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How Music Industry Project Management SHOULD Work

1As the music industry has transformed and increased in complexity so dramatically over the past few years that the already time consuming task of reporting has grown even more so. In this piece, David Weiszfeld looks at how reporting and project management should work in the music business.

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200+ Musicians File Joint Brief In Support Of "Blurred Lines" Appeal [Read The Full Document]

image from upload.wikimedia.orgMore than 200 musicians and songwriters have filed a joint brief in support of overturning the verdict in the Marvin Gaye Estate vs. the writers of the hit "Blurred Lines."  The diverse group, which ranges from Rivers Cuomo to John Oates and R. Kelly to Hans Zimmer, sites both case law and music experts.

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A Look At How Well Streaming Music Is Really Doing And The Major Label's "Streaming Reality Distortion Field" [Mark Mulligan]

realityAll 3 major labels have reported impressive growth in streaming income. But that's only a fraction of the story, says top industry analyst Mark Mulligan of MIDiA. "If the music service wins, the label wins, if the music service loses, the label still wins," he says. "This disconnect... is one of the festering wounds of the streaming music market."

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Texas Governor Greg Abbott Urges U.S. DOJ To Reconsider Changes To PRO Licensing Model

1With so many unhappy with the Department of Justice's recent alteration to the Performing Rights Organization licensing model, Texas Governor Greg Abbott recently sent a letter to Attorney General Lynch urging reconsideration of the decision.

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Sonos Smartly Extends Speaker Control To Spotify App, Amazon Echo, Pandora [UPDATED]

sonosI've always loved my Sonos multi-room speaker system. It's a near perfect combo of size, fidelity and wireless convenience. My single beef has been that using Sonos speakers meant using the Sonos app as a controller. And it works well, I missed some features that I enjoyed on Spotify, Pandora and other music apps.

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15 Years Later: Aaliyah’s Legacy By The Numbers

ImagesFifteen years after her untimely death in a plane crash at the age of twenty-two, the R&B/hip-hop singer Aaliyah continues to see great popularity, racking up impressive spin counts on platforms like Pandora, and even seeing remarkable traffic across a variety of social media outlets.

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Sturgill Simpson Declares War On Nashville: "Conversations are taking place on Music Row to ensure I am blackballed"

Sturgill Simpson has been hsturgillailed as the second coming of Hank Williams and Merle Haggard. But despite a lot of lip service, country radio and the Nashville establishment have failed to give him his due. Simpson doesn't care what they think, but he does care about hypocrisy, and he let loose this week on Facebook.

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Ariana Grande, Kanye West Get Biggest VMA Bump On Spotify

Spotify newThe VMAs may have taken a ratings hit, but they still deliver a bump on Spotify. After Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj’s workout-filled performance of their new single “Side To Side”, the track jumped 355% from the weekend prior. Kanye West’s “Fade”, whose video he premiered during the show, jumped 324%. Michael Phelps’s Olympic pump-up song “Stick That”, from Future,  jumped 75%.

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Revelator Raises $2.5M To Expand Digital Music Business Platform

revelator logoRevelator's mission is as simple as it is important: build the first open business platform for distributing, selling, licensing and collecting revenue for music online. Today, the the company announced it has raised $2.5 million to fund its global expansion.

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17 Ways To Promote Your Music Online

1 (1)Given the multitude of available channels, it's unrealistic to expect to be able to promote your music on all of them. A more effective strategy is to focus on those platforms most likely to offer success. Here we look at determining which channels those might be, and utilizing them accordingly.

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VMA Ratings Fall Dramatically On MTV, Sister Stations, But Soars On Social Media

baeViewership for Sunday's MTV's Video Music Awards fell dramatically for the second straight year, even as related action on social media soared.  But what does MTV expect when they repeatedly produce a show designed primarily to create tweetable moments?

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Desperate For New Label Deals, Spotify Reverses Position And Will Allow Release Windowing [Report]

Spotify windowSpotify is ready to allow new releases to be windowed on its paid Premium service. The music streamer needs new contracts with the major labels before it can move forward with an IPO; and reversing its long and strong anti-windowing policy has reportedly become part of the negotiations, according to a new report.

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Amazon Will Launch New Music Streaming Service Next Month [Report]

AmazonAmazon is so close to finishing its deal with the major labels that it will launch a competitor to Spotify and Apple Music in September, sources tell the Financial Times.  Previous reports have Amazon adding a lower priced $5 tier available only via its Echo speaker/digital assistant combo.

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The Time For A Copyright Small Claims Court Is Now

1While major stars like Robin Thicke and Zeppelin can afford to combat massive lawsuits, the average artist may have a tough time footing the bill for a bitter and protracted court battle. This could change however, should a recently introduced  small claims alternative bill end up passing into law.

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Frank Ocean’s Bombastic Blond Moment And What It Can Tell Us About The Future Of Artists And Labels

1 (1)After releasing his heavily anticipated visual album 'Endless' and thereby fulfilling his contractual obligation with Universal, Frank Ocean sent massive shockwaves through the music industry by independently releasing another album, 'Blonde' exclusively on Apple Music, a decision which could predict the future of artist/label relationships, particularly with regard to exclusives.

 

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Bruno Mars, Mark Zuckerberg Attended Spotify CEO Daniel Ek's Wedding This Weekend [PHOTOS]

Zuk and ekSpotify CEO Daniel Ek married Sophia Lavender this weekend on the beautiful shores of Lake Como in the Lombardy region of Italy. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife were guests, and singer Bruno Mars provided the entertainment. Thanks to social media, we've got photos.

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Frank Ocean's "Blonde" Debuts At #1, But "Endless" Deemed Ineligible [BuzzAngle Top 10 Chart]

Number-oneFrank Ocean's Blonde, his second studio album, debuted at #1 on the BuzzAngle Music U.S. Album Chart for the week of August 16, 2016 with 278,110 album project units, including 232K album sales and 69.1M audio streams

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Hans Zimmer Wins Copyright Lawsuit And An Apology, As Pace Of Copyright Claims Accelerates

Gavel-568417_640The case against Hans Zimmer over music from "12 Years A Slave" was dismissed last week. Whatever side you're on, however, its still an indisputably lucrative time to be a music copyright attorney.  

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MTV VMA 2016 - A Full List Of Winners

vma 2016At last night's 2016 MTV Video Music Awards, Beyonce stole the show with a "Lemonade" inspired performance, Drake all but proposed to rumored girlfriend Rihanna and Britney Spears hit the stage with a performance that proved the creative distance between her and Ms. B. Here is a full list of 2016 MTV VMA Winners.

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