Spotify Most Played, Viral Tracks US, UK, Global Week Ending 7.14.17

Here are Spotify’s most played and most viral tracks for the week ending 7.14.17. The Spotify Weekly Charts highlight top artists by listener along with the past week’s most streamed and viral songs in the US, UK and globally. Spotify Global Top Artists (by Listener) Rank Artist Monthly Listeners 1…

The Only Music Promotion System You Need to Grow Your Audience & Sell More Music [DAVE KUSEK]

Music promotion is something a lot of people struggle with. It can be tough to find something that actually works. After all, your goal is to be able to sell music, merch, and tickets and ultimately make a living from your music, so just getting followers or being “internet famous”…

Pandora’s VP of Product For Creators Shamal Ranasinghe on “Enabling The Artist Revolution”

“A key to enabling the artist revolution is to give all creators the means to introduce their new music most efficiently, almost perfectly, to new audiences… (this is) the Holy Grail,” says Shamal Ranasinghe, Pandora’s VP Product for Creators, Artists and Content Operations. The streamer’s Artist Marketing Platform (AMP), which…

Facebook Best Practices, Tips & Tricks For 2017

At two billion monthly users, Facebook remains the largest social app with regard to logged in users, and therefore stands as an important marketing tool for artists when it comes to connecting with fans and promoting their music. Here we look at some of the Facebook marketing tactics for 2017….

Help Spotify Fine Tune Your Music Recommendations By Taking This 10 Song Survey

Spotify’s team of music data scientists are using an old school method – user surveys – to fine tune their advanced music recommendation algorithm that already seems to know a lot more about what I really want to listen to than I do. ___________________________________________ Spotify is testing a short music…

Tupac, The Conjuring and How Litigation Meets Fiction: “It’s A True Story…Except For The Part I Made Up”

Separating truth from fiction has been a common issue of late, and it seems the copyright world is not immune. Here we look copyright lawsuits involving fictional content, and the complications which result. __________________________ Guest post by Stephen Carlisle of Nova Southeastern University Beyond the hot topic of “fake news,”…

Why Saying Yes To Every Gig Is A Bad Tactic

As an up-and-coming artist, exposure is hugely important, and while not every gig that comes along is ideal, it’s important to put yourself out there. This can be taken too far however, and sometimes agreeing to every single show that comes your way can do more harm than good. ________________________…

Spotify Hit With Two New Music Publisher Lawsuits Alleging Unlicensed Use Of 2500+ Songs

Spotify’s troubled relationship with songwriters and music publishers took a another hit this week, as two new lawsuits by music publishers were filed over alleged unlicensed use of more that 2500 songs, including several hit titles. ____________________________________________ Nashville music publishers Rob Gaudino and Bluewater Music have each filed lawsuits alleging…

Grammy Museum Accepting Letters Of Interest For 2018 Grant Cycle

The Grammy Museum is now accepting letters of inquiry for those wishing to participate in their 2018 grant cycle. Funded by the Recording Academy, the grant program is aimed at supporting individuals and organizations focused on audio preservation projects, as well as other, related scientific research. Previous Grammy Museum grants…

How To Get Verified On Spotify, Apple Music

Here Leticia Trandafir walks us through why artists should get verified on streaming services, how they can get verified, the opportunities it provides, and the proper way to manage and artist profile on streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music. __________________________ Guest post by Leticia Trandafir of Landr So after…

Hit Restart to Play Again

While it was once relatively easy, reinventing yourself as a musician has become somewhat more complex, with the freedom to make mistakes greatly reduced, and the marketplace as crowded as it is. This article looks at how modern artists can successfully re-invent themselves and get a second chance. _________________________________ Guest…

Downtown Music Publishing Promotes Andrew Sparkler SVP Biz Dev [EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]

[UPDATED] Downtown Music Publishing has promoted Andrew Sparkler to SVP, Business Development. He joined Downtown in 2014 as VP Business Affairs, and was the catalyst behind the indie publisher’s innovative direct YouTube deal. Prior to joining Downtown, Sparkler was Vice President and Head of Business Affairs at ASCAP. In his…