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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BET Awards Nominees 2018: Khaled, Lamar Dominate

DK KahledDJ Khaled and Kendrick Lamar lead the nominations for the 2018 BET Awards. Khaled is up for six awards  and Lamar follows with five.  The annual BET telecast celebrates excellence in music, film, TV, sports and philanthropy and airs live on June 24th.

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Americana Music Awards Names 2018 Nominees: Isbell, Price, Carlisle Lead Eclectic Pack

Americana logoThe Americana Music Association has announced its 2018 nominees. Jason Isbell led the nominees with four nods, including for his album "The Nashville Sound," which earned two Grammys last year. Margo Price and Brandi Carlile, each received three nods for artist, song and album of the year.

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Apple Music Has 50M Subscribers, Up 2M In Single Month

Apple music cardsApple Music now has 50 million subscribers, CEO Tim Cook shared in a wide ranging Bloomberg interview. That's up 2 million since April when a leaked Apple memo revealed 40 million paid subscribers and 8 million currently a part of the music streamer's 90 day free trial.

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Is Troy Carter Leaving Spotify Over New Hate Content Policy?

TroyCarterTroy Carter, Spotify’s global head of creator services, is rumored to be leaving the company, according to multiple sources. Carter is apparently upset over how the music streamer handled partial censorship of music by R. Kelly and  XXXTentacion and the implementation of a new ""Hate Content and Hateful Conduct" policy.

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TIDAL Referred To Norwegian Police Over Beyonce, Kanye West Streaming Manipulation

image from www.hypebot.comNorwegian performing rights organization Tono has asked local police to investigate TIDAL, after a reports that the music streamer falsified hundreds of millions of plays of the music of Beyoncé and Kanye West.

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