Why Congress Should Pass The Classics Act: Artists Speak

1Here notable artists Mary Wilson and Darlene Love make a powerful case in favor of shutting the massive loophole which currently allows digital music services to artists and rights owners attached to music recorded before 1972. 

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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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D.I.Y. Radio Promo: How To Contact Radio Stations

1For artists, a great way to reach a new pool of fans and build relationships with tastemakers, independent radio can be an excellent promotional avenue to pursue. Here we look at how musicians can go about contacting independent radio stations for promotion.

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Scott Borchetta's Talent Show "The Launch" Debuts, Hours Later Winner Has #1 Hit

image from celebrityaccess.com[UPDATED] Big Machine Label Group boss Scott Borchetta is hoping to breath new life into the television talent show genre with a brand new show “The Launch” that he’s developed with Bell Media, Eureka, and Insight Productions.  The show, which premiered on Canada's CTV on Jan 10th, will feature a new format where a group of unsigned and aspiring musicians attempt to create a new original song mentored by a panel of internationally renowned artists.

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iHeartRadio Passes 110 Million Registered Users, Unveils Updates At CES

iheartradio usersiHeartRadio has surpassed 110 million registered users. That's up 10 million from March of last year and on top of the 250 million that tune in to their 850 broadcast stations in 150 markets across the country. 

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Top Shows Of 2017 And Netflix's Inexorable Rise

1As audiences have grown increasingly fragmented with the rise of streaming and expansion of viewing options, gathering accurate consumer data has become more difficult. Here we examine how MIDiA's TV Brand Tracker is utilizing new methods for improved audience research.

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Copyright Royalty Board Raises Rates SiriusXM Pays For Music 40%

SiriusxmResponding to a request from SoundExchange and other artist advocates, the US Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) yesterday issued rate changes for for Sirius XM’s satellite radio service, as well as for cable and satellite television music services provided by Music Choice and Muzak, from 2018 through 2022.

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Cumulus, Owner Of 446 U.S. Radio Stations, Files For Bankruptcy Protection, Stock Falls 45%

image from upload.wikimedia.orgCumulus Media, the third biggest owner of U.S. broadcast radio stations,as well as Westwood One, has filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection. Top broadcast radio owner iHeartMedia has also been on the brink of insolvency for more than year.

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US Copyright Royalty Board Raises Some Music Streaming Royalty Rates For 2018

Copyright-blue-2_1In what is expected to be the first of several new rate determinations, the United States Copyright Royalty Board has issued a cost of living adjustment for the rates paid to copyright holders by online webcasters.

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Streaming: The Music Industry's Match.com

2In the case of artist Bob Seger, retail and plays on AM/FM radio are not sufficient for fans, and streaming provides a better way to match fans with the music they might enjoy. Here we look at some of Seger's numbers to see how streaming has allowed him to access a broader scope of listeners.

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Radio's 'Main Studio' Rule, How It Affects Music and Why The Trump Administration Wants To Kill It

1For years the FCC instituted a rule that any radio station needed to have a main studio accompanied by a full-time staff member during business hours. Formerly beneficial, this regulation has become an unnecessary burden in many respects, causing the FCC to vote for its elimination.

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Pandora's Loss Poised To Become Gain For Investor Sirius XM

Pandora-new-logo-image-001Pandora is struggling on almost every level, from monthly average users to revenue. This week Wall Street punished the streamer's performance, more than halving its stock price in a single day. But Pandora's loss appears poised to become Sirius XM's gain, says MIDiA analyst Mark Mulligan. The successful satellite broadcaster invested $480 million in Pandora earlier this year.streamer.  

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iHeartMedia Stock Tanks After $248M Quarterly Loss and 'Substantial Doubts' About Survival [UPDATED]

Iheartmedia[UPDATED] iHeartMedia Inc., the largest operator of commercial radio stations in the US, once again disclosed that it has "going concern" about its viability as a company going forward. 

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FCC Boss Wrecks Media Ownership Rules In Huge Gift To Sinclair Broadcasting

1While the FCC's Ajit Pai has been working hard to ignore the public outcry against the death of net neutrality, he's also been busy actively gutting media consolidation and ownership regulations solely, says Karl Bode of Techdirt, for the benefit of Sinclair broadcasting.

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Artist Visits To Spotify, Apple Music Illustrate Why Radio Feels OLD

1-3y6A2uLsIrdjD10YimEndQWhile radio was instrumental for artists working to break a new record, the recent tendency of artists like Pink to eschew terrestrial radio in favor of the offices of Spotify and Apple music shows a new trend in how musicians are choosing to promote their work.

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Live Radio Must Embrace Technology To Survive

Radio-informaitonThere is some confusing data out there right now when it comes to the health of terrestrial radio, and although it remains popular in certain settings, such as in the car and at work, radio needs to take certain steps to guarantee it remains a viable media source. 

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Mixcloud Signs Landmark WMG Direct Licensing Deal For Curated Audio Streaming

mixcloud logoMixcloud, which has served as a platform for DJ sets, music podcasts and other long form audio since 2009, has finalized a deal with Warner Music Group. Negotiations with UMG and Sony are in the advanced stages, according to sources.

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Americana Airplay Chart For Week Of 9.18.17

Americana logoWe're just back from a wonderfully productive Americanafest conference filled with incredible music.  Despite the fact that they must be more tired than I'll ever be, the folks at Americana Music Association Association have compiled this week's Americana chart. 

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"Not a single grammy winner thanked radio," Recording Academy Head Scolds Broadcasters

OldradioIn a blistering op-ed that would have been almost unthinkable even a few years ago, Recording Academy CEO Neil Portnow took aim at radio broadcaster and the fact that they do not pay performance royalties for on-air play. 

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Growth Available For Streaming Services In Broadcast Radio's 176 Billion Listening Hours [Glenn Peoples]

1[UPDATED] With more music consumers shifting to online listening, the advertising revenue brought in by broadcast radio is a potential gold mine for digital ad-supported streaming services.

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