Talib Kweli Cancels Concert After Venue Books White Nationalist Band Taake

image from celebrityaccess.comRapper Talib Kweli has canceled a performance at a Kansas City music venue after the booked a Scandinavian accused of being Nazi sympathizers. According to the Kansas City Star, Kweli on Feb 20th told the management of the Riot Room that he would not be performing the following day after he learned that the venue had also booked the band Taake for a March 31st show.

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Stormzy, Dua Lipa Take Top Honors At Brit Awards 2018 [Full List Of Winners]

image from celebrityaccess.comNew artists beat the old guard at the 2018  Brit Awards which saw grime artist Stormzy and pop music singer-songwriter Dua Lipa take top honors at the annual awards show, winning British Male and Female solo artist, respectively.

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Metal Blade Records CEO Brian Slagel On Social Media, How To Get Signed

image from lamusicblog.comThis week Michael Brandvold and Jay  Gilbert are joined on the Music Biz Weekly podcast by Brian Slagel, CEO of Metal Blade Records. He shares his thoughts on the importance of social media and how important it is  when considering a band for a record deal. We talk about bands having to pay their dues.

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Recording Academy 'Math' Implies Gender Gap Not So Wide

image from cdn.pixabay.comLike President Trump, Neil Portnow and too many other men refuse to admit without equivocation that they are part of the gender problem. Until that changes, not much else can. Is 12%, for example, or even 17% representation for women in music so much better than 9% that it deserves an announcement? The Recording Academy thought so, issuing a letter with its own analysis of women musical creators and performers.

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Radio Holds Key To Streaming Growth [Mark Mulligan]

OldradioStreaming use is growing and broadcast radio's audience is shrinking. No surprise there.  But what is of interest is the slow pace of the shift, which presents opportunities for streaming to reach a much broader audience and the time for radio to reinvent itself.

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How Free Music Giveaways Make Money Over Time

1Given everything that the music industry's been through, it's understandable that the word "free" can often evoke a negative reaction when dropped in music business circles. That said, however, judiciously applied giveaways can yield decidedly positive results in the long run.

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Musical Tastes Solidify In Early Teens, says Study

Teen popThe songs we listen to in our early teens form our musical taste as adults, according to a New York Times analysis of data from Spotify. The study also found that these influences were stronger for women than men; and were tied to the end of puberty for both.

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Pandora Data Journalist Emily Blake On Artist Development Trends [INTERVIEW]

1Here data journalist and music curator Emily Blake of Next Big Sound shares her thoughts and insights on finding trends in music, as well as how artists can and should use data for leveraging success.

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Arcade Fire Leads 2018 Juno Nominees [FULL LIST]

image from celebrityaccess.comThe Arcade Fire, Jessie Reyez and the late Gordon Downie were among the top nominees for the 2018 Juno Awards.  Arcade Fire landed nods for album of the year and alternative album of the year for “Everything Now” and also picked up nominations for Single of the Year, Group of the Year and Album Artwork of the Year.

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Michelle Brook Of Sour Mash, Ignition Records Talks Industry, Marketing Strategies [INTERVIEW]

1In this interview Michelle Brook, the digital manager at Ignition Records talks about her work in the industry, and share her opinions and experiences on the value of marketing using messenger bots, and where such types of technology might be headed in the future.

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Best Buy Ends CD Sales, Target Demands New Terms

image from upload.wikimedia.orgCD sales fell 18.5% last year, as steaming became the dominant format for more and more U.S. consumers. But this substantial decline could accelerate as Best Buys says it will stop selling all CDs; and Target will reportedly follow suit, unless labels agree to more favorable terms.

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Petition Demanding Recording Academy Head Resign After 'Women Must Step Up' Comment Nears 10K Signatures

image from cinescribelakis.files.wordpress.comA petition demanding the Recording Academy President Neil Portnow resign had 9653 signatures as of Wednesday. The calls for the Academy's long term leader came after his response to the lack of women nominated for Grammys this year was that they needed to "step up" if they want to be in the music industry.

