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The Week's YouTube Music Charts: BTS, Blackpink, Muse, Soundgarden, Lil Nas X and More

K-pop dominated the YouTube Music harts with BTS breaking records and Blackpink taking over the #1 spot on the Global Top Songs chart, Muse and Soundgarden also saw a spike in views following last week’s first black hole photo, and Lil Nas X continues his ride with the “Old Town Road” remix. YouTube Music Charts & Trends - April 16, 2019 BTS set a new all-time debut record K-pop heavyweights BTS have set a new all time record for biggest debut in YouTube history, with their BTS (방탄소...
Tags: South Korea, Music, Japan, Australia, Montana, Russia, US, United States, South Africa, United Kingdom, Ariana Grande, Sam Smith, Brazil, Jennifer Lopez, Streaming, Muse


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


We Hereby Declare Today National Rickroll Day

It’s April Fools’ Day and one of the most consistently popular pranks is the classic “Rickroll” with Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up” seeing a big spike every April 1st on YouTube. Rick Roll April 1 Highlights The iconic song sees a massive spike each year on April 1st, with daily views last year reaching 1.28 million -- a 239% spike compared to its daily average for the year The track earned enough views across YouTube on April 1st, 2018 to be one of the 100 most played son...
Tags: Music, Social Media, United States, Bruce Houghton, Rick, Rick Astley, April 1, Rickroll, YouTube & Video, Rick Ashley


“Old Town Road” Was #19 On Country Chart, Then Billboard Decided It Wasn't Really A Country Song

Lil Nas X scored a crossover country hit when his cowboy-themed rap song “Old Town Road,” debuted at #19 on the Billboard country chart. The Billboard decided to pull the song from a country chart after determining it wasn’t a good fit for the genre. In a statement to Rolling Stone, a rep for Billboard said: “Upon further review, it was determined that ‘Old Town Road’ by Lil Nas X does not currently merit inclusion on Billboard‘s country charts. When determining genres, a few facto...
Tags: Music, Instagram, Streaming, Music Business, Major Labels, Bruce Houghton, Old Town Road, YouTube & Video


This Week's YouTube Music Charts: Sia, Post Malone, Maroon 5, Cardi BCross Billion Views Milestones

This week on YouTube Music CardiB, Sia, Post Malone and Maroon 5 each celebrate reaching a new billion views milestones, Daddy Yankee continues to dominate the Global Charts with “Con Calma,” Iggy Azalea makes her chart return with “Sally Walker.” YouTube Music Charts and Trends – March 26, 2019 Sia Rules the Billion Views Club Sia’s  “Elastic Heart”  has surpassed one billion views -- her fifth video as a lead, feature or collaborator to reach the milestone. She now has more videos...
Tags: Music, Australia, Youtube, US, United States, Streaming, Iggy Azalea, Music Business, Bruce Houghton, Don, Malone, Cardi, Benny Blanco, J Balvin, Maluma, Daddy Yankee


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


The Recording Industry Is Growing, So Why Do We Need Article 13? [Op-Ed]

With Article 13 just weeks away from becoming law both sides are ratcheting up to support or fight the copyright directive.  Mike Masnick sits firmly in the later cap and asks why the restrictive legislation is need at a time of explosive growth in the music industry. ________________________________________ By Mike Masnick from Techdirt A key claim by those who support Article 13 is that it's necessary to get "fair compensation" for artists on the internet. Whenever more specifics ...
Tags: Europe, Music, US, Streaming, Riaa, Music Business, Music Tech, Bruce Houghton, Mike Masnick, Napster, IFPI, Publishing & Songwriting, YouTube & Video, Axel Voss


YouTube Launches In India Priced 20% Under Spotify, With Licences From All 3 Majors

YouTube Music has launched in India just days after Spotify's controversial launch there. YouTube Music Premium subscriptions are priced at 99 rupee, or 20% lower than the 119 rupees / $1.67 per month that Spotify charges for similar Premium subscriptions in India. Add in ad-free YouTube videos and the price rises to 129 rupees. Unlike Spotify, who launched without a licence with WMG's Warner/Chappell publishing arm, a spokesperson confirmed that YouTube has signed deal with all three maj...
Tags: Spotify, Music, Youtube, India, Streaming, Apple Music, Youtube Music, Music Business, Music Tech, Bruce Houghton, Lyor Cohen, WMG, Warner Chappell, YouTube & Video, Jay Fowler, YouTube Launches In India Priced


