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Apple Denies 200 Jobs Cut At Beats, But Admits Some Are Coming

Beats-logoUPDATE 2:  Sources close to both Beats and Apple are denying earlier reports of 200 person layoffs at Beats, but admit that some may be coming soon:  "We're excited to have the Beats team join Apple, and we have extended job offers to every Beats employee., and Apple spokesperson told Billboard. "Because of some overlap in our operations, some offers are for a limited period and we’ll work hard during this time to find as many of these Beats employees as we can another permanent job within Apple."

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Ryan Farish Shares What He's Learned Streaming Music On MP3.com, YouTube and Spotify

Ryan-farishBrad Hill at RAIN interviews electronic music artist Ryan Farish who got his start sharing music via MP3.com and went on to huge success on such platforms as the Weather Channel, YouTube and streaming services like Spotify and Pandora. Given that history he has an interesting take on things, especially on YouTube, as well as on still relevant lessons from MP3.com.

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Australia Invades The US Charts: 5 Seconds Of Summer Debuts At #1

5 Seconds Of SummerAustralia invaded the Nielsen SoundScan Billboard charts this week with 5 Seconds of Summer scoring the 3rd largest overall debut of 2014 by selling 259,000 copies. It’s also the biggest debut for an artist’s first full-length album this year and the largest for any debut record since 2006.

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Music Magazines Move To Apps With Mixed Results​

Pitchfork-weeklyBy Knar Bedian, Editor in Chief and co-founder of Sound of Boston and journalist previously published in Billboard, Wired, AUX Magazine and Gizmodo.

Imagine if every recipe in a cooking magazine was paired with a completed culinary dish for readers to taste. That’s what the Internet did for music publications. With the web, music magazines could finally present a serving of audio side-by-side with the text discussing it. Though hearing Jack Johnson’s “Banana Pancakes” while reading a review of In Between Dreams isn’t quite the same as sampling a steaming stack of syrupy hotcakes while reading a recipe in Bon Appetit, the concept is shared. Yet publications were slow to adopt the online medium, and those who did struggled to understand it.

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Beat Junkies Debut Direct-to-DJ Digital Record Pool

Beat-junkies-Record-pool-adRecord or music pools trace back to David Mancuso's efforts in the 1970s to get record labels to share new releases with a group of djs that played in clubs in New York. Record pools have taken on different forms over the years. Famed dj/turntablist crew Beat Junkies has launched a record pool on their site that is more about opening up their library than about getting the latest promotional releases. At least some of the emphasis is on giving emerging hip hop djs access to classic beats but it also features Beat Junkies edits and a community aspect as well.

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9 Tips For Successful DIY Tour Booking

How_to_book_a_diy_tour(UPDATED) By Lee Duck for the Sonicbids Blog.

It’s no secret that in today’s industry, musicians are much more than musicians. Often we have to be our own booking agents, publicists, marketing teams, merch coordinators, and a myriad of other tasks that are often overlooked: chef, accountant, driver, babysitter, and much more.

So, when an artist decides to go tour, juggling all of these roles can be incredibly daunting.

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How Art Became Advertising

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Innovative ways to harness your creativity and captivate your audience is the name of the game these days. The times when standard block print slapped on a billboard got everyone's attention are long since over. Art has taken on a different role as the identifying factor for individual brands everywhere. Artists, designers, and musicians are constantly challenges to push the creative envelope in ways that grows their fanbase and expands their reach, but in order to do so successfully, you must understand the changes that have taken place and the trends that are making that happen.  

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No Virgin Mobile Free Fest For 2014

image from www.celebrityaccess.comVirgin Mobile FreeFest, the one day music festival produced by Seth Hurwitz IMP Productions, has ended its run. The festival, originally held at the Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore in 2006, moved to the Merriweather Post Pavilion five years ago and in the wake of the financial crisis went 'free', offering tickets in exchange for donations to festival sponsor Virgin Mobile’s RE*Generation initiative to help homeless youth, or for volunteer work.

