VNUE Acquires Soundstr Because "PROs have no idea what music is actually being played"

image from media.licdn.comVNUE has signed an agreement to acquire Soundstr, a music tech startup that helps businesses pay music license fees based on actual music usage, both companies announced this morning. Soundstr was founded by Eron Bucciarelli-Tieger, who was the co-founder and drummer of the platinum-selling rock band Hawthorne Heights.

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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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Bandcamp Reports 'Stellar' 2017, Indie Revenue Up 73%

BandcamplogoBandcamp marked its 6th straight year as a profitable company in 2017 with revenue and usage on the indie music platform rising by double digits across multiple categories, including the sale of physical goods. Industry wide, physical goods sales fell 20% last  year. 

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10 Important Question To Ask BEFORE Hiring A Music PR Agency

2While bands or artists may be inclined to jump ahead to hiring a PR company in hopes of having their career made, they are often disappointed by the results. Here we look at ten essential questions to ask yourself before making the decision to have a PR agency take you on.

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Songwriters Guild Endorses Music Modernization Act After Negotiated Changes

image from www.songwritersguild.comThe Songwriters Guild Of America has changed it position and will endorse the Music Modernization Act, after changes were made to the bill currently before the US Congress.  While some music attorneys and publishers are still urging caution,  The SGA had been the only major music trade group opposing the legislation. 

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HowTo Build A Local Music Scene

1Community is often a huge part of being a successful artist, with the result that artists may often feel that they're missing if they don't have a scene with which to strongly identify, or a there simply isn't one at all. Here we look at how to build a music scene from the ground up.

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Songwriters Hall Of Fame Names 2018 Inductees

image from celebrityaccess.comSongwriters Bill Anderson, Robert “Kool” Bell, Ronald Bell, George Brown & James “JT” Taylor  of Kool & The Gang, Steve Dorff, Jermaine Dupri, Alan Jackson, John Mellencamp and Allee Willis have been announced as 2018 inductees to the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

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Israeli Music Fans Sue New Zealanders For Convincing Lorde To Cancel Concert In Israel

1After the popular New Zealand musician Lorde received multipl e requests from her fans who support a boycott of Israel to cancel her concert there, the singer followed through in did so. Now the individuals who originally called for the cancellation are being sued.

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Google Restricts Ticket Resellers

Google-logoResponding to demands from consumer groups and primary ticketers, like Ticketmaster,  Google has vowed to provide a “better and safer” platform for users after its new global transparency regulations on ticket resellers came into force.  But some believe that the tech giant is not going far enough to end ticketing fraud and deception.

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Which Countries Contribute Most To Spotify's Bottom Line? [CHART]

Spotify New $[UPDATED] Which countries contribute the most to Spotify's bottom line and where is there room for growth?  These are important questions as the globe's top music streamer heads towards its highly anticipated initial public stock offering.   

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Andrea Canter Matos On Getting Music Licensed [INTERVIEW]

1In this insightful interview, Andrea Canter Matos of Castle Peak Music discusses her background in synch licensing, the sort of music she looks for when placing it in either film, television, or an ad spot, as well as some of the more common mistakes and oversights she sees from artists who send in their music hoping for placement.

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Remembering John Perry Barlow - Grateful Dead Lyricist, Tech Futurist

image from www.jambase.comIt's inadequate to call John Perry Barlow a product of the 1960's since he did so much to help shape it and the decades that followed. If being a lyricist for the Grateful Dead weren't enough, his "Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace", published 22 years ago this week, and his work as a founding member of both the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Freedom of the Press Foundation, cemented his status as an influential thinker.

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Lefsetz Hires Top Lawyers To Fight Charlie Walk Threats

Bob LefsetzBob Lefsetz has hired top industry attorneys Howard E. King and Peter T. Paterno after a lawyer for Charlie Walk demanded the takedown posts by the popular music business commentator referring to the tarnished Republic Records executive's alleged sexual misconduct and sudden departure from Fox TV's "The Four." 

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Shutting File Sharing Sites Could Harm Artists, Industry [STUDY]

2While the music industry has long flailed against online copyright infringement in sometimes harmful and often ineffective ways, a new study is out suggesting that shutting down the file sharing sites which are so often havens for this type of infringement would hurt new artists and the industry as a whole.

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