The industry gave a collective gasp of horror when founder Tim Westergren was pulling down $1,000,000 by selling of Pandora stock while simultaneously fighting artists with royalty loopholes. Chris Castle writes that Spotify's Daniel Ek is leaving Westergren in the financial dust with a monthly windfall of $20 million.
With news that Spotify had invested in DistroKid and offer it as a distribution conduit to other music services, came speculation as to the music streamer's greater motives. MIDiA analyst Mark Mulligan sees the move as part of Spotify’s strategy to work way up music's value chain by "a) removing some of the distribution component and b) entering into direct relationships with artists." But how will the record labels react?
YouTube and Eventbrite have partnered to expand direct concert ticketing on the video platform. Combined with its existing Ticketmaster partnership, YouTube now says it covers more than 70% of the US ticketing market.
'Sonic Logos' may most commonly be associated with text notifications, and the turning on of computers, but the reality that this kind of audio branding is prevalent throughout almost every commercial industry. Here we scrutinize what exactly sonic branding is, and how it's been used successfully in the past.
In this second part of a two-part series on the break down of the ins and outs of email marketing, Cheryl B. Engelhardt looks at the four elements of strategy and how they can be implemented in your approach to email marketing.
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If you're a local band that's still a little rough around the edges, getting anyone to care about your music or show an interest outside your immediate family and friends can be difficult. That said, here are a few ways to give your band that professional sheen without breaking the bank.
Underscoring the growing importance of independent music and labels, indie global rights agency Merlin has announced several significant new appointments. Merlin membership includes tens of thousands of independent labels in 57 countries.
The Hollywood Music in Media Awards (HMMA) has announced its 2019 nominees for music in film, TV, video games, commercials and trailers. With over 500 submissions, nominees were chosen from around the world in genres of music for film, TV and video games, including dramatic feature, sci-fi/ fantasy, documentary and animation.
SXSW, the annual music festival and industry confab, announced the initial list of showcasing artists lined up to perform at the 2019 edition of the event, and the deadline to join the party is approaching quickly.
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Spotify is strengthening ties to DistroKid with an investment and announcement of an integration that allows artists using Spotify For Artists' new free upload service to then seamlessly distribute their music to other platforms through DistroKid.
First round voting for the Grammy Awards 2019 begins today, October 17th, and runs through October 31st. See our full list of Grammy Deadlines and Dates 2019 here.