Monthly archives: November, 2015

Full Adele 25 Album Is Available On Only One Streaming Music Service: Pandora

Fans of Adele can’t here her new blockbuster release 25 on Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer and the world’s other on-demand music services.  But they can hear it on Pandora….


YouTube For Indie Artists: Part One

Music videos are more important than ever when it comes to introducing your band to the world! The low cost of creating serviceable visual content (music videos, vlogs, etc.) paired with the popularity of streaming platforms (YouTube, Vevo, Facebook) has not only made videos accessible to every level of artist, but a vital part of…


Bill Gates Said Content Would Be King. So Why Are Ad-Funded Services Paying Us So Little?

The following is an abridged version of a speech given by Geoff Taylor (pictured), CEO of the UK’s BPI, at the Music Futures conference in Newcastle earlier this month. I started thinking about this speech a few weeks ago, on Back to the Future Day – when social media went crazy celebrating October 21st 2015,…


Why Adele’s 25 Can, Can’t And Just Might Top 3M Week One US Sales…

MBW has been tracking the US sales numbers of Adele’s 25 very closely this week. As we reported yesterday, 25 overtook the all-time sales record of NSYNC’s No Strings Attached on Monday (November 23), after just four days on sale….


Major Labels Won’t Get Higher Royalty Rates in Webcasting IV

Major and independent labels will be paid the same statutory webcasting rates over the next five years. The possibility that different types of labels could be paid different royalties was put to rest by an opinion released Tuesday by the Register of Copyrights regarding Webcasting IV, the rate-setting procedure that will establish the royalties non-interactive…


Adele’s ’25’ Sells 2.3 Million in First Three Days in U.S., Aiming for 2.9 Million Debut Week

In its first three days of release, Adele’s 25 has already sold at least 2.3 million in pure album sales in the U.S., according to Nielsen Music. And, at the present (Nov. 23), industry forecasters suggest the album could finish the week with 2.9 million sold….


Justin Bieber Breaks the Beatles & Drake’s Record for Most Simultaneous Hot 100 Hits

Justin Bieber breaks a Billboard Hot 100 record previously held by the Beatlesand Drake. Bieber boasts 17 songs on the Dec. 5 Hot 100, marking the most titles that any artist has placed on the chart in a single week. He bests the 14 each that the Beatles managed on April 11, 1964 and that Drake earned on the March…


4 Music Marketing Tips From DIY Musician Conference

Over 1,000 musicians from all across the globe, spanning every genre – from acoustic metal-rap to Zydeco pop covers – headed for Chicago to empower themselves with the knowledge handed down from leading music industry experts at CD Baby’s first ever artist-oriented DIY Musician Conference….


Amazon Is Releasing Its Own Music Again…

Last Christmas, Amazon didn’t quite give you its heart – but it did give you its very own album. All Is Bright featured recording stars such as Liz Phair, Yoko Ono, The Flaming Lips and Beth Orton laying down original versions of traditional Christmas songs….


Can This Man Bring Soundcloud Closer To The Music Business?

SoundCloud has some big issues right now – not least that it’s being sued by PRS For Music for failing to obtain a European license from the UK-based collection society. Partly as a result of PRS’s action, it appears that Universal Music Group’s own groundbreaking licensing deal with the digital service is now frozen at the final stage of…