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REWIND: The New Music Industry's Week In Review

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

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Apparently Twitter #Music Users Don't Listen To Jazz, Classical Or World Music

image from i.telegraph.co.ukA major update to Twitter's #Music app adds music discovery features called 'Charts', and along with it come genres to help users find music relevant to them. But apparently #Music users don't care about jazz, classical or world music. 

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6 Income Streams To Become A Full-Time Musician [INFOGRAPHIC]

image from bloggingkeys.comThe Seattle Office of Film + Music took a look at the annual revenue of up-and-coming fulltime local musicians and how they do it. Three musicians, each from different genres, opened up their 2012 financial records. "It was important for us to find musicians who modeled a middle class living," said James Keblas, the Director for the Office of Film + Music. "We are trying to show that this kind of a living can be done without having to be rockstar."

Top 6 Musician Income Streams & Infographic

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Ex-Pandora Staffer, Musician Jonathan Segel Warns Against "Pandora Groupthink"

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Jonathan Segel joins the Pandora royalty debate with a unique perspective. In addtion to being in David Lowery's band Camper Van Beethoven, he also worked at Pandora for three years

Several of my former workmates at Pandora seem to be drinking the Kool Aid. I’m seeing posts claiming that David Lowery and Pink Floyd are talking ‘trash’.  Yes, I worked at Pandora. You can read all about that here. I also play in a band with David Lowery, it’s called Camper Van Beethoven (not the band with the song in question here.) He and I don’t necessarily agree on everything, but I’m totally backing him up on this one.

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DIY Musicians: Increase Newsletter Signups & Music Sales Through Conversion Optimization

Kissmetrics-logoConversion optimization is one of those terms that sounds a bit jargony and like something one would want to avoid. DIY musicians have plenty on their plate without getting overly technical about web design and ecommerce. But learning a few principles can go a long way in getting your website visitors to check out your music, find out more about you or purchase music, merch and tickets.

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Music Nonprofits: Bitcoin 100 Wants To Give You A Donation

Bitcoin100-headerNonprofits are always looking for donations but Bitcoin 100 says they've encountered some difficulties giving money away. The peculiar standing of Bitcoin has caused some nonprofits to hesitate but, if you're seeking financial support, a quick easy donation may still be available. I recently spoke with one music-related nonprofit that applied, received bitcoins and easily exchanged them for US dollars.

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We've Looked At The iTunes Radio Contract, And Apple Is One Sly Negotiator

image from edibleapple.comWe've seen at a full copy of the iTunes Radio contract that Apple is circulating to independent labels and can confirm that for the first year, they are offering a "take it or leave it" $.0013 per "royalty bearing performance" plus 15% of net advertising revenue. Depending on the source, that's relatively comparable to the rates** that Apple is paying the majors, despite headlines to the contrary.  But for both indie and major labels, the devil is in the details.

How Apple Cut Royalty Payments By 10-14%

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American Millennials: Key Attributes The Music Industry Is Ignoring

I-am-a-millennialA new study of the Millennial generation reveals a combination of the expected as well as some insights that may not be so obvious. But, whatever your assumptions, there are two takeaways that suggest the music industry hasn't been fully responding to the opportunities at hand. These involve Millennials' interest in "safer adventures" and their responsiveness to cause marketing.

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Music Crowdfunding Tips from #IndiegogoToronto

Indiegogo-logoI don't typically use hashtags in titles but I experienced yesterday's Indiegogo event in Toronto via Twitter so it seems appropriate. I didn't actually expect to do a post on the event, but just skimming the tips sucked me in and I knew I had to share. These tips are chosen with a focus on music crowdfunding which has its own quirks.

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As War Of Words Heats Up, Is Pandora Really Underpaying Artists? [CHART]

image from 4.bp.blogspot.comThis week, musicians from Pink Floyd to David Lowery, have shared thoughtful and impassioned arguments taking Pandora to task for paying artists too little and their campaign to pay even lessLowery went so far as to offer payment records that showed his song had received 1 million plays on Pandora, and received a payment of $16.89.

'Lies' & 'Falsehoods'

Yesterday, Pandora founder Tim Westergren fought back calling many of the statements against the company inaccurate:

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MySpace Undead: Key Post Re-Launch Metrics

image from www.digitaltrends.comTwo weeks after launching its new platform, Myspace shared key metrics suggesting that it's new design and refocus on music and entertainment may be rekindling interest among its core millennial audience, despite several misteps. Numbers just two weeks in could just reflect curiosity, in this case sparked by a $20 million ad campaign. But initial 14-day stats that give MySpace reason for hope include:

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ShareMyPlaylist Rebrands As Playlists.net, Launches New Spotify App

Playlists_Logo_FULLShareMyPlaylists has rebranded as Playlists.net; a move, the company says, reflects the platform’s "prominence as a music discovery tool, as opposed to a means through which playlists are shared". In addition, Playlists.net is launching a new accompanying Spotify app.

