Fleetwood Mac, Def Leppard, Lenny Kravitz Managers Join To Launch CSM

image from upload.wikimedia.orgThree protégés of legendary music manager Howard Kaufman have joined together to form CSM Management with offices in Nashville and Los Angeles. The team includes Craig Fruin, Sheryl Louis and Mike Kobayashi, who each come to CSM with decades of wide ranging experience at HK Management.

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Spotify Has 4 Paths To Profitability, None Of The Are Good For Labels Or Artists

image from tsc.uk.netSpotify, which accounts for an estimated 17% of all major label revenue, has rejuvenated the music industry. But it's own revenue future is far murkier. Spotify, like its competitors, is loosing hundreds of millions each year. And while an eminent public stock listing will replenish reserves, eventually the streamer must become profitable.

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Music Streaming Growth vs. Music Sales Decline [CHART]

Arrows up and downMusic streaming has changed how people discover and consume music forever, as well as rejuvenated the recorded music industry after years of decline. But its growth came at the expense of a vital income stream for artists and labels - music sales in the form of both physical goods and paid downloads. 

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Spotify Lawyer Leads Law Institute “Restatement of Copyright” Project [Chris Castle]

AnticopyrightChris Castle investigates a suspicious development in the world of copyright, after the American Law Institutes moved to write up a "Restatement of Copyright", a project with some concerning ties to a lawyer with Spotify's best interests at heart.

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What Did It Take To Have A Billboard Top 5 Hit In 2017? Here's The Breadown

2In this extensive piece, Dean Olivet breaks down each song from 2017 that successfully hit the Billboard Top 5, looking at the compilation and structure of each chart topper and providing some technical insight on what made each one a success. 

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Stormzy, His #MERKY Label Leave Indie For Atlantic

stormzyAs an independent artist with his own record label Stormzy has amassed 4.8 million monthly listeners on Spotify. Four of his songs have been streamed 40 million times each or more, with "Shut Up" passing 71 million plays. Now he's signed to a major label taking his indie label mates with him.

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Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Stage Presence • Streaming Kills Radio • Security Guards • More

6a00d83451b36c69e201b8d291fefc970c-150wiThis week on MusicThinkTank, we explored articles covering how to develop a memorable stage presence, whether or not streaming killed the radio star, whether or not you should hire security guards for your music event, and more.

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Spotify Says Ads In Premium Were A Mistake

Spotify new rectangleYesterday we reported that a number of  Spotify users were upset about an ad showing up in their playlists., even though they had paid for ad-free Premium service.  The ad was for Spotify's own podcast, but that didn't matte.  "Spotify, I will not pay to listen to ads. I dumped cable and I will dump you too," wrote one.

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Just One Music Co. Ranks Among World's Most Admired Entertainment Businesses [Hint: It's Not UMG]

image from fortune.comFortune Magazine has released its annual list of the World’s Most Admired Entertainment Companies. While there are many awards ranking companies, climbing this list is particularly meaningful since it’s determined by 4,000 entertainment executives, analysts, company directors and experts. Only one music company made the list.

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How To Make Your Stage Presence Memorable

2As anyone familiar with the music industry knows, 'the look' can often be huge part of not only and artist's stage presence, but also their personal brand. While musicianship and ability are certainly important, an artist's stage presence can also make or break their success.

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Qobuz To Bring Ultra Hi-Res Audio Streaming To U.S.

Hi-res-audio-logoSpotify, Apple Music and other music streamers have been eyeing high resolution streaming music as a way to charge some users more.  While they consider following Tidal and Deezer's lead into Hi-Res, French streamer Qobuz, which calls itself “ the highest resolution music streaming service in the world,” is launching in U.S.

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Spotify Adds 'Spotlight' Multimedia Format

spotify spotlightSpotify is rolling out a new multimedia format, Spotlight, which adds visual layers to complement the listening experience for select me podcasts, audiobooks, news, and other audio content.  Spotlight is designed to give users "deeper insight" into their favorite artists, playlists, books and publishers offering contextual visual elements including photos, video and text.

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8 Tools That Can Multiply Your Instagram Marketing Effectiveness

1Instagram's spiking popularity has caused artists to flock to it as a primary promotional channel, and amassing an engaged set of Instagram followers has become an essential part of any musician's online presence. Here we look at tools for increasing the effectiveness of your Instagram marketing.

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Is Now Actually A Good Time To Invest In Music Royalties?

1While shelling out cash in the music industry is nothing new when it comes to purchasing merch or paying for Spotify, the idea of a more traditional investment has also been gaining traction of late. Here Cherie Hu explores the viability of investing in music royalties, and one sort of ROI one might see for doing so.

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Spotify Premium Users Report Ads In Playlists

Spotify ad[UPDATAED] Spotify is adding one minute audio ads to playlists; and even though have only been for Spotify's own podcasts, so far, some users who pay monthly for ad free listening are not happy. "Spotify, I will not pay to listen to ads. I dumped cable and I will dump you too," wrote one user.

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