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Kobalt's AWAL Expands Artist Marketing Team With VP Hire

AWAL, Kobalt’s red hot label services and recordings company, has hired Thomas Fiss as VP of Strategic Marketing, North America. Based in Los Angeles, Fiss will oversee multichannel marketing, which includes conceptualizing and producing content offerings and partner integrations for AWAL artists with brands, media outlets and others. "We are reimagining the construct and type of services artists and labels should have access to in the modern music industry,” said AWAL President, North Am...
Tags: AWAL, DIY, DIY musicians, Indie, Kobalt, Music, Music Business, Music Industry, Musician, Musicians, Bruce Houghton


How To Set Up A Successful Music Marketing Campaign

In this fourth of AWAL's five part Decoded series on how to effectively allocate money in your music career, we dig into the process behind setting up your next music marketing campaign for success, and hear from multiple industry experts about some of the lessons they learned during their time in the business. __________________________ Guest post from AWAL This is the fourth piece in a five-part Decoded series in which we break down (1) a mental framework to help spend money in the...
Tags: Music, Boston, United States, Guest Post, Nashville, New York Times Magazine, White, Walk, Sxsw, Flint, Philly, Nick Herbert, Madison Square Garden, Richards, Hernandez, Bronson


Kobalt Is Raising Another $100 Million Funding Round

Music services and music publishing company Kobalt is raising a new round of funding that could top $100 million.  The new funding comes just a year after Kobalt closed a round that  valued the company at $800 million. Kobalt founder and CEO Willard Ahdritz has confirmed the round, without divulging financial targets. Kobalt divisions include Kobalt Music Publishing; Kobalt Neighboring Rights and the record label and label services company AWAL.  Kobalt says it invested $150 million la...
Tags: Music, Bruce Houghton, Willard Ahdritz, Kobalt, Awal, Kobalt Capital, Kobalt Music Publishing, AWAL Kobalt, AMRA Kobalt


QUICK HITS: AWAL + Apollo • Songtrust • Marcie Allen Van Mol, Bebe Evans • Music Row's Rising Women On The Row

Kobalt’s AWAL has signed long-term worldwide recordings deal with Omar Apollo. Apollo already has 45 million streams on Spotify and an extensive touring history. Apollo will perfrom at the AWAL House Showcase at SXSW. Said AWAL President, North America, Ron Cerrito of the deal: “Omar has everything we look for in artist. He’s built his career from the ground up, has a loyal and quickly-growing fanbase and creatively, is always evolving as an artist, which makes it tough to classify but ea...
Tags: Music, Nashville, North America, Music Business, Conventions & Awards, Amy Grant, Bruce Houghton, Omar, Omni Nashville Hotel, Anna Bond, Awal, FatCat Records, Sandi Spika Borchetta, Ron Cerrito, Marcie Allen Van Mol Bebe Evans, Omar Apollo Apollo


Making It Big: What 6 Elite Producers Taught Us [VIDEO]

As part of  new content franchise, Kobalt has invited some of the music industry's top producers to share their stories about coming up in the music industry and their respective journeys to success. _____________________________ Guest post from AWAL If you're reading this, it's time to learn. AWAL’s parent company, Kobalt, invited some of the world’s best and brightest producers in the game to sit down and share their story, in their own words, for the first three episodes of a new ...
Tags: Music, Guest Post, Kendrick Lamar, New Orleans, Drake, Travis Scott, Netflix Originals, Kobalt, Awal, Da Hoodie, Teddy Walton, Drake Jahaan, Eminem Kurtis McKenzie, Khalid Roget Chahayed, Kurtis McKenzie Roget Chahayed


Behind The Curtain Of The New Balance X BEGINNERS Campaign (Part I)

Synch licensing can be one of the greatest ways for artists to gain exposure to a wider, fresh audience. Once a privilege largely reserved for already successful artists, more developing band are getting these exciting opportunities, as evidenced in a recent collaboration between New Balance Shoes and up-and-coming AWAL artist BEGINNERS.   __________________________ Guest post from AWAL Synch licensing can help artists reach a larger audience and find potential new fans who wouldn’t ...
Tags: Music, New York, La, Wikipedia, Guest Post, NICK, Keith, VML, Kobalt, Nick Keenan, Awal, Keith D'Arcy, Ryan Kofman, Sam Barbera


