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Getting It Done: The Week In D.I.Y. and Indie Music

6a00d83451b36c69e201b7c907b657970b-150wiOur sage council for the music industry's scrappy do-it-yourselfers this week covered how to create free, simple music videos, how to utilize YouTube's paid fan memberships as a small-scale creator, the best way to get your music discovered in the digital age, and more.

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Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Mobile Apps For Making Music • Copyright And The Consumer • Drugs • More

MTTRecapNewOn MusicThinkTank this week, we looked at 10 great mobile apps for creating music from scratch, how to understand the basics of copyright law as a consumer, whether or not musicians are really more likely to use drugs, and more!

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TOP POSTS: This Week’s Most Read Posts On Hypebot

6a00d83451b36c69e201b7c907b568970b-150wiThe most popular of the articles shared on Hypebot this week covered issues ranging from the major changes brought to Apple Music By iOS 12, the music industry's reaction to the passage of the music modernization act, how Instagram stories can be utilized to promote music, and more.

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4 New Ways To Beat The Facebook Algorithm

1It's been several months since Facebook made massive changes to its News Feed algorithm, changes which made it much harder for music marketers to utilize the platform for promotion. Now that brands have had some time to grapple with this thorny new social media beast, we're taking a look at four different ways to beat the new Facebook algorithm.

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Spotify Tests Personalization Of Editor Curated Playlists

image from lydiayeh.files.wordpress.comSpotify is testing the addition of individually personalized tracks to existing editor curated playlists, multiple sources tell Hypebot. In one example, tracks which Spotfy's believes would fit the taste of a particular user were added  to an official Spotify hand curated workout playlist. 

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Attracting More Views On Your SoundCloud Releases

2For musicians, growing a solid reputation on SoundCloud is key, as the platform provides opportunities to take their work to the next level, although the way in which they manage their account can often have as much of an impact on their success as the music itself.

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Passage Of Music Modernization Act Averts Artist Boycott Of Sirius XM

1Yesterday the Music Modernization Act, a massive overhaul of the US copyright system, unanimously passed the Senate, and while good news for the music industry as a whole, one entity remains in opposition to the bill: SiriusXM. That said, the MMA's smooth passage will like prevent a major boycott of the satellite radio service by artists.

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Music Copyright Law And The Consumer: Understanding The Basics

2While copyright law is often covered from the perspective of musicians and labels, we don't often look at it from the point of the consumer. Still, even as a casual consumer of music, copyright effects us, often in more ways than we might guess.

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How To Sign Up For Spotify's Free Music Distribution

New Release – Spotify for ArtistsSpotify has announced a new feature that allows almost any artist to upload music onto the service for free and collect royalties without any fees or going through a distributor or label. The streamer said that its expanding its beta program to more artists and will continue to add artists until the free service is available to every artist or label. here is how you can sign up to take advantage of free distribution on Spotify.

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Spotify Now Lets Artists Upload Music FREE

Spotify newSpotify has announced a beta program that allows artists to upload music directly to the streaming platform from their Spotify For Artists platform at no cost. Free distribution puts the streamer more directly in competition with SoundCloud, low cost distributors like TuneCore and even record labels.

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The Musician's Delicate Balance: Unbridled Self-Expression vs. Listener Alienation

1The motivation behind creating music varies wildly from artist to artist, with some doing so in hopes of fame and fortune, and others just because they feel like it. Here we look at how to strike the delicate balance between making music based solely on your own self-interest, and desperately trying to make music the world will like.

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eMusic Payment Problems Continue, More Labels Exit

image from www.hypebot.comMore labels and distributors are pulling and keeping their music off the eMusic download store over late or non-payments. In July, we reported that Sony owned indie distributor The Orchard informed its labels that it was pulling all music down because they had "failed to receive payments." 

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Create Free, Simple, Shareable Music Videos With Turn

Screenshot 2018-09-19 08.09.12Developer and artist marketer Lee Martin introduces Turn, a recently launched application which allows users to create a turntable style music video consisting of an audio track and rotating static image, which can then easily be shared across the social media platform.

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Amazon Music Making More Of Its Own Exclusive Recordings

1Of late Amazon has been following in the steps of Spotify and dropping a series of exclusive recordings by noted artists like John Prine and Margo Price under the title "Produced By...", and although these recordings fall under the Amazon Originals banner, Amazon doesn't actually own the rights to them.

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Ticketmaster Encourages, Profits From Scalpers Undercover Investigation Reveals

ticketmasterAn undercover investigation by the Toronto Star and Canadian Broadcasting Company appear to show that, contrary to their vehement anti-scalping pubic posture, Ticketmaster is courting ticket brokers, profiting by providing special accounts and software and generally willing to turn a blind eye to violations of the company’s own contracts and ticketing policies.

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Industry Reacts To Music Modernization Act Passage: AIMP, BMI. A2IM, NMPA, SoundEx, ASCAP, More

thumbs up music[UPDATE 4] The music industry was quick to react to the United States Senate's unanimous passages of S. 2823 the Music Modernization Act, a bipartisan bill cosponsored by more than 80 Senators that brings the music licensing system into the digital age.

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The Biggest Challenge Facing Music Right Now [Hisham Dahud]

image from dahud.typepad.com"When was the last time you sat down and just… listened?" That's the question asked by Hypebot contributor Hisham Dahud.  The answer for most of us could have significant implications for artists and the entire music industry in the streaming era.

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