Rules For Success For Blockchain Music Entrepreneurs [George Howard]

2While blockchain has long been thought of as God-send and natural fit for the music industry, the budding technology has yet to live up to the hype surrounding it. In his "Howard Test," George Howard outlines what it will take for the technology to reach its potential.

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Hospital Creates Spotify Playlist Perfect For CPR

CPRImageA Spotify playlist created by NewYork - Presbyterian Hospital, contains only songs with 100 and 120 beats per minute, the perfect rate to perform CPR to. The diverse playlist includes wonderfully appropriate songs like the Bee Gees' "Stayin’ Alive" and "I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor, and some so, like Mariah Carey’s "Heartbreaker." 

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How To Hire Great People As A DIY Artist

1While a traditional industry model would have relied on getting a record deal first and them have them provide you with the people necessary to launching your music career, such is no longer the case. That said, when hiring people as a DIY artist, it's a tricky game of choosing the right people while staying inside your budget.

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Leonard Cohen Poem Nails Kanye West's White House Rant

Kayne nutsAfter Kanye West dominated the new news cycle with a same-day rants at the White House and a Washington DC Apple store, singer-songwriter Amanda Shires took to Twitter with the words of now-departed songwriter Leonard Cohen and his  poem “Kanye West Is Not Picasso.”

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Stairway To Heaven Isn't Blurred Lines

1In response to a what was, for some, a less than ideal outcome to a recent court ruling from the 9th circuit that "Stairway to Heaven" had not in fact infringed upon the song "Taurus" by Spirit, copyright lawyer Rick Sanders weighs in on why the ruling may not be so bad for copyright law after all.

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Uploading Your Music Online Doesn't Get You Tons Of Fans

4Putting your music online is obviously an essential part of accruing fans, but a "build it and they will come" mentality does no one any good. Here we look at what is actually necessary to building a database of fans.

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Spotify Lists Preferred Distributors, Just 5 Make Cut

Spotify newSpotify recently surprised many by offering no cost music uploads to the service to all artist. Still, most artists and labels will choose to use a distributor for their other services and because they need them to get on other music services. So to help those artists, Spotify offers a list of Preferred Distributors; and just five make the cut.

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8 Ways To Build A Musician's Marketing Strategy

1The music industry is a massive and competitive field, and while it may be chock full of talented composers and performers, somewhat more rare is the talent who is also a gifted marketer. Like many such things, however, such skills can be learned, so here we look at eight key ways in which artists can build a good marketing strategy.

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MUSIC GEEK ALERT! Winamp is Making A Comeback As All-In-One Player

image from pbs.twimg.comMusic player Winamp has been around almost since the turn of the century. As the app that helped bring mp3's into the mainstream, Winamp fans - still 1 million strong - are a nostalgic and loyal bunch. After almost being killed under AOL ownership, Winamp was last updated in 2013, until now.

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Don’t Get Fooled Again: Piracy Still A Huge Problem

4While it may not seem like the trendiest of internet scourges, piracy remains a huge issue. While many thought that the low cost and easy accessibility would bring about an end to illegal downloads, the fact that piracy still accounts for more than a third of music consumption suggests the dream of late 90s tech buccaneers is alive and well.

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How Playlist Pitching Really Works On Apple Music

2In this new music economy, pitching to playlists has become an essential part of a musicians promotion, as solid streaming placement can often propel an artist toward major success. Here we look behind the curtain at what the pitching process is actually like when it comes to Apple Music.

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Stairway To Nowhere: Court Flips Verdict Led Zeppelin's Favor

1The Ninth circuit recently reversed a preexisting verdict on whether or not the iconic "Stairway to Heaven" had stolen from the slightly less well known "Taurus" by the band Spirit. Here Stephen Carlisle digs into the some of the dubious music theory applied in these court proceedings, and looks at how it could affect future cases.

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How To Promote A Tour Before And During It With No Money [Kosha Dillz]

Kosha Dillz"You have no money and you want to promote your tour," indie rapper and music marketer extraordinaire Kosha Dillz  writes, as his kicks off a tour. "Well, chances are that means the venues aren't paying you much and you are figuring how to get out there and learn more from it! I have a tour happening right now, and now that I am getting paid a little bit more than I used to...lets us figure out a way to do it by writing it down and sharing the wealth. Don't be lazy. Do it!"

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Netflix To Launch Unscripted Music Reality Show

image from celebrityaccess.comNetflix will venture into the world of reality television with the debut of their first unscripted music show, “Westside.” Set to debut on Nov. 9th, “Westside” will follow the stories of nine aspiring artists, including former “American Idol” finalist Pia Toscano, as they try to stage a live performance.

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Consumers Worldwide Still Listen To A Lot Of Music Says IFPI Study

1A new report from the IFPI has confirmed suspicions that, yes, a lot a of people are listening to a lot of music, a lot of the time. While this may not be much of a surprise, the annual report does provide some interesting additional data on when and where listeners across the globe are consuming their music.

 

 

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Soundbetter Paid $12M To Musicians, Producers In 18 Months

image from www.anomalymusicgroup.comSoundbetter has paid out more than $12 million to the musicians and production talent that utilize it's platform, most of it in the last 18 months. Soundbetter helps musicians connect with vetted mixing and mastering engineers, singers, songwriters, producers and studio musicians.

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Is Chance The Rapper Running For Chicago Mayor? News Conference Today

image from pbs.twimg.comChance The Rapper is holding a press conference "regarding the Chicago Mayoral election" at  10 a.m. CST at City Hall.  Current mayor Rahm Emanuel unexpectedly announced that he would not be seeking reelection. On Sunday, Chance also posted a tweet hinting at a potential run for mayor.

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3 Digital Marketing Trends You Need To Know

2The world of digital music marketing is complex and ever shifting, making success in such an area a challenge. That said, there are some things we can do to try and keep up. Here we look at three current marketing trends every entrepreneuring artist ought to be aware of.

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If It's Too Good To Be True, It Is

too good.. BEWARE! There are a lot of experts, people who claim to have figured IT out and those with guaranteed methods to get there faster. This week the Music Biz Weekly podcast is all about the old saying... if it's too good to be true, it is. There is no substitute for hard work and putting in the time and effort.

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Female Performers Get Just 5% Of Country Music Consumption

No-womenThe statistics for women in country music could not be more stark.  Of the Top 50 songs on country radio in the week of October 1st, just six were performed by women. Look beyond radio to streaming and other forms of consumption, and the numbers are even more dramatic.

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$2.7B Yearly Loss From Illegal Music Streaming By Businesses

Money on fireArtists and record labels are losing $2.7 billion in revenue each year because many small business owners use their $10 per month personal accounts to stream music in their retail shops and cafes, rather than pay for a $35 per month commercial license.

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