Daily News & Analysis Feeds - 2021

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March 18, 2021 – The ABCs of NFTs: A Guide to Non-Fungible Tokens, the Cryptomedia Trend Bringing Ownership to the Internet

In recent months, non-fungible tokens (NFTs) have skyrocketed in popularity, leading a digital flower to sell for $20,000, a looping video clip for $26,128, a sock for $60,000 and a LeBron James clip for $99,999. You can be sure where there’s this level of hype in consumer behavior, brands are keen to get in on it. February has been explosive for NFTs. In the… Read More

March 17, 2021 – Music Biz Member DistroKid Adds Distribution to Snapchat

Earlier this month, digital music distributor DistroKid announced that it would add Snapchat to its list of platforms could upload their music to. This opens up DistroKid’s artists up to a new audience of 245 million users, who send roughly 5 billion “snaps” a day. Music can be accessed on the platform via the new… Read More

March 17, 2021 – The Fan Data Goldmine

Jessie Reyez loves to text, especially with fans. Using a phone number assigned through the celebrity text-messaging startup Community and shared on her social media accounts, the singer-songwriter makes time nearly every day to have one-on-one conversations with her most dedicated supporters where they share memes and talk about their lives. “Some really kind fans… Read More

March 16, 2021 – [Keeping Tempo With Music Biz] Is 2021 “The Year of Search?” — A Conversation with Hazel Savage and Team Musiio

The introduction of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning into a well-established, storied industry like ours has presented both exciting possibilities and potential concerns. Specific applications are a perfect fit for AI tech, particularly those that require menial data-entry tasks. Enter Musiio, who have programmed an AI that can “listen” to up to 1 million… Read More

March 16, 2021 – Music Biz Member Amazon Music Begins Integrating In-App Music Product Sales

Earlier this month, Amazon Music rolled out its first in-app purchasing options for Amazon Prime-eligible artist merch, vinyls and more, allowing music fans to purchase curated music products from their favorite artists without having to leave their music app. The rollout includes merch offerings featured on the pages of hit artists including Billie Eilish, King… Read More

March 15, 2021 – Music Biz Member Apple Music Launches “Behind The Songs” Portal, Shining Spotlight on Songwriters, Producers & More

Apple Music has launched “Behind the Songs,” a new portal dedicated to highlighting songwriters, producers, session musicians and the songs they have contributed to via the platform’s key playlist brands. The portal also allows songwriters and publishers to participate in regularly updated editorial features & promotions with Apple Music and its subscribers. This new offering… Read More

March 15, 2021 – NEW MEMBER PROFILE: Soundtrack Your Brand

We’re pleased to welcome Soundtrack Your Brand to the Music Biz member community! The company helps thousands of stores, hotels, restaurants, and other commercial entities enhance their customer experience via an all-in-one background streaming music solution, giving them access to the world’s largest commercial catalog with more than 51 million songs in 74 markets. The… Read More

March 10, 2021 – Music Biz Member Big Machine Enters Sub-Publishing Deal with peermusic Outside of the U.S.

Earlier this month, Big Machine Music (part of Big Machine Label Group) announced a new sub-publishing deal with peermusic, which will see the international publisher represent copyrights for Big Machine’s artists and catalog of more than 12,000 songs in territories outside of the U.S. This catalog includes the label’s many recent chart-topping tracks, such as… Read More

March 10, 2021 – Music Biz Member Vydia Partners With Royalty Exchange For Indie Artist & Label Advances

Digital distribution company Vydia has announced a new partnership with Royalty Exchange, which will now serve as the platform by which indie artists and labels using Vydia can use to request advances. This move allows creatives to retain the rights to their music, as well as completely control the borrowing and repayment terms of their… Read More

March 10, 2021 – From MIDiA: Clubhouse and the Next Evolution of Audio

Audio has seen an overall boom during the last year, with audiobooks alone significantly gaining consumer attention time and attracting audience over from radio. Podcasts have also grown in the lockdown periods, as background audio surges into the space left behind by contextual ambiance. The cultural value of the background human conversation has, perhaps, grown… Read More