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Sony's Morris To Launch Indie Label, But NOT With Apple

Doug MorrisThe long planned exit of Sony Music Entertainment non-executive chairmen Doug Morris will happen at the end of March, according to mulitple sources. But the 79 year old music execitive is not going quietly, but rather launching a new, well funded independent label. 

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Getting It Done: The Week In D.I.Y. and Indie Music

6a00d83451b36c69e201b7c907b657970b-150wiThis week, our wealth of wisdom for those independent musicians looking to make it in the music industry covered how to organize your music industry team, what it takes to cultivate a successful relationship in the music industry, why play counts don't always translate to success, and much more.

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Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Top Musicians • Studio Equipment Must Haves • Learning An Instrument

6a00d83451b36c69e201b8d291fefc970c-150wiThis week on MusicThinkTank, we looked at much the world's top musicians make compared to other artists, the essential pieces of equipment for running a quality recording studio, why learning an instrument is important, and more.

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How To Give Fans What They Want With Facebook Messenger

1Most music consumers, be they young or old, are often pressed for time meaning that, as an artist, it's important to get them what they want quickly and painlessly. Here we look at how to do so through automated messenger bots, quickly getting fans where they want to be.

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Music Modernization Act 2018: We Can And Must Do Better [OP-ED]

Music Modernization PerilThe Music Modernization Act currently before Congress has the support of almost every major music trade organization. But that does not mean iti s not without problems, as Phil Galdston and David Wolfert of the 3300 member songwriters group Music Answers point out in the op-ed.

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Songkick Partners With Facebook, Active Users Rise 43%

Songkick squareSongkick, the concert discovery app acquired by Warner Music Group last year, has inked a partnership with Facebook to add concerts and events from its database onto the social giant. Songkick also announced a deal with French and Belgian retailer and ticket seller FNAC.

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How To Organize Your Music Industry Team

1As a entrepreneur in the music industry, it can be easy to fall into the trap of trying to do everything yourself, a guaranteed recipe for burnout. Here we look at how to identify your various band member's strengths and let go of enough control to successfully delegate.

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No Copyright Protection For 'Players and Haters'

1While having lyrics protected under copyright is standard legal procedure, this doesn't hold true if the lyrics aren't saying anything creative, at least according a ruling in a copyright suit involving Taylor Swift, the group 3LW, and a good number of players and haters.

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Snapchat Market Value Drops $1.3B After Single Tweet, CEO Earned $638M Last Year

SNAPCHATIf you live by social media, you die by social media. Just ask any musician who spent countless hours building an audience on MySpace audience (and now there are signs that Facebook is next). Today, the market value of Snapchat parent Snap Inc. fell $1.3 billion after a single tweet from a well known user.

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Pandora Stock Market Gains Erased One Day Later

Arrows upPandora stock lost Wednesday's gains and then some on Thursday.  Pandora stock had risen as much as 7% in after hours trading Wednesday, after the streamer offered a mixed quarterly report but beat Wall Street expectations with revenue of  $395 million, above analyst predictions of $376 million.

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Guide To Building Successful Relationships In The Music Industry

1While ability is certainly a large part of making it in the music industry, the business is unfortunately often as much about who you know as it is your actual talent. In this piece we look closely at the essentials of building relationships in the music industry that will help propel you up the charts.

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Pandora Just Shared User Stat No Streamer Ever Has

Pandora_2016_logo wideAs part of its quarterly report to investors yesterday, Pandora, shared a stat that no other music streamer has ever dared to share: the number of new paid subscribers not including current free trials. Competitors Spotify and Apple Music have a history of discounts and special promotions prior to announcing their user stats.

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Why Play Counts Don't Always Translate To Success

Why-play-views-dont-translate-to-success-1500pxWhether it's Spotify plays or social media traffic, being able to look at a tangible metric and see that listeners are consuming and enjoying your music is exciting for any band or artist, unfortunately this feedback doesn't always translate to success. Here we look at why.

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Talib Kweli Cancels Concert After Venue Books White Nationalist Band Taake

image from celebrityaccess.comRapper Talib Kweli has canceled a performance at a Kansas City music venue after the booked a Scandinavian accused of being Nazi sympathizers. According to the Kansas City Star, Kweli on Feb 20th told the management of the Riot Room that he would not be performing the following day after he learned that the venue had also booked the band Taake for a March 31st show.

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