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Spotify Adds "Artists Apps", Deep Dives Into Quincy Jones, Tiësto, Rancid, Disturbed & More

Quincy Jones_Bruno Mars interviewSpotify has launched the first in a series of Artist Apps that offer a deeper look inside specific genres and catalogs. Quincy Jones, Tiësto, Rancid and Disturbed make up the initial app offering. Other artists and music experts from all genres will be launching apps in the coming weeks, according to Spotify.

The first new Spotify Artist Apps are:

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In Wake Of WFNX Sale, Two Newspaper Sponsored Web Stations Vie For Alt Rock Audience

Wfnx-logoIn May, the sale of Boston's alternative-rock station WFNX-FM to Clear Channel was announced and most of the staff dismissed. On Monday Boston.com announced the upcoming launch of a web radio statio featuring six former WFNX personnel. This news was soon followed by news that original FNX owner Phoenix Media / Communications Group had retained rights to WFNX intellectual property and would be launching its own web station.

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Apple Launches iTunes In Singapore, Hong Kong,Taiwan & 9 More Countries

image from www.google.com(UPDATED) Late on Tuesday Apple launched its iTunes music store in Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan and nine other Asian countries with 20 million tracks of both local and international music from all four major label groups and many independents. The iTunes launch includes Apple's cloud service and joins the App Store, which has already launched in 155 countries.

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Goodbye Rhapsody, Spotify & Yahoo! Announce Major Global Deal

image from www.metalsucks.net(UPDATED) Spotify and Yahoo! have cut a global content distribution and promotional deal that embeds Spotify’s on demand music service across the Yahoo! network of sites. It's a major deal for both companies - Spotify gets access to Yahoo!'s 700 million unique users monthly and Yahoo! gets a a music service again, after gutting their own over the last several years.

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Spotify Now The #2 Revenue Source For Major Labels After iTunes

105081According to a source close to the streaming giant, royalty payouts from Spotify now account for the number two source of revenue for the major labels. While Apple’s iTunes remains firmly in the number one slot by a wide margin, Spotify hopefuls (namely early investor Sean Parker) believe that the streaming giant will one day surpass iTunes: "If we continue growing at our current rate in terms of subscriptions and downloads, we’ll overtake iTunes in terms of contributions to the recorded music business in under two years," Parker said at this year’s SXSW.

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5 Concert Apps That Shift The Live Music Paradigm

FlamingboomboxGuest post by Eliot Van Buskirk of Evolver.fm.

The Flaming Lips blew us away in the ’90s, when they invited the crowd onto the stage as part of their infamous boombox experiments. Frontman Wayne Coyne conducted the performers like some sort of mad Leonard Bernstein, telling each side of the boombox orchestra to turn up their volume knobs at the appropriate times. (The FM tuner knobs were all glued to stay on the proper frequency, so that the Lips could beam the right music tracks to it at the right time). Look, interactive music - and it’s live.

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Deadmau5 Says 'All EDM DJS Are Button Pushers', Peter Kirn Sets Him Straight

Deadmau5Deadmau5 recently attacked push play DJs in Rolling Stone and got some pushback himself from artists like Swedish House Mafia. So he clarified his position in a blog post on Friday stating that "we all hit play" which, in Deadmau5 style, led to "another pr disaster."  Part of his argument is that it's about all one can do in live EDM shows, but Peter Kirn of Create Digital Music responded with a potent range of DJ's whose live shows are truly live.

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The Flaming Lips & MTV Embark On Live & Streaming Journey: 8 Concerts In 24 Hours

The+Flaming+LipsIn an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for most concerts performed within a 24-hour span in multiple cities (currently held by rapper / entrepreneur Jay-Z), the Flaming Lips and MTV have teamed up to net broadcast an eight show tour. The kick off for O Music Awards - MTV’s celebration of the intersection of music and technology - begins Wednesday afternoon in Memphis and concludes the following day in New Orleans.

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Everest's Russell Pollard On Sponsorships & Touring

Everest-ownerlessRick Goetz (Musician Coaching) recently interviewed Russell Pollard, multitalented founder of Everest and former member of Sebadoh, about his career and making it in the new music biz.

Today marks the release of Everest's Ownerless so it's a fitting moment to check out what Pollard has to say, especially about the role of sponsorships, plus a few touring tips.

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How To Create A Successful Kickstarter Campaign

Kickstarter-logoWith the success of Amanda Palmer on Kickstarter, the platform has gotten a lot of buzz and exposure lately. However, creating a campaign on Kickstarter and getting it successfully funded is not that easy if you don’t have a plan and a fanbase. On Music Think Tank, Simon Tam explains how to create a successful Kickstarter campaign. Have you created a Kickstarter campaign or used another crowd sourcing site before and how did it go?

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How To Release Music On Twitter - A Reunited Blur Does It Right

Blur_twitter-291x238Guest post by Eliot Van Buskirk of Evolver.fm.

