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Billboard Adds Twitter Charts, Teaches You How To Game Them

Game-of-thrones-board-gameTwitter's own efforts in music haven't taken off but lots of music discussion and sharing happens on Twitter. So it makes sense that Billboard and Twitter would collaborate on charts to gauge shares and discussions of songs. But the concepts of sharing and discussing have been watered down by social media to mean links and references. And as the charts shift from tracking sales/downloads and radio plays/streaming to tracking more ephemeral actions, they become even easier to game. Bonus: Billboard shows you how!

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Social Media and Music: A Brief History

A-History-of-Music-and-Social-MediaBy Evan LePage from the HootSuite Blog.

When rumors hit the web earlier this week that Twitter was looking to acquire Soundcloud, a lot of users expressed their disdain. Twitter Music, the social network’s previous failed attempt to incorporate a music discovery service, didn’t bode well for Soundcloud in the eyes of its many fans.

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SynchTank: Streamlining The Sync Pitching Process

Synchtank-logoBy Andrew Apanov of Dotted Music and We Spin, a marketing education platform for musicians. For a Hypebot readers discount on We Spin's program, please see the end of the post.

Andrew Apanov interviews Josh Allegro from SynchTank, a music management platform for the licensing industry.

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Songkick Adds Concert Recommendations To iOS App

A day aimage from www.hypebot.comfter announcing that it had surpassed 10 million active monthly users and driven $100 million in tickets sales, Songkick today upgraded its iOS app. The new feature suggests live concerts based on shows the user has been to in the past and the artists they are tracking. Previously Songkick only used Spotify libraries and playlists to drive concert recommendations.

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British Singer Sam Smith Performs For Google Play In First Live UK TV Ad

Google-playGoogle is promoting Google Play on UK television with a live performance by singer Sam Smith that will be broadcast as a live ad on "Alan Carr: Chatty Man." Smith's song "Stay With Me" is currently topping the UK charts. The tv ad effort is a "collaboration between Channel 4, Google Play, MediaCom and Universal Music label Capitol." Said to be the first live tv ad broadcast in the UK, all participants will be working hard to get this one right.

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Apple Cuts Beats Price $200 Million, Deal To Be Announced This Week [REPORT]

apple logo beats logApple has cut its offer to buy Beats by $200 million to $3 billion; but the deal will still be announced this week, sources tell the New York Post.  Leaks, new lawsuits and low Beats Music subscriber numbers could all have motivated the slight but significant price reduction from the earlier reported $3.2 billion. 

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How Cover Songs Can Take Your Music Career to the Next Level

Acoustic-Guitar-1-610x406Everybody wants to be heard - and most of us want everyone to hear what is ours. There is much to be said to sticking to your own script, but sometimes it pays to pay tribute to popular classics. By tackling a few recognizable cover songs, you may find that you've opened the door to harnessing new potential.

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Indie Music Trade Group A2IM Elects New Directors, Names Advisory Board

image from www.billboard.comIndie music trade group A2IM has elected new members to its Board of Directors and named its President’s Advisory Board. “27 A2IM label members ran for the A2IM board this year, the most ever," noted A2IM President Rich Bengloff, "and the quality of candidates confirmed that the A2IM leadership bench is deep."

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Build An Audience By Focusing Your Energy On People Who Connect With Your Music

One-true-fanThere's a recent piece about a musician who has built a huge online following by simply focusing on those who care enough to interact with him online. I can't find the article now but the theme of focusing on those who care, rather than amassing large numbers of likes and whatnot from those who are simply aware of your existence, is a recurring one that recently appeared in two tech posts featuring musical examples.

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Songkick Passes 10 Million Monthly Users, $100 Million Tickets Sold

image from blog.recordunion.comSocial concert and ticketing app Songkick announced today that 10 million fans are now using the service monthly. That's 4 fans every second using Songkick to discover shows and often share them with friends. Collectively, they've bought $100 million in tickets using the app since launch in June of 2007. Songkick says they are on track to sell another $100 million tickets in 2014 alone.

