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In Defense Of The Digital Album

In Defense Of The Digital Album

As the popularity of playlists grows, and music consumption habits gradually change in favor of the single, many artists are gravitating away from full-length albums, something which could have negative consequences for both artists and fans. Guest Post by Heather Willensky on Medium What’s the best band you discovered on a streaming playlist? Go have a ...

When Rappers Are Affected By White Fragility [Talib Kweli Greene]

When Rappers Are Affected By White Fragility [Talib Kweli Greene]

In this essay, Talib Kweli Greene takes on the complex issue of how 'white fragility' affects rappers, as he walks us through Twitter battles and unfounded accusations of racism from fellow hip-hop artists Remedy and Diabolic. Guest post by Talib Kweli Greene Let’s deal with the facts. Hip-hop was primarily created by black and Latinx youth living ...

Why The Music Industry Needs Fewer Lawyers, More Innovators [CD Baby CEO Tracy Maddux]

Why The Music Industry Needs Fewer Lawyers, More Innovators [CD Baby CEO Tracy Maddux]

Here CD Baby CEO Tracy Maddux weighs in on the recent wave of litigation which has swept through the music industry, suggesting that the recent string of lawsuits against companies like Spotify and TIDAL discourages innovation in the industry and sets a poor tone for the future of digital music. Guest post by Tracy Maddux, CEO ...

Will Robots Disrupt Live Music? How Artificial Intelligence, Algorithms Could Boost Ticket Sales

Will Robots Disrupt Live Music? How Artificial Intelligence, Algorithms Could Boost Ticket Sales

Artificial intelligence may be set to disrupt the world of live music. Using data driven algorithms, AI would be able to calculate when and where artists should play, as well as streamline the currently deeply flawed means through which fans discover concerts happening in their area. Guest Post by Cortney Harding on Medium A few weeks ago, ...

Streaming Will Never Be The Savior Of The Music Economy

Streaming Will Never Be The Savior Of The Music Economy

While many are predicting that streaming will be the future of the music economy, the fact that services like Spotify and Apple Music typically only engage users at a base level and usually fail to effectively monetize them bodes poorly for streaming, suggesting it's not a business model to be relied on. By Bas Grasmayer, from the ...

Artificial Intelligence And The Music Industry: Will Robots Replace Musicians?

Artificial Intelligence And The Music Industry: Will Robots Replace Musicians?

With companies like Jukedeck allowing users with little to no musical knowledge to construct songs using an algorithm, some questions are being raised over how artists, particularly those without much personality, will fare should such automated songs become the norm. By Cortney Harding of Hypebot's Music Biz Podcast and author of How We Listen Now: Essays and Conversations ...

My New Year’s Resolution: No More Fans

My New Year’s Resolution: No More Fans

Artist and performer Shannon Curtis explains her distaste for the term “fan" and how house concerts put musician and listener on equal ground in a way which is beneficial to both. Guest Post by Shannon Curtis. A version of this article first appeared in Pyragraph. Yes, you read the title correctly. I’m an independent singer-songwriter, and my resolution ...

Why All The Blogs Have Gone To Shit [Op-Ed]

Why All The Blogs Have Gone To Shit [Op-Ed]

In his recent op-ed, Josh Messer discusses blogs' increasing lack of integrity in the music industry as brought about by "checkbook journalism" and why it negatively impacts all those involved. Guest Post by Josh Messer on PressPlay On Monday night, DJ, producer, and DJ Mag’s new Editor-At-Large Dani Deahl shared this text message, which a musician friend of hers received from a blogger. To clarify ...

Users Of Music, From Tech Giants To Fans, Require Greater Incentive To Fix A Broken Market [Op-Ed]

Users Of Music, From Tech Giants To Fans, Require Greater Incentive To Fix A Broken Market [Op-Ed]

Even as massive companies like Amazon and Spotify seek to profit off of artists, their failure to properly compensate said artists with the amount they are morally and legally owed is making it increasingly difficult to earn a living as a musician. Guest op-ed by Jeff Price, the co-founder and CEO of Audiam. This first appeared in ...

The New Creative Class: Will They Disrupt Music Production?

The New Creative Class: Will They Disrupt Music Production?

The starving artist is quickly becoming a thing of the past. And with new digital tools arriving daily and empower artists, we are seeing a birth of a new creative class: The artist entrepreneur. These producers are ditching their previous gigs for a more lucrative day job; one that balances equal parts business-know-how with artistic talent. Guest Post by Rory Seydel on Landr.com Meet ...


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