Spotify & Fellow Streamers Soared in 2020, But Expect Growth to Slow [Glenn Peoples / Billboard] FULL STORY
By all measures — subscriber additions, acquisitions and investments, heightened level of competition, and quality of content — streaming is still booming. But the services and their investors will need to adjust expectations.
The Reality of Your Music Industry Dream Job [Complex] FULL STORY
It’s human nature to romanticize what we want and don’t have. This applies to so many aspects of life, but it’s especially true when it comes to jobs and career paths. 
An Ex-Spotify Exec Breaks Down Modern Music’s ‘Tarzan Economics’ [Rolling Stone] FULL STORY
Tarzan Economics talks a lot about music’s “Napster moment” in 1999 and argues that industries need to find ways to work with disruption, not against it. Is music in another “Napster moment” now?
Pop on Top, R&B Rising: The State of the Hot 100's Top 10 in Q1 2021 [Billboard] FULL STORY
What were some of the most notable trends on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart in the first quarter of 2021?Hit Songs Deconstructed has released its Q1 2021 "State of the Hot 100" Top 10 report.
6 ‘special’ album types that will entice fans into buying [Hypebot] FULL STORY
While many artists may not consider physical formats of music to be the moneymakers they once were, ignoring them entirely, exclusively in favor of digital, can cause you to miss out on money from your most devoted fans.
All Your Questions About the End of the Grammy Nomination Review Committees, Answered [Billboard] FULL STORY
Going forward, we can probably expect to see fewer artists chosen because they would make the Grammys look cool or hip. The Grammys’ primary role isn't to break an artist or play “tastemaker.” 
After Spotify's (slight) price hike, Warner boss Steve Cooper expects music streaming prices to begin 'closing the gap' on video services [MBW] FULL STORY

Spotify CEO says live audio content is the next ‘Stories’ [TechCrunch] FULL STORY
Is a reckoning coming to the way collection societies spend songwriters' money? [MBW] FULL STORY
Across ASCAP, BMI, PRS For Music and GEMA alone, the cumulative operating expenses of PROs in 2019 stood at comfortably north of half a billion dollars. Songwriters and music publishers picked up this tab.
The Sachetization of Music Consumption [MusicX] FULL STORY
Sachetization comes from the fast-moving consumer goods industry and refers to the bite-size packaging – e.g. one biscuit, or 15ml shampoo – of goods that used to be available only in bigger, and thus more expensive, packages.
How to promote your patronage platform, boost your monthly music revenue [Hypebot] FULL STORY
The key to promoting your patronage page — and generating recurring subscription fees each month — hinges on producing exclusive content for your fans … and following these proven techniques.
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Selling your music as an NFT – can it be done? [Hypebot] FULL STORY

The Revolution Will Be Digitized: How RAC Is Using NFTs to Empower Artists [Billboard] FULL STORY
The History of Music Millennium Part 1, The Portland Record Store That Could [YouTube] WATCH HERE

The History of Music Millennium Part 2, Record Store Day [YouTube] WATCH HERE

Record Store Day launches ‘Behind The Counter’ [Hypebot] WATCH VIDEO
Staggered vaccine rollouts will prime entertainment for (further, faster) innovation [MIDiA] FULL STORY
Staggered vaccine rollouts mean that the ‘new normal’ will begin for some consumers sooner than others – painting a year-ahead picture of a global marketplace as different and difficult to predict as from this time last year. 
Indie Venues Grow Desperate as #SaveOurStages Grant Applications Move Slowly Through SBA [Variety] FULL STORY

How summer music festivals are reopening in New York City during COVID-19 [All Arts] FULL STORY

More than a quarter of UK music festivals cancelled over insurance fears [Guardian] FULL STORY

Nashville Music Biz Begins Meeting In Person Again After Year Of COVID-19 [Billboard] FULL STORY
In this latest episode, Jay and Mike discuss:
• Got Twitch? If You’re A Music Artist Looking To Monetize, This New Data Says You Should
• Twitch’s Rockonomics
• Tipping is taking over the internet
• Who Needs an Album? Just Keep Remaking the Song!
• The Advice YouTube Executive Tuma Basa Wants to Share With Up-And-Coming Artists
How to sell music online with your website [Bandzoogle] FULL STORY 

How to choose a domain name for your music website [Bandzoogle] FULL STORY 
YouTube is generating $2bn a month from ads [MBW] FULL STORY
YouTube generated $6 billion from advertising in the three months to end of March this year. That was up by nearly $2 billion, or by 49%, on the $4.038 billion YouTube generated in the same period of 2020.
Why fanbases need to be networks, rather than channels [MusicX] FULL STORY
Two clear examples of the new emergence of a channel landscape are Spotify and SoundCloud. Both of them started as platforms that were centered around the user and their networks.
How should we celebrate fame in today’s music business? [MIDiA] FULL STORY
“The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame represents an important and noteworthy distinction in an artist's career but unfortunately its nomination and induction system is flawed and there are many great artists who are not in”.


• Chartmetric: Making the firehouse of music data useful for the rest of us [MBW Podcast] FULL STORY
• Viberate’s Artist Page: Everything You Wanted to Know at a Glance [Medium] FULL STORY
• Billboard Teams Up With Twitter to Create Chart for Most-Tweeted Songs [Bloomberg] FULL STORY
• Red Hot Chili Peppers sell rights to catalogue of hits to Hipgnosis [Guardian] FULL STORY
• Downtown pivots to label services, sells music catalog to Concord [Hypebot] FULL STORY
• Travis Scott Doesn’t Like ‘Branding’ or ‘Marketing,’ but He’s So Damn Good at Both [AdWeek] FULL STORY
• Lossless streaming option for Apple Music may launch within weeks [Apple Insider] FULL STORY
• New York Women’s Impact Report 2021 [Variety] FULL STORY
• UK Musicians Propose a New Record Industry [Penny Fractions] FULL STORY
• Thanks to Spotify, the Music Is Stopping for Apple [Bloomberg] FULL STORY
• Labels file lawsuit alleging Vimeo failed to stop unlicensed music [Hypebot] FULL STORY
• Instagram Reel Ideas To Engage Your Fans Right Now [Symphonic] FULL STORY
• The MLC, Recording Academy Team Up on Webinar Series [Medium] FULL STORY
• YouTube ‘Shorts’ Is Rolling Out To All Creators In The U.S., Will Replace ‘Explore’ Tab On App Homescreen [Tubefilter] FULL STORY
• How to Write a bio for My Band - Website & Instagram [Bobby Borg] FULL STORY
• Creator-To-Fan Video Chat Platform ‘Bright’ Launches With Talent Including Madonna, Laura Dern, D’Amelio Sisters [Tubefilter] FULL STORY
• Quincy Jones' Qwest TV Launches Free TV Channels in the US With VIZIO Partnership [Broadway World] FULL STORY
• Goldman Sachs says Universal Music Group is worth over $50bn [MBW] FULL STORY
• Warner Music Group Boosts Profit Margins on $1.25B Quarterly Revenue [Billboard] FULL STORY
• Streaming made over $1.1 billion for Sony Music this quarter [Music Network] FULL STORY
• Music is a hot new Wall Street asset [Axios] FULL STORY
• Audacity has been acquired by Muse Group, which also owns MuseScore and Ultimate Guitar [MusicTech] FULL STORY
• How to Verify and Update Your Artist Profile on Deezer [Symphonic] FULL STORY
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