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Pandora Adds Personalized Concert Notifications, But Ticketfly Events Get Top Billing [UPDATED]

Ticket scalping[UPDATED] When Pandora acquired Ticketfly, the two pledged to use the power of the music streamer's giant platform to drive ticket sales.  Today's announcement of concert notifications is a good first step, but it is also is reminder of the severe limitations of using a single data source to drive recommendations.

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Father John Misty Tell Fans He Declined $250,000 To Do Chipolte Ad, Restaurant Chain Responds With Special Themed Menu

image from pbs.twimg.comDuring his intro to “Bored in the USA”, J. Tillman aka Father John Misty told the crowd that he had been offered a quarter of a million dollars to cover Backstreet Boys’ “I Want It That Way” for an ad for restaurant chain Chipotle.

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Yesterday Apple Reminded Us Of Why Spotify Is Not Even Close To Winning The Streaming Wars

Apple headphonesWith 100 million users (including 35 million paid), it's tempting to declare Spotify the winner in the battle for streaming music supremacy. But remember this... competitor Apple, which has a market cap of $520 billion and $231 billion in cash, yesterday reported a quarterly net profit of $7.8 billion - and that, on a good day, is about what all of Spotify is worth.

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Streaming Gives Albums Wings: Why Album Sales Aren’t What They Used To Be

11Although Drake's latest album remained atop the Billboard album charts for a solid nine weeks, this prominence was not the result of sales but rather streaming, demonstrating the power of streaming in the modern music economy.

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Why You Have To Optimize Your Facebook Videos For Silence - Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

BiggieAccording to a recent estimate, roughly eighty-five percent of Facebook videos are viewed sans sound, suggesting artists would do well to optimize their next Facebook flick accordingly. Here we look at how to do just that.

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SiriusXM Tops 25 Million Paid Subscribers, 10% Revenue Growth

SiriusxmSiriusXM is on a tear, and recently the satellite broadcaster made an uninvited advance on Pandora.  The music streamer rebuffed the overture, but they may want to reconsider.  Their combined platforms plus Pandora's ticketing and soon-to launch music streamer would make a powerful combination.

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Ariana Grande Lost White House Gig Because She Licked A Donut

arianaAccording to DNC emails released via Wikileaks last week, Ariana Grande was being considered as a performer for a gala for President Obama, but in an extremely detailed back-and-forth that took place last September, she was ultimately deemed unfit for the job.

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Top Recording Artists, John Oliver Remind Politicians Not To Use Music Without Permission [VIDEO]

campaign"If I didn't want to get paid, I'd be on Spotify..." TV's John Oliver and some of America’s top recording artists remind politicians not to use their songs without permission on the campaign trail. 

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New Ticketing Tech To Open More Doors To Live Entertainment

11The issue of ticket bots snapping up tickets before fans have a chance is one that has long been acknowledged in the industry, but rather than using an increasingly closed system to ensure fans get to more events at a reasonable price, Jack Groetzinger believes a more open system may be the solution.

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An End To 4 Minute Music Videos: How Record Labels And Artists Can Fix Their YouTube Woes

15-minsAs the artists vs. YouTube battle rages on, Mark Mulligan suggests that the real underlying issue is that the four minute music video, while it worked well for MTV, is no longer suited to a modern YouTube, and that artists need to begin creating lengthier videos, both to maintain user interest and multiply their ad revenue.

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You're Buying The Wrong Size T-Shirts And Your Band Is Losing Money [Size Chart]

TshirtAs music sales decline, making money from merchandise grows in importance and sizing the mech you buy in advance is probably the area where most artists get it wrong. So, here’s a breakdown of the main sizes of mens/unisex t-shirts that you should use as a baseline.

 

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Kobalt Acquires Terry McBride's 18,000 Song Nettwerk Publishing Catalog In Deal Estimated At $25 Million

image from www.nettwerk.comTerry McBride and Nettwerk Music were once the darling of the new music industry for championing progressive flat licensing and a willingness to work with music tech startups. So it seems fitting that Nettwerk's 18,000 song catalog has been acquired by another company working to shake up publishing and the music business.

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How Music Laws Affect Local Venues

BarMixerBars, clubs and like businesses will frequently play recorded music as well as hiring live bands. To do so, however, said venues must pay performance rights organizations fees in exchange for the use of their copyrighted material. Here we breakdown how the laws surrounding these sorts of transactions work.

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U2, Sting, Drake, Britney Spears, Sam Hunt Headline Impressive iHeart Radio Festival Lineup

image from s3.amazonaws.comiHeartMedia may be struggling to pay the bills, but they've still got the cash and clout  to put assemble an impressive festival. And one look at the 2016 iHeartradio Festival lineup reminds just how much that mega-hits - past and current - drive commercial broadcast radio.

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