Apple Music Scores Ed Sheeran Documentary Exclusive [VIDEO]

image from i.ytimg.comApple Music will be the exclusive home for a new official Ed Sheeran documentary. It's a big win that should draw new subscribers to Apple Music, as the battle for exclusive content among streamers clearly shifts from music to video. 

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Polaris Music Prize Short List 2018

image from www.hypebot.comTen albums have been named to the Polaris Music Prize short list for Canadian album of the year. “These 10 titles traverse language and culture and highlight the beauty and richness of Canada’s musical life in 2018,” said Polaris jury foreperson Katherine Duncan.

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Billboard CEO Amato Paid $18 Million To Exit [RERORT]

John AmatoYesterday we reported that allegations of sexual misconduct, a pattern of burying similar allegations against others and possible financial improprieties had allegedly forced the exit of Billboard, Spin and Hollywood Reporter CEO John Amato. Now come reports that Amato was paid handsomely to find the door.  

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Full List Of MTV VMA Nominees 2018, Fan Voting Open Now: Cardi B and The Carters Lead Nominees

MTV VMA 2018MTV's 2018 Video Music Awards will air live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City on Monday, Aug. 20th at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.  Starting today through Aug. 10, fans can vote for their favorite artists across eight categories.

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Former Billboard CEO Accused Of Sexiual Harrasment, Hiding Misconduct Of Others

image from www.hypebot.comOusted Billboard, Spin and Hollywood Reporter CEO John Amato was reportedly pushed out earlier this month after an internal investigation uncovered allegations of sexual harassment and efforts to cover up misconduct by others.

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Streaming Is Now 75% Of U.S. Music Consumption [CHART]

75% musicThere were 403 billion on-demand music streams (video + audio streams) in the United States in the first half of 2018, according Nielsen’s 2018 Mid-Year Music Report. Using the industry standard of 1500 streams equals one album sold,  that means nearly 270 million albums sold in the last six month.

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What's Next For ASCAP, BMI As Justice Dept. Starts Termination Of Legacy Antitrust Judgments?

1As the Department of Justice begins its termination of 19 decades-old 'legacy' antitrust judgements, Chris Castle writes about questions being raised as to what the future holds for ASCAP and BMI, as the Music Modernization Act continues to move forward.

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Billboard, Hollywood Reporter CEO Exits Amid Investigation

image from cdn.vox-cdn.comThe CEO of the Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Media Group, John Amato has stepped down. His departure comes amid both an investigation into his conduct and a reorganization at the media group, which also includes the Spin brand, after a merger with Valence Media earlier this year.

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Spotify Blog Post Promotes DIY vs Label Release

free at lastThe Spotify For Artists blog has published a decidedly anti-record label, pro-d.i.y. article that is certain to anger the streamer's record label partners. In it, Greg Puciato of the band Dillinger Escape Plan, extols the virtues of self-release after several negative experiences with record labels. 

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Jaden Smith, Zayn Malik Use Instagram As Exclusive New Music Release Platform

image from scontent-iad3-1.cdninstagram.comBy extending the length of videos from 1 minute to ten, and for some users to an hour, and the launch of its ITV video hub, Instagram hoped to unleash the kind of creativity that attracts and retains users.  Jaden Smith just used it to exclusively release a new EP.

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Top 10 Selling Vinyl In First Half Of 2018: Jack White, Kendrick Lamar and A Few Surprises

Jack White Boarding-House-ReachJack White outsold Kendrick Lamar to grab the top spot in the best selling vinyl albums so far this year, according to Nielsen’s 2018 Mid-Year report. White’s "Boarding House Reach" sold 37,000 copies.  Here is the top 10:

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Alleged AFM Mismanagement Costs Musicians Millions In Unclaimed Funds [Find Out If You're Owed]

image from internationalmusician.orgThe American Federation of Musicians (AFM) is effectively preventing as much as $25 million in royalties due musicians and background singers from being distributed allege Kobalt, Wixen, Sony and a growing group of organizations tasked with collecting royalties.

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What Is Article 13? What Did Today's Vote Mean For Music?

image from cdn.pixabay.comThe vote by the EU Parliament Thursday to open debate on Article 13, sweeping legislation that revamps copyright law, is seen as a setback for the music industry. But what is exactly is Article 13 and what does today's vote mean for musicians and the music industry?

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1300 Musicians, Trade Groups Push For Article 13 Adoption Today, Big Tech Disagrees

image from cdn.pixabay.comUPDATE 2: 1300 recording artists including Sir Paul McCartney, Plácido Domingo, James Blunt and Max Martin, as well as most industry trade groups are urging the European Parliament to support the Article 13 EU Copyright Directive today.  But big tech disagrees. 

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Streaming Changes Everything For Music Catalogs

Question-markMost labels and many musicians thrive because of their hits, but survive over time because of their catalog.  But as MIDiA analyst Mak Mulligan points out, streaming , which offers access to 35 million track library and a 'small royalty income forever' business model, changes the value of music catalogs in ways that we're just beginning to understand.

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Senate Markup Of Music Modernization Act Is Today: CONTACT CONGRESS NOW!

voiceEfforts continue to gut portions of the Music Modernization Act in the Senate despite unanimous backing in the House Of Representatives and near unanimous backing from all sectors of the the music industry. Now is an essential time to get speak out.

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Grammys Expand Best Album, Song, Record, New Artist Categories and More

Grammy_logoThe Grammy Awards are making changes, some of which appear to be a response to the miniscule number of women nominated last year. Others changes effect music supervisors and the World Music category.

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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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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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