Apple Music Scores Ed Sheeran Documentary Exclusive [VIDEO]

image from i.ytimg.comApple Music will be the exclusive home for a new official Ed Sheeran documentary. It's a big win that should draw new subscribers to Apple Music, as the battle for exclusive content among streamers clearly shifts from music to video. 

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Full List Of MTV VMA Nominees 2018, Fan Voting Open Now: Cardi B and The Carters Lead Nominees

MTV VMA 2018MTV's 2018 Video Music Awards will air live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City on Monday, Aug. 20th at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.  Starting today through Aug. 10, fans can vote for their favorite artists across eight categories.

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Performance Rights Disputes: What They Are And What Causes Them?

1As old as recorded music itself, disputes over ownership have permeated the music industry for decades. Luckily the advancement of technology has made it a little easier to keep performance rights in check. In this article we explore exactly what performance rights disputes are, and where they come from.

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Jaden Smith, Zayn Malik Use Instagram As Exclusive New Music Release Platform

image from scontent-iad3-1.cdninstagram.comBy extending the length of videos from 1 minute to ten, and for some users to an hour, and the launch of its ITV video hub, Instagram hoped to unleash the kind of creativity that attracts and retains users.  Jaden Smith just used it to exclusively release a new EP.

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YouTube Art Tracks: What They Are and How To Use Them

3For those artists looking to get their work on YouTube without having to pull together a music video, YouTube Art Tracks provides an excellent alternative, allowing artists to share their work in a high quality, data rich format easily accessible by consumers.

 

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1300 Musicians, Trade Groups Push For Article 13 Adoption Today, Big Tech Disagrees

image from cdn.pixabay.comUPDATE 2: 1300 recording artists including Sir Paul McCartney, Plácido Domingo, James Blunt and Max Martin, as well as most industry trade groups are urging the European Parliament to support the Article 13 EU Copyright Directive today.  But big tech disagrees. 

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10 Most Popular Modern July 4th Songs

4thThis July 4th, "America The Beautiful" is being replaced for many music fans by  songs like Lana Del Rey's "National Anthem," Bruce Springsteen's Born In The U.S.A and Toby Keith - Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue,  each of which see massive spikes On YouTube on the Fourth of July compared to their daily average views.

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Instagram's IGTV Allows Artists To Post Longform Videos, As Long As They're Vertical

1In this piece Chris Robley walks us through exactly how artists and bands can set about utilizing Instagram's new IGTV in order to easily upload longform video - provided its in vertical form.

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Facebook Takes Swipe At YouTube, YouTube Strikes Back

1Facebook owned Instagram's launch of it's new long-form IGTV has been one-upped with YouTube's launch of several new features including channel sponsorships and direct-to-fan merchandise sales. Regardless of who comes out on top, the competition seems to be benefitting creators, at least for now.

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Could Article 13 Mean The End Of Music On YouTube?

YOuTube NOEven as YouTube launched it's much anticipated music service, its core user-generated video business was being threatened. The EU Parliament is seriously considering overturning basic provisions of the safe harbor framework under which YouTube operates; and the idea is gaining traction in the US. 

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YouTube Adds Monetization: Merch Sales, Fan Memberships, Premiers, Brand Partnerships

image from www.youtube.comYouTube is expanding the way that musicians and other creators can monetize and market videos with channel memberships, merchandise sales, marketing partnerships via FameBit and video premiers. The moves come just as Facebook, Instagram and others are stepping up efforts to woo top creators away from the platform.

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Instagram Targets YouTube With 10 - 60 Minute Videos, Passes 1 Billion Users

IGTV logoInstagram now has 1billion users globally, up an impressive 200 million from September of last year. Anchoring its next chapter is an aggressive move into longer form video, including expanding the allowed video length for all users.

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Spotify Launches 'The Game Plan' Video Series For Artists

1After noticing that many of its artists weren't utilizing the streaming platform's full potential, Spotify has a launched a new series of helpful videos intended to direct artists on how to take full advantage of their artist specific site.

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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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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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Facebook Enters The Music Fray

1Finally following through on a long-term threat, Facebook is finally making its move into the music business, announcing that videos shared/uploaded by users of the platform and containing the copyrighted works of popular artists will now be legally licensed. Additionally, Facebook is horning in on Musical.ly's territory with a feature called 'Lip Sync Live'.

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Updated YouTube Music Charts Launches In 44 Countries

1Originally rolled out in 2016, a newly updated YouTube Music Charts is being released to forty-four different countries, and will offer easily accessible charts ranking music videos, artists, and songs, with the addition of a brand new 'trending' section.

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