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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Polaris Music Prize Short List 2018

image from www.hypebot.comTen albums have been named to the Polaris Music Prize short list for Canadian album of the year. “These 10 titles traverse language and culture and highlight the beauty and richness of Canada’s musical life in 2018,” said Polaris jury foreperson Katherine Duncan.

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Tom Sarig On The Rediscovered Power Of An Indie Label [Podcast]

2Here Tom Sarig, music industry veteran and founder of the AntiFragile Music label as well as running the Esther Creative group, discusses the power of the indie label and what it can do help artists in a way majors no longer do.

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Your Three Communities, Part 1: Your Super Fans

image from cyberprmusic.comBuilding community is the best rewarding way to build an engaged fanbase. Amanda Palmer's crowdfunding efforts earned her $2.8 million from her community of supportive fans. Ariel Hyatt of CyberPR explores the three communities that make up every fan base and how to engage each.

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Booking, Performing Tips From Top Talent Buyers As Independent Venue Week Comes To U.S.

1Now in its fifth year in the UK, Independent Venue Week is precisely what it sounds, with independent venues and participating artists joining together for a week of fantastic shows. This year, the US is joining in the fun, and we're looking at how artists can best go about getting in on the action.

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Streaming Is Now 75% Of U.S. Music Consumption [CHART]

75% musicThere were 403 billion on-demand music streams (video + audio streams) in the United States in the first half of 2018, according Nielsen’s 2018 Mid-Year Music Report. Using the industry standard of 1500 streams equals one album sold,  that means nearly 270 million albums sold in the last six month.

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QUICK HITS: Crowd Surf • Big Deal + Sounds Of Memphis/XL Records • Steel Wool Entertainment • Downtown

Quick HitsMusic marketers Crowd Surf has added Sarah Gaupel and Emily Bowman as Marketing Account Managers in the LA office. Gaupel worked as a Digital Marketing Specialist at Fearless Record and Bowman joins from Bkstg where she was a Community Manager. 

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Indie Label High Time Expands Warner/ADA Deal, To Add Sydney, LA Offices

HightimeIndie label High Time is opening offices in LA and Sydney alongside an expanded partnership with Warner/ADA which includes a 5-year global deal. The UK label, which was founded by Carl Hitchborn in 2015, is home to acts like The Hunna and Coasts, who have sold more than 130, 000 concert tickets between them.

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Spotify Blog Post Promotes DIY vs Label Release

free at lastThe Spotify For Artists blog has published a decidedly anti-record label, pro-d.i.y. article that is certain to anger the streamer's record label partners. In it, Greg Puciato of the band Dillinger Escape Plan, extols the virtues of self-release after several negative experiences with record labels. 

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Top 10 Selling Vinyl In First Half Of 2018: Jack White, Kendrick Lamar and A Few Surprises

Jack White Boarding-House-ReachJack White outsold Kendrick Lamar to grab the top spot in the best selling vinyl albums so far this year, according to Nielsen’s 2018 Mid-Year report. White’s "Boarding House Reach" sold 37,000 copies.  Here is the top 10:

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Alleged AFM Mismanagement Costs Musicians Millions In Unclaimed Funds [Find Out If You're Owed]

image from internationalmusician.orgThe American Federation of Musicians (AFM) is effectively preventing as much as $25 million in royalties due musicians and background singers from being distributed allege Kobalt, Wixen, Sony and a growing group of organizations tasked with collecting royalties.

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1300 Musicians, Trade Groups Push For Article 13 Adoption Today, Big Tech Disagrees

image from cdn.pixabay.comUPDATE 2: 1300 recording artists including Sir Paul McCartney, Plácido Domingo, James Blunt and Max Martin, as well as most industry trade groups are urging the European Parliament to support the Article 13 EU Copyright Directive today.  But big tech disagrees. 

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Streaming Changes Everything For Music Catalogs

Question-markMost labels and many musicians thrive because of their hits, but survive over time because of their catalog.  But as MIDiA analyst Mak Mulligan points out, streaming , which offers access to 35 million track library and a 'small royalty income forever' business model, changes the value of music catalogs in ways that we're just beginning to understand.

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A2IM Indie Week 2018 Recap: #RepresentationMatters

A2IM Indie WeekIn this recap of the A2IM's recent Indie Week music conference, Amy Hanna looks at the event's focus on inclusivity and representation, as reflected in the conference's panels discussing gender inequality and the music industry's involvement in the #MeToo movement.

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REWIND: The New Music Industry’s Week In Review

6a01b7c7aa2d2b970b01b7c907b5d7970b-100wiIn this careful look back on a full week of music industry news, we revisit Ticketmaster's alleged scalping of its own tickets, hundreds of festivals' pledge to tackle gender inequality in the music industry, the final conclusion to the Prince/dancing baby lawsuit, and more!

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Senate Markup Of Music Modernization Act Is Today: CONTACT CONGRESS NOW!

voiceEfforts continue to gut portions of the Music Modernization Act in the Senate despite unanimous backing in the House Of Representatives and near unanimous backing from all sectors of the the music industry. Now is an essential time to get speak out.

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Merlin Pays Out $500M As Indies Score With Streaming

Merlin-logo-one-with-strapline-copyMerlin's payments to its 20,000 label members has surpassed $500 million annually, according the 10th anniversary  report just released by the global indie music licensor.  A dive into the data shows an indie sector that, by some measures, is benefiting from the streaming revolution even more than their major label counterparts.

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Why Every Indie Needs A Ninja

music NinjaMusic DIY can be frustrating and tiring. Whether you are an indie label, manager, DIY artist or, like most of us, wear many hats, you often need help - qualified help - to do tasks ranging from creating a tour poster to mastering a track or launching an entire record release campaign.  Enter indie.ninja, to help you build a project based indie music team.

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Grammys Expand Best Album, Song, Record, New Artist Categories and More

Grammy_logoThe Grammy Awards are making changes, some of which appear to be a response to the miniscule number of women nominated last year. Others changes effect music supervisors and the World Music category.

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