Should You Tour on a Private Jet? (No, Seriously)

For the hour or so that they’re on stage, it might look like an artist has the world in their hands. The following comes from Paramount Business Jets, a proud partner of Digital Music News. Their name in bright lights. Thousands of fans chanting their … Continue Reading

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Tunecore, CD Baby Broker Massive Chinese Distribution Deals for DIY Artists

Tunecore and CD Baby have both signed deals with Tencent Music Entertainment Group, which is the largest music streaming service in China.  But Chinese distribution could be tricky for certain artists. Tunecore and CD Baby are among the largest DIY mus… Continue Reading

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Live Touring Suicides Are a Big Problem — Live Nation, WME, Vicky Cornell, Others Are Stepping In

Non-profit suicide prevention group LightHopeLife has announced a new division of its non-profit called ‘Tour Support’.  It’s aimed at supporting the mental health of musicians and crew traveling for months on the road. Tour Support is a non-profit to … Continue Reading

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YouTube Music Says It Pays the Same Royalty Rate as Spotify — At Least on Its Subscription Streams

Not sure this is good news, exactly.  But YouTube Music is at least offering some data on its per-stream royalty payouts. Spotify is notorious for crappy royalty payouts to artists.  But compared to YouTube, Spotify’s per-stream rates are downright lav… Continue Reading

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Iceland Offers Massive Incentives to Attract Foreign Musicians and Producers

Iceland has unveiled a subsidy program that’s designed to entice foreign-born music professionals to record their work in the country. Per the program’s official website, “producers can apply for reimbursement from the State Treasury of 25%” of the tot… Continue Reading

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R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe Decides He Wants to Make Money, Skips Spotify, Apple Music, Other Streaming Services on His New Single

Michael Stipe’s “Your Capricious Soul” is available exclusively on Stipe’s website for a suggested $0.77. After a long creative hiatus, Michael Stipe has released his first song since R.E.M. broke up in 2011. The new single, “Your Capricious Soul,” is … Continue Reading

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PledgeMusic Almost Killed Artist Crowdfunding — Bandzoogle Has a Plan to Save It

It was a disaster that almost killed artist crowdfunding entirely. As PledgeMusic disappeared with potentially millions in fan contributions, the concept of an artist crowdfunding platform rightfully came under scrutiny by musicians.  But how was it po… Continue Reading

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Spotify’s Shopping Spree Continues — This Time, It’s a SoundBetter Acquisition

Buying SoundBetter’s the easy part. Now, Spotify’s gotta figure out what to do with it. And Spotify’s latest acquisition? That would be SoundBetter, an audio production professional marketplace that’s been quietly facilitating collaborations since 2012… Continue Reading

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Deezer Introduces a New Payment System to Better Reward Artists — Can It Work?

Deezer launched a new website today touting the benefits of a ‘User-Centric Payment’ system. The music streaming service is hoping to get rights holders on board to create a new payment structure for artists.  The user-centric payment system will start… Continue Reading

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Disney Gets a Surprise at Its D23 Expo: Musicians Demanding Better Pay

This past weekend, Disney held its D23 Expo, which is the largest Disney fan event in the world. This year’s event, however, wasn’t just for fans. Musicians who work for the company, recording music for countless TV shows and movies, also attended as p… Continue Reading

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