Music’s Other IPO: How A Scrappy Indie Record Company Turned An Army Of Nobodies Into $2 Billion

Denis Ladegaillerie, Believe CEO, in Paris. Courtesy of BelieveWhen Charlotte Sands penned her single “Dress” late last year, it was in response to conservative outrage over Vogue’s glamour-shot coverage of gender-bending pop star Harry Styles. Little did she know that the bouncy, tongue-in-cheek song was about to alter her musical career forever. Long ignored by the music industry, Sands teased the music with a TikTok video while...

The Biggest Album Release Dates in Modern Music History, Ranked

Thirty years ago Friday, one of the most consequential days in modern music history occurred when Nirvana, A Tribe Called Quest, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Soundgarden all released seminal albums. To celebrate the occasion, we’re looking back on September 24, 1991, by diving into the legacy of Nevermind and The Low End Theory, plus using math to determine whether any other release day in the past three decades stacks up. It’s something Gen...

‘PowerBeatsVR’ Brings High-intensity Musical Workouts to Oculus Quest in October

PowerBeatsVR (2020), the high-intensity workout experience from Munich-based indie studio Five Mind Creations, is finally making its was to Oculus Quest next month, which will let you box, dodge, and squat to the beat without getting tangled up in wires … or subscriptions. PowerBeatsVR is set to launch on Oculus Quest’s App Lab and SideQuest on October 20th. There’s no pricing available yet, however it’s currently priced at $20 on...

Guide to maximizing music income from songwriting, recording – Hypebot

In this concluding segment of their series on maximizing revenue, Randy Chertkow and Jason Feehan explore how the different variations of the final versions of your recordings can be used to create revenue. Guest post by Randy Chertkow and Jason Feehan of the Disc Makers Blog The fifth and final chapter in our series on maximizing music revenue with your songwriting and recording focuses on the various final versions and formats you can create...

Y2mate Officially Shutting Down In Multiple Countries

The Y2mate site in the United States as of August 1st, 2021 Y2mate, one of the largest YouTube-to-MP3 converters in the world, is suddenly calling it quits in multiple countries. Y2mate is officially offline, at least in the United States, United Kingdom, and for a percentage of Australian users. The site, at y2mate.com, is one of the largest YouTube-to-MP3 converters (or ‘stream rippers’) in the world. “Our service has been discontinued...

R.E.M: A retrospective, a revelation… re-lived

For some odd, quite random reason I woke up the other morning, wondering: what’s R.E.M. up to these days? Turns out, the legendary group disbanded in 2011. Ten years ago no less. Time flies. I Googled a bit, and recounted memories of the band. Not my favorite I confess. But they were everywhere back in the day. So many 80’s and 90’s house parties in Ottawa were powered by R.E.M., and, of course, they dominated radio and their arthouse...