Saban Music Group Launches With $500 Million Investment

Billionaire investor Haim Saban, Chairman of Saban Capital Group, is teaming with music industry veteran Gustavo Lopez to launch Saban Music Group with a promised $500 million investment. SMG is positioned as a record label, international A&R, and artist development company built around offering ‘360 deals’ to artists. As part… Continue Reading

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BUSINESS OF INDIE: Astral People Launches • The Orchard Revealed • Zebralution Acquires EMS • More

In this week’s Business Of Indie, Indie label Astral People launches, The Orchard’s Chief Operating Officer Colleen Theis tells all, distributor Zebrulation acquires its technical service provider Encoding Management Service (EMS) and much more. Like Hypebot’s More News section, The Business Of Indie is nestled under its own Indie tab… Continue Reading

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Slide Over Lil Nas, Blanco Brown Brings The Beats To Top The Country Charts [Don’t Miss The Video]

It didn’t take long for other hip-hop and R&B artists to join in on a party started by Lil Nas’ “Old Town Road.” Now Blanco Brown has hit the country charts with “The Git Down.” Lil Nas, with the help of Billy Ray Cyrus, reinterpreted what could be, and probably… Continue Reading

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Who Are Winners And Losers In The New Music Industry?

Regardless of who’s getting the money, it is undeniable that streaming has made the music industry lucrative again. Now, as the business works to reinvent itself, are historically downtrodden artists finally coming out on top, or are record labels and management siphoning off all of the profits? _______________________________ Guest post… Continue Reading

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Patreon Adds $60M To ‘Take Membership To The Next Level’

Creator subscription platform Patreon has raised an additional $60 million that it says will be used "to take creator memberships to a whole new level." Patreon has more than 3 million active patrons and 100,000 creators on the platform, and has paid out more than $1 billion to date. This… Continue Reading

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Taylor Swift Should Re-record Hits Lost To Scooter Braun, says Kelly Clarkson

Shake it off, Kelly Clarkson is telling Taylor Swift about her feud with Scooter Bruan and Scott Borchetta, by re-recording and releasing the hits that Braun now controls after acquiring her former record label, Big Machine. Swift called the sale her "worst case scenario;" and re-recording the hits would both… Continue Reading

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FREE REPORT: Independent Artists In The Age of Empowerment [Mark Mulligan]

Digital music distributor Amuse and consultancy MIDiA have partnered to release Independent Artists: The Age of Empowerment, a free report that shows the growing power and potential of independent artists – artists how are growing a substantial career without the help of a record label. _____________________________________ By Mark Mulligan of… Continue Reading

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What Will Taylor Do? Big Machine To Release Vinyl Singles

Despite a very public feud with Taylor Swift, her former label, the just acquired by Scooter Braun Big Machine Records, is wasting no time cashing in on her catalog with the release of five songs from her 2006 self-titled debut album on limited-edition vinyl. In celebration of the LP’s 13th… Continue Reading

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It’s Independent Venue Week: 4 Things You Need To Know

As Independent Venue Week kicks of its second year running, we look at four things you should know, including where the event got its inception, and which artists and venues will be participating. ___________________________ Guest post by Drea of Eventbrite Eventbrite powers some of the best and brightest independent venues,… Continue Reading

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Revenue For Unsigned Artists Grew 35% Last Year

A new study from MIDiA Research and indie distributor Amuse shows that independent artists are the fastest-growing segment of the global recorded music business, the beginning of what may be the biggest paradigm shift within the music business in decades. The survey of 250 musicians globally offers a snapshot of… Continue Reading

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