Whilst times are certainly tough right now, we know that there's still plenty of positive news out there. Every day we're seeing amazing examples of the industry we love pulling together and proving that there's a strong community of artists, labels and professionals all looking out for each other - that's why we're going to be updating this article regularly to include as much of the good stuff that we can find. If you have any tips, we'd love to hear from you on our socials!
We've been working hard behind the scenes with our friends at Toolroom to make sure that the first Virtual Music Conference event will be one that offers real value and practical advice to anyone looking to further their career in the music industry.
We all know that data is king - but with so many different platforms and sources all offering a mind-boggling amount of information, the challenge is making sense of it all. That's where Songstats comes in, the new app from the team behind 1001Tracklists. Songstats compiles essential playlist, chart and stream data for artists, labels and industry professionals, to give you real-time insights on the performance of each release. We caught up with Oskar Eichler from Songstats/1001Tracklists to find out more about how the app works...
Knowing when a track is finished can be difficult for any producer, but making sure that your track is ready to be mastered before sending it to the engineer is much simpler. We master thousands of tracks at Label Worx and wanted to share some simple tips for ensuring your track is ready for us to work on.
Last month we launched our #GoMonthly campaign and the response has exceeded our expectations. We're giving away three months' free use of our Royalty Worx software to labels who commit to reporting statements on a monthly basis, and at the same time, AudioLock will provide their Back Catalogue scanning and takedown service for free for the same three months.
We have mastered thousands of tracks through our LW MSTRD service, and over the years we have heard people share the same myths about mastering time and time again. This month, we'll be shining a spotlight on our mastering service and to start things off, we thought that we'd debunk some of the most common myths and misconceptions we hear.
We've been working with our friends at AudioLock on an industry-wide campaign to help tackle music piracy. You may have seen some of our posts about it, but with over 250 supporters now signed up including Beatport, Traxsource, Juno, Defected, Toolroom, Axtone and Mobilee, we thought it was a good moment to speak to the team behind The Music Mission and hopefully answer a few questions that we've been asked about the initiative.
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We understand how important it is for artists to know that their music is reaching as many people as possible. With that in mind, the recent announcement that Apple Music has expanded its service into an extra 52 countries is great news for our labels. The move opens up a whole new market of customers in Africa, Latin America and beyond; these countries include:
We are delighted to announce another great DSP - Jaxsta! Jaxsta is a music metadata database, matching official information from record companies, distributors, performing rights organisations and publishers to create the definitive online home of music information.
We are very pleased to announce a New DSP for our Label Worx roster - Mixupload! Mixupload is a dynamically developing project for DJs and music lovers. It is the most popular in eastern Europe and Northern Asia, with ambitious plans of world expansion.
With the Coronavirus lockdown in place around the world, many artists and labels are looking at release schedules and wondering whether to push back or bring forward their big releases. Sure, your standard promotional campaign might not be possible right now, but it doesn't mean you should sit on records indefinitely - this could also be a great opportunity to try something new; with an increase in captive audiences and changes to listener habits, this forward-thinking approach is definitely one which should be considered.
Despite the difficulties that our industry is facing right now, we have been humbled by the incredible way that everyone is pulling together to support each other in any way they can - and like so many others, we want to do something to help. Working with our friends at AudioLock, we are launching the #GoMonthly campaign in an effort to encourage a positive change in a fundamental way the industry works - one that we hope will benefit both artists and labels in the immediate short term and long term.
One of the most common enquiries we get here at Label Worx is about playlist and store features, and what labels can do to give themselves the best chance of support on their releases. Our team is always on hand to advise on individual cases, but we felt this article from Red Bull definitely sums up the main things to think about with information directly from Deezer, Spotify and SubmitHub.
To say that times are strange would be an understatement, and one of the biggest changes that many companies have had to make - ourselves included - is setting up a way to have the whole team working from home at once.
Beatport's 34 hour live stream raises over $180,000 for COVID-19 Solidarity funds with a staggering 8.5m people tuning in.
Music piracy affects us all, this is why we are proud to announce that we're working with anti-piracy specialists AudioLock and a growing number of high-profile labels on a new project that will tackle the issue of pay-for-access download sites: The Music Mission.
With people all over the world being told to stay at home, music is playing an important part in keeping us connected. If you've spent any amount of time online over the last ten days you'll almost certainly have stumbled across a live stream by your favourite DJ. Whether this is from their home studio or a setup in the middle of their kitchen, everyone in the music industry has had to quickly adapt and we've loved seeing this display of unity in a very difficult time.