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Grammys Add 25 Diverse Recordings To Hall Of Fame

image from www.google.comThe Recording Academy has named the newest additions to its Grammy Hall Of Fame collection of  singles and albums at least 25 years old that "exhibit qualitative or historical significance". Recordings are reviewed annually by a special member committee with final approval by The Recording Academy's National Board of Trustees. With 25 diverse new titles the year, the list currently totals 906.

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NEWS BRIEF: UMG vs Grooveshark, Music Startup Capital, EMI's Future, BlackPlanetRadio, Speek, More

HypebotFaviconUniversal Music takes aim at Grooveshark with a new lawsuit that looks like it could shut the music streamer down. (Hypebot)

  • Europe is becoming the capital of global music startups. (GigOm) Why? An easier licensing environment and supportive governments and communities.
  • Universal's EMI buyout will be painful. (Guardian) "When Universal gobbled up the label I was signed to, I lost out. How can we stop EMI's smaller artists suffering the same fate?"

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REWIND: The Music Industry's Week In Review

HypebotFaviconGoogle Music launches with download store, free cloud lockers and a D.I.Y. artists store. Compare Google, Amazon and ITunes

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J&B City Remix iPhone App Samples Global Sounds

Jb-partyThe makers of J&B Scotch Whisky, a product I've yet to sample though I love me some bourbon, has an interesting campaign in progress called the J&B City Remix. World citizens are invited to record sounds of their cities using an iPhone app that will be used in DJ mixes for J&B promo parties. They've released a series of videos on YouTube to get the party started and it's a nice beginning.

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Billboard Magazine Declares That Discounted Music Doesn't Count

image from www.google.comIn new rules issued this week,  Billboard Magazine declared that unit sales for albums priced below $3.49  will no longer be eligible for the Billboard charts and won't be counted in Nielsen SoundScan sales data during their first four weeks of release. EPs and individual songs must now also sell for $.39 or more per track to be counted. The new rules may be in response to Amazon's Lady Gaga 99 cent sale, but also serve to discourage artists and labels from using price as a marketing tool.

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How To Add Your Tracks To Vimeo Video Music Store

image from www.google.comThis guest post is by Matt Voyno, co-author of The New Rockstar Philosophy book and blog. 

Have you heard about the Vimeo Music Store where you can legally license and purchase music to add to your Vimeo videos? This is big news because Vimeo is a popular site for stylish, cool, and engaged video creators. That means that they care about the sound and the quality of the music in their videos.

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Indie Artists Moonlight Social on Kickstarter, DIY, & The New Music Industry

Moonlight-social-twoshotUp-and-coming Texas band Moonlight Social, has achieved a lot for a group that formed 10 months ago and has only released a single EP. They performed at SXSW selected by 9-time Grammy winner, Ray Benson and won a Grammy-sponsored showcase. The band also won the 2011 Austin Chronicle Sound Wars, beating 100 local bands.

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Discover The UK Indie Music Biz via The AIM Journal

Aim-logoThe Association of Independent Music is a trade organization established in 1999 that represents all levels of the UK's indie music industry from individuals to large labels. Though AIM does focus on the UK, they also produce material of use to folks in the States, for example, The AIM Journal that currently appears twice a year with articles of interest to any business-oriented indie artist.

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Indie Publishers Can License YouTube Via NMPA, HFA

image from www.google.comThe National Music Publishers’ Association is teaming up with the Harry Fox Agency to offer independent music publishers an opportunity to opt into a direct licensing agreement with YouTube. The deal lets indie music publishers grant the necessary rights for the synchronization of their musical works with select videos posted by YouTube users.

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NEWS BRIEF: Indies Battle EMI Sale, iTunes Int'l, AC/DC & Hendix Apps, Zya, RIAA vs. MP3's & More

HypebotFaviconThe Battle Begins: Universal's takeover of EMI "bad news for almost everyone", say independent labels. (NME) Some EU based indie publishers are vowing to fight the EMI Publishing sale to Sony, as well.

  • iTunes may open in Brazil before Christmas. (TNW) It's exciting to see digital music companies going international with increasing speed, and rightsholders finally letting them.

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Congress May Pave Way For Small Investors To Crowdfund Music Startups

image from www.google.comA bill that was recently passed by the House of Representatives opens up the possibility of music startups raising $1 to $2 million annually via social media and crowdfunding platforms without having to meet costly registration requirements. 

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FanFueled Raises $1 Million For Ticketing Platform That Rewards Fan Engagement

image from www.google.comNewly launched FanFueled has raised $1 million in funding for it's social and reward based ticketing platform. The seed round was led by Listen LLC and angel William Lohse. With service fees 1/2 to 2/3 lower than Ticketmaster, FanFueled's online ticketing and marketing platform incentivizes, tracks, and rewards fan engagement.

