This Week In Music Commentary

In music commentary this week, contributors explore the impact of the recent K. Perry "Dark Horse" verdict, examine why vinyl records are so expensive, and BandsInTown’s Fabrice Sergent explains why problems with discovery cause 40% of tickets to go unsold. Katy Perry ‘Dark Horse’ Verdict: End Of The World Or… Continue Reading

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$45 Tool CD Gives Indie Record Stores Unexpected Boost

A funny thing happened last week with the new Tool album" says Coalition Independent Music Stores (CIMS) executive director Michael Bunnell, "indie retail had an old-school moment." "Several stores had well-attended midnight sales on Thursday (it was my store’s first midnight sale in 10 years)," continues Bunnel. "When we returned… Continue Reading

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Why Are Vinyl Records So Expensive?

Vinyl records have become a fan favorite as well as a significant income stream for many artists. But vinyl records are expensive and can take many weeks to produce. Discmakers CEO Tony Van Veen explains why in this short video.

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Discogs Mid-Year Survey Shows Surprising Surge In CD Sales

Music marketplace Discogs has released its Marketplace Analysis & Database report for the first half of 2019 and it revealed some surprising data about online music retail. The report showed the continued popularity of the vinyl format with consumers, with sales rising 3.03% year-over-year with over 4.3 million records purchased…. Continue Reading

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Insiders Guide To Pressing Vinyl with CEO Of Disc Makers

Tony van Veen, the CEO of DIY Media joins Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert on the Music Biz Weekly podcast. DIY Media is home to Disc Makers, BookBaby and Merchly. At a time when the industry is focused on streaming, Disc Makers has become the top provider of physical goods… Continue Reading

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Music Physical Product Issues Signals Upheaval Ahead

Although the sale of physical music is still a large part of the revenue pulled in by major labels, their whole-hearted embrace of streaming has caused them to neglect traditional retail sales, with some fairly disastrous results. ____________________________ Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0 The U.S. recorded music… 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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Why Physical Promotion, Release Formats Are Still Important

Living in the age we are, many musicians may be tempted to invest their time and money solely in digital promotion, but eschewing more archaic forms of promotion like vinyls, shirts, and stickers in favor of targeted social media ads and playlist promotion can sometimes backfire. Here we look at… Continue Reading

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Dublin Vinyl Adds Direct-To-Fan Service For Artists, Labels

Record pressing plant Dublin Vinyl has launched a direct-to-fan service for independent labels and artists. Dublin Vinyl now offers vinyl manufacturing right through to fulfillment, has begun accepting orders directly from artist or label’s e-commerce sites including Bandcamp, Shopify, Woocommerce and Big Cartel, and shipping them directly EU based fans…. Continue Reading

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