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Sanctuary 5B Entertainment , Synergy Global Entertainment Partner For Tours, Festivals

image from www.google.comSanctuary5B Entertainment has announced that they have sealed the deal on an ongoing partnership with touring festival producer Synergy Global Entertainment, Inc. (SGE). Through the partnership, the two companies plan to produce a variety of major tours, festivals and other branded projects.

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NEWS BRIEF: Radical.fm Gets Funding, Facebook + Spam, Songtrust + Indaba, MOG, Soundcloud & More

HypebotFaviconPersonalized web streamer Radical.fm has raised an undisclosed amount of second-round funding from private investors.

  • Facebook Fights a Nasty Spam Attack. (NY Times)
  • Songtrust will offer music publishing administration services at a discount to members of Indaba Music’s community of 600,000 musicians to manage their copyrights and royalty collections

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Watch Replay Of Wednesday's Google Music Announcement

image from www.hypebot.com(UPDATE 3) Yesterday Google Music left beta with a 320kps download store, curated content, a unique song sharing feature and a direct to fan sales option that every band should want to take advantage of.  Read the full story here or watch the video reply below. Skip past the pre-show graphics to 30 mins in when the real show starts.

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Act Now & Win Tickets To Billboard's FutureSound Conf. [Plus names of previous winners]

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THE WINNERS: Dan Peachey of ChatWithTheBand and
Edward Aten of Swift.fm.

The Billboard FutureSound Conference  starts tommorow, November 17 and runs for two days at the Terra in San Francisco. This inaugural gathering will focus on bringing music industry, tech and finance leaders together to to define "the future opportunity of the digital music market for the artist, entrepreneur and rights-holder alike." We just freed up two more tickets to give away.  Here's how to win:

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Songkick CEO Ian Hogarth On How Social Media Is Changing Live Touring [VIDEO]

image from www.google.comThe live music industry (promoters, club owners) has, in my experience, been slow to adapt to the new realities of marketing. Ineffective strip ads and radio campaigns are finally being replaced by more nuanced marketing: targeted email, social media, even GroupOn. Studies by ticketing companies like Evenbrite and Ticketfly have proven that social media sells tickets. In this video from Billboard's recent Talent & Touring Convention, Songkick CEO Ian Hogarth shares his vision of modern live music marketing. WATCH:

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Musician Website Quick Fix #3: Focus A Single Call-To-Action

IStock_000017311334XSmallOne easy thing you can do to improve your website is to focus your home page design on one main call-to-action. A call-to-action is designed to direct people's attention to something specific that you want them to do when they get to your website. This is the website equivalent of the over-friendly store clerk that welcomes you and says "hey there ! did you know we have a 2 for 1 sale on men's underwear" and then gently leads you towards the boxers display.

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Slowbizz.com Builds Global Home Concert Network

Slowbizz-logoSlowbizz.com is a newly launched social network for music lovers designed to facilitate house concerts for solo artists. They emphasize that they are focused on slowly building a solid infrastructure of hosts before touring begins. The service is free to join for both hosts and artist. Hosts guarantee a basic contribution and accommodations while artists pay when a tour is booked.

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The Importance Of Taking (The Right) Action In Your Music Career

Easy-Way-Hard-Way-ownIn Linchpin, Seth Godin encourages people to quiet their lizard brains and make things happen. On Music Think Tank, Shaun Letang encourages musicians to take action to move their music careers forward. Are you taking action or just dreaming of what your music career could be?

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Nielson SoundScan, NARM Update Music Sales Stats, FREE For Hypebot Readers [Webinar]

image from www.google.comDo improving music sales mark a turning point or just a bump in the road downward?  Find out later this week as NARM host “A Numbers Update” webinar presented by Nielsen SoundScan. It's free for Hypebot readers this Thursday, November 17th from 4 to 5 PM ET.

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Startup Adva Mobile Using Crowdfunding To Improve Free Mobile Sites For Musicians

Adva-mobile-logoAdva Mobile was featured on Hypebot in August for their free mobile websites for musicians. Now they're back with a crowdfunding campaign to help them bring the design aspects of their mobile portal and individual mobile sites up to the level of their backend and address what CEO Jack Kelly calls the problem of having a "Ferrari engine in a Chevy body."

