Getting It Done: The Week In D.I.Y. and Indie Music

This week, our ideas and advice for the industry’s independent do-it-yourselfers dug into what and updated electronic press kit should look like, what artists ought to understand about Songtrust, how to check if you’re actually monetizing your YouTube channel, and much more! The EPK: An Updated Look What Artists Need… Continue Reading

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REWIND: The New Music Industry’s Week In Review

In this flip back through the past week’s music industry news, we revisit YouTube’s attempt to eliminate pay-for-view, Vevo’s ten year anniversary, Sheryl Crow and Joan Jett’s recent honors, and more! YouTube Revises Music Charts To Eliminate Pay-For-View Vevo Marks 10 Years, 300% Growth In Last 5 Years Sheryl Crow,Joan… Continue Reading

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YouTube Revises Music Charts To Eliminate Pay-For-View

YouTube is revising its chart criteria and will no longer count paid advertising views on YouTube in the YouTube Music Charts calculation. The shift aligns YouTube with the policies of Billboard and Nielsen. Indian rapper Badshah, K-pop group BlackPink and Taylor Swift have all spent money on YouTube ad advertising… Continue Reading

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Vevo Marks 10 Years, 300% Growth In Last 5 Years

[UPDATED] Music video platform VEVO is celebrating its 10 year anniversary in 2019 and the service is now home to more than 400,000 official music videos, exclusive original series, and unique concert videos. The video platform, which serves artist videos through distribution partners that include YouTube, Amazon, Apple Roku, Sky,… Continue Reading

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Music Marketing Platform Beatchain Adds Distribution

Music promotion and fan building platform Beatchain has added digital distribution powered by FUGA. The full direct to artist platform will launch in early 2020. FUGA’s platform will allow Beatchain to distribute their users’ content to hundreds of digital services for 100% market reach. Artists can upload unlimited tracks for… Continue Reading

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Playlist Streaming: Is It Hurting The Artist?

Leaving downloads and CDs in the dust, streaming (and consequently playlists) is now the new normal for music consumption. But just how much is this style of listening harming artists, and how much value is there getting your song a coveted placement on a popular playlist. ___________________________ In this latest… Continue Reading

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Are You Actually Monetizing Your YouTube Channel?

While it may seem like a dumb question, since most artists/labels have at least some level of monetization system set up, it can be fairly easy for artists to miss out on earning money via their actual channel. Here Chris Robley walks us through ensuring you get your due. __________________________… Continue Reading

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RIAA Investigating Payola Like Fox Guarding The Henhouse [Op-Ed]

Paying for radio airplay, or payola as it is more commonly known, has been around since the 50s in one form or another, but has recently spiked. This has lead the FCC to request that the RIAA investigate – meaning the industry will, in effect, be policing itself. ____________________________ Guest… Continue Reading

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6 #MusicBiz Stories You Missed Over The Long Weekend

Here is a quick round-up of six important music business stories that you may have missed over the holiday, and believe it or not only two of them are about Taylor Swift. • Taylor Swift’s Lover Passes 3 Million Equivalent Sales • 1 In 4 Albums Sold In US Last… Continue Reading

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