Music industry

The Problem with Muzak

The music world continues to be exceedingly vulnerable, and there are looming questions that desperately need to be addressed. Most important: How can artists distribute and sell their work in a digital economy beholden to ruthlessly commercial and centralized interests?

The Baffler

How does free ‘promotion’ fit in to the music-streaming era?

“The industry’s problem to solve is we’ve been addicted to promotion for the entire time that the music industry has existed. We’ve always given stuff away to sell something. But that mindset in the consumption world just doesn’t really stack up...”


Latino Artists Are Behind 7 of YouTube’s Most-Watched Music Videos of 2017

As of this year, YouTube is the most popular streaming service in the world, with over 1 billion users worldwide. According to a recent study, 27 percent of global streaming subscribers hail from Latin America.


How To Make It In The Music Business Today: Improvisation All The Way

Being a professional musician takes practice—lots of practice. But those looking to make a steady living as a musician have to pay much more attention to the networking and management aspects of their careers than they used to.


Malawi: New Digital Marketplace Opens for Malawi Music

A new opportunity for Malawian musicians to sell their music has arisen following the opening of an online digital music market called Maluso Music.

All Africa

En s’alliant, Spotify et Tencent confirment que la musique est passée au streaming

L'Européen Spotify et le Chinois Telcent ont signé une alliance stratégique pour renforcer leur poids sur le marché mondial de la musique. Cette opération confirme que l'avenir du secteur est dans le streaming, notamment dans la capacité à faire payer une fraction des consommateurs venus des pays émergents.

L'usine digitale

Will AudioCoin Change the Music Business and Get Artists Paid?

Can cryptocurrency AudioCoin truly revolutionize the music industry. Or will it end up as yet another failed initiative?

Digital Music News

Industry Critic Neil Young Will Now Give His Music Away Free

Longtime music industry critic Neil Young, who has spent decades railing against a rigged music business that undervalues creators, has announced that he'll be making a comprehensive archive of his extensive catalog available for free, at least at launch.


Is The YouTube Effect Helping Fuel The Latin Music Global Explosion?

Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee broke all sorts of records this year with their global hit “Despacito.” Their song remained No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 for 16 consecutive weeks, led charts around the world and its music video became the first in YouTube history to reach 4 billion views, achieving that milestone in just 272 days.


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