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Spotify, Chance The Rapper, Kesha Join Webby Winners 2019

Chance The Rapper, Childish Gambino, Kesha, Solange and Spotify were among the 2019 Webby Award Winners alongside Steph Curry, Ellen DeGeneres, The Walking Dead, Trevor Noah and more. Three million votes were cast in more than 240 countries to choose the Winners of the Webby People’s Voice Awards. This year’s Winners will be recognized alongside Special Achievement honorees, including trailblazer Greta Thunberg, actor Issa Rae, Glossierfounder Emily Weiss, artist Tierra Whack, and host...
Tags: Chance The Rapper, Kesha. Webby Awards, Music, Music Business, Musician, Musicians, Spotify, Bruce Houghton


Twitter Stock Up 15.7% On Strong Revenue Growth But Weak Monthly User Stats

UPDATED 2: The last monthly user stats that Twitter says it will ever share showed a social media channel struggling to grow. Twitter added monthly users for the first time in a year - 330 million monthly users vs. 321 million in the previous quarter. But that's still lower than the 336 million in the same quarter last year. Twitter had announced that they would no longer share monthly users stats.  The company's new  preferred metric - monetizable daily active users - were 134 milli...
Tags: Marketing, Social Media, DIY, DIY musicians, Indie, Music Business, Music Industry, Music Tech, Musician, Musicians, Social Media. Music, Twitter, Bruce Houghton


Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Songwriting • UK Festival • The Business Of Sync, Music Supervision • More

This week on MusicThinkTank, contributors shared articles on some unconventional tips for writing music, how the UK festival scene has evolved over time, what goes on behind the scenes of sync and music supervision, and more! Shaun Letang| How To Write A Song, 5 Unconventional Tips Jessica Higgins | The Evolution Of The UK Festival Scene Emma Griffiths | 7 Podcasts On The Business Of Sync & Music Supervision Sadi Khan | 7 Scientific Studies Prove Exercise Mak...
Tags: Podcast, Music, UK, Diy, Music Industry, Indie, Musicians, Songs, Music Business, Music Think Tank, Musician, Owen Davie, MusicThinkTank, D.I.Y, Jessica Higgins, Emma Griffiths


CD Baby Partners With Audible Magic To Identify Copyright Infringement

CD Baby has partnered with Audible Magic to identify content rights conflicts prior to delivery to Spotify, Apple Music and other digital service providers, ensuring that CD Baby remains a trusted distribution partner. CD Baby is currently one of a handful of distributors named as "preferred" partners by both Spotify and Apple Music When a CD Baby artist or label uploads a new music file, Audible Magic's RightsRx checks a registry of 30 million media assets. RightsRx then indicat...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Spotify, Music, Diy, Youtube, Music Industry, Copyright, Pandora, Indie, Musicians, Apple Music, Music Business, Music Tech, Cd Baby


Vevo Uses A Simple Tactic To Increase Music Video Views and You Should Too

Major label owned music video platform Vevo has discovered a simple tactic that leads to an average double digit improvement in engagement. This tactic works particularly well for videos released years ago, many of which were getting lost within YouTube’s massive and always growing catalog. What is Vevo's secret sauce?  Improve the thumbnail that represents each video.  Tell the story of the video with a brighter and more eye catching image and the results can be dramatic, repor...
Tags: Video, Music, Diy, Youtube, Music Industry, Indie, Musicians, Music Business, Music Tech, Musician, Bruce Houghton, Diy Musicians


How To Successfully Submit To Music Blogs, Magazines, Radio

So often when submitting their music to a magazine or music blog, artists fail to do their research and follow proper protocol, with the result that their work ends up being rejected. In such a competitive field, it is essential that artists do the proper leg work to set themselves up for success. ______________________ In this most recent post on MusicThinkTank, Tracy Arbon breaks down proper procedure for submitting your music to promotional gatekeepers. "If blogs don’t have a si...
Tags: Music, Diy, Musicians, Music Business, Music Think Tank, Musician, Owen Davie, Music Blogs, D.I.Y, Diy Musicians, MusicThinkTank Tracy Arbon


