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As the year comes to a close, Amazon joins the host of platforms taking a look back on 2014, reporting their top trends of the year. Amazon's team of music experts curated a list of Best 50 Albums and Best 50 Songs of the year - The War On Drugs' Lost In The Dream came in as the top album of 2014 and Sam Smith's "Stay With Me" landed the top song of the year slot. Pentatonix claimed top best-selling album of 2014 on Amazon with That's Christmas To Me and Meghan Trainor took home the gold with "All About... Continue reading
Posted 57 minutes ago at hypebot
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Darryl Ballantyne, CEO/co-founder, LyricFind www.LyricFind.com, leader in legal lyric solutions is joining us today on Hypebot.com's year end virtual panet. On the importance of YouTube Music Key's entry and Apple's acquisition of Beats, Ballantyne says "The jury's still out on both YouTube Music Key and Beats (within Apple), but both have the potential to have a massive impact on the subscription market based on their reach." Read more from Darryl Ballantyne below. 1) Do you see the current debate questioning the effect of ubiquitous free music online leading to real change? Or is the Taylor Swift debate just a short... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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Earlier this week, Google released its annual Year in Search results, putting the spotlight on up and coming artists and trendsetters in the music category. Iggy Azalea made an appearance among trending song lyrics and took the top slot as #1 Trending Music Artist of 2014, beating other top trending artists including Lorde, Sam Smith, Meghan Trainor, Solange Knowles, and Nicki Minaj, to name a few. While artists like Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj have experienced their fair share of time in the limelight, these search results really showcase the talent and staying power of 2014's emerging artists. Trending Music... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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WholeWorldBand Managing Director, North America Gregory Butler is up next on Hypebot.com's year end virtual panel. "We have enough data to show that people believe music has value - more options for people to choose how music can be devalued isn't exactly positive. I'm not specifically saying the options mentioned are positive or negative, but until a fair, multilateral system exists for streaming, every option is suspect." Find out more about Gregory Butler's position on where music streaming is headed below. 1. Do you see the current debate questioning the effect of ubiquitous free music online leading to real change?... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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Has BandPage finally found the gold that musicians have been searching for in music streaming? If you consider the untapped artist revenue now uniquely accessible to BandPage users, the pot of gold at the end of the music streaming rainbow; then yes, the early numbers BandPage released this morning would suggest that they've done exactly that. "The tip of a very large iceberg" Through strategic integration with some of the industry's key players including Spotify, Shazam, Lyricfind, Soundcloud and several others, BandPage has found that displaying offers and engaging with fans while they're streaming their music translates into a significant... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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Benji Rogers, Founder and President of PledgeMusic joins us today for Hypebot.com's 2014 Year End Virtual Panel. Rogers has a hopeful outlook for the collaboration between artists and music streaming services, but suggests that streaming companies handle the relationship with care. "The artists are the ones with that power. If the artists are given the tools, and therefore the incentive, they will bring the subscribers and all boats will begin to rise." Continue reading for more from Benji Rogers. 1) Do you see the current debate questioning the effect of ubiquitous free music online leading to real change? Or is... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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James Donio, President of the Music Business Association (Music Biz) is up next on our Virtual Panel. On the subject of streaming, Donio says, "While we refrain from editorializing on any Music Biz member company’s role in the marketplace, it is abundantly clear that streaming will continue to gain traction next year as it tallies more and more users around the world. In fact, Billboard and Nielsen’s decision to include streaming numbers and digital downloads in their calculations for the Billboard 200 chart underscores this point." 1) Do you see the current debate questioning the effect of ubiquitous free music... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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SFX Entertainment has spent a considerable amount of time and energy focusing on the Electronic Music sector. Staking claim to hundreds of dance festivals in two years time, SFX hopes to gain the attention of electronic music fans when they relaunch Beatport.com, a 10 year-old digital music store SFX acquired last year. In lieu of selling downloads, the site will operate as a free, ad-supported music streaming service where fans will be able to listen on-demand catalog of primarily electronic music. The re-launch of Beatport.com is meant to serve as a landing space for electronic music fans to find event... