Billboard Shifts Magazine, Chart Dates To Reflect Actual Release Week

Billboard chartThe venerable music trade magazine Billboard is finally shifting its publication and chart dates to closer match the real world. Starting in 2018, Billboard Magazine issues and charts within it will be dated to the Saturday of the week that that the magazine is shipped. Currently, Billboard issues are dated to the Saturday in the week following shipment.

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Are Catalog Releases Making The Music Charts Inaccurate?

1When it comes to measuring album success, it has long been a practice to focus only on the 'frontline' releases, with music being relegated to a label's 'catalog' after eighteen month. Thanks to the age of streaming, however, music often sees increased increased spins in the years following its release, leading some to question if the charts are still accurate.

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Copyright Royalty Board Raises Rates SiriusXM Pays For Music 40%

SiriusxmResponding to a request from SoundExchange and other artist advocates, the US Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) yesterday issued rate changes for for Sirius XM’s satellite radio service, as well as for cable and satellite television music services provided by Music Choice and Muzak, from 2018 through 2022.

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How Can Record Labels Make Connections With Independent Artists

2In the music business, your actual abilities can often take a back seat to your network and who you know. Whether you're an artist, a label or even a mixing engineer, making industry connections and expanding your network are essential. Here we look at how record labels can better connect with independent artists.

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Beatroot Shuts Down, Declared Insolvent

image from crunchbase-production-res.cloudinary.comManchester based Beatroot has entered administration, the UK equivalent of bankruptcy protection. Founded in 2015, the online platform helped record labels, production companies and publishers prepare music for digital distribution, collecting tracks, metadata and legal rights in a single place.

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YouTube Is Leveling The Playing Field For Indie Artists says CD Baby CEO Tracy Maddux

1YouTube is often maligned for low payments to creators, but CD Baby CEO Tracy Maddux see's the video platform differently. Here, he recounts how, thanks in large part to YouTube's open platform, more and more independent artists have been able to build a significant audience than ever before

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Do You Have a Plan to Wrap Up After Your Tour or Album is Over?

Music biz weekly podcast photoMusic Biz Weekly Podcast co-hosts Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert have discussed plans to market and promote an album or tour. But, do you have a plan for when your tour ends or your album has run it's course? It begins with removing messaging that is promoting something that is over, but that's just the start.

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Soundcloud Names 2017 Top Tracks, Genres, Musicians and More

SoundCloud_logo (1)Despite a great deal of uncertainty surrounding its finances and  future, 2017 was a big year musically for he platform and the artists that use it. To look back at the top achievements of the year, they'v broken down their achievements into 17 varied categories from hip-hop, pop, dance and rock, to what’s new, now and next in music culture.

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As President Trump Toys With Mideast Peace, Palestine's Musicians Fight To Be Heard

image from pbs.twimg.com[UPDATED] News that President Trump had recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel sent shock waves through the region.  For a growing group of musicians and music industry professionals, it was another reminder of how difficult it will be to attain their goal -  exporting Palestinian music and culture on an international scale.

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German Indie Label Powerhouse SPV Signs Worldwide Distribution Deal With The Orchard

Orchard LogoSony-owned music and film distributor The Orchard has announced a deal with independent label SPV for worldwide digital distribution. Founded in Germany, in 1984, SPV's catalog includes Whitesnake, Sepultura, Kaiser Chiefs, Motörhead, The Game, Alice Cooper, Everlast, Monster Magnet, UFO and The Scorpions.

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When Is The Best Time To Release An Album In 2018?

3As with every other aspect of marketing yourself in the music industry, when you choose to release your music can make all the difference. In this article we break down the best months in which to drop your new record as well as those months which will ensure a flop.

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Spotify, Tencent And The Laws Of Unintended Consequences [Mark Mulligan]

image from c2.staticflickr.comSpotify is reportedly in talks with the the music arm of Chinese net giant Tencent to swap 10% stakes in each other’s businesses ahead of expected public market listings next year. In addition to greater collective bargaining power, there are some interesting and important unintended consequences of a deal for both companies. 

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Indie Musicians Have Access To Legal Help - Here's How

3A lot of musicians, particularly those those who don't have a lot of industry clout or feel as though proper legal representation is out of the their reach, a legal battle may be something they're more likely to walk away from than face. This doesn't have to be the case however, and we here look at how indie artists can get access to legal help.

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Jessica Page Of Indie Label Mom + Pop Talks Marketing, Messenger Bots and More

2In this interview Jessica Page talks about her time in the music industry, from her origins at startups and in media distribution, as well as about her current position at Mom + Pop Music and current social media marketing strategies.

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Distribution And Label Service Company Ditto Music Expands

2One of many music aggregators out there, Ditto  is growing to become one of the bigger players in distribution and label services, and has been rapidly expanding to become one of the major player in digital distribution along with companies like TuneCore and CD Baby.

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Spotify, China's Tencent In Stake Swap Talks That Could Mean Lower Payments To Labels, Artists

image from teknikdygnet.seSpotify is in talks with the the music arm of Chinese internet giant Tencent Holdings to swap 10% stakes in each other’s businesses ahead of their expected public market listings next year, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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How A Philly Alt-Rocker and Aussie Singer-Songwriter Connected Their Fans With A Spotify Playlist Exchange

Image-07-06-2017-at-14.27-920x584As the international duo of besties was faced with limited option when it came to the promotion of their new album, artists Kurt Vile and Courtney Barnett came with a unique way of boosting their new album via a Spotify playlist sharing program.

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Indie Record Store Black Friday Sales Up 13.8%, reports CIMS

Plan 9 RecordsBlack Friday sales reports from the Coalition Of  Independent Music Stores are in  and they were universally positive, according to Michael Bunnell, CIMS Executive Director. Less comprehensive data showed an up day on Small Business Saturday, as well.

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This North American Indie Record Store Chain Grew From 8 To 82 Stores In 2017

record storeMuch like the recorded music industry, record stores are making a comeback. While the gains are modest, some new stores are opening successfully with a mix of vinyl, merch, used music and more. One independent chain has grown to 82 stores, fueled by the vinyl resurgence and guided by technology. 

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The Orchard Lands Record 50 Grammy 2018 Nominations

Orchard LogoWhile we wait for A2IM's definitive tabulation of who independent record labels faired in 2018 Grammy nominations, the tally for The Orchard stood out. Buoyed by its merger with RED, the Sony-owned indie music and film distributor notched a record 50 Grammy nominations. 

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Majors Score More Charted Tracks, But Indies Win On Longevity [Mark Mulligan]

image from dehayf5mhw1h7.cloudfront.netIt's clear from looking at any chart or official playlist that the major labels have a significant edge when promoting music and "creating" hits. But that promotional power does not always lead to longevity - how long a songs stays on the charts. In fact, indie labels, though falling behind in the sprint, often excel in the marathon.

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Digital Music Distributor Symphonic Scores $4 Million Investment From Ballast Point Ventures

SymphonicTampa based Symphonic Distribution has secured a $4 million investment from Ballast Point Ventures (BPV). Symphonic will use the investment to add to its sales force, bolster its marketing and enhance its product capabilities.

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Spotify Took K-Pop Global, But Could Do More To Help Other Genres

Global musicK-Pop is hardly a niche genre, but until recently, its fans were found primarily in Korea, neighboring Asian countries and Korean immigrants in the US and elsewhere. Spotify, with its global footprint, helped change that two years ago with the launch of its Korean pop genre hub. The streamer could do the same for other genres and culturally based music, but it's efforts to spotlight music ranging from Americana to ska have been spotty at best.

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