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Getting It Done: The Week In D.I.Y.

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REWIND: The New Music Industry's Week In Review

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Facebook Experiences 4.8% Decline In Unique Visitors

Facebook-thumbs-downCould the Facebook craze finally be leveling off? A recent report from the analyst firm ComScore indicates that the amount of unique U.S. visitors to Facebook has dropped slightly in May when compared to April and March, and has shown a 4.8% overall decline in six months. This decline in traffic could cause concern for investors, as Facebook's high market value is primarily associated with its growth potential.

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Fan-Funded Album Outperforms Rihanna And Coldplay On UK Charts

AltthumbProof that one does not need to be a pop goddess or multi-platinum selling rock band to make it onto the charts, a relatively unknown singer-songwriter named Ginger Wildheart (who first made a name for himself with the 90s rock band “The Wildhearts”), is currently sitting at the #9 spot on the UK Mid-Week Top Album charts with an album that was funded by his fans through PledgeMusic. A milestone for crowdfunding and direct-to-fan music as a whole, this fun-funded album even outsold music goliaths Rhianna and Coldplay – despite being recorded on relatively shoestring budget.

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Denial Of A Digital Lifestyle: Living The Life Of An Ostrich (With Your Head In The Sand)

Ostrich-sandGuest post by Brian Thompson of Thorny Bleeder.

According to legends (although there is no evidence to show that this is true), ostriches have a tendency to bury their heads in the sand as a way to avoid danger.  Today, people are often said to bury their heads in the sand when they refuse to confront or deal with a problem, and choose to deny it.

And that's exactly what's happening with many people in the music business, on both the label side and the artist side (it's the latter that I find most shocking).

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This Label Earns Almost 80% Of Revenue From Spotify

Kalle_magnusson_hybris_spotifyGuest post by Eliot Van Buskirk of Evolver.fm.

When a Swede talks about Spotify, it helps to have a grain of salt nearby. The freemium streaming service seems to be something of a matter of national pride over there.

Some places, like England or Jamaica, invent major musical styles that traverse the world. Sweden produced the means with which some of the world’s most fervent music fans now listen to that music.

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Successfully Crowdfunding Classical Music

Tracy-silvermanJust like other genres of music, classical musicians have been successfully crowdfunding projects large and small via Kickstarter and other crowdfunding platforms. The Conducting Business podcast recently hosted a panel discussion related to crowdfunding classical music. Central to that discussion was the successful campaign by violinist Tracy Silverman to raise funds to record a CD of an original work he composed to be performed with the Calder Quartet.

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Apple Plans Major iTunes Overhaul [Report]

Itunes_revamp-313x229Guest post by Eliot Van Buskirk of Evolver.fm.

Bloomberg reports that Apple is working on a major iTunes overhaul that could mark the biggest change in the program since 2003, when it emerged from Apple’s purchase of a music player for the Mac called SoundJam MP.

As I write this, Spotify is playing a track of Mitt Romney talking about health care. It’s also downloading and uploading data representing music, because the desktop version of Spotify uses a peer-to-peer architecture that helps the company save on bandwidth by making users stream bits of music to each other on their private internet connections.

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The Week In Music Apps: Android Songkick, Mashup Makers, Rock/Rap Battles & More Efficient Facebook Stalking

image from www.google.comGuest post by Andrew Garsetti of Evolver.fm.

The music world was hectic this past week, the most newsworthy item being the lethal pre-show stage collapse of the structure housing Radiohead’s beautiful and engrossing performance visuals. We also saw an art installation in L.A. turn heads with its ingenuity and the free release of a normally $200 Moog keyboard.

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"Live Nation Part 2" - Will Ownership Consolidation Ruin EDM?

Elderly-djGuest post by Daniel Lieberman, Policy Fellow at Future of Music Coalition.

We’ve seen this movie before: large media company enters growing, now profitable music scene. Large media company buys up all the smaller regional operations it can get its hands on. Now that smaller companies are together in one happy music pool, large media company presents pool to advertisers and marketers. Large media company soon cashes out of the conglomerate it created at handsome profit, walking off into the sunset.  