Staying In Love With The Craft Of Songwriting

As with so many creative arts, songwriting can often be an incredibly frustrating experience, and it can be easy for you to lose your inspiration and forget your love of the craft when compositional process grinds to a halt. Here we look at how to rekindle the fire and maintain your love of songwriting. ______________________________ In this most recent post to MusicThinkTank, Caleb J. Murphy looks at how songwriters can maintain their love of the craft, even when faced with creative ro...
Tags: Music, Diy, Music Industry, Indie, Musicians, Song, Music Business, Music Think Tank, Songwriting, Musician, Owen Davie, D.I.Y, Publishing & Songwriting, Diy Musicians, MusicThinkTank Caleb J Murphy


BLACKPINK Beats Ariana Grande, BTS To Claim 3 YouTube Debut Records

"Thank u, next" took on new meaning over the weekend as BLACKPINK’s 'Kill This Love' music video broke three records for its YouTube debut, including beating Ariana Grande and BTS to claim the most viewed 24 hour debut of all time. BLACKPINK now has: the biggest YouTube Premiere of all time, with peak concurrent views reaching over 979,000 the fastest music video to 100M views, reaching the milestone in under 3 days 1he most viewed music video debut in YouTube history, earning ...
Tags: Video, Music, Youtube, Ariana Grande, Musicians, Bts, Music Business, Musician, Bruce Houghton, K-pop, Nicky Jam, Blackpink, Eminem Killshot, YouTube Debut Records


Daytrotter Moves Iowa Studio To Atlanta To Strengthen Paste Magazine Connection

Daytrotter has closed its Davenport Iowa venue space and recording studio and will relocate to Atlanta.The move will put Daytrotter closer to Paste Magazine, the online publication that hosts Daytrotter’s catalog of more than 7,000 live music sessions. The Atlanta studio will be open by July 1. The lease on the Davenport studio expired at the end of March and the company was no longer making a profit hosting live shows there, Matt Lundberg, a senior vice president of Daytrotter and Paste ...
Tags: Music, Diy, Marketing, Atlanta, Music Industry, Indie, Musicians, Streaming, Paste, Music Business, Indie Labels, Macy Gray, Vault, Musician, Bruce Houghton, Davenport


450,000 Deleted MySpace Tracks Saved, Including Early Katy Perry, Danny Glover

After learning last month that MySpace had "lost" millions of tracks and photos uploaded before 2016 in a data transfer, collectors went into action.  Now an archive of 450,000 form MySpace have found a new home within the Internet Archives. Called the MySpace Music Dragon Hoard, the 450,000 songs include early work from now-famous artists including Donald Glover and Katy Perry.  ANNOUNCING THE MYSPACE MUSIC DRAGON HOARD, a 450,000 song collection of mp3s from 2008-2010 on MySpace, g...
Tags: Music, Diy, Social Media, Music Industry, Katy Perry, Indie, Musicians, Internet Archives, Myspace, Music Business, Music Tech, Musician, Bruce Houghton, Donald Glover, Jason Scott, D.I.Y


How Data Metrics Work For Independent Artists

While social media platforms offer artists a convenient method for contacting and advertising to fans, these sites also provide valuable marketing info behind the scenes on the demographics of visitors and other helpful data-driven insights. _____________________________ Guest post by Carter Wilson of the Berklee College of Music: Music Business Journal Introduction Since the rise of social media and other online platforms like YouTube and Facebook, artists have been able to reach...
Tags: Facebook, Spotify, Music, Diy, Instagram, Youtube, Marketing, Social Media, Music Industry, Data, Analytics, Guest Post, Indie, Musicians, Universal, Music Business


PosterMyWall Offers Low Cost Graphic Design Toll with 80,000 Templates

PosterMyWall offers a low cost d.i.y. graphic design tool to create everything from gig poster and flyers to custom images for social media, album covers and even video teasers. Its secret sauce is ease of use along with 80,000+ customization templates. Payment is based on use - usually just $2-$5 to use a template - rather than an ongoing monthly subscription. PosterMyWall has offers templates for both digital and traditional marketing.  Create a sweet album cover for your n...
Tags: Music, Diy, Music Industry, Indie, Musicians, Graphic Design, Music Business, Music Tech, Musician, Bruce Houghton, Diy Musicians, PosterMyWall


