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What is mainstream hip-hop's beef with vinyl?

<b>Bootlegs rule in a world where vinyl isn’t king.</b><p><b>Words:</b> Jay Balfour<p>Last year, sealing a decade of growth, vinyl record sales grew 30% to nearly 12 …

Rap & Hip-Hop

How Next Big Sound Is Using Data to Help Bands and Brands | Inc.com

<b>Editor's note:</b> <i>Next Big Sound is one of Inc.'s 2015 30 Under 30. This year's readers' choice winner is ThinkLite.</i><p>Signing musicians to recording deals is like playing big-league baseball: Even future Hall of Famers retire with far more strikeouts than home runs.<p>Alex White, the co-founder and CEO of …

PART 1: The Real Cost of Production in the Music Industry

In 1985, Austrian artist <i>Falco</i> released his eventual number one Billboard single <i>Rock Me Amadeus</i> and introduced me to a technology in the music industry that hadn't really been exposed to the masses at that level. The song featured a cool stuttering vocal lead that, at the time, was mesmerizing to …

Is “lossless” sound the next big thing in music—or just another marketing stunt?

When Neil Young speaks (or sings), people tend to listen.<p>So when the legendary folk singer outlined his vision for the future of digital music recently, plenty of ears perked up. “People [are] kind of discovering that MP3s suck,” he declared in an interview with the Wall Street Journal. “It was …

CES

Q&A: Record producer Clive Davis talks past, present, future of music industry

One of the biggest trends in the music industry over the last 49 years is not a sound or style, but a man – Clive Davis. Fondly referred to by his …

Music

Meet the Mind Behind Studiotime.io, The Airbnb for Recording Studios

The music industry has evolved a great deal over the past few decades, and while more artists are<p>The music industry has evolved a great deal over the past few decades, and while more artists are taking to home studios to record and produce, traditional studios are certainly still a huge part of …

MIT Media Lab-inspired Berklee ICE hopes to change the music industry

In a constantly evolving music industry, teaching students pop music fundamentals and how the music business has historically worked isn’t enough. …

The music industry has a math problem

The standard music superstar critique of services like Pandora and Spotify (there have been a lot of them lately) goes something like this:<p>My song was played millions of times on [insert service here] and all I got was a lousy few dollars.<p>For specific examples see: Pharrell Williams, Aloe Blacc …

New York City

The Price of Music

Based on the patterns of consumer spending on music, streaming services are priced too high.<p>Will the recorded music industry ever grow again? Since 1999, the industry has been in rapid decline as CDs became unbundled into downloaded singles. The digital download market never came close to the size …

10 Ways to Use Social Media to Promote an Event

Are you wondering how to promote an event with social media?<p>Whether you have a small local gathering or a large conference, social media can be used …

Mos Def (Yasiin Bey) and A$AP Rocky Perform Together in London

<i>Photo by Colin Kerrigan</i><p>Over the weekend, BBC Radio 1's Benji B began a residency at London's XOYO club. A$AP Rocky was one of the performers, and he brought out a surprise guest: Mos Def (Yasiin Bey). The two performed a short bit of Mos Def's "Ms. Fat Booty" together before going back-and-forth on …

Mos Def

YouTube Debuts A New Resource Site For Music Artists

Following this morning’s news regarding the launch a “Cards,” a system designed to eventually replace annotations on YouTube, the company also announced the launch of a new site called YouTube for Artists. The website aims to be more of guide to various resources available to music artists …

YouTube Music

DJ Jazzy Jeff Says Independent Artists Don't Need Radio, Press Or Record Companies

25 years after earning the very first Grammy award for a Rap record alongside Will Smith, DJ Jazzy Jeff says independent artists have upended the …

Embedding Is Not Copyright Infringement, EU Court Rules

One of the key roles of the EU’s Court of Justice is to interpret European law to ensure that it’s applied in the same manner across all member …

Framing

What you need to know about the FCC's 2015 net neutrality regulation

<b>Editors' note:</b> On Dec. 14, 2017, the FCC, under a new chairman, voted to roll back the regulations described below. For more on the 2017 action and what it means, see this story: "What you need to know about the FCC's net neutrality repeal."<p>Two weeks after voting to preserve the open Internet (also …

New Tupac Biopic ‘On Hold,’ Says Director John Singleton

Filmmaker John Singleton has put his long-in-the-works Tupac Shakur biopic “on hold,” at least on his end. “I’m putting my involvement on hold right …

Rap & Hip-Hop

How To Get Through To Busy Music Industry Writers

A while back I posted "5 Tips For Identifying & Connecting With Music Bloggers For Music Coverage." This post got a cosign from numerous music …

How to Find Your Audience: A Step-By-Step Guide for Musicians

Outlining key considerations when expanding your audience, Lukas highlights several effective ways to define your existing fans and redefine your …

Adam WarRock: Making It As A Niche DIY Musician

Adam WarRock was once described to The Guardian's readers as "the man who raps about Doctor Who." But somehow that doesn't do justice to a man who's …

The Psychology of Music: Why Mood and Memory Matter

Dopamine, a neurotransmitter released in the brain, is triggered by rewarding stimuli such as tasty food, certain drugs, even experiences like …

9 Secrets From Indie Artists for Selling a Ton of Merch After Their Shows

You packed the house. You had a fantastic performance. The entire crowd loved every minute of your set. Now you have to turn that enthusiasm into …

Management In Music: The Different Roles

By Ed Wimp | December 9, 2014<p>TThe career of an entertainer is multi-faceted and requires expertise in specific aspects. Therefore, with high-level …

Market Research for Every Musician

How to Make a Press Kit<p><b>What is a Press Kit?</b><p>A band press kit is a package of your band’s material used to attract venues and promoters, organizations, …

Music Videos

Made In America: Jay Z Launched TIDAL, But What Does That Mean For Artists & Consumers?

TIDAL is Jigga Man’s newest venture. To consumers, it’s Spotify down to the UI, only it costs more. The stream quality is higher and there’ll be …

Fair Trade

Tidal: 10 things you need to know

As Jay Z, Madonna and other leading acts launch their music streaming rival to Spotify, we answer the crucial questions on the future of digital music<p>Tidal is a music streaming service that originally started in Scandinavia in 2009. It was called WiMP then, launched by technology firm Aspiro and …

Music Streaming

No Label: No Problem? The Reality of DIY Artists

<i>By Alaister Moughan</i><p>They live online, but rarely appear on radio. They play in underground clubs and bars, but avoid stadiums and concert halls. They …

Grooveshark Speaks Out As It Readies Appeal

Days after a US judge ruled against online music service Grooveshark in a lawsuit brought by music labels, the company has issued a statement disagreeing with the decision and declaring its intent to appeal.<p>Earlier in the week, Grooveshark had said it was looking into the possibility of an appeal, …