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The Other Playlists: How Behavior Impacts Songs

The Other Playlists: How Behavior Impacts Songs

Since the beginning of the recording industry, the limitations imposed by format have directly influenced music, from wax cylinders to MP3s. Here we look at how the now dominant format—streaming—is reshaping music. Guest post from AWAL “We should get good enough that you don’t have to take your phone out of your pocket to get the ...

Music Has More To Gain From The Future Of Transportation Than You Might Think [Cherie Hu]

Music Has More To Gain From The Future Of Transportation Than You Might Think [Cherie Hu]

Going as far back as the FM radio receivers of the 1950s, transportation and music have been inextricably linked; and as the landscape of the transportation industry changes, new marketing opportunities for music and artists are emerging. By journalist Cherie Hu this first appeared on Forbes.com “Ridesharing, 5G and edge computing are poised to alter transportation, and its accompanying media ecosystem" Ever since ...

10 Fantastic But Under-Appreciated Music Cities

10 Fantastic But Under-Appreciated Music Cities

While the term “music cities" likely evokes the classic behemoths like NYC, LA, or Nashville, some of the best music cities out there are much smaller and still fly somewhat under the industry radar. Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0 When artists and bands think of “music cities” the ones that immediately come to ...

MusicTank Closes Suddenly

MusicTank Closes Suddenly

MusicTank has closed after 15 years of providing music industry data and analysis. The sudden closure appears to have come after funding ran out and was announced on Twitter and the organization's web site. “After 15+ incredible years, with profound sadness I am sorry to announce that MusicTank is closing," wrote Jonathan Robinson, Programme Director, MusicTank. ...

Will Streaming Music’s Growth Alter Streaming Music?

Will Streaming Music’s Growth Alter Streaming Music?

It wasn't that long ago that the music industry was experiencing its worst slump ever, with streaming seen as a dubious alternative to physical sales. Fast-forward and streaming revenue accounts for 75% of label income. But how will this growth change the medium of streaming itself? Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0 It seems ...

Mastering Isn't A Dark Art, It's Simply Misunderstood

Mastering Isn't A Dark Art, It's Simply Misunderstood

In the music business, mastering has gained something of a reputation as mysterious “dark art". The reality is that mastering is quite simple at its core and, while not as sexy or glamorous as being a rockstar, is an important part of the music industry machine. Guest post by Steve Corrao of the TuneCore Blog Here ...

What Iceland’s Tight-Knit Music Community Can Teach Us

What Iceland’s Tight-Knit Music Community Can Teach Us

Recently the magical fairytale land that is Iceland has been making a quite a name for itself on the international scene, but it's been producing some incredibly successful musicians for years. Here we look at what Iceland's culture and unique, tight-knit music community can teach us about fostering a successful creative microcosm. Guest post by Angela Mastrogiacomo ...

What Role Will The Copyright Office Play In “Noncommercial Use” Of Pre-1972 Recordings Under MMA

What Role Will The Copyright Office Play In “Noncommercial Use” Of Pre-1972 Recordings Under MMA

Now that the Music Modernization Act has run the gauntlet and been passed into law, Chris Castle takes a hard look at what role of the Copyright Office Examiners will be playing in authorizing the noncommercial use of pre-1972 recordings. Guest post by Chris Castle of Music Tech Solutions Now I never said that Music Modernization ...

BREXIT: How End of Free Movement Will Affect All Musicians

BREXIT: How End of Free Movement Will Affect All Musicians

As Brexit proceedings move ominously forward, independent self-employed musicians who tour  internationally are starting to worry about what sort of an impact the separation could have on their way of life. Here we look at what the negative outcomes could be. Guest post by Joe Hoten of Bands for Hire With the stormy cloud of Brexit looming ...

5 Reasons Apple's Acquisition Of Shazam A Big Deal

5 Reasons Apple's Acquisition Of Shazam A Big Deal

Apple's acquisition of the music identification app Shazam, while certainly a notable purchase, occurred with little industry fuss, but the spreading of the Apple umbrella over Shazam may have more dramatic implications for the music business than were first thought. Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0 A few weeks ago Apple completed its acquisition of Shazam for $400 ...