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Music Modernization Act Ignores 60M Copyright NOIs

Music Modernization ActAll week we digging into the Music Modernization Act currently before Congress. Yesterday, we learned that under the widely endorsed bill, songwriters would lose unclaimed royalties, as well as, some important rights to litigate. Today, Chris Castle explores a missed opportunity for the MMA - not dealing with the mass NOIs that allow streamers to use songs even when they can't find the proper license holders.

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Creamery Studio Celebrates Diverse Artist Base w/ Mixtape

1A constantly evolving vibrant music and arts mecca, Brooklyn is home to The Creamery Studio, a lofted space in the Greenpoint Neighborhood. Here Jeff Fettig and Quinn McCarthy chat with the TuneCore Blog about the space and a new mixtape of studios artists being released.

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Under Music Modernization Act Songwriters Lose Unclaimed Royalties, Meaningful Ability To Litigate

Music Modernization PerilAs our week long look at the Music Modernization Act continues, some see major problems, despite bipartisan support in Congress and endorsements from virtually every major music and tech trade group. Among the critics are respected music industry attorneys Nicole Haff and Cassie Daum 

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Indie Labels Scored 40% Of Grammy 2018 Wins

Grammy_logoIndependent labels won 36 out of the 84 or just over 40% of Grammys handed out this week. A2IM member labels 4AD (Beggars Group), ATO, Big Machine, Concord Music Group, Compass, eOne, Mack Avenue, Motema, Naxos, Sub Pop and Thirty Tigers all scored wins.  10 of the 36 winners were distributed by The Orchard.

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Full List Of Grammy Award Winners 2018: Bruno Mars Spoils Hip Hop's Big Year

image from www.hypebot.comThe 2018 Grammy Awards saw Bruno Mars take home all six awards that he was nominated for including the trifecta of Song, Record and Album Of The Year, and Jay Z, the most nominated artist of the night, go home empty handed.  Judging from the nominations, this should have been rap and hip hop's big year at the Grammys, but Mars forgot to get the message. 

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Billboard Power 100 List Confirms Women In Music Study

male female symbolsBillboard has named its 2018 Power 100 list of the executives driving the music industry. There is only one women named in the Top 25 in a standalone role, and just four more share billing in an otherwise all male team. While reflective of the industry, the list seems particularly tone deaf appearing on the same day that the trade magazine reported a new study of the " Major Lack of Representation by Women in the Music Industry."

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Cadence Weapon On Making Collaborative Music With An Independent Mindset [INTERVIEW]

1Here Cadence Weapon, AKA Rollie Pemberton, speaks about working as an independent artist on the frontlines of experimental hip-hop for the past decade, the process of making his latest album, and how he identifies as a DIY musician.

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Grammy 2018 Predictions From Music Audience Exchange's Jarred Goldner

image from www.grammy.com[UPDATED] It's shaping up to be a very interesting year for the Grammy Awards, with the current crop of nominees (finally) among the most diverse ever. Jarrod Goldner of Music Audience Exchange offers his predictions for the 60th Annual Grammy Awards, which will be held this Sunday, January 28th. CBS will broadcast the show live from Madison Square Garden in New York City.

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This Week's Pandora Trendsetter Chart Standouts

Pandora-new-logo-image-001[UPDATED] Each week Pandora shares  highlights from its Trendsetters Chart. Compiled using data obtained from Next Big Sound, this chart shows the top 20 artists listeners have been using to create the highest number of stations from over the past week, and reflects which up-and-coming artists are currently trending on the platform. 

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Songtradr Raises $4 Million For Indie Music Licensing

image from www.djcentral.tvMusic licensing platform Songtradr today announced that is had raised a Series A round of $4 million to support the company's ongoing expansion. This latest round brings Songtradr 's total funding to $9 million. Lead investor in the round was Richard White, CEO and founder of Australian-based WiseTech Global.

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Beggars Group's Jo Morris Talks Indie Labels, Messenger Bots [INTERVIEW]

1In this Q&A style interview, Jo Morris talks about their work at Beggars Group, a group of labels including 4AD, Matador, and Rough Trade, as well as their work with messenger bots and how artists can use messenger bots in their digital marketing strategy.

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