Recording industry earns more from fan videos than from official music videos

March 19, 2014

YouTube generates more money for record labels through fan-made videos than official music videos, a global recording industry report says.

via Recording industry earns more from fan videos than from official music videos | Toronto Star.

NB: All the more reason to do your own videos and use this to push your own Social Media activities :)

City of Seattle creates priority parking for musicians

March 13, 2014

Five popular venues around the city of Seattle are taking part in the pilot program. The city is modifying nearby load and unload zones with branded signs reading ‘Priority Musicians Loading & Unloading’.

via City of Seattle creates priority parking for musicians – Local – MyNorthwest.com.

NB: Nice work Seattle… Finding a place to park and unload in the city is one of my pet hates. I wonder if we can get something like this happening in Adelaide :)

Major Win For Melbourne Live Music Scene Over Noise Complaints

February 12, 2014

The Melbourne live music scene has claimed a major victory in the ongoing struggles and costly fallouts of noise complaints from inner-city residents.The Victorian State Government is set to introduce the ‘Agent of Change’ planning principle, the proverbial holy grail of policy changes, in which new residents to an area are responsible for costly noise controls and soundproofing as opposed to placing the onus on live music venues.

via Major Win For Melbourne Live Music Scene Over Noise Complaints.

NB: Thank goodness for sanity prevailing here. No more venue closures for Melbourne (or in fact anywhere) please :)

Independent Music Wins 50% Of 2014 Grammys

January 28, 2014

Independent music took home 50 % of the awards at last nights 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards, the highest percentage of wins since indie label trade group A2IM began tracking the awards in 2006.

via Independent Music Wins 50% Of 2014 Grammys – hypebot.

NB: How cool is that! Who says indie music can’t be taken seriously in the mainstream music business :)

Still Just a Fad? Vinyl Sales Surged 30.4% In 2013.

January 9, 2014

The download destroyed the album, and streaming is now suffocating the download.  So why is vinyl still surging to heights unseen since the 70s and 80s?

via Still Just a Fad? Vinyl Sales Surged 30.4% In 2013… | Digital Music NewsDigital Music News.

NB: This is a very interesting observation. I’m not surprised that vinyl is still being looked at as relevant in todays music industry

Major Win For Melbourne Live Music Scene Over Noise Complaints

January 8, 2014

The Melbourne live music scene has claimed a major victory in the ongoing struggles and costly fallouts of noise complaints from inner-city residents.

via Major Win For Melbourne Live Music Scene Over Noise Complaints.

NB: Sounds like some sanity is being preserved in this ongoing argument. I wonder when similar legislation will be adopted for the Adelaide live music scene?

Could Beyoncé’s Visual Album Become The New Commercial Standard?

December 19, 2013

Her 5th self-titled album, which dropped on December 13th, is what’s being called a “visual album” and is comprised of 14 tracks and 17 accompanying videos. Beyond that, the album sold 80,000 copies on iTunes within the first three hours of its release, and has already hit number one in over 100 countries worldwide.

via Could Beyoncé’s Visual Album Become The New Commercial Standard? | Juliette Jagger | Rock and Roll Journalist.

NB: Not that I’m into Beyonce but you can’t deny that the promotion for her new album is pretty innovative :)

If Youre Not Paying Anymore, Then Facebook Isnt Playing Anymore… | Digital Music NewsDigital Music News

December 10, 2013

Welcome to the future of Facebook, where ‘organic’ and ‘viral’ will soon come with a price tag.  According to a recently-leaked document obtained by AdAge, non-advertising contributors simply aren’t paying the bills, which means that Facebook will be heavily prioritizing paid placements over organic ones.

via If Youre Not Paying Anymore, Then Facebook Isnt Playing Anymore… | Digital Music NewsDigital Music News.

NB: Ahhh… So this is probably why your Facebook posts are not being read nowadays.

Jetstar expands their musician-friendly baggage policy | The Music Network

November 27, 2013

Any touring musician knows that one of the very worst aspects (aside from the lukewarm, 2am truck-stop pies) is having to check your outrageously expensive musical instrument, then rattle nervously through a flight wondering if that twenty-thousand-dollar violin that is vital to your income is bouncing around the luggage compartment, on its way to a different city, or lost forever.

via Jetstar expands their musician-friendly baggage policy | The Music Network.

NB: AWESOME! I wonder if Qantas and Virgin will follow suit?

Which One? CD Baby, Tunecore, Ditto, Mondotunes or Reverbnation

November 27, 2013

This is the most comprehensive digital distribution comparison piece on the web. By far. I checked. Who is the best digital distributor? Read on…

via Aris Take: CD Baby, Tunecore, Ditto, Mondotunes or Reverbnation.

NB: Personally I use CD Baby and have had no problems whatsoever. This is a fantastic comparison piece. What do you think?


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