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Piracy Is Not The Problem, Free YouTube and Spotify Are, says Music Industry Trade Group

FreemusicWith efforts to fight music piracy seen as largely successful, at least one music trade group executive is saying out loud what others in the industry have only dared whisper - the real problem keeping artists and labels from earning more from music isn't stream-ripping, it is the free music offered by Spotify and YouTube.

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Building A Thriving Music Ecosystem: An Interview with Bandsintown Co-founder Fabrice Sergent

Music-Business-Podcast-Overview-LinkedIn-2019-07-22-08-07-54“Live music is one of the last tribal experiences which connect people in unique manners, to live their passions, express their personalities and ultimately bring more happiness and understanding to the world," said Bandsintown co-founder Fabrice Sergent during a wide-ranging interview on the Music Business podcast hosted by Sam Hysell and Jordan Williams recorded at the new Bandsintown offices in New York City.

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Secrets For Digitally Advertising Around Your Next Tour

1We have reached a point where artists can run digital advertising simultaneously across Facebook, Instagram, and even YouTube with relative ease, but with your budget likely already tight, making every dollar spent on digital advertising go as far as possible is paramount. Here we look at some secrets for getting the most bang for your buck.

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Etsy Acquires Musical Instrument Marketplace Reverb For $275 Million

image from reverb-res.cloudinary.comReverb has a sign a deal to be acquired by Etsy for $275 million. The cash deal for the new and used musical instrument marketplace is expected to be finalized in the third or early fourth quarter of the year.

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Apple Music Launches ‘Rap Life’ Playlist, Beats 1 Show

image from cdn.macrumors.comApple Music has launched Rap Life, a new global playlist and Beats One radio show spotlighting the best new hip-hop.  The move comes in direct response to Spotify top-rated Rap Cavier playlist which has 11.7 million followers.

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Customizing Salesforce For The Music Industry

3When it comes to dealing with fans/customers, many artists and organizations within the industry rely on archaic and ineffective systems for keeping their teams in synch, which can lead to all kinds of inefficiencies and missed opportunities. Here we look at a more effective way in which groups in the music industry interact with potential customers.

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ROCCR Is A Non-Profit, Transparent PledgeMusic

image from scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.netUPDATED: As the effects of the collapse of crowdfunder PledgeMusic rippled through the music community, Iain Baker of UK rock group Jesus Jones was one of its most outspoken critics.  Now, Baker has decided to do something about it with the formation of ROCCR.

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Stream Rippers Easily Circumvent YouTube Blocking

YOuTube NOLast week, YouTube successfully blocked several major stream-ripping sites, according to multiple reports. Now, most of them have found a way to circumvent the blockhead. Stream ripping is currently the number one source of ​music ​piracy ​globally.

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Live Nation Helped Sell 88,000 Metallica Tickets On The Secondary Market

image from www.hypebot.comLive Nation directly facilitated the sale of 88,000 Metallica tickets at inflated prices on the secondary ticketing market.  This strong piece of investigative journalism by Billboard's Dave Brooks has finally brought the long-standing practice out into the open.

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This Week In Music Commentary

6a00d83451b36c69e201bb09aae429970d-100wiThis week, commentators shared their thoughts on why unpaid internships are such a problem, if rock radio can afford to not play Ed Sheeran's new song, whether or not major labels can weather another indie music revolution, and more!

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Getting It Done: The Week In D.I.Y. & Indie Music

6a00d83451b36c69e201b7c907b657970b-150wiOur tips and advice for the industry's independent self-starters out there this week covered how you can use your mailing list to actually get people to your show, how to book increasingly large gigs over time, the best way to revive cold music industry contacts, and more!

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Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Instagram • Guitarist Mistakes • Trademark Rights • More

MTTRecapNew copySMOLThis week on MusicThinkTank, our contributors shared insights on how Instagram influencers earn money, how artists can sustain their energy while on tour, what exactly a trademark/trademark rights are, and more.

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REWIND: The New Music Industry’s Week In Review

6a01b7c7aa2d2b970b01b7c907b5d7970b-100wiIn this look back on the past seven days of music industry news and events, we check back in on how Spotify Lite's first week went, what's next for the wreckage of PledgeMusic, Ed Sheeran's latest streaming milestone, and more!

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TOP POSTS: This Week’s Most Read Posts On Hypebot

6a00d83451b36c69e201b7c907b568970b-150wiThis week on Hypebot, some of our most popular covered the preservation and return of Aerosmith's first touring van by 'American Pickers' Badash's edging out of BTS curtesy of Google AdWords, how Spotify runs the numbers on an artist's monthly active users, much more!

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