Atlantic Records Finds New Excuse To Underpay Producers

1[UPDATED] With the rise of streaming, the job of producer has declined to a much less lucrative position, as many producer deals are built around physical sales. Atlantic Records has found a way to cut into this limited revenue further, however, by retitling some albums as 'mixtapes' or 'compilation albums,' writes Bobby Owsinski.

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40% Say They Would Gladly Pay More For Music

giving moneyHow much will consumers pay for music? A new survey conducted by MusiComms of 5,000 consumers across all demographics and regions in the United States offered some surprising, contradictory and yet hopeful trends amoun music fans. A new MusiComms surveyed asked 5000 U.S. consumers  questions like:

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What Music Has In Common With Bookstores And Swiss Watches [Jack Kelly]

2Despite their turbulent sales histories and brushes with obsolescence, print on paper books and Swiss watches have both managed to make impressive rebounds and have of late shown steady profitability. Here we look look at some important takeaways that could potentially apply to the music industry.

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20 Most Popular Vinyl Colors Of 2017 [ DISCOGS ]

OK Computer VinylMusic database and vinyl hub Discogs shares a data-driven list of the 20 Most Collected vinyl color variants released in 2017. Beginning with Radiohead's 3xLP blue opaque variation of the 'OKNOTOK' reissue of 'OK Computer' and counting down to the Father John Misty Sub Pop release 'Pure Comedy' in aluminum and copper variant.

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Live Music Today: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

1In this piece Joe Rinaldi reflects on the state of the live music industry, and how the rise of the streaming age and the drop off in retail sales has further increased the necessity of live performance for artists looking to make it in the music industry.

 

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Indie Record Store Black Friday Sales Up 13.8%, reports CIMS

Plan 9 RecordsBlack Friday sales reports from the Coalition Of  Independent Music Stores are in  and they were universally positive, according to Michael Bunnell, CIMS Executive Director. Less comprehensive data showed an up day on Small Business Saturday, as well.

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This North American Indie Record Store Chain Grew From 8 To 82 Stores In 2017

record storeMuch like the recorded music industry, record stores are making a comeback. While the gains are modest, some new stores are opening successfully with a mix of vinyl, merch, used music and more. One independent chain has grown to 82 stores, fueled by the vinyl resurgence and guided by technology. 

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Taylor Swift Paddles Outside Streaming To Bridge Value Gap

2In an effort to close the value gap, Taylor Swift has taken advantage of her industry position and utilized a variety of techniques in the marketing of her albums, making particularly smart use of 'windowing,' writes Chris Castle.

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Streaming: The Music Industry's Match.com

2In the case of artist Bob Seger, retail and plays on AM/FM radio are not sufficient for fans, and streaming provides a better way to match fans with the music they might enjoy. Here we look at some of Seger's numbers to see how streaming has allowed him to access a broader scope of listeners.

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LyricMerch Lets Fans Wear The Words From Their Favorite Songs

image from s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.comLyricMech is bringing song lyrics to merch on a massive scale. Remember those lines in songs that say it all, simply and perfectly? Now fans can emblazon these lines on t-shirts, caps, mugs, and even shower curtains - and do it legally in way that also makes money for their favorite songwriters and artists.

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Taylor Swift's "Reputation" Just Topped 1 Million In Sales

Taylor-Swift ReputationTaylor Swift's new album "Reputation" topped 1 million units on Tuesday morning, less than 5 days after it's release. More retail outlets are due to report throughout the day. First day sales for Taylor Swift's new album "Reputation" topped 717,000, according to data gathered by BuzzAngle Music.

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Taylor Swift Using Dubious Trademark Registrations To Put An End To Sales Of Fan-Made Goods

1In an effort to capture maximum Swift Dollars, the popular singer's legal team has been outdoing themselves by attempting to  to copyright multiple key phrases from Taylor Swift's lyrics, and "swiftly" bringing down the hammer on any unlicensed fan made goods which feature them.

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'Tis The Season, But Are Holiday Albums Profitable?

1With November well under way, the sleigh bells are already ringing out, and holiday classics will soon dominate the airwaves, but for all the music played around the holidays, is releasing new holiday music really that profitable for the creator?

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Taylor Swift First Day Sales Top 717K, Tour Announcement Planned [UPDATED]

Taylor-Swift Reputation[UPDATED] First day sales for Taylor Swift's new album "Reputation" topped 717,000, according to data gathered by BuzzAngle Music. "She's got a shot at 1.5M for the week given this," says BuzzAngle CEO Jim Ledestri. That makes it the biggest first day release so far in 2017.

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Shania Twain’s "Come On Over" And Why It Sold Over 20 Million Copies

1An icon release of mainstream pop country, Twain's 1997 release was full of crossover potential, loaded with hook-filled songwriting and produced by a rock legend, the album's impact on country music is clearly evident, even 20 years later.

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Alex Awards Honor Best In Vinyl - Full List Of Winners 2017

Vinyl 1 recordAfter a 12 year hiatus, the Alex Awards returned this week to honor the best in vinyl record packaging at a ceremony at the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel in Detroit. The Alex Awards was last presented in 2006 when it had been primarily a competition honoring the best in DVD, CD and video game packaging.

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Top 3 Sites For Independent Artists Who Want To Sell Merch

1While artists may typically think of music sales as being their primary stream of revenue, merch sales can also be a fantastic way for independent artists to put food on the table. Here we look at the top sites for getting merch out to fans.

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The Billboard Charts: Can They Be Valid Without Including YouTube?

1Tracking the position of a song or album was much easier for Billboard when such things were based strictly on sales, but in the age of streaming they've been forced to adapt how they get their numbers. That said, one service is still being conspicuously left out: YouTube.

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Best Vinyl Services For Increasing An Artist's Revenue

1Although music streaming continues to take main stage as the dominant form of music consumption, the value of physical should not be discounted, with vinyl in particular making a strong showing. Here we look at some of the top vinyl services for increasing an artist's revenue.

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