Weekly Newsletter and Podcast
Hipgnosis founder Merck Mercuriadis' message to the majors [MusicWeek] FULL STORY
“I believe the reason that the songwriter is the low man or woman in the economic equation is because the three biggest publishers in the world aren’t advocating for songwriters, because they’re owned and controlled by the three biggest recorded music companies."
5 Artists That Blew Up on TikTok First [Flypaper] FULL STORY
Artists up and down the pop spectrum have been releasing duets, covers, and even originals through the app. A few even managed to go viral. As a result, some garnered huge followings, going from virtually unknown to millions of Spotify spins virtually overnight.
Music’s Next Big Challenge: Licensing for the New Wave of Social Platforms [Synchtank] FULL STORY
Arguably one the of the biggest challenges facing the music industry is what comes next. Streaming has provided the short term answer but how do fandom and social platforms work together?
Advice for new artists from Def Jam's VP of Digital Marketing JD Tuminski [Hypebot] FULL STORY
Tuminski recently sat down with music marketer extraordinaire Amber Horsburgh and shared his strategies to help emerging artists grow their fanbase and break through the clutter.
'I don't expect artists to have their s**t organized. That's my job.' [MBW] FULL STORY
MBW’s World’s Greatest Managers series profiles the best artist managers in the global business. Here, we speak to Sal Slaiby, a hugely successful music entrepreneur and the manager of superstars ranging from the Weeknd to Swedish House Mafia and many more.
The song behind the scene: How teen TV's most iconic music moments are made [EW] FULL STORY
EW rounds up music supervisors from The O.C., Gossip Girl, The Vampire Diaries, Teen Wolf, Euphoria, and more teen TV shows to find out what it takes to elevate a scene from good to legendary — all thanks to a song.
Musicians Warning Fans About the Music Industry [Loudwire] FULL STORY
It’s no secret that the music industry is filled with countless pitfalls and scams. It’s especially difficult to be an artist in the industry, and these successful musicians used their platform to warn fans.
The 45 Most Anticipated Albums of Fall 2021: The War on Drugs, Kacey Musgraves, Lizzo, Drake, and More [Pitchfork] FULL STORY
New releases to look forward to in the coming months, from Normani, Tirzah, Lizzo, Young Thug, Low, Sufjan Stevens, and others.
Amazon quietly building live audio business [Axios] FULL STORY
Amazon is investing heavily in a new live audio feature that's similar to other live audio offerings like Clubhouse, Twitter Spaces and Spotify's new live audio platform, sources tell Axios.
The number of US paid digital audio subscribers is rising faster than previously expected [eMarketer] FULL STORY
Spotify Premium subscribers make up the largest share of paid subscribers, at 36.7% this year. Apple Music listeners account for 30.3%, and YouTube Premium subscribers make up 19.4%. Pandora Premium patrons make up a significantly smaller slice of the subscription audio pie at just 5.4%.
How to create bundles your music fans will love [Bandzoogle] FULL STORY

New: bulk uploads + music feature flow [Bandzoogle] FULL STORY
4 ways to use Spotify’s new Blend shared playlists to interact with fans [Hypebot] FULL STORY

How Spotify’s Newest Personalized Experience, Blend, Creates a Playlist for You and Your Bestie [Spotify] FULL STORY

Spotify listening trends are eerily correlated with the market’s highs and lows [Fast Company] FULL STORY
The Concert Business Was Expecting a 'Hot Vax' Summer, But It's a Hot Mess Instead [Billboard] FULL STORY
As the delta variant brings yet another wave of COVID-19, promoters consider how to make the shows go on.
10+ famous artists you didn’t know started as indie [Music Think Tank] FULL STORY
They’re playing small venues with only a few people in attendance. The band is barely making enough money to cover their basic living expenses. But they don’t care because they believe in themselves. Well, today we’re going to explore 10 famous artists that started as indie musicians before blowing up.
Retail? DEAD. Radio? DEAD. (Why Both Are Wrong) [Hypebot] FULL STORY
The majority of major news outlets seem to be in agreement that both retail department stores and broadcast radio are all but dead to the consumer economy. Fred Jacobs outlines why that might not actually be true.
YouTube Music surpasses 50m subscribers [MBW] FULL STORY
Back in June, YouTube‘s Global Head of Music, Lyor Cohen, suggested that YouTube Music was the “fastest growing subscription service out there”. Today, he’s doubled down on that claim, via the announcement that YouTube has surpassed the milestone of 50 million YouTube Music and Premium subscribers.
Post-pandemic music scenes [Music x] FULL STORY

What you should learn about the music business [Music x] FULL STORY
5 Music Promotion and Marketing Tips for Artists to Better Promote Your Musical Project [Midem] FULL STORY
In today’s globalised music economy, visibility, brand image and marketability are vital for artists to make its mark on a global market. Read more about music promotion and marketing for artists
Your Morning Coffee Podcast, Episode #55 LISTEN HERE
On this latest episode, Jay and Mike discuss these stories:
• Spotify Took Down Their Music. They Still Don’t Know Why,
• Meet TikTok's Spotify influencers
• Are concerts safe? For a growing number of artists and tour pros, risk outweighs reward
• Music Distribution Is Getting More Transparent. It’s About Damn Time
• We're seeing the change to a consumption model': How streaming has transformed the albums chart
Make Music Equal is Chartmetric’s data-driven initiative to advance gender equity in the music industry [Hypebot] FULL STORY
• Bruce Houghton joins the Music Biz Weekly podcast to discuss touring, COVID, and this precarious time for musicians [Hypebot] FULL STORY
• Symphonic Distribution Partners With Qrates To Expand Vinyl Services To Full Roster Of Independent Artists And Labels [Broadway World] FULL STORY
• Creator tools are changing the power dynamic of audiences and platforms [MIDiA] FULL STORY
• Split Decisions: Olivia Rodrigo Has Given Up Millions in Publishing Royalties [Billboard] FULL STORY
• Roblox's Music Play: 'Hundreds' of Daily Concerts, Building a Digital Vegas & NMPA Lawsuit [Billboard] FULL STORY
• Guide to releasing an album so people actually want to buy it [Hypebot] FULL STORY
• Could Music Be A Game-Changer For The Future Of Digital Health? [Forbes] FULL STORY
• How Tencent Music's Problems Ripple Through the Business Worldwide [Billboard] FULL STORY
• Tencent axes all exclusive label deals in China following antitrust clampdown [MBW] FULL STORY
• NFTs and Music Royalty Streams: 5 Legal Issues To Be Aware Of [MBW] FULL STORY
• The HiFi Saga [Streaming Machinery] FULL STORY
• What is Audius? The Decentralized Music Sharing and Streaming Service [Decrypt] FULL STORY
• How Could Burning Man Get Weirder? When It’s in Your Living Room. [WSJ] FULL STORY
• The Art of Longevity Podcast with Fin Greenhall  [Song Sommelier] LISTEN HERE
• Questions about TikTok’s new Shopping tab, answered [eMarketer] FULL STORY
• BMG revenues up 9% in first half of 2021... and it has over $1bn of acquisition deals in play with KKR [MBW] FULL STORY
• A Guide to Fighting Ageism in the Music Industry [Flypaper] FULL STORY
• Why This Is the Right Time to Sell Your Catalog (Guest Column) [Billboard] FULL STORY
• Introducing Subscriptions and Distribution: More ways to earn a living on BandLab [BandLab] FULL STORY
• Bopper has pre-cleared its catalogue for social brand content [MusicAlly] FULL STORY
• Jason Mraz, Juanes and Metallica team up with Yousician [MusicAlly] FULL STORY
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