Verizon Wireless Adds Free Apple Music, Adding Millions Of Subscribers To Streamer

Apple music cardsVerizon has added free Apple Music subscriptions to several of its Unlimited wireless data plans. The carrier had been offering 6 months or free Apple Music, but the move to permanent subscriptions potentially adds millions of subscribers to Apple Music.

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Why I Ditched Music Streaming Services (For Now) And Bought A 1-800 Number

1Here one innovative music biz self-starter explains how successfully he eschewed traditional streaming service in favor of an incredibly old-school marketing tactic using, drum roll, the telephone.

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Pandora Adds In-App Voice Control

Pandora-new-logo-image-001[UPDATED] Pandora has added Voice Mode, a native smart assistant that allows listeners to control its mobile streaming apps using voice commands. While most music streaming services can be controlled via third party voice apps like Alexa and Google Assistant, only Pandora and Amazon offer it within their own app.

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How Jay-Z, Dr. Dre Focus Group Their Releases

1Both hugely accomplished music and entertainment moguls, Jay-Z and Dr. Dre's success has been propelled by their ability to understand music as a business, and effectively market it to their fans thanks, in part, to focus groups.

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Is Podcasting's Bubble About To Burst Or Just Catching Its Breath?

1Following its explosion in popularity, podcasting has established itself as a lead player in the audio renaissance. But can this platform continue to keep growing? Low barriers to entry have led to a crowded content field, leaving some in the industry concerned about its future.

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Alicia Keys To Host 2019 Grammys [VIDEO]

Grammy_logoAfter parting ways with comedian Kevin Hart, The Recording Academy and CBS announced today that Alicia Keys will host the 61st Annual  Awards. The awards will be broadcast live on CBS on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, 8 p.m.ET / 5 p.m. PT.

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A2IM Reups CEO Burgess, Adds General Manager, Promotes Four

A2IMThe American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) has renewed the contract of its respected leader Dr. Richard James Burgess, who will now serve as both President and CEO of the organization. The indie trade group has also hired a new General Manager and promoted four from within.

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Maximum Rocknroll Will End Print Publication After 36 Years

image from upload.wikimedia.orgPunk magazine Maximum Rocknroll is shutting down its print edition  later this year after 36 years and more than 400 issues. The San Francisco based publication began life as a radio show in 1977, and in 1982 added a monthly print magazine to cover the burgeoning d.i.y. and indie label punk scene.

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Fans Want To Understand An Artist's Creative Process

1What we consume as the final product of an artist's creative effort typically fails to communicate the process and often struggle that goes into it. Here we explore the value of sharing the creative process, and how it helps fans gain greater understanding of not just the music, but the artist behind it.

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Rapper Lil Uzi Vert Says He's Quitting Music Over Struggles With Atlantic Records

image from commons.wikimedia.orgLil Uzi Vert appears to be at odds with his record label and took to social media in what appeared to be a retirement announcement.  The  XO Tour Llif3 rapper whose real name is Symere Woods, announced that he has quit making music and “deleted” his work.

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How Many Songwriters Does It Take To Write A Hit? 9.1

2While the process of group-writing a song is not a new concept, a recent look at the Top Ten hits suggests that having more songwriters involved in the creation of a song can improve its chances of topping the charts.

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