The Beat of Business: Music Business Blogs Digest – Oct 14, 2023

Welcome to the newest edition of The Beat of Business:, a digest dedicated to music business!

Today’s music world is not just about producing great tracks, but also about the art of spotting opportunities, inventing new methods, and understanding market trends. Entrepreneurs, whether they are successful musicians themselves or savvy business individuals behind the scenes, play a crucial role in driving the music industry forward. In this week’s edition, we’re going to explore a range of stories that highlight practical strategies and real-life experiences from those who have successfully navigated the entrepreneurial path in music.

Music Industry

SoundExchange Distributes $257M In Digital Royalties To Creators In Q3 2023

By: Bené Viera,

SoundExchange, the organization designated by the U.S. government to administer the Section 114 sound recording license, distributed $257 million in digital royalties to creators in Q3 2023, an 8% increase compared to the same period in 2022. Since 2003, SoundExchange has distributed over $10 billion directly to more than 650,000 music creators globally. With monthly distributions, mobile payment options, and advocacy for the creator community, SoundExchange aims to make the business of music easier, more transparent, and fairer for creators. Read more

Harmonizing Economics: The Unseen Power of Music in Urban Revival [Kyle Bylin]

By: Bruce Houghton,

Discover how music can unite communities and drive economic development in urban areas. This blog post explores the power of music beyond superstars and corporate behemoths, emphasizing the importance of nurturing local musicians and supporting live music. It discusses the role of festivals and venues in attracting entrepreneurs and tourists to neighborhoods, as well as the challenges faced by mid-sized cities attempting to capitalize on the music festival trend. The post also highlights the need for investment in music education and the impact of corporate interests on independent artists. Dive into the intricate relationship between music and cities and the sustainability of music strategies. Read more

How Lawrence Got Live Nation To End Merch Fees

By: Ari Herstand,

Lawrence, a band, discusses their experience as independent artists and their advocacy for fair treatment in the live music industry. They share their perspective on touring, merch fees, and the economics of the industry. The podcast episode explores their journey as a band and their upcoming single. Join Ari Herstand as he delves into the world of Lawrence and their efforts to make it in the new music business. Read more

Niko Nordström, Former President of Warner Music Australia, Leaves the Company

By: Lars Brandle,

Niko Nordström, former President of Warner Music Australia, is leaving the company after 16 years. Nordström led Warner Music Australia from 2017 before returning to Finland in 2020. During his tenure, the company enjoyed success with signings and label deals, and he also restructured the A&R department. Ramona Forsström will take over as Managing Director of Warner Music Finland. In other news, former Warner Music Group exec Amanda Rae Kopp has been promoted to Chief Product Officer at song investment platform JKBX. Read more

Music Marketing

Why Ed Sheeran’s Latest Album Is Such Accidental Brilliant Marketing

By: Bobby Owsinski,

Ed Sheeran’s latest album release, Autumn Variations, is a brilliant marketing strategy. Sheeran has decided not to release any singles or videos to promote the album, which forces fans to buy the full album in whatever format they desire. While this strategy may not work for indie artists or those with a few hits, it is effective for a superstar like Sheeran who has a faithful audience of superfans. Additionally, user-generated content on platforms like YouTube and social media will help promote the album without Sheeran having to do much. It will be interesting to see how this strategy plays out. Read more

How to customize your artist profile on all music services

By: Jacca-RouteNote,

Learn how to customize your artist profile on various music services, including Spotify, iTunes/Apple Music, Pandora, YouTube Music, and Amazon Music. Take control of your image, bio, and analytics to enhance your online presence. Find out how to claim and edit your artist profile on each platform, and discover the benefits of using dedicated artist platforms like Spotify for Artists and Apple Music for Artists. Centralize your content on YouTube with an Official Artist Channel. Start your Amazon Music journey with the Amazon Music for Artists app. Take control of your artist profile today! Read more

How To Get Fans to Pre Save Your Music on Spotify

By: Ariel Hyatt,

Learn how to use Spotify pre-save links to get more fans and boost your streams. Pre-saving allows fans to add your music to their Spotify library before the release date, ensuring they don’t miss it. It also increases your chances of appearing in curated Spotify playlists. Platforms like,, and HyperFollow offer easy ways to create pre-save links. Promote your link by personally reaching out to friends, family, and supporters, and share it multiple times on social media. Don’t forget to add it to your, pin it as a tweet, and change the button on your Facebook page. Read more

How to sell fan subscriptions on your music website

By: Melanie Kealey,

Learn how to sell fan subscriptions on your music website and generate a new income stream for your career. This blog post provides tips on deciding if fan subscriptions are a good fit for you, reasons to sell subscriptions through your website, how to set up subscriptions, organizing subscriptions on your website, and updating your rewards and perks. Selling fan subscriptions through your website allows you to have control over the branded experience, own the data, and avoid commission fees. Start diversifying your revenue streams today! Read more

