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From Megan Thee Stallion To Ashanti, Here Are 7 Artists Who Have Been Vocal About The Business Behind The Music

Artists experiencing delays in their music projects dropping is a tale as old as time. Back in 2013, Buzzfeed reported on the unfortunate reality of artists not being able to release their music including reasons like artists being mismanaged, the label focusing on competition, stalling on getting their music ready for radio, and more. But as a The Guardian report simply put it, “But to writers and artists, your songs are your babies. It’s only fair that you get them back if they’re not being looked after.” The industry continues to evolve with the times, yet still musicians — especially Black women artists — are subjected to constant pushback from their labels. Oftentimes, they are left with limited options on how to resolve the issue such as trying to part ways amicably. Another way to musical freedom that can be quite a hassle is acquiring their master recordings. As previously reported by AfroTech, the likes of Anita Baker, Rihanna, Ciara, and more used their voices to earn back...

Aug 15, 2022

These Two Vydia Execs Launched What Could Prove To Be A Game-Changing Resource For The Music Industry

Vydia is making it easier for label owners to empower their artists. The end-to-end music technology platform launched the Vydia+ Partner Directory in February 2022 to meet the needs of industry owners. The directory provides Vydia’s 1,100-plus labels and artists along with industry professionals with reputable third-party vendors and service providers in various industries. Vydia’s recent integration is timely as 80 percent of its label owners cited difficulties hiring credible third-party service providers due to a lack of trust. This unsettling reality also prevents label owners from scaling their businesses and artists. Vydia’s Head of Creative Marketing Erica Johnson and Head of Label Services Liz Eason have combined the talents of its label owners to develop a credible ecosystem available to hire. “There was not a real centralized resource in the music industry that is vetted and trusted. So, we saw there was a gap through surveying our clients,” Eason told AfroTech. “We...

Mar 16, 2022