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Why YouTube Rules Music Videos

Copy of Podcast Logo [Netflix Red Cloud] (1)In this episode of Music Biz Podcast, Cortney Harding and Kyle Bylin discuss YouTube and music videos. YouTube is widely known as the most popular music service. It's where most young people go to find and stream songs. Harding and Bylin talk about where music videos are today and how technology has changed them.

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This One Chart Shows Why Spotify Added Video

spotify videoLast week, Spotify added audio and video content from a wide variety of major media companies including NPR, MTV, Vice and The Nerdist.  While seen as a preemptive move prior to next month's Apple/Beats music relaunch, there was also another reason that the music streamer added video.

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Jolin Tsai's Same-Sex Marriage Music Video Is Not Banned Here [WATCH]

Jolin TsaiCensorship of music, almost unthinkable in the U.S. and Europe, still exists in other parts of the world. Taiwanese singer Jolin Tsai's "We're All Different, Yet The Same" song and music video featuring same-sex relationships has been banned on TV and radio in Singapore by the government agency responsible for censorship.

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Race Is On To Pick Radio's Hottest Summer Song

ImagesWith the second leg of the Triple Crown set to get underway this weekend in Baltimore, horse racing is once again enjoying its annual moment in the spotlight. Over on the radio dial, it’s also a big time of year for jockeying; that is, tracking the fortunes of major radio formats with summer right around the corner. 

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How To Get A Record Deal - 2015 Edition

Maf-its-worth-reading-by-postingdiva-200I recently had the pleasure of pitching a very talented, well produced artist to major labels. Years ago I was a VP of a major label and have been in the business for decades. We all know that record sales have been taken over by streaming. Very few people are buying records anymore. So it’s tough these days to be a record label.

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International Artists Assoc. Reacts To Leaked Sony Spotify Contract [Full Text Of Letter To Regulators]

image from www.completemusicupdate.comFollowing the leak of a revealing contract between Sony Music and Spotify, the recently formed International Artist's Association has joined managers in calling for contract transparency and better terms for artists.

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EDM Is Now A $6.8 Billion Global Business: Read The IMS 2015 Business Report Here

image from www.internationalmusicsummit.comThe global EDM music market grew 12% last year to $6.9 billion, according to the latest IMS Business Report.  The U.S. EDM market hit $2 billion or 29% of global revenue.  While impressive, EDM's growth rate has slowed considerably in the last year.

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Canadian Music Week 2015 Recap: Spike Lee, Panels, Showcases and More

image from www.musicbc.orgCMW2015 has concluded with its  full rotation of panels, showcases, mentorship and networking opportunities, as well as a keynote speech by Spike Lee. Yet again, Canadian Music Week cemented its valuable place on the music industry calendar

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Music Publishing News Roundup 5.25.2015: Downtown • Sony Music • BMI vs. Pandora • More

Downtown-Music-PDowntown Music Publishing's acquisition of Eagle i-Music,  the battle with The Verge over Sony Music's leaked contract with Spotify and BMI's win over Pandora dominate the music publishing news this week.

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Five Smart Ways Freelance Musicians Can Utilize YouTube

Recording_gearThere's an overwhelmingly large community of musicians on YouTube. This has been a really positive thing, as the amount of knowledge and skill amassed on this single website has really helped a lot of players in their own practicing and improvement. 

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The Death Of One-Hit Wonders

1 hit wondersFor almost a hundred years Billboard has been producing music charts, and artists that have a single hit then drop into oblivion have always played a major part in them. These "1 hit wonders" either come and go (like Keith's "98.6" in 1967) or hit the oldies circuit (Nena with "99 Luft Ballons" in 1983), but every year the charts are littered with them.

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2015 Social Media Pyramid by CyberPR

Screen Shot 2015-05-04 at 1.13.09 AMIt happens to me all of the time when I teach social marketing. Faces go blank, frustration begins to settle in and then I hear: “I just don’t have anything interesting to say.”  OR “I don’t want to share what I’m eating for breakfast!” REALLY? You do things we mere mortals are totally enamored by: you create businesses, you make art, you play music, you get up in front of people in public! Of course you have something to say!

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4 Ways to Get Festival Ticket Holders to Bring More Friends through Word of Mouth Marketing

image from eu.festivalawards.comTurning fans of live music into vocal advocates begins with asking, but that's really just where it starts.  How you ask, what you ask for, and how you show your appreciation will directly effect the effectiveness of all of your efforts.

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