Support SoundCloud artists with the click of this new button

SoundCloud have added a new feature to help artists raise money either for themselves in these difficult times or for others like charity.

Many artists have been forced into a tight spot by the Coronavirus which is leaving them without live performances and by extension a huge source of income. SoundCloud have come out with a list of initiatives they’re providing for artists to help them out.

The latest feature to launch is the ability to add a simple button to your SoundCloud profile. This button allows listeners to click on it and they’ll be sent to a place where they can donate or fundraise for the artist or other good causes.

It’s as simple as this:

  • Click the “Edit” button on the top right side of your profile page on web
  • In the “Edit your Profile” pop-up, click “Add support link” to add a link to financial exchanges or online stores like Kickstarter, Bandcamp, Patreon, Paypal and more (full list of supported platforms can be accessed here – SoundCloud never takes a cut)
  • Hit “Save changes” to generate a Support button on your profile that’s visible above your stats and on your track pages
  • Use your bio to let fans know what they’re supporting – whether it’s your rent for the month or the album you dropped this week
  • Promote on socials so your day-ones know there’s a way to help you beyond playing your tracks on repeat 

SoundCloud say: “We’ve built this feature to help creators impacted by the COVID-19 virus and will keep it active as long as we’re all in this so you can fund your projects, offset bills, or get whatever you need to stay on your feet.”

Dolby boosts Twitch stream audio for musicians live-streaming concerts

With so many artists taking to the web for home-concerts Dolby are stepping in to upgrade the sound.

Coronavirus has many of us working at home including musicians who have taken to the livestream for home concerts in everyone’s houses. It’s helping to give us all a taste of the joy that live music brings and that we’re missing so much, but the sound could often be a bit better.

Well thankfully Dolby looked on at the situation with their famously high quality sound technology and decided to help out. They’re adding a feature called Dolby On to streams on Twitch which they claim will enhance the sound quality from musicians using… lets just say: not studio-quality equipment.

The feature isn’t exactly new, you may have used it if you’ve watched anything on Facebook Live before. But Twitch is definitively the king of live web streaming right now and therefore a huge source of sound going out that could be even better.

Dolby On is actually it’s own app beyond stream enhancing placements. It can be downloaded on both iOS and Android for recordings that use ‘Dolby sound’. The app is built with functions that allow you to adjust and tweak the sound to your definition of perfection – or at least, as perfect as a phone recording can get to.

Musicians can use the Dolby On app to get their sound just right and then stream to Twitch from it with tweaked sound.

Huawei gets the approval of all 3 major labels for Spotify rivalling music app

Huawei Music has launched in Europe to take on the plethora of music streaming services with over 50 million tracks.

Chinese phone, tech and software developers Huawei have launched a brand new music streaming service for Europe. They face fierce competition from Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, Amazon, and the rest but they’re not worried.

They’ve got the support of the 3 major labels: Universal, Warner, and Sony who have all licensed their music catalogues for the new service. Overall Huawei Music offers European customers over 50 million tracks and 1.2 million albums.

The service has been live in China for years and, according to them, 160 million people around the world using their music app. It’s now available in 16 European countries and they’re planning further launches across Europe in the coming months.

Huawei Music is being offered for a 3-month trial period before users need to pay their €9.99 monthly subscription costs. Huawei’s Vice President of Mobile Services, Jervis Su says that they “hope it will bring some joy at this time”.

Su continues to say: “Huawei Music is [just] one of the mobile services we are rapidly building to offer the first real alternative to smartphone users in ten years.” These services, of course, work seamlessly with Huawei brand smartphones and tablets.

Whilst Huawei Music resembles what we’ve come to expect as standard from music streaming apps for the most part, it does feature a unique Party Mode. This mode makes listening social by connecting with others and playing the same songs at the same time wherever you are to the others.

Huawei Music is available now in the UK, Ireland, Spain, the Netherlands, Italy Germany, Sweden and France.

How to send music fans to streaming services and stores

Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, Facebook, YouTube – which should you share on social media to maximise clickthrough rate? Fanlinks with Push.fm allow you to share all of them and more with one URL.

Our partner site Push.fm offers tools designed to help you promote your music in new and creative ways.

Fanlinks give you a way to share all of the places your music lives, be it streaming services, stores or social sites, in one handy link. With over 40 stores to chose from, we cover all major platforms. Fanlinks are fully customisable, link to one site or all of our partner stores.

Push.fm also offers Pre-Saves and Content Unlocks for artists and creators.

All of the these promotional tools are free. Get 30 Fanlinks, 1 Pre-Save and 10 Content Unlocks for free, or go premium for unlimited everything at just £4.99/month.

Head to Push.fm to get started today.

Tencent now own 10% of Universal Music Group following a drawn-out deal

Chinese conglomerate and major presence in music in Asia, Tencent have set their sets to the West with acquisitions.

A long awaited deal has finally been completed that puts Tencent Holdings in an even bigger spot than before in the global music industry. Vivendi have sold a 10% stake in the iconic Universal Music Group worth $3.36 billion.

If you don’t know, Tencent are a Chinese mega company with fingers in many a pot, including the huge social app TikTok. Music is one of their notable fortes as they own the biggest music streaming services in China; QQ Music, Kugou, and Kuwo which all together made over $1 billion in revenues last year.