New Study By Goldman Sachs Forecasts Double-Digit Growth For Music Biz

[Updated] The music business has had a tough go of it over the past decade, but in recent years things have taken a turn for the better, with industry business booming. Thankfully, this trend shows no signs of waning, according to recently published research from a team at Goldman Sachs. _____________________________ Guest post from AWAL Business really is booming. Back in 2016, financial services juggernaut Goldman Sachs dug deep into music business economics. Their findings, publi...
Tags: Music, Guest Post, Goldman Sachs, Goldman, Kobalt, Awal, Goldman Sachs Forecasts Double Digit


Music Distribution: Upfront Revenue vs. Revenue Sharing

Once you've finished creating your music, its time to develop a strategy for how you want to release it. With so many digital distributors out, it picking one can be a difficult choice, something made more complicated by the decision of whether you want to pay an upfront fee, or allow the distributor to share your revenue. ____________________________ Guest post from After pushing your newest song past the finish line, it’s time for strategic action. Unleashing your latest and gre...
Tags: Apple, Music, Guest Post, DSP, UPC, Landy, Awal, Paul Hitchman, Hitchman, Matt Riley AWAL, Silvia Montello AWAL, Sarah Landy


Instagram Secret Menus, New Trends Decoded

In this edition of Decoded, our fiends at AWAL look at the trends and hidden tricks shaping entertainment inside the Facebook owned and operated social media crown jewel that is Instagram. _________________________ Guest post from AWAL The sheer scale of Facebook’s owned-and-operated crown jewel makes it a vital endpoint in the content race—an inspiring and overwhelming launchpad for preternaturally gifted yodelers, abnormally adorable dogs, and generational artists who set new sta...
Tags: Facebook, Music, Instagram, US, Bbc, Ocean, Nice, Tumblr, Frank Ocean, Anderson Paak, AP Rocky, Paak, Awal, Sunil Singhvi, Will Page Spotify, Sunhil


Pop Prodigy Greyson Chance Talks Gaga, Buzzwords And Cheap Wines

In this piece from AWAL's #nofilter Q&A series, viral sensation Greyson Chance discusses how he was able to spin his fifteen minutes of fame from a sensational Lady Gaga cover into a successful career in the music industry. _______________________________ Guest post from AWAL Welcome to #nofilter, a recurring Q&A series that gives standout artists room to breathe. It’s not easy flipping 15 minutes of fame into legions of fans that give a f*ck. Eight years ago, on the back of a jaw...
Tags: Music, Diy, Marketing, Music Industry, Guest Post, Indie, Musicians, Ellen, Music Business, Indie Labels, Musician, Greyson Chance, Greyson, Awal, D.I.Y, Publishing & Songwriting


10 Artists You Need To Know

From UK synth pop to red state alternative rock, we reached out to the 10 artists who are on our playlists, climbing the charts, and shattering instagram. This month: Brooklyn’s electro duo Fly By Midnight, UK indie pop Caezar, LA pop act VOILÀ, North Carolina’s rock act Lowborn, Nate Head, Cleveland’s Recess, South Africa’s Leandro, Canada’s Krowns, and New Mexico’s local radio darling Maiya. Fly By Midnight are making with waves with the new track You Belong.  Formed by former MTV’s Dream Bigg...
Tags: Spotify, Europe, Video, Music, UK, La, Berlin, Los Angeles, Bbc, Rome, Wes, Radio, Canada, Brooklyn, South Africa, Mtv


The Evolution Of 3rd Party Playlists

While a lot of airtime and marketing energy is put into landing a track on an official playlist, less attention is given to thriving sub-industry of third-party playlisting, and how artists can use it to their advantage. ______________________ Guest post from AWAL AWAL's Decoded dismantles big topics into manageable insights for artists & teams.   Not much is said of the independent music obsessives, off-platform networks, and, yes, brands providing tasteful aggregation amidst end...
Tags: Spotify, Music, Nike, Reddit, Sherman, DSP, Echo Nest, Awal


