New Pay To Play? SoundCloud Expands Artists Payments To Paid Members Only

SoundCloud_logoSoundCloud announced today that its dropping its invite-only monetization policy and opening SoundCloud Premier artist payments to all SoundCloud Pro or Pro Unlimited subscribers. While many more creators will now get paid, the change effectively means that artists must pay to be members before they can monetize their music on Soundcloud.

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$400M Apple Shazam Acquisition, 200K Verified Spotify Artists, More Stats Shaping Today's Music Business

1 [UPDATED] A look at some key music business numbers that are shaping the direction of the industry, including Apple's 400 million dollar acquisition of Shazam, 200,000 verified users on Spotify for Artists and more.

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Advice For Moving Up, Not Sliding Off, Popular Playlists

Arrows up and downWhether created by staff or users, carefully curated playlists have become the holy grail of getting your music on the map in 2018, but even supposing you manage to land a track on one of the coveted lists, what do you have to do to make sure it stays on longer?

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The 3 Best Ways To Ensure Your Next Event Is Sold Out

1No matter how much work you sink into a show or tour, it'll all be for not if no one shows up. Marketing is key to filling the house, and while it may seem difficult or intimidating, it could really be much worse. Here we look at three of the best ways to guarantee your next event is sold out.

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Market Potential: African Music Business On The Move

1In this piece, Ben Oldfield explores the massive and largely untapped market for music consumption across the continent of Africa as a result of extensive smartphone usage, and how streaming organizations might tailor their services to find success therein.

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Radiohead, Def Leppard Top Rock Hall Of Fame 2019 Nominees [Full List]

Rockhall-54Nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2019 were announced on Tuesday. This year's group includes Radiohead, Def Leppard, Stevie Nicks, Rage Against the Machine, the Cure, Devo, Janet Jackson, Kraftwerk, LL Cool J, Roxy Music, Todd Rundgren, John Prine, MC5, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan and the Zombies.

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Running A Band: The Project Management Perspective

2While project management when used in the context of a band may cause some to run screaming, there's a lot to be said for the application of the rules and techniques which apply to project management being implemented in a music business context. In this piece we explore of the dos and do nots of project management and how they can be applied effectively in a music business context.

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How The EP Killed The LP Star

1Shifts in the music industry have precipitated a new rapid fire format of music release, with artists constantly creating new music and releasing singles rapid-fire. In addition to other changes, this shift has caused the EP to begin edging out the LP as a dominant format of music.

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Tencent Music: A Different Kind Of Streamer [Mark Mulligan]

Tencent musicTencent Music (TME), touted as China's largest music streaming service, has filed for a $2 billion U.S. IPO.  But an analysis by Mark Mulligan of MIDiA shows that TME is only partially a music service. It's really a series of related social entertainment platforms that could offer lessons which Spotify and other money-loosing  streamers can learn from.

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5 Key Priorities For New Artists

1For those fresh-faced artists just arriving on the scene, there are several important steps they must be sure to take in order to ensure they have at least a chance of success. Here we outline what the the top five priorities of new artists should be. 

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Taylor Swift Finally Gets Political, Endorses Democrats and Calls For LGBTQ, Gender, Racial Equality

Taylor Swift Taylor Swift has broken her long self-imposed silence on all thing political with a call to end discrimination in all forms and a full throated endorsement of two Tennessee Democrats.  Having a political opinion is not easy for any country musician, particularly if they lean anywhere left of center. And while Swift has moved from country music to pop, her Nashville roots run deep.

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Lil Yachty, Zaytoven Collaborate with Unknown Rappers, Producers

1In a bit of good news for aspiring rappers, artists Lil Yachty, Zaytoven, and AXE Body Spray have recently launched a two part contest which will give up-and-comers a chance to become collaborators on upcoming releases from the aforementioned artists.

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REWIND: The New Music Industry’s Week In Review

6a01b7c7aa2d2b970b01b7c907b5d7970b-100wiAs we revisit some key music industry stories from over the past week, we check back on Warner Music Group's multi-million dolar 'boost' fund, a class action lawsuit being filed against Eventbrite over a Ticketfly hack, Facebook's efforts to incorporate songs into its newsfeed, and more!

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TOP POSTS: This Week’s Most Read Posts On Hypebot

6a00d83451b36c69e201b7c907b568970b-150wiThe most popular articles from the pages of Hypebot this week explored Warner Music Goup's new deal with dotBlockchain to Modernize content management, an exclusive deal between Ministry of Sound and Apple Music which locks out Spotify, Google Map's integration of music streaming platforms, and much more!

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Artist Growth CEO Matt Urmy Discusses Company’s Rapid Ascension [INTERVIEW]

1The cloud-based management system Artist Growth has seen massive growth over the past eighteen months, bringing in multiple billions in revenue. Here the company's founder and, until recently, CEO Matt Urmy sat down to chat about the company stands, and where it's headed moving forward.

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WMG Launches Multi Million Dollar 'Boost' Fund

WMG-W-logoWarner Music Group has launched WMG Boost, a seed investment fund to support entrepreneurial growth and innovation in the music industry. The multimillion dollar fund will invest in early stage startups within and adjacent to recorded music and music publishing. 

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Arithmetic Online: The Ethical Pool Solution To Streaming Royalty Allocation

1Fans and artists alike are currently more than a little a displeased by the "Big Pool"  method with which streaming services calculate how artists get paid. Here we explore an alternative method of calculating these royalties dubbed the "Ethical Pool Solution" which would allow listeners to direct royalties only to the artists that they actually listen to.

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Recording Academy Invites 900 To Become Voting Members After Task Force Recommendations

The Recording AcademyThe Recording Academy has announced a Member Invitation Initiative based on the findings of its Task Force On Diversity & Inclusion. The Recording Academy is working to build a membership that reflects its diverse creative community, and to help the music community and industry thrive as a place where all voices are welcomed, supported, and nurtured to succeed.

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Court Blocks UMG Attempt To 'Vicarious' Infringement

Gavel-568417_640While internet provider Cox came off poorly in its recent case against BMG, Mike Masnick of Techdirt believes that the circumstances of that case were unique, and that is why labels trying to win similar cases by expanding the definition of 'vicarious' infringement are having less success.

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How To Collect All Royalties Due After A Release

2There are a plethora of income streams available to artists in the current music economy, but owing to the convoluted way in which the industry operates, many musicians don't know where or how to collect their hard earned money. Here we look at some key steps to take to ensure you're getting your due.

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Musicians’ Guide To Networking in The Real World [Cyber PR]

NetworkingAn artist simply will not make it in music without mastering live networking. That’s one of the problems with all of the digital tools available to us: Too many artists believe they can hide behind a screen and launch the careers of their dreams without ever talking to other humans face to face. 

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