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Instagram's Timeline Update Is Killing Your Views: How To Save Some Of Your Hard Earned Traffic

image from www.hiltonsantaclara.comYou've spent months building a following on Instagram.  But now they've discontinued their chronologically ordered feed in favor of an algorithm that decide what to show. Sound familiar? Instagram owner Facebook did the same thing to you and is still changing how it delivers content.  There is a solution.

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5 Innovative Things That Can Only Be Done With Vinyl

2Digital technology certainly has its place but the audio medium of vinyl, in addition to its coveted special sound, provides the user with a number of unique creative opportunities, from clever aesthetic gimmicks to any number of live DJing techniques.

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The Physical Network Acquires We Represent For $3.5M To Form New Social Ticketer StreetTeam

Concert-768555_640Peer-to-peer ticketer The Physical Network has acquired competitor We Represent and renamed the combined company StreetTeam, in a deal valued at $3.5 million.The new  company counts more than a hundred festivals in 14 countries like Bestival, Electric Daisy Carnival, Reading and Bonarroo as clients. 

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SoftBank Invests $250M In Talent Agency WME-IMG

image from www.licensingexpo.comIn the last few years, major booking  and talent agencies like CAA and UTA have enjoyed large cash infusions from major investors.  Now, WME-IMG which was formed when William Morris Endeavor (WME) came together with investors Silver Lake to acquire sports agency IMG for $2.4 billion in 2013, has added $250 million from a new investor.

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Getting It Done: The Week In D.I.Y. & Indie Music

DIYAre you an independent, do-it-yourself sort of artist? If so, we have a whole host of tips for you, from how to turn your awkwardly empty show into a massive success, to smart ways to shop for used gear so you don't get ripped off, to five ways you as a songwriter can be more healthy. All this plus so much more.

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Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Old School Marketing • Expand Your Musical Interests • No Unsolicited Material • More

16a00d83451b36c69e201b8d13d401f970c-800wiThis week on MusicThinkTank, we looked at old-school marketing techniques that still hold up, how you can expand your musical interests, why you should listen when someone says 'no unsolicited material,' and more.

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REWIND: The New Music Industry’s Week In Review

RewindEager though we may be to move on to a new week of music business news, we're taking a moment to look back on a few industry stories from the past seven days, including Bieber's cancellation of all meet and greets (they've been bumming him out), what virtual reality really means for the industry, why songwriters and publishers shouldn't be too quick to accept a settlement from Spotify, and much much more.

 

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"The music industry finds itself fighting over pennies while waving goodbye to dollars" [CHART]

goodbyeAn RIAA report on the state of the recorded music industry chronicles the dramatic shift from owning (CDs, downloads) to streaming.  While I don't entirely agree with all of the conclusions the report draws, one fact is undeniable. The music business is a dramatically smaller business than it was a decade ago, and that's increasingly unlikely to change.

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Google’s YouTube Extorts Artists And Pockets The Profits, Says MusicFIRST Coalition

1-yRWdm77ODDrSag6TgvHkLQAlthough its shell company Alphabet is raking in massive amounts of revenue, and YouTube is the most popular music service in world, Ted Kalo of the musicFIRST Coalition looks at how he says Google has been able to exploit legal loopholes to avoid paying creators the money they deserve. 

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A Closer Look At RIAA Claim That Vinyl Sales Generate More Revenue Than Billions Of Ad-Supported Music Streams

Riaa-logo[UPDATED] A new RIAA report on the "State Of The Music Business" showed that industry revenue from streaming has surpassed download sales for the first time and reported a small overall revenue uptick.  Despite some bright spots, however, the report also singled out income from ad-supported streaming as the industry's major barrier to future growth.

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Justin Bieber Cancels All Fan Meet And Greets Because They Leave Him Feeling.... "Unhappy"

Justin BieberJustin Bieber has had just about enough of this "serve your fans" bullshit.  Earlier this week, he took to Instagram to opine that he had hugged his last admirer and taken his last fan photo because, doing it left him so very "drained and uphappy."

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Singles Club: The Label Where Physical Meets Digital [INTERVIEW]

Singlesclub-ftIn this interview Chris Muccioli and Jeffrey Silverstein discuss their record label Singles Club, which releases exclusively singles and works to bridge the divide between physical and digital music through a unique subscription-based content delivery system.

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Virtual Reality: What It Really Means For The Music Industry

1 (1)[UPDATED] Curious what all the fuss is about? Here we take a concise look at what virtual reality means for the music industry, and what sort of experience you as fan can expect as this new technology becomes an increasingly commonplace part of the music experience.

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Songkick Ratchets Up Live Nation, Ticketmaster Lawsuit

Songkick squareOn the same day that Bandcamp announced it's partnership with Ticketmaster, concert discovery rival Songkick was escalating its legal battle with the ticketing giant. In a new a filing, Songkick is seeking an immediate preliminary injunction against Ticketmaster.

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Apple Music, Vice Team For 'The Score' Docu-Series About Local Music Scenes [VIDEO]

image from tpc.googlesyndication.comApple Music and Vice are teaming to produce "The Score," a docu-series that chronicles interesting indie music scenes globally.  So far 6 episodes are on tap including the techno scene in South Africa and hip hop Native American inspired hip hop on the Red Lake Reservation in Minnesota.

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Could Songwriter Metadata Be Delivered Directly To Retailers?

1 (1)Following the recent rash of improper licensing lawsuits, the question is being raised as to whether or not retailers could potentially have songwriter metadata delivered directly to them by labels and content aggregators.

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Be Remarkable And Fans Will Come: Essential Advice From Marketing Guru Seth Godin

1In this piece industry marketing expert Seth Godin illustrates how artists must work to cultivate that about them which is remarkable and unique in order to spark interest and draw in fans, and that if an artist is both talented and worth talking about, the fans will come.

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Social Commerce: Connect With Fans Through Merch

1 (1)With the decline in recorded music sales, merch has become an increasingly important part of indie artists' revenue, but it has also become a unique opportunity for musicians to authentically connect with fans while simultaneously growing your band's overall brand.

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