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Data From Music Streamers Saved Label $1 Million This Year, Says Big Machine's Scott Borchetta

Music dataLike it or not, data drives the music industry.  That's particularly true of labels that compete for commercial radio play. Data, including expensive focus groups, drives what and how they pitch, and streaming data has rapidly become an essential and free source.

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5 Simple Ways To Look More Professional As A Musician

1 (1)When it comes to be a professional musician, it's important to dress for the part. Of course a large portion of if this revolves around one's choice of attire, but there are a multitude of other ways to cultivate a degree of professionalism extending beyond choice of clothes.

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Music Publishing News Roundup: Friday, September 23, 2016

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BMI’s rate-court Judge has ruled against the Department of Justice’s 100% licensing decision.  Judge Louis Stanton stated that “the consent decree neither bars fractional licensing nor requires full-work licensing,” exactly the opposite of what the DOJ argued in its controversial ruling earlier this summer.  

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iHeartMedia Confirms January Launch Of 2 New Streaming Music Services, Multiple Label Deals

image from www.hypebot.comiHeartMedia has confirmed yesterday's reports that it will launch to new streaming music services early next year. The broadcast radio giant joins a crowded sector, but could help drive mainstream adoption of streaming music.

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Playster Signs With WMG, Sony, Orchard To Add Music To Multi-Channel Streaming Package, UMG Is Lone Holdout

Playster-dark-logo[UPDATED] Playster, the so-called  "Netflix of everything" has signed deals with several major music groups to add music to its monthly multi-channel streaming packages which also includes audiobook, games and movies. 

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New Job Ad Signals Facebook Is Finally Getting Serious About Music

Help wantedFacebook is hiring a Director of Global Music Licensing Partnerships.  There's already a lot of music on Facebook, but almost none of it - whether via apps for Spotify and others or in uploaded videos - is licensed directly by Facebook. That's about to change, but is it part of a larger music strategy?

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Where The Music Business Stands Midway Through 2016 [RIAA Report]

1Although it's been about half a decade, the music business has, at long last, seen some appreciable growth in 2016, thanks largely to streaming. However, music continues to be undervalued, and the industry remains hobbled by outdated laws.

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Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton Top Americana Music Awards 2016 - The Full List Of Winners

americana music awardsChris Stapleton won Artist of The Year at last night's Americana Music Awards in Nashville.  Jason Isbell took home two major wins: Album and Song of the Year. The awards capped a week of Americana Music Conference panels and performances celebrating the year that the Americana genre received mainstream recognition, while still remaining true to its eclectic roots.

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Samsung Milk Music Shuts Down Today, Users Encouraged To Transition To Slacker

SlackerMilk Music, the on again off again attempt by Samsung, one of the world's biggest cell phone manufacturers to launch a music service, is shutting down today. One beneficiary of Milk's demise is the often overlooked streamer Slacker.

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Free Music Services Account For More Than 80% Of All U.S. Streaming

FreemusicFree music services account for 80% of all streaming the in U.S., according to a new Music Watch survey.  That's bad news for rightsholders, since free services pay far less per stream than paid. But it's also a reminder of how much room for growth there is for paid services

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Former UMG Exec: Major Label Music Should Cost More, Destroy DMCA Safe Harbors

1In a recent bout of industry hypocrisy Paul Young, a former director of licensing for Universal Music Group has taken to the soap box denouncing the DMCA and the unfairness of streaming services, although his argument seems plagued with a lack of understanding regarding copyright and economics in general.

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