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NEWS: INTERVIEW

Donald Fagen & the Nightflyers

Donald Fagen & the Nightflyers

Donald Fagen loves jazz. Since 1972, his songs co-written with Steely Dan co-founder Walter Becker have been laced with jazz references and chord voicings. The same goes for Donald's four solo albums. Jazz greats such as Wayne Shorter, Phil Woods and Pete Christlieb, to name just a few, have been featured on Steely Dan and Donald's ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Ethel Ennis Sings for Losers

Ethel Ennis Sings for Losers

When the 10-inch pop vinyl album expanded to 12 inches in the mid-1950s, the glory days of the vocalist began and lasted until roughly 1965. There were the A-list recording artists such as Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Billie Holiday, Margaret Whiting, Sarah Vaughan, Kay Starr, Dinah Washington, June Christy and many ...

NEWS: CAREER

5 Musicians Who Managed Their Money Well and What You Can Learn From Them

5 Musicians Who Managed Their Money Well and What You Can Learn From Them

Although they may not garner as much coverage and interest as those who ruined themselves financially, many artists were much more business savvy when it came to managing their money. Here we look at five such shining examples. Guest post from Royalty Exchange You’ve probably read plenty of articles about artists who famously mismanaged their money. So for a ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Chet Baker: La Voce

Chet Baker: La Voce

My favorite tracks of Chet Baker singing aren't in English. They're in Italian, and they were recorded in Rome in 1962 with the Ennio Morricone Orchestra. Yes, that Ennio Morricone, the composer of music for The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, The Untouchables and more than 400 movies since 1959. But before Morricone expanded into metallic ...

NEWS: MUSIC INDUSTRY

Pandora's VP of Product For Creators Shamal Ranasinghe on "Enabling The Artist Revolution"

Pandora's VP of Product For Creators Shamal Ranasinghe on "Enabling The Artist Revolution"

"A key to enabling the artist revolution is to give all creators the means to introduce their new music most efficiently, almost perfectly, to new audiences... (this is) the Holy Grail," says Shamal Ranasinghe, Pandora's VP Product for Creators, Artists and Content Operations. The streamer's Artist Marketing Platform (AMP), which launched new features yesterday, comes as close as ...

NEWS: CAREER

The Only Music Promotion System You Need to Grow Your Audience & Sell More Music [DAVE KUSEK]

The Only Music Promotion System You Need to Grow Your Audience & Sell More Music [DAVE KUSEK]

Music promotion is something a lot of people struggle with. It can be tough to find something that actually works. After all, your goal is to be able to sell music, merch, and tickets and ultimately make a living from your music, so just getting followers or being “internet famous” isn’t going to cut it. You can’t eat ...

NEWS: EDUCATION

Berklee Promotes Panos Panay to VP for Innovation and Strategy

Berklee Promotes Panos Panay to VP for Innovation and Strategy

Panos A. Panay has been named vice president for innovation and strategy at the Berklee College of Music. Longtime Hypebot readers will remember Panay as the pioneering music tech entrepreneur that founded Sonicbids.  In his new role as vice president for innovation and strategy at the Berklee College of Music, Panos Panay will spearhead initiatives and strategies ...

NEWS: CAREER

Pandora's Free AMP Marketing Platform Adds Features As Artist Audio Messages Pass 1 Billion Impressions

Pandora's Free AMP Marketing Platform Adds Features As Artist Audio Messages Pass 1 Billion Impressions

Pandora has added key new features to its free AMP (Artist Marketing Platform). Direct to fan audio messages from 11,000 artists using the platform have now generated more than a billion listener impressions.  Pandora founder Tim Westergren has stepped down, but so far, his legacy of empowering artists remains, thanks in no small part to Shamal Ranasinghe ...

NEWS: MUSIC INDUSTRY

CEO Alec Ljung Pushes Back: "SoundCloud is not going away."

CEO Alec Ljung Pushes Back: "SoundCloud is not going away."

Decrying the “insane amount of noise about SoundCloud" over multiple reports that the music service is running out of money. CEO and co-founder joined SoundCloud fan and artist Chance The Rapper in pushing back against the doom and gloom.  His statement in full: SoundCloud is here to stay. Hey everyone, There’s an insane amount of noise about SoundCloud in ...

NEWS: MUSIC INDUSTRY

Is Sofar Sounds The Uber Of House Concerts?

Is Sofar Sounds The Uber Of House Concerts?

Sofar Sounds, a startup underwritten by millions in venture capital, has been putting on a number of house shows, and although the company has a loyal user base, it has been facing some significant criticism for not paying artists enough, with some saying the type of gigs they put on could exist without corporate interference. Guest post by Sam ...


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