Tag: artists

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100×30: from 30-second streaming protests to a world record

This guest column comes from Mark Christopher Lee from British band The Pocket Gods, creator of the 100×30 project. “It’s just over a year ago since I read a newspaper article that has changed my musical life...
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Tom Vek talks album artwork, artists and Apple Music

Earlier this year, recording artist Tom Vek got some attention with his criticism of Apple Music, sparked by an interview given by Trent Reznor. “Apple Music currently is basically exactly like any other streaming service...
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Questlove to host three-hour radio show on Pandora

Pandora’s latest artist partnership is with Questlove from The Roots. He has signed up as a strategic adviser and “artist ambassador” for the streaming service, as well as committing to a three-hour radio show called...
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The ‘false choice’ offered by YouTube vs the music industry row

The debates around YouTube, the value gap and takedowns are at risk of ossifying into two diametrically-opposed camps where nuance is being sacrificed and everyone will be all the poorer as a result. That is the belief...
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Music Glue talks D2C music: ‘We are leaving billions on the table’

Direct-to-consumer (D2C) or direct-to-fan (D2F) marketing and retail are nothing new, but the music industry is walking away from several fortunes by failing to give them a strong user experience, according to Music Glue...
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Startup profile: SupaPass offers artist subscriptions in an app

British startup SupaPass launched its ‘fair-trade streaming music app’ earlier this month. The iOS app enables artists to run their own channels, providing music, videos, social media posts and other content to fans,...
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Spotify launches two new radio shows: AM/PM and Secret Genius

Spotify has launched two new radio shows in its ‘Originals’ series. The shows are called AM/PM and Secret Genius, and are both available as Spotify playlists, alternating spoken-word interview segments with songs chosen...
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Report 393 – Frenemy of the state

Cover Feature: YouTube is currently the target of concerted artist and label lobbying at both the European Commission and Washington. They are demanding the end of the safe harbour exemptions that YouTube, and others, have...
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Safe harbour reform must benefit artists as well as labels warns IAO

Artists have been prominent in this year’s debate around YouTube and reform of ‘safe harbour’ legislation on both sides of the Atlantic. See this week’s open letter to US Congress signed by Taylor Swift, U2 and Paul...
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How sustainable is music in the streaming age? (#SonarPlusD)

“If you talk about what creators want today, especially young creators, they don’t talk about wanting to achieve platinum record sales, or platinum level streams.” Allen Bargfrede, associate professor at the Berklee...
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Sixx:AM attack YouTube again over artist payments

Flush with the press headlines achieved by their criticism of YouTube a few weeks ago, rock band Sixx:AM have returned to the artist-royalties fray. Nikki Sixx and his bandmates have published an open latter calling on...
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How musician Hannah Trigwell built her audience on YouTube

"I was literally a covers artist for a couple of years. I thought 'I could sing one of my songs that I've just written in the bathroom, or I could sing a song that people already know..." Amid the ongoing music-industry...