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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Could This Company Be The Last To Distribute CDs?

1While the CD has hung on longer than some might have guessed, it's decline has been steady. That said, some are still turning a profit from this outdated form of music. Here we look at Alliance Entertainment, the largest wholesaler of physical music in the US.

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Best Items In The Hard Rock Vault

1While it may most commonly be associated with Rock, Hard Rock Cafe's collection of music memorabilia extends far beyond this one genre, with treasures from countless musical greats. Hugh McIntyre recently had the good fortune to visit the restaurant chain's vault, and here recounts some of the priceless items found within.

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Think About It: Alt Music Formats To Consider For Your Next Release

2While streaming has certainly risen to become the dominant form of music consumption, physical formats aren't in the grave yet. Here we look at four different physical formats to consider next time you plan to drop an album or single.

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10 Bands 1 Cause: Pink Vinyl From Modest Mouse, Silversun Pickups, Run The Jewels, More

10bandsbanner_frweb-768x359The Orchard has released the latest album in its Ten Bands One Cause series with a limited edition pink vinyl disc featuring tracks from  Silversun Pickups, Modest Mouse, El-P of Run The Jewels, Local Natives, Tyler Childers, The All-American Rejects, The Rocky Horror Picture Show Soundtrack, Soccer Mommy, Daryl Hall & John Oates and Black Moth Super Rainbow.

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7 Tips To Attract More People To The Merch Table

2Merch is becoming an increasingly important source of revenue for artists and bands on the road, but for artists merchandise isn't only sometimes difficult to sell, but can also be a creative challenge when try to think up interesting and innovative items that fans will want to buy. Here we look a seven tips for getting more fans to the merch table.

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Orchard Pulls All Labels And Artists Off eMusic For Non-Payment

Emusic2018Music download store eMusic is late paying at least one independent distributor, according to an internal email obtained by Hypebot. The troubles come just as the indie digital retailer launches an ambitious music blockchain project.

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Merch Cat Adds Fan App For Direct To Fan Sales [EXCLUSIVE]

image from musicbiz.orgMusic merch management app Merch Cat has launched the Merch Cat Fan app, a direct-to-fan sales tool centered on the live show. Fans can use it to buy merch at live shows, or anytime, and artists get access to purchase data.

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5 Reasons To Release Your Music On Vinyl

1While it would have been hard to believe a decade ago, vinyl is back on the charts as a medium of music consumption. In this piece we look at the pros and cons of putting your music on vinyl, and why a format that may seem cumbersome and expensive just might be worth the investment.

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Where Fans Discover New Music In 2018

1As the music industry has changed, so too has the way in which consumers find new music, but music discovery remains one of the most important aspects of the music industry, and is the holy grail for artists and promoters. Here we look at prevailing music discovery trends of 2018.

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4 Ways To Make Your Next Album Release Successful

1While all the excitement and buildup preceding an album release can make you eager to get it out the world as soon as possible, an album release should be carefully planned and orchestrated in order to avoid  a disappointing flop.

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Streaming Habits Mirror Purchasing Habits: The Big Lie Of Spotify [David Lowery]

1A theory often perpetuated by Spotify maintains that streaming will yield more revenue than downloads or traditional retail sales, as it generates money for the artist with every play, as opposed to a one-time purchase. Unfortunately, streaming is a lot more like traditional sales than Spotify is letting on.

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This Years' Record Store Day Was The Best Day Ever

1With the music industry continues to change, Record Store Day offers an opportunity and experience which can be embraced by industry enthusiasts across the board, here we check in with a variety of music business players on their experience with Record Store Day, 2018 edition.

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Today Is Record Store Day - Stop Reading This Right Now And Go Buy Something

RecordStoreDayLogoToday, Saturday April 21, 2018 is the 10th annual Record Store Day, both in the US and UK.  It's a day to celebrate and support indie music and the eclectic stores that help bring it to the world, as well as, serve as cornerstones for local music scenes across the globe. 

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The Album Is DEAD, But Not Everyone Believes It

1While creating an album has for many bands and artists been a cornerstone of artistic accomplishment over the years, our shift to a predominantly playlist based culture means that we're shifting away from the album format and living in a world of singles - just not everyone's accepted it yet.

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Apple Deleting iTunes LP Format: Beginning Of The End?

image from images.apple.comApple is deleting the iTunes LP format. The news was shared with labels and distributors two weeks ago; and now an email to iTunes' music partners has surfaced that states clearly, "Apple will no longer accept new submissions of iTunes LPS after March 2018."

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