Digital Distribution Pioneer Robb McDaniels on Creating a Better Future for Music Managers and their Artists

“Managers simply have to evolve otherwise we will never turn the recorded music industry around.” When Robb McDaniels launches a new business, it’s smart to pay attention. In 2002, the now 41-year-old entrepreneur began developing a digital platform in his extra bedroom to distribute European dance music to the US. Within a decade, INgrooves was distributing Universal Music Group’s entire digital catalog in North America and servicing millions of other songs worldwide, and McDaniels, whose previous industry experience was a handful of DJ gigs, was featured in Billboard’s 40 Under 40. McDaniels made up for his initial Read More

Billboard Chats with Jonathan Dickins, Manager for Adele

"It's very important that we don't live in a debut record culture. I say to all my artists: 'The easiest thing you'll do in life is put out your debut album.' Because we live in a world that's completely and utterly fascinated with what's new." - Jonathan Dickins, Manager for Adele, on the most significant problem with the current music business. Dickins spoke with Billboard about Adele, the 25 campaign, and more. Read the the whole interview here Read More

"Give Fans the Credit"

“As a producer and songwriter for many Motown Records hits, I was privileged to work with The Funk Brothers, Motown’s legendary session band. But fans who listen to those songs on digital players don’t even see their names. Let’s “Give Fans the Credit”—not just for songwriters like me, but for so many talented musicians who made the Motown sound what it is.” - Lamont Dozier for "Give Fans the Credit" The GRAMMY Foundation's "Give Fans the Credit" campaign seeks to let online music listeners know who wrote, produced and played on their favorite tracks by crediting Read More

The Benefits of Owning Your Masters in A Streaming World: Conversations with Traci Thomas (Thirty Tigers) and Jack Stratton (Vulfpeck)

Artists: own your masters and streaming can work for you. That’s the message we heard in our recent conversations with Traci Thomas and Jack Stratton. Thomas, a music business veteran, works at Thirty Tigers, where she manages the likes of Jason Isbell and St. Paul and the Broken Bones. Stratton, a relative newcomer to the industry, is the mastermind behind the virtuosic and subversive Los Angeles-based funk/soul outfit, Vulfpeck. Thomas has quietly established herself as one of the best managers in the business. She played a huge role in Isbell’s 2013 resurgence with Southeastern, a commercial success Read More

RIAA: Streaming Counts Towards Gold and Platinum Certification

The Recording Industry Association of America announced yesterday that streaming will now factor into an album's certification as Gold or Platinum. 1,500 on-demand audio and/or video streams = 10 track sales = 1 album sale. Though the RIAA Digital Single Award already takes streaming numbers into account, it's also been updated "to reflect streaming’s enormous growth in the two plus years since that ratio was set." 1 download now equals 150 on-demand streams. It was previously 100:1. With the announcement, a number of artists, including Miranda Lambert, the Weeknd, Kendrick Lamar, and Michael Jackson, saw their albums certified Read More

What's New for February

Happy February! We're starting this month off with a bang. Yep, Songspace for Business just got even better. Here's how. 1. Going Solo: Songspace for Individual Businesses (Now individuals can upgrade to business to create and share as many catalogs as they need.) There's no more 2 user minimum! Going solo? We're cool with it. That’s right, now anyone can upgrade to a business plan for just $15 a month. Individual users can now get great pitch history management features, unlimited catalogs (see below!), and the ability to be added as a guest member to another business catalog. And Read More

"A Conversation with Chris Stapleton"

"We're all a part of the same community, and music in general is a broader spectrum to me, like, if somebody's being successful and somebody's selling tickets to shows, it's good for the health of the whole thing," Chris Stapleton told the Nashville Scene. "And out of that, the commerce pays for the art, and the art lends some credibility to the commerce. To think that they're all separate things is just a ludicrous idea." Stapleton graces the cover of the Scene's 16th Annual Country Music Critic's Poll Issue. The singer/songwriter topped four categories; Album, Artist, Male Vocalist, and Read More

John Strohm, Senior Counsel at Loeb & Loeb, on Streaming and the Bright Future It Presents for Unconventional Artists

The last 15 years have been a wild ride, but the dust is finally starting to settle, and we’re on the brink of a more efficient, transparent, and sustainable music business. All Together Now is a series of Q&As with some of the best and brightest minds in the music business regarding the changes they are experiencing and the steps they are taking to adapt. We interview influential artists and songwriters, as well as leaders from labels, management teams, publishers, and streaming services to hear what they think it takes for us to come together to build Read More

"Touring Can't Save Musicians in the Age of Spotify"

"Touring is, of course, the most ancient business model available to artists," says Mike Errio, a writer, recording artist and professor of songwriting at NYU’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music. "And in many ways, it remains a vital part of their livelihood, even while the surrounding industry undergoes major upheaval to accommodate the new paradigm of streaming music." Bands like Nashville's Diarrhea Planet, pictured above at Music Hall of Williamsburg, subsist almost entirely on touring revenue. It's not an easy path. Errico discusses the difficulties and risks of life on the road in his recent op-ed: "Touring Can't Read More

Dualtone Joins Entertainment One

"Dualtone’s expertise and track-record of success make them stand out, both strategically and culturally, and we are confident that this new relationship will be very complementary." - Darren Throop, President & Chief Executive Officer, Entertainment One. Congrats to our friends at Dualtone Music Group on joining Entertainment One. The international media company's exciting work across Film, TV, and Music presents a huge opportunity for the successful Nashville-based label behind artists like the Lumineers, Shakey Graves, and Shovels & Rope. Read more about Dualtone and Entertainment One at Music Row. Read our Q&A with Paul Roper, the president Read More
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