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SFX Entertainment [SFXE] Acquires Fame House, Tunezy and Arc90

Sfx-logoSFX Entertainment [SFXE] announced today that they have acquired or are acquiring digital marketing agency Fame House, ecommerce and experience platform Tunezy and digital designer Arc90. Though their stock is still seeking bottom, SFX has the funds to continue their creation of a major music company. While the acquisition of Beatport signalled digital growth possibilities in serving both artists and fans, these new acquisitions suggest that artist services may become an important aspect of SFX beyond simply promoting events.

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Major Layoffs, Restructuring At SpinMedia: "The company has no money."

spinSpinMedia, the parent company that owns and/or sells the advertising for Spin, Stereogum, Vibe BrooklynVegan and other online music propertres is undergoing major layoffs today, according to a memo obtained by Poynter and tweets from several staffers. “As you can expect, some of these changes involve personnel reductions,” new CEO Dale Strang wrote to employees.  Along with the staff cutbacks, also comes a major reorganization.

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Kickstarter Hits Crowdfunding Milestones but Successful Music Projects Lag

image from i.pcworld.frFive million backers have successfully funded more than 50,000 projects on Kickstarter, the company has announced, cementing their place as the world’s top crowdfunding platform.  Projects on Kickstarter have a 43.8% success rate and $720 million has been passed on to fully funded campaigns. Music projects, however, did not always raise impressive sums. 

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Go Beyond D2F Sales and Create Music Campaigns That Fully Engage Your Fans

Jay-coyleD2F or direct-to-fan is a key topic of our time whether considered as an approach to ecommerce or a core focus of business. Numerous D2F services now exist making it possible for musicians and/or their teams to take music, merch and ticketing sales directly to fans using self-serve online tools. But once you get past a feature set are there services that better support D2F than others? Yesterday I spoke with Music Geek Services' Jay Coyle to get his take on the differences experienced by the band Carbon Leaf between an album presale using Topspin and an album campaign on PledgeMusic.

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Notes From The Indie Label Front Lines

Fools-gold-teeSome aspects of running an indie record label weren't changed by the web. Everybody used to work really hard and had to adjust to changing realities that were often quite harsh. But these days there's more of a sense that everything's up for grabs and that there is no one right way forward. I've been checking out a number of interviews with indie label heads of varying size labels, mostly dj-centered and electronic music, to get a feeling for how the folks whose music seems most adaptable to current times are adapting.

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Fifth Harmony Games The Charts With Repeat Plays

Fifth_harmony-591x394By Eliot Van Buskirk of Evolver.fm.

Some artists have been complaining about the royalties paid out by online streaming services like Rdio and Spotify (which depend on record label deals), and also about what they get from streaming radio services (even though the U.S. government mostly sets those).

But at least one band has inadvertently discovered how to climb up the charts and earn a bit more cash from streaming services.

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7 Major Facebook Changes That Will Affect Your Music Marketing

Facebook-event-by-thos003-flickrFor many of us, Facebook has become an awkward, disappointing platform that we still have to use if we want to get the word out to friends and fans about our current activities. For folks marketing music, it remains an indispensable tool for such efforts. Facebook continues to change in ways that can affect marketing. Belle Beth Cooper recently discussed 7 changes of which you should be aware including a few we've discussed previously here at Hypebot.

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Arcade Fire Rewards Superfans With Secret Show Ticket Lottery

Arcade_fire-591x450By Eliot Van Buskirk of Evolver.fm.

One of the worst-kept secrets among Arcade Fire fans this week is that the band is playing some crazy-sounding secret shows in at the Capitol Records building in Los Angeles, 229 Meserole in Bushwick, Brooklyn, and possibly other venues, starting over the weekend.

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Choosing the Right Music Producer For You

CD-DIGITAL-MASTERINGYour choice in producers can make or break your career as a musician so it's important to do your homework in the searching process. Knowing what you want the end result to look like is one of the most important components, but what are the others? What makes a good producer great? Graham Semark breaks it down for us on MusicThinkTank.com. What is your criteria for a great producer?

