There’s storytelling potential in Google Earth’s new feature
Some of the most creative music-marketing campaigns we’ve reported on over the last decade or so have involved maps and location. So an announcement of a new feature in the Google Earth service piqued our attention this...
November 21, 2019
Déjà Crüe: rockers Mötley Crüe blow up ‘no more tours’ contract
Back in January 2014 and in front of multiple witnesses, Mötley Crüe signed a Cessation Of Touring agreement that stated that their obliquely titled The Final Tour (July 2014 to December 2015) would be true to its name...
November 19, 2019
Motive Unknown boss expands on concerns over Apple/Linkfire deal
Last week, we reported on Linkfire’s data-attribution deal with Apple Music, as well as the strings attached which included the stipulation that to get the data, people had to put Apple Music in top spot on their smart-link...
November 18, 2019
Linkfire gets Apple Music attribution data – with strings attached
Music-marketing firm Linkfire had a big announcement yesterday: it has a deal with Apple Music to provide more attribution data on what fans are doing on the streaming service after clicking or tapping through from artists’...
November 15, 2019
Google launches AI-powered Freddie Mercury singing challenge
Does anyone fancy seeing how their vocals compare to the singing chops of Freddie Mercury? Anyone? The legendary lungsmith knew a thing or two about belting them out and, as anyone else who performed at Live Aid in 1985 will...
November 15, 2019
Amazon to launch new series of ‘Amazon Original’ Christmas songs
Mince pies are in the shops, Mariah Carey is lurking in the lower reaches of the charts, and Amazon is joining the early-Christmas fun with its latest crop of brand-new festive tracks. They’re part of its Amazon Originals...
November 14, 2019
SoundCloud Promote tool lets artists pay to boost their tracks
SoundCloud has launched Promote for users of the platform to help them better push tracks to listeners. The self-service tool is part of SoundCloud’s Premier tier for users to assist them in getting their music in front...
November 13, 2019
Dan Le Sac on what he learned from broadcasting on Twitch
Amazon's live-video platform Twitch is best known for its gaming communities, from creators streaming their play-sessions live to professional esports tournaments. But musicians have also used Twitch. One of them is British...
November 12, 2019
Radiohead and Taylor Swift launch three-day flash-merch sales
Radiohead and Taylor Swift offered the latest examples of flash-merchandise sales this weekend, with three-day promotions of strictly-limited-edition items. Radiohead’s ‘The Lamentations of the Minotaur’ garments range...
November 11, 2019
Crowdfunding is still effective – and it’s still not begging (guest column)
This article is an excerpt from Ari Herstand's second edition of How to Make It in the New Music Business: In 2009, I was co-managing one of my favorite Minneapolis bands with my girlfriend. I was actively touring, playing...
November 8, 2019
Tegan and Sara ask Warner Records to shut down merch store
Duo Tegan and Sara aren’t happy with their merchandising operation. In fact, they’ve asked label Warner Records to shut it down, and will soon be launching their own D2C store. “Today we’ve asked Warner...
November 8, 2019