Tag: independent artists
DIY artists released 9.5m tracks in 2020 – 8x the major labels
There are plenty of interesting stats in Will Page’s latest article for the Financial Times, as you’d expect from a former Spotify chief economist. One that stood out for us showed the current scale of DIY artists...
February 22, 2021
Sandbox Issue 269: Indie-Visible: balancing Indie rock marketing on streaming and IRL
Lead: Indie-Visible – Marketing indie rock bands on streaming platforms can be tricky for a number of reasons: their traditionally album-based release cycle goes counter to the current approach of endless singles; their...
February 10, 2021
Aim calls for UK / EU cooperation to resolve Brexit mess
Anger is still reverberating around the British music industry about the costs and red tape musicians will face touring in Europe following Brexit. News that Brits running training seminars on the continent wouldn’t...
January 13, 2021
Instrumental launches a £10m fund for independent artists
Last month, data-driven A&R startup Instrumental announced that Tencent Music and Tencent Holdings had acquired a minority stake in the British company. Now it’s launching a new initiative in its homeland called...
November 19, 2020
Believe boss hails the ‘rise of local independent artists’
“2010 to 2020, the headline was the rise of streaming. 2020 to 2030, I think the headline is going to be the rise of local independent artists, because we are now at the stage where streaming is the largest form of...
June 4, 2020
Tencent Music talks album sales and independent artists
Earlier this week we reported on Tencent Music’s latest financial results, including the news that it now has 39.9 million paying users for online music. Note, that’s not just ‘subscribers’, because...
March 20, 2020
Pandora adds new music submission tool for independent artists
Spotify’s attempt (since abandoned) to allow artists to upload their music directly to its platform without a distributor caused a stir, but some other streaming services have been offering a similar feature for a long...
August 22, 2019
Apple Music produces exclusive video for artist Peggy Gou
The latest musician getting some love – and indeed, some video budget – from Apple Music is Berlin-based artist and DJ Peggy Gou. Her latest music video, for her track ‘Starry Night’, was “produced in partnership...
July 24, 2019
Independent artist Aaron Smith gets push from Spotify and Apple
Congratulations are due to independent artist Aaron Smith, whose debut track ‘Unspoken’ has (as MBW noticed on Friday) gone in with a bang at the top of Spotify and Apple Music’s flagship new-music playlists in the...
July 22, 2019
Amuse-commissioned study explores independent-artist revenues
Midia Research’s latest report explores the burgeoning independent-artists sector, commissioned by one of the companies – Amuse – that’s trying to help those independent artists break through. Some of its findings...
July 11, 2019
Help Musicians UK launches £200k fund for independent musicians
Music-industry charity Help Musicians UK has launched a new ‘Do It Differently’ fund aimed at independent musicians, which will start with £200k to distribute. Producers, composers, songwriters, musicians, singers, DJs...
October 9, 2018
Indie sub-genres benefiting from Spotify Discover Weekly
Spotify has published some more data from its Discover Weekly personalised playlists, although the core stats – 40 million listeners and more than 8,000 artists getting over half their monthly listens from the feature –...
July 13, 2016