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What the #covfefe?! Trump Has Nothing On Songwriters... The Most Nonsensical Song Titles Of All Time

Trump#Trump set the internet on fire today trying to guess the true meaning of an apparent mis-spelling tweeted as #covfefe. But Comrade Combover has nothing on the songwriters that create new words to fit the music; and some non-words even became accepted vocabulary.  Bootylicious anyone?

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Sub Pop, The Label Brought Us Nirvana And Started A Movement [INTERVIEW]

Sub_Pop.svgHere the people at SoundExchange speak with Jonathan Poneman, co-founder of legendary independent label Sub Pop, a label known for acts like The Postal Service, as well as for helping to spur the grunge movement via bands like Nirvana and Soundgarden.

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Google Play Music Extends FREE Trial To 120 Days

image from jacobsmedia.comWhile 30 and even 90 day free our deeply discounted trials are common among music streamers, Google has upped the ante extend trials for Google Play Music another 30 to 120 days or four months.

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Music Marketing Tips - Part 1: How Increase Your Fanbase [Cyber PR]

Concert crowdThe internet is a veritable treasure trove of information, but at the core of it all are three key principles to increasing your income and at the foundation is – increase your fanbase, share Ariel Hyatt and her team at CyberPR.

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Industry Insiders Share Their Secrets On Getting Your Music Licensed

Recording-for-picture-headerAlthough making any appreciable volume of money through streaming is challenging for an artist who's not already an established big name, sync licensing can be an accessible way for lesser known artists to earn an income.

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The Metadata Race: A Contest That Record Labels Can Win

AdobeStock_Baton_biker3It's no industry secret that metadata, or more importantly a lack thereof, can negatively impact revenue when information gets lost in music's journey from creator to consumer. Here we look at some things rightsholders can do to prevent such an unnecessary loss.

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Spotify To Launch In Vietnam, Thailand But Avoids Competitive Streaming Market In India

Spotify newSpotify is planning to launch in Thailand and Vietnam, according to multiple sources.  The move is part of Spotify's pre-stock offering expansion, but skips of a large and potentially lucrative market, India.

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Get More Music Fans: 15 Ways

BzBlog_15-ways-get-music-fans_IMG01Having true hardcore fans is a key piece of building a sustainable career as a band or artist. In this article we look at fifteen essential tactics for pulling in more fans and growing your base as a whole.

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Ariana Grande Returns To Manchester For Benefit Concert w/ Coldplay, Katy Perry, Pharrell, Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus

OneLovemanchester[UPDATED] Just 2 weeks after a terrorist bombing that killed 22 and injured 50 fans leaving her concert, Ariana Grande is returning to Manchester, UK for a benefit concert with along with some very famous musical guests.

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Another Safe Harbor For Digital Services Coming Soon [David Lowery]

12Considering the financial havoc that has been wreaked with artists' income as a result of Google's DMCA safe harbor for YouTube, it seems odd that anyone remotely informed on the topic of music licensing would think another safe harbor for streaming services would be a good idea, and yet that's just what appears to have been proposed.

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Spotify Songwriter Settlement Points Finger At Facebook [Chris Castle]

(1)While Spotify gets at least one gold star for settling the songwriter/publisher class action lawsuit brought by Melissa Ferrick and David Lowery for $43.4 million, an even bigger online giant is ignoring its obligations to creators all together...

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Key SoundCloud Exec Stephen Bryan Exits

SoundCloud_logo (1)Stephen Bryan, SoundCloud's chief content officer is leaving the music streamer. Bryan joined SoundCloud in 2014 from Warner Music and was responsible for getting the licensing deals to move Soundcloud from a just a user-generated content site to launching their full fledged music streamer SoundCloud Go. 

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Facebook Live's New Guest Feature plus a Music Biz Conference Recap [Music Biz Weekly Podcast]

Musicbiz weekly podcast logoThis week Michael and Jay try out the brand new Facebook Live feature where you can add a guest to your live video... and they broadcast the show live on Facebook! This has huge potential for online fan events and interactions. Jay also shares a recap of the recent Music Biz 2017 conference in Nashville.

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Ariana Grande Announces Return To Manchester For Benefit Concert In Heartfelt Letter To Fans

Ariana GrandeJust days after a deadly bombing at her concert in Manchester that left 23 people dead, singer Ariana Grande announced that she's returning to the city in the near future to stage a benefit concert.

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5 Essentials For Selling Out Your Hometown Show

GeoffFor an even somewhat established band,  it may seem as though selling out a show in your hometown would be effortless. Such is not the case, however, and doing so requires significant effort. Here we look at five helpful tips to guarantee your next hometown show is packed to the gills.

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Spotify Eyes $1 Billion Debt Restructure To Avoid Soaring Interest Rates

Spotify New $When Spotfify took on $1 billion in debt under difficult terms, we questioned the long term effect on the music streamer's financial health. Now, Spotify is hoping to go public without an IPO, but last year's debt deal could put the damper on those plans.

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4 Important Music Biz Stories You Missed Over The Long Weekend

Top-news1With a bit of luck, you got to relax this long U.S. Memorial Day weekend, as well as to honor our veterans.  But as with all things news related these days, there's always something happening in the music industry. Here are the four stories you need to read to catch up: 

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Spotify Settles David Lowery, Melissa Ferrick Class Action Lawsuit with $43.4 Million Compensation Fund

Spotify new[UPDATED] In a major victory for indie musicians, the combined class action lawsuits against Spotify brought by Cracker frontman and artist advocate David Lowery and singer/songwriter Melissa Ferrick have been settled with the music streamer establishing a $43.4 million fund to compensate songwriters and publishers whose work had been used by the service without proper licensing. 

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This Week In Music Commentary

6a00d83451b36c69e201bb08d1d859970d-100wiThis week music commentators shared their thoughts and opinions on digital aggregators potentially leading the industry on transparency, regulation and the adolescence of the internet, and the future of blockchain.

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