Mastering Social Media Pre-Release Promotions for Your Upcoming Album

By: Editorial,

Learn how to effectively promote your upcoming album on social media with these actionable tips. Discover how to create shareable content, use hashtags wisely, network with music industry influencers, leverage your fans, dive into niche communities, and collaborate with fellow artists. The success of your pre-release promotion relies on targeted outreach, genuine engagements, and offering value. Embrace these strategies and watch your album gain the traction it deserves! Read more

Rising Women in Latin Music

By: Alejandra Orellana,

In celebration of Rising Women in Latin Music and Hispanic Latin Heritage Month, this blog post shines a spotlight on four talented artists making their mark in the Latin music scene. Villano Antillano revolutionizes cultural norms in Puerto Rico with her lyrics, Irepelusa combines Caribbean rhythms and American genres to create a new wave of pop, VF7 collaborates with well-known artists in música urbana, and Natascha Falcão’s debut album receives great praise and success. Read more to discover the rising women in Latin music. Read more

New Music Releases

Jimmy Buffett Keeps the Party Going with Two New Singles Featuring Special Guests

By: Ashley King,

Despite his death a few months before the release of his upcoming album, ‘Equal Strain on All Parts,’ Jimmy Buffett keeps the party going with two new singles featuring special guests: ‘Mozambique’ and ‘University of Bourbon Street.’ Read more

Mariah the Scientist Signs with Epic Records, Announces ‘To Be Eaten Alive’

By: Music Connection,

Atlanta singer-songwriter Mariah The Scientist has signed with Epic Records and announced her first studio album, ‘To Be Eaten Alive,’ set to be released on October 27. She has released her new single and music video, ‘From A Woman,’ which features a late-night romantic setting and a cameo appearance by Young Thug. The single is produced by London on da Track. Mariah The Scientist’s intimate performance in the video serves as an ode to her romance with Young Thug. Read more

Eonian Records Artist TAZ Announce the Video for ‘No Relation’ from the Album “Shipwrecked”

By: Rai Beardsley,

Eonian Records artist TAZ has announced the release of their new video for the track ‘No Relation’ from their album ‘Shipwrecked, Vol. 2’. The video was produced by Rob Cavallo and engineered by Magic A. Moreno. TAZ had a demo deal with Warner Bros. at the time, but the deal fell through. However, they were able to release the crowd favorite ‘No Relation’ and the rest of the Warner Bros. sessions years later. The album is available for streaming and download, and the video can be viewed on YouTube. Read more

Music Festivals

2024 Lineup Revealed For Headwaters Country Jam Montana

By: Daniel Carter,

The lineup for Headwaters Country Jam Montana 2024 has been revealed, featuring headliners Bailey Zimmerman, Jon Pardi, and Gary Allan. The festival will take place from July 25-27, 2024 in Three Forks, Montana. The event has grown in popularity over the years, with over 20,000 ticket sales in 2019. Fans are excited about the festival’s unique Montana atmosphere and the addition of an outlaw vibe to the lineup. Exclusive alumni pre-sale starts on October 16, with tickets available to the public on October 20. Read more

Music Charts

Trending Tracks: Tyla, Richard Carter, Paul Russell, Al Green, and Tate McRae

By: Third Bridge Creative,

Discover the trending tracks you need to know about, including a South African singer’s viral dance trend, a soundtrack hit reworking old classics, a feel-good TikTok smash, the return of a legend, and a rising pop star. Read more


Swifties flock to Leicester Square as Taylor Swift’s box office smash lands in UK

By: Mark Sweney and Rachel Hall,

Taylor Swift’s new concert film, The Eras Tour, is expected to become the highest-grossing movie in UK cinemas this weekend. Excited fans, known as ‘Swifties’, gathered outside the Odeon Leicester Square in London for the opening night screening. The film, which was filmed over three nights in California, will be screened in over 100 countries. With global pre-sales already surpassing £100 million, The Eras Tour film is set to break records as the biggest concert movie in history. It is also predicted to outperform current releases featuring Hollywood stars at the UK box office this weekend. Read more

Music Lists

11 Top Songs About Being 32 Years Old

By: Erica Allen,

Discover 11 top songs about being 32 years old, from poignant ballads to rock anthems. These songs capture the essence of navigating life in your fourth decade. Explore the introspective lyrics of Caius de la Calle’s ‘Peace of Mind’ and Max García Conover’s reflection on colonization in ‘New Sweden.’ Michael Eugene’s ‘Fillings’ explores nostalgia and uncertainty, while Tom T. Hall’s ‘Big Motel on the Mountain’ emphasizes the struggle to find meaning. Knights of the Roses’ ‘Given Up Your Love (To Chase My Dreams)’ delves into the trade-offs of pursuing dreams, and Pat Reed’s ‘Bay of Bitcoin’ celebrates the freedom of embracing new technologies. Dive into these songs and more to explore the complexities of being 32. Read more


As we conclude this week’s edition of The Beat of Business, we hope the stories and insights shared have shed light on the diverse, challenging, and rewarding journey of music entrepreneurship. Stay tuned for our next issue, where we will continue to explore the ever-evolving world of music through the lens of entrepreneurship.

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