Kobalt's AWAL Adds Toronto Team

AWAL , Kobalt’s indie label and label services arm, will add a Tronto office early in 2019. New hires will be made in marketing, client relations and A&R.   This announcement caps a big year for AWAL, including a $150 million investment from Kobalt, the acquisition of radio promotion and music marketer In2une Music along with  new signings and deals including strategic partnership that saw indie powerhouse Glassnote Music move from Universal. Overall the A WAL  staff doubled in 2018 and th...
Tags: Music, Toronto, Canada, North America, Bruce Houghton, Awal, Lonny Olinick, MorMor, AWAL Kobalt, Ron Cerrito, AWAL Adds Toronto Team, Tronto, Universal Overall the A WAL


Decoded: Instagram’s Latest Trends, Secret Menus

Here we look at how the Facebook-owned social media platform powerhouse that is Instagram is dominating a transforming the music industry's social media landscape, and some of the statistics, trends, and hidden tricks through which it's doing it. _________________________ Guest post from AWAL Decoded dismantles big topics into manageable insights for artists & teams.   The sheer scale of Facebook’s owned-and-operated crown jewel makes it a vital endpoint in the content race—an ins...
Tags: Facebook, Music, Instagram, Marketing, US, Social Media, Bbc, Ocean, Guest Post, Nice, Tumblr, Frank Ocean, Anderson Paak, AP Rocky, Paak, Awal


Fly By Midnight ‘You Belong’

Fly By Midnight dropped the new track You Belong along with a music video.  Formed by former MTV’s Dream Bigger reality star and multi-instrumentalist, Justin Bryte, and producer- songwriter Slavo, the duo has been dropping singles garnering music label interest. Releasing their music via AWAL, the duo just dropped their debut album with the latest single You Belong landing on Spotify’s New Music Friday, Apple Music’s Breaking Pop & A-List Pop, and Soundcloud’s Fresh Pressed. Give it a stream! ...
Tags: Spotify, Music, Featured, Mtv, Charlie Puth, Seacrest, Awal, Fly By Midnight, Justin Bryte, Slavo


Modern Touring: New School Tricks With Old School Hustle

Here we explore how both forward thinking entrepreneurial artists and music tech companies like Bandsintown are pushing the envelope on how they market themselves  in order to launch successful tours. _____________________ Guest post from AWAL “I don’t like the VIP section. I prefer the mosh pit.” You won’t find Fabrice Sergent backstage, or, god forbid, pressed against a venue’s back wall, arms crossed, in the mix with an industry crowd. The music-tech exec’s path to co-foundi...
Tags: Music, Beyonce, Diy, Marketing, Music Industry, Ed Sheeran, Guest Post, Indie, Musicians, Lil Wayne, Miller, Music Business, Music Tech, Live & Touring, Bandsintown, Musician


AWAL Signs Viral Sensation Gus Dapperton

Kobalt’s AWAL has signed a worldwide recording deal with viral sensation Gus Dapperton. The singer, songwriter and producer is best known for his viral hits "Prune, You Talk Funny” and “I’m Just Snacking.” He averages nearly 1 million monthly Spotify listeners and has garnered 100 million cumulative streams in less than a year’s time. The AWAL deal includes global marketing, campaign coordination and global distribution. The Warwick, NY-native's music videos caught fire after he droppe...
Tags: Music, US, Bruce Houghton, Gus Dapperton, Awal, Warwick NY, Ron Cerrito


Taylor Swift And The Rise Of Label Services [Mark Mulligan]

Last week, Taylor Swift announced her new deal with Universal, which included a gift to thousands of other UMG artists in the form of Spotify stock revenue distributions. Swift's label move is also part of an important trend, writes MIDiA's Mark Mulligan; and that's the rise of the label services deal.  ________________________________ By Mark Mulligan of MIDiA and the Music Industry blog Taylor Swift has done it again, striking a deal with UMG that includes a commitment from t...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Spotify, Music, UK, Taylor Swift, US, Billy Bragg, Swift, BPI, Bmg, Music Business, Indie Labels, Atlantic Records


