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Checklist To Decide If Your Album Is Release Ready

1Once you've put the finishing touches on your crisp new album, you're doubtless going to be eager to release it to the world, but before you do, take some time and make sure you have these six elements in place to ensure your release is a success.

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Spotify, Google Partner For Free Smart Speakers with Premium Family Plan

image from newsroom.spotify.comSpotify has partnering with Google Home to give U.S. subscribers with Premium for Family plans a free Google Home Mini smart speaker. The offer, valued at $49, is good for all subscribers through the end of the year.

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Americana Music Association Launches Touring Initiative with Caitlin Canty, Oshima Brothers

Americana logoThe Americana Music Association has launched The Americana Tour Blueprint, an initiative to improve and promote touring opportunities for Americana artists. An inaugural tour featuring Caitlin Canty and Oshima Brothers will begin on Jan 4th. 

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Can't Wish Away The Mistakes In Original 'Stairway To Heaven' Verdict

1In this piece Rick Sanders revisits the reversal of the Stairway to Heaven verdict by the Ninth Circuit, looking at the actual strange reason the panel reversed the verdict and gained the opportunity to correct its own weird copyright law.

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Spotify Stock Bounces Off Bottom, Analysts Stay Bullish

Spotify New $Spotify [SPOT] stock ticked upward Tuesday, after days of downward trading that saw the streamer hit an all time low. SPOT stock ended the day at $141.68 up 1.85%. It was up another 1.21% in pre-market trading on Wednesday, trading at $143.40.

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Miami Winter Music Conference Announces 2019 Plans

image from celebrityaccess.comOrganizers of longtime electronic music gathering, Miami's Winter Music Conference, have announced plans to shake up the event for 2019. Under the umbrella of Miami Music Week, the Winter Music Conference [WMC] will return to Miami Beach from March 25-28 in the Faena District, centered on the downtown Faena Hotel.

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Is Radio Destined To Become The Next Blockbuster Video?

1The rise of tech giants like Amazon and Netflix has left a number of bodies in their wake, include former brick and mortar businesses like Blockbuster Video and Toys R Us. Now, as the streaming continues to dominate the music consumption, we're starting to wonder - could radio be next?

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Martin Atkins' Punk Rock Rules For Music Business Success

Martin AtkinsMartin Atkins has drummed for Public Image Limited, Ministry and Nine Inch Nails. But in recent years, he has become an author and educator. Now at Millikin University,  Atkins shares why more artists need to radically rethink their approach to building a career in the new music economy.

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Universal Music Global Accelerator Network Adds 8th City

Universal_music_group_logo__pngUniversal Music Group's Global Accelerator Engagement Network has added its eighth partner with the addition of the Melbourne, Australia Accelerator Program (MAP) Since launching in 2012, the UMG initiative has backed over 100 startups  - 28 of which were digital music ventures - that have raised more than $70 million in funding, generated over $100 million in revenue and 1000 new jobs.

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Behind The Curtain: Inside The Bandzoogle Support Team

Bz-support-coffeeHypebot chronicles music tech and how its changing music discovery, consumption, marketing and monetization.  But seldom do we get to share a look behind the scenes at the people that make it all work. Now, the fine folks at Bandzoogle have offered a look at a day in the life of their support team. 

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Your Music Publishing Questions Answered

2At SoundExchange, they are often asked by recording artists and rights owners alike about who is responsible for whose royalties, how they get distributed, and which royalties SoundExchange doesn't administer. Here they share the answers to some of the most frequent questions.

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Waze Adds Pandora, Deezer, iHeart, TuneIn, More To App

image from cdn-images-1.medium.comPopular navigation app Waze has added 7 audio services including Pandora, Deezer, iHeart and TuneIn to its  Waze Audio Player, designed to seamlessly stream audio alongside Waze driving directions and alerts. Spotify was announced as a launch partner last year.

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Is Spotify Spying On Us?

Spotify newSpotify is using the songs we play to deliver targeted ads. That's not surprising or different than Google delivering ads based on previous searches. But, as Urbi Khan, the business and tech editor for the Eyeopener points out, it can be a bit creepy. Kahn found that Spotify tracked her location and mood, as well as, the genres she listened to.

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Spotify Stock Hits All Time Low Ahead Of Earnings Call

Spotify New $Spotify stock fell 4.88% on Monday to close at at $139.11, an all time end of day low for the streamer. That's a fall of 24% in the last month.  Spotify's market cap is now $25 billion, down 30% from a summer peak of a $198.99 per share price and $35.29 billion market cap.

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QUICK HITS: YouTube Nashville • Live365 • ONErpm • Position Music • Big Deal • Warner/Chappell

Quick HitsYouTube expands its Nashville team: Copeland Isaacson joins as Artist Relations Manager and Rachel Whitney as Country Music Programming Manager.  "It's critical that Nashville receives the support and respect from YouTube it deserves and bringing on two of Nashville's very best, Copeland Isaacson and Rachel Whitney, is a strong signal of our commitment to this highly creative community," Lyor Cohen, Global Head of Music said in a statement.

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SoundCloud Bows To Critics, Revises Premier Agreement

SoundCloud_logo (1)SoundCloud has revised its Premier agreement, which artists must sign before they can monetize their music on the platform, after receiving almost universal condemnation. Like a similar free service from Spotify, SoundCloud allows Premier artists to monetize their music without going through a distributor or aggregator. 

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7 Tips On Networking In The Music Industry

Diego-sulivan-182118-unsplashWhile amassing fans is certainly a key part of music industry success, cultivating and sustaining relationships with your industry peers is also essential to getting ahead in a tough field. Here we look at seven ultimate tips on how to network in the music industry.

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What Iceland’s Tight-Knit Music Community Can Teach Us

3Recently the magical fairytale land that is Iceland has been making a quite a name for itself on the international scene, but it's been producing some incredibly successful musicians for years. Here we look at what Iceland's culture and unique, tight-knit music community can teach us about fostering a successful creative microcosm.

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Is Spotify Already Too Big For Record Labels To Stop It From Competing With Them? [Mark Mulligan]

Spotify new rectangleSpotify has made some radical moves lately including direct deals with artists that include cash advances to offering free Spotify distribution to all and then buying part of distributor DistroKid to help artists put their music on its competitors. Collectively, they are causing concern at the record labels.  But as analyst Mark Mulligan shows, there may not be much the labels can do about it.

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Ups and Downs A Big Push From A Major Record Label

up anDave Lopez, lead guitarist from the band Flipsyde joins Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert on the Music Biz Weekly podcast to share the band’s story of being discovered and signed by Jimmy Iovine to Interscope Records. One song got them discovered and signed. Now, looking back 13 years later Dave shares the ups and downs of being a major push on a major label.

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