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Getting It Done: The Week In D.I.Y. & Indie Music

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Universal/EMI Halts Favored Nations In EU, But U.S. Digital Dealmaking Still Affected

B422131dba907fe18e46e07df4171ae0Universal Music Group today officially completed its $1.9 billion acquisition of EMI’s recorded music division, combining labels like Capitol Records, Def Jam Recordings, EMI Records, Interscope Records, Island Records, Motown Records, Virgin Records, Verve Music Group and many more under one very large roof. While major stipulations and conditions behind the deal are well known by now, one important detail has perhaps been a bit overlooked: Universal has committed to banishing Most Favored Nation clauses from contracts with digital music companies in Europe for the next ten years, which means that Universal will no longer get the benefit of any favorable pricing deals cut with rival labels.

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The Week In Music Publishing 9.28.12 - Sony/ATV vs. BMI, ASCAP & iPhone Music Streaming & More

image from www.google.comThe New York Post reports that rumours of an in-built iPhone 5 music streaming service were on the money. However, the service was scrapped at the last minute with talks between Apple and major publisher Sony/ATV breaking down. Sony/ATV are believed to have wanted higher per stream royalty rates.

According to the same article, Sony/ATV is 'about to set the musicstreaming sector on its ear, as it will pull out of the two main copyright associations, ASCAP and BMI, in January.' The purported pullout will pertain only to digital streaming rights.

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A Guide To Music Blog Powered Apps

Music_blog_aggregators-591x456Guest post by Eliot Van Buskirk of Evolver.fm.

Music blogs were once at the forefront of the promising field of allowing people to express their musical taste all over the world. They still are, actually. But for people who don’t have time to read hundreds or thousands or even one music blog every day, their relevance has faded for a number of reasons — among them that Facebook scrobbles everything our friends listen to on a variety of services so we can find out about stuff that way, and because there are so many taste-defining apps that let us find out about new tunes more efficiently than by combing through individual blog posts.

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EDM Ticket Sales Driven By Social Media + More Findings [INFOGRAPHIC]

Photo (12) copy 3Independent social ticketing platform Ticketfly has released an infographic detailing the purchase patterns of electronic dance music (EDM) concert attendees. Among the findings include social media being the primary source of nearly six times more ticket sales for EDM events when compared to other events. EDM fans also tend to buy 1.6 tickets per order on average, whereas for all other Ticketfly events, the order size averages about 2 tickets per order. Facebook mobile users also drove three times more ticket sales for EDM events.

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Exclusive: Songkick CEO Reveals Music Concert Crowdfunding Plans With The Tale Of Tycho

Songkick-logoIn what is likely to be a surprise to many despite the growing popularity of music crowdfunding, Songkick's CEO Ian Hogarth revealed that not only is Songkick developing a music concert fanfunding platform but has been experimenting with it since December. I spoke with Hogarth earlier this week and it turns out that he's been thinking about fanfunding at least as long as he's been building Songkick and his focus on getting the fans what they want is first and foremost.

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Musicians & Marketers: Identify Your Hidden Army Of Angels With guestHub

Guesthub-logoguestHub is a new service that identifies the hidden influencers that spread the word about your events or products and whose influence leads to actual sales. If you check out their site, it's easy to be put off by the corporate marketing speak but guestHub is potentially a powerful tool for anyone with music events or products to promote. They're partnered with Eventbrite so if that's your ticketing platform of choice they should be especially useful.

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Instagram Surpasses Twitter In Daily Active Mobile Users

Instagram-logoStill not on that Instagram hype yet? You may want to rethink that considering user adoption for the billion-dollar company (now valued at $735 million in correlation with Facebook’s stock) has been on the rise as of late. Stats and figures released by comScore indicate that Instagram surpassed Twitter for the first time in daily active users on mobile during the month of August. Instagram saw 7.3 million daily mobile users, while Twitter had 6.9 million.

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Musicmetric Research Charts Music Discovery & Consumption

Screen Shot 2012-09-27 at 12.14.08 AMGuest post by Valeria Bornstein of Fame House

Music industry analytics company Musicmetric recently released their Digital Music Index, a report detailing the latest trends in digital music and provides an in-depth look at the current digital music landscape. Musicmetric hopes that through an analysis of current industry trends that artists will begin to better understand their fans – vital to seeing increased sales, new revenue streams, and more effective marketing campaigns.

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TastemakerX Integrates Echo Nest For Realtime Marketplace Data

TastemakerxTastemakerX, where fantasy sports meets the music industry in the form of a social music discovery game, has added a new layer to their platform by partnering with music intelligence platform The Echo Nest. The music monitoring company will now provide “dynamic music intelligence” that allows gameplay to price and track artists based on real time trends, popularity, fan acceleration, plays on the open web, and other factors – creating a more realistic environment for players.

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Rumor Mill Says Top Secret Management Start-up In Lyor Cohen's Future

image from www.google.comLyor Cohen appears headed back to artist management after his exit this week as the CEO of Warner's recorded music division, according to several sources. The New York Daily News adds that Cohen used a code name with friends as he secretly developed the new talent management company over the last for two years while still heading Warner Music.

