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Dec 1, 2014 10:00 AM

Hugh McIntyre

The Billboard 200 Chart Will Now Include Streaming. Will It Help Indie Artists?

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Chart positions and sales numbers certainly aren't everything, but to some musicians they're very important. There's something incredibly gratifying about seeing each consecutive album you release rise higher and higher on the charts – proof that all your hard work, touring, and promoting are working. For a long time now, reaching those charts has been difficult for most underground artists, but it looks like that may be changing in the coming weeks and months.

For the first time since 1991, Billboard has altered the way it calculates where albums rank on one of the two biggest charts it controls: the Billboard 200. Starting with the chart that rolls out on December 3, streaming services will now be factored into the 56-year-old weekly rankings, which opens quite a few doors for everyone in the industry and shakes things up like never before.

Show.co: Just Another Music Marketing Platform, or Just What Artists Need?

With so many tools out there built to help artists market their music, do we really need another one?

Soundrop CEO Jørn Haanæs thinks no one has quite hit the nail on the head yet in terms of catering to the new music industry, so he created Show.co, a platform that helps artists and labels build beautiful landing pages and widgets that showcase content without friction, collect important data, and monetize listeners and fans. Jørn spent six years at Warner Music Norway, most recently serving as marketing director, until he joined Soundrop in 2013.

How Music Has Gone Mobile [Infographic]

How mobile is your music listening?

News, industry, redigi

Sep 22, 2014 10:30 AM

Hugh McIntyre

Selling 'Used' Digital Music is Here, and it's Troubling

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Over the past decade or so, selling music has become increasingly difficult with piracy rampant across the web and audiences less and less willing to give up their hard-earned money for something they can likely find for free. Now, even sales of digital tracks and albums are shrinking. Streaming and its notoriously low payouts for most artists – is on the rise, along with other, newer revenue-stunting methods of obtaining music.

News, industry, infographic

Sep 19, 2014 09:30 AM

Lisa Occhino

The History of Music Listening – and the Future [Infographic]

Can you believe that people used to pay $1,000 for CD players?

This infographic from YTD details the entire history of music listening, starting with the invention of the phonograph in 1877 and ending with a sneak peek at what the next big thing will be (i.e. headphones with superpowers that are expected to ship in early 2015).