5 Tricks For Writing YouTube Descriptions To Improve Your Video Rank

Frequently neglected, YouTube's description boxes can often be an extremely valuable tool for video marketing and, with a little clever composition, can rocket your video to the top of people's searches. Here we break down how to make it happen. ____________________________ Guest post by Chloe Bennet for TuneCore YouTube video description boxes are an often-forgotten element of video marketing, but they can be very valuable. They’re like the third-string quarterback who rides the ben...
Tags: Google, Music, Youtube, Marketing, Guest Post, Music Business, LSI, Chloe Bennet, D.I.Y, YouTube & Video, Essayroo, Boomessays, TuneCore YouTube, Alvin Jung, Catherine Maurice


5 Tricks For Writing YoutTube Descriptions To Improve Your Video Rank

Frequently neglected, YouTube's description boxes can often be an extremely valuable tool for video marketing and, with a little clever composition, can rocket your video to the top of people's searches. Here we break down how to make it happen. ____________________________ Guest post by Chloe Bennet for TuneCore YouTube video description boxes are an often-forgotten element of video marketing, but they can be very valuable. They’re like the third-string quarterback who rides the ben...
Tags: Google, Music, Youtube, Marketing, Guest Post, Music Business, LSI, Chloe Bennet, D.I.Y, YouTube & Video, Essayroo, Boomessays, TuneCore YouTube, Alvin Jung, Catherine Maurice


Video’s Rise Can Lift Music's Fortunes, But Only If Music Clearance Catches Up Technologically

As the availability of content continues to balloon and the streaming technology on which it's accessed continues to advance, the process of clearing music for picture remains stuck in the year 1989, even as the demand for synced, pre-recorded music is ever-increasing. _______________________________ Guest post by Scott Freiman, CEO of Qwire With the technological transformation of video delivery thanks to streaming, you’d imagine that the entire world of film, TV, and video product...
Tags: Music, Guest Post, Music Business, Music Tech, Scott Freiman, Publishing & Songwriting, YouTube & Video, Qwire


Yes Theory & Seeking Discomfort: What's Your Jump?

Here Jake Udell explores the marketing/self improvement phenomenon of Yes Theory, a group of content creators focused on showing celebrities and others working to live their fullest life by stepping out of their comfort zone. _____________________________ Guest post by music manager Jake Udell from his blog, Art of Manager   The best things in life are on the other side of your comfort zone. This is the motto of Yes Theory. You may have heard of them… Or maybe not....
Tags: Google, Music, La, Marketing, Guest Post, Justin Bieber, Musicians, Will Smith, Will, Music Business, Bieber, D.I.Y, Jake Udell, YouTube & Video, Yes Theory, Music Manager


Red Hot Chili Peppers To Livestream From Giza Pyramids

The Red Hot Chili Peppers have announced a historic first-ever free concert livestream from the Giza Pyramids. While details are scarce, it will take place this Friday, March 15 at 11 am PT / 2pm ET. Commenting on the historic event, RHCP bassist Flea said in a statement: “Before each new place my body tingled with excitement, a yearning for a new mystery to unfold, a fascination with a new culture, the possibility of new friends, tasting new food, smelling new tastes, absorbing...
Tags: Facebook, Music, Egypt, Streaming, Music Business, Live & Touring, Pyramids, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Giza, Bruce Houghton, Flea, Giza Pyramids, YouTube Twitter, RHCP, YouTube & Video


All Spotify Premium Subscribers Now Get Free Hulu

Spotify subscribers now get Hulu as part of their $9.99 Premium memberships, expanding their existing partnership.  The promotion, which extends to all U.S. Spotify Premium individual subscribers adds Hulu's ad-supported plan at no additional cost. The ad-supported tier of Hulu usually costs $5.99 a month. Existing Hulu-billed subscribers who have Hulu (ad-supported plan) without add-ons are eligible if billing is switched to Spotify.  “Today is the first time that we’re offering a Hu...
Tags: Apple, Spotify, Music, Streaming, Hulu, Music Business, Music Tech, Bruce Houghton, YouTube & Video, Marc Hazan Spotify


