Spotify is offering to boost artists’ position on its playlists in return for paying them lower royalties. Can struggling musicians afford to say no?
Musicians and songwriters are struggling to survive while record labels are reporting record profits – here's why this is happening.
Live music venues must be helped to survive the COVID-19 era.
Aspiring singers can now use apps to record professional-sounding songs from their phones. This has the potential to disrupt the recording and publishing industry.
Desperate fans may have to settle on paying exorbitant amounts for a cassette tape.
In an era when all sorts of music seems to be at our fingertips through streaming services for under $10 a month, who is spending their hard-earned cash on vinyl?
Movie studios are launching their own streaming apps but record labels aren’t about to do the same.
Vinyl records are set to become the largest source of revenue from physical music sales.
Greenhouse gas emissions from plastic production in the vinyl era is not a patch on the equivalent from running giant servers today.
'Cyberlocker' illegal streaming sites are in a constant cat-and-mouse struggle with law enforcement.
Researchers analysed 30 years of British pop charts and found a trend towards sadness – but the days of judging music purely on stylistic measures is long gone.
The emotions associated with trends in popular music and lyrics can predict economic sentiment.
Spotify, Apple Music and the like aren't working for indy artists.
SoundCloud has been saved by its biggest injection of cash yet.
While Pandora continues to lead in the US in streaming music all the signs from investors, user momentum and tech talent indicate Spotify is on the verge of seizing the crown.
Does musical taste even matter anymore? Or does a data-driven feedback loop – where what you enjoy in the past shapes what you hear today – influence what you'll like in the future?
Whenever you listen to a streamed song, like it but don't buy it and instead stream it again, you are casting a vote for the future nonexistence of professional musicians.
By offering single platforms exclusive rights for their new albums, some musicians are streaming against the tide.
What happened after artists such as Michael Jackson, J.D. Salinger and Franz Kafka died suggests it'll be hard to keep Prince's unpublished work out of the public eye, regardless of his wishes.
Gifted musician, peerless showman – and fierce protector of his copyrighted work. Prince fought battles that changed the direction of the music industry and are helping the next generation of artists.