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MMF Releases comprehensive analysis of artist income in the digital age

13th October 2015 No comments

Today the MMF released their much-anticipated report on streaming, licensing, and their impact on revenue in the digital music era. Based on data compiled surveys and conversations with 50 artist managers and 30 industry professionals, the report offers detailed analysis of just how complicated revenue streams are now. Written by Chris Cook of CMU, the […]

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Prince Back on Spotify…Again

30th July 2015 No comments

After pulling his catalog from Spotify and all streaming services (except for the ever-logical Tidal) on July 1, Prince released a new track on the service today. ‘Stare’ is the first track to appear on Spotify since Prince pulled his music and is believed to be off of the artist’s upcoming album HITNRUN, to be […]

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The Verge Obtains Contract Between Sony, Spotify

20th May 2015 No comments

In what is bound to be the biggest music industry news of the day, we’ve all gotten to see the holy grail of contracts thanks to the folks at The Verge. The contract was written in 2011 by Sony and illustrates what has long been suspected by many who have become well versed in streaming; […]

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Happy Weekend: Joni Mitchell Edition

4th April 2015 1 comment

What a week it’s been in the music industry! We made some announcements about The VT, what it is, and why it’s awesome. Artists and fans alike are just as excited as we are! Then, Jay-Z and friends held the world’s most awkward launch for the least revolutionary and different streaming company ever. Our article […]

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Tidal is Here…And It's More Of the Same

31st March 2015 4 comments

You may have heard that Jay-Z had a little gathering yesterday. There was some hoopla about it, and he invited some friends. While this event may have looked like an awards show red carpet, it was actually the launch event for Tidal, the superstar-funded streaming service headed by Mr. Z and supported by shareholders straight […]

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Meet the digital love-child of MTV + Rolling Stone magazine

30th March 2015 1 comment

After months of me talking about The VT here and there and dropping hints that something would be happening with it soon, I’m happy to report that it’s all coming together! Thanks to the drive and diligence of VT founder, Nick Blake, artists and industry folk have been excited about The VT from day one […]

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Brian Message: "Artists are businesses with multiple revenue streams across multiple territories and streaming is part of that engagement with fans."

26th December 2014 No comments

Brian Message, Radiohead co-manager and manager of artists such as Nick Cave and PJ Harvey, has long spoken about the role streaming will play in the overall promotion of an artist. Check out this Midem Talks interview for his thoughts on the future of streaming and what it means for artist promotion.

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Spotify (Again) – Artists Still Fighting the Wrong Battle

14th November 2014 5 comments

I swore I wasn’t going to write anything about this. I promised myself and my mental well-being that I wasn’t going to write anymore about this, yet here I am…writing again about Spotify. Same song, slightly different tune. We all know Taylor Swift pulled her catalog from the streaming service and since then, it’s all […]

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Is it Wise for Artists to Discount Tickets on Groupon, et al?

17th May 2014 2 comments

It’s becoming an ever increasing trend to see concert tickets on discount web sites such as Groupon and Living Social. While it may be good for fans to get tickets to see their favorite artists at a more affordable price, I can’t help but wonder if this it leading down a dangerous path. Remember many […]

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