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BitTorrent Report 2015 Shows 50% Growth For Direct To Fan Distribution Platform

image from i1.wp.comBitTorrent has been recasting itself a mainstream direct to fan distribution platform for several years now,  but 2015 was the year that their aspirations came closer to reality. Their annual BitTorrent Report chronicles activity on the platform.

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Thanks To Jack White New Vinyl Presses Are Set To Hit The Market

3Although vinyl has certainly been making a comeback of late, much of the technology used to produce these records is rather outdated. That's about to change, however, as a German company is set to release an up-to-date new record pressing machine.

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Pandora Signs Landmark Licensing Agreements with ASCAP and BMI, Drops Rate Court Appeal

image from www.ascap.comAfter scoring direct licencing deals with many of the world's biggest music publishing companies, Pandora has cut its most important deals yet - separate multi-year licensing agreements with both ASCAP and BMI.

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Dubset's December 2015 Mix Transparency Report - "Dónde está Eduardo?"

dubsetMedia tech innovator Dubset is inaugurating a monthly Mix Transparency report offering a deep and timely analysis of the underlying content used in DJ mixes. This first report offers some surprises, including an ultra popular YouTube channel that appears to be hosted by a Latin ghost.

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Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Common Songwriting Hurdles • Free Streaming • Best Cities For Live Music • More

16a00d83451b36c69e201b8d13d401f970c-800wiThis week on MusicThinkTank, we discussed common challenges of novice songwriters, why streaming may actually be good for artists, which cities have the best live music, and more.

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My Journey From Major label pop princess to DIY indie misfit [5X Platinum Seller Jennifer Paige]

Jennifer PaigeJennifer Paige has a unique view of the music industry. A product of the major label system, her 1998 single “Crush” hit #1 in 16 countries, selling more than 11 million copies worldwide and going 5x platinum .  Now, Paige is a successful indie artist and podcaster, doing all of the things that DIY musicians do, including a current Kickstarter campaign for her next release.

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Are Streaming Music Services Providing Useless Artist Data?

BaddataWhile many streaming services may talk up the fact that they provide artists with data and analytics regarding their listeners, closer inspection reveals that, in addition to not being all that useful, a lot of this information isn't always accurate, says Chris Castle.

 

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MIDEM 2016 To Have International Focus

MidemMusic industry convention MIDEM will celebrate its 50th anniversary  with an international focus.Taking place in Cannes, France, on June 3-6, the international dimension of the music ecosystem will be at the core of next year’s event, and will act as the central theme of  2016 conference program.

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Pandora Stock Up 15% After Higher Royalty Cost Ruling

Pandora-logoUPDATED: Pandora stock rose 15.1%  on Thursday and Friday morning after a Copyright Royalty ruling raising rates about 15%.  Why are higher rates that will cost Pandora good news? Investors expected much worse and already driven the stock price down more than 50% this year.

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