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Artist Growth Wins MTV O Music Award For Best Music App

Picture_5.1Artist Growth, the mobile and web dashboard for musicians, has topped the voting for the “Best Music App” category in the MTV O Music Awards. The company, which only launched five months ago, defeated industry titans the likes of Spotify and Live Nation with interactive tools that enable artists "to be knowledgeable about everything from marketing to booking gigs," as MTV puts it.

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Spotify Must Win Hearts To Grow Subscribers

Spotify5Guest post by Kyle Bylin of Live Nation Labs.

Spotify, the online music service, has added a free, ad-supported radio feature to its iOS apps, which allows listeners to create and play music stations—akin to what Pandora offers—for as long as they want.

The need for Spotify to develop a radio service, some suggest, stems from its strategy of “attracting users with free, ad-supported services who can be converted later into paying subscribers.” While this may be true, Spotify also realizes that a radio service will allow it to appeal to casual listeners as well as the service’s more avid core users.

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Music As A Service Part 2 - The Transition To An Experience Model (Community Over Content)

Ny1Part 2 of a guest post by Wesley Verhoeve (@wesleyverhoeve), artist manager, producer, curator, and founder of Family Records. Read Part 1 here.

Two of the biggest changes in consumer behavior are not only complementary, they even amplify each other. These are changes to embrace, not fight. The first change is the move from a product oriented economy, to one that values experiences over products. The second is a shift from isolated individual consumption to social consumption.

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Google Unveils Nexus Q: 8 Things It Will Do For Music Fans

Google_nexus_q_detail-267x238Guest post by Eliot Van Buskirk of Evolver.fm.

Yesterday, Google announced a new hardware device: Google Nexus Q, a $300 Android entertainment system for the home that Google calls “the first social streaming media player.” Here’s what it will do for music fans, according to what we know so far:

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The Mast Enlist DJs & Hybrid Distribution For UpUpUp (Remixes) EP

Mast-upupupIt's true that The Mast didn't release their latest EP UpUpUp (Remixes) on Nintendo cartridge or other alternative media but they've done a pretty good job of covering all possible bases. They self-released on Bandcamp, released to iTunes via Channel A Records and pursued the Beatport crowd with the help of Playloop Records.  It's a joint project but also a remix project allowing The Mast to expand their reach and introduce themselves to new audiences.

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Artist Development Today = Clarity, Direction & Commitment: The Indie Artist Launch Plan Part 2

DIY_portrait_web-150x150This week, we have part two of the Indie Artist Launch Plan. Missed part one? Read it here. In part 2, Jamie Leger covers artist development and the performing artist/band launch plan. Check out some key areas to focus on by going to the full post on Music Think Tank.

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Louis CK Shows Music Industry How Direct Ticketing Defeats Scalpers [100K Tickets / $4.5M / 2 Days]

Scalpers-591x394Guest post by Eliot Van Buskirk of Evolver.fm.

Our piece about what funnyman Louis CK is teaching the music industry has attracted a fair amount of attention on the web this week — and as such, it’s only fair to follow up with information about how his strategy of selling tickets directly to fans, for one flat price of $45 regardless of city or seat, is working. As it turns out, it’s working great.

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Ticketfly Expands To Offer Full-Fledged Marketing Services

Ticketfly-bubble-vector-CMYK-1024x367(UPDATED) Independent ticketing and social marketing company Ticketfly has announced that they will begin offering full-on marketing services to their users. This announcement comes as the company found that while the average client sells just 30% of their tickets through the social tools Ticketfly provides, those clients who take full advantage of all of their tools see up to 70% of tickets sold through those channels.

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Live Nation Settles With Michael Cohl - Does This Mean A Rolling Stones Tour?

image from upload.wikimedia.orgLive Nation has amicably settled its legal dispute with former chairman Michael Cohl.  "We’ve had a long and fruitful history, collaborating with Michael Cohl," said Arthur Fogel, Chairman of Global Muisc and CEO of Global Touring. "We’re pleased that we’ve been able to resolve our differences, and can now get back to working together."

