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By Jasmine Nguyen & Pedram Nikfarjam on DashTwo.com From Australia to North America. Rarely do we witness a successful infiltrating attempt by foreign artists trying to make it in the United States, with a few exception of Justin Bieber and the likes. Passenger, however, pulled it off almost smoothly and convincingly in 2012, mainly thanks to his major presence in Ed Sheeran’s North American Tour and the release of “All The Little Lights” by Nettwerk Music Group in the same region. Within the short summer of 2012, the single ‘Let Her Go’ started getting noticed by the public, as Passenger... Continue reading
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By Tom McAlevey, CEO Radical.FM Regardless of those truths, streaming will save the music industry and Artists will soon make more money than ever before. Daniel Ek is disingenuous when he claims that Spotify’s “reason for existence is to help fans find music and help artists connect with fans through a platform that protects them from piracy”. Spotify is a corporation. Its reason for existence is to make billions of dollars for its owners through an IPO that won’t help Artists at all, but will profit Mr. Ek handsomely. Every major music label will also make hundreds of millions of... Continue reading
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By Keidra Chaney on Sonicbids Blog Recently, YouTube introduced Music Key, a music streaming service that the video hosting company had been hinting at for at least a couple of years. The company has experimented with revenue models and music industry partnerships to leverage its huge library of music videos since its 2005 acquisition by Google – including a partnership with Universal Music Group's video platform Vevo back in 2009. There's a bit of confusion (from both musicians and fans) about what YouTube Music Key actually is and how it's different from Google Play, Spotify, and other music steaming services.... Continue reading
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By Bobby Owsinski on Music Industry Blog When the spooks at the CIA were interrogating their terrorist captives at the prison at Guantanamo Bay Cuba in 2002, one of their techniques was to play songs at a very high volume from the industrial band Skinny Puppy for 6 to 12 hours straight. Tipped off by a prison guard who happened to be a fan, the band is now suing the US Department of Defense for $666,000 (an interesting amount) for the unlicensed use of their songs. Having your songs used as a torture device isn't exactly a badge of honor... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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By Wallace Collins on Entertainment Law Blog Producers should be aware of their legal rights when it comes to working with recording artists. These days the music business, particularly the pop and urban markets, is producer-driven more so than ever before. Producers not only help capture the sound in the studio and use the available technology to mold it to be as commercially acceptable as possible, but more and more producers are finding and discovering new talent and developing the artist’s sound and even co-writing the songs with the artists. As a producer there are two copyrights that come into... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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By Tyler Allen on Sonicbids Blog They say it takes 10 years of dedication to become an overnight success. This phrase is largely due to all of the things that the public is blissfully unaware of. We acknowledge artists when they pop into the mainstream, but we're blind to the denied demos, poor image choices, and bad business deals that happened before they reached a worldwide stage. When looking at a lot of top artists throughout history, you begin to see that it wasn't always their talent that slowed their success. I mean, look at Decca's infamous rejection of the... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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By Shaine Freeman on Sonicbids Blog A career in the music business can be one of the toughest, most frustrating paths to take, especially if you're a musician whose dream is to top the charts and sell out stadiums. It's an industry where the overwhelming majority of musicians experience failure more often than success. For the sake of defining what success is, in this case I'm talking about earning a living creating music, as opposed to the fantasy lifestyle that most people think of when they imagine what success in music looks like. As a producer turned manager/A&R rep, turned... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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From the A2IM blog. All U.S. independent labels, artists, distributors and partners are invited to submit projects for consideration for the 2015 A2IM Libera Awards (“The LIBBYs) Every year, the annual A2IM Libera Awards spotlight extraordinary achievements by independent labels and artists as voted upon by the independent music community. The 2014 LIBBYs saw Merge Records’ Arcade Fire taking home the most LIBBYs (three awards, including a shared ‘Album of the Year’ with The Arctic Monkeys), while Daptone Records and Glassnote Records were honored with ‘Label of the Year’ awards. The 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award winner went to Alligator Records’... Continue reading
