Spotify Adds Songwriter, Producer Credits To iOS App, Promises Corrections, More Data

Spotify hardware headphonesAfter adding songwriter and producer credits to its desktop app in February, Spotify has finally added them to its iOS app, amid increasing pressure to improve the accuracy of its metadata and add additional credits.

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Music Supervision and Sync Roundup: BlacKkKlansman, The Bold Type, Fallout 76 and More

Arrows in circleIn this every two week update from the Synchtank team, we'll review the important placements and major happenings in the wild and wonderful world of music supervision and music sync. 

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6 Apps For Tracking, Analyzing, Earning More Royalties

1From tuning to songwriting, apps can be of tremendous value to musicians even, as it turns out, when it comes to royalties. Here we look at six apps which artists can use to keep track of their earnings from royalties, and even harness the data to their advantage.

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What To Consider Before Hiring A Music Publicist (HELP!)

1As an artist, having a music publicist working for you can be a huge asset,  particularly given that most publicists now double as digital strategists, and help to shepherd and artists overall brand. That said, there are several important things to consider before committing to hiring a publicist.

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Rocket Songs Is A Marketplace Of Original Songs

Rocket songsJonathan Stone of original song marketplace Rocket Songs joins Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert on the Music Biz Weekly podcast.  Music publishing is a multi-billion dollar industry that has been mostly undisrupted by the tech and data revolution.  Rocket Songs is working change that and democratize music publishing. 

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Free Online Tools For Crafting Your Own Album Cover

1The artwork on album can, for some artists, be something of an afterthought, but album artwork is hugely important when it comes to selling your music. That said, getting album artwork can also be hugely expensive, so here we look at five free online tools for creating your own.

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Billboard All Time Top 100 Offers More Shock Than Surprise

1In celebration of its 60th anniversary, Billboard has assembled a list of its all-time greatest hits from over the past six decades. Even factoring in changes in chart methodology and ranking, the chart contains more than a few shocks for anyone even vaguely familiar with the music industry.

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Sensing Blood In Water, Major Labels Sue ISP Cox For 'Ignoring' Their DMCA Notices

1Major labels have for some time been excited by the prospect of being able to use the DMCA to get Internet Service Providers to boot users from the internet, and suing them if they failed. The most prominent victim of this strategy has been ISP Cox, who is now the subject of a bombardment of lawsuits from all the major labels, writes Mike Masnick.

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The Nashville Number System: What Is It?

2Something familiar to any musician on the street worth their salt, the Nashville Number System is a form of shorthand notation which allows those familiar with chord numbers to act as last minute sub or sit on a session. Here we look at what exactly the system is and how it works.

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Court Rejects 'One Size Fits All' Bit Torrent Ruling

1Stephen Carlisle, Esq. wades into the ongoing saga of Bit Torrent litigation. In a decision with major implications. the Ninth Circuit Court recently rejected a "one size fits all"approach to Bit Torrent lawsuits, in which the sins of one case could be brought to bear on others.

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How Amazon’s Twitch.tv Cheats Music Creators

1[UPDATED] In this piece, Erin M. Jacobson, Esq. reveals how both music creators and music rights' owners are both being cheated out of a significant new source of potential revenue when their music is used by Amazon subsidiary Twitch in its live streams.

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Industry Giant Brian Eno Talks Music, Global Politics

1Few creative forces in the music industry are held in as high esteem as Brian Eno, noted for not only his musical contributions but also his work as a producer, writer, and thinker in the music business. Here he sat down to discuss his innovative musical work, as well as his involvement in global political affairs.

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Soundbetter Passes $10 Million Paid To Musicians, Producers

soundbetter logoSoundBetter, a marketplace for music production talent, announced that it has delivered over $10 million to artists and producers on the platform. "Most of that in the past 18 months," according to Shachar Gilad, SoundBetter Founder and CEO.

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What It's Like To Be An Artist Today - Ryan Leslie, Emma McGann, Black Coffee, More

1Here a variety of different artists and managers working within the Midem hub recount what it's like to be operating in the music business today, and how changes in technology have effected so many aspects of the industry.

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Embracing Difference: A Look Inside OddChild Music [INTERVIEW]

1In this piece we pull back the curtain of London based independent management company/record label OddChild Music, speaking with Artist Manager Luke Bunce about his experience, passions, and what everyday life at OddChild is like.

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David Crosby Slams Low Royalty Payments, Byrd-mate Roger McGuinn Agrees

image from pbs.twimg.comDavid Crosby of Byrds, Crosby, Still, Nash (+ sometimes Young) and solo fame has tweeted his displeasure with the payments he's receiving. In a tweet headlined "real numbers," the outspoken musician published a list of his recent per stream earnings.

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Meet The Google Funded Group That Hacked EU Copyright Vote [David Lowery]

2The EU parliament recently endured several weeks of being bombarded by tweets, calls, emails, and letters opposing Article 13 of the Copyright Directive, which would have forced major tech companies like Google to more tightly regulate copyright on their platforms. This "movement" was the result of a small group of anti-copyright ideologues from Vancouver, writes David Lowery.

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