series B financing. This round brings the total capital raised to $33 million.
Dealing with global events can be mentally and emotionally taxing for anyone, but particularly so when you're the president of the United States. Here we look at Obama's top playlists, and how music and general can help when dealing with stress.
Songwriters got some good news last week, but there battle is far from won. Here a co-founder of the Songwriters Of North America, Michelle Lewis. explains their decision to sue the Department of Justice, and how they're going to make it happen.
[UPDATED] Live Nation and Ticketmaster have shifted 80% of its concert marketing dollars from traditional radio and press to online. But, perhaps in part because Pandora owns Ticketfly, they are not buying ads where people actually listen to music - Pandora and Spotify.
Hidden in the hoopla surrounding Pandora's direct deals last week, and the resulting launch of the Pandora Plus interactive streaming service, was the major blow they dealt to SoundExchange; and the confusion that they are causing indie artists who are wondering how they will be getting paid in the future.
Social networks are essential for promoting music and shows, but their popularity can rise and fall. Remember MySpace? There are just two constants in your marketing plan, your web site and your email list. In this post, the smart folks at CyberPR share some musician newsletter essentials.
The massive saturation present on virtually every music platform means it has become that much more difficult to get your music to stand out from the crowd, and YouTube is no exception. Here we look at some tips that can give you an edge when it comes to attracting fan (or potential fan) attention.
Tinder has partnered with Spotify to bring music to the dating app. After all, can you imagine a lasting relationship with someone who doesn't like the same music? And it's only lasting relationships that you're looking for on Tinder, right?
After a decade of decline, the U.S. recorded music business is growing for the second year in a row, according to the RIAA. Driving the trend is the revenue source that the music business loves to hate - streaming, and in particular Spotify and Apple.
[UPDATED] Following the DoJ consent decree over 100% licensing, resulting in multiple lawsuits, Chris Castle took a long hard look at where things are likely to go from here. Late last week, a judge overturned part of the decree, but the issue is far from resolved.