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Music Industry Lawsuits And Issues To Watch In 2018

1Always an area rife with legal complexity, Erin M. Jacobson here looks at the legal world of the music business industry, and four important cases too keep a close eye on as we move into 2018, and what the broader implication of the outcome of these cases might be.

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This Indie Guitarist Is Paying Off His House Thanks To Streaming Revenue.

2Here Chris Robley reveals the DIY success story that is Lance Allen, an artist who doesn't tour or sell merch, but is able to earn a full time living from music through the combined revenue of guitar lessons and money generated from streams on Pandora, Spotify, and YouTube.

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Billboard Shifts Magazine, Chart Dates To Reflect Actual Release Week

Billboard chartThe venerable music trade magazine Billboard is finally shifting its publication and chart dates to closer match the real world. Starting in 2018, Billboard Magazine issues and charts within it will be dated to the Saturday of the week that that the magazine is shipped. Currently, Billboard issues are dated to the Saturday in the week following shipment.

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How Apple Got Its Musical Groove Back

1It wasn't all that long ago that Apple was floundering for industry relevancy, in the wake of embarrassments such as the U2 Songs of Innocence debacle, coupled with their reliance on paid downloads at a time when industry was steadily shifting towards streaming. Here we look at how they were able to rebound to once again be a major industry player.

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​Protecting Your Online Brand with A Perfect Press Kit [Cyber PR]

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There is something crucial that most of you are missing…

In the age of social media we are all focusing on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook and, we’ve forgotten an important basic: Your online press kit – the asset that makes it easy for others to publicize your brand.

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Best Music Documentaries Of 2017

12017 was an excellent year for rock docs, with major players like HBO, Netflix, and Showtime all eager for compelling original content. This combined with the numerous tragedies which struck the industry in 2017, the past year has provided a bumper crop of music industry documentaries. Here we look at some of the best.

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"Massive Victory" For Songwriters, Publishers As Court Allows Fractional Licensing - BMI, ASCAP React

BMI[UPDATED] In a major victory for songwriters and publishers, the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled against the U.S. Department of Justice which had sought to end the practice of fractional music licensing. 

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Sony, Universal Strike New Global Licensing Deals With YouTube

Youtube_logo[UPDATED] Universal and Sony have joined Warner Music Group in signing new multi-year global licensing agreements with YouTube. The move also paves the way Google and YouTube to launch a new paid streaming service to compete with Spotify this Spring.

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Battling Copyright Woes With Blockchain Protocols

2Copyright law has been a source of legal conflict since well before the rise of the internet, but the relatively new presence of blockchain tech on the scene could potentially help cut the number of copyright conflicts the industry sees on a now almost constant basis.

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Are Catalog Releases Making The Music Charts Inaccurate?

1When it comes to measuring album success, it has long been a practice to focus only on the 'frontline' releases, with music being relegated to a label's 'catalog' after eighteen month. Thanks to the age of streaming, however, music often sees increased increased spins in the years following its release, leading some to question if the charts are still accurate.

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Major Music, Entertainment Execs Form Commission As Sexual Abuse Allegations Mount, Anita Hill To Chair

image from upload.wikimedia.orgThe formation of a music and entertainment industry Commission on Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality in the Workplace was announced last week.  To be chaired by Anita Hill,  the commission is a creation of a group of entertainment industry executives in response to an ever-growing range of accusations of sexual harassment, abuse and rape by power players in the industry.

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Indie Musician Files Class Action Lawsuit Against Apple Music Over Unpaid Royalties

Apple-logoAn independent musician has filed a lawsuit against Apple and Apple Music over the unlicensed use of tracks and unpaid royalties. Like similar suits brought against Spotify and other streamers, the suit is seeking class action status to include hundreds if not thousands of other independent artists.  

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Digital Marketing Tools, Resources For Independent Artists [Part 2]

2In the second half of this two part series, Raj Shah shares with readers an arsenal of tools and resources available to the independent artist which can be an invaluable asset in taking their marketing to the next level and driving them towards industry success.

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What Pandora's Genome Can Tell Us About The Sounds Of 2017

1Here we look at breakdown of popular music on Pandora from a genre-based angle and how streaming, in addition to bringing in a majority of the revenue in music, is also reshaping the music itself, and allowing a more diverse group of artists and musical influences to reach listeners.

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Master The Messenger Bot: Closing The Marketing Gap

2Messenger bots have shown to have some of the highest open rates of the many forms of marketing channels available. Here we look at some of the different tactics you can employ in order to get your audience and fans to interact with your bot once it's launched.

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Music, Media & Tech Predictions For 2018: Post-Peak Economics [MIDiA Research]

2017 -20182017 was the year when the shift to streaming music became undeniable, but what will 2018 bring? Here analyst Mark Mulligan, no stranger to Hypebot readers, and the team at MIDiA Research take a stab at predicting the year ahead. In case you're wondering if it's worth reading, last year their predictions came true 94% of the time.

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Sponsored Songs and Spotify Pre-Saves with Feature.FM

Musicbiz weekly podcast logoDaniel Sander, Head of Business Development & Marketing at Feature.FM, joins Michael Brandvold Jay Gilbert on Hypebot's Music Biz Weekly Podcast.  They discuss two of Feature.FMs most useful  features: sponsored songs in streaming services and Spotify pre-saves.

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Digital Marketing Tools, Resources For Independent Artists [Part 1]

1In part one of this two piece article,  we break down some of the tools available to independent artists to employ as they balance their role of both musician and marketer, and what resources they can utilize to put themselves ahead of competitors when it comes to digital marketing.

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3 Warner Music Group Execs Accused Of Sexual Misconduct, "Inappropriate Behavior"

WMG-W-logoThree Warner Music executives have been accused of sexual misconduct and inappropriate behavior. WMG reportedly took "disciplinary action" after Warner Bros. Records EVP of A&R Jeff Fenster and another unnamed executive were accused of sexual misconduct by a former staffer. The woman also accused WMG CEO Stephen Cooper of making an inappropriate remark at a party.

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Live Streaming Music App Spotlite Raises $10 Million

image from crunchbase-production-res.cloudinary.comSpotlite, "a direct to fan app that caters to the artist," has raised $10 million in a round led by Sequoia Capital China and BlueRun Ventures. The free app is often described as,“American Idol meets musical.ly.”  Spotlite's nearest direct competitor is Smule, but artists don't earn money on that platform. 

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