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Gig Poster Is Almost A Great App From SplitGigs

Gig-poster-iconSplitGigs is a service designed to help bands find other bands to play at their gigs and vice versa. It's never really taken off in the States but they've recently released a free iOS app for creating digital gig posters called Gig Poster and it seems like a nice marketing maneuver. Unfortunately certain flaws keep it from being truly effective in that regard.

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Amatorski Creates Beautiful HTML5 Toy From Song

Belgians-591x402By Eliot Van Buskirk of Evolver.fm.

You might not have heard of the Belgian band, Amatorski. Neither had we, but The Guardian UK called them “the best Belgian act around,” which counts for something — as does the fact that their music sounds pretty great (even after playing this on repeat).

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Lauryn Hill Takes To Tumblr To Explain $1 Million Tax Troubles, New Sony Deal

image from 25.media.tumblr.comIn an open letter to fans on her Tumblr blog, Lauryn Hill addressed her tax problems and the Sony deal that will solve then. Last year, Hill pleaded guilty to 3 charges of failing to file federal income tax returns. She faced a $968,000 tax bill and possible jail time until news surfaced of a $1 million deal with Sony that includes a $650,000 loan to begin repaying her debt. Last night, Hill turned to Tumblr to explain the mess to her fans. Here is the full text of the letter:

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Vibe Sold To SpinMedia, Transition To Online-Only Likely

image from www.brokencool.comPrint journalism takes another hit, as top urban music magazine VIBE and its related online properties, are sold to SpinMedia, a conglomerate of almost 50 music and entertainment sites.

A transition of VIBE to online only appears likely, as the purchasers, formerly know as Buzz Media, did when it bought Spin Magazine and shuttered it's print editions.

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Music Ad Watch: Beyonce' "Standing In The Sun" For H&M [VIDEO]

Beyonce-as-mrs-carter-in-hm-bikini-campaign-videoBeyonce' appears to be be rolling out her new album one song at a time via commercial tie-ins.  A couple of week's ago it was a Pepsi ad using the song"Grown Woman" and now 90 seconds using a new tune,"Standing In The Sun" in an H&M commercial.

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Real Band Names That Sound Totally Fake

Tyler-hayesBy freelance music writer Tyler Hayes (@thealbumproject).

By now you must've seen the video from Jimmy Kimmel, catching people lying about being into bands playing at Coachella that the interviewer just made up. How long must it have taken to come up with band names that they knew were fake? Here are some band names that sound made up but aren't.

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Why Modern Musicians Should Care About Metadata

Metadata-summitBy Bill Wilson, Vice President of Digital Strategy and Business Development at NARM and digitalmusic.org.

Metadata. It’s a jargon-y word that probably turns a lot of artists off at the mere mention of it. It’s also one of the main things standing between them and a variety of new opportunities to make money. And those new opportunities are becoming increasingly important for cash-strapped musicians.

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Soundrop Introduces Charts Based On Listener Likes

Soundrop-genre-charts-313x224By Eliot Van Buskirk of Evolver.fm.

Soundrop, which builds group listening rooms that can exist all over the internet at the same time, offers plenty of rooms where you can hear someone’s idea of good music. Now, it’s harvesting charts of the most-starred music from all of its rooms in Spotify, and filtering them into genre charts designed to offer the discriminating music fan another way to find out about stuff.

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Earbits Online Radio Launches Android App, Reveals Success Of Social Currency

Earbits Android appOnline radio service Earbits today released an Android mobile app that mixes music delivered by Earbits with the music in listeners' collections. This expansion beyond the web means more discovery possibilities for indie musicians using the service. In addition, Earbits shares data on the increased fan engagement resulting from use of their new social currency called Groovies. I spoke earlier this week with Earbits CEO Joey Flores who filled in additional details on the news.

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Red Bull DIDN'T Steal My Music. More Important Lessons For Indie Artists.

Banner idea 6Last week, David Philips wrote a post about how Red Bull stole his music to use in a YouTube video. However, this week he follows up on his last post about how Red Bull actually didn’t steal his music. Want to find out what happened? Read on for David’s post on Music Think Tank.  

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Changing Its Name To Peer.fm Won't Save Napster.fm

Peerfm_doomed-591x280By Eliot Van Buskirk of Evolver.fm.

A new open-source music streaming service called Napster.fm had to change its name to Peer.fm at the behest of Rhapsody, which owns the Napster brand, as reported by TechCrunch. However, the service has a bigger problem that will probably shut it down for real — or at least force it to re-source its entire music catalog. Our guess is that it’s only a matter of time until this happens, so enjoy Peer.fm while you can, if that’s what you’re doing.

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A2IM Announces Indie Artist & Label 2013 LIBBY Awards Nominees

image from content.bandzoogle.comThe American Association Of Independent Music (A2IM) has announced the nominees for the 2nd Libera Awards (The “LIBBYs”), to be held June 20 at NYC’s Highline Ballroom. The LIBBY's celebrate Independent labels, artists and services; and are voted on solely by members of the indie community. ATO Records & Dualtone Music Group earned the most label nominations this year. Bandzoogle, PledgeMusic, Rdio and Spotify were among the top nominees from music tech.

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Challengers Strive To Knock Pandora Off Perch

Pandora-radioBy Kyle Bylin (@sidewinderfm), founder and editor of sidewinder.fm, a music and tech think tank.

