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Clyde Smith
Asheville, NC
Clyde Smith is a contributing writer at Hypebot.com and maintains a writing hub at Flux Research.
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Jacobs Media's latest survey of radio listeners, Techsurvey10, finds that "radio is on both sides of the tipping point." That sounds painful but, as it turns out, they're saying that many listeners are still tuning in to broadcast aka terrestrial radio via traditional sources while a growing number are listening to those stations digitally. It's one of the more interesting points of a survey which I feel could use a glossary for those of us who find radio important to the music industry but aren't part of the radio industry. Jacobs Media's Techsurvey10 surveyed "core radio listeners" to compare differences... Continue reading
Posted 10 hours ago at hypebot
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MusiXmatch has added lyrics to all sorts of places from Spotify to karaoke mics and now to YouTube music videos. This week the fully licensed lyrics company released an extension for Google's Chrome browser that adds lyrics to any YouTube music video for which they have the lyrics which is a lot of songs. Given the popularity of lyrics videos it should be a welcome addition to those who want to follow or sing along while still seeing a fancy music video. Though I haven't written before about MusiXmatch I have an ongoing interest in the use of lyrics to... Continue reading
Posted 10 hours ago at hypebot
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I've been posting about creative music videos for the last couple of years at Hypebot. Generally I feature videos using new tech, particularly consumer web apps, to create music videos. Today's batch features a Cut Copy video that utilized 3D printing, a fanshot video by Kodaline using FanFootage and two music videos that use edited GIFs, one from Rob Cantor and one from Ilan Benjamin who created an unofficial video for Tropkillaz. 3D Printing a Music Video? Cut Copy - We Are Explorers Cut Copy released a BitTorrent Bundle featuring the above music video for "We Are Explorers" from Free... Continue reading
Posted 12 hours ago at hypebot
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OpenAura is an interesting new project from IODA founder Kevin Arnold that, most noticeably, aggregates images from musicians' official web presence. Artists can claim those pages or "Auras," add additional content and monetize them. Today OpenAura added The Associated Press, Pitchfork Media and others to the mix. Content owners can add additional pics and info to artists' Auras and join in the hoped for monetization.fest. Up till now OpenAura has been benefiting from the wide range of imagery available through social media to create visual portraits from official media. It's a great idea though I have to wonder about some... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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You're a smart musician who's got an official website so that you're not just building up somebody else's social network. You check out site states probably emphasizing how many visitors you're getting, where they came from and, as much as you can, why you got sudden surges or drops. Though that puts you ahead of many, there are deeper level to the site stats aka analytics game worth considering. I recently came across a treasure trove of information from Chartbeat that makes a clear case for what to do next. Chartbeat provides website analytics. You sign up for an account,... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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Collecting music in the digital age is often perceived as an individual problem, which it is because collecting is personal, but it's also a problem for musicians as a whole who benefit from the human compulsion to build collections. Losing a connection to collecting doesn't devalue music as art but it does undermine a force that can help support the business of music. As Gilles Poupardin of Whyd points out companies like his are attempting to create digital spaces for collecting music. While Qleek, a project currently in the design stage, offers an unlikely physical solution that one can use... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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Bandsintown can now claim 10 million "registered concert-goers." Not sure if that includes registered musicians who also go to concerts but, any way you look at it, that's a lot of people registered for concert alerts and related action. In fact, it's pretty hard to imagine 10 million anything and so Bandsintown has found not just one or even two ways to help you understand their incredible growth. They've got three ways to help you understand what it means to have 10 million customers. Bandsintown is understandably proud of reaching 10 million registered users. So proud that they want to... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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StageBloc has become a unique hybrid web service as they've developed from what initially appeared to be a blogging platform to a more complete social platform that provides creators with the tools to do such things as communicate with fans and customers from one's own site, build a social network as part of the larger StageBloc network and sell both digital and physical items. They continue to iterate and this week launched Living Bundles, an innovative digital bundle to which items can be added after the purchase. I've been following StageBloc's progress since 2012 and I've been consistently impressed by... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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Bonnaroo is an innovative festival on many levels. They will be partnering with the new Southland Conference to stage a Hackeroo, a Bonnaroo-focused hackathon, June 9 right before their own festival June 12 to 15. They also recently announced a partnership with the Red Bull Music Academy that will bring RBMA Bass Camp to the festival. RBMA will also have an after-hours stage and will create a special village including permanent facilities. Bonnaroo has long struck me as one of the more interesting and innovative festivals in America's growing festival scene. From supporting those in need to providing luxury options... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) allow programmers the ability to access data and services from other companies to build their products. The release of a new API typically signals opportunities for new products as well as new relationships between companies. Beatport's new API launches with lofty goals while Seevl wishes to share data with those who've expressed interest. On the other hand, Equestrian Beats (logo at left) inhabits a world of their own where the next developer you meet just might be a Brony. Beatport Plans To "Elevate and Advance" With API Beatport announced it's new API with the lofty goal... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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To gear up for Record Store Day, The Guardian shares their picks for six of the "best fictional record shops" from tv, movies and books. At one point some of these must have been held up as examples of a disappearing phenomenon. The vinyl revival has turned things around for many record stores, though it's never easy, and now these fictional shops are part of a history that continues, a history in which the stores now remind us of the books and movies. Michael Hogan's list in "Smell the vinyl: six of the best fictional record shops" has a couple... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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One now time-honored tradition for new business funding is the business plan competition. But often they're laden with limitations or college registration requirements that make them irrelevant to most founders. 43North is a bit different. Yes, you'll have to spend a year in Buffalo, New York but the prizes start at $250k and go up to a million dollars. And, unlike most tech funding sources, 43North is open to individual entrepreneurs who don't write code. 43North, billed as the "world's largest business idea competition," is one of those events that will likely live up to its billing. Details of the... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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DJ's Adapt To An Increasingly Popular and Corporatized Electronic Music Scene Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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The Secrets Of Marketing Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "The Heist" from Manager Zach Quillen Adam WarRock: Making It As A Niche DIY Musician Funk Volume CEO's Social Media Secret? Put The Work In and Communicate Directly With Fans YouTube Tells Creators: 'Build A Fanbase, Not An Audience' Amanda Palmer Hits A Million Twitter Followers, Releases Town Hall Session w/Zoe Boekbinder Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at hypebot
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Bette Midler: 4.1 Million Pandora Streams = $114, "Impossible for songwriters to earn a living" Music's 10 Most Innovative Companies Musicians: Your Instrument Could Be Contraband, Subject To Immediate Seizure Can Will.i.am's Smartwatch Save The Music Industry? Twitter Redesign-In-Progress Offers Fresh Music Marketing Potential MORE: Hypebot's Music Industry News and Jobs Big Data Changed How We Measure Success Spotify's Most Viral and Streamed Tracks US, UK and Global Prince Drops Universal, Forms Own NPG Music Publishing Researchers Claim That Releasing YouTube Music Videos Reduces Album Sales Music & Entertainment Stocks Drift Downward Heartbleed Bug: A Musician's Guide To The Web's... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at hypebot
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Apparently we're in the midst of web awards season. The Shorty Awards for Social Media just wrapped up and Questlove dominated both the Music and Singer categories. Didn't know he had that big a reputation as a singer. Now all eyes turn to the Webby Awards which are currently in the voting stage. Though the Webby Awards' site navigation is totally fracked, I think I've figured out who the music nominees are. With a ridiculous array of categories the 6th Annual Shorty Awards proclaimed a long list of winners. Though I didn't expect to discover Questlove in the running, it... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at hypebot
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Some popular social media marketing tactics that have helped increase noise on the web are Facebook's newest target for elimination or downgrading in the news feed. The three tactics in question are "like-baiting," repetitive posting of content and links to offsite spam. The perpetrators? Much of this spam is "published by Pages that deliberately try and game News Feed to get more distribution than they normally would." While most music marketers aren't guilty of offsite spam, like-baiting and repetitive content posting is another matter. Facebook is "Cleaning Up News Feed Spam" and claiming statistical evidence from early tests that shows... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at hypebot