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Revenue At Universal Music Drops Another 2.9%

image from www.google.comIn the third quarter of 2011, Universal Music Group revenues stood at €2,842 million ($3,826 million USD) , a 2.9% decrease compared to the same period in 2010 (-1.1% at constant currency). A 11.3% increase in digital sales (+13.9% at constant currency) and higher license income only partly offset the continued decline in CD sales. More UMG earnings highlights:

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Billboard Names Top 10 Music Startups For 2011

image from www.google.com(UPDATED) Billboard's Glenn Peoples and ex-staffer Anthony Bruno joined forces to pick their Top 10 Music Startups For 2011. As we'll see in other 2011 "Best Of" lists, this one is heavy on apps and music discovery. Missing are emerging solutions in the direct-to-fan and live music sectors.  Most of the names will be familiar to Hypebot readers. Billboard's Top 10 Music Startups For 2011:

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Dinosaur Jr. Joins Cassette Revival

Dino-jr-coverSo what do you do if you're an aging rock band trying to stay in touch with today's youth? No, skinny jeans just aren't enough but maybe a cassette release, establishing your connection to a hip underground scene while giving it mainstream credibility, is the path! Dinosaur Jr. seems to be making just such a move with the release of "Cassette Trilogy", a limited edition box set of "classic" albums on cassette.

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Compare Google Music, iTunes & Amazon [CHART]

image from t2.gstatic.comGoogle Music left beta yesterday with a 320kps download store, free cloud storage and streaming, unique music sharing options, mobile payments and a direct to fan sales hub for indie artists. But how does the new Google Music compare to more established music offerings from Apple's iTunes and Amazon?  This chart from Huffington Post lays out the differences and similarities well:

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NEWS BRIEF: Google Music, SOPA Reaction, New SoundExchange COO, Facebook Events & More

HypebotFaviconThe big music story is the launch of Google Music. Reactions are mixed, but it is more ambitious than I feared based on previous Google Music false starts. (This chart compares competitors.) And most things Google launched improve greatly over time. Google also shared an essential stat:  they are adding 500K Android users daily for a total of past 200M. Any app without an Android version is shooting itself in the foot.

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Google Music Launches: Free Cloud Storage, 320kps Downloads & D.I.Y. Artist Hub

image from www.google.com(UPDATED) Google Music left beta this afternoon touting music discovery, unique sharing options, mobile payments and a direct to fan sales hub for independent artists. In a move that bests Apple, Google's cloud service is free for up to 20,000 songs and available for streaming on all platforms including iOS. 320kps music download purchases have been incorporated into the Android app store.

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Distributor Pulls 234 Labels From Spotify, Napster, Rdio After iTunes Payments Drop 24%

image from www.stholdings.co.ukElectronic music distributor STHoldings has pulled all its distributed labels from streaming music services Spotify, Simfy, Rdio and Napster.  "Despite these services offering promotion to many millions of music listeners we have concerns that these services cannibalize the revenues of more traditional digital services," the company said. "These concerns are confirmed in our own accounts and a recent study by NPD Group and NARM."

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Everything You Need To Know About SOPA & The New Copyfight

image from www.google.comThis post comes by Eliot Van Buskirk of Evolver.fm comes on the day that Congressional hearings SOPA begin.

You may have heard rumblings and grumblings about a Senate bill that would “effectively destroy” YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Myspace, Google+, and any other service that lets people post things on the internet.

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restorm.com Introduces Facebook App For Labels

Restorm-logoZurich-based restorm.com recently introduced a label-focused version of their Facebook app for bands. Billed as the "world's first Facebook app for labels", restorm.com offers a number of features ranging from music sales to news to events listings.  restorm.com is also creating a platform of services for multiple sectors of the music ecosystem, including individual artists, labels, venues, media and fans.

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Sony Added To Today's Google Music Launch, Here's What to Look For

image from www.sleetherz.com(UPDATED) At a Los Angeles event scheduled for this afternoon, Google Music is expected to enhance its service with new mobile and sharing features plus a download store including the catalogs of Universal, EMI, Sony and indie aggregator Merlin. Warner Music Group remains the one holdout; and Sony just came aboard last night, according to multiple sources.  Here's what to look for during today's Google Music announcement:

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Sting Spends More Than $1Million On Free iPad App

Back-to-bassWhen I first saw the news that Sting had an iPad app as part of his activities celebrating 25 years of solo performance, it didn't strike me as particularly startling, given that it's only a matter of time before such products will become a normal aspect of major artist releases. But when I was informed that it cost over a million dollars and found out it was being given away for free, I have to admit to being rather startled.

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Active vs. Passive Fans: Why Radio & TV Still Rank Tops For Music Discovery

Baby Fed MusicThe data presented in a recent NPD Group/NARM study found terrestrial radio and syndicated television among the main influential sources of music discovery (60% and 49% respectively). With all the new avenues for music discovery out there, why are the majority of people still choosing to shape their musical tastes through premeditated and controlled media sources?

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