MusicThinkTank Weekly Recap: Jannelle Monáe • Promoting On A Budget • Safe And Secure • More

6a00d83451b36c69e201b8d291fefc970c-150wiThis week on MusicThinkTank, we explored the new era of Janelle Monáe, how to promote your new project on the cheap, the best way to stay safe and secure at a music festival, and more.

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REWIND: New Music Industry’s Week In Review

6a01b7c7aa2d2b970b01b7c907b5d7970b-100wiIn this meander back through the week's top music industry news, we check back on Kickstarter's new Director of Music in Perfect Pussy's Meredith Graves, how big data and analytics could hold the key to the future of music marketing, the Senate's vote to restore Net Neutrality, and more.

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UMG Revenue Up 4.5% As Vivendi Confirms IPO, Sale Plans

image from images.complex.comSerious exploration of an IPO or the sale of Universal Music Group was confirmed by parent Vivendi during an earnings call Thursday.  A Board committee has been tasked with exploring "all or a potential change in the Universal Music Group’s shareholding structure." 

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Smokey Robinson Gives Moving Defense Of Artists Rights At Hearing Over Music Modernization Act

1Singer songwriter Smokey Robinson too the stage in a somewhat different capacity recently to act as a moving and powerful advocate for artists' rights, delivering a passionate defense to the Senate Judiciary Committee as they deliberate on the Music Modernization Act.

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Spotify, Apple Music and The Future Of Ad Supported Streaming [Zach Fuller, MIDiA]

FreemusicMusicians and labels have long been skeptical of Spotify's free ad-supported tier, primarily because returns a lower per stream rate than Spotify's, Apple Music's or other paid subscription tiers. But according to MIDiA's Zach Fuller, a recent makeover and the latest revenue stats show that Spotify is, at least somewhat successful, repositioning free streaming is not a replacement for retail but a replacement for radio.  

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Rap vs Pap: Dr Dre Loses Trademark Battle With Gynecologist Dr Drai

1In a surprising clash of music and medicine, Dr. Dre faced defeat at the conclusion of a trademark battle he waged against Pennsylvania OB/GYN Dr. Drai, with the former rapper concerned that some kind of confusion would result would occur between the two professionals

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10K Radio Stations File BMI Lawsuit To Pay Songwriters Less, PRO Responds

BMIThe Radio Music License Committee, which represents more than 10,000 commercial radio stations in the US, has filed a petition in the federal rate court to resolve its ongoing rate dispute with performing rights organization BMI over the amount paid to songwriters and publishers for the broadcast of music.

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Kickstarter Names Perfect Pussy's Meredith Graves New Director Of Music

image from ksr-ugc.imgix.netMeredith Graves has joined Kickstarter as their new Director of Music. Graves is an outspoken writer, former MTV News anchor,  indie label founder and frontwoman for the hardcore punk band Perfect Pussy. 

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The Art Of Being Heard: Are Big Data And Analytics The Future Of Music Marketing?

Image 1As the use of big data as a marketing tool gains speed in music industry, Natasha Lane here explores in depth the definition of big data, and how it applies to music itself, and the marketing strategy implemented for said music.

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Is YouTube Finally Serious About Music Subscriptions?

YouTube Music logoAfter several attempts that failed to gain traction, YouTube is taking another stab at something the record labels insist it must - get people to pay to stream music. MIDiA analyst Mark Mulligan looks at why Google cares about subscription streaming and the new service's chance of success.

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No Artist, Writer Credits For Cover Or Live Videos, YouTube Spokesperson Confirms

Youtube_logoYouTube announced yesterday that it has added "music in this video" artist, songwriter and publisher credits to more than half a billion videos. But our sample of music videos revealed a pattern of missing credits. Now, YouTube has confirmed the omission.

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Billboard Hot 100 To Measure Streams Differently

1The relevancy of the Billboard Hot 100 has long been argued by those operating in and around the music industry, receiving particular criticism for the weight which it gives to streaming, something which Billboard is hoping to fix in newly instituted alterations to their measurement system.

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Revamped YouTube Music Free and Premium Launches Tues.

YouTube MusicYouTube's promised reboot of its music and video services will launch on Tuesday armed with new features. Borrowing from the Spotify playbook, a freemium ad-supported version of the new service will be used to lure $9.99 per month subscribers.

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YouTube Adds Artist, Songwriter Credits To 500M Videos

YouTube Music logoYouTube has added "music in this video" artist, songwriter and publishers credits to more than half a billion videos.  In addition to official music videos, the credits are being added to user generated content and virtually any YouTube video that uses recorded music.

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Tidal's Troubles Mount: Late Payments Join Streaming Massive Manipulation Charges

Tidal logoJust days after Norwegian investigative journalists accused TIDAL of a massive manipulation of streaming data, multiple sources are reporting both underpayments and late payments from the streamer. At least two performing rights organizations are now calling for action including a criminal investigation and audits.

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3 Sites To Help You Determine Your Brand

1While most musicians would rather focus their artistry on what they do best (music) there are a number of visual components when it comes to building the branding necessary to achieve industry success. Here we look at three sites that can make this process much easier.

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How We Crowdfunded 18K With No Experience, Fans [Part 1]

1In part one of this three phase series, Justina Grayman describes the process of raising the necessary money to successful fund the production of dance video. In phase one she details the creation and communication of a community-oriented vision.

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Pandora Learns More Ads Doesn't Mean More Subscribers

2Having been in financial hot water for some time, Pandora is anxious to crank up its revenue, and so has increased the number of ads which play on its free tier. Unfortunately, although perhaps not surprisingly, this uptick in ads seems to have blown up in Pandora's face.

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Live Nation Launches Fund To Back Female Founded Live Music Businesses

LivenationLive Nation has established the Women Nation Fund, an early-stage investment fund focused on female-led live music businesses.  It will provide access to the company’s resources and capital for underrepresented female entrepreneurs in the concert promotions, events, and festival spaces.

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