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10 Most Read Posts Of 2017 On Hypebot

HypebotFrom Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran to Spotify and Facebook, here are the 10 most read stories on Hypebot last year. We've taken the liberty of eliminating a few pieces that would seem dated, like a list of 2017 Grammy winners; and what's left offers an overview of the stories and issues that shaped the new music industry in 2017 and beyond.

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Reddit Users Report Multiple Spotify Hacks, Streamer Responds [UPDATE]

Spotify HackedUPDATED: Multiple Reddit users are reporting that their Spotify accounts were hacked, and several point to more than one hack over the last 10 days. Multiple users on Reddit say they have received emails from the music streamer that their usernames or passwords were changed without authorization. Spotify has issued this statement in response:

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Universal Music Leads Royalty Deadbeat Facebook Out Of Cold with Licensing Deal [Chris Castle]

1Long known as something of a deadbeat when it comes to paying music royalties, last week social media giant Facebook signed a deal with Universal Music Group which will allows the social network to carry songs from the major label across its platforms.

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Best Music Biz Weekly Podcasts Of 2017

Muisc Biz Weekly Podcast photosThe co-hosts of Hypebot's Music Biz Weekly Podcast, music marketing experts Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert, each share their five favorite MBW podcasts of 2017.  From Seth Godin to PledgeMusic, these shows offer an essential look at the state of music marketing as 2017 winds down.  

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20 Most Popular Vinyl Colors Of 2017 [ DISCOGS ]

OK Computer VinylMusic database and vinyl hub Discogs shares a data-driven list of the 20 Most Collected vinyl color variants released in 2017. Beginning with Radiohead's 3xLP blue opaque variation of the 'OKNOTOK' reissue of 'OK Computer' and counting down to the Father John Misty Sub Pop release 'Pure Comedy' in aluminum and copper variant.

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Songwriter's Guild Sounds Alarm Over "Serious Problems" In Music Modernization Act 2017

1Rick Carnes, president of the Songwriters Guild of America, expresses his organization's serious concerns with much of the Music Modernization Act of 2017, which seeks to reform music licensing, although not in ways which the SGA believes will benefit songwriters.

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Ringling Bros. Files Lawsuit Against Kid Rock Over Use Of “Greatest Show on Earth”

image from www.theqarena.comKid Rock is the subject of a lawsuit over the name of his new tour. Feld Entertainment, longtime owners of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, took the extravaganza off the road this year, but claims it  retains all intellectual property for the circus including its famous tagline “The Greatest Show on Earth.”

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8 Important Music Business Stories You May Have Missed Over The Christmas Break

Top stories[UPDATED] The news never stops, even at Christmas. In fact, announcements often accelerate as companies rush to complete acquisitions and deals or just to end the year strong with a launch or announcement. Here are 8 that you don't want to miss:

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YouTube Marketing For Independent Musicians

1In this interview Dustin Bates of the Columbus, OH indie rock band Starset chats about the concept behind the band, and how he has been able to a strong following on YouTube to fuel the band's success, as well as sharing advice for other artists looking to leverage the power of YouTube and social media.

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Universal Music Group Signs "Unprecedented" Global Licensing Deal With Facebook, Instagram, Oculus

Facebook-musicUniversal Music Group has signed a global licensing deal that will allow users of  Facebook, Instagram and Oculus to use UMG music in uploaded videos and other user generated content. UMG becomes the first major music group to sign a deal with the social networking giant.

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​How to Stop Wasting Your Time on Social Media and Make Magic [Cyber PR]

image from livelitigation.comSocial media is often the magic bullet that clears the path to success for many artists, but the alchemy behind that firepower is a mystery to most.  Ariel Hyatt of Cyber PR has created a system for helping to focus your efforts by identifying and engaging the correct audience.

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