Songtrust Now Represents 205K Songwriters, 2M Songs, Reports Record Growth

Royalty collection platform Songtrust has announced impressive year-over-year growth. As of May 31st, Songtrust has more than 2 million songs under management from 26,000 publishers and 205,000 songwriters from 64 countries. Since Q2 2018, the company has added more than 55,000 songwriters, and now registers more than 5,000 new songs…

A Playlist Is Not A Marketing Plan: The 4 Ingredients Of A Great Music Business Conference Panel

In this piece, Glenn Peoples breaks down the recent panel at this year’s Music Biz conference titled “A Playlist is Not a Marketing Plan” aimed at reeducating artists away from their mono-maniacal need to get placed on a playlist. ____________________________ Guest post by Glenn Peoples from his Medium blog “A…

Amoeba Music Forced To Move Iconic LA Store

The LA City Council has approved zoning changes that clear the way for the demolition of Amoeba Music’s distinctive Los Angeles outlet. According to the LA Times, the vote facilitates the development of a new, 26-story building at the site of the current Amoeba Music store, located at the corner…

Day In The Life Of A Sound Designer

In this piece, sound designer and industry veteran Cameron Gorham walks us through what it’s like to work as a sound designer in the modern music industry, as well as some fun projects for creating your own unique samples. ________________________________ Guest post by Cameron Gorham from the Bandzoogle Blog As…

BUSINESS OF INDIE: A2IM Indie Week Recap • Smithsonian Folkways Buys Stinson • Reddit’s indieheads • More

This edition of Business Of Indie includes news from last week’s fabulous A2IM Indie Week, Smithsonian Folkways’ acquisition of Stinson Records, how Reddit’s indieheads forum is reshaping indie music and much more. Like Hypebot’s More News section, The Business Of Indie is nestled under its own Indie tab at the…

Cameo Adds $50M To Deliver Personalized Video Messages From Musicians, Celebrities [and You]

Cameo has raised a $50 million Series B round to expand its marketplace of famous and not so famous musicians, celebrities and influencers who get paid to create short video message for fans. More than 1000 musicians are already available on the platform. Ilya Fushman of Kleiner Perkins lead the…

Why Hasn’t Spotify Rolled Out An Offical Pre-Save Tool? [Kieron Donoghue]

Ever since 2016 when third party tools made Spotify pre-saves possible, they have become a standard part of artists marketing when releasing new music. So, why hasn’t Spotify released an official pre-save tool for all artists and labels to access? ____________________________ Guest post by Kieron Donoghue of Here.org.uk Back in…

Live Nation Partners With Adobe For The ‘Creative Tour’

Adobe, the software company behind apps like Photoshop, and Spark, has announced the Adobe Creative Tour, a partnership with Live Nation aimed at music fans and creators. The Creative Tour is designed to inspire creators and music fans to participate in digital creative challenges using Adobe Products such as Lightroom,…

Building Your Artist Development Team

Choosing which people you want on your team to help you make it the music industry is one of the most important decisions an artist can make, and choosing incorrectly can not only slow you progress, but seriously derail an otherwise promising career. _________________________ Guest post by Camille Barbone of…

Deepfake Tech Turns Single Photo, Audio Into Bizarre Music Video [ Rasputin sings Beyoncé ]

Deepfake technology is getting so good that it could create a video that turns Donald Trump into a smart and compassionate person. So what if it was used to make music videos, albeit of the deepfake kind? Research by Imperial College in London and Samsung’s AI research center showed how…

Netflix Needs Music, But Music Is Fine Without It

After a lengthy amount of time atop the streaming roost, Netflix now faces a serious threat from its competitors, and is hoping that investing in the music industry by creating things like original docs, it can stay at the head of the pack. That said, Netflix will need to act…

Music Ally To Launch In China

Music industry consultancy and news site Music Ally has teamed with Kanjian Music, the Chinese music services company, to launch Music Ally China. This new venture will bridge the gap between the rapidly-expanding and commercially-unique Chinese music business and the western and Japanese music industries. Music Ally China will publish…