Have you ever heard of Pandora? This is often the question that music and tech executives open a conversation with when they are talking to people that exist outside of their bubble. Everyone, it seems, responds that they use Pandora or nods in acknowledgement that they have heard of the Internet radio service before. Considering that Pandora recently surpassed 200 million registered users in the United States, with over 140 million of them tuning into the service via their mobile device, it’s not surprising that most people have top-of-mind brand awareness of the application.

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Will.i.am Admits Copyright Infringement On New Track [Listen & Decide]

image from www.at40.comWill.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas has been accused of copyright infringement after people noticed that the music in his collaboration Chris Brown "Let's Go" sounded like Russian DJs Arty and Mat Zo's track Rebound. Initially silent on the matter, Will.i.am, AKA William Adams, told Los Angeles radio station KIIS FM that he had based his song off of "Rebound."

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Spotify's Most Streamed & Viral Tracks [US & UK]

image from www.hypebot.comMost streamed on Spotify April 15-21.

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1. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton, "Can't Hold Us" (Macklemore)
2. Imagine Dragons, "Radioactive" (Interscope Records)
3. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Wanz, "Thrift Shop" (Macklemore)
4. Justin Timberlake, "Mirrors" (RCA Records)
5. P!nk, "Just Give Me a Reason" (RCA Records)

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Think A Big Festival Play Can Make You A Star? Jimmy Kimmel Proves Fest Fans Are Oblivious [VIDEO]

2 girlsSo much for fan engagement... Jimmy Kimmel sent a reporter to Coachella to interview attendees about the bands they were most excited to see. But the band's they were asking about - The Obesity Epidemic, The Chelsea Clintons, Shorty Drizzle and the Plumbercracks - don't exist. WATCH:

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Portugal. The Man Reaches Fans With Evil Friends Digital Sticker App For iOS

Aviary_PortugalTheMan_StickerCampaignforMobilePhoto_0By David Chaitt (@chaitters), a SoundCtrl Board Member.

Going to Ad Age Digital Conference, I had little or no understanding of photo app developer Aviary. Tobias Peggs, their CEO, was one of the most fun and informative speakers I’ve seen in a while. He gave the audience a full download on all things #mopho aka mobile photography, which is a term with which I admittedly wasn’t familiar.

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Get More Fans Is A Mindblowingly Complete DIY Guide To The New Music Business

Get-more-fans-bookJesse Cannon and Todd Thomas's new book, titled "Get More Fans," is more accurately described by the subtitle "The DIY Guide to the New Music Business." At a bit over 600 pages, it's hard to take in as a whole yet so far I cannot find anything I would describe as padding or filler. It's simply an amazingly complete guide to taking charge of your music career in hardcore DIY fashion.

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How The Digital Music Revolution Is Re-shaping Album Artwork

Gpsymth-ripostes-mothsWith digital music, many felt that it deprived albums of its visual and tactile components. However, in Mark’s opinion, the digital music revolution is actually breathing new life into album artwork. Digital has changed the rules of what is considered album artwork. Read on about how the digital music revolution is changing album artwork on Music Think Tank.

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Chirpify Adds $2 Million In Funding, Signs Lil Wayne, Snoop Dogg & Puma For In-Stream Social Commerce

Bird-cloudToday Chirpify, an instream social commerce app for Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, announced $2 million in new funding from Voyager Capital. That brings their investment total to date to $3.3 million. The company also announced that Lil Wayne, Snoop Dogg and Puma (not the rapper, the sportswear brand) have signed on as enterprise customers.

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N.Y. Court Rules Against Grooveshark In Universal Music Battle

image from www.grooveshark.comIn a major blow to Grooveshark, a five judge panel of the New York Supreme Court’s appellate division ruled that music recorded prior to 1972 was not covered by safe harbor provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Under Safe Harbor, sites are not liable for users' infringement, as long as they remove pirated material at the content owner's request.

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Rawkblog's David Greenwald & Moheak Radio's Nicole Cifani - Upward Spiral Podcast #22

image from www.hypebot.comBloggers and music fanatics David Greenwald of Rawkblog and Nicole Cifani of Moheak Radio talk about the past, present and future of music blogs. We discuss the role of technology in curation and ask if social media makes music blogs obsolete. Plus news on Twitter, Songza, Universal, and recommendations for apps, drinks, and secluded islands off the Pacific coast! Listen:

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Hip Hop Chess Federation Drops Mike Relm Video, Heads To St. Louis For Community Events

Hhcf-logoThe Hip Hop Chess Federation is a unique organization based in the SF Bay Area that brings together young people for events featuring hip hop, chess and martial arts. It sounds like an unlikely combo until you take a closer look at the free community events that combine these art forms and their grounding in founder Adisa Banjoko's work with youth at risk.

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MusicGrid.me Relaunches, Partners With Criminal Records To Support Indie Record Stores

Musicgridme-screenshotMusicGrid.me recently relaunched just in time for Record Store Day. It's basically a site where people can rate and review albums, as opposed to singles, and see what other people think about those albums. But there's a bigger vision at play that co-founder Kyle Stapleton shared with me towards which he and co-founder Cliff Seal are slowly making their way.

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CODEMKRS Announces Winners Of New Orleans' First Music Hakathon

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With festival season in full swing, New Orleans based non-profit CODEMKRS hosted the state’s first music hackathon in a 24 hour “code festival” held this weekend at the University of New Orleans. The winner was Consearch which used The Echo Nest and Songkick API’s to give local concert recommendations.

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