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Specialty Music Streamer Saavn Nears $30-40 Million Funding Round

image from www.212media.comNew York based music streaming service Saavn is close to raising $30-40 million in a deal reportedly led by Hong Kong-based hedge fund Steadview Capital, according to the Economic Times. Saavn specializes in streaming music to the Hindi community and has a catalog of 1.1 million songs. Initial Saavn backers were Tiger Global Management and several angel investors. 

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Rormix Offers Indie Musicians A Mobile Platform For Promoting Music Videos [Updated]

Rormix-logoRormix is a nicely done curated app for discovering indie music videos. Taking a mobile first approach, they launched what founder Amman Ahmed described as a "very buggy" mobile app in late 2013 and then engaged their community of music fans for direction. Using established discovery tools, from choosing a specific musician as a starting point to offering a feed of trending videos, the site and mobile app are simple, clean and designed for finding and sharing new music. Unsigned artist with a music video? You should definitely submit it to Rormix.

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Tango Music Pix Accidentally Unveiled, Creates Slideshows From Your Pics & Spotify's Music

Tango-logoTango apparently launched a stand-alone slideshow creation app called Tango Music Pix on Friday and then pulled it. Something obviously went wrong because Tango had not reached out to the press and doesn't seem to be talking about it. Of course, they've had lots of other news of late but none that seems directly related. Though this is a departure from their messaging app as platform approach it does build on their previous integration of Spotify into their app allowing for sharing of song clips as messages or in the News Feed.

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Complete Social Media Image Size Chart: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube & More [UPDATED]

social media size chartFacebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube and the ever growing list of social networks each have their own designs, rules and preferred image sizes for banners, profiles, posts and more. Keeping track so that you can create the best looking and effective presentation possible is almost impossible. Thanks to the folks at Tent Social, there's a solution, The Complete Social Media Image Size Chart 2014: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube & More:

UPDATE: SOCIAL MEDIA IMAGE SIZE CHART 2017

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Spotify's Most Streamed & Viral Tracks US, UK & Global

Spotify logoThe most viral tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from July 21- 27 via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify.

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1. Shakey Graves" (feat. Esme Patterson) (Shakey Graves.

2. BANKS, "Beggin For Thread" (Harvest Records)

3. Meghan Trainor, "All About That Bass" (Epic Records)

4. Drake, "0 to 100/ The Catch Up" (Cash Money Records)

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What I Learned About Songwriting From Being Stuck in Traffic

Taylor_omgTop charting songs predominantly have one thing in common: they get your attention. Whether it's the imagery, unshakeable melodic line, or the classic mantra-like one-liner, they harness popularity by think, over and over again. Have you ever wondered what goes into creating a successful song and how you can use that formula to create your own hit single? You just hit the "how to" jackpot. 

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How To Get Your Start Teaching Music Privately

TakeLessons-logo1In the arts one of the traditional ways of earning a living is by teaching. While fulltime teaching gigs are hard to come by, the private sector offers many opportunities including one-on-one lessons. The following resources should help you get started teaching independently and also help you discover new tools and platforms designed for private, one-on-one lessons. Additional resources via prior Hypebot coverage are included at the end of the post.

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ICM, Originate, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips Launch O Labs Media Tech Incubator

image from www.hollywoodreporter.comBooking agency ICM Partners, software developer Originate and lawyers and consultant Manatt, Phelps & Phillips have launched O Labs, a joint venture to incubate and fund media and technology startups.  

Startups chosen with have access to the expertise and contacts of all three partners. 

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Dogged By Controversy R. Kelly Pulls Out Of Fashion Meets Music Festival

image from informationng.comEvent organizers have announced that R&B artist R. Kelly will no longer be performing at the Fashion Meets Music Festival (FMMF). R. Kelly was set to headline the event on August 29th, but 'mutually' agreed with festival organizers to step out of the lineup in the wake of protests over the performer's past legal troubles in connection with accusations of sexual impropriety with minors.

