The country music industry is either poised for massive growth on streaming services or failing to convert longtime fans to the delivery system that has become the lifeblood of other genres in the music economy.
Those are the dueling conclusions of Music Row executives after a presentation of cutting-edge research by the Country Music Association.
The 19th SF MusicTech Summit brought hundreds of musicians, entrepreneurs, publishers, developers, and attorneys together at the Hotel Kabuki in San Francisco this week to discuss and debate the ongoing challenges and trends of the industry.
Music Creators See Big Tech Earning Billions While 'Strip-Mining Artists' Work': Guest Op-Ed — www.billboard.com
The music industry’s digital reboot has forced artists and songwriters to learn a lot of new tricks. And we’ve had to learn to protect our rights, to join together to fight for a fairer, better music industry, and to demand pro-music policies in Washington, D.C.
Giga Bye: In 2014 We Lost the iPod Classic and the Way We Listen to Music Changed Forever — noisey.vice.com
The iPod was supposed to kill the album, but did the end of the iPod do it instead?
Apple Music "Up Next" Trademark Filings Reveal Plans For Emerging Artists Program — www.hypebot.com
Spotify’s launched RISE and Apple Music’s UP NEXT both promote emerging artists. As the race to predict streaming stardom accelerates, two trademarks filings offer hints of Apple’s plans.
Spotify could be valued at $20 billion when it goes public: GP Bullhound — www.cnbc.com
Spotify’s growth will be driven by more paid subscribers, entrance into new markets and better deals with music labels, GP Bullhound said.
Bandsintown Launches "Big Break" Emerging Artists Program — www.hypebot.com
BandsInTown has launched “Big Break,” a program designed to highlight merging artists on the popular concert discovery platform. Like Spotify’s RISE and Apple Music’s UP NEXT, Big Break aims to harness the site’s community of millions of active music fans to help new artists develop a following.
Indie Labels Raked in $6 Billion Last Year, Accounting for 38 Percent of Global Market: New Study — www.billboard.com
Independent labels generated over $6 billion in sales in 2016, accounting for 38 percent of the global recorded music market, according to a new report from Worldwide Independent Network (WIN).
CD Baby-Owned Show.co Enables 'Pre-Save' Campaigns for New Independent Spotify Releases — www.billboard.com
Show.co, the music marketing services platform that CD Baby acquired last year, announced today that it has enabled “pre-save” Spotify campaigns, allowing artists’ fans to save upcoming releases to their Spotify library ahead of release day.
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