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Last Week's Most Read Posts On Hypebot: Wolfgang's Vault • YouTube • Zoe Keating • Napster • More

HypebotMusic publishers suing Wolfgang's Vault and Daytrotter, Zoe Keating, a look back at the major labels' reaction to Napster and getting fans to shows on a weeknight were all among the most read posts last week on Hypebot. 

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REWIND: The New Music Industry’s Week In Review: Sony • Shazam • Wolfgang's Vault • More

Big new contracts for Sony's aging top twHypeboto executives, music publishers sue Wolfgang's Vault, Shazam added visual recognition and usual suspects like YouTube and Spotify dominated this week's music industry news.

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Announcing The Hypebot Sessions @ New Music Seminar 2015

New Music SeminarWe've always been selective about partnerships, but this one is a perfect fit. We're teaming up with the New  Music Seminar to produce The Hypebot Sessions as the kickoff to NMS 2015. We're planning an exciting array of actionable sessions .aimed directly at the indie and D.I.Y. music community.

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Five Things To Understand About The Spotify Contract Leak

SpotifyLast week, technology news site The Verge published a partial leaked copy of a 2011 contract between major label Sony and leading interactive streaming service Spotify. The contract has since been taken down at the request of the copyright owner, but the reporting, which includes details of the deal, remains. 

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At Age 76 And 73, Sony's Top Music Execs To Re-up For $27M A Year

change of the gaurdAt the risk of sound like an ageist (and admitting that I'm no kid), I keep hoping for a changing of  the guard at the top of the music business.  Maybe then, real change will finally happen. With 67.6 the average age of the top execs heading the three major recorded music companies, you'd think that 'change is gonna come' soon. Then again, maybe not.

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What a Full-Time Touring Musician’s Daily Schedule Really Looks Like

WhitemysteryNo two full-time musicians' schedules are identical. Depending on the projects they're involved in, the to-do lists will vary greatly. We spoke with Alex White, one-half of the heady garage-rock duo White Mystery. to get an idea of a typical workday, but she couldn't give us just one.  

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Finnish Music Startups Expect High Growth Rates In 2015

growthSo much is written about major U.S. startup hubs like Silicon Valley, NYC and even Austin, that it's easy to forget that some of very interesting work is being done elsewhere. Thanks in part to an innovative collective, Finland is becoming a hotbed of music tech innovation.

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Guy Gets $120 Ticket For Playing Music On Apple Watch While Driving [VIDEO]

apple watchNew technology brings new problems and rules to solve them; and the Apple Watch is no exception.  Particularly since its a new category - is it a phone? a watch? a new kind of connected device? - the Apple Watch is testing boundaries and creating new ones.

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Four Smart Ways To Use Your Press Materials Better

Img-register-newsletter-Most musicians know that songs, biographies, one-sheets, photographs, videos, press releases and interviews can all be used to help get gigs, blog reviews, radio play, endorsements, and so much more. But in what formats should these materials be submitted? Let’s review 4 possible options together with feedback from a few industry pros.

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Record Labels Join Effort To Keep .music Domain Control From Google, Amazon

dot musicIt feels like we've been waiting for the .music domain forever.  When released, it will open up to possibility for thousands of musicians and music companies to have a domain name more reflective of their  offline moniker, as well as, some interesting lawsuits

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Forming A Band As An LLC: A How-To Guide

WriteWhen you start making a bit more money as a band and get to the point where this is really your career, you need to start treating it like a job. Your band has become a company, and just like any other company, you need to organize yourselfdeal with taxes, and protect yourself. Here is a How-To guide to set your band up as an LLC. 

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Shazam Adds Visual Recognition - QR Codes Just Got Cool Again

shazam photoAudio recognition app Shazam has found a place on every music lover's smartphone. Increasingly labels and publishers are using data from the app to spot trends, find new artists and measure fan engagement.  Today, Shazam added visual recognition to its bag of tricks.

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5 Great Ways Musicians Can Use Facebook Video

Facebook_VideoPlaybook-184x2502015 is the year Facebook video will reach parity with YouTube’s feature set and audience. The introduction of auto-playing video, changes to the platform’s algorithm to favor video, and Facebook’s strong investments in their mobile offerings are all coming together to create a powerful marketing platform.

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Three Ways Musicians Can Stand Out On Social Media

Pixababy-1Social media has become one of the most powerful self-promotional tools for all artists. But while many acts use social media like Facebook and Twitter to advertise new releases and upcoming shows, a few go the extra mile, upping their statuses as fan-friendly by interacting with others or posting clever content

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Cookie Now, Market Later: Veruca Salt and The Power Of Retargeting

verucaWhen you have big news about your band to announce, make sure you don’t miss out on retargeting pool opportunities. The earlier that you get your retargeting pixels in place the sooner you can start putting users (fans of your band) into your retargeting pools.

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Music Publishers File Lawsuit Against Wolfgang’s Vault, Daytrotter For "Massive" Copyright Infringement

image from cdn8.openculture.comWolfgang's Vault bills itself as the "world's largest collection of live music."  Sister site Daytrotter brings that same sensibility to merging music.  But much of the music you find on these sites has not been properly licensed, according to the NMPA. 

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The Sync Project and Berklee College Of Music Partner To Explore The Science Behind "Music As Medicine"

Screen Shot 2015-05-26 at 11.39.05 PMThe Sync Project, a PureTech startup working towards scientifically measuring and harnessing music to improve health, has announced a collaborative partnership with Berklee’s Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship (BerkleeICE). The partnership involves joint original research, course development and an internship program. 

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The Three Biggest Reasons Why You Might Still Want To Sign With A Record Label

ImagesDepending on who you talk to, the internet has either helped or hindered the music business. Some people think it's done both. Sure, sales are down and the economic paradigm continues to shift, but access to music has never been greater, vinyl sales continue to grow, and with such a low barrier to entry, it seems as if there are more new bands than ever. In spite of all of these varying factors, here are three reasons why signing a record deal may be a good idea. 

 

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