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Watch The Weeknd, John Travolta's New Apple Music Service Commercial Part 1 & 2

the weeknd appleJust after it launched, Apple let it be known that aggressive promotion of its new streaming music service would  begin last night with MTV's Video Music Awards.  While it was not quite the blast of creative Apple marketing that many expected,  they did debut 2 spots featuring The Weeknd and John Travolta as his limo driver that aired just as he stepped off the stage.

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A Stream on Apple Music Pays Songwriters And Publishers 33% More Than A Stream On Spotify

1/3All streaming music services are not created equal, at least when its comes to payments. A myriad of advances to major labels, fine print and legal trickery makes it impossible to declare one service more artist friendly than another. But occasionally something emerges that sheds a bit of light.

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The Failure Of The Global Repertoire Database

D.-GRD-280x200It is generally acknowledged that information regarding musical rights and works can be difficult to obtain, something which the Global Repertoire Database initiative was hoping to fix, before crashing and burning in 2014. Here we look at why it failed and why it's still something the industry needs. 

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Miley Cyrus Releases FREE 23 Track Album At MTV VMAs Because "I can just do what I want to do"

mileyAs carefully calculated and smartly packaged as Taylor Swift is, Miley Cyrus is improvisational and raw. The music industry needs more of both kinds of artists. Each attracts legions of fans and neither is afraid to criticize the establishment.  But, lets face it, Miley is way more fun to watch, and she didn't disappoint last night.

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MusicThinkTank Weekly Recap: Promote Music With Snapchat • How To Target Radio Stations • Creating A Paper Trail

6a00d83451b36c69e201bb0866fa5c970d-800wiThis week on MusicThinkTank, we look at how to promote your music using Snapchat, why you should be leaving a paper trail of your work, and four things you never want to hear your music publicist say.

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Louisa Wendorff Interview On Taylor Swift And The Power Of A Tweet

MobileLouisa Wendorff has been awash in success following a recent tweet from Taylor Swift and has had the good fortune to play at both the Grammy Red Carpet on E! as well as the closing ceremony of the Special Olympics. Here PledgeMusic speaks with her about the upturn in her career and her new EP.

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On Monday, 1 Billion People Used Facebook

1 billionThis will not be a long post. It is being written to share one fact: on Monday, 1 billion people used Facebook. That's 1/7th of the world's population, including people too young, old or poor to be online using, Facebook on a single day. If you still wondered whether or not you need to have a strong presence on Facebook, you have the answer. 

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4 Ways Musicians And Labels Can Identify Disruptive Products Early

Disruptive_brandingWhile new products and services are constantly being introduced to the music industry, few of these are truly "disruptive." This article examines some telling signs that can allow artists to identify game-changing technologies early on. 

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We Need Your Vote To Help Hypebot Co-Host An Official SXSW Music Tech Meetup

SXSWSXSW continues to strengthen the convergence of music and tech, and Hypebot is joining with music tech PR firm rock paper scissors to propose an official meetup during the day.
 
We Need Your Vote!
 

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CAA Head Of Music Rob Light Remembers Bobby Brooks

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Bobby Brooks was, by all accounts, both a passionate advocate for artists and that rarest of all commodities, a truly good person. Today, on the 25th anniversary of his passing, in the same helicopter crash that killed Stevie Ray Vaughn and 2 others, Rob Light, who guides CAA's music division with his own impressive passion and grace, remembers his friend.  

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