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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Dave Kusek is the founder of the New Artist Model online music business school and former CEO and founder of Berklee Online. Kusek is also the co-author of one of the best selling music business books The Future of Music: Manifesto for the Digital Music Generation written in 2005, and has enjoyed a successful career as an entrepreneur in music, technology and marketing. He started the first music software company Passport Designs in 1980, helped bring MIDI to the marketplace, was one the of inventors of the Synare electronic drum and has shaped the digital music market for many years.... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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SoundCloud is making strategic moves towards becoming a competitive streaming destination in 2015 with their release of Collection. Collection is a slight deviation from their previous home base setup that allows for more efficient browsing and simplification of music discovery. The home base update also allows users to build playlists, follow artists, and like content for a more personalized listening experience. The renovated look and feel of SoundCloud's Collection offers square album artwork, like that of Rdio, for easy perusing and simple content navigation. Users can also browse and break down collections based on who they like, what artists they're... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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Jack Conte, multi-instrumentialist of Pomplamoose and co-founder of Patreon joins us today to Hypebot.com's year end virtual panel. When asked about effect of ubiquitous music online and what the "Taylor Swift Debate" means for music streaming he says "No - the debate won't change anything, but artists pulling out of Spotify will." Conte goes on, "So many financial models are crumbling for artists right now - they're going to go where they get paid, as they should." Continue reading for more from Jack Conte. 1) Do you see the current debate questioning the effect of ubiquitous free music online leading... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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2014: The Year Nothing In Music Broke, and Nothing Got Fixed Why Streaming (Done Right) Will Save the Music Business Bitcoin for Rockstars: How Cryptocurrency Can Revolutionize The Music Industry Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at hypebot
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We've asked several industry leaders and influence to join us for Hypebot.com's inaugural year end virtual panel series. We've asked them to speak openly about their thoughts on "The Taylor Swift Debate", what the introduction of YouTube Music Key and Apple acquiring Beats means for the industry, and we've also asked them to discuss what 2014 meant for their business in 2015. The panelists are listed below. Follow the links to each panelist's respective response. Cortney Harding of Muzooka Kyle Bylin of Soundhound Simon Cole of 7digital Dmitri Vietze of Rock Paper Scissors Dave Cool of Bandzoogle Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at hypebot
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Next Big Sound Expands Free Analytics For Musicians, Adds New Metrics 5 Types of Music Publicists That Indie Artists Should Avoid How Pentatonix Built a Social Media Powerhouse The Many Realities of Touring as an Independent Artist: What’s Right for You? Indie Artists Receive +50% Of All GRAMMY Nominations For 5th Consecutive Year 6 Tips for Your Holiday Email Campaigns How to Craft Your Band's Pitch for 5 Types of Media Outlets What the Ad Industry Can Teach You About Running Your Band Like a Brand 4 Way Musicians Can Accept Credit Card Payments at Shows Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at hypebot
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Spotify Gifts 3 Months Of Premium For Just 99¢ YouTube Takes The Guess Work Out Of Music Copyright Status Linkin Park Shifts To Self Management Spotify’s Secret Weapon EDM From 30,000 Feet Grammy Nominees 2015 - A Full List [UPDATED] Apple Lawsuit IS Missing Critical Piece: A Plaintiff Best of 2014 Shazam's Top Tracks & Artists of 2014, Predictions for 2015 iTunes' Best Music Of 2014 List Released Facebook's Top 10 Songs Of 2014 Shazam Unveils Hall of Fame Recognizing Most Shazamed Artists & App Overhaul Google Play Announces Top Music Of 2014 SoundExchange Releases Top Artists & Tracks of... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at hypebot
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ReverbNation CEO Mike Doernberg joins us today for Hypebot.com's 2014 Year End Virtual Panel. He discusses the focus ReverbNation has placed on streaming in 2014 and what that means for them in the coming year, saying "We understand that it will impact the entertainment industry in dramatic ways, very quickly. What pique’s our interest most, is the area of talent identification, smart curation and the “packaging” of music and artists." [Continue Reading] 1. Do you see the current debate questioning the effect of ubiquitous free music online leading to real change? Or is the Taylor Swift debate just a short... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at hypebot
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Ringing in the new year with an extra $620,000,000 in his pocket, Forbes identified Dr. Dre as the top paid musician on 2014 by a landslide. Beyonce and the Eagles came in second and third to Dre, pulling in $115 million and $100 million respectively, hundreds of millions shy of Dre. Dr. Dre clearly benefitted handsomely from the sale of Beats by Dr. Dre to Apple, a one time cash injection that contributed significantly to him grossing nearly 50% of the combined pre-tax income of $1.4 billion to 2014's top 10 paid musicians. We've listed 2014's Top 10 paid musicians... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at hypebot
