Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Tour Expenses • Public Brands • Living As A Singer • More

This week on MusicThinkTank, contributors shared pieces on how professional musicians can effectively manage expenses on tour, what happens when public brands change in the music business, how to make a living as a singer, and more. Rachelle Wilber | How Musicians Can Manage, Limit Expenses On Tour Autumn Cavender…

Spotify’s Most Streamed Artists, Tracks 2019 Are All Male and It Has Only Itself To Blame

Despite all the talk of equality for women in music, the top 5 most streamed most artists of 2018 on Spotify are all men. Spotify’s 5 Most Streamed Tracks were also all male. The streamer registered the same all male top artist inequality in 2015 and 2016. Spotify’s Top 5…

Will Fans Unsubscribe If Artists Leave Major Streamers?

In a followup to his recent piece regarding user-centric royalties and the idea of an “ethical pool” solution to streaming royalty allocations, Chris Castle here raises the question of whether artists’ departure from major streaming services would cause fans to follow suit and ditch them as well. ____________________________ Guest post…

SAG-AFTRA Ratifies Stronger Sound Recording Deal

T he members of performers union SAG-AFTRA have voted to approve the tentative deal struck with the major labels for sound recordings back in October. The new SAG-AFTRA Sound Recordings Code includes sound recordings on digital, CDs and vinyl. It also includes all music formats, including audiobooks, cast albums, and…

What Is A Personal Music Publishing Entity? [And Why You May Need One]

If you’re an independent songwriter, you’re your own publicist on your compositions, meaning it can be worth setting up your own personal publishing entity to affiliate with your PRO. Here we look at what exactly a PPE is, and whether setting one up is the right decision for you. _______________________…

Grammy Nominees 2019 – The Full List

The nominations for the 61st GRAMMY Awards are in and Kendrick Lamar leads the 2019 pack with 8 nominations for his Black Panther soundtrack. Here are all of the nominees in each of the 84 categories. 1. Record Of The Year Award to the Artist and to the Producer(s), Recording…

Apple Acquires Platoon Emerging Artists Marketing Platform

Apple has acquired U.K. based music creative services and artist development startup Platoon, according to multiple reports. The startup’s co founder, Denzyl Feigelson, is a long time consultant for Apple and produces its annual UK iTunes Festival. Platoon launched in 2016 under the moniker “as launchpad for fearless creatives.” The…