How To Have A Successful Artist Interview from Billboard's Kevan Kenney

2As an up-and-coming artist, getting interviewed by represents an exciting opportunity to tell your story and reach new fans. But pulling off a successful interview takes planning. Kevin Kenney of Billboard shares tips on how to make it work. 

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A2IM Libera Indie Awards Winners 2018: Slowdive Wins Album Of The Year

A2IMLast week's American Association Of Independent Music Libera Awards in New York City celebrated the best in independent music. Hosted by comedian Kate Wolff and sponsored by SoundExchange and BuzzAngle, the evening included a special celebration of Merlin’s 10th Anniversary. 

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Create Playlists Simultaneously on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, Napster, More Free with Soundsgood

soundsgood.coPlaylist distribution and sharing app Soundgood has announced a new integration with Napster and an improved integration with Apple Music. The app, which enables playlist distribution and updates to multiple streamers simultaneously, is used by 19,000 influencers and music companies. 

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Elektra Music Group To Launch As Standalone Company

image from celebrityaccess.comElektra Music Group is launching as a stand-alone, fully staffed label group under Warner Music Group's Atlantic Records Group  umbrella. It will bring together Elektra, Fueled By Ramen (FBR), Roadrunner, Low Country Sound, and Black Cement Records, which will each be nurtured as a unique label brand.

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Sony, Orchard Share $750M Spotify Windfall With Indie Artists, Labels Regardless Of Recoupment

image from openclipart.orgSony Music will begin sending checks sharing its $750 million windfall from the sale of Spotify stock with the independent artists it distributes through its Orchard subsidiary as soon as August.

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Arcade Fire, Sloan Among Polaris Music Prize Nominees

Polaris Prize logo 2018The Polaris Music Prize announced its ‘long list’ of nominations for 2018, with artists such as Arcade Fire, Gordon Downie, Sloan and U.S. Girls making the cut. 225 albums were considered by the 203 member jury for Long List selection.

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What Does AT&T, Time Warner Deal Mean For Music? A Lot.

AT&T Time Warner MusicA Federal Judge yesterday ruled that AT&T could complete its $85 billion takeover of Time Warner, including HBO, CNN, DC Entertainment and all of its popular media properties. With no major music companies in either company's portfolio, the impact of the mega-deal on the music industry would seem to be minimal.  Think again. 

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Music Biz Adjusts To Spotify's New Rules Of Engagement [Mark Mulligan]

Spotify newWhile Spotify generates just 27% of global recorded music revenue, it is a growing percentage that the music industry increasingly can''t imagine living without. That and its cultural influence a a market leader and taste maker, means that the industry most tread lightly a music's new world order takes shape. 

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SoundExchange Adds Tools To Get Songwriters Paid For 70M Address Unknown NOI Filings

CashSoundExchange subsidiary SXWorks has added two new tools developed to expand on its NOI LOOKUP service to help music publishers and songwriters search the more than 70 million address unknown Notice of Intention to Use (NOI) filings made with the U.S. Copyright Office.

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Spotify Misstep: Direct Licenses With Managers For Rights They Don't Control

1There have been rumblings over at Spotify HQ of a plan for the streaming platform to pay advances for direct deals with artists and artist managers. Chris Castle explains why this shift is a wrong turn for the music streamer

 

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Spotify Eyes Strategy Shift Music Industry Won't Like

1A recent report hints that Spotify may soon be pursuing a strategy which could potentially anger partners which it needs to stay in the business, with the streaming giant considering offering certain indie artists advances and direct licensing deals.

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24,000 Tracks Uploaded To Music Streamers Every 24 Hours

image from cdn.pixabay.com20,000 to 24,000 tracks are uploaded to Spotify, Apple Music, Napster and other streaming music service every 24 hours. That's 1 million tracks every 6 weeks.  Let's that number sink in for a moment and imagine how hard it is to break through that much clutter.

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Spotify Stock Begins Week Near All Time High On News Of Direct Deals With Artists

Spotify New $Spotify stock begins the week trading at $171.48 per share, near its all time high of $172.93. That gives the music streamer a total market value of $30 billion, slightly exceeding the $28.7 billion set on its first day of public trading. 

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Apple Music Quietly Adds Pre-Release Album Saves

Apple Music pre-addsApple Music has launched album "pre-adds" that allow the user to "save" an album to their streaming library prior to release. A number of independent services have developed Spotify pre-save tools, but this quiet launch is the first inside a streaming service app.

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6 Steps To Get Placed On Spotify Official Playlists

Spotify newGetting your music on an Official Spotify playlist is the holy grail of modern music marketing.  But since most of us don't know the secret handshake, the team of music marketers at Burstimo created an infographic offering a 6 step plan that will vastly increase your chances of striking Spotify playlist gold.  

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Does Spotify, Apple Need A New Model To Pay Musicians?

Money on fireThis week, Chris Rizik from SoulTracks.com join Music Biz Weekly podcast co-hosts Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert to discuss Chris' essay, “Spotify could kill Jazz, Soul and Classical music. Really” and how streaming is changing the music industry and how artists and labels generate revenue.

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How We Crowdfunded 18K With No Experience, Fans [Part 5]

1In this fifth and final piece of a five part series, Justina Grayman shares her experience running a successful crowdfunding campaign, and outlines what others considering embarking on a similar journey should keep in mind. In this final piece she details process of actually rolling out the completed project.

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How Record Labels Screwed Up The Music Industry, And How Spotify, Apple Saved Them

1ALTERNATIVE TAKE: Mike Masnick explores the sordid history of how the record labels' behavior in the early days of the internet literally brought the music industry to its knees, and how these same labels have been saved by the tech industry led by Apple and Spotify.

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Iconic Tests Copyright Infringement Software For Indies

Iconic Artists LLC logoIconic Artists has announced the beta testing of Streamtrack, its copyright infringement and reporting software. Launched as a response to the continued threat of piracy and exploitation faced by so many in the music industry, StreamTrack was designed to help songwriters, musicians and other rights’ holders keep track of their intellectual property.

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