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FCC Chief Boss Investigated Agency For Being Cozy With Industry He Regulates

FCC logoControversial FCC chief Ajit Pai has drawn fire from the music and tech industry for leading the charge to dismantle new neutrality.  Now Pai is facing the biggest threat to his short rein yet with new that the FCC has launched an internal investigation into his "too close" relationship with the media and other companies he's supposed to be regulating.

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Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Fame Hurts • Important Tour Lesson • Increase Engagement • More

6a00d83451b36c69e201b8d291fefc970c-150wiOn MusicThinkTank this week, contributors shared pieces looking at why fame can be so destructive, the dangers of incurring crippling debt while on tour, how social media can be effectively used to increase engagement at shows, and more!

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REWIND: The New Music Industry’s Week In Review

6a01b7c7aa2d2b970b01b7c907b5d7970b-100wiIn this final visitation of the past week's major music industry events, we take another look at the Recording Academy's bogus claim that the gender gap isn't as wide as previously believed, guitar legend Gibson's alarming proximity to bankruptcy, the end of Neil Young's Pono music service, and much, much more.

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Recording Academy 'Math' Implies Gender Gap Not So Wide

image from cdn.pixabay.comLike President Trump, Neil Portnow and too many other men refuse to admit without equivocation that they are part of the gender problem. Until that changes, not much else can. Is 12%, for example, or even 17% representation for women in music so much better than 9% that it deserves an announcement? The Recording Academy thought so, issuing a letter with its own analysis of women musical creators and performers.

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Google Is Sending You More Traffic Than Facebook

facebook googleIn the first week of February, Google sent publishers 40% more or 466 million more pageviews than it did in January 2017. That same week, Facebook sent 200 million fewer, or 20%  less. This shift is happening as Facebook adjust its algorithm to prioritize posts from friends and family over business, bands and publishers.

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Symphonic Adds Former Beatport Exec Peter Wohelski

Symphonis Distribution logoSymphonic Distribution has hired industry veteran Peter Wohelski as its Content Development Specialist. Wohelski had been the Senior Label Manager at Beatport after stints as Director of A&R at Astralwerks and General Manager at Planet E Communications.

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Streaming Platforms Are Changing Music Promotion, Discovery: Here's How

1While streaming has revitalized the music industry in lots of ways, many artists continue to struggle to make ends meet, something which the launch of numerous new analytic and discovery features by streaming services could help to change.

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Gibson Is On The Edge Of Bankruptcy

image from www.bizpacreview.comGibson is weeks away from a forced bankruptcy, according to multiple reports and analysts familiar with the company. “At the end of the day, someone will take control of this company - be it the debtors or the bondholders,” Debtwire reporter Reshmi Basu told the Nashville Post. “This has been a long time coming.”

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Metallica, Afghanistan National Institute Of Music Named Polar Music Prize Laureates 2018

MetallicaMetallica and the Afghanistan National Institute of Music along with its founder and director and Dr. Ahmad Sarmast, have been selected laureates for the 2018 Polar Music Prize.  Likening Metallica to composers such as Wagner and Tchaikovsky, the band was recognized for the visceral speed and physicality of their music, as well as its accessibility.

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UMG Revenue Grows 10% To $7.1 Billion, Streaming Up 35%

UMG squareUniversal Music Group revenue grew 10% last year driven by 35.4% growth in streaming revenue and new licencing deals that offset declines in download and physical goods sales. The news came as part of a positive financial report from parent corporation Vivendi. The highlights:

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Radio Holds Key To Streaming Growth [Mark Mulligan]

OldradioStreaming use is growing and broadcast radio's audience is shrinking. No surprise there.  But what is of interest is the slow pace of the shift, which presents opportunities for streaming to reach a much broader audience and the time for radio to reinvent itself.

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Bid To Co-Own A Hit Song With Prince On eBay

PrinceChris Moon, who co-wrote the song "Soft & Wet" with Prince on the Purple One's  first album is selling his share on eBay for $490,000.  The song also appeared on MC Hammer's "Can't Touch This" album which sold 22 million copies. "Buy it and just You & Prince will own it."

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Live Nation, Others, Join Los Angeles Mayor's Fund To Promote Diversity In Entertainment

1Live Nation, along with other major entertainment companies including CAA, UTA, WME, and others to have signed on to the Los Angeles Mayor backed Evolve Entertainment Fund, a partnership designed to create new opportunities for the those communities which have historically been excluded from the entertainment industry.

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Discs To Digital: The Strange History Of Music Formats

1While streaming has become the dominant form of music consumption, the road to get here was a complex and varied one. Here we look at the history of the physical music formats, dating back as far as the 1870s, and how it led us to where we are now.

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