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New Jay-Z Album 4:44 Explodes On Twitter Despite (Or Because Of?) TIDAL, Sprint Exclusive Release

image from images.complex.comJay-Z released his new album, "4:44," last night. Even though the album is only available to TIDAL and Sprint customers, over the next 12 hours it generated more than 810,000 tweets. There were also been nearly 230K Tweets mentioning Beyonce in that same timeframe.

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6 Types Of Posts Musicians Should Archive On Instagram

Posts-to-archive-on-instagram-1500pxWe all make mistakes, and when your social media presence is tied to your livelihood, the ability to hide these mistakes should be taken advantage of. Here we look at six instances where artists should take advantage of Instagram's new 'archive' feature and conceal their posts from the eyes of fans.

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How to Manage A Release Across Multiple Territories [PODCAST]

Musicbiz weekly podcast logoThis week on Hypebot's Music Biz Weekly podcast, Michael and Jay tackle the problem of releasing your music in multiple territories. They explore how to do it correctly along with the obstacles and hurdles that you might encounter. They share what you can do to stay in control of multiple territories that may not always be working together.

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Taylor Swift's Return To Streaming Pays Off

Taylor-Swift-back-on-streaming-218x300A lack of any appreciable revenue was one of the primary reasons for Taylor Swift's departure from streaming services, streaming revenue has picked up significantly since then however, and The Swift has been raking it in since her music returned to major streaming platforms like Spotify and Apple Music.

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How To Be Your Own Music Publicist: Part 2 [Cyber PR]

image from www.hypebot.comIn Part 1 of “How to Be Your Own Music Publicist,”  the fold at Cyber PR took you through all the different elements of an effective digital press kit.  Here in Part 2, they’ll take you through the next 5 things that need to be addressed before you can start pitching to music blogs and promoting your release. 

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Grammys To Return To Los Angeles

Grammy_logoThe Recording Academy announced that after a brief foray into Gotham in 2018, the Grammy Awards would return to Los Angeles for four years, starting in 2019. The Academy announced that they had sealed a four-year deal to stage the storied awards show at AEG's flagship Los Angeles venue The Staples Center, a venue that the Grammys have called home for 17 out of the last 18 years. 

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Why Brands Love Country Music And Country Music Loves Brands

1A recent Sounds Like Country concert hosted by Pandora in Nashville has revealed that the genre may be more popular than ever, and with more mainstream brands cottoning on to the genre, sponsorship deals have become both more common and more valuable.

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Sony Music Is Opening A Vinyl Pressing Plant, 30 Years After It Closed The Last One

image from s3.amazonaws.comEverything that's old is new again. Or at least that's true for Sony Music Entertainment, who after a hiatus of three decades, will start producing vinyl records again in their own new plant to help meet  the high demand for the hipster audio format. 

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Getting Out Of The Garage: Tips For Starting A Band Successfully

0001While the number of bands and artists performing at bars and clubs each night are too numerous to count, only a select few of this groups will ever move on to moderate touring success or a record deal, much less fame and fortune. In this piece we explore how bands can overcome the odds and take their DIY music project to the next level.

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In A Seismic Shift, More Of Gen Z Get Their Music From Spotify Than YouTube [MARK MULLIGAN]

YOuTube NOThe common wisdom for the last few years is that teens use YouTube as their primary conduit for music discovery and consumption. But Mark Mulligan and the MIDIA research team took a deep dive into new data and found a seismic shift underway.

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Compromise Proposal To Fix Streaming Royalties, Licensing, Notification [DAVID LOWERY]

0001Here David Lowery outlines his proposal for a modification of proposed legislation from the NMPA which would to solve issues with streaming royalties and licensing in a manner which would benefit all parties involved.

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Successful Pitching: 5 Steps To Getting Gigs, Sync Placements

Screenshot 2017-06-28 17.35.17Being able to effectively pitch yourself to venues, promoters, licensing agents, etc., is one of the great skills of being a musical entrepreneur. In this piece we look at how artists can get through to people in these positions without irritating them, and actually ultimately receive a yes.