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WME's Ari Emanuel vs. Irving Azoff: Emails Of Their Battle Go Viral

image from graphics8.nytimes.com image from images.bwwstatic.com(UPDATED) An apparent email dispute between William Morris Endeavor head Ari Emanuel and former Live Nation chairman Irving Azoff went public this week when the email missives were CC'd to a number of industry execs including Cablevision's James Dolan and Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino.

More & The Alleged Email Exchange

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Kanye West Debuts At #1 As Weekly Sales Rebound

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(UPDATED) Kanye West should be smiling. This week he led a trio of rappers to the top of the Nielsen SoundScan sales chart published by Billboard. His new album, Yeezus, hitting #1 with 327,000 sold in the first week of release. That's the most for a rap album since November 2011, according to figures released by NARM. Rappers J. Cole and Mac Miller debuted at #2 and #3, respectively.

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8 Tumblr Tips For Musicians Seeking To Grow and Engage Their Followers

Tumblr-logoGuest post by Nick Susi, co-author of the Music Makers Case Studies on Portugal. The Man and Esperanza Spalding, and occasional writer on the SchiffBlog. You can find Nick online at @nicksusi or in person in NYC.

Tumblr is a highly customizable platform that combines microblogging with social media. Through its diverse content of photos, videos, text posts and more, it is a versatile tool to use as an extension of your art and engage your audience. Here are some tips:

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WeDemand! Tackles The Uphill Battle To Establish Concert Crowdfunding In The States

We-demand-logoQueremos! is a music concert crowdfunding platform developed in Brazil that debuted in the U.S. last fall. Since then the U.S. site and parent company have been renamed WeDemand! and are gradually chipping away at the U.S. market. I spoke last week with WeDemand!'s Michael Palank who updated me on current developments and future plans.

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Spotify's 50 Most Played & Shared Tracks [U.S. & UK]

image from www.hypebot.comRobin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" continues to top the Spotify US and OK plays chart this week, with John Mayer grabbing the most viral track in the U.S. The Spotify Top 50 is the top 50 most-streamed songs of the previous week, market-by-market. The Social 50 is the top 50 most-shared songs of the previous week. These are the songs that have been most actively shared to other Spotify users, including via Facebook and Twitter.

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6 Tips For Musicians Seeking Local Press Coverage

Local-newspaperOne of the best ways for musicians to get press coverage, particularly in the early years of one's career, is to go local. Local media in most areas is a vibrant mix of on and offline sources, from newspapers to radio to blogs, despite the struggles of old-school media. But pitching your story to local media means crafting your story to their needs.

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New On Hypebot's Job Board: Promoter's Rep @ Jay Goldberg Entertainment

image from www.google.comNew this week Hypebot's Music Industry Jobs Board is a opening at Jay Goldberg Events. They're looking for a Promoter Representative / Asst. to the Dr. of Operations. You'll also find posts for a Dr. of Sales & Marketing position at TAG Strategic, a Professor of Music Tech gig at Loyola University and much more. Details here on the Music Industry Jobs Board.

ARE YOU HIRING?

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6 Things Musicians Should Know That They Don’t Teach You in Music School

lifeYou learn many lessons in school, but some things you can’t learn just by reading a textbook or listening to a lecture. Life is different and some things that you need to know for your music career may not have been taught at school. On Music Think Tank, Simon Tam discusses six things musicians should know. What has been your biggest lesson so far in life?

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EDM Promoter SFX To File $175 Million IPO

image from rbr.comElectronic music promoter SFX Entertainment has filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission seeking to raise up to $175 million in an initial public offering. The New York company, founded in 2011 by Robert F.X. Sillerman, who also spearheaded the consolidation of independent concert promoters that became Live Nation, produces electronic music events and recently purchased EDM portal Beatport.

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The Big Three, Tiny Thousands: The State Of The Record Labels — Upward Spiral Podcast #26

6a00d83451b36c69e2017ee9f43359970d-800wiDigital thought-leader Jay Frank joins us for a conversation about record labels. From majors to indies, where do they stand? How are they innovating? How is Frank's record label DigSin different? Listen to this fascinating discussion, plus get recommendations on apps, books, movies, and comics. Look for an Interview Series with Frank coming soon!

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I Made More From Selling A T-Shirt Than From 1 Million Plays On Pandora

David-loweryBy David Lowery singer/songwriter for the bands Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven.

As a songwriter Pandora paid me $16.89* for 1,159,000 play of “Low” last quarter. Less than I make from a single T-shirt sale. Okay that’s a slight exaggeration. That’s only the premium multi-color long sleeve shirts and that’s only at venues that don’t take commission. But still.

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