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Did Psy Leave Gangnam Style Money On The Table?

PsyPsy's Gangnam Style music video has gotten everyone's attention and that includes the business press. Passing a billion views on YouTube, music video ads are a revenue center as are music downloads and Psy's commercial endorsements. But despite numerous writers' estimates of what Team Psy has reaped, only recently has GeoRiot pointed to what could be a significant loss of revenue.

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BitTorrent Launches Both Rebranding Campaign & BeamItOver Facebook Filesharing

Bittorrent-piracyBitTorrent is seeking to make the public aware of the many positive legal uses for which BitTorrent provides a unique solution. With the website "Does BitTorrent = Piracy?", they employ use cases to combat what they might term stereotypes of their service. BitTorrent also recently launched BeamItOver, a filesharing app for Facebook.

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Free eBook: Quick Fix! 12 Ways To Instantly Improve Your Band Website

Quick-fix-coverBandzoogle has a little holiday gift for everyone. During the last few years they’ve reviewed thousands of musician websites, and often, the same issues come up over and over again. So they've released a free eBook called  "Quick Fix! 12 Ways to Instantly Improve Your Band Website".

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Big Data: The New Oil, or the New Snake Oil?

OilGuest post by Will Mills (@will_mills_) for sidewinder.fm, a music and tech think tank. Mills is the Director of Music and Content at Shazam

Big data played a pivotal role in this year’s U.S. election, with both candidates attempting to harness the power of information to win. Barack Obama’s campaign in particular mined deep metrics of the electorate, with a large team of data scientists pouring through polls and trends.

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Neil Young's Pono Music Teases "Your Own Personal Time Machine"

Pono-music-smaller-591x383By Eliot Van Buskirk of Evolver.fm.

Neil Young’s Pono Music trifecta — an audio format, hardware music player, and presumably some sort of online music distribution system, all with an emphasis on sound quality — edged a little closer to reality today with an announcement posted on its mypono.com website, whose domain is registered to Seattle- and San Francisco-based investor, hedge fund manager, and ocean conservationist (along with Neil Young) Gigi Brisson [updated].

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10 Most Hated Holiday Songs Of 2012

image from blacksoil.files.wordpress.comEvery year since 2004, Edison Research has conducted nationwide studies of women, ages 30-to-49, who said they liked or loved hearing Christmas music on the radio. This is the first test to include recent holiday music from Taylor Swift, Michael Bublé, Lady Antebellum, the “Glee” Cast, Justin Bieber, and more. The ten most-disliked holiday songs of 2012 in descending order:

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Zappa Project Roxy By Proxy Funding Experiment Receiving Poor Public Response

MustacheThe Zappa Family Trust is attempting to raise funds to complete the film The Roxy Performances for theatrical and DVD release. Focused on concerts from 1973, they are offering 1000 people the chance to be a "distributor" with their own copy of the "CD Duplication Master" for $1000. From what I can find, response on the web has been mostly negative with the recurring suggestion that crowdfunding would have been a more appropriate choice.

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Private Equity Firm Set To Acquire SESAC

image from fortunewallstreet.files.wordpress.comPrivate equity firm Rizvi Traverse is is close to acquiring an equity stake in Nashville-based performing rights organization SESAC, according to an FTC filing that provides few specifics.  SESAC represents Bob Dylan, Neil Diamond, Lady Antebellum, Mumford & Sons and hundreds of songwriters using a for profit model, unlike it's non-profit competitors ASCAP and BMI.

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Top 10 Musicians To Invite To Your Holiday Party

Want to add a little life to your holiday party?  Invite a musIcian!  Seriously, who appreciates free alcohol, food and a good part more ?.  Here are my 10 picks and why.

1. Leonard Cohen - For intelligent cocktail conversationOfficeparty3
2. Ozzy Osbourne - Is it really a party without Ozzy?
3. Ziggy Marley - Somebody has to bring the....
4. Ray Lamontagne - I just want to try to make this guy smile
5. Dr. John - Add some NOLA spice to the party gumbo

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Why Google Music's New 'Scan And Match' Is Not Enough

Google_play-591x315By Eliot Van Buskirk of Evolver.fm.

When Apple launched iCloud, it included a feature that let you put your music in the cloud without manually uploading each song, which takes forever. That’s why we thought Apple, ironically given its download slant, might be your best bet for this ‘cloud music’ thing.

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Midem Announces Top Music Marketing Finalist

image from www.musicfilm.org(UPDATED) International music convention Midem has announced the finalists of the second edition of the Midem Marketing Competition.  The competition highlights innovative use of music or partnership with artists in a marketing campaign. New this year, is a second competition for best music placement in an advertising campaign. The finalists in both categories are:

Most innovative use of music/partnership with artist

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UPDATE: Deezer Eyes U.S. As It Launches Free Music Globally, Deezer4Artists Promo Platform

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UPDATED: Deezer CEO Axel Dauchez told the Wall Street Journal today that  said that they are "looking for a partner in the U.S." that would help it gain access to a "significant volume of subscribers."  No details were provided, but telecoms or Yahoo would make ideal partners.

