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Music Industry Has Upper Hand As Spotify Faces Soaring Interest Rates, Stock Discounts

upper hand Last year when Spotify took on $1 billion in debt, we reported that it did so under terms that forced rate increases if it failed to IPO.  Now, those terms could force Spotify to IPO quickly, which leaves the music industry in a strong negotiating position.

 

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Matador Records Founder Chis Lombardi In Founding An Indie Label, 'Signing Music You Love'

UntitledIn this piece Kenny Gates of [PIAS] speaks with Matador Records founder Chris Lombardi, who originally began the label as a hobby, about the label's origins, and where he things the modern music industry is headed.

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Music's Cultural Diversity Threatened By Complex, Onerous Visa Laws As U.S. Shifts To "America First"

usMatthew Covey of Tamizdat, a non-profit organization focused on artist visa issues, discusses the challenge of guaranteeing that international touring artists continue in the performing arts continue to have access to America. And what had to believe that in President Trump's "America First" things will only get worse.

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115 Social Media Facts You Need To Know [INFOGRAPHIC]

helpFacebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat.... In less than a decade social media has become and essential tool for musicians and music marketers. But the social media landscape can also be quite confusing.  This infographic offers some stats and insights to help you sort it out.

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Bandcamp Reports Strong Growth, Adding 2000 Indie Labels, Hundreds Of Thousands Of Artists In 2016

image from imageog.flaticon.comThe recorded music business had a decent year in 2016, but indie powerhouse Bandcamp had an ever better one. And they did it the old fashioned way - selling music and merchandise - rather than by collecting checks from Spotify and Apple Music.

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Netflix Not Worried About Death Of Net Neutrality, But Startups Should Be Terrified

(1)With Trump's team of telecom advisors having made clear their intentions to dismantle net neutrality, startups and smaller companies that lack the lobbying muscle of companies like Netflix are in a state of panic.

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For Music, Artificial Scarcity Has Become Scarce [David Lowery]

1Uses of the term "artificial scarcity" appear to be declining.  Once often slung around by those discussing copyright, in reference to copyright holders limiting the authorization of creative work, the frequency of the terms appears to have dropped.

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Enter NPR Music's Tiny Desk Contest - Just 5 Days Left!

image from tinydeskcontest.npr.orgPlaying Tiny Desk Concerts - stripped down performances at the NPR office - has become a right of passage for any band releasing a public radio friendly album. Each year they hold a contest to discover an unknown artist and along the way give exposure to dozens of others.

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New Book Reveals Songs That Changed People's Lives

Book CoverFormer Hypebot editor and writer Kyle Bylin shares an excerpt from his newest book, Song Stories: Music That Shaped Our Identities and Changed Our Lives. It's a collection of essays written by music professionals and indie artists about specific songs that have impacted their lives. The book showcases the powerful memories and emotions that arise when each individual hears a song from their past. This is the experience of music that we all have with music, but we rarely share with one another.

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It's A Streaming World With Vinyl Only Living In, But It’s Living Much Better These Days [Glenn Peoples]

Vinyl 1 record[UPDATED] Streaming and vinyl are two growth areas helping to return the music industry to profitability.  But getting your vinyl pressed hasn't been easy. “You used to not have to worry about manufacturing,” Matthew Johnson, co-founder of Fat Possum Records told Billboard. 

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