If You Perform Live, You're Probably Not Getting Paid Royalties That You Deserve

3For many artists, touring is one of the primary ways in which they maintain a living as a musician, making it that much more troubling to learn that many artists who do live shows aren't walking away with all the performance royalties to which they are entitled. Here Ari Herstand explains what artists must do claim this additional revenue.

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SEC Charges Major PledgeMusic Shareholder With $25M In Penny Stock Fraud

PledgeMusicJoshua Sason, whose Magna Group is one of PdgeMusic's largest investors, has been sued by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for fraud. A Friday SEC filing accuses Sason of an elaborate scheme to illegally obtain $25 million in shares of penny stock to unload on investors.

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25 Year Old Rock Song Mysteriously Tops Japanese Charts

1Recently a twenty-five year old Dinorsaur Jr. song called "Over Your Shoulder" agitated musical waters when it mysteriously popped out of the blue ta #18 on the Japanese Billboard charts. Here we look at what exactly went on that earned this quarter-century old tune its renaissance.

 

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Rhapsody and Napster To Pay Songwriters Up To $10M In Class Action Settlement

image from cdn.pixabay.comThe law firm representing musician and artist advocate David Lowery and other songwriters has filed a motion for preliminary approval of a settlement that will see self-published songwriters paid as much as $10 million by Rhapsody and it's Napster music streaming service.

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If You Aren’t Posting Your Pre-Order Link, You Need Help With Your Digital Strategy

image from www.michaelbrandvold.comPosting everyday to promote a new release is fine. But if you aren’t posting a pre-order link, then you are making your fans jump through unnecessary hoops. Listen and learn from music marketing experts Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert on this week's Music Biz Weekly podcast.

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Gary Clark Jr. Is The Real Life Guitar Hero

1In the wake of Gary Clark Jr's recent performance on the coveted SNL stage, talent developer and music business writer Jesse Kirshbaum here takes a moment to reflect on why a powerful and iconic "real life guitar hero" like Clark Jr. still struggles to break into the mainstream of music.

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BUSINESS OF INDIE: Linn Records To Apple Music • RPM Owes Labels $6.8M • Fireflight To RockFest • More

Business Of Indie New

In this new edition of the Business Of Indie, Linn Records finally finds its way to Apple Music with 400 titles, distributor RPM owes labels $6.8 million, Christian rock stars Fireflight sign with Nashville's RockFest Records and much more.

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It's Now Easier To Understand Why YouTube Stopped Paying You Or Ban You All Together

image from i.ytimg.comIf a creator breaks the rules, YouTube will stop monetizing their content or in extreme cases band them from the platform altogether.  To make the process of punishment, YouTube has simplified its "strike" system and created a rather perky video to explain it.

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What Musicians Should Ask Themselves Before Hiring A Publicist

1Sure every wants to be successful, but the route to success tends to vary wildly across the industry, and while the help of a publicist can do wonders for advancing the career of some artists, hiring one before you're ready, or when it's simply not right fit, can be a huge setback.

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SoundCloud Adds Free Distribution To Spotify, Apple Music To All Pro Accounts

Soundcloud-logoSoundCloud has added free digital distribution to its SoundCloud Premier monetization toolset. With the new feature, creators monetizing music on SoundCloud can distribute to Amazon Music, Apple Music, Instagram, Spotify, Tencent, YouTube Music and other music services directly from their SoundCloud account.

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Truth: The Next Big Data Opportunity

1As the reality of data harvesting settles in among consumers, music tech companies are forced to choose where they in the coming privacy war, a where in which honesty and transparency could provide the greatest competitive advantage.

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Songtradr Acquires Big Sync Music

image from d2wbsh8jsobsq.cloudfront.netMusic licensing platform Songtradr has acquired global music licensing agency Big Sync Music. The combined companies will offer Songtradr clients more access to top tier brands and give Big Sync direct access to Songtradr's massive catalog and propriety technology platform.

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Symphonic Distribution Launches Bodega Sync Licensing

image from celebrityaccess.comIndependent music distribution and label services company Symphonic Distribution is extending its services to include a new sync licensing division called Bodega Sync.

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Bloodshot Records Co-Founder ‘Steps Away’ After Lydia Loveless's Sexual Misconduct Allegations

image from celebrityaccess.comBloodshot records co-owner Nan Warshaw is “stepping away” from her duties at the indie label, following sexual misconduct allegations against her life partner, musician Mark Panick. The allegations came to light in a series of social media posts by singer-songwriter Lydia Loveless, in which she accused Panick of “casual predation” that includes inappropriate comments and groping.

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PledgeMusic Issues An Incomplete Update

PledgeMusicPledgeMusic issued an update late on Friday, but failed to address the core concerns of artists affected by non-payments and the complete suspension of all crowdfunding campaigns almost two weeks ago.

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