Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Maximizing Productivity • Sound System • Innovative Music Companies • More

MTTRecapNewThis week on MusicThinkTank, contributors shared pieces on how to maximize your productivity, what to keep in mind when purchasing sound equipment, some innovative music companies to keep an eye on in 2019, and more!

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Sony Music Severs Ties With R. Kelly, But Continues To Profit From His Recordings

Sony-Music-logo-wordmarkR. Kelly and Sony have parted ways, according to multiple sources who characterized the split as everything from mutually agreeable to the controversial rapper being shown the door. The split finally comes after months of pressure over the rapper's alleged predatory behavior. and sexual abuse of women, including several minors. 

But, before you give Sony a #TimesUp Award...

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Cardi B's Epic Trump Shutdown Rant Is Now A Song [LISTEN]

image from scontent-iad3-1.cdninstagram.comCardi B took to Instagram on Wednesday to express her righteous outrage over the longest government shutdown in history. "Now, I know a lot of y’all don’t care because y’all don’t work for the government or y’all probably have a job,' she said addressing Trump and Congress. "This s--- is really f---ing serious, bro, this s--- is crazy."

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

6a00d83451b36c69e201b7c907b568970b-150wiThis week, Hypebot's most popular posts delved into Lil Uzi Vert's quitting of music over issues with Atlantic Records, Spotify's updates to its preferred distributor list,  how to build a sustainable music career, and more!

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Songs Are Getting Shorter and Streaming Is To Blame

image from cdn.pixabay.comSongs are getting shorter. The average length of a song on the Billboard Hot 100 fell from 3 minutes and 50 seconds to about 3 minutes and 30 seconds between 2013 and 2018.

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Show4Me Closes $12.8M Round For Music Crowdfunding, 'Fan Interaction Network'

image from res-1.cloudinary.comWefuture announced that it has closed a$12.8 million series A round from a UK-based corporate investor. The UK startup will use the funds to transition its Show4Me site from concert crowdfunding platform to a broader "music interaction network."

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If You Don’t Understand Video Monetization You Need Help With Your Digital Strategy

image from is3-ssl.mzstatic.comYou need help with your digital strategy if you don’t understand video monetization. That's what Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert explore on the Music Biz Weekly podcast this week. Learn how to monetize your videos on Youtube and who is eligible.

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Importance Of Putting Out A Single First, Even In 2019

2In this piece, Chris Robley explains why it's essential for new artists getting their start in the industry to release a standalone single before diving headfirst into dropping a full album or event EP.

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Bandcamp Opens Brick and Mortar Record Store and Performance Space - A Look Inside

image from bandcampblog.files.wordpress.comBandcamp is opening a record shop and performance space in Oakland, California on February 1st.  The store will feature a rotating selection of 99 records that showcase "the diversity and design" of the five million available on Bandcamp.

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Blockchain Ticketing Today: One Company’s Quest To Overcome Current Hurdles

3In this piece, the people at Project Admission outline how they're working to make the often fraught concept of blockchain ticketing a reality, transforming the secondary ticketing market and eliminating fraud.

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House Of Blues New Artists Program Applications Open

image from celebrityaccess.comApplications are open for the House of Blues Music Forward Foundation’s 2019 Bringing Down the House. The four city program helps emerging musicians navigate the music industry, learn music business strategies and develop the knowledge and confidence need to build a career in the industry, both on and off the stage.

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Spotify Stock Surging After Positive Valuations

Spotify New $Spotify stock closed Thursday at $133.25 and was up another 2.46% to $136.40 in pre-market trading Friday. That's a jump of more than 20% since Christmas eve. The price rise comes as multiple analysts see Spotify stock, which soared at high as $198.99 in 2018, is undervalued at current levels.

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What Do People Listen To While Driving?

1The confines of a car have long been a favorite spot for enjoying music, helped by the rise of streaming and the enduring popularity of radio. Here we look into what it is that car goers listen to and why.

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