Glassnote Moves Distribution From UMG To Kobalt's AWAL

Indie label Glassnote Music has shifted its digital and physical distribution to Kobalt's AWAL, after years at Universal Music Group.  Glassnote artists include Mumford & Sons, Phoenix, CHVRCHES, Childish Gambino, The Strumbellas, and Jade Bird. Glassnote will also leverage Kobalt and AWAL’s global marketing, radio promotion and data analytics platform. Since launching in 2007, Glassnote  has been called the “Best Indie Label” by Rolling Stone, “Label of the Year” at the A2IM Libera Awar...
Tags: Music, UK, US, Rolling Stone, Bruce Houghton, Daniel, Tom Misch, Kobalt, Daniel Glass, Glassnote, Awal, LAUV, Freya Ridings, Willard Ahdritz Founder, Lonny Olinick, Universal Music Group Glassnote


Glassnote Music Strikes Strategic Partnership With Kobalt’s AWAL

Two of the world’s biggest indies, Glassnote Music and Kobalt Music, today announced a long-term strategic alliance. Glassnote will leverage Kobalt’s AWAL and its digital and traditional distribution expertise to further maximize the opportunities and promotion of Glassnote’s artist roster and catalog. Glassnote — whose roster includes Mumford & Sons, Phoenix, Chvrches, Strumbellas, Jade Bird […]
Tags: News, Willard Ahdritz, Kobalt, Daniel Glass, Glassnote, Awal, Mumford Sons Phoenix


Viral Rapper Wynne Talks Lemur Doodles, Espionage, Tierra Whack [INTERVIEW]

In this installment of the #nofilter interview series, AWAL talks with viral rapper and social media sensation Wynne about some of her more off-the-beaten path thoughts and opinions. ______________________________ Guest post from AWAL Welcome to #nofilter, a recurring interview series that gives standout artists room to breathe. Meet the real them. Tens of thousands cheer on her every move across Instagram and Twitter. Living legend Missy Elliot has joined the fan club. For all he...
Tags: Music, Marketing, Social Media, Rap, Guest Post, Hip Hop, Missy Elliot, Music Business, Portland OR, Wynne, Awal, Publishing & Songwriting, Instagram and Twitter Living


The Other Playlists: How Behavior Impacts Songs

Since the beginning of the recording industry, the limitations imposed by format have directly influenced music, from wax cylinders to MP3s. Here we look at how the now dominant format - streaming - is reshaping music. ______________________________ Guest post from AWAL “We should get good enough that you don’t have to take your phone out of your pocket to get the right stuff,” Echo Nest CEO Jim Lucchese told FiveThirtyEight in 2014, soon after Spotify acquired the Boston-based music...
Tags: Spotify, Music, Boston, Research, Bbc, Pandora, DSP, Stuart, Ohio State University, Inc, Lucchese, Jim Lucchese, Awal, Instagram Stories, Techradar, Victoria Stuart


Touring: New School Tricks Plus Old School Hustle

For up and coming artists, the touring game has always been a struggle, and while the music industry has changed greatly over the years, many of the strategies  that worked twenty years ago remain effective today when combined with some more contemporary tricks and tactics. ________________________________ Guest post from AWAL “I don’t like the VIP section. I prefer the mosh pit.” You won’t find Fabrice Sergent backstage, or, god forbid, pressed against a venue’s back wall, arms ...
Tags: Music, Beyonce, Marketing, Ed Sheeran, Guest Post, Lil Wayne, Miller, Music Business, Music Tech, Live & Touring, McDonald, Kelsey Miller, Sergent, Brockhampton, Fabrice Sergent, Awal


Evaride Talks Hustling Their Way To A Debut Streaming Hit [INTERVIEW]

Although already experienced musicians in some unusual ways, the band Evaride here sat down to talk with AWAL about their music and how they managed to hustle their way into debuting a streaming hit. ______________________________ Guest post from AWAL Resumes have never been a hallmark of the artist life (if only because managers have the one-sheets covered). For sessions players, music directors and background singers, however, track record means everything. Hayden Maringer’s and Sean...
Tags: Music, Marketing, America, Guest Post, Jennifer Lopez, Streaming, Ncaa, Demi Lovato, Murray, Music Business, Indie Labels, Sean, J Lo, Hayden, Josh DeVine, Bebe Rexha


