MusicThinkTank Weekly Recap: Jannelle Monáe • Promoting On A Budget • Safe And Secure • More

6a00d83451b36c69e201b8d291fefc970c-150wiThis week on MusicThinkTank, we explored the new era of Janelle Monáe, how to promote your new project on the cheap, the best way to stay safe and secure at a music festival, and more.

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REWIND: New Music Industry’s Week In Review

6a01b7c7aa2d2b970b01b7c907b5d7970b-100wiIn this meander back through the week's top music industry news, we check back on Kickstarter's new Director of Music in Perfect Pussy's Meredith Graves, how big data and analytics could hold the key to the future of music marketing, the Senate's vote to restore Net Neutrality, and more.

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UMG Revenue Up 4.5% As Vivendi Confirms IPO, Sale Plans

image from images.complex.comSerious exploration of an IPO or the sale of Universal Music Group was confirmed by parent Vivendi during an earnings call Thursday.  A Board committee has been tasked with exploring "all or a potential change in the Universal Music Group’s shareholding structure." 

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Smokey Robinson Gives Moving Defense Of Artists Rights At Hearing Over Music Modernization Act

1Singer songwriter Smokey Robinson too the stage in a somewhat different capacity recently to act as a moving and powerful advocate for artists' rights, delivering a passionate defense to the Senate Judiciary Committee as they deliberate on the Music Modernization Act.

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Spotify, Apple Music and The Future Of Ad Supported Streaming [Zach Fuller, MIDiA]

FreemusicMusicians and labels have long been skeptical of Spotify's free ad-supported tier, primarily because returns a lower per stream rate than Spotify's, Apple Music's or other paid subscription tiers. But according to MIDiA's Zach Fuller, a recent makeover and the latest revenue stats show that Spotify is, at least somewhat successful, repositioning free streaming is not a replacement for retail but a replacement for radio.  

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Want To Write Music For TV? 4 Tips For Producers

1Writing music for TV can be a great way to make steady money in the music industry, all the while exercising your creativity and getting your music heard. Here we look at four important things to know for starting out that will make the process smoother and more likely to be successful.

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Rap vs Pap: Dr Dre Loses Trademark Battle With Gynecologist Dr Drai

1In a surprising clash of music and medicine, Dr. Dre faced defeat at the conclusion of a trademark battle he waged against Pennsylvania OB/GYN Dr. Drai, with the former rapper concerned that some kind of confusion would result would occur between the two professionals

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10K Radio Stations File BMI Lawsuit To Pay Songwriters Less, PRO Responds

BMIThe Radio Music License Committee, which represents more than 10,000 commercial radio stations in the US, has filed a petition in the federal rate court to resolve its ongoing rate dispute with performing rights organization BMI over the amount paid to songwriters and publishers for the broadcast of music.

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A 3 Step Plan To Consistently Gain New Fans

Image1-livemusicsignFans are an essential part of finding success as a band, and while fanbase growth has an huge variety of factors, this article focuses on three tactics which, in addition to be successful in their own right, have proven to produce spectacular results when when consistently used in conjunction with each other.

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