Music Tectonics Conference To Bring Together Music, Tech

Music and technology PR firm rock paper scissors has announced the launch of the first annual Music Tectonics Conference. Designed to sit at the intersection of music, technology and business, the day long event will be held on on October 29 at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. Music Tectonics will bring thought leaders and industry insiders who work at the epicenter of music and technology. Confirmed speakers include Cherie Hu, the award-winning music tech journalist (Billb...
Tags: Music, Diy, Los Angeles, Music Industry, Indie, Musicians, Forbes, Music Business, Music Tech, Musician, Bruce Houghton, Mark Mulligan, Skirball Cultural Center, Kevin Breuner, Dmitri Vietze, Ken Umezaki


Adam Black’s new 8802TE electro-acoustic guitar review

Adam Black have created an affordable electro-acoustic guitar that may be perfect if you’re starting out, on the road or small-time gigging. When you first pull Adam Black’s new electro-acoustic guitar out of the happily included guitar case that comes with it, the fine grain wooden finish resembles a beautiful, rustic guitar that wouldn’t look out of place on the shoulders of a nomadic folk singer. Upon whipping it out your audience might be in silent awe at the gorgeous sapel...
Tags: Travel, Reviews, Music, Review, Players, Guitar, Acoustic, Musician, Fishman, Electro-acoustic, Rosetti, Adam Black, 8802TE, Squire Stratocaster


Setting Up A Foolproof Home Practice Space

Improving as a musician without practicing is impossible, and practicing without a space to do it in is similarly difficult. In this piece we explore how to allocate the optimal practice space with regard to temperature, humidity, and tech needs. _________________________ In this new post to MusicThinkTank, contributor Dan Matthews offers some key tips for how to set up the ideal practice space in your home. "One of the easiest things to totally skip on in setting up a practice are...
Tags: Music, Diy, Musicians, Music Business, Music Think Tank, Live & Touring, Musician, Owen Davie, D.I.Y, Dan Matthews, Diy Musicians, Music Rehearsal


6 Event Marketing Tips From The Facebook Live Team

As with everything else that takes place live, Facebook Live moments can be an unpredictable beast, and using the tool successfully means being prepared for mishaps and pitfalls. Here we look at six essential tips from the from the Facebook Live team. _______________________________ Guest post by Ronnie Higgins of Eventbrite You’re backstage before the show when you see your headlining band horsing around. “This is a Facebook Live moment,” you think. You whip out your iPhone, queue u...
Tags: Facebook, Music, Diy, Marketing, Social Media, Music Industry, Guest Post, Indie, Musicians, New Orleans, Facebook Live, Music Business, Live & Touring, Musician, Mardi Gras, Facebook Page


5 Excellent Free Software Options For Creating Music At Home

The ubiquity (and quality) of available home recording software has dramatically lessened the cost of DIY recording, but with so many options available, it can be difficult to know exactly where to begin. Here, we breakdown five of the best. ____________________ Guest post by Evan Zwisler of Soundfly's Flypaper The prevalence and quality of home recording software available today has made recording music at home so much cheaper than it was 30 years ago. But still, for those of us ju...
Tags: Music, New York, Diy, California, Macbook, Brooklyn, Guest Post, Shanghai, Musicians, Recording, Garageband, Music Business, Music Tech, Musician, Tracktion, Giada


Patreon Raises Some Prices, Reports 100K Creators Earn $500M Yearly

Patreon has added new tier pricing which mean higher fees for many new creators using the fan funding platform. To take advantage of the lower grandfathered rates, creators must Patreon in the next few weeks before the new rates hit in early May. 3 million fans now pay 100,000 creators more $500 million a year on Patreon, It will cross $1 billion in payouts in 2019, six years after launching.  The rate increase has been long anticipated by many who questioned if Patreon could survive a...
Tags: Music, Diy, Crowdfunding, Music Industry, Indie, Musicians, Jack Conte, Patreon, Music Business, Music Tech, Musician, Bruce Houghton, D.I.Y, Diy Musicians, Fan Funding