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Leading UK music video tv channel Box TV is bringing Spotify to what used to be the small screen aka the television. In what is apparently just the beginning of a partnership, the two are launching "The Official Box+ Streaming Chart" which is described as a "brand new music TV show." What's kind of weird is that they don't really tell you anything about the show leaving me to assume it's all music videos like what I imagine the rest of their channels to be. But that's just a guess. In a Box TV post, "The Official Box+ Streaming Chart"... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at hypebot
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By Mary Wilson of Future of Music Coalition. You might think a two-time Grammy-nominee more than once named America’s Best DJ by DJ Times would be immune to label pressures. But as DJ and producer Kaskade explained in a series of tweets last month, that’s not the case. The frequent festival headliner (real name: Ryan Raddon) announced he is “in between labels,” leaving behind former label/publisher/mangement company Ultra Music (part owned by major label Sony): “Labels are the guys that package and market music so it gets to your ears. For the entirety of my career I have been signed... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at hypebot
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Yeah, the extra photos and tagging that Twitter recently introduced are definite boons to music marketers. But they're not stopping there. Things are getting all crazy, Facebook-ish, "media forward" some people call it. Lots of new marketing potential emerging on Twitter but writers invoking Facebook helped me realize how Twitter, too, may already be curtailing organic reach. Lastest Changes Focus On Your Twitter Profile Yesterday Twitter announced a "whole new you, in your Twitter profile." The most noticeable change to the example profiles of folks like Gilberto Gil, John Legend and Weezer is the addition of a large pic in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2014 at hypebot
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Living Indie is a live streaming service that works with indie bands to present live video streams of concerts for internet-connected devices. Until now they've been focused on shows in Spain. This weekend they live stream their first London show featuring Alaska Campus. It's a great deal for musicians since Living Indie provides their services for free, sending a video crew to the show, with the hopes of building a monetizable platform for viewing. Living Indie is currently part of the 9-month Wayra UK accelerator program. The basic concept is straightforward: "If you’re a singer or band playing indie, indie/rock... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2014 at hypebot
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Nas and Anthony Saleh, his manager, were recently in Singapore investigating startups in which they might invest. They've already invested in startups from Korea and Indonesia and it's possible they'll be investing in many more from the region. Khailee Ng of 500 Startups helped introduce them to new companies but, so far, no word on who they were meeting with. Though they've invested in at least one or two that are music-related, most of their tech investments to date span a range of consumer-focused web sites and services. Gwendolyn Regina Tan interviewed Nas and Anthony Saleh, his manager, about their... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2014 at hypebot
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Billing itself the “Switzerland of digital music,” Bop.fm allows you to create playlists and links to songs that source the music from multiple services based on your preference, including Spotify, Rdio, Beats Music, Deezer, SoundCloud and YouTube. One rationale for connecting to all these services is the ability to send playlists to friends without worrying about what service they belong to. Now Bop.fm is further connecting things with the ability to import playlists created on streaming services starting with Spotify and Rdio. Recently Bop.fm added artist-created streams as a currently free way for artists to feature themselves on Bop.fm. Today... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2014 at hypebot
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Adweek apparently has a Music Issue out, at least that's my guess based on multiple articles appearing online labeled "The Music Issue." While articles do feature an advertising or marketing angle, some step back for the bigger picture addressing topics such as live music on tv and the battle for streaming music supremacy. There's also an aesthetic edge with a feature on sports ads from Beats by Dre and possibly the coolest piece of all, "101 Kick-Ass Music Covers," with examples covering 80 years of popular magazines. AdWeek's dropping new Music Issues articles as I write this so there may... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2014 at hypebot
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Nerdcore might be dead to MC Lars but Adam WarRock still wears the niche label proudly and quite well judging from his recent work. Andrea Leonelli interviewed him in Austin during SXSW and WarRock spends about three quarters of the 17-minute interview discussing his DIY approach to nerdcore which has a lot of relevance to DIY music across genres. Blockbusters may be putting the long tail to shame but there's this lumpy middle tail that's still looking pretty sweet. Adam WarRock was once described to The Guardian's readers as "the man who raps about Doctor Who." But somehow that doesn't... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2014 at hypebot