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Why You Must Treat Music Like A Business

It’s the least sexy part of being an indie musician: making money. Mostly because when you’re still in the early stages as an artist, you’d much rather talk about the thousands of listens you’re getting on SoundCloud than the few hundred dollars hitting your bank account every so often. Guest...

Apple Responds To Nepal Earthquake With iTunes Fundraising Campaign

As it has for disasters including Typhoon Haiyan, the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, Haiti and, Hurricane Sandy,Apple has launched a fundraising campaign in the wake of Saturday’s devastating earthquake in Nepal. Apple will cover the transaction fees, meaning that 100% of the donation goes to the Red Cross. Since...

The suspense! The slaughter! What we learned from the download chart

It’s the anniversary that nobody is celebrating – the download chart’s 10th birthday. Here’s a rundown of its impact on the industry, and the way we buy and listen to music There was no party. Champagne went unpopped. Sombre talking heads were not wheeled out for a special on BBC Four. Show More Summary

YouTube Turns 10 Today [Official Stats]

Ten years ago today, YouTube uploaded its first video. Co-founder Jawed Karim posted a boring 18 second clip of himself at the San Diego Zoo. And while Facebook and upstarts like Vessel are coming on strong, YouTube remains the dominant force in online video. The official stats: YouTube has more...

Bandsintown Connects Fans With Their Favorite Artists Through New RSViP Program

Bandsintown recently launched a new artist-to-fan connectivity initiative that selects 10 lucky fans at random who RSVP to upcoming shows, giving them and their friends free access to an ultimate VIP experience. Complete with a fast pass to cut through lines, an RSViP t-shirt, a concert poster, and a meet...

Stan Freberg Dies: Popular Satirist And ‘Looney Tunes’ Voice Actor Was 88

Stan Freberg, who skewered pop culture with satirical records and did cartoon voices for nearly six decades, died today. He was 88. His son Donovan confirmed the news in a Facebook post but offered no details. Freberg began his six-decade career doing impersonations on Cliffie Stone’s radio program in 1943. Show More Summary

3 Lessons We Learned From Tidal's Splash Back Into The Industry

The Internet is still ablaze with news of Tidal, the Jay Z-owned streaming service you can pay $20 a month for… if you’re into that sort of thing. Tidal will apparently “change the game” and is backed by a smorgasbord of famous musicians, but the internet thinks differently. Guest Post...

Top Music Industry April Fools Pranks

Early this morning, Rdio revealed the streaming service struck a strategic partnership with iconic Cats of the Internet after a top-secret meeting prior to the GRAMMYs. In celebration, purr to the "Meow Mix" station, and welcome Rdio-Meowz on Rdio.com Lalakazoo | A Tribute To The Kazoo Berklee President Roger Brown,...

Why Does Spotify Pay So Little? [An Analysis]

Both artists and their loyal listeners have expressed disdain about artist payouts (or lack thereof) - but why are streaming services like Spotify, who are seemingly so successful, paying the artists that attract listeners so little? Jack Stratton tries to calculate an answer Take a single stream of "The Birdwatcher"...

Senate Examines Songwriter Compensation In Effort To Determine The Worth Of A Song

Since May 2013, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet has undertaken a comprehensive review of the entire Copyright Act, including many issues of importance to musicians and songwriters. Guest Post by Kevin Erickson of Future Of Music Coalition But the Act is not the...

The Complete DIY Guide To Getting Your Music Featured On Music Blogs

"There are many facets of a successful music publicity campaign, but among the most common questions I hear from newer artists are about how they can promote their music independently and get it covered on music blogs." Guest Post by Nicholas David, Founder of Sunshine Promotion Since many new artists...

Making The Case For A Freemium Reset

"Freemium absolutely can work as a model and it has achieved a huge amount already, but it needs recalibrating to ensure it delivers the next stage of market growth in a way that minimizes the risk to the rest of the business." Guest Post by Mark Mulligan on Music Industry...

In praise of Fortuna Pop!

The London-based label behind Darren Hayman, Joanna Gruesome and Evans the Death has nurtured a fanbase who trust it as a curator Indiepop fans, possibly more than those of any other genre, get besotted with record labels, from the hand-made...Show More Summary

4 Out-of-the-Box Ways To Promote Your Next Album

Social media's nice and all, but in order to stand out, sometimes you just need to find more creative ways to market yourself. Try one (or all!) of these four out-of-the-box promotional ideas for your next album release. Guest Post by C.S. Jones on Sonicbids Blog Paradoxically, the internet has...

Midem Marketing Competition - Submission Deadline March 6, 2015

via Midem Have you heard of Midem? It's the leading annual music industry event in Europe, and it will take place in Cannes, France on June 5-8, 2015. Over 6000 music tech people, managers, agents, labels and publishers come together to exchange information and do business. Show More Summary

Why Music Service Prices Are Falling And Can’t Get Back Up

Guest Post by David Touve on Rockonomic Spotify recently announced another solid uptick in subscriber numbers, growing from 12.5 million subscribers back in November of 2014 to 15 million as of January, 2015. In response, folks likeShow More Summary

Melboss Launches To Serve As Accelerator For Musicians Seeking To Build Careers

Melboss Co-Founders, Francisco Buendia and Filippo Tartari saw a need for an inclusive music hub and open marketplace and aim to fill that deficit with Melboss. Melboss prides itself on being an open network to musicians centered around...Show More Summary

Why The Spotify Uber Partnership Matters More Than You Think

[UPDATE 2] I admit to a bit of surprise when Uber's PR team reached out on Friday with a personal invite to "Please join Uber CEO Travis Kalanick and Special Partner Guest for a global press call to announce a first-of-its-kind partnership."...Show More Summary

Universal Music Takes Down Fun Mashup Of Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off' And A 1989 Aerobics Video

This article originally appeared on TechDirt.com Last year, when Daft Punk released it's super popular single "Get Lucky" the first time I actually heard it was when someone I know linked to a fantastic video of the song put over a danceline from Soul Train. Show More Summary

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