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


Viral YouTube Formats: Creating Original Content That Works

For artists, creating original, successful content can be a challenge, but like so many things, systems and guides have been developed which can provide bands and artists with the structure for creating content that is either wholly new, or remixes preexisting elements in a new, unique way. ______________________________ Guest post by Jake Udell of Art Of Manager Earlier today, I found this article about the taxonomy of YouTube videos via Music Ally – It’s an outline for “how you ...
Tags: Music, Marketing, Guest Post, Vogue, Kendall Jenner, Music Business, Matt, Bill Burr, D.I.Y, Jake Udell, Matt Gielen, Publishing & Songwriting, YouTube & Video


SoundCloud Adds Free Distribution To Spotify, Apple Music To All Pro Accounts

SoundCloud has added free digital distribution to its SoundCloud Premier monetization toolset. With the new feature, creators monetizing music on SoundCloud can distribute to Amazon Music, Apple Music, Instagram, Spotify, Tencent, YouTube Music and other music services directly from their SoundCloud account. Creators using the SoundCloud Premier distribution feature keep 100% of their rights and 100% of distribution royalties from third-party services at no additional cost. ...
Tags: Music, Streaming, Soundcloud, Music Tech, Bruce Houghton, Kerry Trainor, D.I.Y, Jevon, YouTube & Video, SoundCloud Premier


Article 13 Finalized And It Will Change The Music Industry

EU negotiators have agreed on the final text of the new sweeping Copyright Directive in the Digital Single Market, including language on the contentious Article 13 clause. The finalization of the text was one of the last roadblocks to the approval of the directive by the European Parliament and presaged the commencement of the final stages of negotiation after EU member states voted to use a deal between France and Germany as the basis of the agreement. Safe Harbor Is Not So Safe Any Mo...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, Music, UK, Youtube, France, Germany, Eu, Parliament, European Parliament, Music Business, Bruce Houghton, GEMA, Andrus Ansip, IFPI, Publishing & Songwriting


How To Make The Most Of A Song, Album Premier

It's a cutthroat industry out there, and when time comes for you to throw your hat in the ring and release new music, it's up to you to do everything you can to maximize its impact. Here several industry experts weigh in on what artists must do to capitalize on 'premiere culture' as it functions today. ______________________________ Guest post by James Shotwell of Haulix With competition fiercer than ever, you need to be sure your next premiere has a meaningful impact. How did ...
Tags: Music, Marketing, Earth, Guest Post, Musicians, Youtube Video, James Rhodes, Rhodes, Music Business, Bandcamp, Substream Magazine, D.I.Y, Publishing & Songwriting, Logan White, James Shotwell, Molly Hudelson


YouTube's ContentID System Being Repurposed By Blackmailers Thanks To Its Failings

YouTube's content ID system has long been maligned by the music industry for its multifaceted failings. The minimal staffing YouTube provides regarding copyright claims has left the system vulnerable to misuse and, most recently, outright extortion. __________________________ Guest post by Timothy Geigner of Techdirt By now, we should all be aware that YouTube's ContentID system is not great. What was supposed to be an efficient way for content owners to report when their content i...
Tags: Music, Eu, Paypal, Guest Post, Minecraft, Music Business, Music Tech, Timothy Geigner, Publishing & Songwriting, YouTube & Video, ObbyRaidz


Guide To Releasing Your Own Music

Once you've gone to the trouble of recording and producing music, you're likely going to want to release it to the public - this can be a daunting process however, so here we look at a presentation that covers all the details of how to release to music. ________________________________ In this recent post to MusicThinkTank, Alex Cowles offers us a presentation covering the ins and outs of releasing your own music as an independent musician. "... I had so many stories, tips and things...
Tags: Music, Music Think Tank, Owen Davie, MusicThinkTank Alex Cowles, D.I.Y, YouTube & Video


Three Simple Tips, Tricks To Boost Music Using Video

As a contemporary artist marketing your work, it's essential to focus on video across all available platforms. Here we look at three basic tricks for how you can utilize video in effectively promoting your music to fans. ___________________________ Guest post by Steve Lloyd of Dotted Music As an artist, it is important to make the most of what you have and not depending on outside help for creating content. Taking control of where and how you publish is important – and what is more i...
Tags: Music, Lana Del Rey, Marketing, Guest Post, Steve Lloyd, D.I.Y, YouTube & Video, IGTV Facebook Twitter


If You Don’t Understand Video Monetization You Need Help With Your Digital Strategy