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Hook'd Hires Harry Fox For Rights Management

image from www.celebrityaccess.comThe Harry Fox Agency has been tapped to provide rights management services to the company behind the new iOS application, Hook'd. Made by Musami, a company founded by concert pianist Robert Taub, Hook'd is a social music app that allows users to record short video performances of their favorite songs and share them with other users. Hook’d employs real backing tracks and MuseAmi’s proprietary audio processing technologies, including the same voice enhancement technology such as pitch correction and reverb that artists use in the studio.

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Shawn Mendes (and Team): From 6 Second Vine Clips To An iTunes No. 1

Shawn-mendes-epShawn Mendes' self-titled EP is currently no. 1 on the iTunes Albums chart and apparently it took him only 37 minutes to get there. Though he now has a strong presence beyond Vine, it was on the 6-second video sharing service where he got his start. The transition from Vine to YouTube, let alone major label artist status, is in no way assured as other artists are finding out. For Mendes the ability to transition, seemingly without effort, from unsigned to Island Records' artist while maintaining a strong direct connection to his fans is making the difference.

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Vinyl Crunch Worsens For Indie Labels: Time For A Record Press Kickstarter?

Spinning-dennis-brekke-flickrJack White's #1 album debut with vinyl accounting for 30% sales, as well as his creative approach, feels like another breakthrough in the land of vinyl. But, according to one Pitchfork writer, the vinyl scene is showing signs of stress as limited production facilities devote more time to higher profile projects. The bottom line is that somebody's got to build some new presses.

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5 Lessons For The Music Industry From "Weird Al" Yankovic

Mandatory-FunBy Kevin Erickson from Future of Music Coalition.

Last week, beloved musical humorist “Weird Al” Yankovic dropped his new album Mandatory Fun. Propelled by a set of eight viral videos, it quickly rose to the top spot on the Billboard charts, his first ever #1, with over 104,000 album sales.  Al recently told the New York Times, “I wasn’t thinking, ‘Oh, I’m on the bleeding edge of marketing, this is going to be a business model that will change the world.” But as a longtime (possibly obssessive?) fan of Al, I’d suggest there’s still a few things we can learn from him.

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Michelle Shocked Calls Out Digital Music Execs On Silent Album Release

image from images.cdbaby.nameActivist singer songwriter Michelle Shocked has released "Inaudible Woman," an 11 track 'silent' album completely devoid of sound via CD Baby.  Each 'song' is named after a prominent music industry figure, mostly in the digital music realm. Getting Shocked's silent treatment are Chris Harrison (Pandora). Patrick Donnelly (SiriusXM), David Drummond (Google, Youtube) and Robert Walls (Clear Channel) among others. 

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Find and Promote New Music Tech Sites and Apps With Product Hunt

Product-hunt-logoProduct Hunt is an increasingly popular site, launched late last year, that posts links to new websites and apps (the products in question). It seems to be taking on some cult dimensions in tech circles and it's now on my short list of sites to check daily. If you're about keeping up with all things new and refurbished in the music tech space, Product Hunt will definitely help you do that. And if you're looking for attention for your startup, it's another place you should be sending your link.

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Top Pandora Execs Donate To Anti-Gay, Anti-Abortion Congressmen

image from upload.wikimedia.orgPandora founder Tim Westergren, its CEO and half of the company's board of directors have made campaign donations to several powerful anti-gay marriage, anti-abortion Republican Congressman. Utah Republican Representative Jason Chaffetz believes that D.C. autonomy is unconstitutional and led the charge to roll back gay marriage there.

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Spotify Adds More Sonic Control with Equalizer

Spotify logoSpotify has upgraded its iOS app adding an equalizer. There are 22 presets for specifc genres including electronic, hip-hop and classical; or users can manually chose their own equalizer settings. The update is rolling out today and can be found under "Playback" in "Settings." Spotify has also redesigned the Artist page for iPad adding latest release and merchandise info.


Rhapsody Passes 2 Million Paid Subscribers, Expands French and Latin American Services

rhapsody napsterRhapsody announced this morning that its has more than 2 million paid subscribers globally across its Rhapsody, Napster, recently launched UnRadio services. It's a significant milestone for the music streamer, who has built its user base differently than most of its competitors; favoring limited free trials over virtually unlimited profit-killing free music services. 

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