Spotify 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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More 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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YouTube is opening membership benefits and profits to smaller creators. Now creators with 50,000 subscribers will be able to offer their viewers a $4.99 monthly membership fee in exchange for exclusives and perks. Previously, the cap was 100,000 subscribers.
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While the constant connectedness of today's youth has been well established, just what impact that has on the music industry is somewhat less well documented. One thing which is certain however is the popularity of music videos among the younger demographic, leading to what some are calling the ressurection of the MTV generation.
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UPDATED: Streams on SoundCloud now count to the UK and Irish charts thanks to new partnerships with the Official Charts Company and the Irish Recorded Music Association.
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This weeks YouTube Music Chart saw Eminem, Kanye and Lil Pump break 24-hour records, Mac Miller’s songs cover the charts, and Coldplay, Shakira, Zayn and MC Fiota pass one billion music video views.
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The Music Modernization Act, which is scheduled for a full Senate vote over the next 24 hours, is supported by the music industry because it brings music copyright and compensation into the digital age. But SiriusXM is working to scuttle key MMA provisions, and artist advocates the musicFIRST Coalition are fighting back.
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Music industry pundit Bob Lefsetz and outspoken veteran music industry executive Jason Flom have joined forces for a live show set to hit the road for a limited run of dates this October.
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Small businesses make the music industry go round, and whether you're a record label, marketing agency, or management company, we here offer five essential tips for achieving success as a small music business in 2018.
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In celebration of AmericanaFest 2018, Noisetrade here conducts a group interview with artists including Amanda Shires, Tommy Emmanuel, Erik Koskinen, Them Coulee Boys about the festival and the genre itself.
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Amazon Music jumps into the streaming exclusives game with a new "Produced By" series. The legendary Al Green's first new recording in more than a decade was released yesterday as part of the series produced Matt Ross-Span.
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BMG has acquired respected L.A.-based indie hip-hop label RBC Records. RBC joins BMG’s recording operations in Los Angeles and New York which includes Rise Records in Portland, OR and S-Curve Records in NYC.
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Jason Isbell was the big winner, taking home three trophies at the 2018 Americana Honors & Awards last night in Nashville. The singer-songwriter won for "The Nashville Sound" as Album of the Year, Isbell also won Song of the Year race for “If We Were Vampires.” and Duo/Group of the Year with his band the 400 Unit. John Prine was named Artist of the Year. The full list of Americana Honors & Awards 2018 winners:
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While musicians typically follow an established formula when it comes to releasing new music, this doesn't mean it's always the best way. Here Chris Robley digs into three way you can think differently about releasing your music and see drastically improved results.
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While the CD has hung on longer than some might have guessed, it's decline has been steady. That said, some are still turning a profit from this outdated form of music. Here we look at Alliance Entertainment, the largest wholesaler of physical music in the US.
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Apple Music has improved how its displays an artist's albums and singles. Previously, tracks, collections and albums were lumped together, forcing the user to scroll through dozens of often redundant releases to find what they are looking for.
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In this piece Gloria Ruth Finney looks at the phenomenon of a YouTube Pop-space dubbed the Nashville Sessions which allows select up-and-coming musicians to connect and collaborate over the course of a week as well as work on increasing their YouTube viewership.
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Taylor Blasko, Label Development from INgrooves joins Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert on the Music Biz Weekly podcast. They discuss what makes INgrooves different from other distributors, what's important when pitching music and why you need to be on music streaming services.
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The full Joan Jett and the Blackhearts recorded music catalog is available for streaming for the first time. The long due additions comes following a deal between Jett's Blackheart Records and Sony Legacy. Blackheart was formed in 1980 by Jett and her musical cohort and producer Kenny Laguna.
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Your brand is your calling card, but most artists and entrepreneurs fail at one of the cornerstones of building and protecting their online brand. Ariel and her team CyberPR offer 5 Elements to Include For A Perfect Press Kit and more.
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Apple Music is adding 116 “Top 100” charts today. Each chart will display the top streamed songs on Apple Music, updated daily. In a demo for Rolling Stone, Apple execs showed a global chart and a Top 100 chart for every country where Apple Music is available.
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A British Phonographic Industry report shows that British music exports are now at their highest level in almost two decades. According to the BPI, UK labels generated revenues of £408.4 million in 2017, up by 12% over the previous year.
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Kobalt's recording arm AWAL has announced a global partnership deal with the hot UK hip hop artist Little Simz and her label, AGE 101. The company previously worked together for her 2015 debut album, “A Curious Tale of Trials+Persons.”
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Veteran label exec Jacqueline Saturn has been promoted to the position of President at Caroline, the independent distribution and label services arm of Capitol Music Group. Saturn will lead Caroline’s 50 person US team and oversee operations, including artist and label signings, partnerships, and coordination with Caroline’s international operations.
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AIM’s Independent Music Awards were last night. The awards celebrate the best of the UK's independent artists and labels. Here is the full list of AIM Independent Music Awards Winners 2018:
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Although the financial benefits may be minimal for those artists just starting out, the streaming economy is here to stay whether we like it or not, meaning that knowing your way around Spotify and other streaming services is a valuable asset for any musician or artist.
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CD Baby has hired its first ever VP of International Development, Heli Del Moral; and tasked him with building the indie music publishing and distribution company’s business outside of North America and Europe. The hire comes on the heels of CD Baby's expansion in Europe with a new UK office and additions to its Latin America-based CD team.
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American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) has added its support to the #LoveMusic campaign fighting for passage of an EU proposal to modernize copyright and limit the "safe harbor" provisions that often allow YouTube, Google and other tech platforms to exploit musician’s work without proper permissions and compensation.
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Spotify has opened the process of submitting music to 2018's holy grail of music marketing - Official Spotify playlists. Ariel Hyatt and the team at CyberPR have put together a guide the new playlist submission tool and and ways to improve your chances of success.
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[UPDATED] The remastering of tracks has long created controversy in the music industry over whether these revampings necessitate the creation of a fresh copyright - a problematic notion to say the least. The 9th Circuit Court, however has decided a new coat of paint doesn't change things all that much.
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