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Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: First Indie Album • Growth Hacks • Metadata • More

6a00d83451b36c69e201b8d1b7a85c970c-150wiOn MusicThinkTank this week, we had pieces covering how to launch your first indie album, key growth hacks for a building a solid music career, why you really ought to care about metadata, and more.

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TOP POSTS: The Week's Most Read Posts On Hypebot

6a00d83451b36c69e201bb08d1d8f8970d-150wiThe most frequently perused posts from the week's music industry news this week included those covering Spotify's plan to implement its own music hardware and voice control, the best way to land a spot on a Spotify playlist, how different royalties are paid on the three Pandora price tiers, and more!

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Record Store Day 2017 Top Selling Singles, Albums & More

RecordStoreDayLogoTwo legacy artists topped the sales charts for Record Store Day 2017 according to BuzzAngle. The Grateful Dead's "Vancouver 7/29/66" was the top selling album of the day, while The Beatles' "Strawberry Fields Forever" was the top selling single.

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10 Best Facebook Practices For Artists, Bands

FaceAlthough it can be one of the best social networks for bands and artists to promote themselves on, Facebook is a complicated animal, and proper execution is necessary for getting the most out of the site. Consequently, we're taking a look at ten of the best practices for musicians using Facebook.

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Chance The Rapper Takes His Disdain For Record Labels On Tour [VIDEO]

image from frlmag.comChance The Rapper built his hugely successful career outside of the major label system.  And while a few critics see his lucrative one-off deal with Apple Music as a sellout, what the rapper has done with his platform and his money are undeniably independent.

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What Is The Music Business Association? [Music Biz Weekly Podcast]

Music Biz Assoc.This week James Donio from the Music Business Association joins Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert to discuss how NARM evolved to become the Music Business Association, plus why DIY artists should be a member and attend the upcoming Music Biz 2017 in Nashville.

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How To Gain Twitter Followers In 2017 [VIDEO]

Twitter-musicWhen they zig on Twitter, you should zag, says music marketer Sunny Stuart Winter. Sunny used his time at university to research social media influence and the psychology and sociology of social media behaviour. Here, he shares tips on what to do and not do when growing your base of followers on Twitter.

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8 Ways To Avoid Self Sabotage When Building Your Music Career

CrumpWhile it's hardly the easiest career for anyone to pursue, becoming some form of a full time self employed musician is certainly achievable provided, that is, you can get out of your own way. Here we look at eight ways to avoid ruining your music career before it's even gotten off the ground.

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FCC Boss Reveals Nefarious Plan To Replace Net Neutrality Rules With Fluff, Nonsense

Neurope-euHaving already made his general contempt for net neutrality, it appears current FCC boss Ajit Pai plans to replace current regulations surrounding net neutrality with 'voluntary commitments' from major telecom companies like AT&T and Comcast, leaving any residual regulations the strained FTC.

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Music Publishing Update 4.28.17: Spotify Invests In Blockchain

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Spotify has acquired Mediachain Labs, the core team behind the open source Mediachain protocol, to develop a decentralized network for sharing data critical to getting songwriters paid - in other words, a blockchain.  

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Tips For Launching Your First Indie Album

Images (1)The game has changed drastically when it comes to getting into the record industry. While getting your material out there has become easier, standing out from the crowd enough to be noticed is still challenging, with the result that many artists have chosen to go indie. In this article we cover some tips on how to launch an indie album successfully.

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Apple Music To Relaunch With More Video, Original Programming [REPORT]

Apple-logoWhen Apple introduces the next version of its iOS later this year, it will reportedly include an new Apple Music app designed to emphasize video. Recent announcements of several Apple exclusive video series would seem to confirm the shift.

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How To Convert More Interested Fans Into Attendees Using Bandsintown

(1)In this day and age, music fans expect to receive information about tours and shows, not to have to seek it out. Here we explore how artists can use Bandsintown in conjunction with streaming services to encourage fans to purchase tickets to their next show.

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How Kendrick Lamar Achieves Mainstream Appeal Using A Complex, Innovative Approach

Kendrick-header-1024x683In this piece we take an in depth look at how Kendrick Lamar is able to craft tracks which have achieved such prominent mainstream appeal, while still remaining deeply personal and specific to Lamar's personal experiences.

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Simple Growth Hacks Necessary For Building A Solid Music Career

CareerWhile many budding artists work for success in the music industry, they frequently struggle to get their careers off the ground. Here we cover several simple growth hacks ranging from how to develop your band to properly investing in your career.

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TuneCore Launches SocialPro Social Media Management App, Free Educational Resources

tunecore socialUPDATED: TuneCore today launched TuneCore Social Pro, a social media management platform that enables artists to manage their social media activity and distribution sales in a single app and dashboard.

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Nominees A2IM's Indie Music Libera Awards Announced [FULL LIST]

image from www.celebrityaccess.comIndie label trade association, the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM), announced the nominees for its 6th annual Libera Awards. Created by and for the Independent label community, the Libera Awards – name adapted from the Latin word for freedom – is part of A2IM’s Indie Week in New York City.

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Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act Passes Congress Overwhelming

Copyright-blue-2_1[UPDATED] HR 1695, the Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act, has passed the U.S. House of Representatives on a roll call vote with 378 for and 48 against. Little opposition is expected in the Republican controlled Senate and President Trump is expected to sign the law.

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General Music Licensing: Where Are All My Royalties? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Money on fireWhat is General Music Licensing and why, though the numbers are shifting, does it generate almost four times more revenue for songwriters than all digital services combined? Why is nobody talking about it and what is being done to modernize this area of the business? Check out this infographic from Soundstr and learn.

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