Pandora Learns More Ads Doesn't Mean More Subscribers

2Having been in financial hot water for some time, Pandora is anxious to crank up its revenue, and so has increased the number of ads which play on its free tier. Unfortunately, although perhaps not surprisingly, this uptick in ads seems to have blown up in Pandora's face.

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Live Nation Launches Fund To Back Female Founded Live Music Businesses

LivenationLive Nation has established the Women Nation Fund, an early-stage investment fund focused on female-led live music businesses.  It will provide access to the company’s resources and capital for underrepresented female entrepreneurs in the concert promotions, events, and festival spaces.

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BET Awards Nominees 2018: Khaled, Lamar Dominate

DK KahledDJ Khaled and Kendrick Lamar lead the nominations for the 2018 BET Awards. Khaled is up for six awards  and Lamar follows with five.  The annual BET telecast celebrates excellence in music, film, TV, sports and philanthropy and airs live on June 24th.

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Americana Music Awards Names 2018 Nominees: Isbell, Price, Carlisle Lead Eclectic Pack

Americana logoThe Americana Music Association has announced its 2018 nominees. Jason Isbell led the nominees with four nods, including for his album "The Nashville Sound," which earned two Grammys last year. Margo Price and Brandi Carlile, each received three nods for artist, song and album of the year.

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Apple Music Has 50M Subscribers, Up 2M In Single Month

Apple music cardsApple Music now has 50 million subscribers, CEO Tim Cook shared in a wide ranging Bloomberg interview. That's up 2 million since April when a leaked Apple memo revealed 40 million paid subscribers and 8 million currently a part of the music streamer's 90 day free trial.

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Is Troy Carter Leaving Spotify Over New Hate Content Policy?

TroyCarterTroy Carter, Spotify’s global head of creator services, is rumored to be leaving the company, according to multiple sources. Carter is apparently upset over how the music streamer handled partial censorship of music by R. Kelly and  XXXTentacion and the implementation of a new ""Hate Content and Hateful Conduct" policy.

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13 Must-Use Instagram Tools For Event Marketers

1Instagram is rapidly emerging from the pack as one of the best platforms on which to reach potential event goers, as well to directly drive ticket sales. Here we look at thirteen different complementary tools which can help you improve your strategizing on Instagram.

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TIDAL Referred To Norwegian Police Over Beyonce, Kanye West Streaming Manipulation

image from www.hypebot.comNorwegian performing rights organization Tono has asked local police to investigate TIDAL, after a reports that the music streamer falsified hundreds of millions of plays of the music of Beyoncé and Kanye West.

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Childish Gambino’s 'This is America' Passes 85.3M YouTube Views In 1st Week

This Is AmericaDonald Glover aka Childish Gambino’s “This is America” is dominating YouTube and the cultural conversation with 85.3 million views in its first week on YouTube. It's the biggest first week debut of any video in 2018 and the #1 on the YouTube Songs chart in 11 countries.

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Could Spotify Buy Universal? Should It? [MARK MULLIGAN]

UMG squareVivendi has been openly exploring spinning off Universal Music Group. Publically the talk is of a possible IPO, but the rumor mill has spun out several scenarios, including a purchase by Apple or Alibaba. But what if Spotify bought UMG? Could that bold move solve its ongoing profitability problem?

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How Spotify Can Suck Less For Streaming Than YouTube

1New numbers have revealed that YouTube is more popular than every other streaming service combined, and while there's some suspicion regarding these numbers, there remains a great deal that Spotify could do to make itself a little more user friendly to consumers.

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Indies Beat Majors To Grab Biggest Share Of Global Record, Music Publishing Market

#INDIEPROUD (1)The annual Music & Copyright survey of recorded music and publishing companies shows Universal Music Group maintaining its position as the world’s biggest record company and Sony topping music publishing. But the collective strength of indie labels and publishers again beat both.

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Warner Music Quietly Launches Free Tunecore Competitor

WMG-W-logoWarner Music Group has quietly launched a digital music distribution service that is a direct competitor to Tunecore, CDBaby and DistroKid. Level Music, which WMG has never announced it's involvement is live online, accepting artists and offering some additional service.

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