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"Popular Music Is Dumber, Duller And More Homogenized Than Ever"

image from www.mpcafilm.comCulture commentator Paul Joseph Watson, has developed a YouTube following with snarky but usually justified diatribes, turns his lens to popular music. "Popular music is getting measurably less intelligent," states Watson citing a 2015 study that showed lyrics falling from a 3rd grade reading level to 2nd grade level in the last decade.

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Why I’m Turning Off The Radio [Tracy Maddux]

1 (1)At present, the U.S. does not pay royalties to performers when their music is played on the radio, instead compensating only the songwriters. This article looks at how this antiquated legislation came about, and how it needs to change moving forward so that performing artists are properly paid for their presence on the airwaves.

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Academy Award Winners 2016 - The Complete List

awardsThe 88th annual Academy Awards were held in Los Angeles on Sunday night with "Spotlight," a film about the Boston Globe's investigation into sexual abuse by priests winning awards for Best Picture, and best original screenplay.  The primeval action survival film "The Revenant" won Best Actor honors for leading man Leonardo DiCaprio and Best Director for Alejandro Iñárritu. 

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T.I. Leaves Label System, Signs With Jay Z's Roc Nation, TIDAL

image from www.celebrityaccess.comMore and more major artists are leaving major labels and taking control of the recording careers bu going independent. But increasingly their doing it with the help of experienced partners like BMG, Kobalt, Thirty Tigers and more recently Tidal

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Will "Windowing" Become The Music Industry Norm?

1Although Adele's choice to delay making her album available on streaming services certainly helped boost 25's retail sales, there's some question over whether this practice of windowing can be effective in the music industry over the long term.

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iHeartMedia Reports Results for 2015 Fourth Quarter and Full Year

IheartmediaiHeartMedia reported financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ending December 31, 2015 showing no revenue growth on a constant currency basis. In addition to it's radio and digital properties, including iHeartRadio, the company owns old school billboard and outdoor ad providers; and they offered a bright spot in the earnings report.

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Creating Your Own Album Artwork

1The artwork which you choose for your album can greatly influence how listeners feel about your music, and simply not bothering to include any is a lost opportunity for personal branding. The following article offers tips and suggests several tools for creating engaging and original album art.

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RIAA Wins $22 Million MP3Skull Judgement, But They'll Never See A Dime And The Site Is Still Online

Mp3skull   Free Mp3 DownloadThe RIAA has scored a series of high-profile victories against illegal file sharing sites, but its latest win may ring hollow since appears unlikely that the perpetrator will ever be found or pay a single dime of the $22 million awarded.

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Building A Successful Tour: Tips From A Former Booking Agent [Part 2]

1 (1)In part two of her touring guide for emerging artists, Sharyn Goldyn discusses how bands can get on festival bills, how they can get the attention of booking agents, and some of the bigger mistakes she's seen bands make when first touring.

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Live Nation Reports Record Revenue But Losses Continue

LivenationConcert and ticketing giant Live Nation is reporting record revenue, but losses continue - $46.8 million in the last quarter alone. Live Nation produced almost 3,000 more concerts in 2015 than the previous year, reporting 16,854 events in North America and 8,665 concerts internationally.

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TIDAL At A Crossroads: Samsung In Acquisition Talks, Spotify And Google Explore Partnerships

Tidal logoDespite some visible successes, Tidal has struggled since launcing. It's latest stumbles included the early release of Rihanna’s “Anti” and the piracy surge that Kanye West’s latest album suffered after a Tidal-only release. But that hasn't stopped major suitors from lining up to explore an acquisition.

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Could Video Could Save The Radio Star?

1Many artists may think of music videos as being the be all and end all of video, but the medium has much greater potential beyond that. As artists like Fugazi, the Foo Fighters, and Action Bronson have shown, subscription based video content can be an excellent way to engage with fans while generating some supplementary income.

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Think Small, Act Big: Monopolizing Specific Behavior In Music Tech

1Currently, the majority of online music competitors are fighting over a broad demographic of listeners, with little attention given to consumer's specific behaviors, meaning there is an opportunity for those willing to build something smaller and smarter.

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