5 Tips For Getting More People To Sign Up For Your Email Newsletter

While the splash of more modern social media may make email seem antiquated, there is still a great deal of value for artists in this ancient form of communication, and making your newsletter valuable and convincing people to sign up can do a great deal for your bottom line. ______________________________…

YouTube Is Leveling The Playing Field For Indie Artists says CD Baby CEO Tracy Maddux

YouTube is often maligned for low payments to creators, but CD Baby CEO Tracy Maddux see’s the video platform differently. Here, he recounts how, thanks in large part to YouTube’s open platform, more and more independent artists have been able to build a significant audience than ever before ______________________ Guest…

Judge Returns $92,000 Taken From Musician By Cops For Not Buckling Seatbelt

A recent case of civil asset forfeiture abuse recently got its happy ending after musician Phil Parhamovich was stopped in Wyoming for not buckling his seatbelt and duped into signing away his interest on $92,000 in cash, an amount which he just reclaimed. ___________________________ Guest post by Tim Cushing of…

The Single Reason Behind Spotify/Tencent Stock Swap

A recent agreement between Spotify and Tencent Music Entertainment Group to acquire 10% of each other appears to be a strategic maneuver that has little to do with subscribers and everything to do with potential future stockholders. ____________________ Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0 It’s been reported that…

Jay-Z Defends ‘Big Pimpin’ Against Copyright Claims In Court

It’s a music copyright case that set rapper Jay-Z against the relative of an Egyptian composer virtually unheard of in the United States and entangled him, or least his lawyers, in an obscure foreign law that protects artists who object to alterations of their work. ______________________________ On Friday, the Ninth…

Prince Estate Sues Over YouTube Videos

Prince’s estate is suing a Massachusetts man, claiming he illegally uploaded the late rock icon’s music to YouTube. The estate is accusing Kian Andrew Habib, a man from the town of Norfolk, Massachusetts, of uploading six different videos of Prince performing live in concert. The videos, which have since been…

Apple Has Acquired Shazam [OFFICIAL]

Apple has acquired Shazam, the company confirmed on Monday. The deal for the music and audio recognition app is reported to be worth $400 million. Shazam had been valued as high as $1 billion, had previously raised $143 million from investors including Kleiner Perkins and music groups Sony, Universal and…

Why Playlists Matter More Than Ever

Although things like blogs and radio can still do a lot for bringing music to the attention of consumers, there has been a massive shift in the power of playlists, which are positioning themselves as the dominant source of music discovery. ___________________________ Guest post by Patrick McGuire of the TuneCore…

Boost Engagement with Promo Videos: A How-To Guide

Given the deluge of content constantly being churned out, catching those precious scraps of your audience’s interest has become harder and more important than ever before. With so many platforms now focusing on video, we here look at how you can improve your promo video content across the board. _______________________…