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Int'l Entertainment Buyers Assoc. Names 2013 Winners

image from ieba.orgThe 2013 Annual International Entertainment Buyers Association (IEBA) Honors and Awards dinner, hosted by superstar Kix Brooks, was held last night in Nashville to celebrate the live entertainment industry’s top buyers, promoters, and venue managers. David Corlew was this year’s Career Achievement Award recipient as George and Nancy Jones became this year’s inductees into IEBA’s Hall of Fame. A full list of winners:

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Redesigned GarageBand FREE For All Apple iOS 7 Devices [CONFIRMED]

image from www.hypebot.comAs rumored, Apple today released a major upgrade to it's Garageband app ann announced that it is now free om all devices running iOS 7.   GarageBand for Mac has received its biggest update ever with a new look, Sound Library and new features including Drummer and Smart Controls. Additional GarageBand instruments and sounds are available for a one-time in-app purchase of $4.99. DETAILS:

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iTunes Radio: 2 Billion Songs, 20 Million Users Since September Launch

itunes RadioJust over a month after it's September 18th launch, iTunes Radio users have listened to more than i billion songs, Apple announced today.  More than 20 million people have checked out the service.  The numbers are particularly impressive given that iTunes Radio is currently only available in the U.S. More stats from Apple today:

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7 Tips For Marketing Your DJ Sets On Mixcloud

Mixcloud-logoMixcloud says its "Cloudcasts connect the dots between radio shows, DJ mixes and Podcasts." These streaming shows tend to feature music, though talk shows are also available, and they're finding a lot of different ways to help DJs get seen from competitions to marketing advice on their blog. Recently, Mixcloud's Head of Community, Andreea Magdalina, shared "7 Tips For Getting Your DJ Sets Noticed On Mixcloud." Here's an introduction to marketing on Mixcloud.

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Thirty Tigers May Not Be A Label But They Sure Put Out A Bunch Of Records

Thirty_tigerslittle_logo__2_Nashville's Thirty Tigers is not a record label though they provide many of the services of one and may help release as many as 45 records this year. Creating a strong niche by providing label services for a percentage of sales without assuming rights, Thirty Tigers is successfully working with both established artists and new Americana acts. Recently co-founder and president David Macias shared some details of how they work with artists such as Jason Isbell, Kathy Mattea and The Avett Brothers.

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Cults' Brian Oblivian On Bad Indie Label Deals and Why He's Glad To Be On A Major

image from ecx.images-amazon.comBrian Oblivan of the duo Cults may release their records on Columbia, but he and his partner have cultivated a very indie/underground image and fanbase. In fact, Oblivian is not only happy to be signed with the legacy major label; he's openly critical of the "bandits" that he says run indie labels.

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Thom Yorke May Despise Spotify But He Seems Happy With YouTube

Thom_yorke_spotify_youtube-178x238By Eliot Van Buskirk of Evolver.fm.

Many readers already know that Thom Yorke didn’t like Spotify after his new band, Atoms For Peace, withheld its music from the Spotify freemium streaming service, as well as all other on-demand subscriptions.

But his most recent quote about Spotify, as harvested by The Guardian from the Mexican website Sopitas, leaves even less room for ambiguity.

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Toad the Wet Sprocket, Luscious Jackson Reunite Via Power of Kickstarter and PledgeMusic

New-constellationToad the Wet Sprocket is putting out their first album in 16 years and they did it with Kickstarter's help reaching fans who supported their request for $50,000 by pledging over $264,000. Luscious Jackson are back together and putting out two albums, one for kids, inspired partly by the "whole new world" presented by PledgeMusic where they reached their initial goal in 2 days. Just as we've seen with YouTube stars, the artists who don't fit or don't want to fit older models are creating a new terrain of success built on their relationship to their fans.

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Rhapsody Partners with Best Buy For Free Premier Membership

image from www.rhapsody.comUnlike Spotify, Rdio and most streaming music providers who attract paying customers with extensive and almost unlimited free services, Rhapsody offers only a 30 day free trial. Today, Rhapsody expanded that promotion marginally with a partnership that gives Best Buy customers a free 1 month Premier membership with the purchase of a CD. 

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Could A 'Google Now' Watch Be Good For Music?

Google-watch-2-261x238By Eliot Van Buskirk of Evolver.fm.

