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Spotify Premium Users Report Ads In Playlists

Spotify adSpotify is adding one minute audio ads to playlists; and even though have only been for Spotify's own podcasts, so far, some users who pay monthly for ad free listening are not happy. "Spotify, I will not pay to listen to ads. I dumped cable and I will dump you too," wrote one user.

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What's Driving The Music Business? VR, AI, Blockchain, Smart Speakers, More [Bas Grasmeyer]

1As we move forward in 2018, Bas Grasmayer takes moment to reflect on the leaps and bounds forward which music industry tech has made, and how these advances will shape major industry trends in the coming year.

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Inside Indie Artist Macy Todd's Spotify Playlist Campaign [Cyber PR]

Macy ToddGetting your music on Spotify playlists is the new Holy Grail of music marketing. But making it happen - particularly for an indie D.I.Y. artist like Macy Todd - isn't easy. Here Ariel Hyatt and her CyberPR team share their methodology and the results. 

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Department Of Justice’s 100% Licensing Scheme Goes Down The Drain

2A recent ruling by the Department of Justice that ASCAP and BMI should be required to license the entirety of works that they were only partial owners of. The legal powers that be, however, recently ruled against the DOJ of this issue.

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NME Awards 2018 Nominations Announced

NME Awards 2018 logo“Once again the NME readers have shown just how switched on, diverse and exciting their tastes are in coming up with these shortlists, which themselves highlight what an amazing twelve months it’s been for music," NME Editor Mike Williams said in a statement. 

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YouTube Changes Rules, No Monetization Of New Artists

YouTube SadYouTube has yet again raised the threshold that a creators and musicians must meet to make any money on the videos they post. YouTube says that the changes are designed to "prevent bad actors from harming the inspiring and original creators around the world who make their living on YouTube." But the result is that it will take musicians and creators a lot longer to make a dime on the video service.

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Concert Crowd-Funding Platform Weeshing Launches In US

weeshing logoSeveral startups have tried to launch crowdfunding concert services in the U.S. and failed to gain traction. But Weeshing, which has already found success in South and Central America and attracted $9 million in funding, has just entered the American market.

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Do You Really Want A Record Deal? How To Legally Ensure An Artist Can Even Sign One

1As the music business has changed, so too has the process by which artists sign a 'record deal'. Here Justin M. Jacobson looks at the legal infrastructure artists must have in place in order to make sure they can actually sign to a label.

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Lyrics Drive 'Lean Forward' Streaming Music Consumption [MIDiA Survey]

image from pixabay.comStreaming is taking over music. Discovery, consumption and monetization are now all dominated by a delivery system that barely existed a decade ago. We're just starting to understand how consumers interact with streaming, what delights them, and what makes them want to dive deeper. A new MIDiA survey for LyricFind offers insights.

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5 Techniques For Leveraging Music Press

1After spending countless hours reaching out to the bloggers, podcasters, and other powerful tastemakers in the music business, being met with deafening silence can be frustrating to say the least. Here we look at five techniques for leveraging the press in your favor.

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Spotify Launches Indie Label Spotlights On Facebook

image from img.discogs.comSpotify has launched a new series that spotlights independent record labels with a short Warp Records video history lesson from artist and record producer Nightmares On Wax posted on Facebook.  “Lots more label stories to come,” shared Lucy Blair from Spotify's label services team. WATCH:

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States, Congress Battle FCC Over Net Neutrality End

Gavel-clipart-gavel_bwDozens of attorneys general filed a petition Tuesday challenging the Federal Communication Commission’s recent decision to roll back net neutrality rules. A coalition of major tech companies has also promised court action; and Congress appears ready to take action, as well.

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Streaming Music Payment Rates Drop 9%, Apple Music Gains [David Lowery]

Arrows downMusician and artists advocate David Lowery has been sharing an analysis of the streaming royalties that he receives as the principle songwriter and leader of Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven since 2014.  Every year they offer an important snapshot of trends that effect all artists and rightsholders.

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Facebook Gives Indie Musicians, Publishers March 12 Licensing Deadline

image from europeansummerschool.com[UPDATED] Facebook has finally created a system for musicians and rightsholders to get paid for use of their music on the social giant. But they've also set a March 12th deadline to participate directly via an exclusive deal with the Harry Fox Agency's Rumblefish division.

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How To Use Word-Of-Mouth To Drive Music, Ticket Sales

1As consumers become increasingly bombarded with advertising, that advertising gets increasingly easier to ignore, meaning bands and artists need to seek new (or in some cases old) ways of promoting their event. Thanks to the rise of social media, word-of-mouth promotion is seeing something of a resurgence.

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Round Hill Raises New $263 Million Music Investment Fund

image from mms.businesswire.comRound Hill Music Royalty Partners announced that it has raised $263 million for a second music investment fund. The private equity firm has taken stakes in music copyrights from The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Bruno Mars and others.

 

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QUICK HITS: Atlantic • Sony • Pandora • Anti- • BMI • More

Quick HitsPete Ganbarg has been promoted to the newly created position of President of A&R for Atlantic Records, based in NYC. He will also continue to oversee A&R for Atlantic, as well as its subsidiary labels, including Fueled By Ramen and Roadrunner. 

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