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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...
Tags: Videos, Jazz, Nova, Los Angeles California, Los Angeles CA, Rick James, Awal, JR Jones, Rick James Growing, KWIN Stockton, KWIN Amanda King, AWAL Distribution Follow JR Jones


Sony, Orchard Share $750M Spotify Windfall With Indie Artists, Labels Regardless Of Recoupment

Sony Music will begin sending checks sharing its $750 million windfall from the sale of Spotify stock with the independent artists it distributes through its Orchard subsidiary as soon as August. ____________________________________ Sony Music and The Orchard have confirmed that they will share the proceeds from the sale of  shares in Spotify with their eligible distributed labels after acquisition costs, bankers and legal fees. Checks are expected to be sent as early as August. "Give...
Tags: Spotify, Music, Sony, Streaming, Vivendi, Music Business, Indie Labels, Major Labels, Bruce Houghton, Sony Music, Orchard, TuneCore, Awal, Sony Spotify, Sony Orchard Share, Brad Navin


Kobalt’s AWAL Acquires In2une Promo and Marketing Company

AWAL, Kobalt’s recording company, today announced it has acquired radio promotion and music marketing firm, in2une Music. According to the announcement, the goal is for the acquisition to upgrade AWAL’s global marketing and promotion capabilities for its roster of independent artists. At the same time, in2une Music will maintain its autonomy to serve both existing […]
Tags: News, Willard Ahdritz, Kobalt, Awal, AWAL Acquires In2une Promo and Marketing Company, AWAL Kobalt


What's The Point Of SXSW, Music Conferences? [Ari Herstand]

Coming on the heels of another busy SXSW, Ari Herstand here explains the value of participating attending and participating in major music industry conferences and conventions, and how to most effectively capitalize on such events once you're there. _________________________ Guest post written by Ari Herstand and originally appearing on Ari's Take I’m still about 300 emails behind from what I missed at SXSW. I completely forgot to turn on the vacation responder when I left. ...
Tags: Google, Music, Instagram, La, Marketing, Los Angeles, Austin, Guest Post, Npr, Drake, East Coast, Keith Urban, Stubhub, Sxsw, Music Business, Conventions & Awards


Kobalt Invests $150M In AWAL To Help 'Thousands Of Emerging Artists'

Kobalt announced today that it is investing $150 million in its AWAL independent artist and label services division to better serve its growing roster. Kobalt is also combining all of its recording business under the AWAL brand. _____________________________ Artist and label services firm AWAL is hiring 100 new staff members and boosting its technology offering thanks to a $150 million injection from parent company Kobalt.  Artists including Lauv, Bruno Major, Tom Misch, Nick Cave &...
Tags: Google, Music, Marketing, Music Business, Indie Labels, Bruce Houghton, Willard Ahdritz, Amazon Apple, Awal, D.I.Y, Sony Merges The Orchard, Antony Bruno, Lonny Olinick, Kobalt Artists, Tom Misch Nick Cave, YouTube AWAL Analytics


Kobalt Invests $150 Million in its AWAL Recorded-Music Operation

Kobalt announced today a significant expansion of AWAL, its recorded-music division, by investing $150 million into the business, hiring 100 additional employees and introducing new technology products at this year’s SXSW conference. The company also announced it is combining all of its recording businesses under the AWAL name. The company’s services include digital distribution, music […]
Tags: News, Sxsw, Willard Ahdritz, Awal, Kobalt Music


Spotify, In Going Public, Envisions its Brand as a ‘Cultural Platform’

“Feels great to have the cat out of the bag. Transparency breeds trust,” tweeted Spotify CEO Daniel Ek after the world’s biggest music streaming service filed for its long-awaited IPO—only it wasn’t an IPO. Instead, Ek & Co. filed a Form F-1 with the SEC for a DPO—a Direct Public Offering that skips the investors roadshow and underwriting by an investment banking firm before it starts trading as SPOT on the New York Stock Exchange, likely later this month. According to the filing, its shares ha...
Tags: Facebook, Asia, Spotify, Europe, Music, UK, Technology, Sweden, Entertainment, Ipo, Uncategorized, Advertising, US, EK, Tencent, Brazil


Kobalt Names Lonny Olnick CEO of Recorded Music

Global music-services company Kobalt announced today that it was named Lonny Olinick CEO of its recordings division, which includes AWAL and Kobalt Music Recordings. Olinick will report directly to Kobalt Music founder/CEO Willard Ahdritz. Previously the company’s Chief Strategy Officer, Olinick was responsible for business development and strategy as well as executive oversight for the […]
Tags: News, Willard Ahdritz, Kobalt, Awal, Kobalt Music Group, Kobalt Music, Lonny Olnick, Lonny Olinick, Olinick


How To Get Music On Spotify’s Playlists

Anyone working in music industry promotion has doubtless tried to figure out how to get their music on a Spotify playlist, and while it's not as simple as most would like, there are certain steps you can and should take to increase the likelihood of earning a coveted playlist spot. _______________________________ Guest post by Lucie Watson of Platoon  If you’re working in the music industry as an artist, manager, label, distributor or any other field you’ve probably had or heard a...
Tags: Facebook, Spotify, Music, Lorde, Youtube, Marketing, Dave, Ed Sheeran, Guest Post, Drake, John Legend, Kings Cross, Deezer, Lagos, Music Business, Streaming & Cloud