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Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Overcoming Career Competition • How Music Laws Affect Local Venues • Book More House Concerts • More

16a00d83451b36c69e201b8d13d401f970c-800wiFrom the pages of MusicThinkTank this week, we looked at overcoming career competition, how music laws affect local venues, ways artists can book more house shows, and more.

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Hastings Shuttering All 123 Music Stores, Liquidation Sale Starts Saturday

image from www.publishersweekly.comHastings is shutting down all 123 stores and liquidating inventory and fixtures at a deep discount. Hastings had filed bankruptcy and been given 30 days by the court to find a buyer. We got details of the sale and a list of all Hastings locations.

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Pokemon Go: A Competitive Social Formula For The Music Industry? [George Howard]

11Here George Howard looks at how the social, fun, and competitive formula which has made Pokemon Go the massive success that it is could potentially work in the music industry, and the hurdles it would have to overcome to do so.

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Could Beatport Save SFX? Bankrupt Co. Decides Not To Sell EDM Store Because It's So Damn Successful

BeatportLogoIn a bid to raise much need cash, a bankrupt SFX first put EDM music service Beatport up for sale. Then they postponed the sale and gutted Beatport staff and services. Next it said the sale was on again, only to be withdraw it from the market last week.  Yesterday SFX tried to explain the flip flop.

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Music Publishing News Roundup 7.22.16: Apple Streaming Royalty Proposal • SOCAN Buys Audiam • VKontakte Preps Streamer • More

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Apple has proposed a streaming royalty rate with the Copyright Royalty Board as part of a preceding to set statutory rates for downloads and interactive streaming services.  The proposed rate, intended to simplify the way on-demand streaming services like Apple Music and Spotify pay songwriters and publishers, is 9.1 cents for every 100 streams of a song.  

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Record Labels Need Change Of Culture In ‘Dashboard Era’ Of The Music Industry

1Music streaming data makes it possible to understand the fan behavior behind each stream. "But the way we translate this creativity into monetizable, digitally-mediated experiences requires a culture change" within the music industry," says Samuel Potts, the head of radio at Columbia Records UK.

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Getting The Marketing Band Together; Hiring Business Help

1 (1)There's no guarantee that a good musician will also happen to be a savvy business person as well, which is why hiring outside help can often be a good idea. Here we look the proper way to go about hiring business help so that an artist can instead focus on honing their craft.

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Canadian Music PRO SOCAN Acquires Jeff Price's Audiam "to finally fix the global industry problems"

SOCANIn May, Canadian performing rights organization SOCAN acquired music and metadata delivery technology provider MediaNet. Late yesterday, they added Audiam, a digtal music licensing and royalty collection service, to their music tech portfolio.

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German Music Market Up In The First Half Of 2016 Thanks To Streaming

german musicThe turnaround that the music industry has waited almost a decade for has finally arrived, thanks to streaming. The latest evidence comes from Germany where the recorded music market was up by 3.6% in the first half of 2016, driven entirely by streaming.

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A2IM, RIAA & Concord File Amicus Brief To Fight Pre-1972 Recordings Court Decision

Gavel-clipart-gavel_bwA recent court decision that pre-1972 recordings are subject to the “safe harbor“ provisions of the DMCA ran contrary to all previous rulings, and sent shock waves through the music industry. Now, trade groups and labels are banning together to overturn the ruling.

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Did Kanye West Help Make Taylor Swift Famous? Pandora Dives Into The Data

taylor + KayneAs the battle between Taylor Swift and Kanye West continues, the rapper continues to maintain that he made her “Famous.”  Pandora dug into their data to analyze the way their listeners engage with both artist’s music to answer the question once and for all. 

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Internet Radio's “Value Shift” In Waiting [Glenn Peoples]

1Could it be that the best way for musicians and rights holders to earn more money moving forward it to get more listeners to ditch traditional AM/FM radio in favor of online streaming? According to the math, services like Pandora provide higher payouts for more royalty types than their broadcast competitors.

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Think YouTube Is Evil? Facebook Is Paying $50 Million For Live Videos, But Most Musicians Get Nothing

Facebook Live logoWith one of the lowest payouts per stream of any service offering music, YouTube has become the target of much ire from the music industry.  But Facebook, which recently extended its $50 million payment program to select creators, is not paying a dime for the vast majority of the videos on the site.

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Indie Beggars Group (4AD, Matador, Rough Trade, XL) Was Hacked - Change Your Password Now

image from stream-seo.comWe're sadly getting used to hearing about the big evil mega-corps getting hacked. But an as-cool-as-any-record-label-can-ever-be indie? Well, The Beggars Group has been been hacked and they are urging all U.S. fans of their roster of indie darlings to change their passwords asap.

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Congress Eyes Creation Of A Copyright "Small Claims Court"

1Although many active members of the copyright community have been requesting that some form of small claims court be set up as an alternative to filing a federal lawsuit, a new bill being introduced with this theoretical purpose is riddled with issues, and could be primarily utilized by copyright trolls.

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