Inside Music Analytics: Chris Stapleton Has More In Common With Etta James, Van Morrison, Otis Redding Than You Think

2In this piece Glenn Peoples looks at the rise of Chris Stapleton's cross genre success with is cover of "Tennessee Whiskey" and how the soulful country number has been able to capture the attention of audiences typically more focused on R&B/soul legends.

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More Fans Are Creating Their Own Playlists, Just 29% Pay To Stream [Nielsen 360 Report]

3While the prominence of playlists has already increased to become one of the dominant forms of music consumption, more listeners appear to be taking the reigns when it comes to curation, according to a recent study from Nielsen.

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Spotify's 'Today's Top Hits" Has 12.3M Followers: Chartmetric Dives Into The Stats The Drive It

3After well over a year of tracking the data coming out of Spotify's 'Today's Top Hits', Chartmetric has some revealing numbers concerning this incredibly popular playlist which, at 18.2 millions followers, has more than 7 million followers than its closest competitor.

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German Indie Label Powerhouse SPV Signs Worldwide Distribution Deal With The Orchard

Orchard LogoSony-owned music and film distributor The Orchard has announced a deal with independent label SPV for worldwide digital distribution. Founded in Germany, in 1984, SPV's catalog includes Whitesnake, Sepultura, Kaiser Chiefs, Motörhead, The Game, Alice Cooper, Everlast, Monster Magnet, UFO and The Scorpions.

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Spotify Class Action Public Fairness Hearing This Friday

Spotify legalThis Friday, Dec 1st there will be a public hearing about the fairness of the Spotify Class action settlement.  Multiple attorneys will be providing oral arguments about what they see as a lack of fairness in the class settlement. Artists, songwriters, publishers and the general public are free to attend. 

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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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How Pre-Saves Can Help You Build Momentum For Your Music Before You Even Release It

2Getting a solid stream count on day one when your music drops is huge indicator for success when it comes and a pre-save, much like an amazon or iTunes pre-sale, can do a lot for helping your numbers. Here we look at how to use them to your advantage.

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Solving the Music Startup Catch-22

image from diymusician.cdbaby.com[UPDATED] The difficulty, time and cost of licensing music has stymied an untold number of startups and scared off countless more investors. Crunch Digital has created a solution. Their Digital Music Sandbox will offer music startups a direct conduit to limited term music licensing without advances or minimum guarantees; and founder Keith Bernstein shares an advance look at this much needed service.

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Digital Music Distributor Symphonic Scores $4 Million Investment From Ballast Point Ventures

SymphonicTampa based Symphonic Distribution has secured a $4 million investment from Ballast Point Ventures (BPV). Symphonic will use the investment to add to its sales force, bolster its marketing and enhance its product capabilities.

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Why So Many Musicians Get Digital So Very Wrong

1Here Amber Horsburgh delves into the issues behind common industry misconceptions surrounding digital strategy, and the danger of simply treating digital as a communication channel, as well as the importance of understanding and taking full advantage the marketing opportunity digital provides.

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Spotify Offers Deep Holiday Discounts For New and Returning Subscribers

Spotify New $Spotify is continuing its holiday tradition of offering deep discounts to lure new and lapsed users looking for ways to enjoy the new music gear they scored like the incredible little Mighty that let's you listen to Spotify without your smartphone.

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Could A Lip Syncing Site Really Be Worth $800 Million?

1While many artists with the ability to create their own music may not know or care about the lip-syncing site Musical.ly, it turns out there are millions of people who enjoy using the site to create videos of themselves lip syncing to hit songs, enough people to make the site worth purchasing by Beijing ByteDance Technology Co.

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What Promises To Transform Music Listening In The Age Of Alexa? Lyrics.

1We've come a long way since the wild west of lyrics, which are now easily searchable and provide artists with an additional source of income. Moving forward, lyrics will provide essential contextual metadata in the age of voice command.

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UNBUNDLED: Reformatting Music's Barriers

image from www.hypebot.comThe unbundling of music has been a hot topic within the industry ever since Steve Jobs insisted that iTunes be able to sell every individual album track for 99 cents. Here, Adam Marx continues his deep and important analysis of the practice with a look at how unbundling has unwrapped previous barriers and changed music.

