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Is Spotify Also Eyeing Tidal? Kayne West Shares Insider Info, Calls On Apple To "Give Jay His Check"

kayne westLast month we heard rumors that Apple was exploring the purchase of Jay Z's Tidal streaming service. Since then, we've heard nothing, until this weekend when Tidal co-owner Kayne West took to Twitter with some apparent updates. 

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Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Expanding Your Career Beyond Music • Maintain Media Relationships • The Consent Decree • More

6a00d83451b36c69e201b8d1b7a85c970c-150wiOn MusicThinkTank this week, we looked at expanding your career beyond music, the importance of maintaining media relationships, why video game music should be taken seriously, plus more.

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Projecting Trends: Augmented Reality, Advertising, and Music

1 (1)As part of a 'Projecting Trends' series, this article examines the impact of Pokémon Go and Snapchat as they move toward making augmented reality increasingly mainstream, and the broader effect this will have on the music industry as a result.

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Musicians Killed by Guns 1950 - 2016 [INFOGRAPHIC]

gun"Guns. They’re the tragic link between John Lennon, Marvin Gaye, Kurt Cobain, Tupac and Biggie," Mike “DJ” Pizzo writes on Medium. "Indeed firearms cut short the lives of these superstars of music—and many other artists - guaranteeing they would never get the chance to rise to their full potential."

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3 Things You Should Know About The Average Facebook User

Facebook-flat-vector-logo-400x400Facebook's latest algorithm shift has placed greater emphasis on users friends and family rather than other pages and organizations. This article helps artists understand the average Facebook users habits such that they can be better marketed to.

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Music Publishing News Roundup 7.19.16: Songwriters Move To Exclude Sony • Music Dealers Implodes • Sony/ATV Claims Top Spot

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The National Music Publishers’ Association and the Nashville Songwriters Association have moved to exclude Sony Music Entertainment from participating in the Copyright Royalty Board’s proceeding to determine mechanical royalty rates for a variety of services.

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How live streaming is transforming the music industry… and why that might scare you

image from cdn.younow.comLive video is exploding. Facebook Live, Snapchat, Pericope, and for a growing number of musicians, YouNow. But rising consumer demand for unscripted, real-time performances requires an entirely new skill set for up-and-coming musicians.

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Live Nation Reports Strong Earnings, Stock Soars

LivenationOver the last few quarters, Live Nation has started to feel like a solid business driven less by the touring whims of major artists and more by solid growth across three divisions - concerts, advertising, and ticketing.  That Live Nation can achieve this amplifies Robert Sillerman's failures at SFX.

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Music Dealers Founder Responds To Site's Demise, Unpaid Artists

image from www.hypebot.comEarlier today, we reported that synch licensing site Music Dealers had shut down leaving many artists that made music available through the site upaid. Now, Eric Sheinkop, the founder who raised more than $9 million to fund Music Dealers but has since left to co-found shopping startup desirelist, has responded to the closure:

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A2IM Announces 12th Annual Indie Music Week June 5-9, 2017

A2IMThe indie music community will come together again on June 5-9, 2017 in New York City for American Association of Independent Music's (A2IM) 12th Annual Indie Week, an international conference and networking event aimed at maximizing the global impact of independent music.

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Donald Trumps Own Viral 'Freedom Kids' Now Plan Lawsuit Against Trump Campaign

1 (1)Some may recall the Trump campaign's singing/dancing 'Freedom Kids' from earlier this year. Now it looks as though the group's organizer will be suing the campaign after its violation of their verbal agreement and repeated failure to properly compensate the performance group.

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Facebook Branded Content Now Enabled For All Verified Pages

1An option which was formerly only available to media companies and major celebrities, Facebook has recently made branded content (aka any content which directly mentions or features a third party product/brand) available to all verified pages, which could be good news for artists.

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UPDATE: $9 Million Later, Music Dealers Abruptly Shutters Sync Licensing Service, Musicians Go Unpaid

music dealers logoUPDATE: A music tech startup going out of business is often just another sad story.  But Music Dealers raised big money and cut big deals. Now it's founder has moved on to a glitzy new startup co-founded with a former exec of the defunct synch licensing site's top former clients. The result: many artists are left without payment.  Now. Music Dealers has responded.

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Why Artists Need To Embrace The New 360 Model [Cortney Harding]

1As 2016 shapes up to be a landmark year for VR technology, it's time for artists to begin embracing 360 video technology. The cost of creating such content continues to drop, but the returns continue to increase, as the ways in which fans interact with live content continues to shift.

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Facebook Reported Record Growth, 2 Charts Show Just How Hot The Social Network Is

Last evening, Facebook_like_logo_1 Facebook reported Q2 earnings that smashed all expectations. Steady user growth continued at 3.63% adding 60 million monthly users this quarter to hit 1.71 billion. Quarterly revenue of $6.44 billion also blew past estimates.

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How I Sold $66,000 In Tickets in Less Than 2 Hours with 1 Text

1 (1)Here we explore an alternative method of advertising tickets to fans. Rather than using email or social media, this piece looks at how one band was able to use a mass of fan phone numbers in order to sell tickets via text, with incredible success.

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SFX Considers Legal Action Against Founder Sillerman, Top Execs

image from www.hypebot.comThe fall of controversial SFX founder and former CEO Robert "FX" Sillerman has been as dramatic as his rise. The next chapter in his demise is likely to include a gaggle of lawyers, as the new group in control of SFX signals legal action against him.

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Universal Music Opens Vaults To Launch uDiscover Online Store

image from pbs.twimg.comCatalog sales contribute a great deal to the bottom line of most labels, and online commerce provide a unique opportunity to leverage the long tale of fan interest well after mainstream media stops caring.  Sony Legacy is a prime example.  Now, Universal Music is mining its massive vaults and selling some real treasures.

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SoundCloud Is For Sale, But They're Having Trouble Finding A Buyer

SoundCloud_logo (1)SoundCloud is finally starting to seriously monetize their content, but profitability is still just a distant hope.  That sent the startup in search of funds; and in June, SoundCloud raised $70 million from Twitter in a $100 million funding round at reported valuation of $700 million. Now Soundcloud is for sale.

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