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The Time Has Come For Facebook To Accept Songwriters' Friend Request [David Israelite]

Facebook-logo-outside-hq-2012-billboard-1548As Facebook has grown and developed, on the video side of things in particular, the time has come for the popular social networking platform to become properly licenesed, lest it risk alienation from songwriters.

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Non-Discretionary Pricing: Why Spotify Costs 63% More In UK Than US [Mark Mulligan]

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The price of streaming music subscriptions is a contentious ongoing debate within the industry. Is $10 per month too much or too little. Would twice as many people pay if a subscription were half the price? It's a complex question that the industry has answered badly with pricing that means that a UK subscriber effectively pays twice as much as in the U.S.

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As Vine Shuts Down, A Brief History Of Failed Social Media Sites [INFOGRAPHIC]

image from technode.comLast week came news that Twitter is shutting down video app Vine. It's the latest in a growing list of social media fails that serve as a reminder that the best place to communicate with fans is always the channels you control (web, email, text). Remember MySpace and iTunes Ping?

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Shunned By Radio, Hard Rock Is Still Alive And Well In America

DownloadIn this piece Glenn Peoples looks at hard rock and metal's roll in the industry, for although the style of music has little to no prevalence on commercial radio, new tracks are gaining popularity on streaming services like Pandora.

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Sony/ATV, Warner Chappell, Kobalt Beat Universal, BMG In New Music Publisher Ranking

Music publishingSony/ATV, Warner Chappell and indie Kobalt were named the top 3 music publishers in Billboard's new market share ranking. Much of Sony's success comes thanks to Sia's "Cheap Thrills," the No. 1 radio hit for the last ­quarter.

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Hollywood Back In Court: How Have Spinal Tap Creators Earned Only $81 In Merch Sales?

ThisisspinaltapnormansrareguitarstshirtHollywood has had a long tradition of avoiding paying royalties by claiming movies are "not profitable" as the result of an accounting loophole. This has resulted in a number of lawsuits over the years including, most recently, one by Harry Shearer of the classic film This is Spinal Tap.

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Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Start A Band In NYC • Old Fashioned Values In Today's Music Industry • Support Your Favorite Bands • More

6a00d83451b36c69e201b8d1b7a85c970c-150wiMost recently on MusicThinkTank, we examined how to start a band in NYC, questioned whether there's room for old fashioned values in today's music industry, easy ways to support your favorite artists, and more.

 

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Are Higher Royalty Payments Really Coming Soon From Sirius XM?

11One of the main gripes from artists and publishers in the streaming era has been that regarding low royalty payouts, this could be about to change however, at least for Sirius XM, if SoundExchange's newly proposed rate increase comes to fruition.

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ABBA To Reunite For Virtual Reality Project

image from s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.comYesterday we shared UMG's virtual reality series launching with Avenged Sevenfold. Now Abba is reuniting for a VR project.  And - you heard it hear first - the Rolling Stones will reunite in 2035 for a one-off "Live From The Nursing Home" to be broadcast live on TV in HD/VR/AR and anything else that's invented between now and then.

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Have An Opinion? A Great Idea? MusicThinktank Wants You!

musicthinktank logoAs many regular Hypebot readers know, we also publishes MusicThinkTank, the site dubbed "Where The Music Industry Goes To Think." Entirely crowdsourced, the MusicThinkTank community is both lively and supportive, and wants you to contribute your ideas.

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Music Publishing News Roundup 10.27.16: Songwriters Hall Of Fame • Grammys In My District • EMI vs. MP3tunes

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The Songwriters Hall announced the list of nominees for the 2017 Songwriters Hall of Fame, including Max Martin, Madonna, and Jay Z. If inducted, Jay Z would become the first rapper to enter the prestigious music organization.

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Shawn Mendes, Ariana Grande, Chance The Rapper Top Spotify 25 Under 25 List

Spotify newSpotify has released a 25 Under 25 list featuring the most played under the age of 25 based on stats from the music streamer. Eighteen-year-old Shawn Mendes tops the list followed by Ariana Grande, Chance the Rapper, Martin Garrix and Justin Bieber.

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Universal Music, Avenged Sevenfold To Launch VRLIVE Virtual Reality Concert Platform

image from www.celebrityaccess.comLive music has been largely unaffected by the radical shifts that shook the rest of the music industry. But that appears about to change with the adoption of virtual reality. Imagine going to a concert without ever leaving home?  

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Pandora To 'Unveil' On Demand Streaming Music Service On Dec. 6th

Pandora-new-logo-image-001Wall Street was not kind to Pandora this week after the music streamer announced its third straight quarterly loss and a second straight quarter of falling active listenership. Turnaround hopes center on the launch of an on demand music streaming service.

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