30 episodes

Music Business Worldwide (MBW) is the leading information and jobs service for the global music industry. It publishes two podcasts: The weekly series, Talking Trends – which dives behind the biggest headlines in the music industry – as well as The MBW Podcast, which sees us interview some of the leading figures in the global business.

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Music Business Worldwide (MBW) is the leading information and jobs service for the global music industry. It publishes two podcasts: The weekly series, Talking Trends – which dives behind the biggest headlines in the music industry – as well as The MBW Podcast, which sees us interview some of the leading figures in the global business.

    Taylor Swift x TikTok and artist visibility on Spotify: Talking Trends

    Taylor Swift x TikTok and artist visibility on Spotify: Talking Trends

    On this episode of Music Business Worldwide's Talking Trends, MBW founder, Tim Ingham, is joined by Charlie D'Atri, to discuss two key recent headlines from the world of entertainment: 

    (1) Criticism of Spotify from non-superstar artists who say the platform isn't paying them a fair amount in royalties; (2) Taylor Swift unilaterally putting her recorded music back on TikTok despite her record company, Universal Music Group, continuing to refuse to license the service.

    People and companies mentioned on this Talking Trends podcast include: Universal Music Group, Spotify, Daniel Ek, Sir Lucian Grainge, Stem, Milana Rabkin-Lewis, Virgin Music Group, Beggars Group, Bad Bunny, TikTok, HYBE, Scooter Braun, WeVerse, Meta.
    Music Business Worldwide's Podcasts are supported by Voly Entertainment (previously known as Voly Music).
    Music Business Worldwide's Podcasts are supported by Voly Entertainment (previously known as Voly Music).

    • 24 min
    ‘When artists say they want to be independent, what they really mean is they want to be autonomous.'

    ‘When artists say they want to be independent, what they really mean is they want to be autonomous.'

    On the latest Music Business Worldwide podcast, MBW founder Tim Ingham is joined by Milana Rabkin Lewis, the founder and CEO of Los Angeles-based Stem, a distribution and services company, including financial services for independent artists.

    Stem has had a big 12 months. A major highlight arrived last summer when the company announced it had secured a $250 million credit agreement with Victory Park Capital, which has transformed the size and scope of artist advances that Stem can offer.

    For a firm that has grown used to seeing some of its biggest independent artists jump to major label deals, that $250 million raise is something of a game changer for Stem and Milana.

    Long-term listeners to MBW's podcasts may remember that this isn't Milana’s first time speaking to us. She last appeared on this podcast four years ago, just at the tip of the pandemic, and she volunteered a number of predictions about the music businesses in the years ahead, many of which have already come true, or at least partly come true.

    On this podcast, Milana and Tim discuss – with some agreement, but not always – several crucial topics in the music business right now, from TikTok versus Universal Music Group to artist-centric streaming royalties to artificial intelligence, and of course Stem, and why Milana truly believes she is building a music company fit for the future.
    Music Business Worldwide's Podcasts are supported by Voly Entertainment (previously known as Voly Music).

    • 45 min
    BMI's songwriter payout and Universal's investment into HYBE's WeVerse: Talking Trends

    BMI's songwriter payout and Universal's investment into HYBE's WeVerse: Talking Trends

    On this episode of Music Business Worldwide's Talking Trends, MBW founder, Tim Ingham, is joined once again by Charlie D'Atri, to discuss two key recent headlines from the world of entertainment: (1) BMI's $100 million payout to songwriters following its acquisition by New Mountain Capital; (2) Universal Music Group's investment into HYBE's 'superfan' app, WeVerse.

    People and companies mentioned on this Talking Trends podcast include: BMI, ASCAP, Google, Spotify, New Mountain Capital, BMG, Kobalt, Sony Music, Universal Music Group, Sir Lucian Grainge, HYBE, Scooter Braun, Shopify,  David Bianchi, Goldman Sachs, Live Nation, Ticketmaster, Vivendi, SeeTickets, WeVerse, and more.
    Music Business Worldwide's Podcasts are supported by Voly Entertainment (previously known as Voly Music).

