Retail

5 Branding Lessons From Third Man Records

After an exciting and illuminating visit to Jack White’s baby, Third Man Records, Chris Robley shares some valuable insights into what made the venue/studio/record store such compelling place to visit, and how the lessons learned there can be applied to the branding of other artists. __________________ Guest post by Chris…

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Music Biz Conference Meets Music City

In the wake of the annual music convention hitting Nashville, The Orchard’s Antone DeSantis takes us on tour of some Nashville’s top brick and mortar retail spots, from Third Man Records to Grimey’s New and Preloved Music. ________________________ Guest post by Antone DeSantis of The Orchard’s The Daily Rind The…

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6 Inspirational Ideas For Upping Your Music Merch Game

In this day and age, there’s no reason any of your fans should ever walk away from a concert disappointed in the merch. Clever and innovative band merch is one of the best ways not only to earn an income from your profession, but also to make yourself memorable to…

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Record Store Day 2017 Top Selling Singles, Albums & More

Two legacy artists topped the sales charts for Record Store Day 2017 according to BuzzAngle. The Grateful Dead’s "Vancouver 7/29/66" was the top selling album of the day, while The Beatles’ "Strawberry Fields Forever" was the top selling single. Year-over-year (single-day RSD 2017 vs single-day RSD 2016) % Change: Category…

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Streaming Music Has Changed What It Means To Be Successful

Although an album’s success was once measured by the number of purchases, the streaming era has significantly altered how information is gathered and used, with success now being measured by listens, not purchases. __________________________ Guest post by Philippe Giard of The Orchard’s The Daily Rind Once upon a time, in…

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Record Store Day 2017: A Reminder That Americans Still Buy Music

Did you know that one in three vinyl buyers also pays for an on-demand music subscription? Even in the age of streaming, many still want to touch, feel and own their music. Proof of that is just hours away during this Saturday’s Record Store Day. _____________________________________ Guest post by Russ…

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6 Ways To Ensure You’re Leaving Nothing On The (Merch) Table

Although sales of physical music may have declined, there’s still plenty of money to be made in the merch department. Here we look at six effective ways of improving traffic and sales at the merch table during your next show. _______________________ In this new post to MusicThinkTank, Brian Buchanan looks…

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WMG Launches Fan-Driven, Vinyl-Only Label Run Out Groove

Warner Music Group has launched Run Out Groove, a fan-driven, vinyl-only record label. Initial offerings include Echo & The Bunnymen, Golden Smog, MC5, Secret Machines and Solomon Burke. _______________________________ Each month, WMG’s new vinyl only label Run Out Groove has fans vote on the label’s next high-quality vinyl pressing, chosen…

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Chuck Berry Music Sales Explode After His Death

Album sales and song sales on titles from Chuck Berry exploded after news of his death on Saturday, March 18th. The rock and roll pioneer was 90. Overall, Chuck Berry album sales increased 9,581% after his passing. His album sales average was 39 per day prior to his death and…

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The Real Story Behind Japanese ‘Lawsuit’ Guitars

In this edition of 6String Minutes, Elyadeen Anbar explores the true history of the fabled Japanese ‘lawsuit’ guitars, alleged knock-offs of popular American brands, the quality of which, however, at times rivaled that of their American counterparts. ______________________________ Guest Post by Elyadeen Anbar on Soundfly’s Flypaper Welcome to 6String Minutes….

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