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New Legislation Would Streamline US Touring for Canadian Artists

3Obtaining the necessary visas for touring in the US has long been a frustrating and arduous procedure for Canadian musicians, but the newly proposed BEATS legislation would expedite this process, as well as give artists more freedom with how they conduct themselves once across the border.

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What A New Pandora CEO Means For Artists, Labels And Investors

1(2)As Tim Westergren returns to the helm of Pandora, has has a great deal of work to do to revitalize the company, and repair its relationship with artists and labels, but also an opportunity to change how the streaming service is perceived in the eyes of the public.

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How Gen Z Uses Social Media And What That Means For Music Marketing

1 (1)For artists looking to market to the Gen Z demographic, a new study by Fluent has revealed some interesting numbers around this particular group's social media habits and and how it effects their lifestyle in general.

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Brandy Files $1 Million Lawsuit Against Label For Alleged Double Dipping

image from scontent-iad3-1.cdninstagram.comPop singer and actress Brandy has sued her record label for $1 million, claiming that it refuses to let her record or release an album, and bullied her into signing a contract that will let Chameleon Entertainment double dip at her expense. 

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TIDAL Confirms Aspiro Lawsuit, Issues Official Statement

image from www.hypebot.comOvernight, reports surfaced from Scandinavia that Jay Z's TIDAL would be filing a lawsuit estimated to be worth $15 million against former owners Aspiro over exaggerated subscribers claims prior to the sale.  This morning TIDAL confirmed the lawsuit and the reason behind it. Here's the full text of the TIDAL statement.

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Jay Z Readies $15 Million Lawsuit Against Former TIDAL Owners

Tidal logoThis week TIDAL announced that it had 3 million paid subscribers alongside impressive stats for its slate of exclusives.  But even as Jay Z was popping the champagne corks his lawyers were prepping a massive lawsuit against TIDAL's former owners.

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New On Hypebot's Music Industry Jobs Board: BMI Seeks Executive Director Of Business Development

image from www.google.comBMI is seeking an Executive Director Of Business Development to direct licensing negotiations and account services for its Digital Licensing group. More on this gig and others on Hypebot's Music Industry Jobs Board. 

HIRING? Here's how to post your job:

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6 Organizations That Give Indie Musicians Grants, Crash Pads, More

1 (1)Even the most independent of indie musicians can use a little help every now and again and, fortunately for them, there are organizations with precisely this purpose, whether you're looking for some financial help, or simply a place to crash.

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The Importance Of Keeping Your Songwriting Clean And Basic

1 (1)When trying to craft a song that will stand out from the pack, many artists will often try to force intricacies that ultimately detract from the overall piece. Here we look at three things to keep in mind when composing your next song that can prevent you from overdoing it.

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Why Did Spotify Just Raise $1 Billion In Debt Funding Under Such Horrible Terms?

image from images.clipartpanda.com[UPDATED] Debt has become an increasingly popular funding mechanism for mid to late stage startups as investors grow tired of sky high valuations and seeing their stake reduced by later equity infusions. Now, Spotify has jumped on the debt financing bandwagon, raising $1 billion under some potentially difficult terms.

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Kashy Keegan: How an almost unknown songwriter outsold Lady Gaga and Katy Perry

1 (1)As musician, breaking into the industry is no easy feat, and the challenge can often seem insurmountable enough that many eager young artists give up somewhere along the way. This is exactly what had happened to Kashy Keegan, before he unexpectedly became an overnight success.

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SoundCloud Goes Paid Premium, Faces Unique And Difficult Challenges [Mark Mulligan]

SoundCloud_logoYesterday SoundCloud launched its $10 a month streaming service in the US. But in addition to competition from major players like Spotify, Apple, Amazon and Google, SoundCloud faces unique and difficult challenges, says top analyst Mark Mulligan.

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WED. BRIEFING: Spotify Adds $1B Debt • Ticketmaster Wins Songkick Round • Instagram Expands Videos • More

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 I'm thinking/hoping that Ek & Co have an end game beyond just mo' money. IPO? (aka even more money) Video? Both? 

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Tidal Announces 3 Million Paid Subscribers + Kanye West, Rihanna Exclusives Stats

Tidal logoA year after its controversial launch, TIDAL has passed 3 millions subscribers. That's a fraction of those paying for Spotify (30M) or Apple Music (more than 11M), but up 2.5M from the 500K that Jay Z  inherited when buying EU based music streamer Aspiro.

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How Ticketmaster Enforces Its Fan Club Ticketing Rules And Songkick's Battle To Change It

4 (1)Following Ticketmaster's interference with their fan club business, Songkick is now suing the ticketing behemoth on the grounds that Ticketmaster, by refusing to allow artists to appropriate tickets for presales, is violating antitrust regulations.

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YouTube Says It Already Pays A Whole Lot Of Royalties

1(2)YouTube has come under increasing fire of late owing to the minuscule payouts which it has been providing to artists and labels, far less than other music streaming services such as Spotify and Apple Music. Unfortunately, YouTube's powerful position in the industry makes this a tough financial nut to crack.

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The Rolling Stones Rock Cuba [VIDEO]

image from www.celebrityaccess.comThe Rolling Stones performed in front of an estimated crowd of 1.2 million fans in Havana on Friday night, marking the time the English band has ever played in Cuba. The free open-air concert took place at at Ciudad Deportiva de la Habana, a major sports complex which held a reported crowd of 700,000 fans, as well as another 500,000 listening outside of the venue.

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SoundCloud Launches Paid Music Subscription Service SoundCloud Go

SoundCloud_logo (1)[UPDATED] We all knew it was coming. But today's launch of a paid music subscription service, SoundCloud Go, just weeks after closing its final major label deals, arrived sooner than expected; and along with it, broad implications for the entire sector.

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Frugality On A DIY Tour: Some Simple Suggestions

1 (1)Touring is an expensive prospect, particularly for a band just starting out, and while you will hopefully be getting paid at some point along the way, most early tours will likely either break even or be done at a loss. Here we look at some ways bands can mitigate expenses along the way.

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Pandora Stock Lost $30M In Value Monday, But Analysts And Music Industry Praise Choice Of Westergren As CEO

Pandora-logo[UPDATED] Wall Street punished Pandora stock on Monday, after founder Tim Westergren was named CEO as part of a major executive restructuring. But several prominent analysts and music industry insiders took a different view, praising the decision; and we got the first indications as to why the change was made.

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When And How To Update Your Social Media [INFOGRAPHIC]

1 (1)Social media has become a hugely important tool for musicians but, like any tool, using it correctly is critical to optimizing its effectiveness. In this infographic, we examine how and at what times artists should post on social media, based on the platform and content in question.

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Stock Tumbles As Pandora Names Founder Tim Westergren CEO In A Broad Executive Restructuring

Pandora-logo[UPDATE] Tim Westergren has long been the public face of Pandora, preaching his Music Genome gospel to literally anyone who would listen. (I watched him try to explain internet radio to a confused AARP convention audience almost a decade ago.) Pushed aside in the board room as the company grew and went public, Westergren is now back in charge as Pandora's new CEO.

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