May Industry Wrap-Up

YouTube: New Charts, ‘Artist On The Rise’, Music Credits Even besides the launch of their new steaming service, YouTube Music, the video streaming platform had a busy month. We’ve always known YouTube to be a place where small-time artists and personalities can become viral superstars overnight, drawing many eyes from social media posts and word-of-mouth. […]

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6 Benefits of Building Playlists & Sharing Them With Your Fans

[Editors Note: This article was written by Hugh McIntyre.] Some people claim that playlists have replaced the album, and while they do sometimes have a fair point or two, the transition hasn’t happened yet, and it probably won’t for some time. Having said that, now that we live in a streaming-first world, playlists have become […]

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April Industry Wrap-Up

Amazon Music Subscriber Rate Soars in 2018 Too often we in the music community focus on the ongoing competition between streaming stalwarts Apple Music and Spotify. Quarterly reports continually result in alarm bells going off on both sides, seeming to suggest to everyone in the States, anyway, that there are really only two household names […]

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March Industry Wrap-Up

U.S. Recorded Music Revenues On The Rise The Recording Industry Association of America released its recorded music figures for 2017 in April. One major takeaway from the report was a 16.5% increase in retail value from 2016, up to $8.72 billion, and a 12.6% overall rise to $5.9 billion in wholesale revenue collection. If you’ve […]

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February Industry Wrap-Up

Our monthly look back at news from the music industry – distribution, streaming, publishing and other topics that matter to the our community of independent music makers.   Apple Music Eyes Eventual Leading Spot With 36 Million Subscribers As music streaming becomes more popular among fans each month, independent artists are seeing the benefits – […]

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How Streaming Platforms Are Changing Music Promotion and Discovery

[Editors Note: This article was written by Patrick McGuire.] As music streaming giants like Spotify and Apple Music continue to transform and revitalize the music industry, artists are just beginning to fully comprehend the seemingly limitless potential of new music discovery and promotion technology in 2018’s musical landscape. Songwriters and musicians continue to struggle to financially cope […]

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New Music Friday: January 12, 2018

TuneCore Artists are releasing tons of new music every day. Each week we check out the new TuneCore releases and choose a few at random to feature on the blog.   Is your hit next? Follow Music Made Me – a Spotify playlist that’s updated every Friday with new releases from TuneCore Artists – stream it below! Eventually Hypothetical Alternative […]

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What 2017 Taught Us About How to Market a Record in 2018

[Editors Note: This blog was written by Rich Nardo.]   2017, for all its faults, taught us a lot. Perhaps the most interesting lesson for us music industry folks was that you can still make money as an independent musician. The way forward is young and not yet fully established, but it is now apparent that […]

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Why Playlists Are More Important Than Ever

[Author: Patrick McGuire *]  In 2017, the playlist has become an integral part of not just music but our culture at large. While radioplay and the blogosphere still have the power to bring attention to an artist, playlists are becoming a steadfast way for more and more listeners to discover and consume music. This isn’t […]

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November Industry Wrap-Up

Spotify Adds More Artist Friendly Features As “Spotify For Artists” evolves and continues to set the tone for streaming platforms and how they allow artists to control their profiles, this month marked another update that most who distribute their music there should be happy about. Spotify introduced “Artist’s Pick”, a new feature aimed at allowing […]

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