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  • 17 Sep 2018 7:25 AM | Anonymous

    MBW’s World’s Greatest Managers series profiles the best artist managers in the global business. This time, we speak in-depth to Dre London, the founder of London Entertainment and manager of streaming phenomenon, Post Malone. The World’s Greatest Managers is supported by Centtrip Music, the FX and banking solutions provider – which helps artists, managers and music businesses obtain an optimum currency exchange deal.

    https://www.musicbusinessworldwide.com/dre-london-my-ambition-to-build-an-empire/

  • 11 Sep 2018 9:56 AM | Anonymous

    When Matt Lees became a full-time YouTuber, he felt as if he had won the lottery. As a young, ambitious writer, director and presenter, he was able to create low-budget, high-impact films that could reach a worldwide audience, in a way that would have been impossible without the blessing of television’s gatekeepers just a few years earlier. In February 2013, he had his first viral hit, an abridged version of Sony’s announcement of its PlayStation 4 video game console, dubbed with a cheerily acerbic commentary.....

    Excitement soon gave way to anxiety....

    The Guardian

  • 25 Aug 2018 7:01 AM | Anonymous

    Personalized recommendations, sponsored playlists, and the dominance of streaming platforms like Spotify and Apple Music have changed the experience of music discovery for all of us. Whereas magazines, zines, radio, and something called MTV once offered diverse avenues of exploration for music fans, followed by the heyday of music blogs and music piracy websites like Napster, the algorithm now looms over everyone. There is considerable reason to worry about what that means for up-and-coming artists without major label connections, as well as the landscape of popular music as a whole.

    But what are the alternatives? Six people working in and around music told The Outline how they actually find out about new music.

    The Outline

  • 21 Aug 2018 1:03 PM | Anonymous

    The stories about Spotify seemed to come in a wave last year. “The Secret Hit-Making Power of the Spotify Playlist,” reads a May 2017 Wired report. “’They could destroy the album,’” The Guardian wrote of the streaming service in August. A month later followed a Vulture profile of the most influential Spotify playlist of all: Rap Caviar. The piece’s headline: “How a Hit Happens Now.”

    In other words, streaming killed the radio star. It’s no longer a secret how important Spotify playlists can be to an up-and-coming recording artist, but the means for which an artist can get a song’s placement on those playlists remains a bit murkier. The traditional route: Promote on social media. Tour as much as possible. Sell merchandise. Maybe even hire a publicist. Anything to generate buzz and consideration on a playlist like Rap Caviar, which boasts nearly 10 million listeners and can add hundreds of thousands of streams to an artist’s song.

    Fortune

  • 13 Aug 2018 6:06 AM | Anonymous

    Despite being the foundation of the industry, musicians are often cut out of the revenue equation

    As in the film industry, streaming platforms have become the norm in the music business. Subscription streaming services have already eclipsed CDs in terms of sales, and at one point, Spotify was actually worth more than the music industry as a whole. While such online platforms offer customers convenience coupled with cheaper prices, it’s undoubtedly transformed the structure of the industry’s revenue system and the way in which artists make ends meet.

    https://consequenceofsound.net/2018/08/musician-12-percent-43-billion-revenue/

  • 7 Aug 2018 1:11 AM | Anonymous

    A succession of conversations with record labels over the last couple of months has made me start to ponder whether we are approaching a tipping point in streaming era A&R. At the heart of the conversations is whether the growing role of playlists and the increased use of streaming analytics is making label A&R strategy proactive or reactive? Is what people are listening to shaped by the labels or the streaming service? To subvert Paul Weller’s 1980s Jam lyrics: Does the public get what the public wants or does the public want what the public gets?

    Music Industry Blog


  • 23 Jul 2018 6:49 AM | Anonymous

    These days, music licensing seems to be one of the most lucrative ways to make money as a musician. Record deals usually just amount to distribution, earning money playing shows can be spotty, and merch sales are unreliable. But selling one of your songs to a movie, TV show, or video game is a great way to earn a solid chunk of royalties that could last the entirety of your career, if you’re lucky. If you’re someone who is able to write and produce your own songs, this is a particularly reliable way to earn a living.

    Like so many things in the music industry, getting your foot in the door is the hardest part. So I talked with James Panepinto, music licensing manager and creative director at New York licensing company The Music Playground, about what musicians can do to get their music heard by licensing agents, talent buyers, and music supervisors — and ultimately find success licensing their music....

    http://www.musicthinktank.com/blog/getting-to-the-top-of-the-pile-when-submitting-your-music-fo.html

  • 25 Jun 2018 1:30 PM | Anonymous

    Every business, it seems, wants to be part of the music business today. Ride-sharing services, hotel chains, retailers and others have joined longtime industry partners like beverage, credit card and cosmetics companies to harness the emotional power of music in their marketing.

    https://www.billboard.com/articles/business/8460771/billboard-top-branding-power-players-2018-list

  • 15 Jun 2018 8:20 AM | Anonymous

    From legendary indies to internet-based upstarts, these 49 labels are all doing something special.

    This list is a snapshot of 49 independent labels that are doing awesome things. As always, we encourage you to do your own digging and share your own favorites with us, but as long as you discovered just one new label, artist, or piece of music that you love from this list, then we did our job.

    So, from independent icons like XL Recordings and Sub Pop to newer teams like 88 Rising and Mind of a Genius, here are some of the essential labels you should know.

    https://pigeonsandplanes.com/in-depth/independent-record-labels-you-should-know/

  • 4 Jun 2018 9:54 AM | Anonymous

    For artists releasing their music in 2018, Spotify promotion is one of the key elements to success in your music career.

    In this guide we tell you exactly how to get your music on to popular Spotify playlists, begin generating streams and being added to Discover Weekly’s. 

    https://www.burstimo.com/single-post/Official-Spotify-Playlists-guide


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