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Musicians, Others Lose Fans As Facebook Cracks Down On Fake Fans & Likes

image from www.google.comAs promised last month, Facebook has begun cracking down on fake accounts and the resulting fake Likes. Some are calling the crackdown Operation Unlike; but whatever the name, the result has been falling Facebook pageranks for many musicians and other Fan pages. Some of the top declines in Total Likes from the most popular Facebook pages yesterday include:

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MS MR's Releases EP On Tumblr. Let's Fans Listen, Watch, Remix & Reblog

Ms-mrMS MR are an "indie art-pop duo" that envisioned releasing an EP on Tumblr before they were even sure what they would be releasing. And that is exactly what they did, dropping a series of tracks via widgets that were ultimately upgraded to a single widget that includes audio, photos, a video, remix options, a Like button and a purchase link. It's an interesting approach to teasing a release that loses a bit of its impact now that every post has the same content.

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Echo Nest Launches Chart, Spotify Playlist Of Hottest 'Discovery' Music

Screen Shot 2012-09-27 at 12.54.21 AMMusic intelligence platform The Echo Nest has just launched a Spotify playlist of the top 100 “discovery” songs, which are said to be the songs that people are listening to and talking about the most across the web. The playlist curates through an internal scoring system that they say identifies up-and-coming new music from artists who are not yet established.

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Booktrack Creator On Adding Music To Books

Booktrack4-181x238By Eliot Van Buskirk of Evolver.fm.

I cannot write while I am listening to rap music. It overloads the word part of my brain, and my own words freeze up. When that happens, I queue up Boards of Canada or something like it, which has no words at all, and my words flow once again.

The same is true for reading with music.

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How Much Money Should You Aim To Make From Music? And How Much CAN You Make?

How Much Money Can You Make From MusicSo how much money can you make from music? Shaun Letang has posted a chapter from his book, ‘The Independent Musician’s Survival Guide’, that covers the different levels of making money from music. It is possible to make a living as a musician. Check out Shaun’s post on Music Think Tank for a realistic view of what is achievable.    

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Pandora And MOG Take Best In Apica's Web Performance Comparison

Apica-logoBy Eliot Van Buskirk of Evolver.fm.

When you press play in any music service, you want to hear music right away.

Even if the files you’re playing are stored up in the cloud, web and mobile apps must maintain the illusion that the files live on one’s own device. If the lag time is too long, our brains tell us that something is broken. We don’t like that. If it happens often enough, the discerning listener will throw up his or her hands and go back to storing music locally on a hard drive, just like grandpa used to do.

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Kim Dotcom Previews Megabox Music Service [VIDEO]

Screen Shot 2012-09-26 at 10.19.36 AMMegaupload founder Kim Dotcom posted two videos on YouTube today indicating that his Megabox project is nearing completion. One of the videos offers a behind-the-scenes look at seemingly large development team working on Megabox, while also teasing at a number of features and functions including artist lists and the ability for both users and artists to upload their music to the service.

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Music Apps Become Pawns In Platform War

Tumblr_ltnipx3VHi1qdcv5gGuest post by Kyle Bylin of sidewinder.fm

Apple did not debut a Pandora rival at the recent iPhone 5 unveiling. Sentiment among analysts about the possibility, however, did reveal something about how the ongoing platform war will impact music apps.

Often we regard a “good” idea with great timing as having the potential to capture a market, and perhaps, even obtain for its owners a lucrative exit. What we have learned recently is that a third and equally important element must align, too: distribution. The trouble is that in the platform war the distributors of apps—Apple, Google, Amazon, and Facebook—are also developers of apps; they could love an idea enough to buy it (as Facebook did with Instagram), or they could just develop their own.

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Upward Spiral Podcast #10: Interview w/Incubus Manager Steve Rennie, Advice For Bands, And More

6a00d83451b36c69e2017c31cdb916970b-800wi (1)This very special episode marks the tenth episode of the Upward Spiral podcast and contains an interview with Steve Rennie, long-time manager of the band Incubus. Steve shares his insights on how bands can succeed today and discusses his new web series of artist-advice videos, "Renman Music & Business". Plus, the group discuss recent news about Amanda Palmer, Trent Reznor, Lyor Cohen, and a lot more.

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Livestream Removes Ads, Offers Free Version

Ls-logo-200x50Livestream, one of the major livestreaming web services, has launched a new version that is now ad-free with both a free version and a $45 monthly producer account. In addition, a free iOS app is available for both versions and an Android app is on the way.  However both versions come with various restrictions such as no embedding that may undermine demand.

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The Last Chance Saloon - Where Musician Dreams Go to Die

Last_chance_saloon_sign_by_emptysamurai-d4sjzxzHave you ever thought or said: “This is my last chance, my last kick at the can.” or something along those lines? If you have, try and change your mindset. Saying something like that puts a conscious limit on yourself and your future potential. Read on Music Think Tank for the rest of Brian Thompson’s advice.  

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Ticketing News: Artful.ly Open Sources, Picatic Crowdfunds, Eventbrite x Apple's Passbook

Artfully-logoTicketing continues its wave of innovation as online services expand their features and make disruptive moves. Fractured Atlas recently open sourced their nonprofit-oriented ticketing, donations and contacts platform Artful.ly. Picatic is now offering a crowdfunding feature called EventTilt to test for event demand. And Eventbrite is helping mainstream mobile ticketing by signing on to Apple's new Passbook service.

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