Adele Lands Highest Selling First Week Album In Australia Since 2017

Adele continues to break records, with her just-released fourth album 30 earning the highest selling first week for any album in Australia since 2017.

Her first album since 2015’s 25, 30 debuted atop the ARIA Albums Chart with lead single ‘Easy On Me’ simultaneously topping the ARIA Singles Chart.

Nine other songs from 30 also debuted in the singles chart, with ‘Oh My God’ and ‘Can I Get It’ both cracking the Top 10.

WOW! Is there anything that Adele can’t do? I guess that’s the power of a great song, minimal production and a voice that needs no autotune to cut it.


Source: Adele lands highest selling first week album in Australia since 2017

States on target to open up live music despite Omicron concerns

The new COVID-19 “Omicron” variant has the potential to put the spanner in the plans to open everything up in Australia. The fears have been summed up by this article: States on target to open up live music despite Omicron

It states…

Has the Australian live sector’s confidence of a mini-boom heading into summer been thwarted by the emergence of the new Omicron strain?

It’s still early days but for now, but most states remain on target to open music venues, nightclubs and music festivals to the “new normal”.


Source: States on target to open up live music despite Omicron concerns

Why Doing The Work Is The Only Way To Succeed As A Musician

Succeeding in music is a frustratingly vague thing to wrap your mind around because it means something different to every music-maker.

For some, success might be the idea of transforming into a mega popstar overnight and earning enough money to buy an island.

For others, success means making music audiences love and being praised by critics.

But no matter what success means to you, you won’t find it without doing the work.

This article demonstrates the value of hard work plus the power of really defining what success in the music industry means to you and going for it.


Source: Why Doing The Work Is The Only Way To Succeed As A Musician | ReverbNation Blog

The Pros and Cons of Releasing New Music Midweek

Sometimes in the entertainment world, breaking from the norm can be a good thing. In fact, it usually is… though there are calendars and structures in place that are very tough to fight, and doing so can come with just as many drawbacks as benefits.

Just in case you were wondering…


Source: The Pros and Cons of Releasing New Music Midweek – Soundfly

How to Make a Professional EPK for Musicians

One of the things that every songwriter/musician/artist needs is up-to-date promotional materials to further their career. One of the best promo assets to have is an EPK.

This article on Performer Mag demonstrates the essential components of an EPK.

“What is an EPK?” I hear you ask. Well the article describes an EPK as…

… an electronic press kit – it acts as a collection of your promotional materials. Think of it like an online resume, or a one-stop shop for anyone who wants to take a look at your band. That’s also the reason why every musician should make a music website that includes an EPK.

Great article.


Source: How to Make a Professional EPK for Musicians | Performer Mag

Spotify acquires Findaway to “revolutionize the audiobook space”

Spotify has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire audiobook distribution company Findaway.

The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.According to a media statement, Spotify and Findaway “will accelerate” the music streaming company’s entry into the “rapidly growing audiobooks industry”, currently dominated by the likes of Audible, which was acquired by Amazon for $300 million in 2018.

Spotify says that Findaway’s technology infrastructure will allow it to “quickly scale its audiobook catalog”.

Is Spotify going to do the same for the audiobooks market as it did with podcasts? It looks like it with this latest acquisition. Watch this space.


Source: Spotify acquires Findaway to ‘revolutionize the audiobook space’ – Music Business Worldwide

4 Music Marketing Methods That Are Rewarding and Effective

Music promotion is simply offering your music to people as the valuable thing it is. These four methods for engaging with your fans will strengthen your connection with them. And you’ll still feel like the good person you are.

These four music marketing methods mentioned in this article are different, outside of the box ways to strengthen your relationship with your fans and to engage people who would potentially be your fans.


Source: 4 Music Marketing Methods That Are Rewarding and Effective

Taylor Swift Shakes Up Music Industry With Remakes | Kings of A&R

Taylor Swift has shaken up the music industry with the Rerecording of her 2012 album Red. After Scooter Braun bought her master recordings, Swift made a promise to rerecord her hit albums in attempt to “stick it” to her betrayers.

People never actually thought she would follow through with the effort. There was hope that this would all pass over.In fact her rerecorded songs are streaming more than her originals.

Now, Universal is revising it’s recording deals that prevent artists from rerecording their music.

Well it seems that only Taylor Swift could do a cover of her own album and get away with it.

Personally I think it’s a clever move on her part and with record labels changing their contract to stop others from doing the same, she has really given the music industry a bit of a shake-up


Source: Taylor Swift Shakes Up Music Industry With Remakes | Kings of A&R

The Rise And Rise Of Virtual Acts

Virtual music acts – complete with cartoon-like identities and huge social media followings – come without the trappings of human fame. No egos. No ill-health. No certainty of death. But what’s the appeal for music consumers and fans? And are they a long-term viable option for the recorded music industry? 

I’ve got to be honest with you… I just don’t get it.

I understand doing the live streaming thing from the comfort of your own home and getting others to stay at home and watch you do your thing…

But to eliminate the human being out of the audience/performer equation, I just don’t get it.

Whatever floats your boat I suppose. Maybe I need to do a little bit more research and understand the phenomenon a bit more.


Source: The rise and rise of virtual acts

Singapore’s BandLab acquires DIY artist services platform ReverbNation

Music making platform BandLab has acquired ReverbNation from parent company, eMinor, Inc. The deal is effective immediately.

Hmmm, I wonder what this is going to mean for the many thousands of musicians on ReverbNation.

Maybe BandLab will stop all of the annoying pay-to-play spammy adverts that ReverbNation inflicted on its subscribers.


Source: Singapore’s BandLab acquires DIY artist services platform ReverbNation