Yes, Twitter is a ridiculously-constrained communications medium — a holdover from the dumb-phone days when text could only be sent from phone to phone in 140-character chunks. And yet, we love it, perhaps due to these constraints. Everywhere else, we’re drowning in words, images, video, and so on, while Twitter remains the same dirt-simple protocol. As such, Twitter doesn’t make for a natural music platform the way, say, YouTube or Spotify does. But it does have two things going for it: immediacy and scale. Everybody seems to be on it at least once.

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Azoff Blasts Opposition To UMG Purchase Of EMI

image from www.google.com(UPDATED) Mega-manager and Live Nation Executive Chairman Irving Azoff had strong words for his co-witnesses - Warner’s Edgar Bronfman Jr and Beggars’ Martin Mills - after they appeared together at a recent hearing by a U.S. Senate subcommittee on the anti-trust proposed Universal/EMI deal. Azoff, along with Lucian Grainge and Roger Faxon were testifying in support of the deal, while Bronfman and Mills were presenting opposing arguments.

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Music On Kickstarter By The Numbers

KickstarterWhile Amanda Palmer’s wildly successful Kickstarter campaign was certainly a strong example of the power of crowdfunding for a musician, one can’t help but wonder just how successful music projects are on Kickstarter across the board. To find out, we looked to Kickstarter’s raw data and metrics that include figures on success rates, dollars pledged, and trends of successfully and unsuccessfully funded projects. As it turns out, music is the most successful category on the platform.

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Music Powers Top 2 YouTube Channels, 868 Million Views Monthly

image from upload.wikimedia.orgMusic - more than cats, stunts and sophomoric humor - drives YouTube, according to a new Nielson analysis. May was the first month that Nielsen reported streaming measurement on thousands of YouTube partners; and the top 5 five, led by music centered Vevo and Warner Music Group along with Machinima, combined for nearly 1.5 billion total streams.  THE STATS:

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Musicians: Remember To Start With “Why”

Thinking ManAs the recording and distribution of music becomes more and more democratized, and the already highly saturated music space continues to clutter up, one question undoubtedly remains: “Is now the best time, or the worst time to be a musician?” Everyone reading this is already well aware that there exist far easier (and simpler) ways to earn a living other than pursuing a career as a musician. It is an unstable, uncertain, and high-risk endeavor that takes a serious amount of time, effort and discipline to gain any traction in. And rare is it that one can ever say, with absolute certainty, that they are “making a living” from their music alone.

So why do it in the first place?

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"The Art Of Rap" Documentary Supported By Mobile App For Recording Your Raps

Artofrap1Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap, a documentary directed by Ice T, debuted earlier this month in the States. Also released was a free Android and iOS mobile app, The Art of Rap, which allows users to rap over hip hop beats and share recordings of their efforts.

It's a nice approach to relating an app to a film by creating a participatory aspect rather than focusing on repurposed content. However claims that this could also be a platform for future superstar discovery seem a bit unlikely.

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David Lowery Might Be Right About Some Things, But He's Wrong About Streaming, Money, and Artists

David_lowery_emily_whiteGuest post by Eliot Van Buskirk of Evolver.fm.

Emily White, a summer intern at NPR’s All Songs Considered, didn’t know what she was getting into when she wrote her now-infamous screed about how, despite being a hardcore music fan and college radio station manager with 11,000 songs on her computer, she has only ever paid for 15 CDs-worth of recorded music with actual money.

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Far Further Vs DotMusic In Battle For .music Domain

New-gtldThough the recent announcement of official contenders for control of the .music domain included representatives of Amazon and Google, the two strongest competitors appear to be Far Further and DotMusic. Each company has lined up an impressive array of supporters. Far Further is supported by a wide range of music industry associations while DotMusic is backed by an even broader coalition of government and regional organizations, music industry associations and businesses supporting indie music.

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Beatstream Turns Music Into Beat-Based Videogame

Beatstream3-313x208Guest post by Aarti Kelapure of Evolver.fm.

If you’ve ever listened to Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon while watching The Wizard of Oz on mute, you know the magic of the synchronized audio-visual experience. And if you haven’t, well, the weekend is only a couple of days away, and we’ve embedded the whole mash-up at the bottom of this post.

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Getting It Done: The Week In D.I.Y.

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REWIND: The New Music Industry's Week In Review

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The Week In Music Publishing 6.22.12

NmpaumgUniversal Music Group (UMG) and the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) have announced a deal to pay independent publishers for the use of their music in videos streamed on VEVO and YouTube. To this point, independent publishers had largely been left in the cold.

The granddaughter of the songwriter behind hits On the Good Ship Lollipop and Hooray for Hollywood is crying foul over royalties. She claims that publisher Warner/Chappell has shown a "willful, intentional, and/or grossly negligent failure" to pay.

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Lady Gaga's Manager Talks Music Tech, Social Media, And International Markets [WATCH]

Screen shot 2012-06-22 at 9.48.18 AMTroy Carter, renowned music manager behind Lady Gaga and CEO of the management firm Atom Factory, was the keynote interview at the Music Matters conference in Singapore a few weeks ago. In this full-length interview, Carter shares his insights on establishing long-term relationships with international markets, how the music landscape looks for artists post-label, and why his own company is getting involved in the music technology space.

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