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Josh Garrels Hits Billboard Chart Despite Giving Album Away Free via NoiseTrade

Josh Garrels – © Sasha ArutynovaYou’re an independent artist about to release your first album in four years. On release day, in addition to making the album available via download stores and streaming, you give away free downloads of the whole album away on NoiseTrade.  Crazy? No. Josh Garrelsnew album Home just charted on Billboard despite (or because of) also being available for free.

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The Breakdown Of Monetization On YouTube

Sync-licensing-youtube1-1One of the questions most frequently asked by artists who are enrolled in the YouTube Monetization program is “how much money will I earn per view?” A closer look at the process for determining WHEN, HOW, and WHAT advertisements are displayed on any YouTube videos that feature your music provides those answers. 

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What Is Bitcoin And Why Should Musicians Care?

BitcoinacceptedhereMusic has a long history with peer-to-peer technology. Napster was the first to allow us to download mp3s directly from our peers. Music fans were so frustrated with the pricing strategy and delivery mechanisms dictated by the music industry that they felt justified not paying for tracks. So what killed Napster?

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Parody Twitter Account @TIDALFACTS Brings Comedy To @TIDAL #TIDALFACTS Debate

TIDAL Facts   TIDALFacts    TwitterUsing the hashtag #TIDALFACTS, Jay Z and friends of TIDAL took to Twitter on Sunday defending the recently relaunched streaming music service from critics who where already calling it a failure. Adding a big dose of comedy to the debate was a new parody Twitter account @TIDALFACTS.

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Music Publishing News 4.27: Faxon Joins Pandora • Afrika Bambaataa Signs With Sony/ATV • German Publishers Eye Streaming

8v9ok-hi_584_comment_bubblesThis week in music publishing news, Roger Faxon joined Pandora, German Music Publishers intend to address music streaming issues, and Afrika Bambaataa signed with Sony/ATV. More details below.

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REWIND: The New Music Industry’s Week In Review

HypebotIt was another big week for the new music industry: Tidal fired its CEO as user signups sunk faster than the Titanic, Grooveshark got some very bad news in court, Pandora's stock fell after they reported new earnings and listener stats, Record Store Day delivered good news to indie retailers and so much more...

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Grooveshark Universal Music Fines Could Top $736M, Judge Rules

groovesharkGrooveshark has always seemed to have nine lives. Despite multiple lawsuits, app takedowns and a whole lot of bad press, Grooveshark has continued to deliver free streaming music to a significant user base.  Their luck may have finally run out.

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Pandora Dropped 2.3 Million Listeners In Last 3 Months, Stock Falls As Net Loss Widens

image from dayandadream.comUPDATED: Pandora is heading into a stormy season, with court decisions, rate hearings and Congressional action all just ahead.  Today's report to Wall Street, however, did nothing to calm investor concerns. In fact, it probably made things worse.

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