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Jul 11, 2018 06:00 AM

Sonicbids Staff

How Two Local Bands Landed the Ultimate Opening Slot Through Sonicbids Presents

Although every artist's journey is unique, many look back on major milestones as turning points, earmarking the moments where "it all changed." Sometimes, those come in the form of sharing the bill with music's biggest superstars. And, recently, as part of our ongoing Sonicbids Presents series, two Sonicbids bands got that very opportunity as they opened for international touring act Fitz and the TantrumsX Ambassadors, and Mikky Ekko at Thompson's Point in Maine.

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Jun 21, 2018 03:13 PM

Sonicbids Staff

How One Local NYC Band Rocked Governor's Ball Alongside Headliners Eminem, Jack White, and More

For emerging or unsigned bands, scoring a major opportunity at a massive music festival alongside legendary, chart-topping artists feels like a dream — a step that could potentially “change everything.” And, for many bands, it seems like something that’s just out of reach. One local band, however, got just that chance at New York City’s Governor’s Ball earlier this month as part of our Sonicbids Presents series.

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Jun 15, 2018 02:28 PM

Sonicbids

See Two Sonicbids Artists Open for Fitz and the Tantrums This Weekend at Thompson's Point

You know that monster opportunity every band is dying to get? Opening for mega-huge acts at a outdoor stadium with a crowd of future fans going wild? Well, two Sonicbids bands are about to make that a reality this weekend.

News, Music Business 101

Jul 28, 2016 07:00 AM

Hugh McIntyre

How Is the Music Industry Doing So Far in 2016? Here Are the Hard Numbers

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Just recently, Nielsen released its mid-year report for 2016, which shows how certain sectors of the music industry are performing. It’s important for musicians and those in the business to be aware of these trends, at least from a higher level. This is the world in which you, and your work, exist, and it’s a good idea to have some sense of what areas are seeing success, and which ones might not be important to focus on.

Now, these numbers might not tell you everything you need to know as a musician just getting started in the business, but if you're going to take this industry seriously and make a living in it, it never hurts to be apprised of what's happening.

Is This the End of Freemium for Spotify?

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This article originally appeared on musicindustryblog.wordpress.com.

 

"Leaked" Spotify numbers emerged recently indicating that the streaming service has just hit 37 million subscribers, which puts more clear water between it and second-placed Apple Music, despite the latter’s recent growth. It also means that Spotify is now nearly 10 times bigger than Tidal and probably Deezer (which hasn’t reported numbers since its France Telecom bundle partnership ended). It's beginning to look suspiciously like a two-horse race.

But there's a more important story here: Spotify’s accelerated growth in Q2 2016 was driven by widespread use of its $0.99-for-three-months promotional offer. Which itself comes on the back of similar offers having supercharged Spotify’s subscriber growth for the last 18 months or so. In short, $9.99 needs to stop being $9.99 in order to appeal to consumers. Which is another way of saying that $9.99 just isn’t a mainstream price point.