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Apple Shows iPad Not Just For DJs With New Ad

Microphone-ipadApple's iPad has shown itself to be an increasingly useful tool for digital music making and djing with a variety of apps for such purposes. In a new tv spot for their "Your Verse" campaign, Apple highlights the use of an iPad for classical music from making notes for a composition all the way through to realization of the live work. While DJs might seem to have more universal appeal, the ad stands well on its own and might also be a good example of how classical music could market itself in the digital age.

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Spotify Has Been Hacked, User's Data Accessed

hackedSpotify has been hacked and at least one user's data has been accessed, according to the music streamer. Spotfy says it has launched an investigation and believes that the breach only involves one user. Nevertheless, Spotify strengthening its security and saying that all Android users will be asked to update their apps within the next few days.

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Deadline Nears For USA Songwriting Competition

image from www.hypebot.comThe deadline to enter this years' USA Songwriting Competition is this Friday May 30th. Entrants vie for a top prize of $50,000 worth of cash and merchandise such as gear from Gibson Guitars, Sony, D'Addario Strings, PreSonus and Audio-Technica. Songwriters can enter in Pop, Rock/Alt, Folk, R&B, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Instrumental, Lyrics Only categories.

Last Year's Winners Hit The Charts

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Guitar Hero Creators Crowdfund $844,127 To Revive Amplitude Music Game

Amplitude-kickstarterAmplitude was an early music game from Harmonix, the folks who later brought us Guitar Hero and Rock Band. It didn't do that well financially and was put to rest soon after its release in 2003. The folks at Harmonix decided to bring it back and turned to crowdfunding via Kickstarter. They initially struggled to meet their $775,000 goal but pulled it off in the final stretch and now Amplitude is planned for a 2015 release.

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Twitter's Growth Goes International [CHART]

twitterTwitter's growth in the the US is slowing, and its stock has suffered for it. But a new emarketer study shows that Twitter is still growing at an impressive clip internationally. Much of the growth is centered in Asia and Latin America, with the fastest growing countries Indonesia, India, Argentina, Mexico and Brazil. eMarketer predicts 24.4% growth this year to 227.5 million, then  another 18.5% to nearly 300 million.

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Rap Genius Cofounder Resigns After "Insensitive" Comments On Mass Shooter's Manifesto

image frap genius logoRap Genius cofounder Mahbod Moghadam has resigned after posting a series of callous annotations to the manifesto of USCB mass shooter Elliit Rodgers. Rogers killed 6 and injured 12 others over the Memorial Day weekend; and his entire chilling 140 page document was posted on Rap Genius along  with comments from Moghadam.  

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Electronic Music Industry Report Reveals Intertwined Importance Of Live Events and Social Media

Ibiza-imsLast week saw the release of the "IMS Business Report 2014" from the International Music Summit in Ibiza. The report turned heads with its estimate of the electronic music industry's worth at $6.2 billion annually. In addition it discussed such topics as the importance of festivals and live events to electronic music and made strong connections between social media use and live events. Surprise fact: Some festival YouTube channels are more popular than the channels of the DJs that play there.

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YouTube Releases Video Tips for Electronic Music

Youtube-edm-strategiesOne of the more interesting documents from the Ibiza International Music Summit is YouTube's "Top Strategies for Electronic Music - Labels, DJs, Festivals." The series of tips and how tos covers a lot of ground that's worth considering for any musician using YouTube. In fact, very little of the document seems electronic music-specific though it clearly speaks to YouTube's desire to maintain good relations with the EDM crowd.

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Ximalaya Receives $11.5 Million VC Funding For China's Version Of SoundCloud

Ximalaya-pr-picDescribed by different writers as a "podcast sharing service" and "Soundcloud-esque," Ximalaya seems to be a Chinese "personal radio" site that includes a great deal of music. Ximalaya recently received an $11.5 million Series A funding round from such VC firms as Kleiner Perkins, Sierra Ventures and SIG China. Ximalaya claims that users are currently uploading around 10,000 audio files a day.

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Independent Labels Reject YouTube Streaming Deal [Full Text Of Official WIN Statement]

no youtubeWe've known that Google's YouTube has been negotiating with rights holders for months. Last week, after labels became frustrated with talks and YouTube's take it or leave it tactics, top global independent labels, trade groups and global indie umbrella organization WIN (the Worldwide Independent Network) issued a strong joint rebuttal. Here is the full WIN statement:

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REWIND: The New Music Industry's Week In Review

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