Before Universal: Kacey Musgraves And Triple Pop

Even before sweeping four major GRAMMY’s Kacey Musgraves, the past year saw the contemporary country artist explode in popularity, and though many think of her as a new artist, Musgraves’ recording career can be traced back quite a ways, and to a much smaller label than UMG. _________________________ Guest post…

TIDAL Launches $1 Million Emerging Artists Grant Program ‘TIDAL Unplugged’

TIDAL and benefactors Mark Lampert and Robert Nelsen today announced the launch of TIDAL Unplugged, a million dollar grant program for emerging artists. Funded by a donation from Lampert and Nelsen, TIDAL Unplugged will launch in Detroit in March. Local artists will can submit their music through TIDAL to receive…

AMLC Makes Case For A More Independent Mechanical Licensing Collective

The Music Modernization Act calls for the creation of a Mechanical Licensing Collective to oversee the blanket mechanical licenses that the new law established. So far, two groups ave applied to the Copyright Royalty Board, who will chose the new collective in July. One group has been spearheaded by the…

5 Music Startup Trends To Follow In 2019 [Cherie Hu]

In this piece, Cherie Hu look at five observable trends in the world of music industry tech startups, and what these inclinations suggest about the future of the music biz and the ways in which tech companies and their investors understand and relate to the music business. ___________________________ Guest post…

Song Stories: The Future of Virtual Reality and Music Experiences w/ Cortney Harding [PODCAST]

After a several year hiatus, Hypebot’s Music Biz Podcast is relaunching as Song Stories. The show, hosted by long-time contributor Kyle Bylin, will explore how music changes people’s lives and impacts the places they live. This week’s episode features Cortney Harding, the founder of Friends with Holograms, an AR and…

Brit Awards 2019 – Full List Of Winners

The UK music industry gathered at the O2 Arena on Wednesday for the annual Brit Awards, with The 1975 taking top honors, winning album of the year for their hit A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships. The 1975 also took home the 2019 Brit Award for British group. Other winners…

Hitting The Billboard Charts: The 4 Phases

In this guide for the scrappy self starters out there, award winning songwriter MANAFEST breaks down into four strategic phases how artists can roll out their music in such a way as to increase their chances of building momentum and hitting the Billboard charts. _______________________________ Guest post by Chris Greenwood…

Ninja Tune’s Peter Quicke Named New AIM Chair

The UK based Association of Independent Music (AIM) has announced Ninja Tune MD Peter Quicke as its new chair. Quicke, who has been with London’s Ninja Tune since shortly after its inception in the early ’90s, will step into the board appointed role effective immediately. He replaces Tim Dellow of…