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YouTube's Offer To Musicians Might Need Some Slack, But A Change In Policy Is Still In Order

  YouTube_logo_2013.svgbMike Masnick of Techdirt.com

 Last summer, there was some kerfuffle about YouTube allegedly threatening to kick musicians off of YouTube if they didn't agree to license their music to the subscription service it was building. At the time, we wrote about how this was overblown.

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Rdio Dropped From Zenbu Pre-1972 Music Lawsuits

rdio logo(UPDATED) Just 5 days after Google, Apple's Beats, Sony, Rdio, Songza, Slacker and Grooveshark were served with simultaneously filed lawsuits alleging exploitation of pre-1972 sound recordings without license or payment, the case against music streamer Rdio has been dismissed.

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Buyers Remorse After Buying An Album On iTunes? If You Live In Europe, You Can Return It.

How-to-improve-iTunes-Store-App-StoreHow many times have you bought an album only to realize there are only one or two songs that really strike a chord with you? If you bought the album of iTunes and you live in Europe, you have 14 days to get your money back by returning the album no questions asked. In order to bring the tech giant into compliance with new regulations stating there must be an option to return items even when purchased digitally, Apple modified iTunes terms of service to allow for the refund of anything purchased from the store. 

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How To Hack The Music Pirate

Piracy Doesnot Hurt Online Music SalesGuest Post by Russ Crupnick on MusicWatch Blog

The entertainment press ended 2014 with several big stories.  Front pages covered Taylor Swift’s decision to pull her songs from Spotify. The story was accompanied by news suggesting that 2015 might bring a re-evaluation of free streaming or, at least, serious thoughts about windowing music. The Sony cyber-attack was followed by threats regarding the release of The Interview.

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5 Truths About Today's Music Industry That Indie Artists Need To Understand

FoalsBy Bobby Borg on Sonicbids Blog

In the information age in which we live, falsehoods, myths, and misnomers about today's music business are prevalent. But if you want to get ahead and achieve your goals, you better focus on the realities of the business. Here are five universal truths that all musicians should understand. 

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Royalty Solutions, Next Big Sound Offer MusicBiz Webinar FREE To Hypebot Readers

MusicBiz.orgThanks to the fine folks at The Music Business Association (MusicBiz.org), this Thursday, January 29th at 2:00 PM (EST) we are able to offer free entry into a webinar that will explore solutions for music liscening and royalty collections with Royalty Solutions and take a look inside the annual State Of The Industry report produced by music anaytyics provider Next Big Sound.

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Apple Adds Free On iTunes - A Hub For Free Music, Film and TV

image from awesomescreenshot.comThere were audible moans when iTunes dropped their popular free weekly download feature. Now Apple has responded with the launch of Free On iTunes a hub for free music, TV and film downloads. The initial music offering is populated with 14 tracks, mostly by new artists like Joshua Radin and Penguin Prison.  It's an eclectic offering with a little something for most tastes.

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Music Publishing News Roundup 1.17.15: Spirit Music, Universal, SESAC & More

Henry_mancini_3Spirit Music Group has acquired the catalog of composer Henry Mancini for US administration. The catalog includes iconic songs such as “Moon River” from the film Breakfast at Tiffany’s as well as themes to movies such as The Pink Panther and Charlies Angels. David Renzer, chairman at Spirit previously oversaw the catalog at Universal Music Publishing Group and plans to seek new opportunities for the catalog via synch in film and TV.

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Exposure Is Mostly Bullshit... Mostly

Images (6)As an independent artist, it can be very easy to want to find as many opportunities to gain exposure. For some, getting exposure can be a challenge. For others, exposure can mean taking every opportunity to let the world know about your music. But is there a line for having too much exposure? If so, where do you draw that line. In this article Kyle Williams explains how exposure can be used to either help or hurt your career.

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TuneCore Artist Earnings Top $134 Million In 2014

Imgres(UPDATED) This morning, TuneCore announced over $134 million dollars in 2014 artist earnings, up 11% from 2013 and totaling $504 million since 2006. In addition to an impressive uptick in artist revenue, artist downloads and streams were up 120% year over year, with more than 7.5 billion in 2014, and more than 12.4 billion since 2006. TuneCore experienced significant expansion in 2014, broadening horizons as a company and the independent artist community that they serve. 

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13 Essential Elements Of An Effective Marketing Plan

MarketingGuest Post by Bobby Borg, Author of Music Marketing For The DIY Musician

A marketing plan (or as I sometimes call it, a Marketing Plan of Attack™) is a written document that outlines your band’s goals and the strategies you intend to use to achieve these goals. This can be helpful in keeping all members of a band on track, communicating to a manager what you’d like to achieve, and even convincing investors that you have a viable business idea. 

