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Watch Sessions From CD Baby DIY Musician Conference 2018

image from diymusiciancon.comIf you didn't make it to the recent sold out CD Baby DIY Musician Conference, you can still watch full video of 15 of the most popular and informative sessions. One of our favorites is “How to Run Effective Facebook Ads for $1 a Day” session with Rick Barker. Other sessions include:

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Elton John, Young Thug Join Rap Battle In Snickers TV Spot [VIDEO]

Elton John SnickersElton John,  Young Thug and Tech N9ne join in a rap battle for a new Snickers 30 second spot.  Sir Elton sings “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” until  his opponent  makes him eat a Snickers: “You always lose your edge when you’re hungry.” Then...

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Have Questions? We Have Answers - Know Your Music Publishing Rights [SoundExchange]

1Whether you're a recording artist or a rights owners, the music publishing world can be a complex and confusing one, particularly when it comes to knowing where your money should be coming from, and how much you should be getting.

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Is It Time For US Music Industry To Speak With One Voice? [Emmanuel Legrand]

1In the wake of a series of legal squabbles and lawsuits which have served to slow the progress of updating copyright law in the US, it may be time to for the music industry here to look to UK, who have faced similar issues in recent years, but emerged with a unified front in the form of UK Music.

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Crash Course On Using Spotify, Other Streaming Services - For Indie Acts

1Although the financial benefits may be minimal for those artists  just starting out, the streaming economy is here to stay whether we like it or not, meaning that knowing your way around Spotify and other streaming services is a valuable asset for any musician or artist.

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CD Baby Names Heli Del Moral As VP Int'l Development, Expands Global Initiatives [EXCLUSIVE]

CdbabyCD Baby has hired its first ever VP of International Development, Heli Del Moral; and tasked him with building the indie music publishing and distribution company’s business outside of North America and Europe. The hire comes on the heels of CD Baby's expansion in Europe with a new UK office and additions to its Latin America-based CD team.

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Taylor Swift Could Go Indie Or Sign Biggest Record Deal Ever, As Big Machine Contract Expires

By jazills [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia CommonsTaylor Swift's contract with label Big Machine ends in November. That means that the superstar artist is on the cusp of signing her first record deal since she came on the scene at age 15. At a time when the industry is undergoing a resurgence, Swift could cut one of the most lucrative recording deals in history.

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BMG Leads Fight To Limit 'Safe Harbor' Protections

BMG_Rectange_Logo_Red_RGBBMG has become a standout among music publishers taking direct action against any U.S. internet service provider failing to enforce their "repeat infringer" policy. Now, even as the EU considers new copyright protections, the music publisher and label has won a case denying an American ISP broad safe harbor protection.

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A2IM Backs #LOVEMUSIC Campaign, Urges Action

image from a2im.orgAmerican Association of Independent Music (A2IM) has added its support to the #LoveMusic campaign fighting for passage of an EU proposal to modernize copyright and limit the "safe harbor" provisions that often allow YouTube, Google and other tech platforms to exploit musician’s work without proper permissions and compensation.

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5 Tips For Crafting A Captivating Newsletter

2Capturing (let alone keeping) the attention of your followers on social media has become and increasingly difficult task, particularly if you're unable to shell out the necessary cash in order to boost your posts. Luckily, the newsletter remains as reliable standby. Here we look at five ways to create the most engaging newsletter possible.

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Spotify $4.99 Student Tier Now Includes Showtime, Hulu

image from pmcvariety.files.wordpress.comSpotify has added a free Showtime streaming subscription to its $4.99 Premium Student tier.  The streamer added a free Hulu subscription to the student tier last year.  The new offer is available to both new and existing student subscribers; and there is a 99 cents free trial, as well.

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Emo Rap, Genius and Google: Bright Spot In Dark Places

1In this piece, the team at Chartmetric explore the recent meteoric rise in popularity of emo rap, and how a number of male rappers in an often machismo laden field have managed carve out significant success by focusing on themes of depression, anxiety and suicide.

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Now Submit Directly to Spotify’s Playlists

Spotify - submit directSpotify has opened the process of submitting music to 2018's holy grail of music marketing - Official Spotify playlists. Ariel Hyatt and the team at CyberPR have put together a guide the new playlist submission tool and and ways to improve your chances of success. 

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Teen Social Media Cord Cutting - Should It Worry The Music Industry?

1Adults have been anxious about the smartphone usage of youths for some time, and it appears teens themselves are jumping on the concern train, with more than half of teenagers feeling they spend too much time on their phones. This raises the question, however, will efforts to combat this tech addiction help or hurt the music business?

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State Of The YouTube Music Economy 2018 [Mark Mulligan]

Youtube_logoDespite all the talk of Spotify and Apple Music, YouTube is still the most popular music streaming app globally, and a vital music marketing channel.  But YouTube is also under fire from multiple stakeholders: artists, labels, pub dissatisfied with payment rates, top creators unhappy with changing algorithms and EU regulators eyeing limitations to the safe harbor protections that underpin its user-generated content strategy.

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7 Performers Who Created Masterpieces with GarageBand

1A mainstay for budding music industry creatives everywhere, Garageband has long enabled those interested in music to cut their creative teeth before moving on to more industry standard software, at least usually. Here, however, we look at seven major performers who used the basic apple software to craft major hits.

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No Old Wine In New Bottles: Remastering Does Not Mean New Sound Recording Copyright, says 9th Circuit

1[UPDATED] The remastering of tracks has long created controversy in the music industry over whether these revampings necessitate the creation of a fresh copyright - a problematic notion to say the least. The 9th Circuit Court, however has decided a new coat of paint doesn't change things all that much.

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