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If you’re in the Melbourne area do check out this fantastic opportunity for professional development. MYTH 1) Spending more money on the production of an average song will make it successful. With the accessibility of software, plugins and sample libraries, it can be tempting to keep trying to ‘fix’ a song by changing the sounds or adding layers and effects. read more…

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The company predicts that worldwide revenues from streaming will reach a whopping $28 billion by 2030, a 16% jump from its previous estimates, in its just-released latest installment in its “Music in the Air” series. It also predicts paid streaming users worldwide to reach 847 million by 2030. Consequently, the company raised its valuation of UMG to $23.5 billion (from…

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Label Services has become an increasingly common choice for entrepreneurial artists. It is an established alternative to the traditional record label route. As the recorded music industry returns to growth it is hardly surprising we are seeing a growth in the number of small record labels owned and run by artists and management. read more at musicbusinessworldwide.com Follow @HookBlast on Twitter…

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Merlin, the global digital agency for independent labels, has announced its billionth dollar in distributions to members. The organization, led by CEO Charles Caldas, has reached the milestone in less than a decade: it was established in May, 2008. In the 12 months to the end of March this year, Merlin distributed $353m to its members – the equivalent of…

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The rise and rise of hip-hop in the US market isn’t only being reflected in the nation’s mainstream music charts – but also in the songwriters behind its biggest hits. At the top, a familiar face: Metro Boomin, aka Leyland Wayne, whose production/writing work resulted in his involvement with nine big Billboard Hot 100 hits in the six-month period. The…

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The judging panel, which includes top executives from Glassnote, Razor & Tie and Atlantic, will be tasked with analyzing song entries from more than 130 countries. The competition, established in 2002, is open to both professional and amateurs in 23 genre categories. ISC gives away more than $150,000 split among 71 winners, with the grand prize comprised of $25,000 in…

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Apple could be about to make a bold move towards becoming a truly global player in content ownership. The Cupertino giant is reportedly getting closer to a $1bn acquisition of the film and music library of Eros Group. Eros is the largest movie producer in India, counting more than 3,000 films across Bollywood and other productions under its control. read more…

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Organizers are currently raising funds for the event through a GoFundMe link, and all remaining proceeds will be donated in Bennington’s name to the band’s Music for Relief fund. Bennington was found dead at age 41 in his Palos Verdes residence on July 20, and was laid to rest in a private funeral on July 29. His death, ruled a suicide, has since sparked discussion…

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With independent artistry on the rise and the entire landscape of the music industry making shifts in the right direction every day, international distribution label Global Sounds Records arrives right on time. The album is especially anticipatory with iconic sound genius 4th Disciple, best known for his ties to legendary rap clique Wu-Tang Clan, dropping his production skills on it. 1…

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Facebook’s recruitment drive in the music business continues. The news comes barely a week after it was revealed that the social media giant had taken another big step towards working with the music business by acquiring copyright identification startup Source3. Someone with more than six years of experience in music partner relationship management is sought, while a “proven track record…

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As Billboard’s story circulated, many in the Canadian music industry began to offer comments about the blow the office’s closure will deal, but primarily wishing all the staff well. A recurring theme, one presented yesterday by Ross in an interview with Billboard and echoed by others: a certainty that everyone would land on their feet and continue what they do best, finding, developing…

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Or, in other words, ultimately enlarging the chunk of change coming the way of all songwriters from US radio. These legal limitations – originally intended to stop anti-competitive behavior – have been blamed for unfairly capping the potential radio (and digital radio) royalties achieved by both PROs for their members. It’s in this context that many see yesterday’s result as…

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