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  Kobalt is giving independent musicians another reason to think twice about signing their copyrights away. The company has taken the wraps off its new mobile AWAL App, which offers independent acts a wealth of insights into their performance across Apple Music and Spotify. In addition to up-to-date streaming volume, the app provides information regarding…

A New Strategy For Releasing Music


  A new strategy in music releases is beginning to take place, even within the major labels. In almost a return to the early days of records, the single song is king rather than the album, and that requires an entirely new look at the timing of when your material becomes available. The basic premise of…

ASCAP relaunches royalty admin services arm Songwize

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The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) has relaunched its administration services business, Songwize. The business offers rightsholders such as major and independent music publishers a royalty administration service for digital platforms. It processes and matches performance files and pays royalties in accordance with ASCAP distribution policy and rules, and has been in…

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…

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. ….


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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…