Industry insiders announced that Vevo is for sale, Rhett Miller of the Old 97’s talked about the changing music industry and keeping a band together, and Google started looking for a streaming music service to purchase.
A study revealed radio is still the most popular music discovery method, the music industry rallied in support of a unified lobbying message, and industry insiders said Google, Apple and Amazon are enhancing their streaming offerings.
The RIAA accused Google of failing to punish pirate websites, a survey showed growth in the musical instruments and equipment industry, and Billboard decided to incorporate YouTube Plays into its chart formula.
Singer/songwriter Heather Fay talks about becoming a professional musician and how she successfully leveraged Google+ to grow a global fan base.
Apple, Google and Amazon will continue to develop music in the cloud, Garbage singer Shirley Manson discussed shifts in the music industry and BMI and the Radio Music License Committee finally reached a licensing agreement after a two-plus-year court battle.
A study revealed that DIY artists that hire a professional team are most profitable, digital music sales surpassed physical sales in the first months of 2012, and an RIAA EVP revealed the problems with Google’s methods of fighting online piracy.
Artists, songwriters, analysts and legal experts talked about the meaning of Hall of Fame Induction and copyright amendments to the music industry, and RightsFlow was acquired by Google to help with YouTube licensing.
The music industry attacked The Pirate Bay, analysts cited subscription services as a source of music business growth, Rihanna’s manager talked about the need for artists to be more active in the Digital Age and Google+ rolled out its business offering.
Spotify launches in the U.S., Google+ gains 10 million users in its first month, Thievery Corporation partners with a new direct-to-fan service and Billboard.biz defines the term indie.