The Recording Industry Association of America released its mid-year report recently, describing the trends of the music industry. While digital revenue sales have dropped, vinyl sales have spiked. Here are five key takeaways from the report as summarized by Billboard.
The music industry is changing so fast these days that anyone who claims to know what it will be like in 5 years might seem crazy. However, when an entertainment lawyer for digital music entrepreneurs has some thoughts on the future of the business, it’s worth at least hearing. Here’s the takeaway from Steve Gordon’s recent guest post on Billboard.
HBO released a trailer for its new series ‘Sonic Highways’ last week and it looks like one of the coolest ways yet to experience the living history of American music. The 8-episode series premieres next month and will follow the Foo Fighters to historic studios in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, New Orleans, Austin, Washington D.C., Seattle and Nashville as they record their forthcoming record of the same name.
Over 700 independent record labels have signed a declaration to compensate artists fairly. The “Fair Digital Deals Declaration” will commit labels and companies to pay artists without hidden fees and confusion. The declaration couldn’t be more timely, as some major streaming services have come under recent fire for their minuscule royalty rates.
After nearly 20 years, Hydra Head records has decided to call it quits due to lack of funds. The LA based label that has represented many notable metal acts will cut off new releases starting in December. They have represented metal acts such as Sun O))), Cave In, Harvey Milk, Xasthur, Jesu, Pelican, Lustmord, and Boris. During the next 6-12 months they will be focusing paying back their debts and wanted to thank everyone for their experiences and important music they have worked with.
A one-sheet is a useful tool to get your music heard by sending it to record labels, DJ’s, and magazines. It is a simple, concise sheet included with your CD that summarizes what you’re all about as a band or artist. A well-constructed one-sheet should grab and hold the reader’s attention and ultimately get them to listen to your music and get your music career going. The number one goal when designing you one sheet is simplicity. So try not to complicate it with multiple images, useless information, and numerous fonts.