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By Mark Mulligan on Music Industry Blog 2014 has been a dramatic year for the music industry and may prove to be one of its most significant. The brief history of digital music is peppered with milestones such as Napster rising its head in 1999, the launch of the iTunes Music Store in 2003, Spotify in 2008. The 2014 legacy looks set to be more nuanced but equally important: it is the year in which streaming started to truly transform the music industry. The significance though lies in how the music industry is responding. With download sales tumbling, royalty rates... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at hypebot
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By D.A. Wallach, Recording Artist, Investor, Artist in Residence @ Spotify. This article originally appeared on DAWallach.com There is an incredibly boring problem in the music industry for which Bitcoin offers a potentially fascinating solution. In fact, I think this might be one of the coolest and most immediately worthwhile applications of distributed ledger and payment network technologies such as Bitcoin. The problem is simply that no central database exists to keep track of information about music. Specifically, there are two types of information about a piece of music that are critically important: who made it and who owns the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2014 at hypebot
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By Yannick Ilunga on TheJazzSpotlight.com In episode 51 of the Jazz Spotlight Podcast I had the pleasure to welcome on the show #1 Instagram expert Sue B. Zimmerman aka “The Instagram Expert”. One of the world’s leading social media and internet marketers, she has been featured on some of the most important websites in the field such as Social Media Examiner and Creative Live.During our talk, she shared some incredible tips for SMART Instagram marketing. From what kind of profile picture to have, to her 3 tips for crafting a killer bio and how to deal with spammers, to how... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2014 at hypebot
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By Chris Robley on CD Baby Blog You’ve played a great show. Fans are lined up at your merch booth. You’re taking cash, making change, and signing CDs. Then a guy walks up and wants to buy a couple discs and a t-shirt — but he only has a credit card. Are you going to turn him away? No, you’re going to process his credit card transaction right then and there, in the sweet, dank, dark-lit, beer-soaked corner of a basement rock club. How to take credit cards for merch sales Note: many of these credit card solutions are not... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2014 at hypebot
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By Bobby Owsinski on Music 3.0 Blog The latest IFPI (International Federation of the Phonograph Industry - boy, is that name outdated) recently came out with a report about the state of the music industry and a few of the elements that were analyzed included how much the major labels spent on developing new acts. Here are some interesting figures. The cost of breaking an act is between $500k and $1 million. The typical advance averages between $50k and $350k Typical album recording costs are between $150k and $500k. The typical video production goes from between $50k to $300k. Tour... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2014 at hypebot
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By Lisa Hallgren on DPFOC.com As the MD of a digital marketing company, I know that social media is now a huge part of digital marketing and it has really revolutionized the area. Facebook provides an excellent advertising medium with high targeting potential but Snapchat is still in its infancy in this regard. What are the specific pros, cons of using both platforms? Click to view the full infographic below. Related articles Facebook Fatigue: 50% of Facebook Users are Bored Why You Should Be Using Instagram as a Musician (And All Its Dirty Secrets) What To Post and When To... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2014 at hypebot
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By Dave Blue of GEOclubbing A new industry report from EDMTCC provides the most comprehensive look to date at the dynamics driving the surge of EDM in the United States. Titled “The EDM Guide: Technology, Culture, Curation”, the report gracefully summarizes the evolution of Electronic Dance Music dating back to 1982, how EDM is outperforming in the face of declining music sales, and profiles several trailblazers throughout the industry.These topics will be familiar to many Hypebot readers, but the report provides a deeper level of understanding for industry pros, and serves as a starting point for entrepreneurs looking to enter... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2014 at hypebot
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By Tyler Allen on Sonicbids Blog I had a guy approach my company about sponsoring a talent show. I always dig a good talent show, and it made sense with my work, so I was certainly interested. He then told me, however, about an online voting component, where fans voted on contestants through Facebook, and the winner was deemed the "online fan favorite." To further add spice (and complication), if you voted, you were entered into a drawing for a prize at the show. So you won something, and the artist won something. That was all fine, but what made... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2014 at hypebot
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By Amanda Krebs on the FanBridge Blog The inbox can be daunting when December rolls around, but we’re here to help you craft a powerful campaign that will cut through the clutter to your most supportive fans. Here are 6 things to keep in mind as you gear up for holiday promotions: 1. Make it easy People are bombarded with gift options for their loved ones, and it can be a little overwhelming. No need to let all your cannons loose with 12 sales and 3 giveaways and 20 new merch items. Try to guide your subscribers with a helpful... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2014 at hypebot
