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How A Philly Alt-Rocker and Aussie Singer-Songwriter Connected Their Fans With A Spotify Playlist Exchange

Image-07-06-2017-at-14.27-920x584As the international duo of besties was faced with limited option when it came to the promotion of their new album, artists Kurt Vile and Courtney Barnett came with a unique way of boosting their new album via a Spotify playlist sharing program.

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Cumulus, Owner Of 446 U.S. Radio Stations, Files For Bankruptcy Protection, Stock Falls 45%

image from upload.wikimedia.orgCumulus Media, the third biggest owner of U.S. broadcast radio stations,as well as Westwood One, has filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection. Top broadcast radio owner iHeartMedia has also been on the brink of insolvency for more than year.

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Indie Record Store Black Friday Sales Up 13.8%, reports CIMS

Plan 9 RecordsBlack Friday sales reports from the Coalition Of  Independent Music Stores are in  and they were universally positive, according to Michael Bunnell, CIMS Executive Director. Less comprehensive data showed an up day on Small Business Saturday, as well.

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Top 3 Things To Spend Your Marketing Budget On

2As independent musician, where you funnel your marketing budget is incredibly critical. According recent polls, the following are what people in marketing departments consider the areas in which they have seen the highest return on investment in for their precious marketing dollars.

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When Will Taylor Swift's New Album 'Reputation' Be On Spotify, Apple Music? THIS FRIDAY

Taylor-Swift ReputationThis Friday is the day - or likely midnight tonight, Thursday - that Taylor Swift's new album 'Reputation' will finally be available on Spotify, Apple Music and other streaming music services. The news leaked when fans in Australia and The Philippines, where it is already Friday, began streaming the album.

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100 Blogs To Submit Your Music To

2As a musician, being heard at all is one of the greatest challenges you'll face, regardless of actual skill. Getting music bloggers to give you the time of day, much less cover your music is usually an arduous and time-consuming process. Here we look at how to make the process a little more painless.

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Spotify Class Action Public Fairness Hearing This Friday

Spotify legalThis Friday, Dec 1st there will be a public hearing about the fairness of the Spotify Class action settlement.  Multiple attorneys will be providing oral arguments about what they see as a lack of fairness in the class settlement. Artists, songwriters, publishers and the general public are free to attend. 

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This North American Indie Record Store Chain Grew From 8 To 82 Stores In 2017

record storeMuch like the recorded music industry, record stores are making a comeback. While the gains are modest, some new stores are opening successfully with a mix of vinyl, merch, used music and more. One independent chain has grown to 82 stores, fueled by the vinyl resurgence and guided by technology. 

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US Copyright Royalty Board Raises Some Music Streaming Royalty Rates For 2018

Copyright-blue-2_1In what is expected to be the first of several new rate determinations, the United States Copyright Royalty Board has issued a cost of living adjustment for the rates paid to copyright holders by online webcasters.

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Dos And Don'ts: Getting Through Your First Gig

2After countless hours spent honing your craft, the time will eventually arise when it's time for you to play your first gig. While exciting, there's a lot that can go wrong (and right!) when first grace the stage with your presence. Here we look at some important dos and don'ts to keep in mind in order to keep from crashing and burning your first time out.

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Spotify Goes Exclusive With Holiday Songs by Miley Cyrus, Sam Smith, Demi Lovato, Kelly Clarkson and More

spotSo much for no exclusives on Spotify. Mimicking a tradition started by Amazon Music, the streamer has released a Spotify Singles holiday playlist featuring exclusive recordings of holiday classics and originals by top artists including Wyclef Jean's, Demi Lovato, Mile Cyrus and DMX.

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The Orchard Lands Record 50 Grammy 2018 Nominations

Orchard LogoWhile we wait for A2IM's definitive tabulation of who independent record labels faired in 2018 Grammy nominations, the tally for The Orchard stood out. Buoyed by its merger with RED, the Sony-owned indie music and film distributor notched a record 50 Grammy nominations. 

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How Pre-Saves Can Help You Build Momentum For Your Music Before You Even Release It

2Getting a solid stream count on day one when your music drops is huge indicator for success when it comes and a pre-save, much like an amazon or iTunes pre-sale, can do a lot for helping your numbers. Here we look at how to use them to your advantage.

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Owning A Piece Of Drake's Music Now Possible Through The Magic Of Vetz

2For the hardcore fan, the idea of owning a piece of their favorite artist's music might well be an enticing one and now, thanks to a company called Vetz.co, artists can raise cash by selling ownership of a song to fans. One such artist taking advantage of this opportunity is Drake, offering up a stake in his "Jodeci Freestyle".

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Dr. Dre, Jimmy Iovine Documentary "The Defiant Ones Now Available On DVD, Streaming

dre“The Defiant Ones,” the documentary about the lives and careers of Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine, comes out on Blu-ray and DVD today, and while the four part documentary occasionally over-romanticizes these two industry icons, it is a masterfully produced must-see for anyone who cares about evolution of the modern music industry.

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Majors Score More Charted Tracks, But Indies Win On Longevity [Mark Mulligan]

image from dehayf5mhw1h7.cloudfront.netIt's clear from looking at any chart or official playlist that the major labels have a significant edge when promoting music and "creating" hits. But that promotional power does not always lead to longevity - how long a songs stays on the charts. In fact, indie labels, though falling behind in the sprint, often excel in the marathon.

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Solving the Music Startup Catch-22

image from diymusician.cdbaby.com[UPDATED] The difficulty, time and cost of licensing music has stymied an untold number of startups and scared off countless more investors. Crunch Digital has created a solution. Their Digital Music Sandbox will offer music startups a direct conduit to limited term music licensing without advances or minimum guarantees; and founder Keith Bernstein shares an advance look at this much needed service.

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Youtube Dips Toe Into Social E-Commerce With Ticketmaster Partnership

2A recent announcement by YouTube has revealed that the popular video sharing site will be allowing Ticketmaster to use its site to connect users directly with tickets. While the deal is non-exclusive it does represent a move by Google to begin diversifying away from advertising revenue.

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