Top Kobalt Posts 2017

15 Most Popular Kobalt Blog Posts of 2017

Over the past year, we’ve given our friends, clients, and readers a closer look into Kobalt from all sides through publishing advice, insider conversations, and even profiles of our very own team. To cap off this landmark year, here are our top 15 most popular posts (with a few more thrown in for good measure). Catch up below!

1. Music Publisher Checklist: Top 10 Must-Haves When Choosing a Music Publisher

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There are a few essentials you should be looking for to ensure you’re getting the most out of your music. We've put together this checklist to help you make that comparison. Continue reading…

2. A New Type of Collection Society for the Global Digital Streaming Market

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In today's post we explore a new type of collection society that actually has the capacity for effectively handling the behemoth better known as: the global digital streaming market. Continue reading…

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3. The Power of Playlists for Independent Artists

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Today’s definition of “breaking” in music is different than it was 20, or even five, years ago for that matter. To break and establish a career in today’s music industry, artists need to understand the importance of playlists. Continue reading…

4. Life@Kobalt: Talking with CMO Ryan Wright

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Welcome to Life at Kobalt: Today we're catching up with CMO Ryan Wright to discuss a new concept of marketing in the music industry. Continue reading…

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5. How Independent Artists Break Through the Noise in 2017

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More music is being released by more artists than ever before in 2017. Take a look at how independent labels are helping artists break through the noise and build careers. Continue reading…

6. The Experiment: Putting Kobalt Technology to the Test

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We talk a lot about technology — why it matters to creators and how it helps the music industry grow — but in today’s post, we want to show you results. Continue reading…

7. Kobalt at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards

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The 60th Annual Grammy Awards will take place on January 28, 2018. Quite a few of our Kobalt clients are nominated, so we're taking this opportunity to recognize and congratulate them all! Continue reading…

8. The Evolution of Streaming and Radio in 2017

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While terrestrial radio is still an important part of any artist’s career trajectory, streaming offers new avenues to get music heard, sell albums, and build fanbases. Continue reading…

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9. What Millennial Content Consumption Means for the Music Industry

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Though Millennials are consuming more content than ever, they're not necessarily loyal or set in their "new ways," particularly when it comes to listening to music. Continue reading…

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10. Why Independent Artists Are Ruling the Music Industry According to Willard Ahdritz

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Kobalt founder & CEO and AWAL Executive Chairman Willard Ahdritz shares his insights into the current state of the music industry and why it'll only get better for indie artists in the future. Continue reading…

11. What Are The 3 Biggest Challenges For Today's Artists?

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Today we're exploring the 3 biggest and most common challenges faced by today's artists. Continue reading…

12. Talking Music, Data, and the AWAL App with Oskar Ekman, YEAR0001

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The AWAL App was launched about a month ago, providing members unique insights to their streaming data. One of the App’s most engaged users includes Oskar Ekman, co-founder and artist manager at the independent record label YEAR0001. Continue reading…

13. Music Week explores the Apps that are changing the music industry

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Music Week recently went on a journey to find the best apps out there in the music industry which lead them to our very own Kobalt and AWAL Apps. Continue reading…

14. U.S. Music Mid-Year Report: The Growth of Streaming Consumption in 2017

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While overall audio consumption is up this year at about 9%, the most significant gains have been made by the music industry's golden child — streaming services. Continue reading...

15. Savan Kotecha Talks Music Publishers with Music Business WorldWide

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In a chat with Music Business Worldwide, renowned songwriter Savan Kotecha shared some of his positive personal insights on music publishing. Continue reading…


Thanks to all of our readers for keeping up with the Kobalt blog this year! We can’t wait to see what 2018 has in store.

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