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3 Things You're Doing Wrong On Spotify

Unnamed (1)Even as streaming rises to become the dominant form of music consumption, many artists still struggle with the unfamiliar platform, to the point where they may be sabotaging their chances for success. Here we look at three bad habits to watch out for when putting your music on Spotify.

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Meta-Metadata: Turning Three Text Fields Into Millions of Dollars

1As the number of data records music companies continues to grow, the value of efficiency has continued to increase, particularly given that each record contains only a few points of data. To a keen observer, there are deep, financially beneficial  possibilities in this track-related information.

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Traditional vs. What's Coming: How Blockchain Could Reshape The Music Industry [Benji Rogers]

1The potential for how Blockchain tech could alter the music industry has often been discussed of late. In this piece we look at twenty-two ways that Blockchain, or more specifically the dotBlockchain Media project, could fundamentally alter the traditional approach to media rights.

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Blockchain And The Music Industry: RAC, Nest HQ and UJO Music Offer A Beginners Guide [VIDEO]

RACIs blockchain just a buzzword or could it radically change the music industry?  We think it's the later, but understanding what blockchain is and does is confusing. Grammy winner RAC recently released his latest album EGO using the Ethereum blockchain via UJO Music, and this 6 minute documentary looks inside the process.

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Warner Music's Topsify Playlist Chief Exits To Launch New Venture

image from scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.netThree years after selling Playlist.net to Warner Music Group and establishing the major's own Topsify playlist brand, Kieron Donoghue is leaving the label group to start a new venture. The future of streaming-focused WMG label Artists To Watch, which he led and has logged 50 million streams, remains unclear. 

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10 Things You Should Do As Soon As You Sign Up New Music For Distribution

1-aDsblOYr4qfZEb5XGfKVewWhile signing up for a distribution process is certainly an important of getting your music out there, it doesn't end there. Here we look at ten things you must do once you've signed it up for distribution to ensure your new tunes actually make an impact.

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US Music Industry Considers Launching "Official" Alternative To Billboard Charts

image from www.seoclerk.comUS record labels and others in the music industry are considering launching their own charts as an alternative to the iconic Billboard lists, according to multiple sources. The discussions come at a time when Billboard has come under fire for rumored changes in chart calculations that could include YouTube plays.

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RIAA Lists Top Music Pirate Sites, YouTube MP3 Rippers

PirateThe RIAA has submitted its annual list of "notorious" music piracy websites to the U.S. Government. The report his heavily populated with YouTube MP3 ripping sites, but also includes many the usual suspects, including The Pirate Bay and Rapidgator.

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'Six Strikes' Potentially Dead, ISPs Continue To Threaten Pirates With Disconnection

Download (13)Following the demise of the woefully ineffective anti-piracy 'six-strikes' policy, major telecom companies like Verizon, Comcast, and TWC are continuing to threatening users with disconnection based on what Techdirt Karl Bodi argues is flimsy six-strike era evidence.

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DistroKid Distribution Adds Free Instant Spotify For Artists Verification

image from cdn-images-1.medium.comArtists using DistroKids' music distribution services are now automatically enrolled in the Spotify For Artists program. Like its revenue sharing tool and unlimited music vault, it's the kind of smart use of technology that allows this limber and lean music tech startup to offer useful features to users at no additional cost.

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Blokur Raises $1.2M Seed Round For Music Blockchain, Machine Learning Startup

image from crunchbase-production-res.cloudinary.comBlokur, led several music industry veterans, has raided a $1.2 million seed round to bring blockchain technology to music and other creative arts. But Blokur faces steep competition, as well as, the age-old problem of getting the music industry on the same page... about anything.

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Spotify Partners With Lin-Manuel Miranda To Support Hurricane Maria Relief, Superstar Track Drops Friday

image from welcome.topuertorico.orgSpotify is working with composer and playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda to support Hurricane Maria relief efforts. The Tony and Pulitzer winner has recruited an all-star line-up of artists for a tribute single dropping Friday, benefitting Hispanic Federation UNIDOS Disaster Relief Fund.

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