Why playlists should be part of your social media strategy

The emphasis of playlist strategy is usually placed on how artists can get their music on popular curated playlists. Let’s discuss the long-term value of artists stepping into the curator role themselves. In the context of this article, when referring to playlist strategy, I mean playlists that you create. For most of the readers of this […]

Online music is about to experience another MySpace moment

An emerging void signals new opportunity for innovation in digital music. The benefit of writing thoughts down is that you get to revisit them. Six years ago, I penned a piece for Hypebot called The Next MySpace. At that time, people in the music business were desperate to for another MySpace to emerge: the site had […]

Why I’m joining IDAGIO  —  a classical music startup — and moving to Berlin

Today I’m excited to announce that I’m joining IDAGIO, a streaming service for classical music lovers, as Director of Product. I’m already in the process of relocating to Berlin, where I’ll be joining the team later this month. In this post, I want to explain why I so strongly believe in this niche focused music […]

Success in music: defining your personal strategy in four steps

Finding your way to success can be confusing as an artist. Here’s what you should be focusing on. At the Play & Produce conference in Ghent, Belgium, I joined a panel about digital revenue streams with Jef Martens (Basto / LazyJay), and Sebastien Lintz who does digital for Hardwell, artist management at Sorted, and is label manager […]

What if Spotify turned Daily Mix into a standalone product?

Implementing the obvious missing feature could point to a new product direction for Spotify.   About a month ago, Spotify introduced Daily Mix, a new set of playlists that lets you ‘rediscover’ your favourite music. It mixes past favourites with tracks you might like and its stated aim is to take the work out of organizing […]

Are donations becoming a viable part of artists’ business models?

With the rise of live streaming and new media models, donations deserve another consideration.   Napster, the early file sharing service, not only introduced many to piracy. The platform also exposed two competing world views. One believed that information should be free and the other believed in combating such ideas. They were both wrong. As […]

Monetizing remix culture: Beatport’s former CEO about his new mission

Matthew Adell about founding MetaPop and the surprising amount of money being left on the table by artists & labels. It’s 2016 and artists still have to think like lawyers when working on remixes. As someone whose music consumption primarily exists of remixes and sampled works, this is a very personal pet peeve of mine. The […]

Why nobody cares about your free download

You spent years honing your skills. Countless hours putting together your latest song or album. You value your work immensely, so you decide to give this valuable thing away to your fans. Maybe it will even get you some new fans. But they don’t care. In the age of constant connectivity, free downloads have lost […]

10 Lesser-Known Tools for Music Discovery

Radio, streaming services, social networks – everyone has their own way to discover new music. Meanwhile, there are dozens of entrepreneurs out there who believe they have a better way. Here are some of the best ones out there.   cmd.to fm http://cmd.to/fm How it describes itself: This is not your mothers radio. Listen awesome tunes […]

5 Big Ideas for the UK Association of Independent Music

The Association of Independent Music (AIM) recently put out a call for ‘big ideas’ to be discussed at their Annual General Meeting. “The goal is to produce and publish by the end of this year a manifesto which sets out 10 big ideas to help the indie sector to thrive in the coming years.” I’m […]

Interview: Wil Benton (Chew.tv) about building a livestreaming platform for DJs

Can Chew be to music what Twitch is to gaming? Find out what it takes to build the world’s largest video platform for DJs. Wil Benton is one of the founders of Chew, a service that lets performers create a livestream of their DJ or studio sessions. They were launched in January 2015 and signed […]

Our changing relationship with music and its new practical function

Music executives need to understand how shifting context and function have changed music consumers and their expectations. Guest contribution by Thiago R. Pinto. Portuguese version. Part I So, the music industry has changed. If you haven’t been living in a cave for the past 15 years you probably noticed. For those who need to catch up, […]

Use Facebook Messenger to Access Spotify Discover Weekly and Release Radar – in 4 Steps

A bot for Facebook Messenger lets you access your Spotify Release Radar and Discover Weekly playlists from inside Messenger. Since it currently lacks an interface, here are the steps to follow to get new music recommendations delivered to Messenger. 1. Add the bot You can add the bot by clicking this link. 2. Sign in Tell […]

Spotify’s strategy to become a habit-forming product

Last Friday, Spotify unveiled its newest feature: Release Radar – a personalized playlist of newly released music, updated every Friday. It’s reminiscent of Discover Weekly, but Release Radar’s recommendations are always newer tracks. My first impression is that it’s much more likely to recommend music from artists you’re already familiar with. As Spotify keeps rolling […]

The Global Implications of VKontakte’s New Music Licenses

Last week’s most important music business news could well be the deal struck between Russian social network VKontakte (VK), and all 3 major labels. It follows a long history of conflict between VK, sometimes referred to as Russia’s Facebook, and the music industry. It seems like the music will stay freely available to VK users, […]

Are pay-per-stream royalties costing artists tens of thousands of dollars?

Is it fair that a 50-second song costs the same as a 20-minute composition? Back in the days of album-driven sales, track length didn’t matter much. If an album contains 50 tracks of 1 minute each (punk, grindcore), it would sell for roughly same price as an album with 3 tracks lasting 20 minutes each […]