Deezer, a streaming music service that has yet to come to the U.S., has announced the launch of an ad-supported free version of their service. The launch brings the new freemium option to over 150 countries including the UK. Big news for Deezer, but musicians will probably be more impressed by their Deezer4Artists program creating opportunities for artists to connect with music fans.

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Streaming Music Service Zvooq Says It's Been Raided By It's Own Investors

image from fsb.zedge.net"We’re under assault," Alexei Ostroukhov, the founder of streaming music service Zvooq and it's parent company Dream Industries, wrote on his Facebook page.  The Russian startup’s office and bank accounts  had been “lawlessly seized” by its investors, according to Ostroukhov who added that, the company's offices were now watched by “armed security guards and raiders’ representatives.”

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The State of Music Psychology

MusicGuest post by Diana Hereld (@christypaffgen) for sidewinder.fm, a music and tech think tank. 

The psychological conversation surrounding music has boomed.

In a few short years, the studies of music therapy and the applied neuroscience of music have hugely invaded the mainstream — the question is, why? As many publications have noted, the initiative that music may be used in rehabilitation has been around for a century or more. What then has catalyzed the influx of media coverage in the last few years? One reason may simply be that as the success of these techniques become popularized via persons in the public eye, many of us are beginning to understand that music may be used for far more than we had ever imagined.

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A Better Social Music Experience

SocialmusicGuest post by Alex May (@AlexmDrums) of sidewinder.fm, a music and tech think tank. 

Of the growing number of social music services and apps, none of them have realized the full and broader potential of social platforms; a large gap still exists between listening to music and being social about it. Current music services and apps are not using their integration with Facebook and Twitter to its full potential. Music listeners need a new platform that allows them to discuss, share, and discover music in such a way that rivals face-to-face interaction.

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YouTube Passes Twitter As #2 Social Choice For Marketers

image from msride.caWith 160 million users in the United States and 1.4 billion around the globe, no marketer can afford to ignore social media. According to a survey conducted by STRATA, 91.9% of U.S. ad agencies are using social media in client campaigns.  The must-have platform for marketers remains Facebook, but YouTube has retaken second place ahead of Twitter.

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Fan Landers Advises Musicians With Kids, DIY Pop Stars And Working Class Heroes

Jessica-hopperMusic critic Jessica Hopper writes an advice column for indie musicians under the guise of Fan Landers. The column is a mix of tongue-in-cheek riffs and practical advice for musicians from those struggling with identities that conflict with their genre, such as being a closeted rapper, to more mundane concerns, like whether or not to play Spokane. Along the way she unravels numerous sticky situations

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Will The Internet Radio Fairness Act Drive A Stake In The Creative Process?

image from billboard.bizBy Frank Liwall, President and Founder of independent publishing company Royalty Network, and its label Krian Music Group.

I don't believe in devaluing music further. I do know that when an industry is thriving, there's opportunity to invest in and cultivate talent. So the question becomes, can we continue to invest in talent, when challenges like the Internet Radio Fairness Act are thrown in our face? Will there be enough industry leaders who have the creative know how and business sense to continue investing?

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Viewbix Video Player Augments Music Videos

Viewbix-logoViewbix' video player allows you to take a YouTube or similar embeddable video and add a variety of options from calls to action to in-player content including photos and audio clips. Links to social media accounts are also an option. Viewbix offers a way to enhance videos without cluttering up the image with ads or clickable tags as one might on YouTube and is easy to share and embed.

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Do Musicians Need To Interact With Their Fans?

Coldplay_Chris_MartinAt Bandzoogle, we often talk about the “Hub & Spokes” method to drive traffic to your website using your social media profiles. The root of the “Hub & Spokes” concept is really about interacting with your fans and using all the tools available in a cohesive strategy that will create more awareness about you and your music.

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Hit Songs Deconstructed - The Right Chord Music Interview

Rihanna-feat-calvin-harris-we-found-love-vividstateorg-12On Music Think Tank, Mark Knight interviews David Penn on the structure and composition of hit songs. Check out the interview to see what similarities comprise a hit song, the effects of the Internet, and more advice for songwriters. What songwriting tips do you have to add?

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Online Music Sales: Muzooka Integrates Ecommerce, Tictail Offers Free Web Stores

Good-shout-tictail-storeMusic ecommerce community Muzooka recently launched combining social networking with ecommerce. It's ecommerce capabilities are free as are the nice looking, easy to build ecommerce stores from Tictail. Each are worth a look on their own with Muzooka providing potential for marketing and sales while Tictail offers an easy, mobile sales option.

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