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Petition Demanding Recording Academy Head Resign After 'Women Must Step Up' Comment Nears 10K Signatures

image from cinescribelakis.files.wordpress.comA petition demanding the Recording Academy President Neil Portnow resign had 9653 signatures as of Wednesday. The calls for the Academy's long term leader came after his response to the lack of women nominated for Grammys this year was that they needed to "step up" if they want to be in the music industry.

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Playlisting: The Billion Dollar Business [Free Ebook]

1With streaming rising to become the dominant form of music consumption, playlisting has become an essential component of achieving industry success. In this eBook, Lee Parsons of Ditto Music outlines how to get your music on playlists while simultaneously building out the rest of you career.

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Music Modernization Act Ignores 60M Copyright NOIs

Music Modernization ActAll week we digging into the Music Modernization Act currently before Congress. Yesterday, we learned that under the widely endorsed bill, songwriters would lose unclaimed royalties, as well as, some important rights to litigate. Today, Chris Castle explores a missed opportunity for the MMA - not dealing with the mass NOIs that allow streamers to use songs even when they can't find the proper license holders.

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Yonder: On The Rise Music Streamer You've Never Heard

image from pbs.twimg.comFrom the ashes of the Beyond Oblivion, the flashy yet unlaunched $174 million music tech startup, comes Yonder, a free music service that's gaining traction, in large part because it is building in markets that are off streaming’s beaten track, writes MIDiA's Mark Mulligan.

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Spotify's “This is:” Playlist Series Is A Hidden Gem

1A service known for its carefully curated playlists, Spotify's 'This Is' playlist series, each one focusing on a different legendary artist, often slips under the radar, but the series does an important service for fans and is one of the better products to emerge from the streaming revolution.

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Creamery Studio Celebrates Diverse Artist Base w/ Mixtape

1A constantly evolving vibrant music and arts mecca, Brooklyn is home to The Creamery Studio, a lofted space in the Greenpoint Neighborhood. Here Jeff Fettig and Quinn McCarthy chat with the TuneCore Blog about the space and a new mixtape of studios artists being released.

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Under Music Modernization Act Songwriters Lose Unclaimed Royalties, Meaningful Ability To Litigate

Music Modernization PerilAs our week long look at the Music Modernization Act continues, some see major problems, despite bipartisan support in Congress and endorsements from virtually every major music and tech trade group. Among the critics are respected music industry attorneys Nicole Haff and Cassie Daum 

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Why Building More Rights Databases Won't Solve The Music Industry Metadata Problem

1In this piece Niclas Molinder takes a long look at the music industry's ongoing metadata problem and how the music industry as a whole needs to wake up and shift its focus if they hope to solve the issue effectively.

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UMG, Fox Launch Investigations As Republic Exec Walk Denies Sexual Misconduct Charge

Charlie WalkCharlie Walk, the president of UMG's Republic Records and a judge on Fox tv's "The Four,The Battle For Stardom," has been accused of "relentless" inappropriate behavior in an open letter by a former staffer. Walk is denying the charge, but both Universal and Fox have launched investigations.

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Indie Labels Scored 40% Of Grammy 2018 Wins

Grammy_logoIndependent labels won 36 out of the 84 or just over 40% of Grammys handed out this week. A2IM member labels 4AD (Beggars Group), ATO, Big Machine, Concord Music Group, Compass, eOne, Mack Avenue, Motema, Naxos, Sub Pop and Thirty Tigers all scored wins.  10 of the 36 winners were distributed by The Orchard.

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Content Creators Coalition Demands Anti-trust Hearings Into YouTube's 'Attempts To Censor Artists'

YOuTube NOThe Content Creators Coalition is demanding anti-trust hearings before the U.S. House and Senate Judiciary Committees in response to recent reports that Google’s YouTube is requiring all artists that it has production and promotion deals with to sign ‘non-disparagement' agreements.

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What Is The Music Modernization Act and Who Supports It?

Music Modernization ActThe Music Modernization Act is poised to reshape music copyright and compensation for a generation. But what exactly is the MMA, and how will it impact songwriters and publishers?  We will be exploring these questions all this week on Hypebot with "The Music Modernization Act: Peril Or Promise?,"  a series of articles and guest posts designed to explain and dissect the legislation. We begin with this simple question: What is the Music Modernization Act and who supports it?

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Could It Be Time For Inspector General To Review Copyright Office’s Administration Of Address Unknown NOIs?

1In the latest development from the ongoing debacle of 'address unknown' NOIs, Chris Robley here points out the need for the copyright office to further investigate these Notices of Intent by digital music services, as well as a need to bring the Inspector General on board.

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'Women Need To Step Up' says Grammy Chief In Tone Deaf Response To Music's Gender Gap

Neil Portnow[UPDATED] Only one women, Best New Artist Alessia Cara, took the stage to pick up an award during the televised portion of the 60th annual Grammy Awards. Overall, just 9.3% of total Grammy nominees 2013 - 2018 were woman. But in comments to Variety, Recording Academy president Neil Portnow seemed to suggest that women, rather than a male dominated industry, have to work harder to correct the discrepancy.

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EXCLUSIVE: DistroKid To Launch Publishing Administration, 300K Musicians Using Revenue Split Service

DistroKid logoDistroKid is launching a publishing administration service. Details are still be worked out, but the new service should be available within weeks, DistroKid founder Phil Kaplan tells Hypebot. Publishing administration joins an expanding set of add-on services offered by the indie digital music distributor.

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Shooting A Professional Music Video - A Look Inside

1In this interview with Jon Farley of the high-end music video production group The Famous Company, he answers questions about what goes into what an artist should know and prepare when looking to have professional music video made, and how to identify if a high-end production is something they're ready to invest in.

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7 Tips On How To Effectively Promote Music Events Using Hashtags

1Instagram is currently one of the most appealing platforms for creators and lover of music alike. The popular photo sharing network's hashtag feature provides an excellent marketing opportunity, provided it's used correctly. Here we look at seven key hashtag strategies.

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