Songwriters Guild President Testifies On Need for Copyright Small Claims Court [Video]

1In this video Rick Carnes, president of the songwriters guild, gives testimony on the need for a small claims court for copyright infringement, something which the recent CASE act would help establish.

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AT&T Adds Free Pandora Premium, Amazon Music To Select Mobile Plans

Pandora + AT&TJust days after the AT&T Time Warner merger, the combined company is rolling out new video and music offerings to its mobile subscribers. Starting Tuesday, June 26, 142 million AT&T subscribers will have access to Pandora's on-demand music service and Amazon Music Unlimited.

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Create Playlists Simultaneously on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, Napster, More Free with Soundsgood

soundsgood.coPlaylist distribution and sharing app Soundgood has announced a new integration with Napster and an improved integration with Apple Music. The app, which enables playlist distribution and updates to multiple streamers simultaneously, is used by 19,000 influencers and music companies. 

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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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What To Do If A Band's Name Is Similar To Yours

1The music industry is fraught with trademark disputes, and any artist would be well advised to take steps to avoid such infringement conflicts before they arise. In this piece Katelyn Kindberg talks us through what to do if your artist name is similar to that of another band.

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SOCAN Reports Record Royalty Distribution, Digital Up 44%

Socan-logoSOCAN collected a record $352-million in total royalties in fiscal year 2017, continuing a seven-year trend. The Canadian PRO said the jump was driven by a 44%  increase in revenue from Internet sources and a 13%t surge in royalties from countries outside of  the county.

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Instagram To Lift 1 Minute Video Cap Later Today, YouTube Creators Lured

instagram videoInstagram will launch a new video hub today and expand the 1 minute video length cap to a full 60 minutes, according to multiple sources. The announcement will be made at a press event at 9AM PT/ Noon ET today.

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Thought Streaming Royalties Were Bad? Radio Airplay Royalties Even Worse

1Almost since its inception, streaming has often been maligned in the industry for the pittance which it pays out to artists, and while this criticism is often merited, things are actually much worse in the world of old-school radio play.

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Botletter: Impressive Facebook Messenger Fan Communications, Marketing Tool

image from pbs.twimg.comVeteran Music marketer and Music Biz Weekly podcast co-host Mchael Brandvold explores the Facebook Messenger tool Botletter, which provides artists with an exciting new way to effectively communicate with fans in a style similar to email.

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Court Reveals New Details Of Coachella's Controversial Radius Clause

Coachella logoCourt filings in the legal battle between Coachella and the promoters of Oregon's Soul’D Out Festival share new details of the controversial radius clause which dictates where artists can perform both before and after the massive Southern California fest; and they are significantly more restrictive than previously reported.

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How To Build An Email List From Scratch

1Despite its age, email has endured as one of the most effective marketing techniques available to artists and bands. Getting started is difficult however, and growing an email list worth having takes time and effort. Here we look at how to build one from scratch.

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Is Troy Carter Leaving Spotify? Fresh Rumors Claim Epic Move

TroyCarterIs Troy Carter leaving Spotify?  Rumor spread that Spotfiy's global head of creator services was leaving after the streamer's new 'hate and hurtful' policy banned  XXXTentacion, R Kelly and others from official playlists. While concerned that the policy smacked of censorship, Carter denied the rumors. Now, they've resurfaced with a destination attached to the move.

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XXXTentacion Shot Dead, Spotify Re-Adds Tracks To RapCavier, Other Playlists

https://i.pinimg.com/originals/e7/3e/9e/e73e9e4d517ee86c4f5848b354c28400.pXXXTentacion was pronounced dead following a robbery and shooting in south Florida. As news of his death spread, Spotify, which just weeks before had banned the controversial 20 year old rapper from its official playlists after accusations of domestic violence, added two of his tracks to the top of the RapCaviar playlist, which has 9.7 million followers.

 

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Are Tech Companies The New Record Labels?

1[PIAS] co-founder Michel Lambot looks at how the economic structure of media consumption has shifted over time to one of renting vs. owning; and how tech companies bypassing record labels to make direct deals with artists is the next logical step in this progression.

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YouTube Music Launches In 17 Countries, Red Re-brands As YouTube Premium

image from cdn.wccftech.comYouTube's newest subscription service, YouTube Music, is now available to all users in the U.S, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and South Korea, in addition to 12 new countries: Austria, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden and the UK.

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D.I.Y. Spotify Playlist Promotion with Crosshair Music

image from bluejaymusic.comGarrison Snell CEO of Crosshair Music and Gyrosity Projects joins Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert on the Music Biz Weekly podcast to discuss the self-service platform, Crosshair Music, for submitting music to playlists. Their mission is to affordably connect musicians directly to the playlist curators and social influencers who can help grow their audiences. But does it work?

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Elektra Music Group To Launch As Standalone Company

image from celebrityaccess.comElektra Music Group is launching as a stand-alone, fully staffed label group under Warner Music Group's Atlantic Records Group  umbrella. It will bring together Elektra, Fueled By Ramen (FBR), Roadrunner, Low Country Sound, and Black Cement Records, which will each be nurtured as a unique label brand.

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