Frontiers' Nick Tieder On Indie Labels, Marketing Music

2Here Nick Tieder, the General Manager of long running independent record label Frontiers Music Srl., talks about what the label looks for in the artists they sign, what comprises a successful marketing campaign, and what artists need to do to be successful.

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Kobalt Invests $150M In AWAL To Help 'Thousands Of Emerging Artists'

KobaltLOGO[UPDATED] Kobalt announced today that it is investing $150 million in its AWAL independent artist and label services division to better serve its growing roster. Kobalt is also combining all of its recording business under the AWAL brand.

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Apple Deleting iTunes LP Format: Beginning Of The End?

image from images.apple.comApple is deleting the iTunes LP format. The news was shared with labels and distributors two weeks ago; and now an email to iTunes' music partners has surfaced that states clearly, "Apple will no longer accept new submissions of iTunes LPS after March 2018."

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Indies Demand Spotify Stock Profit Share, Sony Responds

Spotify newWhile the major labels have promised to pay their artists a share of any proceeds from the sale of their stock in  Spotify,  the  independent music community is demanding that a corresponding share be passed on the many labels the major label owned companies distribute.

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50% Of UK Music Consumption 2017 Was Streaming, 4M Vinyl Records Sold

UK FlagStats released by UK label association BPI, based on Official Charts Company data, showed a strong year for recorded music, with consumption across all formats in 2017, growing at its fastest rate in decades.

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Weekly Music Chart Highlights: Black Panther Still #1

image from media1.fdncms.com The “Black Panther” soundtrack  is on top of the Top 200 for the second straight week with 131,000 total units, down 15% over last week, reports Niesen Music. The album once again scores the top audio on demand stream total, with over 119 million.

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'Jeff Buckley From Hallelujah To The Last Goodbye' By Late Singer's Manager Due 5/29

image from img.discogs.comFor the first time since Jeff Buckley's passing, his manager. Dave Lory, is sharing what it was like working with the revered and critically celebrated singer-songwriter who died tragically in 1997 at just 30.

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"Black Panther" Makes Kendrick Lamar A Superstar Producer

1In this piece we explore Kendrick Lamar's evolution both as a rapper and producer, with the latter most recently showcased on Black Panther: The Album. A work "inspired by the film", this release signals Lamar's ascent to the top of the music industry.

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Sony's Morris To Launch Indie Label, But NOT With Apple

Doug MorrisThe long planned exit of Sony Music Entertainment non-executive chairmen Doug Morris will happen at the end of March, according to mulitple sources. But the 79 year old music execitive is not going quietly, but rather launching a new, well funded independent label. 

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Getting It Done: The Week In D.I.Y. and Indie Music

6a00d83451b36c69e201b7c907b657970b-150wiThis week, our wealth of wisdom for those independent musicians looking to make it in the music industry covered how to organize your music industry team, what it takes to cultivate a successful relationship in the music industry, why play counts don't always translate to success, and much more.

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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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