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Top 10 Karaoke Songs Of 2015 - Adele Is Not On This List

AdelleKaraoke grew to a $7.9 billion industry worldwide in 2015, according to DigiTrax. They've compiled  the top 10 karaoke songs of 2015 based on data from 2,500 reporting karaoke jockeys and  hit YouTube channels.  You won't find Adele anywhere on this list, because, like music streaming, the pop sensation will not licence her music for use there.

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EDM Chief James Barton Passes On SFX Offer, Remains At Live Nation

image from www.celebrityaccess.comOn December 4th, we brought you the story that James Barton was in talks with SFX to leave Live Nation and help get the flailing company get back on track. Now, however, James Barton, head of electronic dance music at Live Nation and founder of the Liverpool based Cream nightclub event, has decided to stay with Live Nation after all, says sources close to the New York Post.

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David Lowery Files $150M Class Action Suit Against Spotify Over Unpaid Royalties

gavelSpotify, which has been under fire for unreported songs and unpaid royalties, announced last week that it would overhaul its rights database and reporting system. But that was not enough to deter Cracker's David Lowery from filing a class action suit against Spotify; and other lawsuits may follow.

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SoundExchange Explained: Why Every Musician Should Sign-Up

1 (1)Although SoundExchange is one of today's most important sources of revenue for artists, many musicians are not signed up with the performing rights organization. This article examines how the service works, and why artists should utilize it.

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Justin Bieber Guerrilla Marketing Campaign Draws Fire From San Francisco City Attorney

image from www.celebrityaccess.comSan Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera is demanding the full cooperation of  Justin Bieber's record label and distribution company to identify and punish those responsible for a guerrilla marketing campaign that includes pervasive ads spray-painted on public sidewalks to promote Bieber's album, "Purpose."

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Streaming, The Beatles, And The Record Label Business Model's Demise

2In hopes of reaching a younger audience, The Beatles are finally make their streaming debut. This signals the industry's gradual movement away from its reliance on back-cataloged sales, but is bad news for up-and-coming artists as these sales have historically helped to fund their break-outs.

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10 Important Things To Know About The Recent Copyright Royalty Board Decision

1 (1)The three federal judges which preside over the Copyright Royalty Board recently announced new rates which will be applied to internet radio and digital webcasting. Here we look at some of the pros and cons of this decision, and what broader implications it may have for artists moving forward.

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The Beatles Are A Big Hit On Spotify [Stats, Top Tracks]

BeatlesThe Beatles finally made their streaming music debut on Christmas Eve, and Spotify is sharing stats from the first 2 days. The Beatles songs have been added to over 673k playlists in two days and 65% of The Beatles listeners on Spotify are under the age of 34

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Artists Find Success Playing Online Shows Through Concert Window

2For many artists, the hurdles which must be overcome in order to successfully book a tour can be quite intimidating. Hosting an online concert series, however, is a much more straightforward process, and also has a significantly reduced price tag.

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What The Music Business Can Learn From The Video Game Industry

4The music industry, which has often been called out for suppressing innovation and experimentation, would perhaps do well to take a leaf out of the PC gaming industry's notebook, which does precisely the opposite, and is enjoying significant growth as a result.

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Spotify Admits Their Music Publishing Payment System Is Broken, Commits To Major Overhaul

Spotify newSpotify has gotten a lot of flack in recent months from music publishers and songwriters over unidentified and misidentified tracks leading to incorrectly paid or unpaid royalties.  Today, Spotify pledged to fix the problem, while admitting that it will take some time.

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PledgeMusic's College Rep Program Offers Interns Hands-On Industry Experience

2Here we speak with PledgeMusic intern Seth Matthews about his experience in the program developing relationships with labels and managers, and the opportunities he's had to connect with artists like Could Cult and Mark Andrew.

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Should Musicians Opt Out Of Pandora’s Rdio Purchase?

Pandora-logoFollowing its recent purchase of a bankrupt Rdio, Pandora has sent out an email that music industry pundit David Lowery believes is misleading. In it, Lowery says, Pandora appears to be attempt to get rights holders to allow Pandora to use their music in its future projects.

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Songkick Sues Live Nation, Ticketmaster For Abusing Power To Stop Direct To Fan Ticket Sales

Power2015 was the year that artists and their teams learned the advantages of and profits earned from selling directly to fans.  It's a hugely disruptive shift that is threatening to those who profit from their position as an intermediary; and few in the old guard have been as protective of their gatekeeper status as Ticketmaster.

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The Beatles To Stream On Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, Rhapsody, Others Starting At Midnight Tonight

Spotify-Beatles-Tonight-TW[UPDATE 2] The rumor is true. The Beatles will finally be available on streaming music services as of midnight local time tonight.  Here are official lists of the music streamers getting The Beatles and the albums that will available.  

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