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Spotify Surpasses 60M Paid Subscribers, Now Adding 2M Per Month

Spotify newSpotify has confirmed that it has surpassed 60 million subscribers. That's up from 40 million paid in March of this year; and means that the worlds top music streamer is adding an impressive 2 million paid users per month. As of June, Spotify's active users - both paid and free ad-supported - totalled 140 million.

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Paid Music Streaming: Where Are We Now? Where Are We Going? [Mark Mulligan]

GoingThere is no question that streaming is driving a new era in the music industry. But where is streaming now and where does it fits in the longer term evolution of the music market?  MIDiA analyst Mark Mulligan looks for answers.

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SESAC Signs New Broadcast Radio Deal At Rates It Says Are 50% Higher Than ASCAP

image from www.hypebot.comSESAC has signed a new deal with U.S. radio broadcasters. The performing rights organization claims that its new deal, the result of arbitration, are at rates 50% per higher than published reports of those paid to members of competitor ASCAP.

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Key Elements Of Successful Music VIP Ticketing Programs [Music Biz Weekly Podcast]

image from www.difreshstore.comThis week, Ron Young of the band Little Caesar joins Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert on Hypebot's Music Biz Weekly podcast to discuss music VIP ticket experiences and where they have gone wrong. Learn the key elements that make a successful music VIP ticket program.

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Think It's Bad For Songwriters Now? Just Wait Until 'Shiv Bill' Passes [David Lowery]

Download (2)The new "Transparency in Music Licensing and Ownership Act" bill introduced by longtime songwriter antagonist Senator Jim Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin sounds promising, but in reality aims to lesson songwriters' ability to sue, writes David Lowery.

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22,000 Evacuate Tomorrowland Festival As Fire Destroys Main Stage [VIDEO]

image from www.celebrityaccess.comMore than 22,000 fans were evacuated from the Tomorrowland Unite music festival in Spain after the main stage went up in flames on Saturday night. According to the Washington Post, the main stage at Tomorrowland's Unite Festival in Barcelona was “completely destroyed” in the blaze, which started shortly before midnight.

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SoundCloud Nears Deal To Sell Majority Stake To Private Equity Firms

SoundCloud_logo (1)[UPDATED] A struggling SoundCloud may have found not one, but two lifelines. A pair of private equity firms are reportedly close to each taking a separate stake in the unprofitable music streamer that would collectively mean the acquisition of a majority of the company.

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Pandora Locks Out 5 Million Users In Australia, New Zealand

Pandora-new-logo-image-001Pandora has exited the Australia and New Zealand markets leaving 5 million users without the service.  While the move was expected as the music streamer works toward profitability it leaves a big whole in a significant market that has a long history of failed streaming services.

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Wolf Warriors 2, Dunkirk Top Weekend Box Office

wolf warriors 2Chinese action adventure "Wolf Warriors 2" topped the weekend's global box office, clearing an estimated $125m after opening in just 5 territories. Directed by Wu Jing and starring Wu Jing in the lead role as a Chinese special forces soldier battling with a drug lord. "Wolf Warriors 2" also stars Celina Jade, Frank Grillo and Hans Zhang, and is a sequel to a 2015 film that was unsurprisingly named "Wolf Warriors."

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How To Use Social Media Influencers To Drive Live Show Attendance

Influencer-marketing-for-events[UPDATED] Social influencer marketing has been gaining a lot of buzz recently and, although it can be highly effective, it can also be complex and confusing method of marketing, one which requires a carefully thought out strategy in order for it to be executed effectively.

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YouTube Monetization And Exclusivity: Is It Right For You?

PopHere we examine the issue of exclusivity in the world of music and rights management, and what it means to have a single entity working on behalf of your music, whether it's sync licensing, retail distribution, or monetization on platforms such as YouTube.

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Leadership Music Names New Board

Leadership-music-logoLeadership Music has named a new board of directors. Songwriter Stacy Widelitz (“She’s Like the Wind”), has been elected president; Provident Label Group’s Jimmy Wheeler is president-elect; Jeff Gregg, an agent at CAA, is Past President; and Amy Smartt, CMA, remains as treasurer. Julie Boos, Flood, Bumstead, McCready & McCarthy re-joins the officers as secretary.

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My Startup Helped Launch World’s First Music Tech Trade Group: Here Is How And Why

1-ZTwW7fHCtk06EZOper_VoQIn this piece Laurent Martin walks us through the process by which his startup, Aitokaiku, was able to work with members of Music Tech Germany in order to emerge as the first fair trade association the music tech industry has seen.

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Bandsintown Upgrades App To Strengthen Artist To Fan Connections

BandsInTownBandsintown has released a major app update designed to enhance concert discovery and artist to fan interactions. Bandsintown has become an essential tool for concert discovery and marketing with more than 65% of touring artists and 80% of Billboard Top 100 artists using the app to connect with fans, according to company estimates.

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7 Tips For Improving Merch Sales

MerchWhile physical music may not sell like it once did, the merchandise table remains an excellent way for artists at all levels of notoriety to pull in serious cash, as well as promote their music by putting their merch out into the world. Here we look at seven different ways to step up your merch game.

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