Vivendi are hoping that with Tencent and their huge funding potential behind them they hope to “improve the promotion of UMG’s artists”. Just how much more promotion one of the 3 major labels can get for their artists we’ll have to see, but Tencent’s strong presence in Asia could play a part.

Whilst major labels have butted heads with streaming services over the years, Tencent are in a much friendlier position with them. Despite owning competing streaming services, Tencent owns a stake in Spotify and vice-versa.

Vivendi said of the new sale: “Now that this very significant strategic operation has been completed, Vivendi will pursue the possible sale of additional minority interests in UMG, assisted by several banks which it has mandated.

“Vivendi is very happy with the arrival of the Tencent-led consortium. It will enable UMG to further develop in the Asian market.”

Amazon Music debuts new Ol’ Dirty Bastard documentary

To mark 25 years since Ol’ Dirty Bastard released Return to the 36 Chambers, Amazon have released a new documentary on the iconic rapper and his band.

Ol’ Dirty Bastard and the Legacy of ‘Return to the 36 Chambers’ is a new mini documentary produced by Amazon Music. It has been released on the anniversary of the debut album from late, great Ol’ Dirty Bastard – one of the Wu-Tang Clan’s defining members.

Notorious for his unique and energetic style with no holds barred delivery Ol’ Dirty Bastard is a unforgotten legend in rap. The new mini-doc, running at 17 minutes long, tracks the life of ODB from an unsigned rapper to releasing music with one of hip-hops key influential groups to his successful and storied solo career.

Amazon Music have produced and released the documentary. Thankfully for non-Amazon users they have uploaded it to YouTube as well so that anyone and everyone can enjoy it.

How much money does a play make on music streaming services? (2020)

How much a single play earns on music streaming services depends on a great deal. Here’s a rough guide to streaming royalties in 2020.

A single stream of a track can be worth a very different amount depending on a lot of factors like; what service was it played on, which country the listener is in, whether they’ve paid to listen or are using an ad-supported service – and even more.

As such we can’t say exactly what each store pays out per stream but we can take a close estimate at what you’re likely to get for each play of a song.


$0.019


$0.013


$0.012


$0.008


$0.008


$0.007


$0.006


$0.004


$0.004


$0.002


$0.001


$0.0004


Where to sell beat licenses online in 2020

So you’ve finished crafting the perfect hip-hop beat, but not sure what to do next? Here’s how to spread the word and sell licenses.

When selling beats online, you want your music to be in as many hands as possible. This means getting your music on as many platforms as possible. Here’s why you should and how to distribute your beats to stores.

The best place to sell beat licenses is your own website. A website allows you to have full control over your music, customisation over the look, 100% of the revenue generated with no monthly costs and zero distractions for your audience from other producers beats. For tips on building your website, click here.

Selling beats via your own website is the ideal solution for established producers, however there are some benefits for going through a third-party that make it the better choice for starting out.

  • Easy upload and organisation – With a couple of clicks you’ll be able to create a clean/organised profile, upload directly to the site and set multiple lease types.
  • Promotion – If you have no existing audience, having your music on a large database users can search through, may be the kick your music needs to send it into the mainstream. Make sure you set the genre, BPM, mood and track type to make your music easily searchable. Should your songs gain plays and your profile build followers, you’ll rank higher in search results.
  • Payment – For buyers, sending payment to a stranger online can be risky, without being sure they’ll send over track in return. Using a beat selling site makes this process secure and autonomous. Tracks become downloadable the moment payment is made.

There is no one site best for all producers. You’ll want to find one that works best for you and your music. BeatStars offer affordable plans and have a good sized catalogue and user base.

For more on getting started selling beats online, find our article ‘How do I sell my first beat license’.

How to add music to a TikTok video

You’ve uploaded your tracks to RouteNote, selected TikTok as one of the stores and want to check your music is live or use it in a music video. You can do this in a few easy steps.

To check your music is on TikTok, you don’t even need to create an account. Start by downloading the app on the App Store or Google Play.

Step 1

Tap the plus icon at the bottom of the screen to create a new video.

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Step 2

Either record or upload a video.

Step 3

Once you’ve got your video, tap ‘Sounds’ in the bottom left corner.

Step 4

From here you can browser popular music and playlists, or search using the bar at the top of the screen.

Step 4
Step 5

Preview your track and click the red tick to continue.

Step 5
Step 6

Tap ‘Trim’ in the right panel.

Step 7

Use the slider to adjust where your music starts and tap the red tick to continue.

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Step 8

Once you’ve finished your edits, tap ‘Next’ in the bottom right, give it a description and hit ‘Post’.

That’s it! Now just kick back and wait for your video to go viral.

To get your music on the most popular social media app in the world for free, click here.

Paradigm Laying Off At Least 100 staff – Coronavirus cripples Events Industry – and even the biggest live talent agency in the world isn’t safe!

Paradigm is laying off over 100 staff because of the Coronavirus. Paradigm has becoming one of the world largest live talent agencies worldwide and it has been hit extremely hard because of Coronavirus.

Paradigm employs over approximately 700 people worldwide, so this is a big hit to their workforce, but as Coronavirus expands and the lockdowns continue the number of layoffs is expected to rise.