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10 Music Marketing Predictions for 2017

E<b>ight percent.</b> The music industry grew 8.1 percent to $3.4 billion in the first half of 2016 and is on pace to expand for the second straight year. …

Exporting ‘necessary for survival:’ Canadian musicians

The global audience Canadian musicians have gleaned from the Internet has come with a caveat: more than ever, they have to compete with the rest of the world for attention, too. That doesn't come cheap.<p>For artists without the support of major-label infrastructure, getting their music in ears abroad …

ConsenSys Anticipates Moving Ujo Music Blockchain Rights Management Offering to Beta

Consensus Systems (ConsenSys), the New York City-based blockchain venture production studio, plans to move its Ujo Music rights management and …

Canada Just Opened a Massive Museum Dedicated Solely to Music Photos

The latest building from Allied Works Architecture (AWA), the Portland, Oregon–based firm helmed by visionary architect Brad Cloepfil, may be many things—among them a 300-seat performance hall, a museum, and the home of Canada’s National Music Centre—but it certainly isn’t shy. The …

Bell works: Calgary's latest cultural addition is a musical revelation

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How to Press and Sell Vinyl On-Demand as an Indie Band

<b>Prepare for the Next Wave of the Vinyl Revolution with QRATES: Or, How to Design, Press and Sell Vinyl On-Demand</b>You love vinyl. Your fans love vinyl. …

How blockchain can change the music industry

Since the 1999 launch of Napster’s music-sharing platform, the music industry has been in near-constant turmoil, its timeline marked with dipping revenues, lack of transparency, piracy problems and feuds over the fair distribution of dividends.<p>Music companies hate streaming services. Streaming …

Blockchain

MVRDV Wins Competition to Masterplan New Innovation Port in Hamburg

MVRDV with co-architects morePlatz have won a competition to design the masterplan of the Hamburg Innovation Port, a new 70,000 square meter …

Solar Panels

6 Top Infographic Design Trends for 2016 So Far

We're into the final third of 2016 and new trends have appeared in content: video content is bigger than ever and animated GIFS populate every other article. Infographics continue to be one of the most popular forms of visual content for marketers, but they are evolving as creatives look for new …

How Canadian Vinyl Pressing Plants Made a Comeback

Here's why the rise of homegrown manufacturing companies is good news for artists, labels, and music fans everywhere.<p><i>This article originally appeared on THUMP Canada.</i><p>Bottlenecked production. Delayed deliveries. Worn-out machinery with impossible-to-replace parts and a dearth of qualified workers to …

The 28 Best Subscription Box Services for Men

Get everything you could ever want delivered to your doorstep. Just make sure to check out our suggestions first.<p>Nowadays it's pretty easy to get anything you want delivered right to your doorstep—but in most cases you still have to do the actual shopping and curating for yourself. That's where …

12 Must-Have Smart Home Products

Can you imagine if you came home from a long day at work and everything in your home worked to make your life easier? The door would automatically …

1973 Ferrari Dino 246 GT

Kept in storage for the last thirty years, this 1973 Ferrari Dino 246 GT is a prime restoration target. It's believed to be one of only 40 examples …

Classic Cars

3 Ways Web Design Massively Impacts CRO

Have you ever made a change to your site only to notice that moments later your conversion rates drop substantially? Was the change something minor? Perhaps you tweaked the color of an upgrade button, or you swapped out a font style? These seemingly minuscule alterations can have a massive impact …

How Canada’s Philanthropic Pop Industrial Complex Took Over The World

While U.S. musicians struggle to get by, a vast system of government grants keeps the Canadian music scene pumping out the hits. And it turns out, a vibrant music scene is a very good thing for a country to have.<p>Six years ago, Abel Tesfaye was just another musician making mixtapes and distributing …

Japanese vinyl-on-demand firm looks to make a play in US

You’ve heard of digital music on demand. Now here comes vinyl-on-demand.<p>Musicians who want to press their music into plastic might want to check out …

Silicon Valley is Still on Top, But Look Who's Catching Up

Silicon Valley

Is This Belgian Architect’s Music Website the Next Spotify?

Belgian architect Kwinten Crauwels, 32, has created a new website called Musicmap, which he hopes will become the web’s next great music source.<p>After …

Ontario to Open North America's Second Largest Pressing Plant

Precision Record Pressing Inc. is a joint venture between a Canadian music distributor and a Czech vinyl manufacturer.<p>A 20,000 square foot vinyl pressing plant, Precision Record Pressing Inc., will open in Burlington, Ontario this fall. The operation is a joint venture, co-presented by Canadian …

MoneyLion brings traditional banking ever closer to obsolescence

The lingo of personal finance is rapidly changing. Mint has replaced our nagging parents and significant others who think our spending is out of control. Wealthfront and Betterment took away our personal wealth managers. Heck, we don’t even have to go to a bank anymore to get a loan with SoFi or …

A 19-year-old created a free robot lawyer that has beaten 160,000 parking tickets

The very first robot lawyer that was designed to challenge parking tickets has been wildly successful since it was launched last Fall.<p>British programmer Joshua Browder, 19, launched the beta version of the bot in London in September. In that month alone, 3,000 people used the service to appeal …

Bourbon Empire

The bourbon industry continues to grow by leaps and bounds. But the spirit's history isn't as documented as you might expect. Even the stories and …

Bourbon Whiskey

Make a vinyl record from your favorite SoundCloud tracks

<i>BetaList features the newest startups. Today, we take a closer look at Vinylize.it, a service that turns your favorite SoundCloud tracks into a vinyl record. Submit your startup to get featured too.</i><p>What is Vinylize?<p>Vinylize.it is a service for all music fans, enabling them to create real vinyl …

'Classical' music is dying...and that's the best thing for classical music

<b>(CNN) —</b> "Classical music," in its now-traditional sense, has seen better days. The Metropolitan Opera is only one of the many arts organizations that is having a harder and harder time filling its seats.<p>The National Endowment for the Arts reported that in 2012, only 8.8% of Americans had attended a …

Flute

EGB2 RECORD CONSOLE

LUNO’s flagship model, EGB2, is a timely update of the classic record consoles of the 50’s and 60’s. The beautiful Mid Century inspired design, …

Three Ways You Can Be More Creative

People tend to talk about creativity as if it’s a magical, intangible thing that can’t really be pinned-down or quantified. Especially creative …

This Quote From Jazz Legend Miles Davis Should Be Required Reading for Every Young Artist

To celebrate Miles Davis' 90th birthday Thursday, infographics publication <i>Polygraph</i> <i></i>shared a project attempting to measure the scope of the artist's …

Kendrick Lamar

Creating A Living Style Guide: A Case Study

Smashing Newsletter<p>Upgrade your inbox and get our editors’ picks twice a month.<p>With useful tips for web devs. Sent 2× a month.<br>You can unsubscribe any …

Style Guides

History's Most Iconic Sneakers Drawn With Just One Line

Think you’re a lost-cause as an artist because you only draw stick figures? Now would be a good time to reconsider. The illustrators over at design …

Amazing bars around the world to drink at before you die