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Guest post by LIVIA TORTELLA of Black Box In 2009, Jordan Kurland invited me to my first Bandwidth Conference when it was hosted in San Francisco; great name, no press, invitation only. The space was perfect for productive and intimate conversations. Five years later, Ashli Lewis (founder and organizer of Bandwidth) continues to keep the conference true to it’s roots as a music meets technology heart-to-heart. When I got a call from Ashli over the summer inviting me to lead a discussion at Bandwidth, I immediately thought yes. I asked my friend and colleague Michele Fleischli to co-facilitate a session... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2014 at hypebot
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By Laura Goldfarb on Sonicbids Blog It's time for me to come clean – at one point or another in my career, I've been guilty of being all of the types of publicists below, and as a result, I kind of sucked at my job. I've also dated, slept with, shacked up with, or befriended enough indie artists over the years to know what simply doesn't work. I recommend that the process of choosing a publicist for yourself be as informed, careful, and intuitive as choosing a nanny for your first-born child. Here's a little help on which five publicists... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2014 at hypebot
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By Dan Servantes from Berklee College of Music's Music Business Journal. The Internet age has drastically altered the dynamics of the interaction between corporations and their customers. Talking down at consumers, for instance, is less preferable than engaging them in a conversation that can later lead to a commercial transaction. This is what direct-to-fan marketing should be for the music industry. Before the Internet, the figure of the rock star was dominant. The aura of mystery, backstage antics, and secrecy at the recording studio was a valuable commodity. The perspective seems quite different today. An aura of mystery means there... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2014 at hypebot
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By Cortney Harding on This Week In Music Tech. This was the year of the treadmill. I mean that both for me personally (ever train for an ultra-marathon during a polar vortex?) and for the music business as a whole. 2014 felt like a whole lot of running, but there was no real forward movement — everyone wound up in pretty much the same place they started. There was some big stories, of course. Beats Music launched, attracted something like 100,000 users, and then was snapped up by Apple for a cool $3 billion for…some reason, yet to be announced.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2014 at hypebot
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By Torey Markowitz on Tixr Blog Jack White has been influencing rock music for nearly two decades. He clearly has a passion for creating unique sounds, but his newest passion seems to be vinyl records. In 2001 White founded the record label, Third Man Records, which releases singles and albums primarily on vinyl. On April 19th Jack White’s most recently released album, Lazaretto, set the record for the fastest record ever pressed. Now it’s breaking a new record: the one for the coolest vinyl record ever made. (That may not be an actual record but with all of these crazy... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2014 at hypebot
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By Jason Epstein and Rob Glaser, members of the board of directors of Rhapsody. “There’s somethin’ happening here, what it is ain’t exactly clear … ” — Stephen Stills When the legendary American rock band Buffalo Springfield sang those words in 1966, they were singing about a youth uprising in LA, at a place called “Pandora’s Box.” Little did anyone know that almost 50 years later these words would be an equally apt way to describe another youth uprising, surrounding another Pandora, as well as a Spotify, a Rhapsody, a YouTube and an iTunes. Today, the music industry is at... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2014 at hypebot
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By Shaine Freeman on Sonicbids Blog Great managers are hard to find – especially when you consider that it's one of the few professions where no experience or license is required to negotiate contracts and collect money on behalf of someone who is not under their guardianship. While there's a body that governs managers on the film side of entertainment, there are no such organizations in the music business to set standards for best practices among managers, which is why so many artists and bands are likely to experience a bad management situation at some point in their careers. The... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2014 at hypebot
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By Chris Robley on CDBaby.com Jack Conte of Pomplamoose wrote a blog post last week about how his band toured for a month and grossed $135,983, but still LOST money to the tune of $11,819. The piece is really interesting, going into detail about the band’s expenses, revenues, and what their attitudes are towards the “cost” of touring as an independent act.His article has stirred up a lot of different kinds of conversations around touring. A UK band called They Say Fall posted “The reality of low-level band touring,” an article that basically says mid-level bands such as Pomplamoose could... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2014 at hypebot