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Poll Results: If You Care About Music, Should You Ditch Spotify?

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Today we learned that Spotify's revenue doubled to $577 million last year.  Before that story broke, we asked the Hypebot community, "If you care about music should you ditch Spotify?". That was the title of a recent New Yorker magazine article and a bottom line question that some involved in the "Are streaming services paying musicians enough?" debate wish more fans were considering. Here are the results:

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Spotify Revenue Doubled Last Year To $577 Million

Spotify $(UPDATED) Documents filed by holding company Spotify Technology show that revenue more than doubled in 2012. The music streamer's revenue took in $577 million USD, as it doubled it's user base and expanded into new markets.  Spotify currently has about 20 million active users of which 5 million pay for a premium mobile and ad free subscription. 

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How Journalist Steve Knopper Landed His Rolling Stone Job And Book Deal — Interview Series #4

6a00d83451b36c69e2017ee9f43359970d-800wiHear the story of journalist Steve Knopper's career — from writing obituaries in the local paper to covering festivals for Rolling Stone and publishing a book on the history of digital music. His passion for music is rivaled only by his keep capacity for asking great questions and telling a captivating story. Anyone who wants to write about music (or the music business) would do well to learn from his example. Listen to our interview, and then check out Episode 27 for his take on the wars and battles fought over the last 10 years in the trenches of the music industry. 

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7 Second 'Twerk Team' Vine Video Delivers 750% Sales Increase To Year Old Song

Twerk teamIt's easy to dismiss Vine as just another fad, and it may be,  But this month Vine delivered viral hit status and real sales to Hip-hop group FiNaTTicZ’s song "Don’t Drop That Thun Thun" which had been released in April 2012.  On July 9th some bikini clad and dancing fans posted a 7 second video on Vine and an almost-over track exploded.     

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New On Hypebot's Jobs Board: PledgeMusic Seeks Global PR Head & More

image from www.google.comNew on our Music Industry Jobs Board is an opening as Global Head of Communications and PR at PledgeMusic. The company is also seeking full and part-time A&R Scouts. The are also job openings at Stereobot.com for work at home music specialists to help categorize their library, and reKiosk is looking for an online marketing manager. Details on all these opportunities are on Hypebot's Music Industry Jobs Board.

HIRING?  How To Post Your Job:

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What Can Spotify Learn From Netflix and Hulu?

netflix hulu amazonSpotify has been taking a few hits lately.  From Thom Yorke to Pink Floyd, a small but growing list of significant artists and smaller labels are speaking out about what they see as unfair payments to artists. But what happens to Spotify and other music streamers, if these voices grow in number?  Can a service built on the completeness of its catalog survive if there are gaping holes in its collection? 

It can, if it learns two lessons from subscription streaming video services like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime.

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The Story Of The Bank Of Muse: Marketing Music With Alternative Currencies

Bank-of-museThis week Lee Martin shared the backstory to his involvement with the Bank of Muse marketing campaign for the band Muse. Based on a previous project he did with Foo Fighters, the campaign involved the creation of an alternative note based on the euro that was distributed at shows. The notes included a link to the Bank of Muse, a web app that allowed fans to unlock new content and track deposits as they occurred.

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Sellbox: Sell Downloads On Social Media Direct From Google Drive And Dropbox

image from goaleurope.comStart up Sailbox allows users to sell downloads and other digital files direct from cloud drives D Dropbox and Google Drive. The service appears simple to use: select a file from a registered cloud account, name the price, and get a short link to market to fans via social media or on a site.  An artist might, for example, upload and sell live shows right after the performance, tweeting to fans as they drive home.

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Why Your Fans Won't Come to Your Shows...

Fliptu-icon-18075% or more of your fan base won’t make it to a show on your next tour. There are various factors that can keep your fans from attending your next show. So what can you do about it? On Music Think Tank, Jeremy Gocke has posted ideas to engage the fans that aren’t attending your concert.

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Chirpify Finalizes $6 Million Series A Round, Teases Upcoming Live Event and TV Offerings

Detail-nirvana-nevermindChirpify handles in-stream payments on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for everyone from indie musicians to big brands to the ever present Snoop Lion. Today they announced an additional $4 million in funding to complete a Series A round of $6 million. They're also teasing upcoming "offerings...to enable live event and TV conversions."

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Music Ad Watch: Snoop & Family Get Busy At Overstock.com Snoopermarket [VIDEO]

image from ak1.ostkcdn.comIn a new tv spot, Snoop Lion (aka Snoop Dogg) and his wife Shante, daughter Cori  and sons, Corde  and Cordel use Overstock.com to find products "that solve his wife and kids' most pressing problems".  He did forget to order pipecleaners. Snoop has also curated a Snoopermarlket of his favorite Overstock.com items.

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5 Essential Elements for Your Band's Website Contact Page

Contact_usOne of the biggest frustrations for industry and media can be trying to get in touch with a band. Social media is great for many things, but for “official” communication and logistics, not so much.

When doing website reviews at Bandzoogle, we tell people that if there’s one place online where people should be able to find your full contact info, it’s on your website. Not only should it be on your website, you should make it as easy as possible to find it by making your “Contact” page part of your main menu.
 
