PledgeMusic Owes $9.5M Leaving 'Little Prospect' That Artists Will Be Paid says UK Court

PledgeMusic New[UPDATED] PledgeMusic entered liquidation with $9.57 million in debt and assets worth just $20,000, according to court documents obtained by Hypebot. With an "estimated deficiency" of $7,405.502.48 and secured creditor Sword Row, LLC first in line, there is "little prospect" that artists and other creditors will be paid, according to the court-appointed receiver.

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Marketing 2020: Strategies Creators Can Implement To Separate Themselves From The Crowd 

image from cdn.pixabay.com"The general consumer is seeing over 5,000 plus ads a day, a 60% plus increase in ad expose since 2015," writes the Nue Agency's Jesse Kirshbaum and Clayton Durant of CAD Management. "Amongst all this noise and content saturation, a creative’s marketing strategy has become just important as the quality of work that they are putting into the market."

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How To Write Improved Subject Lines That Get Your Promos Opened

2Inundated as we all with a constant barrage of emails, chances are high that any promo email you send will be ignored and never opened. Unless, that is, you're able to craft a subject line that's truly masterful. Here, we review the different types of attention grabbing subject line.

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Twitter Refuses To License Music, Pay Royalties [Op-Ed]

1Attorney and artist advocate Chris Castle responds to a recent Pitchfork article by Eric Harvey which describes how intertwined Twitter is with music business, and how valuable a star-making tool it can be for artists. Castle counters that, while that may be the case, the company has done little to show that it values the musicians or music on its platform.

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10 Stats That Prove You Need To Be on TikTok

Tiktok_logoTikTok played a pivotal role in the rise of the record-breaking hit “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X, Blanco Brown’s “The Git Up” and Sueco the Child, whose track “Fast” garnered 17 million Spotify plays after he seeded a clip from the song on the video app. But just how big is TikTok, who uses it and how often?

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Epitaph, Anti Move Distribution From ADA/WEA To AMPED

image from celebrityaccess.comFamed independent punk label Epitaph Records and its eclectic sister imprint, Anti-, have announced that AMPED, the indie distribution division of wholesale giant Alliance Entertainment, will be its new U.S. physical distributor.

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FREE Google Home Mini Smart Speaker For All Current and New Spotify Premium, Family Subscribers

image from media.kohlsimg.comSpotify and Google are offering a free Google Home Mini smart speaker to every subscriber - bot current and new to a Spotify Premium Individual or Premium Family plan.

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5 Tips For Improving The Look Of Your Artist Shop

3Selling your merch direct to fans has become an established best practice among independent artists. It affords a number of advantages, allowing you to keep more revenue and fan data. Here we look at some ways in which you can spruce up your virtual shop and boost your sales as a result

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Brandi Carlile Drops Out Of Fortune's Powerful Women Summit In Protest, Others Join

image from celebrityaccess.comAmericana star Brandi Carlile has announced that she will not appear at Fortune magazine’s Most Powerful Women Summit in Washington, D.C. after former Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen was added to the event.

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Dear Musicians, It's Time To Learn To Say No

image from cdn.pixabay.comNow is the time to learn how to say no. Why aren’t you getting all the great opportunities? Maybe it is because you don’t have enough heat. Maybe it is because you are too focused on chasing trends and other artists.

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How the Music Industry Can Incorporate TikTok Into Its Artist Marketing Strategies

Tiktok-796x419Social short music video app TikTok is on fire with 500 million monthly users, 66% of whom are under 30 years of age. But how to market music on Tik Tok remains a mystery for many.  Frank Woodworth of Glacial Concepts unlocks why the platform works so well for music discovery and marketing, as well as how to get started.

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Making The Most Of Spotify's Canvas Tool

CanvasThanks to its Canvas visualization tool, Spotify will be seeing a good deal more looping videos in the near future, something which bodes well for artists looking to give their music a little visual boost. Here, we unpack how bands can make the most out of these 3-8 second clips.

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5 Cutting Edge Music Tech Startups Vie For Music Innovation Prize By Web Summit

image from websummit.comFive up-and-coming music tech startups will compete for the first Music Innovations Prize at the 2019 Web Summit in Lisbon, Portugal next month. This is the first time the competition is held by the Web Summit as part of the conference’s MusicNotes stage program.

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