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How Are Listeners Finding New Independent Music?

1While methods of music discovery vary drastically from person to person, we here look at few avenues which avid music consumers commonly turn to in their search for fresh tunes, depending on the demographic in question.

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Facebook Cheatsheet: Image Sizes and Dimensions 2018

Facebook_like_logo_1Visual assets play a key role in attracting engagement on Facebook. But knowing the right dimensions for the many channels on Facebook cam be confusing, to help your pages and videos looking sharp, we offer this Facebook Cheatsheet: Image Sizes and Dimensions 2018.

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'Sorry Not Sorry' Producer Shows How To Produce A Hit In 15 Mins. [VIDEO]

image from i1.wp.comOnstage last week at the Recode's Code Media, producer and songwriter Oak Felder demonstrated how the Demi Lovato hit "Sorry Not Sorry" went from an idea to a viral sensation. The hit producer recreated the technical process beginning with a blank canvas in music production app Logic Pro X.

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Fan Dangles From Balcony At Above & Beyond Show [WATCH]

image from celebrityaccess.comAn fan caused quite a stir at Above & Beyond’s performance at Detroit’s Fillmore Feb. 18 when he dangled from the balcony. The shirtless man held himself from the lighting scaffolding above the balcony during the song “Naked” before his friends pulled him to safety, according to a Reddit post.

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Universal Music Is Raking In $18 Million A Day

2The music industry is generally regarded to be in much better shape than it was even a year ago, and Universal Music showing further evidence to suggest a business on the mend with a reported income stream of close to $18 million daily in 2017, an 11% increase from the previous year.

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Facebook Adds Licenses For 31M Tracks, 290K Rightholders

ICE SERVICES LOGOFacebook has taken another major step forward in its push to legally licence and compensate the creators of music used on its platforms, announcing a deal with ICE, the European licensing group and database for 31 million works from PRS in the UK, STIM in Sweden, GEMA in Germany and others.

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Amazon Hires Wx-WBR Prez Dan McCarroll, Signals Move Into Original Music Programming

Dan McCarrollDan McCarroll, the former President and head of A&R at Warner Bros. Records, has been named Amazon Music's global head of originals and artist relations.  He will work as a liaison to  artists, managers and labels to "elevate" releases through original programming on the platform.

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Fast Company's Surprising 10 Most Innovative Music Companies 2018

image from images.fastcompany.netFast Company has named its annual Most Innovative Companies list for 2018. Unsurprisingly, Spotify took the #1 spot in the Music category and #9 for all companies "for pointing fans toward new artists."  But most of the other names in music's innovative top 10 are far less well known.

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Metal Blade Records CEO Brian Slagel On Social Media, How To Get Signed

image from lamusicblog.comThis week Michael Brandvold and Jay  Gilbert are joined on the Music Biz Weekly podcast by Brian Slagel, CEO of Metal Blade Records. He shares his thoughts on the importance of social media and how important it is  when considering a band for a record deal. We talk about bands having to pay their dues.

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How To Grow An Audience With Grabbr Social Sharing Tools [CASE STUDY]

Grabbr logoIndependent musicians often have to find creative ways to stand out to potential listeners without the help of a major record label promoting their work. For this reason, Langston decided to get people talking about his music using something many consumers love – free downloads. 

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Spotify Nears 'Hardware' Release To Change 'How The World Experiences Music'

spotify hardwareA series of new jobs ads posted by Spotify tip that the music streamer is "on its way to creating its first physical products and setting up an operational organisation for manufacturing, supply chain, sales and marketing." The target appears to be Apple, Amazon and Google smart speakers that could favor access to music services other than Spotify.

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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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