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DMX Wants To Stream His Playlist In Court Today

DMXDefense attorneys for DMX have requested permission to play the rapper’s songs at his sentencing hearing Wednesday on tax-evasion charges. Made public on Monday, the letter to U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff says DMX may be too emotional to speak so playing a selection of songs might allow the court to “understand him genuinely in his voice.”

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SoundMachine, Napster Partner For Music Streaming Service Aimed At Businesses

Napster logoSoundMachine has partnered with Napster to create a new premium music subscription for retailers and businesses of all sizes. Business Premium powered by Napster blends SoundMachine’s scheduling and management features with Napster’s music programming tech and catalog.

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Google, YouTube Help Users Avoid Paying For Spotify

image from www.hypebot.com[UPDATED] Spotify shared that 2 million users accessed illegal apps to avoid listening to ads since the first of the year.  While the music streamer is busy kicking them off the platform, the path these users took to access Spotify illegally runs straight through Google and YouTube.

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Guiding A Music Career Through An Evolving Landscape

image from www.candyshopmanagement.comCandyShop Management co-founders John Mathiason and Antony Bland join co-hosts Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert on this Music Biz Weekly podcast. They share some great insights on how they've helped pivot and guide the finances and careers of their artists through the ever evolving landscape of music revenue streams.

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Picking An Artist/Band Name That Won't Get Buried At The Bottom Of Search Results

4As an artist looking to make it in the music industry, having a searchable band name is essential to being discoverable by both fans and potential fans. In this piece Chris Robley details how artists can develop a moniker that will ensure they're findable after the show.

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Cyber PR Announces VIP Strategy Days

image from duikeninbeeld.tvFinding their voice, targeting goals and implementing a winning strategy is a concern for every musician. Ariel Hyatt of CyberPR offers a solution. Far from a cookie cutter approach, her VIP Strategy Day is centered around personalized coaching. Here's your invitation:

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FREE Webinar Tomorrow: Create An Effective Music EPK

EPKWhether you’re a DJ , a band or a singer-songwriter, one of the most important pieces in your promo toolkit is an electronic press kit or EPK. It's your gateway to press, reviews and more shows. So, Hypebot is helping to sponsor a free webinar produced by the great folks at Bandzoogle on how to create an effective music EPK . 

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Spotify 2018 Outlook: 200M Users, 96M Paid, $400M Loss

Spotify logo rectangle[UPDATED] Spotify shared its quarterly and yearly outlook in an SEC Monday. Highlights included a prediction of 198-208 million active users including 92-96 million paid, by the end of 2018. But along with 30%+ user growth comes lossed of $286 -$410 million USD.

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American Idol Doesn't Produce Hitmakers: Here's The Proof

DownloadMany musicians tend to have little respect for musical contest shows like American Idol, viewing it as a shortcut to success. The success may be somewhat exaggerated however, with new data showing that artists featured on these shows don't always go on to produce hits.

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Spotify, Google, Amazon Can't Seem To Find The Beatles To License Their Music

3In this latest chapter of the "address unknown" saga, Google, Amazon and Spotify are apparently unable to locate Paul McCartney or John Lennon in the public records of the Copyright Office, according to research by Chris Castle, in another troubling revelation as to just how broken the compulsory license system is.

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Taking The Music Industry Monopoly Seriously

2As weakening antitrust laws and consolidation of businesses continue, virtually every corner of the music industry is now controlled by a choice few companies, whether its streaming or live music, writes Will Meyer. Here he explores why these monopolies must be taken seriously.

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How To Get Your Music On Spotify Playlists (From A Band That Did)

Heidi-sandstrom-362642-unsplashWith streaming shaping up to be the dominant form of music consumption, landing your tunes on a Spotify playlist has for many become the holy grail for bands and artists. Here we look at how a band managed to gain such a coveted placement.

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'Pacific Rim: Uprising' Tops Weekend Box Office

image from celebrityaccess.comPreposterous giant robots battling equally preposterous giant monsters proved to be the key to finally pushing Marvel-Disney’s ‘Black Panther’ from its lofty position atop the worldwide box office this weekend.  Universal’s sci-fi sequel “Pacific Rim:” Uprising” debuted to a comfortable $150.5M in revenue worldwide over the weekend, according to estimates compiled by comScore.

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Guiding A Music Career Through An Evolving Landscape

image from www.candyshopmanagement.comCandyShop Management co-founders John Mathiason and Antony Bland join co-hosts Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert on this Music Biz Weekly podcast. They share some great insights on how they've helped pivot and guide the finances and careers of their artists through the ever evolving landscape of music revenue streams.

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

6a00d83451b36c69e201b7c907b657970b-150wiThis week we've got a whole host of useful tips and tricks for independent artists making their way in the music business, with advice on how to gain more music video views in 2018, how user's mass exit from Facebook reminds us why email newsletters are important, five things artists should know in advance of tax season, and more.

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Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Find A Music Publicist • Partner With Your Venue • Social Media A Waste Of Time • More

6a00d83451b36c69e201b8d291fefc970c-150wiThis week on MusicThinkTank, we detailed how to find a music publicist you can trust, the art of partnering with your venue to promote like a pro, why artists are wasting their time promoting on social media, and more!

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FREE Webinar: How To Create An Effective Music EPK

EPKWhether you’re a singer-songwriter, a DJ or in a band, one of the most important tools in any promo toolkit is the electronic press kit. A great EPK is a gateway to press, reviews and more shows. So, we're proud to help sponsor a free webinar produced by the great folks at Bandzoogle on how to create an effective music EPK . 

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