YouTube Gives Indie Labels a Reprieve … For Now


A week after all but declaring victory over independent music labels who had contested the terms of the contracts it offered for its upcoming streaming music service, YouTube has issued a last minute reprieve to the holdouts. WIN, a trade group representing a handful of European indie labels, had previously filed a complaint with the […]

Leaked Contract Makes YouTube the Bad Guy in the Indie Music War

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Another day, another punch thrown in the ring in what is turning out to be an epic battle between Google’s YouTube and the strong-willed indie music labels. In case you’ve missed the drama that’s been going on, here’s a quick recap for you: YouTube will be launching a music streaming website (à la Spotify) sometime […]

Want To Feel Like You’re On Drugs? Watch The New Music Video From OK Go [Kids, Don't Use Drugs; Stay In School]

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Oh boy, oh boy, how the time flies. It seems like only yesterday we were witnessing the indie trendsetters OK Go turn synchronized treadmill dancing into an artform. Can you believe that eight years have gone by? What have we done in the last eight years?! Sorry, we digress. It turns out that OK Go […]

AJ Rafael Announces Hiatus From Performing [EXCLUSIVE LETTER]


“I can admit that things are getting harder. It’s harder for me as an independent musician to be financially stable nowadays. I played a tour last year where it was 5 cities, and a TOTAL of 300 people came to the shows. The promoter thought I would sell out 500 capacity venues because of my […]

Girl Band Uses On-Screen Orgasms To Buzz Up Almost A Million YouTube Views [VIDEO]

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Back in the 50s, the Hayes Code dominated Hollywood and prevented filmmakers from being too naughty with their antics. YouTube is sort of like that, what with its “no nudity” clauses and good family values pervading the medium. So people who are really intent on being explicit have to get smart with their misbehaving if […]

Band Scams Spotify For $20,000 … The Legal Way


One of these guys has got to be a Nigerian prince because this is some good scamming … The L.A.-based band Vulfpeck wasn’t impressed by the $0.007 royalty Spotify was offering to its artists per listen, so they created a novel way to make the most of it. They recorded a completely silent album called […]

Vevo’s ‘Guess the Video’ Punishes Music Video Ignorance With Pies To The Face [VIDEO]

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If I was walking down an urban street in Atlanta and two random dudes rolled up on me with a pie, a $100 bill and a video tablet, I would fall to my knees and beg not to be raped, beaten, robbed, turned out, murdered or have my teeth knocked out with a lead pipe […]

YouTube Star Christina Grimmie Shines on the TV Stage With ‘Wrecking Ball’ Rendition on the ‘The Voice’

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With her YouTube channel’s nearly 2.5 million subscribers and 246 million total views, Christina Grimmie isn’t a stranger to most avid pop music-listening, YouTube-viewing teens. Still, she hasn’t made it quite yet into the household name territory — but her star may be coming soon. Recently appearing on NBC’s highly-rated “The Voice” during the show’s […]

EDM YouTuber M4Sonic Laid the Beats For ‘What Does the Fox Say?’, Now Signed to Sony, Ultra

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While you might not have heard of rising EDM star M4Sonic, you’ve almost certainly heard his beats — they’re the music that form the non-lyrical part of a little song called, “What Does the Fox Say?” M4Sonic, whose real name is Nick Boundy, was an Australian YouTuber posting a few EDM videos to his channel […] Signs Deal With Maker To Create Content


If we had some sort of betting pool where we tried to guess the next mainstream star who thought they could make a buck off of YouTube/social media, those of you who picked would be in the money right now. Signing up to produce channels with MCN powerhouse Maker, the Black Eyed Peas musician […]

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