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Vevo To Shutter Apps, Site And Stream Only Via YouTube

Vevo[UPDATED] Vevo has announced that it will shut down its mobile apps and video web site in the coming weeks, and make YouTube its sole delivery platform.  The shift also strengthens YouTube's dominance in music just as it launches its biggest push into paid streaming yet.

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5 Techniques For Engaging Social Ringleaders - The Most Important Music Fans

1When it comes to engaging with your fans online, none are more important than the social ringleaders, whose charismatic taste-making can make all the difference between as show or new release's shining success or crippling failure.

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Iconic Tests Copyright Infringement Software For Indies

Iconic Artists LLC logoIconic Artists has announced the beta testing of Streamtrack, its copyright infringement and reporting software. Launched as a response to the continued threat of piracy and exploitation faced by so many in the music industry, StreamTrack was designed to help songwriters, musicians and other rights’ holders keep track of their intellectual property.

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How To Write, Produce A Hit Song In 2018...Or At Least Increase Your Chances

1While there may be no way to guarantee your next song will become a chart-topping hit, there are certain steps you can take to increase your chances. Here we look at some tips, both in terms of composition and production, that will make your next song that much more likely to be a hit.

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Could ASCAP, BMI Consent Decrees Be About To End? Justice Dept. Antitrust Head To Speak At Publisher Conference

1Makan Delrahim, head of the Justice Department's Antitrust Division, will be a keynote speaker at the  National Music Publishers Association meeting. Delrahim recently revealed that hundreds of DOJ consent decrees are under review in order to make a determination over whether such orders should be carried out moving forward.

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8 Crowdfunding Campaigns To Keep Your Eye On And Why

2Crowdfunding can be a tricky needle to thread in any industry, and the music business is no exception, but if you can make your campaign stand out, your chances for success become that much greater. Here we look at eight crowdfunding campaigns that are exceptional for one reason or another.

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Mixcloud Pacts With EU Licensor ICE For 12M DJ Sets

image from celebrityaccess.comEuropean digital music rights organization ICE announced a new multi-territory licensing deal with dance music-focused digital music service Mixcloud.  Mixcloud’s new ‘Core’ licence deal with ICE covers PRS, STIM and GEMA repertoire for their combined 290,000 members and repertoire for some of the leading independent music publishers.

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Recording Academy CEO Accused Of MusiCares Funds Abuse By Long Term Exec

Grammy_logoUPDATED: A letter to the Recording Academy Board of Trustees by former MusiCares VP Dana Tomarken accuses President and Chairman Neil Portnow of redirecting funds intended for the charity to cover Academy shortfalls and furthering his own agenda rather than doing charitable work. 

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Court Approves $112M Spotify Artists Compensation Fund Settling Class Action Lawsuit

Spotify New $[UPDATED] The court has approved the settlement of combined class action lawsuits originally brought against Spotify for copyright infringement by musicians David Lowery and Melissa Ferrick. The settlement guarantees an artist  compensation of $43.4 million plus future royalties. The full settlement totals $112.55 milliion.

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Irving Azoff Calls Out 'Liar' Cohen, YouTube Over Payments

Not-buying-itYouTube Global Head Of Music Lyor Cohen is making the media rounds touting the launch of YouTube Music as the dawning of new day for music discovery and promising bigger payments to artists and labels. But Irving Azoff, super-manager and founder of the Global Rights, is not buying the hype.

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How To Book Convention Concerts (Without Pissing Off Staff)

1Fandom convention shows can make for fun, fantastic gigs, but while these performances can be laid back, they require the same (if not more) amount of planning as any other show, particularly if you want to avoid getting on the bad side of those staffing the con.

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ALTERNATIVE TAKE: How Recording Industry Hid A New Attempt To Expand Copyright

1Some of the new music legislation currently sailing through Congress has received criticism from music rights advocates. Not so with the CLASSICS ACT.  But here, Mike Masnick of Techdirt shares his belief that some provisions in the bill represent a recording industry effort to expand copyright and why he opposes it.

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100% Indie Artist Shares How He Got 2 Billion Streams [VIDEO]

Paul-CardallPaul Cardell is a poster boy for the modern music industry. This truly independent artist - he owns all of his own publishing and masters - is a three time No. 1 Billboard New Age chart topper with more than 2 billion lifetime digital streams of his catalog of over 300 songs and averaging 25 million monthly streams on Pandora alone.

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ALTERNATIVE TAKE: Music Modernization Act Database  -  Landmark Or Landmine?

Music Modernization ActAs the Music Modernization Act has moves through congress, controversy continues to persist surrounding the actual impact it will have on the creators, producers, and performers in the music industry, particularly with regard to the database creation built into bill. 

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Amuse Raises $15.5M For Next Gen. Record Label, Free Music Distribution

Amuse logo[UPDATED] Next-generation record label and music distributor Amuse has raised a $15.5 million Series A round co-led by Lakestar and Raine.The company was founded in Stockholm by execs from Spotify, Universal Music and Warner Music.

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