The Verge has obtained a copy of what it says was Sony Music's 2012-2013 contract with Spotify. The contract, which appears genuine, offers a unique glimpse in to the major labels relationship with Spotify.
NPR recently posted an article about how the tiny royalties coming from music streaming can add up and chose one artist as a great example. Josh Colum and his band Secrets In Stereo signed up with Rumblefish, a company that finds licensing opportunities for artists.
Pundits are fond of saying that the major labels blew it by suing Napster instead of doing a deal with them. It's as though they're obligated to repeat it as a mantra; they didn't get it, they were asleep, how could they have missed such a golden opportunity, yadda yadda. Shift through all the reverential twaddle, and you'd think Napster walked into the major labels offering trays of gold and were rebuffed.
[UPDATED] Everyone seems to be trying to find new ways to stand out ahead of Apple Music's relaunch. Today music streamer Deezer added podcasts to its offering, and more interestingly, downplayed just how important free music is to its own growth.
How your social media looks matters. It sends a signal. It says that you care. You are telling a story that I want to follow. You are building a career and a brand. But creating the different graphics and sizing them for every social network can be a daunting task.
Our prediction that 2015 would be a big year for music tech mergers and acquisitions is proving accurate. Today, Pandora, online radio's dominate player, announced that it has acquired Next Big Sound, a pioneer in digital music analytics.
Much of the initial enthusiasm that accompanied the opening up of the Chinese music industry with the advent of the internet, usually supplemented by a hopeful but misguided reference to 1.3 billion people parting with their money, has since whittled down to a more pragmatic approach.
Live Nation Entertainment has named Jordan Zachary to serve as the company's Chief Strategy Officer. Zachary joins from The Raine Group, a merchant bank that advised Live Nation on a number of recent deals including the C3 acquisition.
Digital music deals and launches are accelerating ahead of next months Apple music relaunch. Spotify hit a solid double yesterday with multi-faceted Starbucks deal that includes 200,000+ free Spotify Premium accounts and marks a shift for the ubiquitous retailer away from a longterm relationship with iTunes.
Budgets. They are difficult to make. They are also difficult to stick to and often you have to make sacrifices to do the things that are most important. Photoshoots are important for a new artist, but can often be pricey! Check out Part 2 to this amazing series to see how to
The final chapter in the long, sordid story of the pirate site, Grooveshark, finally played out in a New York Courtroom last week. The principals, after years of litigation, have finally shut down their website and signed an agreement stating they will never own or operate a pirate site again or face millions of dollars in fines.
The question of just how to distribute the royalty dollars from music services has moved from a back-office thought exercise to an out-in-the-open debate. Moving forward in this debate is the argument that it would be fairer—particularly to emerging, independent, or less “popular” artists—to distribute royalties on an each pair of ears basis (i.e., per subscriber) rather than on an all pairs of ears basis (i.s., all subscribers).
Many in the music industry are concerned that income from streaming will not adequately fund artists and the music industry. With the shift to streaming accelerating, should record labels and other rightsholders force streaming music services to limit their free offering or will that just drive fans to piracy?
What your social media sites and posts look like matters. But sizing images for every different social network can be a daunting task. This one chart simplifies the process, and tomorrow we'll share a free tool that helps you create and re-size them.
The RIAA represents over 1,600 U.S. record labels that collectively create and distribute about 90% of recorded music sold in the United States. It's largest and most influential of the members are the "Big Three" - Universal, Sony and Warner Music.
When Spotify sent out media invites for a press event this Wednesday May 2oth, multiple reports pointed toward the addition of a video service including content from top media companies. Now comes word of a new, likely related launch of "Spotify Now".
It's hard to keep up, but that why we're here with news that the new Apple Music is adding some artist friendly social features, a chart that show just how messed up our radio royalty system is, the story of Gangstagrass and more.
This week on MTT. we discussed getting back to our indie roots by focusing locally and to build a fan base , and looked at how to treat ASD with music therapy along with the ramifications of an "Iron Man" lawsuit
Another eventful week in the new music industry: BMI scored a major victory for songwriters, streaming revenue passed downloads for the first time at a major label, Spotify unveiled a surprising stat and much more.
As streaming matures, how is the music industry changing? And when Spotify and Tidal offer deeps discounts, who pays the creators? That's just the start of what the music industry pundits shared last week.
The FBI's absurd investigation into the lyrics from "Louie, Louie," Facebook tactics that actually work and the most popular keys for all music on Spotify top this week's list of the most read posts on Hypebot.com.