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WMG CEO Sends Year End Letter To Staff

image from a2.aastatic.comThanks to the rise of streaming, 2016 was a strong year for all three major labels, but particularly for Warner Music Group.  The "We're #3!" major music group not only had profitable quarters, it grew its global market share,  WMG CEO Steve Cooper celebrated the year with a letter to his staff.

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SoundCloud Touts Music Discovery, Creator Updates In Year End Report

SoundCloud_logoSoundCloud is touting improvements in both music discovery and tools for creators in its year-end wrap up. 2016 was the year that the music streamer finally added a paid subscription service and began paying more, but not all, creators.

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Internet Gives Musicians Double-Edged Sword

image from labs.sogeti.comIn the shifting landscape of the music industry, more and more artists are turning from traditional record labels to streaming services to get their songs and their names out there. Streaming platforms like Spotify, Google Play, Deezer, Pandora and many more offer free online access to fans and new marketing channels for musicians, known and unknown.

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UPDATE: Sony Music, Bob Dylan Twitter Accounts Hacked - Company Issues Statement

Sony-Music-logo-wordmark[UPDATED] The Sony Music and Bob Dylan Twitter accounts were hacked on Tuesday and false reports that Britney Spears has died were posted on both accounts. Spears is in fact alive, according to her management, and the offending tweets have been deleted. More details and screenshots:

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Facebook Video Chat Is An Effective Music Promotion Tool

Facebook-video-chatWhile live video has long been a useful tool in musicians' promotional arsenal, Facebook's new video chat option provides some interesting and useful advancements to the medium allowing for more interaction with a higher volume of fans.

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Holidays Hustle: 8 Ways To Promote Your Band Or Brand

image from s3.amazonaws.comThe holidays are around. Everyone is trying to save cash. Everyone is trying to spend cash. Some people are given presents and they get cash and iTunes gift cards. Now is the time to convince people you have the best best best shit. That is right. Say best three times. If it isn't the best, than oh well. But now is the time you can make the most money off merch without being at a show.

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Battle Over Public Performance Rights Of Old Music Heats Up: NY Rejects, Supreme Court Petitioned

THE_BATTLE_OF_COPYRIGHTAlthough certainly not a new dispute, the legal battle over pre-1972 recordings recently kicked into a higher gear, with New York recently rejecting a case, and the Supreme Court being petitioned to hear another.

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Music Publishing News 12.23.16: Nielsen Buys Gracenote • Facebook vs Publishers • Loudr Pays Out $1M

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Nielsen Co. has purchased Tribune Media Co.’s Gracenote video, music, and sports for $560 million (in cash).  Metadata giant Gracenote, acquired by Tribune Media in 2014, provides reference information for more than 200 million music tracks.  

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Billboard Acquires Spin, Vibe and Stereogum, Azoff and Leiweke's Oak View Buys Venues Today

image from assets-ssl.bigdealsmedia.net[UPDATED] Two big music media deals close out 2016. Hollywood Reporter and Billboard Media Group have acquired SpinMedia’s music assets Spin, Vibe and Stereogum and Irving Azoff and Tim Leiweke's Oak View Group bought Venues Today.

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