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iTunes Match Rejects Big Music Collections Bought Elsewhere

Screen shot 2011-11-14 at 10.42.39 PMYesterday, we reported that iTunes Match finally launched alongside Apple’s iCloud service. We also reported that it allows the uploading of up to 25,000 songs purchased from iTunes and non-iTunes outlets.

Well it appears that if your library contains more than 25,000 songs not purchased from iTunes, you cannot use iTunes Match. Period. The details:

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NEWS BRIEF: Google Music + T-Mobile, RIAA vs. ReDigi, Nokia + Echo Nest, TAG Adds Asia & More

HypebotFavicon Google Music will probably launch without 2 major labels on Wed., but it has signed indie aggregator Merlin. They may also have a few tricks up their sleeves, including a partnership with T-Mobile who sent invites to an after-party at the same LA location.

  • RIAA wants ReDigi out of the business of selling "used" iTunes tracks. (ars) What took them so long?
  • Nokia has launched MixRadio, a Pandora-like music service powered by The Echo Nest. (All ThingsD)
  • TAG Strategic has partnered with blueFROG to form a digital consultancy serving India and Asia. blueFROG combines a live venue in Mumbai with a promotion, licensing and distribution agency.

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iTunes Match Now Live In Apple iTunes Store

image from 7.mshcdn.comThe much anticipated iTunes Match has finally launched 14 days after Apple's self-imposed deadline of the end of October.  (Click on image on left to enlarge.) The $24.99 per year service functions alongside Apple's iCloud and allows uploading up to 25,000 iTunes and non-iTunes purchased songs onto Apple's servers for easy access on up to 10 computers and iOs5 devices. How To access iTunes Match:

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Despite Obscene Lyrics, 8-Year-Old Performs Nicki Minaj Song On National TV

1minaj8-year-old YouTube sensation Sophia Grace Brownlee has hit 21 million views of her rendition of Nicki Minaj’s “Super Bass”. The video became so viral, that it even attracted the attention of Ellen Degeneres, who brought Sophia and her cousin onto her television show, and surprised the two with a special meeting with Nicki Minaj herself.

While it was certainly a touching moment that made for great television, let’s add some context here in order to complete the story:

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Ian Rogers Interviews MOG CEO David Hyman [VIDEO]

image from www.google.com(UPDATED) On a new episode of This Week In Music, filmed last week from New Noise Santa Barbara, Ian Rogers interviews MOG founder David Hyman on future plans for the company, the business of streaming, how its changed since the Facebook integration,  and his early job at MTV whcih he calls one of "the worst experiences" of his life.  WATCH:

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Standout Hacks from Music Hack Day Boston 2011

Music-hack-day_11Boston's Music Hack Day has come and gone with a bunch of interesting projects to show for the hackers' efforts. This was one of a number of ongoing Music Hack Day events that were founded by SoundCloud's Dave Haynes.  Though not all of the resulting projects are available for use, those that are offer a good look at the possibilities that can result from a single day of hardcore programming with access to music resources.

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Google Music Expands This Wed. Without Sony, WMG [Screenshots]

image from www.google.com(UPDATE) The invite I got last week from Google was only thinly disguised. Clearly a major music announcement is coming on Wednesday.  But Google has disappointed me before with less than stellar music launches. According to CNet, they're about to do it again with a Google Music expansion that doesn't include music from Sony or WMG. Universal is definitely apart of the launch, but even EMI's involvement is unclear.

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Read EMI CEO Roger Faxon's 2nd Major Memo & Revealing FAQ To Staff On Sale

image from www.hypebot.comOn Friday, EMI CEO Roger Faxon wrote to his staff (full text here) regarding the sale of the recorded music division to Universal. Now that the ink is dry on the deal to sell EMI's publishing division to a Sony led consortium, Faxon has sent a second memo to his team along with a revealing "Q & A" aimed at answering questions about the company's future.

