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How to Promote Your Band Online To Music Venues and Festivals

2For independent artists looking to promote their music online to venues and festivals, the sheer variety of choices can often make it challenging for artists to know how to best channel their online presence for positive results. Here we examine how determine which yes the most success.

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Ray Wadell Exits Billboard After 30 Years, But He's Not Retiring

Ray WadellLong time Billboard writer, Ray Waddell is leaving the trade magazine to work with Tim Leiweke and Irving Azoff at their recently launched Oak View Group. Wadell has covered live touring for Billboard for 30 years, and his departure will leave a gaping whole in Billboard's coverage of the sector. 

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Spotify Adds Specially Recorded 2 Song "Singles" From John Legend, Tove Lo, Local Natives, D.R.A.M., Juanes, 15 More

image from d3rt1990lpmkn.cloudfront.netSpotify continues to add original programming and promote its own playlists (if you can call two songs a playlist) with the launch of weekly "Singles" that include a track from a hit artist and their cover of a popular song. The music streamer is also planning a new series called "Live".

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Dubsmash Adds $9.6 Million For Viral Music Video Lip-Sync App

image from crunchbase-production-res.cloudinary.com[UPDATED] Dubsmash has added $9.6 million in funding to expand its popular music video lip-sync app.  Fan generated music videos have become a major marketing tool for labels and artists.  But will revenue to rights holders follow?  

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Tidal, The Streaming Service That's Kind To Artists, Sued By Prince Estate Over Copyright Infringement

2Although it was originally billed as being an artist-friendly service crammed with exclusive content, Tidal's success on both counts is questionable and now, in addition to its tepid launch and low subscription numbers, the service is the subject of a Prince Estate lawsuit, after the company allegedly streamed the artist's catalog without authorization.

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The Weeknd Breaks Spotify Single Day Record With More Than 33 Million Streams Every 24 Hours

image from d3rt1990lpmkn.cloudfront.net[UPDATED] Spotify has shared that as of November 26th, The Weeknd is the artist with the most streams on Spotify in a single day. The artist's top 5 tracks have a cumulative 1.6 billion plays on the music  streamer. 

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New Trade Mission Visits South American Music Conferences, Fests in 6 Cities: Doing Business in Chile, Argentina, Brazil

music planeStarting today, a new trade mission is meeting with musicians and the music industry at conferences and festivals in 6 cities in 3 South American countries. The three - Chile, Argentina and Brazil - collectively represent 2/3rds of the Latin American music market.

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SiriusXM Must Pay Up To $99M In Flo & Eddie Class Action Settlement [READ FULL FILING]

SiriusxmDetails of the Flo & Eddie class action settlement with SiriusXM over plays of pre-1972 recordings has emerged in the form of a court filing and analysis.  The ruling could mean as much as $99 million - before lawyer's fees, of course - for the classic rock pair.

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Bruno Mars Sells 1 Million Tickets In 24 Hours

Bruno MarsBruno Mars sold more than 1 million tickets for his 24K Magic World Tour in a single day, according to Live Nation. Tickets for Mars` Europe and North America dates went on sale last Monday, following a big night of tv that included a performance at the American Music Awards and a 60 Minutes profile - his first on-camera interview in four years.

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SoundExchange Payments Rise 29% In Q3, Artists And Labels Paid Jump 45%

Sound-exchange-logoSoundExchange payments were up 29.2% last quarter. So while the U.S. digital PRO has taken some big hits lately, mostly thanks to Pandora and other direct licensing deals, this impressive growth should quiet any disparaging talk of its ongoing relevancy. 

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Act Fast For Deep Discounts On Soundcloud, YouTube Red, Google Play Music, Spotify, Amazon Prime Music

image from www.pomeroyblues.orgMost of the top music streamers are offering deep year end discounts on premium subscriptions this holiday season designed to lure new and returning customers.  But you'll need to act quickly. Some end today.

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