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5 Techniques For Getting New Fans To Love Your Music Brand

1Getting new fans in the door isn't just an uphill battle for artists, and venues also struggle to find and capture the attention of new concert goers. Whether you're a club or a festival, we here look at five different ways you can bring new music fans through the door.

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Cover Art Mistakes That Get You Booted Off Streaming Services

1Cover art is one of the best ways to make an instant first impression on your listeners, but can also easily backfire and drive them away. Beyond this, cover art that doesn't comply with the guidelines of streaming and download services will be kicked before it has the chance to reach anyone. Here Chris Robley of CD Baby details how you can avoid such pitfalls.

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Kendrick Lamar Accepts 'Beautiful' Puliizer Prize At Colombia University Ceremony

image from www.grammy.comAt a ceremony at New York City's Columbia University on Wednesday, Kendrick Lamar accepted his Pulitzer Prize for music for his album "DAMN."  He is the first rapper to receive the award.

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Spotify Is 'Cash Flow Positive,' says CEO Ek, Admits Hate Policy Handled Badly

Daniel EkSpotify CEO Daniel EK has now publicly admitted that the company handled the implementation of its new "hate content and hateful conduct" policy badly. More surprising was how the founder and CEO says that he views profitability at the music streamer.

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Ticketfly, Major Venues Offline Hours After Hack, Ransom Demand [UPDATE 3]

Ticketfly_colour[UPDATE 3] Ticketfly and the sites of many of the major venues and promoters it services are offline as the ticketing company struggles with a major "cyber incident."  Still offline as of 5PM ET Thursday, the site, which is owned by Eventbrite, went dark before 6AM ET Thursday with the tweet: "To protect our clients and fans, and to secure the website and related data, we have temporarily taken all Ticketfly systems offline."

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Credentials To Universal Music Computer Systems Exposed

UMG squareFor days or even weeks, the deepest, darkest secrets kept within the private IT infrastructure of Universal Music Group had laid exposed.  But who knew, what information they gathered and how they will use it against artists and the world's biggest music company, remains a major unknown.

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Spotify 'Hate and Hateful' Policy Crisis Is About Social Responsibility [Mark Mulligan]

Spotify newAfter backlash over the removal of tracks by R Kelly and XXXTentacion from official playlists, Spotify has been forced to rethink its new 'hate speech and hateful behavior' policy.  But there are no easy choices. "It would be as wrong for Spotify to opt for the ‘neutral platform’ approach," writes Mark Mulligan of MIDiA, "as it would be ‘arbitrary' censorship."

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Music Video Distribution Unlikely To Change Much As Vevo Succumbs To YouTube

1After a long and doomed battle, Vevo has finally thrown up the white flag, shuttering its site and ditching its mobile app, however, the fateful end of this attempt by record labels to compete with YouTube will likely have little impact on music distribution as we know it.

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Followers vs Listeners: How To Accurately Measuring Attention On Spotify

1In this detailed analysis of listener's playlisting habits on Spotify, we explore the methodology behind the three different types of playlists, and the difference between a Spotify follower and a Spotify listener when it comes to correctly measuring attention on the platform.

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Google Home Smart Speaker Sales Soar, Great News For YouTube Music

Google-Home-1Two analysis of the smart speaker market paint a somewhat different picture. But both point to two trends: smart speaker sales are soaring and Google Home smart speakers are gaining ground on Amazon. That's good news for all music streamers, particularly YouTube Music.

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Does Spotify, Apple Need A New Model To Pay Musicians?

Money on fireThis week, Chris Rizik from SoulTracks.com join Music Biz Weekly podcast co-hosts Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert to discuss Chris' essay, “Spotify could kill Jazz, Soul and Classical music. Really” and how streaming is changing the music industry and how artists and labels generate revenue.

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How We Crowdfunded 18K With No Experience, Fans [Part 5]

1In this fifth and final piece of a five part series, Justina Grayman shares her experience running a successful crowdfunding campaign, and outlines what others considering embarking on a similar journey should keep in mind. In this final piece she details process of actually rolling out the completed project.

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Treat Your Production Costs Like A Business

1When it comes to taking your passion project seriously and moving things to the next level, then its time to start treating your hobby like a business -  particularly when it comes to tax write-offs. Here we look at how formalizing your musical pursuits can save you money in the long run.

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