Inside the Dirty Business of Hit Songwriting [Variety] FULL STORY
As songwriters have seen their leverage eroded by streaming — which pays a larger royalty for recorded music than publishing — artists, managers, producers and even executives have amped up their demands for credit and/or a percentage of the songwriters’ publishing in exchange for the artist cutting the song, or even simply for bringing the song to the artist.
Pearl Jam, Tom Petty, Ariana Grande Lead Record Store Day Drops 2021 [Rolling Stone] FULL STORY
The Who, the Doors, Beastie Boys, Joni Mitchell and hundreds more set vinyl exclusives for June 12th and July 17th.
'He's a Genius': How Lil Nas X's 'Montero' Marketing Strategy Pressed All the Right Buttons [Billboard] FULL STORY
“A powerful music video can spark a larger conversation and create a real moment,” Kevin Meenan, music charts manager at YouTube, tells Billboard. “[Lil Nas X] has been very explicit that this was his goal.”
The Ins-and-Outs of Music Catalog Sales and the Behind-the-Scenes Players Advising Songwriters Who Cash Out [Variety] FULL STORY

What’s behind the boom in iconic boomer musicians selling their songs [CNBC] FULL STORY
Edison Research’s “share of Ear” Q4 2020: Podcasting Eats Spotify/pandora and AM/FM Radio Remains the Dominant Ad-supported Audio Platform [Westwood One] FULL STORY
The Q4 2020 edition of Edison Research’s “Share of Ear,”  reports that for the first time, audience shares for podcasting surpassed the combined audiences of ad-supported Pandora and ad-supported Spotify.
The social and streaming power of black female artists, fans [Hypebot] FULL STORY
In the wake of Women’s History Month in the US, the good people at Chartmetric are highlighting the Black female artists and fans working to bridge the music inudstry’s gender gap with their social and streaming “votes.”
How One Indie Artist Used Her Pandemic Lockdown to Create an Album With Global Collaborators [KHN] FULL STORY
Up against the challenges of not just a pandemic, but also a music industry that has come to rely heavily on curated playlists like Apple Music’s “New Music” or “From Our Editors” to promote new releases.
Spotify update Promo Cards – Share when you’re added to a new playlists, hit a follower/chart milestone and more [RouteNote] FULL STORY
Introduced last October, Spotify’s Promo Cards makes creating eye-catching, social media assets for releases, playlist inclusion, artist profiles and podcasts super easy.
Revealed: Billboard's 2021 Top Music Lawyers [Billboard] FULL STORY
The best legal minds in the business were tested in the past year by a land rush of negotiations, new business models from livestreaming to NFTs and the ongoing need to advocate for their clients -- and social justice.
36 of America’s Best Independent Music Venues on Surviving and What’s Next [Pitchfork] FULL STORY

19 Artists on Their Favorite Independent Music Venues [Pitchfork] FULL STORY
Latin Music U.S. Revenues Up 19%, Doubling Overall Industry Growth: RIAA [Billboard] FULL STORY
Latin music, defined as music performed predominantly in Spanish, in any genre, registered its fifth consecutive year of growth, with total revenues rising 19%, more than double the 9.2% registered for the overall music industry.
NFTs Are All the Rage, but Who’s Actually Buying Them? [AdWeek] FULL STORY

The Major Label NFT Strategy Will Focus on Long-Term Revenue [Billboard] FULL STORY
Bandsintown survey shows live streams will stay popular post-pandemic with both fans and artists [Hypebot] FULL STORY
Almost as swiftly as shows were canceled, artists and fans embraced live music streaming. Since March 2020, over 22,000 artists have performed more than 79,500 concert live streams and marketed them at no cost on Bandsintown.
5 best website templates for guitarists [Bandzoogle] FULL STORY

Copyrighting your music – why you should do it now [Bandzoogle] FULL STORY
Inside the Unstoppable Rise of Verzuz [GQ] FULL STORY
Swizz Beatz, Timbaland, Alicia Keys, Ludacris, Lil Jon, Brandy, Monica, Patti LaBelle, and more tell the true story of the Instagram battle show that has become appointment viewing for the culture.
Won and done: Why ‘The Voice’ hasn’t produced a big star in its 10 years [NY Post] FULL STORY
Making the multi-octave leap from cover singer on the “Voice” stage to establishing your own identity as a recording artist has been a tricky transition from the very beginning.
What Is a Grammy Win Worth? Some Earn 6-Figure Bonuses [Billboard] FULL STORY
Based on Billboard's calculations, artists featured at the awards -- whether as nominees, winners or performers -- can see surges in their sales and streams earnings ranging from 4% to nearly 400% the week-of and week after the ceremony. That can mean big money.
The MLC Explained: All your questions answered in a free webinar series [Hypebot] FULL STORY

Kris Ahrend Built and Launched MLC During a Pandemic -- Now the Hard Part Begins [Billboard] FULL STORY
On this latest episode of the podcast, Jay Gilbert & Mike Etchart discuss these stories:
• Justin Bieber ‘Justice’ Campaign Tear Down 
• The Cardinal Rules For Safely Getting Added To Spotify – A Guide For Artists And Labels
• Spotify Acquires Live Audio App Locker Room, With Plans To Build Clubhouse Rival
• How Bandcamp Is Changing The Conversation Around Payments In The Streaming Era


• Ron Keel on How to Succeed on Patreon, It's Not About Product It's About Experience [MBW Podcast] FULL STORY
• Clubhouse Will Now Let Users Send Payments To Creators (Without Taking A Cut) [Tubefilter] FULL STORY
• Worried About Bands? Get Booking Gigs [Keith Jopling] FULL STORY 
• 52% of Podcast Listeners say they would follow their favorite podcasts to a different streaming platform. [Billboard / MRC] FULL STORY
• Vinyl sales prop up independent music [PBS] FULL STORY
• Introducing: Instagram Live Rooms [Daily Rind] FULL STORY
• Who Wins in the Post-Pandemic Record Industry? [David Turner] FULL STORY
• Drowning in Data: Royalty Accounting and Systems in the Digital Age [SynchTank] FULL STORY
• Creator tools platforms could become social networks [MIDiA] FULL STORY
• Has radio lost the battle for the ear? [Fred Jacobs] FULL STORY
• What To Do If Your Track Goes Viral on TikTok [Symphonic] FULL STORY
• Is My Record Label Also My Publisher? [Symphonic] FULL STORY
• TikTok, IPG Mediabrands Form ‘Creator Collective’ To Connect TikTokers And Advertisers [Tubefilter] FULL STORY
• BMG and KKR are ready to spend $1bn on music copyrights – and that's just for starters... [MBW] FULL STORY
• Grammy-Winning Artist Litigates Against YouTube to Disclose Information About Repeat Copyright Infringers [DMN] FULL STORY
• The Best Turntables Under $500 [Rolling Stone] FULL STORY
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