Scooter Braun Sues Troy Carter Alleging $10M Loan Default

Troy_CarterA new lawsuit pits Scooter Braun, who manages Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber against recently departed Storify executive and former Lady Gaga manager Troy Carter. Scooter Braun’s Ithaca Management Holdings has filed suit against Troy Carter, his wife and his company Atom Factory for fraud and breach after Carter allegedly defaulted on a $10 million loan.  

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Challenge Of Posting Classical Music Without Copyright Violation: A Glimpse Of The Future?

1Despite the composers having died hundreds of years before the concept of copyright violation had even appeared on scene, performers are now finding it difficult to post their performances of the classical works online without receiving notices of copyright infringement, fraudulent though they may be.

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Music Streaming Market Stares Mid-Year 2018 [MIDiA]

MiDIAGrowth in streaming music is very strong, but it's not accelerating, according to a 2018 mid-year report from music industry analyst mark Mulligan and his firm MIDiA. He shares the stats including a deeper dive into the three services driving the growth: Spotify, Apple and Amazon.

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Spotify (Finally) Increases Song Download Limit (A Lot)

Spotify LIMIT REACHEDSpotify has finally increased its much hated 3333 tracks per device and three device limit. It happened quietly in its latest software update software update, with users discovering the change. The streamer has now confirmed the increase. and it's a significant one.

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We're Live Tweeting Music Announcements From Today's Apple Event: How To Watch Online 10AM PT/ 1PM ET

Apple-music-gift-cardHypebot will be live tweeting major announcements from today's Apple Event, with an emphasis on anything music related, starting at 1PM ET / 10AM PT via @hypebot. You can also watch live online, as well. Here's how:

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How To Get On Spotify's User-Generated Playlists

1Playlist doesn't seem to be going away, and while landing on Spotify curated playlists may seem out of reach, their hardly the only option, with user-generated playlists often having hundreds of thousands of followers. Here we look at what artists need to do land spot on one of these coveted lists.

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Apple Music Fixes How It Displays Albums, Singles

Apple music cardsApple Music has improved how its displays an artist's albums and singles.  Previously, tracks, collections and albums were lumped together, forcing the user to scroll through dozens of often redundant releases to find what they are looking for.

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Why You Need to Be On Music Streaming Services with Taylor Blasko of INgrooves

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Taylor Blasko, Label Development from INgrooves joins Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert on the Music Biz Weekly podcast. They discuss what makes INgrooves different from other distributors, what's important when pitching music and why you need to be on music streaming services.

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Apple Music Adds 116 'Top 100' Daily Charts

Apple Music ChartApple Music is adding 116 “Top 100” charts today. Each chart will display the top streamed songs on Apple Music, updated daily. In a demo for Rolling StoneApple execs showed a global chart and a Top 100 chart for every country where Apple Music is available.

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EU Approves Apple's Shazam Acquisition, Watch For New Apple Music Integrations

ShazamEU  regulators have approved Apple’s December 2017 acquisition of music and image recognition app Shazam. The deal should strengthen Apple Music, which is already the second most popular paid music streaming service in the Europe and the US, after Spotify.

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Spotify Sucks At Classical Music, Primephonic Launches with Better Search, Lossless, Per Second Artist Payments

primephonicSpotify is not great if you're a fan of classical music. Not only do you have to put up with Drake on your front page, but its search can't tell between the 3572 versions of Beethoven's 5th. Primephonic has launched to solve those problems.

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Family Plans Return To Bite Spotify, Streaming Platforms

1In an effort to get more users hooked on their services, streaming platforms offered the Family Plan tier, allowing for multiple users on a single monthly bill and, while successful, such deals are now coming back to haunt streaming services in the form of reduced revenue.

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Social Streamer Caffeine Adds $100M, Live Nation Content

caffeine tv logoSocial live streamer Caffeine has announced a $100 million investment round led by Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox. The much hyped platform, founded by two of Apple's former star designers, also announced a partnership with concert giant Live Nation.

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Crash Course On Using Spotify, Other Streaming Services - For Indie Acts

1Although the financial benefits may be minimal for those artists  just starting out, the streaming economy is here to stay whether we like it or not, meaning that knowing your way around Spotify and other streaming services is a valuable asset for any musician or artist.

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A2IM Backs #LOVEMUSIC Campaign, Urges Action

image from a2im.orgAmerican Association of Independent Music (A2IM) has added its support to the #LoveMusic campaign fighting for passage of an EU proposal to modernize copyright and limit the "safe harbor" provisions that often allow YouTube, Google and other tech platforms to exploit musician’s work without proper permissions and compensation.

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Spotify $4.99 Student Tier Now Includes Showtime, Hulu

image from pmcvariety.files.wordpress.comSpotify has added a free Showtime streaming subscription to its $4.99 Premium Student tier.  The streamer added a free Hulu subscription to the student tier last year.  The new offer is available to both new and existing student subscribers; and there is a 99 cents free trial, as well.

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Emo Rap, Genius and Google: Bright Spot In Dark Places

1In this piece, the team at Chartmetric explore the recent meteoric rise in popularity of emo rap, and how a number of male rappers in an often machismo laden field have managed carve out significant success by focusing on themes of depression, anxiety and suicide.

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Now Submit Directly to Spotify’s Playlists

Spotify - submit directSpotify has opened the process of submitting music to 2018's holy grail of music marketing - Official Spotify playlists. Ariel Hyatt and the team at CyberPR have put together a guide the new playlist submission tool and and ways to improve your chances of success. 

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State Of The YouTube Music Economy 2018 [Mark Mulligan]

Youtube_logoDespite all the talk of Spotify and Apple Music, YouTube is still the most popular music streaming app globally, and a vital music marketing channel.  But YouTube is also under fire from multiple stakeholders: artists, labels, pub dissatisfied with payment rates, top creators unhappy with changing algorithms and EU regulators eyeing limitations to the safe harbor protections that underpin its user-generated content strategy.

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#LoveMusic Launches To Support New EU Copyright Laws

image from www.love-music.coOn September 12th, the European Union will vote on whether or not to embrace tougher copyright laws that could include upload filters designed to identify and block unlicensed content. After a mixed procedural vote earlier this year, a group music industry heavy hitters are joining to support the legislation and fight any attempts to water it down.

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Artist's Guide To Getting Your Music Featured On A Spotify Playlist

1While play count is one of the major factors in determining your success on Spotify, getting featured on a playlist is also one of the greatest influencing factors when it comes making or breaking your music on as streaming service. Here we look at how to land one of these coveted placements.

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Tencent Music Sets Oct. 18th For $30B US IPO

Tencent MusicTencent Music Entertainment will submit its IPO to the US Securities and Exchange Commission on September 7th with its IPO slated for October 18th,  sources within China are reporting.  Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley are underwriting the IPO at a value of about $30 billion,  just under Spotify’s market value of $31 billion.

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Spotify Names Top Songs Of Summer 2018 US, Global

Spotify newDrake tops Spotify's Most Streamed Songs Of Summer 2018 with more 393 million streams of "in My Feelings" between June 1 and August 20, but Cardi B take the next two spots. The first with Maroon 5’s “Girls Like You” raked up 293 million streams, and then her own  “I Like It” (featuring J Balvin and Bad Bunny) captured  289 million streams for the same period. There here were also some debuts and newcomers just a little bit down the list.

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