The Value Consistant Branding In Music

As an artist, cultivating and communicating and image to your fans is important for success, but just as important to that success is consistently maintaining said image, so that consumers know who you are and what it is that you create. ______________________________ Guest post by James Shotwell of Haulix Your music is your business. You might not rely on music to pay your bills, but I am willing to wager that a part of you hopes will one day provide for your needs. The fact yo...
Tags: Music, Diy, Marketing, Social Media, Guest Post, Musicians, Branding, Music Business, Musician, D.I.Y, Diy Musicians, James Shotwell


A Formula For Viral Music Marketing [Jack Udell]

For anyone marketing in a social space, a viral hit is the holy grail, but coming up with a teachable formula which accurately quantifies and maximizes the possibility for viral success is no easy task. ___________________________ Guest post by music manager Jake Udell of Art of Manager How do you teach, quantify, and maximize the possibility for virality?  Here’s the best I’ve come up with… Degree of Virality  = The unique way(s) a artist, story, or activation is...
Tags: Music, Diy, Marketing, Social Media, Music Industry, Guest Post, Viral, Indie, Musicians, Music Business, Musician, Miles Evert, D.I.Y, Music Marketing, Jake Udell, Diy Musicians


Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Classical Music • Brand Or Mouse • Reaching Out To Fans • More

This week on MusicThinkTank, contributors shared ten surprising benefits of classical music, explored the question of 'are you a brand or a mouse?,'  offered seven email marketing tips for communicating with fans, and more! Jessica Dais| 10 Surprising Benefits Of Classical Music Ghostly Beard | Are You A Brand Or A Mouse? Nora Mark  | 7 Email Marketing Tips For Musicians To Reach Out To Their Fans Allen Cranston | Music Internships: A Great Way To Gain Expe...
Tags: Music, Classical Music, Musicians, Music Business, Music Think Tank, Musician, Owen Davie, MusicThinkTank, D.I.Y, Jessica Dais, Music Internships, Nora Mark, Allen Cranston


Guide To Selling Merch, Music At Shows Without Being ‘Sales-y’

Being a talented musician doesn't necessarily mean that you're also an amazing salesperson, and a lot of artists struggle with how to effectively sell their merchandise without the slimey sales-y feeling that comes from pushing merch on fans. ______________________________ Guest post by Bree Noble of Soundfly's Flypaper When it comes to selling merch and music at live shows, it’s not uncommon for musicians to feel uncomfortable and out of their element. This unsettling feeling usual...
Tags: Music, Marketing, Guest Post, Musicians, Merch, Merchandise, Music Business, Live & Touring, Musician, Soundfly, Bree, D.I.Y, Bree Noble, Bree Noble of Soundfly, Women of Substance Radio


Music Industry's Revenue Growth Continues, But There Are Warning Signs

New numbers released by the RIAA show that recorded music revenues have continued to grow over the past year, reaching an uptick of 13% overall. This is good news for an industry which was struggling to stay afloat not long ago, but also carries with it some warning signs, and questions about the future. __________________________ Guest post by Bill Rosenblatt. This article originally appeared on Forbes The RIAA released its  this week. The numbers for 2018 show that the indu...
Tags: Apple, Spotify, Music, Diy, Music Industry, Guest Post, Indie, Musicians, Riaa, Music Business, Music Tech, Major Labels, Musician, IFPI, Bill Rosenblatt, GiantSteps Media Technology Strategies


CD Baby Adds Low Cost Audio, Banner Ad Placement For Indie Musicians, Labels

CD Baby's Show.co marketing platform for independent musicians and labels has added the ability to purchase and run audio ad campaigns on Spotify, iHeart and other music platforms targeting a specific city or region with customized 30-second ads. Users can also target potential fans using banner ads on selected sites, including Rolling Stone, CMT and many niche blogs, sorted by genre with campaigns starting at $50 for audio ads and $20 for banner ads. CD Baby artists get free access to S...
Tags: Spotify, Music, Diy, Marketing, Music Industry, Indie, Musicians, Streaming, Music Business, Cd Baby, Indie Labels, Musician, Bruce Houghton, Kevin Breuner, D.I.Y, iHeart


