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...
September 12, 2016
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...
August 26, 2016
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...
August 25, 2016
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...
July 27, 2016
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...
July 25, 2016
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,...
July 15, 2016
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...
July 13, 2016
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...
July 6, 2016
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...
June 21, 2016
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...
June 17, 2016
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...
June 14, 2016
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...
May 20, 2016