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Rdio revealed its Top Global & US Charts of 2014 and announced the return of Rdio Covers 2014 in which this years hit songs are covered by next year's projected hit artists. This year, 24 songs have been covered by rising artists and are available only on Rdio for listeners to enjoy (see below). Rdio users can also review their Your 2014, where their favorite songs of 2014 can be revisited in one pre-curated playlist. In addition to congratulating the top charting artists on their successes, Rdio recognized singer/songwriter Bea Miller as Rdio's Artist to Watch for January 2015. Listen... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at hypebot
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On Wednesday, Instagram announced it's user base has expanded to over 300 million monthly active users, trumping Twitter's 284 million by a solid 16 million users. Instagram has experienced a significant uptick in growth since Facebook's $1 billion dollar acquisition of the photo sharing platform in April 2012. The chart generated by BI Intelligence (shown below) better illustrates the expansion of Instagram and the differentiation between their growth rate and Twitter's. Twitter is projected to hit 296 million users by the end of Q4, but that still leaves them in the back seat to Instagram's already established 300 million. Source:... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at hypebot
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Dave Cool, Director of Artist Relations at Banzoogle joins us next on Hypebot.com's 2014 Year End Virtual Panel. Cool lands among other YouTube Music key skeptics: "I’m not sure what impact it will have. YouTube has gotten away with being the largest free music streaming service for years. I don’t know how they’re going to get people to start paying for it now, and it already seems confusing." Find out more about how 2014 impacted Bandzoogle and what Dave Cool thinks this past year will mean for the music industry in 2015. 1) Do you see the current debate questioning... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2014 at hypebot
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Hypebot.com & Skyline Music Agency | Internship Openings Are you looking for a way to get your foot in the door with a music agency or gain experience digital marketing? Hypebot.com and Skyline Music Agency are seeking to fill two internship positions open to collegiate students or young professionals interested in learning more about how to successfully be a part of today’s music industry. Digital Marketing Internship | This position is geared specifically towards the efficient use of digital marketing platforms for both the agency and our artists. Duties would include but not be restricted to populating and updating artist’s... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2014 at hypebot
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SoundExchange, the independent nonprofit performance rights organization representing the entire recorded music industry, recently released the Top Streaming Artists, Top Breakout Artists, and Top Tracks of 2014. Drake, Sam Smith, and One Republic’s “Counting Stars” topped each chart respectively. These charts are based on data reported to SoundExchange from digital radio services including satellite radio, Internet radio, and cable radio. The recordings featured were played between September 1, 2013 and August 31, 2014. For an artist to qualify as a “Breakout Artist,” they must have received in this last broadcast year (September 1, 2013 and August 31, 2014) at least... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2014 at hypebot
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Slacker Radio aims to redefine internet radio with their new redesign, opening doors to independent creatives and setting the stage for a transformative music streaming experience. The first steps of this rollout include welcoming well-known personalities such as Tyler Oakley and Nerdists, both of whom will have dedicated Slacker stations. With these changes comes an entirely new modernized look and feel for the Slacker website and iPhone app. (Android and other devices will be forthcoming) The new site and apps are part of Slacker Radio’s massive redesign, bringing more attention to the unique content of the service, surfacing more personalization... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2014 at hypebot
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Earlier this morning, Shazam unveiled its Hall of Fame honoring artists who have been Shazamed millions of times. A formal facelift was also revealed this morning in the form of a new and improved Shazam.com and mobile app, where for the first time fans can search for tracks to find the number of times artists and songs have been Shazamed, lyrics, artist info and more. With these updates and a new arena to highlight the success of talented artists, Shazam hopes to become the place music calls home. Shazam has long since had a unique perspective on the music business.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2014 at hypebot
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Dmitri Vietze of Music and Technology PR Firm Rock Paper Scissors is up next on Hypebot.com's virtual panel. He shares his thoughts on the Taylor Swift rift with Spotify and the importance of YouTube Music Key and the expansion of Beats Music ecosystem below. He also speaks to the changes brought on by 2014 and what it means for his business: "The largest shift right now is that we are in a transitional moment, which means there are no one-size-fits-all solutions for musicians, labels, managers, agents, tech start ups, or fans. Our interconnectedness and ubiquitous access to information (including music)... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2014 at hypebot