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What's it like to release a new composition every day for a month? Composer Martin Fowler recently took on this challenge (and then some), working to release new music everyday for an entire month. Here he documents his experience, and what he learned from it. ____________________ In this latest from... Continue reading
Posted 2 hours ago at hypebot
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This week, music commentators weighed in on warning signs we should be pay attention to, even as the music industry's growth continues, why the 'Local Radio Freedom Act' is actually anti-creator, how Spotify can fix it songwriter problem, and more. Music Industry's Revenue Growth Continues, But There Are Warning Signs... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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This week, we offer sage council to independent bands and artists out there on a variety of issues, including how to sell merch without coming off as too 'sales-y', when the best times to post on social media are, how to have a successful SXSW, and much more! Guide To... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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As we journey back through the week's major music industry events, we revisit how Spotify's new Hulu bundling could be a problem for artists, Apple's attack on Spotify for trying to squeeze musicians, why piracy continues to be an issue in the streaming age. Spotify’s New Hulu Bundle Could Hurt... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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While it may not always be generating the most buzz and excitement, classical music as a genre has a number of unexpected benefits to the consumer, outside of just a studying aid and making plants grow faster. ________________________ In this new post to MusicThinkTank, Jessica Dais looks at ten surprising... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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This week, we hear from music commentators on why 2018 was such a good year for Spotify, plus songwriters and publishers weighed in on 'tech bullies' appeal against royalty increases and the US Supreme Court's claim that songwriters can't sue without a copyright certificate. 2018 Was A Good Year To... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2019 at hypebot
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This week on MusicThinkTank, contributors shared articles on figuring out who's reading your music blog, how to create a dynamic website that will appeal to your fans, the best way to save money while still eating healthy on tour. James Shotwell | Do You Know Who's Reading Your Music Blog?... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2019 at hypebot
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Monetizing your passions can be a frustrating and draining experience, and so while most artists would rather focus on their craft, marketing it is essential as well. Luckily, a well put together website can do a lot of that for you, appeasing current fans and drawing new listeners in. ___________________________... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2019 at hypebot
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This week, commentators inside the music industry weighed in on consent decree reform, whether technology precipitated the death of "good" music, and shared some key advice for when it comes to marketing artists. ASCAP, BMI Issue Joint Open Letter On Consent Decree Reform [Full Text and Analysis] Did Technology Bring... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2019 at hypebot
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It's a harsh world out there in the music biz, but our tips and ideas for the independent artist out there will hopefully make things a little easier, with advice on how to sell more music merchandise, why word of mouth marketing is key to live music and how to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2019 at hypebot
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This week on MusicThinkTank, our valued contributors shared articles on the challenge independent music blogs and radio stations face in staying afloat, whether the proliferation of independent streaming platforms could be hurtful to unsigned artists, eight must-haves for your music website. Tracey Arbon | How Do Indie Music Blogs And... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2019 at hypebot
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In this perusal back through the past week's music industry news, we revisit some of the week's news highlights, including PledgeMusic's continued failure to pay artists, Spotify's legal complications with its India launch, YouTube's most watched videos of all time, and more. Gimme Radio: Building A Fan Driven Music Streaming... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2019 at hypebot
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As the major streaming platforms continue to bludgeon each other in hopes of gaining an industry monopoly, unsigned artists are seeking better, independent options for sharing their music with the general public - unfortunately, all these smaller platforms face a number of shortcomings. _______________________________ In this new post to MusicThinkTank,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2019 at hypebot
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Music industry commentators this week weighed in on the moral quandary of whether or not to drive fans to big tech, when and why we lose interest in discovering new music, Spotify's tepid move towards profitability. Amazon, Google & The Morality Of Driving Fans To Big Tech When Do We... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2019 at hypebot
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This week, we have a whole host of tips and advice for the indie artists out there trying to make it big, including a walkthrough of what it takes to hit the billboard charts, what makes for the perfect set (if you're an opener) how to create original content on... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2019 at hypebot
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This week on MusicThinkTank, contributors shared articles on how musicians should handle criticism, how to right a music resume that will get you good results, why trust will be the next best opportunity for big data, and more. Peter Hill | 5 Essential Tips For Musicians On Handling Criticism Chloe... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2019 at hypebot
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Some of the most popular articles to appear on Hypebot this week covered the continuing trouble with PledgeMusic and its users, an exploration of why Spotify isn't just a music company, the reasons behind when and why we discover new music, and more. PledgeMusic Issues An Incomplete Update 5 Music... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2019 at hypebot
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When arming up for a job hunt in the music industry, having a carefully crafted, professional, and engaging resume at the ready is essential to even landing and interview. Here we look at five of the best practices to implement when putting together a killer resume. ___________________________ In this new... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2019 at hypebot
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Thank you for your dedicated readership and the thoughtful and insightful content which has been shared by so many of you. Without these contributions, our sister blog Music Think Tank would not exist. If you have advice, commentary, or ideas about the music industry, we please encourage you to contribute... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2019 at hypebot
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This week commentators in the music industry look at what what Billboard's Power 100 list got right and wrong, streaming's significant problem with math, why Ariana Grande's fans are the fans every artist needs, and more. Billboard’s Power 100 List: The Right & Wrong The Elusive Obelus: Streaming’s Issue With... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2019 at hypebot
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We've got tips, tricks, and helpful advice this week on how to make the most out of your next music premier, how to make Instagram stories work for you as a marketing tool in 2019, what really matters when it comes to being a successful musician, and more! How To... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2019 at hypebot
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Contributors on MusicThinkTank this week shared pieces on how to build and use and email list, the best way to roll out your music, the problematic cliche of the starving artist, and more! Laura Schneider | Email Lists for Musicians – Where The Heck To Start! Shimul Kabir | Top... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2019 at hypebot
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This week on Hypebot, some of our most popular articles explored PledgeMusic's shutdown and alarming silence, SoundCloud's outstripping of Spotify in the content department, how artists can use affordable Spotify ads to promote their music, and more! PledgeMusic Silent One Week After All Campaigns Suspended SoundCloud Now Has 5X As... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2019 at hypebot
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An oldie but a goodie, email marketing is one of the best ways to turn fans who like your music into fans who buy your music, but building a robust, profitable email list can feel like a daunting task, from getting subscribers to choosing a platform, to actually producing good... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2019 at hypebot
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Once you've gone to the trouble of recording and producing music, you're likely going to want to release it to the public - this can be a daunting process however, so here we look at a presentation that covers all the details of how to release to music. ________________________________ In... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2019 at hypebot