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Twitter Secret: How Artists Can Turn Followers Into Email Subscribers

1As an artist, being able to convert social media followers to email subscribers is hugely important, but hasn't always been the easiest to do, particularly on Twitter. In the following article, we reveal a Twitter feature which will allow fans to do just that in a couple simple clicks.

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#Kanye Takes To #Twitter To Announce New Album, Tips Sponsor For #FREE Release

Kayne nutsWould Kanye be more or less successful without Twitter?  On the one hand, his 19.5M followers hang on every word.  On the other,  he often tweets confusing and sometimes ridiculous things. Today's rant - retweeted 54,000 times - was about a the release of  a new album that we think is different than the new album he dropped on TIDAL just days ago.

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Azealia Banks, Chris Stapleton, Leon Bridges Among 12 Debut Albums Shortlisted For American Music Prize

The AMPAlbums by Azealia Banks, Chris Stapleton and Leon Bridges are among the 12 debut recordings shortlisted for the inaugural American Music Prize (AMP). Modeled after similar awards celebrating new artists in the UK and Australia, the winner of the first U.S. prize will be announced on March 2nd.

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The Problem With Exclusive Music Blog Premieres [RAC]

2In this piece, artist RAC weighs in on why he takes issue with musicians premiering their work on music blogs, and how this exclusivity can often be harmful to the artist, as well as limiting an audience's ability to access new music from their favorite bands.

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New On Our Music Industry Jobs Board: Music Licensing And Royalty Positions @ SiriusXM Radio

image from www.google.comSirius XM Radio is looking for both a Director of Music Licensing and a Senior Manager of RoyaltiesMore on this gig and others on Hypebot's Music Industry Jobs Board. 

HIRING? Here's how to post your job:

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Spotify: The Music Industry’s Life Support?

1In his Grammy night speech, Neil Portnow let loose on Spotify, decrying their failure to properly compensate artists for their music, but with the streaming service paying large portions of its revenue to artists and labels, and taking steps to make their business model more artist friendly, is Spotify helping more than hurting?

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Radio Paradise Pens Letter To David Byrne, SoundExchange Seeking Royalty Relief For All Small Webcasters

image from static.radio.netNew rates set in December by the U.S. Copyright Royalty Board and collected by SoundExchange without warning eliminated a lower tier for small net broadcasters. The result is that most, including hundreds served by the now-defunct Live365, are being forced off the air. On popular webcaster, Radio Paradise, is reaching out to SoundExchange board member David Byrne for help.

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The Realities Of Touring Revenue [David Lowery]

1 (1)Although many assume that artists should be able to make up for the decline in recorded music sales simply by touring more, the reality of the finances behind touring reveals a much bleaker reality. Here we look at how much actual revenue a mid-level touring band can expect to make on the road, once expenses are paid.

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Music Meets "Internet Of Things" With Aivvy's Smart Headphone, Pandora-Like Music Platform [VIDEO]

image from www.kurzweilai.netFrom the turntable to the Walkman and iPod to Sonos, as music discovery and consumption evolves, so do the devices that deliver it. In the last year have we started to see hardware like the Amazon Echo that combine the latest tech with streaming music.  Squarely into that evolving category debuts Aivvy's smart headphones.

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Dr. Luke Releases Statement: "Kesha Is Already Free"

KESHAFollowing last week's ruling where a judge denied the request from Kesha for a temporary injunction against her record label Sony Music and her longtime producer Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald, an attorney for Luke broke a long silence, releasing a statement offering his version of the dispute.

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The Music Industry Needs Better: Bandpage And How Open Technology Will Save The Industry [Jesse Von Doom]

Bandpage_00While Bandpage is the most recent music startup promising to save artists to be purchased by tech giant like YouTube, it's hardly the first. What the music industry needs, however, is to move away from corporate partnership and embrace open technology

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INSIDE SFX: Financial Filings Reveal A Deeply Troubled Company

Money on fireAccording to detailed financials made public as part the SFX Entertainment bankruptcy proceedings, the troubled promoter fell well short of expectations. At the beginning of 2015, its guidance was $500,000 of revenue with earnings of $60-70 million. Instead, 2015 revenue was $336.9 million - the same as 2014 - with a loss of $18 million.

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