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Slacker Debuts New Station Featuring Top 120 Alternative Hits Of All Time

Screen Shot 2015-01-26 at 10.18.51 AMThis morning, Slacker Radio debuted its newest station featuring the Top 120 Alternative Hits of all time. Slacker’s team of expert curators painstakingly created the seven-hour playlist spanning over 40 years of alternative music. Though Slacker believes in the sound selection of their curators, they fully expect the station will breed some heated controversy amongst music fans.

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Zoe Keating’s Experience Shows Us Why YouTube’s Attitude To Creators Must Change

6a017d41d16922970c017ee9a90b75970dBy Mark Mulligan on Music Industry Blog 

It is easy to think of the internet as a mature medium, especially for those who were born into the internet era. However we are still at the earliest of stages. We are where radio was in the 1930’s and where TV was in the 1950’s: the first signs of the future markets are in place but the real maturation is yet to come. The greats of those early days, the Marconis and the RCAs, are now long gone but at the time they looked like they would rule forever. A similar long view should be taken to the internet.

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Song Catalog Finances - The Future Of Music Publishing

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After the music industry was shocked in the early 2000s by the growth of piracy and file sharing, many investors were skeptical about the future of music publishing assets, worried that the value of songs would decrease significantly due to consumer’s free access to music. However, the rise of legal alternatives for music consumption offered listeners a way to access music conveniently and affordably, while at the same time compensating publishers and songwriters for the use of their work. Throughout the past decade, the publishing side of the music business ended up suffering a significantly smaller hit than the record labels.

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A Music Lawyer's View Of New Round Of Pre-1972 Sound Recording Lawsuits

Funding-for-Lawsuits-GavelBy Wallace Collins on Entertainment Industry Law Issues
 
It started with the Turtles suing SiriusXM, but now all of the leading providers of streaming music are involved in lawsuits concerning pre-1972 sound recordings. New lawsuits have been filed against Apple's Beat Electronics, Sony Entertainment, Google, Rdio, Songza, Slacker and Escape Media Group/Grooveshark.

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5 Things You Should Never Say Onstage

Lamb_of_godBy Dylan Welsh on Sonicbids Blog

Many of my musician friends, especially the ones who lead their own bands, spend a lot of time worrying about and planning out what they're going to say onstage and when they're going to say it. There are plenty of advice articles that cover things that you can and should say onstage, but equally important are the things that you should avoid saying at a gig.

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Zoe Keating Shares Call Transcript After YouTube Says Her Claims Are "Patently False"

zoe keatingOn Friday evening, a YouTube spokesperson called "payently false" claims by indie artist Zoe Keating's claim that she was being forced off the video service if she did not agree to all the terms of a new contract adding Google's paid Music Key service. Keating rebutted by releasing a rough transcript of her call with her representative at YouTube.  

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MusicTank Introduces First Think Tank Of 2015 – Is Data The New Oil?

LogoMusicTank, University of Westminster, has opened the floor for its first Think Tank Debate of 2015: Is Data The New Oil? The question originated from the observation of the unrelenting shift today’s music industry is making toward being data smart. Data has undeniably jumped in the drivers seat, informing the decisions of industry professionals ranging from top tier executives to the newest emerging artists.

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New Apple DRM Patent Points To Music Sharing, Two Tier Pricing In Beats, iTunes Relaunch

apple drmApple has obtained a patent that could enable music and video sharing and along with other features by adding a new layer of digital rights management (DRM). "The systems and methods provide an encrypted copy of a digital content unit to a first user and transcript the encrypted copy to generate the legitimate copy to a second user," reads the patent that Apple says could reduce both piracy and bandwidth costs.  

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Getting It Done: The Week In D.I.Y & Indie Music

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REWIND: The New Music Industry’s Week In Review

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Record Label Exec's View On New Media Strategy

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In this episode of the Upward Spiral, a music business podcast, we talk with Theda Sandiford, who is the VP of Commerce at Republic Records and Island Records, where she handles VEVO, Spotify, Youtube and more. Sandiford got her start at WBLS and then became the first black programmer of a major market country station. In 1994, she was nominated for “Programmer of the Year Award” by the CMA. She moved to Billboard to run the Hot 100 chart, then went on to work at Def Jam. After spending time working with an online games startup, she came back to the music industry, and currently works at Republic. We talk to Sandiford about big data, music streaming, and gaming startups.

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