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

6a00d83451b36c69e201b7c907b657970b-150wiThis week, we provided sage council to the independent, do-it-yourselfers out there on a variety of issues, including how to jumpstart your video marketing strategy, how to get the world to care about your music, how micro-influencers can help you to sell more tickets, and more!

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Ditto Scores Distribution Of New Chance The Rapper Release

Chance the rapper[UPDATED] Chance The Rapper has become the poster child for truly independent artists with his hugely successful streaming only releases. So Ditto Music being chosen to handle the worldwide distribution for his new release is a major score for the D.I.Y. distributor.

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Getting To The Top Of The Pile When Submitting Your Music For Licensing

1With record deals no longer what they once were, and live shows and merch sales notoriously unstable, music licensing has become one of the best ways to make reliable and significant money in the music industry. That said, the competition is understandably significant. Here we look at how to get ahead of the pack.

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Spotify Opens Access To Official Playlist Editors To All, Guarantees Release Radar Placement

image from spartists-1.global.ssl.fastly.netSpotify has launched a new beta feature that gives artists, labels and their teams a channel to submit unreleased music directly to their editorial team for playlist consideration. The new feature also guarantees playlist placement for an artist or label selected track on the Release Radar playlist of all their followers.

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Netflix $9B Stock Tumble Also Offers A Warning For Spotify [Mark Mulligan]

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$9.1 billion was wiped off its market capitalization this week, after Netflix missed aggressive targets by analysts, despite solid earnings. As Spotify prepares for its quarterly earning report next week, there are lessons for both  investors and CEO Daniel Ek that can be learned from the fate of its fellow streamer.

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Ted Nugent Bans Guns At Show, Calls Protesters "Dumb F**KS [HYPOCRISY ALERT!]

tedSecond amendment supporter and gun enthusiast Ted Nugent banned all guns during his performance in Roanoke, Virginia on Tuesday night. His security team made the call at the last minute to bar guns. That did not stop Nugent from calling local protesters like Andy Parker, who is the father of a gun violence victim, "dumb fucks."

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New Reality For Music Celebs Sets In As Twitter Slashes Followers

2Recent government enforced crackdowns on Twitter in the wake of Russian meddling has led the popular social media site to delete a massive number of bots and fake accounts, dramatically cutting in the follower count of a number of high profile artists.

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Bringing Together Tour, Radio, Fan-Targeted Advertising [CASE STUDY: Nathaniel Rateliff]

1In this piece we look at commercial experiment of sorts, in which Concord Music utilized a triple-headed geo-specific marketing strategy to maximize listener consumption of one of its artists.

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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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Lack Of Streaming Artist, Song Info 'Is Just D-U-M-B'

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Don't Wait For U.S. Music Modernization Act: What All Artists Performing In Canada Can Do Now To Get Paid More

1With the future of the Music Modernization Act looking uncertain, and things generally not looking great for artists in the performance rights in general, Shawn Wilson offers some advice on what those artists performing in Canada can do to pull down a little more money.

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Why Americans Reward Themselves With Concerts, Events [INFOGRAPHIC]

Concert mobile phoneThe average American spends $199 a month, or about 22% of their disposable income, on non-essentials for themselves; and a large percentage of it is spent on concerts, festivals and other events. Crack the code of what motivates event goers and you sell more tickets.

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8 Free Online Resources To Create An Album Cover

Screenshot 2018-07-18 07.22.50After you've dumped blood, sweat, and tears into recording and mixing an album, there still remains the final step of creating album artwork. While this element of the process may not be one artists want to sink a lot of time or energy into, these eight online resources can help musicians pull together cover art with ease.

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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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