You need help with your digital strategy if you don’t understand video monetization. That's what Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert explore on the Music Biz Weekly podcast this week. Learn how to monetize your videos on Youtube and who is eligible. More on past Music Biz Weekly podcasts here. [Author: Bruce Houghton]
Tags: Video, Music, Youtube, Marketing, Musicians, Music Business, Musician, Bruce Houghton, D.I.Y, Michael Brandvold, Jay Gilbert, Music Biz Weekly, Podcast: Music Biz, YouTube & Video


YouTube To Disable Automatic Posting To Twitter, Google+

YouTube is disabling the ability to automatically repost activity (uploads, liked videos, etc.) on Twitter and Google+ as of January 31st. "We’ve found that sharing these actions with a custom message (instead of through automatically generated posts) provides a better experience for the sharer and their followers on other social networks," YouTube said in an email to creators. You can continue to easily share videos to your social network: On the watch page on any device: click Sh...
Tags: Google, Twitter, Music, Youtube, Marketing, Social Media, Musicians, Music Business, Musician, Bruce Houghton, Twitter Google, D.I.Y, YouTube & Video


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


YouTube's $100M Upload Filter Failures Shows Disaster Article 13 Will Be For Internet

[Op-Ed] As the debate over Article 13 rages on, the recent launch of YouTube's upload filter, designed to sift out illicit uploads and which cost the platform about $100 million, has, according to mIke Masnick,  shown what a disaster the piece of legislation will be for the internet as a whole. __________________________ Op-ed by Mike Masnick of Techdirt The entire Article 13 debate is a weird one. It appears that both the recording industry and the film industry are going for broke ...
Tags: Spotify, Europe, Music, Youtube, US, Eu, Guest Post, Ed, Apple Music, Music Business, Music Tech, Mike Masnick, Audiam, YouTube YouTube, YouTube & Video, Dan Bull


A Record Label Is About To Overtake Personalities As Biggest YouTube Channel

The golden age of YouTube personalities may, it seems, be finally drawing to a close as creators burn out and corporations improve the implementation of their channels. One of the clearest signs of this shift is the impending de-throning of Swedish gamer PewDiePie, who currently maintains a whopping 76.4 subscribers, by an Indian music label/movie studio. __________________________ Guest post by Bobby Owinski of Music 3.0 It seems like the days of the YouTube personality are slowly b...
Tags: Spotify, Music, Youtube, India, United States, Guest Post, Pewdiepie, Music Business, Indie Labels, Major Labels, Mark Mulligan, Bobby Owinski, YouTube & Video


How One Beat Is Killing Country Music [VIDEO]

Country music has been taken over by snap and click tracks, says music journalist Grady Smith; and it is doing the genre a disservice. "Keep in mind," says Smith "I like a handful of these songs, but the pervasiveness of this exact same beat is suffocating." Grady Smith says he's JUST "trying to think about country music without being a jerk," and his Grady Smith On Country YouTube series is a must-subscribe if you care about country or Americana music. [Author: Bruce Hough...
Tags: Music, Country Music, Streaming, Smith, Music Business, Major Labels, Bruce Houghton, YouTube & Video, Snap Tracks, Grady Smith


Tunefind Names Top TV, Film Syncs Of 2018

Tunefind has released its statistically driven Top TV and Film Sync lists of 2018 and for the second year in a row ABC's  Grey's Anatomy is televisions most influential show when it comes to music. Ruelle tops the artist sync ranking. Tunefind produces the monthly  Top TV Songs list which ranks songs that appear in TV shows using stats from Tunefind, Shazam and Nielsen Music. Top TV Songs of 2018 1. The Seige, "Arise" (Marvel's Cloak & Dagger, S1E4) 2. Nilu, "Are You with Me" (Grey's...
Tags: Music, Anatomy, Abc, Peaky Blinders, Supernatural, Deadpool, Graham Coxon, Yellowstone, Ibiza, David Holmes, Grey, Lucifer, Music Business, Indie Labels, Alexandre Desplat, Alan Silvestri


Christmas in Paris

December is especially nice to find Christmas decorations. Hotels have nicely decorated interiors and, of course, the department stores go all out. Galeries Lafayette always has a fabulous tree under its beautiful dome. The Piaget company probably paid for the tree-just a guess. Closer to the tree looking up at the dome.   Looking down. Underneath. A little boy looking in a lavishly decorated and animated department store window.   Some animation and music done periodically with the Christma...
Tags: Travel, Christmas, Paris, Tree, Window, Decorations, Youtube Video, Galeries Lafayette, Piaget, Life in Paris