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Spotify Says Apple Rejected App Upgrade "As A Weapon" Because It Competes With Apple Music

Apple - SpotifyThe battle between Spotify and Apple got much nastier this week, with the music streamer's top lawyer delivering Cupertino a message that they will no longer stand by as Apple uses the App Store approval process as a weapon.

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6 Seismic Societal Shifts Changing The Music Industry

2In this piece, Dmitri Vietze examines six different societal shifts that have been stewing beneath the music industry, which are beginning to bubble up in different and sometimes unexpected ways, bringing destruction but also the potential for new opportunities.

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BMG Acquires Indie The End Records, Better Than Ezra, Everclear, Hinder, Billy Talent Catalog

bmg logoBMG has acquired indie label The End Records. BMG been on a bit of deal making spree, most of it aimed at heritage artists and catalog. Recent label acquisitions include S-Curve Records, Vagrant Records and Rise Records.

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Why Music Streaming Services Need To Attract An Older Audience

1-izmr69H0DAuhDPIw1k5a9AWith few exceptions, the majority of streaming platform users tend to be largely in the under 35 set, but these services might do well to start courting an older demographic, with their deep pockets and streaming compatible tastes in music.

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Why Independent Music Publishers Should Wait to Join Class Action Against Spotify [MONICA CORTON, DAVID LOWERY]

waitToday is the last day for music publishers to sign on to participate in the Spotify and NMPA (National Music Publishers Association) settlement agreement. But independent musician and songwriter  David Lowery and independent publishing executive Monica Corton have a one-worded piece of advice: WAIT!

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren Calls Out Apple For Locking Out Rivals, Spotify Agrees

image from elizabethwarren.comSpotify has given a big thumbs up to a speech by US Senator Elizabeth Warren (D MA) accusing Google, Amazon and particularly Apple of working to “snuff out competition.” Apple, says Warren, “has placed conditions on its rivals that make it difficult for them to offer competitive streaming services” that compete with Apple Music.

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Van's "Off The Road": Avoiding Vehicle Accidents On Tour

1Going on tour for the first time is certainly an exciting prospect, and while many artists are eager to pile into vans and hit the road, these same vans run into accidents with an alarming degree of frequency. Here we look at some ways artists can avoid, or at least plan for, automobile trouble on the road.

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This Song Belongs To You And Me: Lawsuit Filed Declaring Guthrie's Classic In Public Domain

Woody-guthrie-header-e1433434690900Owing to a hefty stack of evidence clearly indicating that the song belongs in the public domain, members of the band Satorii are taking the alleged copyright holders of "This Land" to court to prove so once and for all.

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Facebook Tweaked It's Feed Formula Again, And It's Not Good News For Musicians, Music Marketers

image from www.youbrandinc.comFacebook is constantly tweaking the formula that it uses to chose which posts appear where in a users News Feed.  Lately, they've been more transparent about those changes, and that means that marketers get the news - bad and good - of these shifts before they happen.  A new round of changes appear to be mostly bad news for musicians and music marketers.

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3 Kinds Of Bands That Don't Need A Publicist

1While the majority of bands should have someone who is dedicated to protecting the band/s public image, both in the press and on social media, there are certain types of artists that have no need for such a person, perhaps because they're too new, or simply don't care about their image.

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Beers, Blue Jeans, And Broadcast Radio vs. Pandora

1For all the criticism leveled at Pandora of late, it seem the popular internet radio service is helping out some mid-tier musicians, or at least those who play country music, by providing them with significantly greater airtime than traditional broadcast radio.

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How to Book A European Tour Without An Agent Or Label (Part 1)

1 (1)With its golden hospitality and government funding of the arts, touring Europe can be a musician's dream, provided it's done correctly. Here musician Brett Newski shares some wisdom from the road on how to make your next European tour a success.

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Huckabee Pays $25,000 To Settle "Eye Of The Tiger" Copyright Case

image from www.celebrityaccess.comWhen you hear a song played at a political rally, does it imply that the artist singing it endorses that candidate?  This is the kind of thorny legal and moral issue that continues to resurface, particularly during presidential campaigns.

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"Happy Birthday" Officially Enters Public Domain

image from www.celebrityaccess.comAfter a long legal battle, "Happy Birthday To You" has entered the public domain. It's part of a growing list of "moder" songs whose legal status is shifting as copyrights run out and lawyers test their limits. Up next, a battle over Woody Guthrie's iconic "This Land Is Your Land." 

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How The Share Button Is Ruining Social Media

Share 2If you’re anything like me, your social feeds are a mess right now. A quick sample of mine: festival flyers, ads for a CRM system, open letters to Donald Trump, a defense of Kim Kardashian, and ads to join Yahoo Mail. Even without the necessary evil of promoted posts clogging up the feed, it feels like the initial promise of social media - a hub of digital connections between physically separated people - is lost.

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CHANGES @ Roc Nation • Warner/Chappell • ASCAP • Armonia • Universal Music • Round Hill Music • Cramer

ChangesRoc Nation Nashville has entered into a publishing partnership with Warner/Chappell Music to publish Roc Nation Nashville’s repertoire. In 2013, the two companies signed a global publishing agreements for JAY Z and Roc Nation’s roster.

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Why Am I Doing This To Myself? Indie Hip Hop Powerhouse Jean Grae Asks And Answers

4 (1)The life of the independent musician is challenging and requires massive amounts of work, with little to no guarantee of commiserate return. But such work can also be the most rewarding. Here, from the debut edition on the Cash Music blog WATT, indie hip hop artist Jean Grae looks at the pros and cons of the independent creative life and what it has to offer.

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Entrepreneurial Muscle Building: A Musician's Go-To Guide

11Like it or not, a large part of the music business is just that: business. While musicality and creativity are certainly important, possessing solid entrepreneurial skills is also critical to getting your music to the largest audience possible.

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