SiriusXM Creates Pandora Content Team For Podcasts, Playlists, More

SiriusXM  has created its first Pandora “content team” focused on sharing content between the two platforms. The team will also create original content in music, sports and talk content ranging across comedy, politics, music and entertainment. The team will report to SiriusXM’s Chief Content Officer, Scott Greenstein, and includes: Alex White, Pandora’s VP of Content and Programming Jeff Zuchowski, Pandora’s VP of Label Relations Bill Crandall, Pandora’s VP of Editorial Content ...
Tags: Music, Pandora, Musicians, Streaming, Music Business, Broadcast & Satellite, Musician, Bruce Houghton, Greenstein, SiriusXM, Scott Greenstein, Pandora AMP, Shamal Ranasinghe Pandora, Jeff Zuchowski Pandora, Pandora Stories, Alex White Pandora


WMG, Dubset Partner To Offer Legal DJ Mixes

Dubset, the music marketplace and rights management database for DJs and artists, has inked a deal with Warner Music Group (WMG). Warner is the latest major label to partner with the platform whose aim it is to equip DJs with new mix and remix distribution and monetization opportunities. Sony signed on with Dubset back in August 2017. Since then Merlin, Tidal and SoundCloud have also partnered with the company. Warner’s deal with Dubset means artists using the Dubset platform are now ...
Tags: Music, Diy, Music Industry, Dj, Indie, Sony, Musicians, Streaming, Warner, Music Business, Music Tech, Mixes, Major Labels, Musician, Bruce Houghton, WMG


Fortnite Hosts Weezer-Themed Island

Marshmello isn't the only artist to capitalize on the popularity of Epic Games' Fortnite. Now Weezer has pulled their own digital promo stunt with the launch of their own band themed island in the popular game to accompany Weezer's new album release. ___________________________ Guest post by James Shotwell of Haulix With their second album of 2019 arriving March 1, Weezer has become the latest musical act to join forces with Fortnite, the world’s most popular game. Brand collab...
Tags: Music, Marketing, Disney, NFL, Guest Post, Musicians, Music Business, Music Tech, Apps & Mobile, Weezer, Musician, Marshmello, Black Album, Fortnite, Fornite, James Shotwell


Put Your Best Tweet Forward: 2019 Edition

Twitter can be a loud and crowded section of the internet, so getting a handle on how to be heard (sometimes literally as a musician) above the din is key to marketing success on the social media platform in 2019. Here we look at the best practices, tips, and tricks for how to make it happen. _____________________________ Guest post by Victoria Morris, Interactive Marketing at The Orchard. This article originally appeared on The Daily Rind. There can be a lot of noise on Twitter, whi...
Tags: Twitter, Music, Diy, Marketing, Social Media, Music Industry, Guest Post, Indie, Musicians, The Orchard, Music Business, Musician, D.I.Y, Diy Musicians, American Twitter, Victoria Morris Interactive Marketing


100 Million Use Paid Music Streaming Services In US [MusicWatch]

Fresh off the release of RIAA revenue numbers MusicWatch shared its year-end numbers assessing the size of the US streaming market and how music listening is evolving. Among the internet using population 13 and older MusicWatch reported a record 165 million streamers in 4Q, based on listening at least one hour in the prior week. MusicWatch noted that, for the first time, the number listening to a paid service in the US exceeded 100M. This includes those who personally pay for the subscr...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Spotify, Music, Diy, Youtube, US, Music Industry, Pandora, Indie, Musicians, Streaming, Riaa, Apple Music, Music Business


How To Pull Off A Great Looking Music Video On A Budget

Producing a music video for free simply isn't going to happen, but creating a great looking, quality product while actually sticking to budget and not leaving your band destitute is significantly more achievable. Here we look at how. ____________________________ Guest post by Gideon Waxman of Soundfly's Flypaper Making a great music video will cost you money. There’s no two ways about it. But it is possible for you to obtain a memorable, high-quality music video whilst sticking to a ...
Tags: Facebook, Video, Music, Diy, Youtube, Marketing, Music Industry, Guest Post, Indie, Musicians, Music Business, Indie Labels, Musician, D.I.Y, YouTube & Video, Diy Musicians