An anonymous source cited by 9to5Mac claims that Google is working on a Google Watch, as rumored — a “fifth screen,” if you will, to complement the computer, television, smartphone, and tablet.

The smart watch makes sense, from the consumer electronic industry’s perspective, if only for size reasons, which is one reason Samsung already has one on sale, and Sony’s working on it. Increasingly, personal technology is about accessing different slices of the same content from screens of various sizes.

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YouTube Music Awards Announces Nominees [See The Full List]

image from www.blogcdn.comYouTube has announced the nominees for their first every YouTube Music Video Awards. The usual selection of platinum sellers (Katy Perry, Laday Gaga, Justin Beiber, et al) are joined by relative unknowns that have found massive audiences on YouTube. That could actually make this awards show interesting. To cast a vote, users watch the official nomination videos (here at http://youtube.com/musicawards) and share them on Google+, Facebook and Twitter. There's a full list of nominees after the jump and co-host Reggie Watts offers a "how to vote" video.

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Facebook Experienced Major Outage Today During 'Routine Maintenance'

Facebook status downUPDATE 2: Things are apparently back to normal at facebook,com, but that was not the case all morning as Facebook users were unable to post status updates, photos and other content or make payments. Users trying to update got the message:  "There was a problem updating your status. Please try again in a few minutes.".

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Musicians: Are You Ready for the Six Most Profitable Weeks of the Year?

image from diymusician.cdbaby.comDid you know there’s a special six-week window of opportunity that comes once a year - every year? The sad thing is, most musicians aren’t aware of it or don’t give it much thought.

Will you be different? Will you be ready this year?

FACT: About 20 percent of all annual music sales take place in the last six weeks of the year – during the holiday season! And the demand is there consistently every year.  Internet-based holiday sales, in particular, continue to grow ... and there are more opportunities all the time to tap into these online consumer dollars.

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Music D2F Sales: reKiosk Partners With The Orchard, ShopLocket Launches Preorders

Shatner-ponder-the-mysteryDirect-to-fan sales and ecommerce are key tools for building an independent music career and the options for online and mobile sales continue to improve. The Orchard is now experimenting with reKiosk's ecommerce services beginning with the release of William Shatner's newest album "Ponder The Mystery." And, while it's a bit unclear when ShopLocket started offering preorders, the new feature fits right in with ShopLocket's overall growth and development.

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New Hires, Titles & Deals: Nederlander, The Orchard, Columbia, Warners, SoundExchange, SiriusXM

  • FavVHRZLA publicist Vanessa Kromer has been named Vice President of Communications for Nederlander Concerts.
  • SoundExchange announced the appointment of two new members to its Board of Directors. Jim Mahoney and Darius Van Arman 
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Diddy's Revolt TV Launches On-Air Today

image from www.videostatic.comSean "Diddy" Combs' REVOLT TV making its on-air debut today on Comcast's Xfinity TV and Time Warner Cable. The new multi-platform, multi-genre music and music new network will roll out in select cities nationwide including: Florida, New York, Los Angeles, with Chicago and other regions launching soon.  Some Revolt TV programming has already debuted online.
About Revolt TV:

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GarageBand's iOS App Is Going Freemium

Garageband-ios7-iconGarageBand for the iOS is one of the all time paid app success stories. However Apple accidentally revealed going into tomorrow's big show that the GarageBand iOS 7 app will be going freemium with in-app purchase options. Certainly not the biggest piece of expected Apple news by any means, still the likelihood that a free GarageBand app will get a serious response from users is quite high. Though Apple's stock is currently on the rise, they need a broad range of such hits to maintain their sparkling brand.

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Music Blogs: Cultural Voices Take On New Mediums

Small-business-blog(UPDATED) There is no question music blogs have a strong presence in today's music business. Serving as a primary source of inspiration, material, and the information you need to be successful, music blogs have been a mecca of sorts for musicians everywhere. Skeptics claim these blogs are losing their footing as a substantial resource, but Knar Bedian de-bunks that myth by highlighting the new potential for the success of music blogs in the world of app mediums. You're on a music blog now - how has your interaction with this blog or others shaped your career? What do you think the future looks like for music blogs? Read more about the potential for blogs like these on MusicThinkTank.com.

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