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Amanda Palmer To Distribute Fan-Funded Album Through Alliance Entertainment

2860556175_50316587ff_zKickstarter queen Amanda Palmer has announced that Alliance Entertainment will exclusively distribute her fan-funded album in the United States. Alliance is the largest wholesale distributor of home entertainment audio and video software in the U.S. and serves some 3,000 merchants including Target, Best Buy, and Barnes and Noble, and Internet retailers such as Amazon.com. Alliance’s recently acquired Audiolife division will distribute other fan-funded products (books, art, etc.) associated with the multidimensional album project Theatre Is Evil, set for a September 11th release.

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Wesley Verhoeve: Music As A Service Rather Than A Product [Part 1]

Ny1(UPDATED) Guest post by Wesley Verhoeve (@wesleyverhoeve), an artist manager, producer, curator, and the founder of Family Records.

Yesterday’s article really seems to have struck a chord. Not only did it destroy all previous page visit and social stats for this blog, it also brought about the most heated debate in the comments and on twitter. The main criticism of my point of view originates from a certain false moral high ground, and a convenient historic amnesia when it comes to copyrights. It can be summed up as follows:

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The Capitalization of EDM Continues: Live Nation Acquires HARD Events

LiveNationLarge-550x380As electronic dance music (EDM) continues to grow in prevalence, it continues to attract the attention of investors and major concert promoters looking to cash in. Robert Sillerman (the man who launched the concert company SFX, which went on to become Live Nation) has said that his revived SFX company is looking to spend upwards of $1 billion on acquisitions within a year. Sillerman has even reportedly offered $60 million to Insomniac alone, the company that produces the massive Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC). Having already acquired Disco Productions earlier this month and Cream Holdings LTD in May, today marks another milestone for Sillerman and Live Nation – the acquisition of HARD Events.

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6 Essential Elements Of A Music Digital Press Kit [Musician Website Quick Fix #9]

Guest post from musician website and marketing platform Bandzoogle.

When creating your website, you have to think about the different kinds of people that will be visiting it. These can be your current fans, potential new fans, as well as media and industry people.

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Alex Day & The Future Of The Music Industry

Alex-dayYouTube star Alex Day is back in the news with the simultaneous release of three singles. Day initially drew attention on YouTube with a variety of entertaining videos that allowed him to get his music in front of lots of folks and subsequently sell quite a bit, reaching #4 on the UK's top singles chart. When I wrote about his achievements late last year I referred to him as unsigned but after speaking with him this week, I realized he is one of those artists who has chosen to sign himself.

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Thrillcall App Doesn't Want You To Be Bored Tonight

Thrillcall_nyc-158x238Guest post by Eliot Van Buskirk of Evolver.fm.

It’s a sad fact: Every night, at venues across the land, bands play to half-empty venues or worse. Meanwhile, people who would enjoy the show sit across town, non-blissfully unaware of what they could be doing, if only they’d thought to check.

First of all, a plethora of apps already exist for finding out about live music. You can even use Songkick (now for Android) or something of its ilk to parse your listening habits and let you know when a band you like is coming to town. Thrillcall takes an opposite approach. It behaves the same way for ever user, because the salient factor is the date - as in, “What’s going on tonight, and where do my friends and I get tickets?”

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Comedian Louis CK Offers Music Industry 'How To'

Louis_ck-591x417Guest post by Eliot Van Buskirk of Evolver.fm.

Lots of people are talking about whether electronic artists push one button or more than one button when they play live. Everyone else seems to be bickering about whether the kids today are immoral because they play videogames and stream music instead of dropping acid and seeing the Grateful Dead. You know who isn’t talking? Ironically, because it’s his job, Louis CK. He’s too busy doing things like reinventing the media business, if only for one man and his fans.

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Research: Young Listeners May Embrace CD Quality Audio, But It Won't Be On A CD

Qnext_share_musicAccording to research conducted by Dr. Sean Olive, young listeners choose CD-quality audio over lossy alternatives when given the choice. Listeners may prefer CD-quality audio, but many do not embrace physical media and prefer music access to ownership. On Music Think Tank, Tom Dennehy talks about the decline of CD sales, digital downloads, and NPR Intern Emily White.

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