So what information should you include on your Contact page? Here are 5 essential elements to have on there to make sure that you’re not missing out on any opportunities to connect with the industry, and with your fans:

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Univision Takes On Pandora, iHeart Radio With A Little Help From The Echo Nest

image from www.latinovations.comThe Echo Nest's music intelligence platform will be powering Hispanic Media giant Univision’s new Uforia music app for iOS, catering to one of the fastest-growing segments of the U.S. population. The app offers most popular Hispanic radio stations, exclusive digital channels and a custom radio offering with more than 20 million songs along with human curation.

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Lessons Learned From Recent Music App ‘Fails’

4946864898_55ab3415a5_zBy Daniel Turner (@dantrnr), with contributions by Nicole Nord, for sidewinder.fm, a music and tech think tank.

Recent months have seen more than one questionable launch of a high profile music app. Most notable were the biting criticisms surrounding the Samsung-Jay Z app and Twitter #music app. Herein we provide a brief analysis of key lessons that music industry professionals and music app developers should glean from these costly blunders.

Privacy Matters.

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7 Excellent Tips On Dealing With Bad Music Reviews (Even Though They Don't Matter)

Music-reviews-clarence-e-jones-iii-flickrMusic reviews are one of those mixed blessings that musicians have to deal with. It's hard to appreciate the reviewers who dislike your work and easy to celebrate those that do. And it's incredibly tempting to blast reviewers when they say things you don't like. Generally speaking, that's when you should chill out and move on but there are exceptions to every rule.

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Merlin Slashes Independent Label Administration Fees 25% - 50%

Global music rights agency  image from www.hypebot.comMerlin is slashing the administration fees it charges independent labels by 25 - 50%. Members were informed yesterday via an email obtained by Hypebot. The cuts are effective as of July 1st. Merlin's old and new rates are as follows:

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Re:Discover: A Digital Label For Cover Song Artists Emerges From A Stealthy Network

Re-discoverRe:Discover is both an interesting new label and the center of a group of labels and services including Bundle Dragon which I wrote about yesterday. Re:Discover describes itself as offering licensing and distribution for cover song artists. It's an interesting concept but I'm a bit surprised at the seeming invisibility of the people behind the service.

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Tor Hansen Of Yep Rock and Redeye Testifies To Congress On Copyright and Indie Music

Tor-1From the American Association of Indepdent Music (A2IM).

On Thursday July 26th Congress’ House Judiciary Sub-Committee on the Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet held a hearing on “Innovation in America: The Role of Copyrights.” A2IM board member Tor Hansen (YepRoc/Redeye) visited Capitol Hill to testify on behalf of both the company he and Glenn Dicker founded and the overall A2IM Independent Music Label community. Tor’s written testimony and a video of the hearing is here with Tor’s opening remarks starting at 52:54 of the hearing video.

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Seeking Success For Your Songs In The World Of Music Licensing

ImageProxyServletWant to learn more about the music publishing industry? On Music Think Tank, David Dusty has posted tips from Mallory Zumbach, the Creative Director at Round Hill Music, that will help you gain knowledge and insight about getting your song in an ad, TV show, etc. Have you gotten your song in an ad, TV show, video game, etc. before?

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VOTE: If You Care About Music, Should You Ditch Spotify? [POLL]

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(UPDATED) If you care about music should you ditch Spotify? That's the title of a recent New Yorker magazine article and a bottom line question some involved in the "Are streaming services payting musicians enough?" debate wish more fans were considering. What do you think?  Take our poll below:

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Amadou and Mariam: A Special Kickstarter About Music and Love

image from www.sonicabuse.comThere are hundreds of music Kickstarter campaigns, and most only deserve the attention of uber-fans. But this campaign to travel to Mali to film the love and music of Amadou and Mariam is different. These two have persevered and overcome great odds to make musical history. 

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Jack Conte Of Pomplamoose Tries Bundle Dragon For DIY Digital Bundles

Bundle-dragon-logoBundles of music and merch and of all-digital content have shown that there are many alternatives to simply throwing in the towel, giving everything away for free and hoping for the best on the road. With a growing number of outlets for creating and selling your own bundles, you're increasingly likely to find a service that fits your distinctive needs. Bundle Dragon is one such service that combines digital bundles with sliding scale pricing.

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Google's Changing SEO Policies and How To Optimize Your Music Site

Google-searchNew search engine changes are rolling out from Google that may affect you if you've been taking certain approaches to link building to boost your site. Other changes may affect how well your site does in mobile searches. But if you're not hardcore enough to keep up with the latest from Matt Cutts and company, you may be pleased to know that simply doing what's best for your fans and future fans when they visit your site will probably keep your rankings out of harm's way.

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Save The Music: Jack White Donates $200,000 To Nat'l Recording Preservation Foundation

jack whiteJack White has made a $200,000 donation to the National Recording Preservation Foundation. The gift allows the foundation to start work on the National Recording Preservation Plan to organize and preserve radio, music and recorded sound history.

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Creativity in Constraint: Exploiting the Boundaries

MBP_CASBS_SUMMIT13_TOP-WEB-6129On July 11, 2013, Stanford University’s Center for the Advanced Study of Behavioral Sciences held its 2nd annual Behavior Science Summit that examined the state of behavioral science and its role in technology, the arts, business, and society as seen through the lens of creativity and innovation. One speaker, Daniel Levitin (author of This Is Your Brain On Music), talked about how some of the most creative music has come to exist not in result of revolution, but by way of evolution. On Music Think Tank, Diana Hereld asks: Is constraint essential for effective creative production, or have our greatest visions come from pushing the limits?
What do you think?

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REWIND: The New Music Industry's Week In Review

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