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February 17, 2021 – The Sober Rebranding of Rock ‘N’ Roll

Throughout modern music, the mantra “sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll” has been both a catalyzer and a destructor. The cautionary tale practically writes itself: Artist finds purpose in music, sees commercial success, indulges in every substance known to man, falls, bottoms out, loses a career, climbs back out of the darkness through sobriety. That’s… Read More

February 16, 2021 – (More) Digital Trends for 2021: Subscriptions Will Grow in Importance

This is the third in eMarketer’s series of additional transformative developments that should be on your radar in 2021: It looks likely that apps and other service providers will pursue more varied monetization strategies this year. Traditionally, apps mostly pursued two strategies: in-app purchases and in-app advertising. Over the past couple of years, many developers… Read More

February 11, 2021 – New MTSU Program Supports Students of Color Seeking Country Music Careers

Music Biz Academic Partner Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) has announced the launch of its new “Bridges to Nashville: Exciting Career Opportunities in Country Music” initiative. This five-month pilot program was designed to educate college students of color nationwide about opportunities available to them in the Country music industry. The first Bridges to Nashville session,… Read More

February 11, 2021 – How Covid-19 Is Driving Business Technology Spend In 2021

The survey of U.K. business leaders found that 70% of companies expect their IT spend to grow this year, with 69% planning to launch new digital projects, tools, or initiatives, and 65% intending to invest in a new field of technology, including artificial intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT), big data, and cybersecurity. Cloud… Read More

February 10, 2021 – Music Biz Member Songtrust Announces Expansion of Executive Team

This week, Music Biz member Songtrust has announced the elevation of three team members to executive roles — Lisa Robinson has been named Vice President of Income Tracking; Anna Bond has been appointed Head of Creative and Partnerships, a new department for the company; and Rob Wetstone who has been promoted to Global Head of… Read More

February 9, 2021 – How U.S. Media Use Will Change in 2021, Virtual Co-Viewing, and Video Games Replacing Music

In a new podcast report, eMarketer junior forecasting analyst Zach Goldner and senior forecasting analyst at Insider Intelligence, Oscar Orozco, discuss how US media use will change in 2021: Are fewer Americans watching TV, which digital devices are being used more, and how much time is spent with TikTok and Disney+? They then talk about… Read More

February 9, 2021 – Music Biz Member Concord Announces New Promotions for 2021

Independent music company Concord has announced a wave of promotions for 50 staff members at the start of 2021, including seven executives who were elevated to VP level and above. In a statement, company CEO Scott Pascucci  praised the staff for their tireless efforts in the face of the challenges posed by the pandemic. “The… Read More

February 8, 2021 – Music Biz Member DistroKid Launches New Matchmaking Service For Labels and New Artists

Music Biz member DistroKid has announced the launch of Upstream, its new service which allows partner record labels to sift through DistroKid’s data and make connections with artists they would like to sign. “Millions of artists rely on DistroKid and often ask for help getting noticed by record labels,” said DistroKid Founder and CEO Philip… Read More

February 8, 2021 – Seven in 10 US Adults Haven’t Bought Anything Via Social

Many social media platforms have started making measurable gains in social commerce, but according to a June 2020 Bizrate Insights survey conducted for eMarketer, there’s still a ways to go. 70.4% of respondents, the largest share, said they’ve never made a purchase via a social media platform, indicating there’s a lot of opportunity on the table for… Read More

February 2, 2021 – Music Biz Member Exactuals Passes $1 Billion in All-Time Dollars Processed Via PaymentHub

Financial software company and Music Biz member Exactuals announced that it has passed $1 billion in all-time dollars processed by their flagship PaymentHub product, a 250% year-over-year growth. PaymentHub allows music publishers, record labels, distributors, marketplaces and more to provide direct deposit payments, tax document management and online reporting to rightsholders, performers, managers, service providers… Read More