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5 Truths About Today's Music Industry That Indie Artists Must Understand

In the information age in which we live, falsehoods, myths, and misnomers about today's music business are prevalent. <b>But if you want to get ahead and</b> …

'The music industry is not dying' -- Taylor Swift

Most of what<p>Taylor Swiftwrites for public consumption ends up coming to us through ear buds or loudspeakers, but this week she has turned her attention from song lyrics about bad boyfriends to prose with an opinion piece for the Wall Street Journal. Her topic? The future of the music business.<p>It's …

Taylor Swift is right about music, and the industry should act on her ideas

Advertisement<p>16 Comments<p>Credit: Taylor Swift/YouTube<p>Country-pop star Taylor Swift penned an optimistic essay in Tuesday’s <i>Wall Street Journal</i> about …

Taylor Swift Versus Spotify: How the Music Industry Is Still Fighting Streaming

2014's only platinum album doesn't need Spotify. Does anyone else?<p>Streaming services notoriously pay so poorly that the only thing they can really offer is "exposure"—a currency that is offered to remunerate writers and musicians, but one which they conspicuously can't use to pay rent or buy …

Spotify CEO lashes back at Taylor Swift, says Spotify has paid music industry over $2B

Lashing back at artists who have recently come out against music streaming — namely, Taylor Swift — Spotify chief Daniel Ek released a statement insisting that Spotify has already “paid more than $2 billion to labels, publishers, and collecting societies for distribution to songwriters and …

Taylor Swift To Single-Handedly Revive The Music Industry

It's official: Taylor Swift's <i>1989</i> is pumping some much-needed dollars into the music industry. Not only did the album debut at number one on the</i> …

The internet is taking power away from record labels but it’s also giving them the ability to predict future hits<p>The world’s listening habits were once relatively private.<p>Music lovers declared their allegiances with posters, festival wristbands and physical copies of the music they loved. But when …

Can fan campaigns reinvent the music industry?

Dropping onto YouTube on Monday was Caustic Window, a 1994 album from Aphex Twin that was scrapped before it was released, with only five test pressings in existence. After one of the copies appeared on Discogs, a crowdfunding campaign – where a large pool of investors or donors each contribute a …

What Musicians Actually Get Paid By iTunes, Pandora And Spotify Is Truly Pathetic

Worse, the income she gets from streaming music services like Pandora and Spotify is so pathetic it's not enough to live on — even though her songs were streamed 2.8 million times last year.<p>All told, Keating sold 33,000 singles, 8,600 albums, and 2.8 million streams for total 2013 sales of about …

Here's How Pop Stars Make Money Now That People Don't Buy Music

"Everyone assumes I made millions from the John Lewis ad. I probably made $13,500," said the singer, whose cover of Keane's Somewhere Only We Know made it to Number One last year. It was played incessantly on the radio, and - of course - the television, as the soundtrack to John Lewis's Christmas …

Spotify rockets to 15 million paying users

The expanding startup revealed late Monday it had added 2.5 million subscribers since November amid widespread reports that the unlisted company plans to go public.<p>"It's been an astronomic amount of growth in a short period of time," Mark Mulligan, a music industry analyst, told AFP.<p>He said various …

It’s official: Spotify is Taylor Swift-proof

Spotify’s impressive growth continues.<p>The Sweden-based streaming-music service announced today that it’s hit 15 million paying subscribers globally, and that it’s total user base (i.e including those who use its free service, which involves listening to ads) now stands at 60 million.<p>In other words, …

2015 Digital Music Predictions

The next 12 months will see a significant reshuffling of the deck of existing companies and new entries. We might also start to see the outlines of …

Digital radio royalties top $1 billion

The milestone reflects the industry expansion and growing popularity of Internet radio and other digital music services.<p>It appears that Internet radio and other digital music services are starting to pay off for musicians.<p>SoundExchange, a nonprofit organization that collects and distributes …

iTunes Anniversary: How Digital Music Has Changed The Industry (INFOGRAPHIC)

Apple's iTunes music store turned 10 last month, marking a rocky decade in the music industry as digital downloads shouldered out physical album sales.<p>People are buying more units of music than ever — even though digital downloads of singles greatly outpace those of albums. Meanwhile, sales of CD …