Amazon Readies Campaign To Take On Spotify, Apple Music

Amazon Music has grown impressively, accelerated by an  explosion in Alexa smart speakers use.  But, in part because the online giant seldom releases user stats,  it is still portrayed in the media as somehow ‘less than’ Spotify or Apple Music. Amazon Music is preparing to change that perception with a star studded major ad and […]

Sony Music Begins Paying Artists $750M Spotify Profits

Sony Music has officially begun to distribute the $750 million in profit it collected from the sale of 50% of its Spotify shares to its artists and distributed labels. According to Variety, the disbursement will be based on earnings over the last 10 years (i.e. since Sony’s initial investment in the Swedish streaming service), allocated according […]

5 Things You Must Have Before Hiring A Music Publicist

While many artists and bands may think that hiring a publicists is some kind of silver bullet that will instantly propel them on to fame and fortune, this is far from the truth, and hiring  publicist is something artists should only do when they’re good and ready. __________________________ Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music […]

Measuring The Impact Of Music Micro-Influencers

The rise of platforms like Facebook and Instagram have made it that much easier for micro-influencers to permeate the customer journey, but measuring their exact impact can be difficult. Here we look at why this is so challenging, and two metrics you can track for meaningful data. ______________________________ Guest post by Katie Sawyer of Eventbrite […]

Best (And Most Honest) Tribute To Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin’s relationship with the music industry was a complex one. One minute, the industry was the enemy and the next she’d buy into the hit making machine with a recording that was beneath her undeniable vocal prowess. There were periods when booking her live was a crapshoot, with cancellations seemingly equal to stellar performances. […]

Creating A Level Playing Field For Musicians [Cherie Hu]

Music industry journalist Cherie Hu joins co-hosts Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert on our Music Bis Weekly podcast. Cherie is passionate about documenting and propelling innovation in music, media and entertainment. In September 2017, she received the Reeperbahn Festival’s inaugural award for Music Business Journalist of the Year. Cherie writes regular columns for Billboard and […]
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