Evaride Talks Hustling Their Way To A Debut Streaming Hit [INTERVIEW]

Although already experienced musicians in some unusual ways, the band Evaride here sat down to talk with AWAL about their music and how they managed to hustle their way into debuting a streaming hit. ______________________________ Guest post from AWAL Resumes have never been a hallmark of the artist life (if only because managers have the one-sheets covered). For sessions players, music directors and background singers, however, track record means everything. Hayden Maringer’s and ...
Tags: Music, Marketing, America, Guest Post, Jennifer Lopez, Streaming, Ncaa, Demi Lovato, Murray, Music Business, Indie Labels, Sean, J Lo, Hayden, Josh DeVine, Bebe Rexha


Kobalt's AWAL Inks Little Simz And Her Label AGE 101

Kobalt's recording arm AWAL has announced a global  partnership deal with the hot UK hip hop artist Little Simz and her label, AGE 101. The company previously worked  together for her 2015 debut album, “A Curious Tale of Trials+Persons.” The AWAL and AGE 101 partnership includes global marketing,  synch, global physical and digital distribution and label support. At age 24 Little Simz, whose third solo LP is due to be released soon, has released two albums, three mixtapes and eight EPs...
Tags: Music, UK, London, Rap, Hip Hop, Music Business, Indie Labels, Little Simz, Bruce Houghton, Kobalt, MNEK, Simbi, Awal, Jakwob, Paul Hitchman, Alt J Gorillaz Kehlani Stormzy Kano Khalid Syd


Kobat's AWAL Inks Little Simz And Her Label AGE 101

Kobalt's recording arm AWAL has announced a global  partnership deal with the hot UK hip hop artist Little Simz and her label, AGE 101. The company previously worked  together for her 2015 debut album, “A Curious Tale of Trials+Persons.” The AWAL and AGE 101 partnership includes global marketing,  synch, global physical and digital distribution and label support. At age 24 Little Simz, whose third solo LP is due to be released soon, has released two albums, three mixtapes and eight EPs ...
Tags: Music, UK, London, Rap, Hip Hop, Music Business, Indie Labels, Little Simz, Bruce Houghton, Kobalt, MNEK, Simbi, Awal, Jakwob, Paul Hitchman, Alt J Gorillaz Kehlani Stormzy Kano Khalid Syd


Spotify Direct Deals vs Major Label Artists - Who Wins?

Spotify has drawn fire for making direct deals with artists. But while it might offer a higher net royalty rate, are these deals really good for artists overall vs. the clout of a major label. This fascinating Chartmetric analysis looks at the numbers. _______________________ Guest post from Chartmetric.  Research by  Gillian Robins , Analysis/Writing by  Jason Joven After Spotify’s April 2018 initial public offering (IPO), a lot of ink has been spilled on the Swedish mus...
Tags: Facebook, Asia, Spotify, Europe, Music, London, Lionsgate, Indonesia, Mexico, France, Ipo, Berlin, India, US, San Francisco, Colombia


6 Apps For Tracking, Analyzing, Earning More Royalties

From tuning to songwriting, apps can be of tremendous value to musicians even, as it turns out, when it comes to royalties. Here we look at six apps which artists can use to keep track of their earnings from royalties, and even harness the data to their advantage. ______________________ Guest post from Royalty Exchange There’s an app for just about everything. That’s good news for songwriters, who have a whole world of great apps to help take their music — and earnings — to t...
Tags: Spotify, Music, Youtube, Guest Post, Broadway, Sony, Starbucks, Apple Music, Bmg, Music Business, Apps & Mobile, Jimmy Buffett, Sony ATV, Dave Stewart, Maury Yeston, Songtrust


JR Jones – “Rick James”

Los Angeles, California native, JR Jones is a multi-talented musician who’s work ethic is undeniable. From rapping, to song writing, and production, JR was born to a Mexican-American mother, and African-American father, which brings a unique mix of two dynamic cultures often displayed through his music. Today, he delivers his brand new album, NOVA, along with another catchy, yet comical visual for his latest single “Rick James”. Growing up the son of an R&B singer, JR Jones naturally gravi...
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