Duke Fuqua School of Business: How should music streaming services pay artists?

Duke Fuqua School of Business: How should music streaming services pay artists?. “Going into the investigation, [Saša] Pekeč and his co-authors—Saeed Alaei, a scientist at Google Research, Ali Makhdoumi, also a professor of decision sciences at Fuqua, and Azarakhsh Malekian, a professor of operations management and statistics at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management—initially thought they were going to mathematically prove that the pro-rata rule was indeed unfair and bad for small artists. They were in for a surprise.”

New York Times: The Viral Spiral

New York Times: The Viral Spiral. “One way to think of contemporary pop stars is as de facto social media influencers. Some relish the chance to commune with fans online, and many found fame there first (including Halsey). Others are less enthusiastic, but understand that their fans — or their labels — appreciate an authentic online presence. All of this situates their complaints about TikTok within a more recent tradition: calling out social platforms.”

The Next Web: Halsey’s record label won’t release a new song until it goes viral on TikTok. Is this the future of the music industry?

The Next Web: Halsey’s record label won’t release a new song until it goes viral on TikTok. Is this the future of the music industry?. “Like MTV or top 40 hits radio stations before it, TikTok is where popular music lives right now. Labels understand that. To them, the allure of TikTok is that musical content can go viral quickly, offering the potential to save millions on other types of marketing campaigns.”

DJ Magazine: Directory Of Women, Trans And Non-Binary Producers Launches Online, In The Key Of She

DJ Magazine: Directory Of Women, Trans And Non-Binary Producers Launches Online, In The Key Of She. “A directory of women, trans and non-binary producers, In the Key of She (ItKoS), has launched online. Compiled by DJ, producer, and academic Samantha Parsley, aka Dovetail, the directory gathers over 250 artists and is categorised by genre, with everything from footwork to psy-trance making the cut.”

Listening with his camera: The late photographer Don Hunstein captured a golden age of music (Daily Hampshire Gazette)

Daily Hampshire Gazette: Listening with his camera: The late photographer Don Hunstein captured a golden age of music . “Along with taking many shots of [Bob] Dylan in his early career, Hunstein, who died in 2017, photographed a huge array of stars on Columbia’s roster from the late 1950s into the 1980s: Billie Holiday, Aretha Franklin, Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, Barbara Streisand, Simon and Garfunkel, Johnny Cash, Janis Joplin, Billy Joel. The photographer also shot hundreds of album covers, including Loretta Lynn’s memorable ‘Coal Miner’s Daughter’ from 1970, as well as the records of classical musicians including pianist Glenn Gould.”

‘Couldn’t Believe How Unsafe It Was’: Kiss’ Roadies Blame Lax Covid Protocols for Guitar Tech’s Death (Rolling Stone)

Rolling Stone: ‘Couldn’t Believe How Unsafe It Was’: Kiss’ Roadies Blame Lax Covid Protocols for Guitar Tech’s Death. “In the wake of tragedy, members of the tour seem eager to place blame: Some of [Francis] Stueber’s fellow roadies point to what they perceived to be lax Covid-19 safety protocols as the culprit; while the band reveals that workers concealed sickness and even faked vaccine cards in some cases. Either way, as the pandemic continues to imperil the live-music business — and artists fight to get back on the road to work — situations like these beg the question: How much is enough when it comes to keeping bands on the road and their teams safe? ”

When Numbers Lie: How to Spot Fake Data in Music and Why It Matters (Complex)

Complex: When Numbers Lie: How to Spot Fake Data in Music and Why It Matters. “Landing a high stream count or massive social media following can be very lucrative for jumpstarting an artist’s career—it can lead directly to label attention, playlist inclusion, press coverage, sync placements, and more. But for the fans, media, and others on the outskirts of the music industry, it can be a challenge to decipher if and how these numbers translate to actual offline interest.”

Complete Music Update: Folk Expo unveils Folk Talk Academy

Complete Music Update: Folk Expo unveils Folk Talk Academy. “English Folk Expo has launched the Folk Talk Academy, a new online learning hub for the music community covering a wide range of music industry topics….The new hub will host nearly 50 lectures between May and August from a host of music industry experts, including Bev Burton of Black Deer Festival talking about programming festivals; Dee Bahl, manager of Biffy Clyro, on working with record labels; Francine Gorman from the PRS Foundation’s Keychange project on gender equality in music; Beth Morton from UTA on working with agents; and CMU’s Chris Cooke with his ‘Music Copyright Explained’ session.”

Wired: Big Music Needs to Be Broken Up to Save the Industry

Wired: Big Music Needs to Be Broken Up to Save the Industry. “THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC has shattered the music industry. By taking away live music for what will likely be 18 months or more, Covid has ended the revenue stream that animated an entire music ecosystem. This is particularly true for independent artists with few other means of making a living in today’s industry. Musicians lost two-thirds of their typical income in 2020. Live music revenue fell 85 percent. The Save Our Stages bill, passed in December as part of the second round of pandemic relief, has offered a lifeline. But even after it’s again safe to see a live gig, the underlying driver of the music industry’s deep inequity will persist.”

Music Ally: Jonathan Azu launches Diversity in Music employment database

Music Ally: Jonathan Azu launches Diversity in Music employment database. “Culture Collective managing partner Jonathan Azu was one of the speakers on our NY:LON Connect ‘label evolution’ panel last year. Now he’s starting a new project that aims to help the wider music industry evolve. It’s called Diversity in Music, and is a talent database of Bipoc (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) and women music professionals looking for jobs in the industry.”

ASCAP: ASCAP and BMI Launch SONGVIEW, a Comprehensive Data Resource for Music Users

ASCAP: ASCAP and BMI Launch SONGVIEW, a Comprehensive Data Resource for Music Users. “ASCAP and BMI, the nation’s two leading performing rights organizations, today announced the launch of SONGVIEW, a comprehensive data platform that provides music users with an authoritative view of copyright ownership and administration shares in the vast majority of music licensed in the United States. SONGVIEW technology allows ASCAP and BMI to seamlessly display an agreed-upon view of detailed, aggregated and reconciled ownership data for performing rights for more than 20 million musical works in their combined repertoires, including a breakdown of shares by ASCAP and BMI. The information is accessible, free to the public, on both ASCAP’s and BMI’s websites.”