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Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Traveling Band • Brand Your Music • Make Money From Your Music On YouTube • More

16a00d83451b36c69e201b8d13d401f970c-800wiThis week on MusicThinkTank, we looked at details to go over with your manager pre-tour, how to brand you music with a domain name, make money from it off YouTube, and more.

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New Experiences Like Video And VR Can Save Streaming Music

Eyeball-1copyWhile streaming services continue to announce seemingly impressive subscription numbers, consumers continue to gravitate more strongly towards visual experiences, meaning that integrating video and things like virtual reality tech, will be more and more important to platforms like Spotify and Apple Music.

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7 Easy Fixes That'll Make Your Band Look Way Better On Social Media

Social-media-419944_960_720Keeping up with social media can be a challenge for busy independent artists, but doing so is still important. Here we look at seven different ways artists can increase the efficiency of their social media postings, while simultaneously improving their online image.

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Spotify Is Becoming MySpace, While Apple Music Becomes Facebook

Apple-Music-vs-Spotify_thumb800Although Apple's quarterly revenue streak was recently broken, a bump in Apple Music subscribers offered one bright spot in an otherwise grim report, suggesting Apple may finally be creating some perceived value in its music, even as Spotify loses ground.

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Label Sues Band For 'shamelessly attempting to cash In before downfall of addicted bandmate'

 image from www.celebrityaccess.comRecord label Prospect Park sued its band Five Finger Death Punch this week, alleging breach of contract and claiming that the group started working on a new album and refused to provide masters to the label for a planned greatest hits collection.

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YouTube Exec Says "No other platform gives as much money back to creators"

Youtube_logoYouTube has recently come under fire from labels and some in the music community both for its Content ID system and the size of payments to creators.  Now, a top YouTube exec is pushing back with a rebuttal that offers Google's point of view.

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Neil Young Embraces The Devil: All 57 Albums Can Now Be Streamed In Lo-Fi On Tidal

image from cdn4.pitchfork.comNeil Young is often held up as the rare major artist that is always true to his values, whatever the commercial consequences. Apparently, Young's moral backbone does not extend to his espoused hatred of streaming music.

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What People Are Listening To On Their Smartphones

2Edison Research recently dropped some revealing numbers regarding what consumers are listening to on their smartphones, numbers which go against much of what we may have, up to now, been assuming about people's listening habits.

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The Next Song Matters: New Pandora Ad Celebrates Joys Of Personalized Streaming [WATCH]

Pandora-logoPandora is working on an Rdio-powered interactive streaming service. But until that launches, the music streamer is all about personalized non-inactive streaming; and a new ad, "The Next Song Matters," celebrates the surprises and joys of lean back music discovery. WATCH:

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Virtual Reality In The Music Industry Must Be A Tool, And Not Just An Experience

1Cherie Hu discusses how, in order for virtual reality tech to gain legitimacy as an industry tool, it must rise above simply being thought of as a gimmicky toy and realize its true potential for use in our day-to-day lives.

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What’s Working in Indie Music Today: Lessons In Success from New Artist Model Member Mike Sullivan

image from www.hypebot.comOne of the best ways to get new strategies and ideas for your music career is to look at what other musicians are doing. So Dave Kusek and Lindsay McGrath of the New Artist Model are putting together a series of case studies from talented and successful musicians who are pushing the envelope in the world of indie music.  The first installment is musician Mike Sullivan.

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A Surprisingly Interesting Dive Into Classical Music Metadata

1 (1)Many digital service providers have been criticized for their failure to properly populate the metadata for their classical music. This article breaks down how such metadata works, and what standards need to be followed in order to ensure that DSP's classical content remains up to snuff.

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House Judiciary Chair Goodlatte Promises "Consensus" Copyright Reform (Finally) Coming Soon

2Although copyright law is in desperate need of a 21st century overall, congress has been wary of any such update after the SOPA outcry in 2012...until now. A recent statement from Rep. Bob Goodlatte revealed that new proposals will soon be forthcoming, although whether or not they'll actually improve copyright law remains to be seen.

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Musikki Raises $1 Million, Launches Exclusiph Music Image Platform

image from www.musikki.comPorto and London based music tech startup Musikki, has just raised $1 million USD from Portugal Ventures, the biggest venture capital fund in Portugal. Musikki ,which provides B2C and B2B services for the music industry has also launched a new image service, Exclusiph.

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THU. BRIEFING: ASCAP Reports $1B Revenue • SFX Lawyers Bill $2M In Feb. • Top Piracy Havens • More

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 There's still a lot of money in music, but so little of it goes to the right people.

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Led Zeppelin Could End "Stairway To Heaven" Lawsuit For $1

image from www.hypebot.comLed Zeppelin are facing a jury trial for alleged copyright infringement of their seminal hit "Stairway to Heaven." A District Court Judge has ruled that the hit was similar enough to the '67 instrumental "Taurus" by Spirit to warrant a trial.  But the plaintiff's have offered Led Zep an easy way out.

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