Cover Art Mistakes That Get You Booted Off Streaming Services

1Cover art is one of the best ways to make an instant first impression on your listeners, but can also easily backfire and drive them away. Beyond this, cover art that doesn't comply with the guidelines of streaming and download services will be kicked before it has the chance to reach anyone. Here Chris Robley of CD Baby details how you can avoid such pitfalls.

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Credentials To Universal Music Computer Systems Exposed

UMG squareFor days or even weeks, the deepest, darkest secrets kept within the private IT infrastructure of Universal Music Group had laid exposed.  But who knew, what information they gathered and how they will use it against artists and the world's biggest music company, remains a major unknown.

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Treat Your Production Costs Like A Business

1When it comes to taking your passion project seriously and moving things to the next level, then its time to start treating your hobby like a business -  particularly when it comes to tax write-offs. Here we look at how formalizing your musical pursuits can save you money in the long run.

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How Record Labels Screwed Up The Music Industry, And How Spotify, Apple Saved Them

1ALTERNATIVE TAKE: Mike Masnick explores the sordid history of how the record labels' behavior in the early days of the internet literally brought the music industry to its knees, and how these same labels have been saved by the tech industry led by Apple and Spotify.

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Why Music Data Shouldn't Drive 100% Of Decisions

1In this interview, James Martin of Midem speaks with Sam Hill, Director of Digital Marketing at BMG UK, about his job, advice he'd give to those starting in the music industry, where he thinks the music industry is headed, and why he doesn't think data should drive 100% of decisions.

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Vevo To Shutter Apps, Site And Stream Only Via YouTube

Vevo[UPDATED] Vevo has announced that it will shut down its mobile apps and video web site in the coming weeks, and make YouTube its sole delivery platform.  The shift also strengthens YouTube's dominance in music just as it launches its biggest push into paid streaming yet.

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Iconic Tests Copyright Infringement Software For Indies

Iconic Artists LLC logoIconic Artists has announced the beta testing of Streamtrack, its copyright infringement and reporting software. Launched as a response to the continued threat of piracy and exploitation faced by so many in the music industry, StreamTrack was designed to help songwriters, musicians and other rights’ holders keep track of their intellectual property.

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How To Write, Produce A Hit Song In 2018...Or At Least Increase Your Chances

1While there may be no way to guarantee your next song will become a chart-topping hit, there are certain steps you can take to increase your chances. Here we look at some tips, both in terms of composition and production, that will make your next song that much more likely to be a hit.

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Could ASCAP, BMI Consent Decrees Be About To End? Justice Dept. Antitrust Head To Speak At Publisher Conference

1Makan Delrahim, head of the Justice Department's Antitrust Division, will be a keynote speaker at the  National Music Publishers Association meeting. Delrahim recently revealed that hundreds of DOJ consent decrees are under review in order to make a determination over whether such orders should be carried out moving forward.

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8 Crowdfunding Campaigns To Keep Your Eye On And Why

2Crowdfunding can be a tricky needle to thread in any industry, and the music business is no exception, but if you can make your campaign stand out, your chances for success become that much greater. Here we look at eight crowdfunding campaigns that are exceptional for one reason or another.

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Mixcloud Pacts With EU Licensor ICE For 12M DJ Sets

image from celebrityaccess.comEuropean digital music rights organization ICE announced a new multi-territory licensing deal with dance music-focused digital music service Mixcloud.  Mixcloud’s new ‘Core’ licence deal with ICE covers PRS, STIM and GEMA repertoire for their combined 290,000 members and repertoire for some of the leading independent music publishers.

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Court Approves $112M Spotify Artists Compensation Fund Settling Class Action Lawsuit

Spotify New $[UPDATED] The court has approved the settlement of combined class action lawsuits originally brought against Spotify for copyright infringement by musicians David Lowery and Melissa Ferrick. The settlement guarantees an artist  compensation of $43.4 million plus future royalties. The full settlement totals $112.55 milliion.

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ALTERNATIVE TAKE: How Recording Industry Hid A New Attempt To Expand Copyright

1Some of the new music legislation currently sailing through Congress has received criticism from music rights advocates. Not so with the CLASSICS ACT.  But here, Mike Masnick of Techdirt shares his belief that some provisions in the bill represent a recording industry effort to expand copyright and why he opposes it.

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ALTERNATIVE TAKE: Music Modernization Act Database  -  Landmark Or Landmine?

Music Modernization ActAs the Music Modernization Act has moves through congress, controversy continues to persist surrounding the actual impact it will have on the creators, producers, and performers in the music industry, particularly with regard to the database creation built into bill. 

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Sony Takes $2.3B Controlling Stake In EMI

EMIWith a check for $2.3 billion, Sony has become the world's largest music publisher. The deal adds a catalog of more than two million songs from EMI Music Publishing, including hits ranging from Queen to Pharrell Williams to  Sony's already massive 2.3 million track repertoire.

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Spotify, Apple, Google, Amazon, Orchard, Deezer, Others Sued For Copyright Infringement

Gavel-clipart-gavel_bwSony, Apple, Amazon, Spotify, Google, Microsoft, Orchard, Deezer, Shazam, MediaNet, CD Universe and Saavn are being sued for copyright infringement by a South African musician.

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Smokey Robinson Gives Moving Defense Of Artists Rights At Hearing Over Music Modernization Act

1Singer songwriter Smokey Robinson too the stage in a somewhat different capacity recently to act as a moving and powerful advocate for artists' rights, delivering a passionate defense to the Senate Judiciary Committee as they deliberate on the Music Modernization Act.

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Want To Write Music For TV? 4 Tips For Producers

1Writing music for TV can be a great way to make steady money in the music industry, all the while exercising your creativity and getting your music heard. Here we look at four important things to know for starting out that will make the process smoother and more likely to be successful.

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Rap vs Pap: Dr Dre Loses Trademark Battle With Gynecologist Dr Drai

1In a surprising clash of music and medicine, Dr. Dre faced defeat at the conclusion of a trademark battle he waged against Pennsylvania OB/GYN Dr. Drai, with the former rapper concerned that some kind of confusion would result would occur between the two professionals

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10K Radio Stations File BMI Lawsuit To Pay Songwriters Less, PRO Responds

BMIThe Radio Music License Committee, which represents more than 10,000 commercial radio stations in the US, has filed a petition in the federal rate court to resolve its ongoing rate dispute with performing rights organization BMI over the amount paid to songwriters and publishers for the broadcast of music.

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No Artist, Writer Credits For Cover Or Live Videos, YouTube Spokesperson Confirms

Youtube_logoYouTube announced yesterday that it has added "music in this video" artist, songwriter and publisher credits to more than half a billion videos. But our sample of music videos revealed a pattern of missing credits. Now, YouTube has confirmed the omission.

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YouTube Adds Artist, Songwriter Credits To 500M Videos

YouTube Music logoYouTube has added "music in this video" artist, songwriter and publishers credits to more than half a billion videos.  In addition to official music videos, the credits are being added to user generated content and virtually any YouTube video that uses recorded music.

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