Spotify, Chance The Rapper, Kesha Join Webby Winners 2019

Chance The Rapper, Childish Gambino, Kesha, Solange and Spotify were among the 2019 Webby Award Winners alongside Steph Curry, Ellen DeGeneres, The Walking Dead, Trevor Noah and more. Three million votes were cast in more than 240 countries to choose the Winners of the Webby People’s Voice Awards. This year’s…

Legacy Music Industry Shouldn’t Watch Over Royalties Of Independent Songwriters [Op-Ed]

Although there was plenty of trepidation leading up to the recent passage of the Music Modernization Act, the legislation was met with surprisingly little controversy once it was passed. Since then, unfortunately, some details have emerged over how the royalties of independent songwriters will be monitored that are raising the…

There Is Still Active Interest In Acquiring PledgeMusic

The sale of PledgeMusic is still an active possibility, multiple sources tell Hypebot. Several people with direct knowledge of the situation reached out after we published the concerns of hopeful musicians that emails they received from the crowdfunder touting “negotiations the board is having with a potential buyer” were empty…

SiriusXM Launches Low Cost Streaming Only Plan

SiriusXM has added an “Essential” subscription streaming only plan, making its multi-channel service available on mobile, tablet, desktop and other connected devices. Essential subscribers get 300 channels from SiriusXM’s lineup of music, comedy, news, sports and entertainment. The Essential plan is priced at $1 for the first three months, then…

Eventbrite Expands It’s Useful App Marketplace

Indie ticketer Eventbrite has relaunched its Spectrum app store as the Eventbrite App Marketplace with 100+ vetted apps to help save time, run events more efficiently and, of course, to sell more tickets. All the apps in the Eventbrite App Marketplace work seamlessly with the Eventbrite platform, giving event creators…

Springtime Means New Snapchat Features

Buckle up Snapchatters! Everyone’s favorite now-you-see-it, now-you-don’t platform is rolling out a host of new features this spring, including a variety of new filters, and the integration of Shazam, as well as some additional new tools which could help band/artists be more creative and make a bit more of a…

Utilizing Video To Promote Your Music

With so many options available for promoting your music, it can be overwhelming to try and figure out which one is best for you, but video often emerges at the head of the pack. Here we take a deep dive into what it takes to effectively utilize video as a…

World’s Most Popular Websites [Infographic]

While we think of quite a few websites as ‘popular,’ an actual look at the internet’s favorite sites reveals just how few really come close to making the cut, and by just how wide of a margin the web’s top dogs really rule the roost. _____________________________ Guest post by Bobby…

#1 Mistake In Modern Music Marketing and How To Avoid It

The most common mistake in modern music marketing is both frustrating to fans and deprives artists of precious plays. It is also very easy to avoid. “I’d say one of the most misunderstood marketing essentials, even in 2019, is that marketers tend to simply direct listeners to a single track…

Singing Waitress Goes Viral, Industry Takes Notice

A viral video of a waitress singing at an Ohio restaurant has captured the attention of Missy Elliott, Ginuwine and Snoop Dogg, with the latter tweeting that the singer “needs a record deal.” Erika Kayne was videotaped singing at her father’s restaurant, KeVante’s Restuarant & Lounge in the Richmond Mall…