Republic President Charlie Walk Explains How a Label’s Role Needs Redefining In the Digital Era

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Not many label executives find themselves trending on social media, but Republic president Charlie Walk has come close on several occasions. There was the time Ariana Grande debuted Nicki Minaj’s rap on “Side to Side,” or when Hailee Steinfeld introduced herself as a recording artist — both through snippets on Walk’s Instagram (112,000 followers). His ability to get…


IF SPOTIFY DELAYS ITS IPO INTO 2018, IT FACES SOME SERIOUS FINANCIAL PAIN

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  Spotify is reportedly mulling over the idea of freezing its plans to float. According to TechCrunch sources, a postponement into 2018 would “give Spotify more time to build up a better balance sheet and work on shifting its business model to improve its margins”. It’s a solid idea in theory… yet one which proposes time is a luxury…


Ways The Music Industry Can Change For The Better

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2016 saw a lot of lawsuits and lobbying in regards to changes in the music industry. Here are a few major issues that need to be resolved in 2017 and beyond to help sustain the music business. Higher rates for streaming and YouTube views The rates creators and rights owners earn from streaming and views…


Sampha Process

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  Sampha Sisay has waited a long time for this. The South London producer has been lending his touch to records by the great and the good for over seven years now: Kanye West, Solange, FKA twigs, Frank Ocean and Drake, to name just a few. His own records, consequently, have been few and far between,…


WHY DID SPRINT PAY $200M FOR TIDAL?

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  Just over a week ago, US telco Sprint purchased a 33% stake in TIDAL for $200 million. The deal valued the Spotify rival at $600m – which raised a few eyebrows, considering TIDAL’s well-reported struggles and the fact Jay Z only bought it for $56m in early 2015. So why was SoftBank-owned Sprint willing to pay such…


SOUNDEXCHANGE PAYOUTS GREW 10% TO A RECORD $884M LAST YEAR

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    SoundExchange smashes its record for annual distributions in 2016 – with annual payouts to labels and artists up 10.1% to $883.9m. Speaking to MBW last year, the US organization’s boss Michael Huppe suggested that high single-digit annual growth might be on the cards if it enjoyed a good Q3 and Q4. In fact, SoundExchange’s…


5 Tips To Supercharge Your Spotify Marketing Strategy

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  Accepting the challenge of the fast changing music market is no longer an option. Spotify is becoming the key player in this game more and more and you really should build up a  strategy to get as many plays as possible. Here is a distillation of the experiences I made in the last months:…


VEVO NOW BOASTS ALMOST 100M ACTIVE USERS IN THE US MARKET

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  Some 97 million Americans watched at least one music video on Vevo in October 2016, according to comScore’s first ever release of Video Metrix with YouTube mobile viewership included. And that’s not the only intriguing stat to come out of the new research: apparently, 43% of all YouTube viewers in the US watched a Vevo video…


Lil Wayne launches Hulu’s new virtual reality music series ‘On Stage’

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Hulu’s new virtual reality music docu-series has arrived, and the premiere episode is an immersive glimpse into the world of rap star Lil Wayne. The series, called “On Stage,” debuted Thursday through the streaming service’s VR app. Episodes can also be viewed traditionally on Hulu. In the premiere episode, Wayne takes cameras along as he…


How 6LACK Went From Atlanta Battle Rapper To Budding Superstar

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  It’s not easy for young artists to stand out. Great music is the first requirement, but it also takes something else—something beyond just the music—to makes fans gravitate towards an artist. In 2017, a personal connection has become a necessity as well. By looking at the rabid fanbase he’s amassed (his recent No Ceilings show with Pigeons…