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How Smart Musicians Protect And Secure Their Songs

1While today's artists have a wide variety of outlets for distributing their music, so many avenues can also make artists more vulnerable to having their work copied or taken. Here we look at several different strategies, simple and complex, for artists to secure and protect their music.

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Contract Dispute With Game Publisher Causes Game Music Composer To Go On DMCA Blitz Against Innocent YouTubers

0001In this article we explore the intersecting of YouTubers at the mercy of intellectual property laws and rampant abuse of the DMCA process, after a disgruntled game music composer began sending angry DMCA notices to YouTube in the wake of a contract dispute.

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Overcome Musical Boredom, Make “Incorrect” Music

0001While following a tried and true formula works well for many artists, music of this sort can after a time start to seem, well, formulaic. For those artists who may be bored or suffering from musical ennui, this article delves into how making "incorrect" music can in fact be just the thing to spice up your latest music composition.

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Music Biz Conference To Return To Nashville In 2018

Music Biz Assoc.The Music Business Association today confirmed that their popular Music Biz Conference is returning to the Music City, Monday, May 14 thru Thursday, May 17 at the Omni Nashville Hotel. 2017 was the conference's highest rated event ever, with the majority labeling it as "Excellent."

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How To Manage Your Rights On YouTube: Anatomy Of A Claim

1Most artists are by this point aware of the money to be made off of YouTube, although not all artists are aware that virtually all of this money is made via claims. Here we break down the three essential elements of a YouTube claim, and explore how artists can more easily earn money and protect their intellectual property.

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You Can Be The Band Nobody Wants To Play With In 10 Easy Steps

(1)Being a band or artist that other musicians can stand to play with is important to building a long-term successful career. Here we look at ten steps to avoid taking which will transform your band into something no will ever want to work with.

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#FreeFader Trends As Twitter Bans Fader, Pigeons and Planes, Other Top Music Sites

Twitter-music#FreeFader fever spread across the net after Twitter suspended the accounts of a number of top music sites including Fader and Pigeons and Planes on Tuesday.  Twitter has declined to explain the ban, but copyright infringement is likely the reason.

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Facebook Now Has 2 Billion Monthly Users

image from scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.netIn a post on... I'll be you can guess where, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that the social network... I mean community, now has 2 billion monthly users. Just in case you're counting, that's almost 27% of the 7.35 billion people on the entire planet and 62% of the 3.2 billion people connected to the internet.  

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How To Turn Tour Footage Into Your Most Valuable Marketing Tool

(1)Multitasking is a key skill for DIY bands and artists, and no activity provides more opportunity for extra purpose than touring. Here we look at how material which is filmed/photographed while on tour can be employed as a valuable marketing tool.

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Apple Music Rolls Out Data Driven "My Chill Mix"

my chill mixTaking a page from the Spotify playbook and algorithm driven playlists like "Discover Weekly" and "Release Radar,"  Apple Music is slowly rolling out "My Chill Mix" to all users. Designed to deliver the right mix to help relax each user, "My Chill Mix" will choose songs based on their existing listening preferences.

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Grammy Awards 2018 Submission Deadlines Approaching Fast [Complete List Of Dates]

gramny awardsIt’s Grammy time, and if you are a member of The Recording Academy the opportunity to submit music via their Online Entry Process begins just a few days from now.  The fine folks at A2IM have put together a list of dates and deadlines: 

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SFX Founder Sillerman Continues Losing Streak As Latest Venture Function(x) Delisted From NASDAQ

image from www.celebrityaccess.comAfter overseeing the creation and messy demise of former EDM giant SFX , Robert F. Sillerman continues his losing streak with his latest venture, Function(x) Inc. The company has been forced to trade over the counter after being delisted from the NASDAQ stock exchange. 

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