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Lessons From Prince And His Struggles With Digital Music

In addition to his legacy as an artist and performer, Prince also had, throughout his career, a complex relationship with the world of digital music distribution, and while he certainly tried many different tactics when it came to making his music available to the public, it's unclear just how successful...

Sharpton: Larry Wilmore's calling Obama the 'N-word' was in 'bad taste'

Larry Wilmore's use of the N-word to President Obama at end of his White House Correpsondents' dinner performance received the stamp of disapproval from the Rev. Al Sharpton. "Many of us are against using the N-word period," Sharpton said at MSNBC's after party that followed the event at the Washington...

If You Use Bandcamp Or Soundcloud, You MUST Tag Your Music

While many artists may forget or simply not bother adding tags to their music, tags are incredibly useful as far as making your music discoverable not only to fans, but also anyone else in the industry searching for music like yours. Here we look at some pointers for maximizing the...

Beyoncé's 'Lemonade' Embraces Indie Rock, Does Right By Copyright

Although the second track, "Hold Up," from Beyonce's latest album Lemonade may at first seem to be brazenly ripping off preexisting tracks, closer inspection reveals that she seems to be taking all the proper legal and moral precautions. ____________________________ Guest Post by George Howard on Forbes Listening to the second...

Music Business Growth Hacking 101 - A MUST READ If You Are Serious About Your Career In Music

Increasingly, tech startups are looking to growth hacking to grow their business quickly and make it more sustainable. Here, Bas Grasmayer looks at how this model can be applied to artists and labels; and outlines techniques that can be used to achieve success. ________________________________ Guest Post by Bas Grasmayer on...

CDs As Expanded Instruments: Pioneers Of Hacked Sound Art

While compact discs are certainly on the decline as far as the average music consumer is concerned, several innovative pioneers within the music industry have and continue to explore the limits of the CD as not just a means of listening to music, but as a creative tool from which...

Are We In It for the Likes? [Guster's Brian Rosenworcel]

In this piece, longtime Guster member Brian Rosenworcel looks at how changes in technology have altered the dynamics of artist fan interaction, and the challenge of maintaining an authentic connection with fans. ______________________________ Guest Post by Brian Rosenworcel on Medium I’ve been in my band for almost 25 years at...

Led Zeppelin Copyright Case To Go Jury, But Band Will Likely Lose

In the music industry's latest round of copyright accusations, Led Zeppelin is being put on blast for allegedly stealing portions of 'Stairway To Heaven.' The case is set to go to court, with a grim looking outcome expected for the band. ________________________________________ Guest Post by Mike Masnick on Techdirt This...

3 Subscription Models For Indie Artists

While our idea of a subscription service may be limited to things like Spotify or Netflix, there are several other options out there for ways in which artists can create a recurring revenue stream in exchange for offering their fans new and valuable content on a regular basis. ____________________________ Guest...

3 Artists Utilizing Cassettes As Performance Instruments

While many music consumers may feel that the day of the cassette has come and gone, here we look at three different artists who are cashing in on this antiquated audio format's nostalgic clout and using tapes in their performances. ______________________________ Guest Post by Steph Colbourn on Soundfly's Flypaper When...

This Music Video Takes Control Of Your iPhone

To stand out in Japan's crowded pop music market takes creativity. The group Lyrical School managed to rise above the pack with a video that makes it look like they've hacked your iPhone. Shot in vertical view to mimic a phone screen, it features the group cavorting between apps including...

‘Heir to Hendrix’ Shuggie Otis: ‘I could have been a millionaire, but that wasn’t on my mind’

The R&B survivor released three acclaimed albums before his 21st birthday and turned down David Bowie and Stevie Wonder. Then he disappeared. Forty years of addiction and menial jobs later, he’s back with a new record ‘I heard some people heard I’d died. Show More Summary

5 Innovative Things That Can Only Be Done With Vinyl

Digital technology certainly has its place but the audio medium of vinyl, in addition to its coveted special sound, provides the user with a number of unique creative opportunities, from clever aesthetic gimmicks to any number of live DJing techniques. ________________________________________ Guest Post by Max Adler on Soundfly's Flypaper At...

Virtual Reality: What Are It Really Means For The Music Industry

Curious what all the fuss is about? Here we take a concise look at what virtual reality means for the music industry, and what sort of experience you as fan can expect as this new technology becomes an increasingly commonplace part of the music experience. ___________________________ Guest Post by Casey...

Social Commerce: Connect With Fans Through Merch

With the decline in recorded music sales, merch has become an increasingly important part of indie artists' revenue, but it has also become a unique opportunity for musicians to authentically connect with fans while simultaneously growing your band's overall brand. __________________________________ Guest Post by Erik Wurgler of My Brothers &...

How To Make Streaming Work For You - An Interview With Jason Isbell Manager Traci Thomas And Vulpeck's Jack Stratton

Here Traci Thomas, manager if Jason Isbell at Thirty Tigers, and Jack Stratton of Vulfpeck weigh in on the shifting music landscape and extol the benefits of owning one's own content when it comes to profiting off of streaming. ________________________________ Guest Post from Songspace Artists: own your masters and streaming...

6 Essential Tips For Making A Zero Budget Music Video

Looking to make a music video but have literally no money to spend on it? Not a problem. Here we look a six different tips for how you can make a music video to promote your shiny new album while spending little to no cash. _________________________________ Guest Post by Chris...

Are 15 Second Songs The Future Of Music? [Mark Mulligan]

As music messaging apps continue to grow in popularity, so too do the truncated versions of pop hits which accompany them, suggesting the traditional three minute song structure could soon be replaced by a somewhat briefer model. ________________________________________ Guest Post by Mark Mulligan on his Music Industry Blog Music messaging...

Engage Your Fans With YouTube Poll Cards

Here we explore how artists can use this particular YouTube card feature as a way of increasing user interaction with their videos by presenting viewers with multiple choice polls. __________________________________ Guest Post by Marina Sans, Video Services Account Coordinator, Spain & Portugal of The Orchard on The Daily Rind It’s...

Sony Music Reverses YouTube Takedown Of Lecture About Music Copyrights By Harvard Law Professor

Apparently bowing to public pressure, Sony Music Entertainment has withdrawn their take down order for a YouTube video of a lecture on music copyrights by a Harvard Law professor. __________________________________________________ The original story: By Mike Masnick of Techdirt Oh, the irony. First pointed out by Mathias Schindler, it appears that...

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