    • 18 min
    Fortnite Festival and Spotify's $10k earners: Talking Trends

    Fortnite Festival and Spotify's $10k earners: Talking Trends

    On this episode of Music Business Worldwide's Talking Trends, MBW founder, Tim Ingham, is joined once again by Charlie D'Atri, to discuss two key recent headlines from the world of entertainment: (1) Fortnite's 'Festival', built by music gaming experts Harmonix, in which players can purchase music tracks via in-game store; (2) A stat from Spotify showing that over half the 66,000 artists who generated $10k+ on the platform in 2023 were based in countries where English is not the first language.

    People and companies mentioned on this Talking Trends podcast include: Epic Games, Harmonix, Meta, Mark Zuckerberg, Universal Music Group, Gabe Newell, Valve, Sony Music Group, Warner Music Group, Daniel Ek, Spotify, Luminate, Mavin Records, Believe, and Denis Ladegaillerie.
    Music Business Worldwide's Podcasts are supported by Voly Entertainment (previously known as Voly Music).

    • 18 min
    J. Erving on RAYE, independent artists, and selling Human Re Sources to Sony Music

    J. Erving on RAYE, independent artists, and selling Human Re Sources to Sony Music

    Welcome to the latest Music Business Worldwide Podcast, supported by Voly Entertainment.

    Joining MBW founder, Tim Ingham, on this podcast is Julius Erving III, better known as J. Erving.

    Erving is the founder of Los Angeles-based Human Re Sources, a distribution and services company working with premium independent artists. Its successful clients since launch have included Brent Faiyiz, Pinks Sweats, Ant Clemons, and YBN Nahmir.

    Right now, though, people are focusing on Human Re Sources for one artist more than any other: RAYE. 

    In February 2024, two years after that signing to Human Re Sources, RAYE swept the UK’s BRIT Awards, with a record-breaking six wins including Album Of The Year.

    There is, then, lots to ask J Erving about the success of independent artists like RAYE – and what that reflects about the wider music business.

    On this podcast, we also ask him about his previous life as an artist manager, his personal motivations, and his decision in 2020 to sell Human Re Sources to Sony Music and The Orchard.
    Music Business Worldwide's Podcasts are supported by Voly Entertainment (previously known as Voly Music).

    • 26 min
    Skibidi Toilet, TikTok's manipulated audio, and Deezer's 26m track purge: Talking Trends

    Skibidi Toilet, TikTok's manipulated audio, and Deezer's 26m track purge: Talking Trends

    On this episode of Music Business Worldwide's Talking Trends (supported by Voly Entertainment): MBW founder, Tim Ingham, is joined by Los Angeles-based music biz seer, Charlie D'Atri, to discuss two recent headlines from the world of entertainment: 

    (1) Deezer's decision to remove 26 million music tracks from its library of content; and (2) The amount of 'manipulated audio' that continues to thrive on TikTok today - even when it's a Universal Music Group recording being 'manipulated'. (Also discussed Skibidi Toilet – a cultural phenomenon driven by a 'manipulated' Timbaland track.)

    People and companies mentioned on this Talking Trends podcast include: Deezer, Bob Roback, Ingrooves, Epidemic Sound, Calm, Amazon, Windham Hill Records, Universal Music Group, Endel, Oleg Stavinksy, Pex, TikTok, JP Morgan, YouTube, Rasty Turek, Neil Young, and more.
    Music Business Worldwide's Podcasts are supported by Voly Entertainment (previously known as Voly Music).
    Music Business Worldwide's Podcasts are supported by Voly Entertainment (previously known as Voly Music).

    • 20 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
33 Ratings

33 Ratings

tahidy ,

So informative

I am super excited I found this podcast as an independent artist it’s a pretty lonely road! So getting information from the business side has made my music Career much stronger! I am working on my second album and it’s great to know how the other side of things truly work!

Cheefguy ,

I love this podcast

Wish Tim would make even more episodes. As usual MBW has the best analysis of today’s music industry and the new podcast format is great.

Pablo Gill ,

Let Louise talk!

Tim seems to dominate all the Talking Trends discussions. That's okay, he is interesting, but Louise barely gets to speak once the questions start!

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