From Roger Faxon:

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DIY Social Media Tips From The Billboard 2011 Touring Conference

Btc-2011-logoThough the Billboard 2011 Touring Conference & Awards focused primarily on the upper niches of the touring industry, there were worthwhile takeaways for indie artists. In particular, interviews with Russell Wallach, President of Live Nation, and with Nic Adler, owner of The Roxy in LA, supported the insight that as artists build their fanbases via social media, they are also establishing the basis for working with sponsors and getting gigs.

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NEWS BRIEF: iTunes Match Launch, Spotify Expands, Universal Sues, CDBaby Direct, Occupy Music & More

HypebotFaviconApple's letter to developers strongly suggests that iTunes Match could launch as early as today. (CNet)

  • Spotify is ready to launch in Belgium, Austria and Switzerland, possibly as early as this week.  The music streamer is currently in 8 countries. (paidContent) There's also a good roundup of plans international plans across the sector.
  • Why Universal Music Sued Its Insurer Over a $14.4 Million Payment to Musicians (Hollywood Reporter analysis) The label allegedly held back royalties from song artists and in a settlement UMG paid out, but now it wants reimbursement.

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REWIND: The New Music Industry's Week In Review

HypebotFaviconThe week's big news was the sale of EMI by Citigroup at prices that prove investors still value legacy music companies and catalogs. Universal grabbed the recorded music division for $1.9B and a Sony led group including Michael Jackson's Estate and David Geffen bought EMI Publishing for $2.2B. Join the discussion: What do you think of Universal buying EMI?

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Sony Consortium Of Jackson Estate, David Geffen, Investors Buys EMI Publishing For $2.2B

image from www.google.comIt's official. A consortium led by Sony/ATV has purchased EMI Publishing for $2.2 billion. The deal will allow the publishing arm to operate as a separate company, unlike yesterday $1.9 billion deal which saw Universal gobbling up EMI's recorded music division. 

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Full Text Of Citi Statement Announcing Sale Of EMI Publishing To Sony/ATV Group

Investor Group Including Sony Corporation of America Enters into Definitive Agreement to Acquire EMI Music Publishing from Citi





New York, London and Abu Dhabi – An investor group comprised of Sony Corporation of America ("SCA"), in conjunction with the Estate of Michael Jackson; Mubadala Development Company PJSC; Jynwel Capital Limited; the Blackstone Group's GSO Capital Partners LP; and David Geffen (the "Group") announced today the execution of a definitive agreement, whereby the Group will acquire EMI Music Publishing from a wholly-owned subsidiary of Citigroup, Inc. ("Citi") for total consideration of $2.2 billion.

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Jay-Z To Sell Occupy Wall St. Inspired Shirts, Has No Plans To Share Profits

image from static5.businessinsider.com(UPDATED) Jay-Z's Rocawear clothing line is producing a line of Occupy Wall Street inspired clothing, but has no plans to share ANY OF the profits, according to a spokesperson. The twittersphere lit up recently with a photo (click on image to enlarge) of Jay-Z backstage with Russell Simmons and wearing a modified  "Occupy Wall Street" shirt with the  "W" crossed out and and adding an "S" to make it read "Occupy All Streets".

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Tell Us What You Think Of UMG Buying EMI?

image from www.google.comFor years there have been four major label groups. If the sale of EMI to Universal goes through - and given EU anti-trust regulations it is an if - there will only be three.  Is this bad for the music industry or good given shrinking music sales and the seismic shifts of the last decade? Or should our attitude be,"Who the hell cares?".  (My thoughts are below.) Tell us what you think in the comments section:


Read CEO Roger Faxon's Letter To EMI Staff On Sale To Universal

image from www.google.com(UPDATE) In an email circulated today, EMI CEO Roger Faxon informed his team that despite his best efforts, label and publishing would be split with the recorded music division sold to Universal. While widely reported in the media as a done deal with Sony, Faxon says that he hopes "to be able to share more detail on EMI Music Publishing shortly". Here it the full text of Faxon's lettter to EMI staff:

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