Monthly archives: March, 2017

Imagine Dragons’ ‘Believer’ Makes Fastest Flight to No. 1 on Alternative Songs in Two Years


  Imagine Dragons return to the top of Billboard‘s Alternative Songs airplay chart for the first time in four years with “Believer,” which jumps 3-1 on the chart dated April 1. It’s the band’s second Alternative Songs No. 1, following “Radioactive,” which ruled for 13 weeks beginning March 2, 2013. Since then, the Las Vegas-based rockers had reached the…

WMG Launches ‘Streaming First’ Record Label


  Warner Music Group has launched a new imprint, Artists To Watch Records, that will identify singles with the potential to become global streaming hits; and the record company already has its first success story. Overseen by Kieron Donoghue, Warner Music VP, Global Playlists Strategy & Curation, the new ‘streaming first’ label Artists To Watch…

Music Keynote: Zane Lowe — SXSW 2017

‘More Life’ Is an Album, Drake


  Regardless of the original intent behind More Life, it’s a better Drake album than Views was. Leading up to the release of the project, which Drake has dubbed a playlist, he gave the impression that it’d focus on the rest of what OVO Sound has to offer and introduce the world to some new artists. Now that it’s here,…

Music Industry Experts Give Key Advice On Landing Your Dream Job


Welcome to music industry week! Instead of heading down to SXSW this year, we decided to highlight a bunch of music industry professionals who work in various parts of the business to keep it running all throughout the year. A single week down in Austin might seem glamorous for a time, but the truth is…

Why The Music Industry Is Finally Taking Podcasts Seriously


The podcast’s blessing may also be its curse: it wasn’t invented to be profitable. A popular early term for podcasting was “audioblogging,” which alludes to its DIY origins. Anyone with a laptop, a microphone and a voice can host their podcasts on iTunes, SoundCloud and numerous other distributors. Not only do many podcasters enter the craft as listeners first, learning…

Analysis Of How Users Of Each Streaming Music Service Differ


Given that the content made available on streaming services is largely the same from platform to platform, what actually differentiates them? This article explores the role of audience, and the role they play in setting streaming services apart from each other. ______________________ When every music streaming service has almost identical tracks, artists, and choices. ….

Spotify Softens Stance on Windowing New Music In Exchange For Lower Royalty Rates: Report


Spotify may be finally softening its stance on windowing. According to the Financial Times, the music streaming service is nearing new deals with major labels that would allow artists to restrict new music to paid subscribers only for a short window of time. The concession, which Spotify has long resisted, would reportedly be in exchange…

DJs and Producers Will Now Be Able to Make Money Off Their SoundCloud Mixes


  SoundCloud just made a decision that’s music to the ears of uploaders. The music platform announced yesterday (March 13) that DJs and producers are now eligible to get paid for their posted mixes. “Beginning today, DJs and producers who create sets, remixes and other forms of creative works will now be invited to join our…


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  After Jimmy Iovine arrived at Apple in 2015, he soon admitted: “I have an express train from my brain to my mouth.” It was an accurate self-critique. Case in point: the time an excited Iovine proclaimed at the 2015 Apple conference that “Apple Music… is all the ways you love music, all in one place…