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Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Bonus Content For Your Next Release • Being Prepared For Your Next Gig • I Hate Successful Artists • More

16a00d83451b36c69e201b8d13d401f970c-800wiThis week on MusicThinkTank, we heard some ideas for adding bonus content to your release, how to promote your music independently, the best way to prep for a gig, and more.

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Japanese Idol, Music As Merchandise And PledgeMusic's Evil Twin... Is This The Future Of Music?

1 (1)Paying top dollar to receive VIP treatment from your favorite artist is nothing new in the music industry, but in Japan, Idol fans have taken this to the next level, shelling out thousands of dollars on multiple copies of the same album in hopes of getting closer to their favorite pop stars.

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Can The Release Of Another Jay Z Album Benefit Tidal?

3Although Jay-Z signed a massive deal requiring that he release three albums within the decade, there are so far no signs that a new record is forthcoming, and some question as to how the music mogul would use a new album to boost his lagging streaming service.

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NY Attorney General Takes On Ticketing: '54% Of All Concert Tickets Are Reserved For Insiders'

ticketsEarlier this week we reported on how 6 sales executives had been fired for profiting from the unauthorized resale of tickets at NYC's Madison Square Garden. Unsurprisingly, we're now learning, that was just the tip of the ticket fraud iceberg.

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4 Social Media Platforms Your Band May Not Be Using (But Should Be)

4 (1)Pretty much every band or artist hoping to engage with a modern audience has some kind of presence on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, but for those who want to use social media to go the extra mile and connect further with fans, here are four platforms that you may not have yet taken into consideration.

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Guitar Hero YouTuber Sings Acapella Version To Avoid Takedown

1 (1)After having the audio removed from his Guitar Hero video one YouTuber, intent on displaying his prowess at the game, opted to uploaded an acapella version of the song. While likely still illegal, the cover highlights some of the inherent absurdities in current copyright law.

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Spotify Just Parked Its Tanks On YouTube’s Lawn: Video Goes Live In iOS, Android Apps

image from www.hypebot.comAlmost 8 months after announcing the addition of video to its mobile platforms, Spotify video is finally live in both the Android and iOS apps. Right after the original announcement, music industry analyst Mark Mulligan offered his well informed assessment of video on Spotify.

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Time Is Running Out To Enter NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Contest

1 (1)With the deadline for NPR's second ever Tiny Desk Contest looming just around the corner (February 2 to be exact) NPR's Ben Naddaff-Hafrey offered PledgeMusic some advice on what an entry needs to make it stand out from the crowd, and how competitive we can expect it to be.

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The Internet Has Killed The Record Deal: How To Launch An Album On Your Own

1 (1)Living in the digital age, the resources necessary for recording an album are easily available, but when it comes to making said music available to the public, it's easy to become lost in the clamor and end up without a single soul hearing your album. Here we outline some steps which will help you avoid such an unfortunate circumstance.

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I'll Be In San Francisco In 2 Weeks For Hypebot's Music And Tech Meetup And Pollstar Live!

Bruce HoughtonTwo weeks from today, I'll be in San Francisco for the Hypebot Music & Tech Meetup and hosting a star studded "Data Driven Touring" panel at Pollstar Live!, the premier gathering of the touring industry. DETAILS:

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The True Cost Of Recording And Releasing A Single [Dave Kusek]

2Many artists who sit down to write a single often do so without thinking through the expenses they will encounter before the song can actually be released. By going over the actual costs in advance, artists can help keep them low and avoid complications later on.

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Guide To Releasing Music As An Independent Artist [INFOGRAPHIC]

1Releasing music independently can be a confusing process, and requires making many complex decisions along the way without any kind of certainty as to what the outcome may be. Here we take a step by step look at the release process, determining which course of action makes the most sense depending on the type of music in question.

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5 Video Music Blogs For Finding Your Next Favorite Band

1Offering unique renditions of independent artist's music in an intimate and minimalist setting, video music blogs are both an excellent way to discover great new music, or simply hear artists which you already enjoy in a different context. In this piece, we look at five such blogs to keep on eye on.

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6 Venue Execs Fired For Reselling Tickets And No One Is Surprised

ticket resalesWhen the industry rails against ticket resales, bots (automated ticket buying apps) are held up as the main culprit. But it turns out, to the surprise of absolutely no one inside the event business, that insiders including managers, agents, promoters, venue execs and even some artists, withholding and reselling the best seats in the house are a huge problem, as well.

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A Musician's Concise Guide To Using Instagram

5_band-merch-shirt-400Constantly having to manage so many social media accounts can be frustrating for artists, particularly given how little they often seem to have to do with actual music. Still, Instagram has risen through the ranks as one of the best ways to engage and interact with fans. Here we look at quick, six-step method for making the platform your friend

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