From Italo Disco to K-pop to Sahara Blues there's a lot of regional variations in music tastes. For music services international expansion means negotiating and signing costly deals with rights holders in every new region.
As the music industry continues to grapple with the debate over free listening versus paid subscriptions many services are looking to the latter to generate more solid revenue flow and appease label’s demands.
Transparency in the music industry -- essentially, the idea that artists should be privy to the details of how their music is used, where their money is coming from and why -- has taken center stage in a public debate of increasing volume in recent history. On Friday, the Berklee Institute of Music's Rethink Music initiative sponsored the Fair Music Workshop, a series of panels and chats designed to provoke discussion on how transparency can be heightened and reinforced in the music business, at
In a world first, Imogen Heap releases her song Tiny Human using blockchain technology as a platform for music sharing at a Guardian Live event on 2 October. Watch the panel discussion and the moment of launch
Here’s a new talking point for audiophiles and flannel-wearers at the water cooler: Vinyl sales generate more money for the music industry than YouTube, ad-based Spotify, and VEVO combined, according to a new report by the RIAA. While the on-demand, ad-based, music services are generating more money
Led by streaming revenues, which accounted for a third of the total, U.S. recorded music revenue was basically flat in the first half of 2015. According to figures released by the RIAA Monday, total revenue was down 0.5 percent to $3.17 billion while wholesale revenues -- what distributors and labels actually receive -- rose 0.8 percent to $2.32 billion.
Six months from now, the online audio platform SoundCloud could be competing with Spotify and Apple in the music-streaming business. On the other hand, it also could be the next target of the major labels’ legal wrath, like the recently shuttered Grooveshark. The answer to that billion-dollar question (based on reports of the company’s valuation) depends on Alexander Ljung, SoundCloud’s co-founder and CEO.
It is a transformative period for the music industry. Unlike any other time in history, new technologies have enabled nearly limitless connections between listeners and the music they love. We know this is so because at Pandora, making those connections is our business and our passion. By making licensed music effortlessly accessible to the masses, services like ours foster discovery and excitement between artists and fans, creating a virtuous cycle of new revenue and opportunity.
Fewer Americans are listening to music on a regular basis, and they're listening for a slightly shorter time each week, according to a report released this week by Nielsen. More optimistically, a great number of Americans say they are discovering new music at concerts, festivals and other live music events.
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