Deezer Adds $185M, Strategic Partner That Should Make Spotify and Record Labels Very Nervous

DeezerEarlier this month Deezer added $185 million at a valuation of more than $1 billion. New investors include a top Middle Eastern music and media company poised to give the streamer a distinct competitive advantage on the region.

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Music Supervision and Sync Roundup: BlacKkKlansman, The Bold Type, Fallout 76 and More

Arrows in circleIn this every two week update from the Synchtank team, we'll review the important placements and major happenings in the wild and wonderful world of music supervision and music sync. 

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10 Bands 1 Cause: Pink Vinyl From Modest Mouse, Silversun Pickups, Run The Jewels, More

10bandsbanner_frweb-768x359The Orchard has released the latest album in its Ten Bands One Cause series with a limited edition pink vinyl disc featuring tracks from  Silversun Pickups, Modest Mouse, El-P of Run The Jewels, Local Natives, Tyler Childers, The All-American Rejects, The Rocky Horror Picture Show Soundtrack, Soccer Mommy, Daryl Hall & John Oates and Black Moth Super Rainbow.

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What It's Like To Be An Artist Today - Ryan Leslie, Emma McGann, Black Coffee, More

1Here a variety of different artists and managers working within the Midem hub recount what it's like to be operating in the music business today, and how changes in technology have effected so many aspects of the industry.

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Ingrooves Adds 5 In Marketing, Label Development

Ingrooves - newDigital music distributor Ingrooves has named five new hires to key positions in its Strategic Marketing and Label Development divisions.  "These new appointments are reflective of our ability to quickly augment our expertise in key growth areas for our business, namely the electronic, Latin and urban music genres," said Amy Dietz, General Manager of Ingrooves.

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Embracing Difference: A Look Inside OddChild Music [INTERVIEW]

1In this piece we pull back the curtain of London based independent management company/record label OddChild Music, speaking with Artist Manager Luke Bunce about his experience, passions, and what everyday life at OddChild is like.

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NYT Expose Looks Inside The Culture Of Billboard Magazine

Billboard - justin-bieberThe New York Times‘ Ben Sisario has published a scathing report on the business culture of Billboard, both before and after the exit of chief John Amato. The expose comes just as the trade is feeling increased pressure from online outlets and a well financed effort to challenge its dominate music charts.

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Pop Music Eats Itself: A&R Is Facing A Data Driven Crisis

image from cdn.pixabay.comIt is no secret that data now drives who gets signed, with record labels chasing stats in search of the next streaming friendly hit.  But analyst Mark Mulligan and some label execs are wondering how music can evolve when A&R is a reflection of current trends rather than as a tastemaker; and how an out of the box music can find a place with an increasingly closed loop of statistics.

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Orchard Pulls All Labels And Artists Off eMusic For Non-Payment

Emusic2018Music download store eMusic is late paying at least one independent distributor, according to an internal email obtained by Hypebot. The troubles come just as the indie digital retailer launches an ambitious music blockchain project.

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Variety, Rolling Stone Owner Penske Invest In BuzzAngle To Challenge Billboard Chart Dominance

image from d1qb2nb5cznatu.cloudfront.netPenske Media has invested in music charts and data company BuzzAngle Music. Penske owns Rolling Stone, Variety, Deadline and IndieWire, and plans to leverage BuzzAngle charts across their properties.

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Sire Records' Seymour Stein: Moving On, But Not Slowing Down

2After forty-two years in the corporate music world, music industry legend Seymour Stein (notable in part for his discovery of Madonna, The Ramones, and The Talking Heads) is leaving Warner Music Group to return to his roots working in indie music.

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How To Get The Most From Spotify’s New Playlist Pitch Platform

Spotify newSpotify's launch of a playlist pitching platform certainly seems like good news, however, if artists want to actually get their music on those powerful Official playlists, there are a few tactics to get the most out of the new tool.

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Ditto Scores Distribution Of New Chance The Rapper Release

Chance the rapper[UPDATED] Chance The Rapper has become the poster child for truly independent artists with his hugely successful streaming only releases. So Ditto Music being chosen to handle the worldwide distribution for his new release is a major score for the D.I.Y. distributor.

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Tunecore Adds Facebook, Instagram Monetization

Facebook-musicDIY distributor TuneCore has added a new opportunity - Facebook and Instagram monetization. Facebook recently cut licensing deals with all three majors, Merlin and others for music on all its platforms, but this is the first time we've heard of funds trickling down to DIY artists. 

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Bringing Together Tour, Radio, Fan-Targeted Advertising [CASE STUDY: Nathaniel Rateliff]

1In this piece we look at commercial experiment of sorts, in which Concord Music utilized a triple-headed geo-specific marketing strategy to maximize listener consumption of one of its artists.

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8 Free Online Resources To Create An Album Cover

Screenshot 2018-07-18 07.22.50After you've dumped blood, sweat, and tears into recording and mixing an album, there still remains the final step of creating album artwork. While this element of the process may not be one artists want to sink a lot of time or energy into, these eight online resources can help musicians pull together cover art with ease.

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