This week, a few pieces climbing to the top of the charts included ways to legally increase your plays on SoundCloud, whether music industry Titan T-Swift will choose to exercise the nuclear option, why followers on Spotify are preferable to pre-saves, and more!
58.4 million people in the US use Spotify in 2018. That's 20.8% of internet users, according to eMarketer estimates.
But who are they?
Conventional wisdom is that an artist has to be on a major label to have major success in the music industry. But these 11 top artists are proving that the major label paradigm has shifted, Indie is in.
Artists have been finding ways to game the system since the digital age began, often in the form of purchasing likes or subscriptions, but streaming isn't immune either. Here we look at the tactics employed by some artists to dramatically boost their streaming numbers.
Anyone involved with putting on a concert wants to see a packed house, but no matter how hard you try, things don't always work out. Here Martin Atkins looks at some last minute tips for what to do if your show ends up minimally attended that can soften the blow.
Millennials are thirsty for music and are constantly immersing themselves in at every opportunity, to the point where it is fundamentally altering the music industry, impacting both traditional retail sales of music and digital streaming.
In an effort to improve the methods by which royalties are calculated, Chris Castle theorized something known as the "ethical pool". Here he takes a deeper dive, taking a look at a new study on the topic and how it compares more conventional royalty calculations.
Two Spotify alumni involved in the creation of Discovery Weekly, have raised a $4.5 million seed round from Matrix to release an app that offers music, film and other recommendations based on user preferences, but without sharing data with Spotify, Netflix, Facebook or anyone else.
Revenue at Universal Music Group grew 13.5% year of year last quarter, according to financials reported by corporate parent Vivendi. But on everyone's mind were Vivendi's plan to sell a 50% stake in the world's largest music group.
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Latin music and artists have become a force to be reckoned with on YouTube. At the start of 2017 there were 5 videos from Latin artists in YouTube’s Billion Views Club, and as of today, there are 41. More than half of the top 100 most-viewed music videos of 2018 are Latin and 8 of the top 10 most-viewed music videos of 2018 feature Latin artists.
Although vinyl has been making a significant comeback in the age of streaming, the CD has largely been thought of as a relic of the past. New data suggests, however, that calling time of death on the CD may have been premature.
Currently one of the most powerful operators in the music industry, Taylor Swift's contract with Big Machine Records has come to an end, giving her freedom to go out on her own, shop around and choose another label...or maybe not.