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Major Labels Earn $16K Every Second From Streaming, But Will It Last?

Major labels are now pulling down over $16,000 per second in streaming which, while an impressive number, is somewhat tempered by the fact that...


Are Merch Sales More Important Than Song Streams?

While streaming is the new normal for music consumption, the income that many artists receive from it is far less than needed to sustain...


Spotify Wants To Enable Fans To Tip Artists

Many sites empower users to make micropayments to creators. China's Tencent Music already has a massive tip-like program returning revenue to artists. Based on...


NMPA Backed Mechanical Licensing Collective Wins Battle To Administer Music Modernization Act

The US Copyright Office has named the Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC) as the official entity tasked with licensing and administering rights under the new...


Streaming Takes Fans Beyond The Hits. Empowers Music Discovery

As artists continue to one-up each other across all metrics, it seems the music industry one percent are giving way to a broader swathe...


Metadata For Musicians: What It Is, Why It’s So Vital

Given its critical role in providing info that impacts how your music is stored, sorted, and identified, if your metadata isn't in order, your...


Apple Music Now Has 60 Million Subscribers

Apple Music now has 60 million subscribers, including paying users and those on free trials, according to Apple executive Eddie Cue. That's up 20%...


Stream-Ripping Finally On The Decline

As with so many consumer practices, piracy has its own trends which, in the age of streaming, most recently took the form of stream-ripping,...


What Maren Morris’ History-Making First-Week Numbers Say About Country In The Streaming Era

A country music superstar, Maren Morris' sophomore release recently debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200, but its performance on streaming services, while...