Music and Business
The ins and outs behind one of the largest industries out there. Get ready to press "play".
Musicians Who Became Famous Through YouTube
With the abundance of bands, solo artists, rappers, DJs, and singing groups, there is a massive amount of musicians that one would have to surpass to climb their way onto the top music charts. And if that seems hard enough to get onto the charts, imagine how hard it is to get your name and music out there so people will begin to listen and appreciate the music that you have created. There are millions of people that put themselves out there and post their own videos on YouTube. Whether you rap, sing, or play a weird musical instrument, all that you dream for is for someone to discover your talent. Luckily enough for those who have such dreams, there are in fact musicians who became famous through YouTube.
Sampling in Music
Popular music (pop music) these days uses elements of other peoples records. We think of today's artists, who seem to not have original ideas anymore. Some say that everything that can be written has been written. But it this idea of sampling and 'ripping off' older music a new thing? Has it been like this for ages or is it how it has always been?
How To Make Sure the Artists You Love Can Keep Making the Music You Love
We live in a world where access to music has become easier and easier, and that's a beautiful thing. We can find almost any song for free on YouTube or Spotify and share playlists with our friends or followers. But while the access to music is a wonderful thing for listeners, where does it leave artists?
Small Music Blogs Charging for Music Reviews
In the world of music lovers and 6,000 new aspiring artists every 30 minutes, it seems as though there are becoming less and less music blogs who are actually willing to post an unsigned artists music without CHARGING THEM (or if you don't have a relationship with them). And of course, the ones who don't charge either:
How K-Pop Is Taking Over the Music Industry
Being into K-pop has never been popular, and unfortunately we have to thank PSY for that. His "Gangnam Style" put a label on K-pop that was not accurate to what this genre of music actually is like. So what is it like then? Well, let me explain.
How Do Musicians Make Money?
If you have ever seen a guitar player busking for money, you're probably under the belief that musicians really are almost always either totally broke or filthy rich. Speaking as someone who has a lot of friends in the music industry, I can tell you that being a career musician is really brutal.
How To Make Money As A DJ
Ah, life of a DJ. Could there be anything more glamorous? Life on the backstage - having groupies, coke binges, nights filled with people dancing to the art that you've made. Heck, most of us would spin for free if that's the life we could live.
How To Start Your Own Record Label
Every music fan has a sparkle of a dream, of staring up a record label of your own, to produce music the right way--your way. With technology advancing, that dream seems easier to attain than ever. Anyone with a computer and a mic can produce music, and distribution is easier than ever with the rise of Spotify and the internet.
Building Your Music Brand With Instagram Niche Marketing
Watch the video... You may not realize it but there are people building huge brands on instagram. This little app is amazingly powerful and so easy to use. In fact, right now it’s one of fastest growing platforms and it brings in effective results in just minutes a day.
How Much Is the Music Industry Really Worth?
The net worth of the music industry has become an attractive topic in the modern times. From the onset, it is clear that the music industry is perhaps one of the most innovative business ventures in the society. Artists express themselves in various ways according to their preferred genre. In the current music scene, there are countless genres ranging from hip hop, reggae, and raga to dancehall, classics, and rhythm and blues. The traditional music genres such as reggae and raga are getting phased out by more energetic beats from hip-hop and rhythm and blues. Musicians earn their incomes from the sale of music albums or through royalties awarded from the regulatory agency. In a properly regulated system, the returns accruing to players build them.
How Playlists Are Influencing the Future of Music
We rarely experience music as a single song. Popular music has always been shared in lists of some kind, whether it be in memorized performances, concerts, albums, radio selections, or sets selected by DJs. With the advent of new music technologies, more people have instant access to music and want to find more all the time. Playlists have become central to the way these users listen to and discover new music, and the element of curation remains, just in a different form. As technologies like Spotify become the norm, this curation has moved to playlists. While many playlists are still selected and promoted by celebrities and music experts, the beautiful thing is that the curation is now often in the hands of the listeners themselves. These lists have taken the form of albums, concerts, radio selections, and sets selected by DJs. Songs have always been arranged into playlists of sorts. Whether it be albums, performances, or radio selections, curation has always been an important part of making music popular, and popular music culture. But with the advent of new technologies like Spotify and Google Play Music, listening to full albums and performances seems to be taking a backseat to listening to playlists. The major difference is that now these playlists are often in the hands of users or the technology-owners themselves.