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5 Quick Psych Hacks For Improving Your Cover Art

3While we like to think artwork doesn't define an album, it is an opportunity to create something which compliments the themes and emotions expressed on the album and, best of all, compels a potential listener to purchase it. Here we look at five psychology hacks for upping your album art game.

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Cleveland’s Stella’s Music Club Launches Indie Record Label

image from media2.fdncms.comCleveland's Stella’s Music Club has announced plans to launch their own record label Stella’s Records, sourcing music from artists and bands who perform at the nightclub. 

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YouTube Music Adds Student Discount Plans

YouTube Music logoYouTube has added student plans that match discounts offered by Spotify and other competitors  YouTube Music Premium will cost students $4.99 per month and YouTube Premium which includes video is $6.99.  Students who sign up by the end of January can lock in Premium at the special rate of $5.99 per month.

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Meek Mill Calls For Criminal Justice Reform In NYT Op-Ed, Announces Foundation

image from celebrityaccess.comIn an editorial in the New York Times, rapper Meek Mill raised the flag for criminal justice reform and announced the launch of a new foundation to support that cause. “Like many who are currently incarcerated, I was the victim of a miscarriage of justice — carried out by an untruthful officer, as determined by the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office, and an unfair judge,” Mill wrote.

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Meta Trends That Will Shape Music Industry In 2019

1As the music industry closes the door on 2018, some of the promised technologies of the year, like blockchain and AI, hit the world of music with more of a fizzle than a bang, but 2018 did deliver some indicators for what meta trends will likely have the most impact as we move forward into 2019.

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Spotify, Apple, Amazon Urged To Label Indie Music [Petition]

image from i.ytimg.comWith almost almost 30% market share overall, independent music is  a music industry force to be reckoned with.  But that share falls to below 20% on the major streaming services. In a effort to rectify the inequity, digital distributor Record Union is leading a campaign urge Spotify. Apple Music, Amazon and others to acknowledge independent music with a label.

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For The Young, Music Drives Social Media

1It is perhaps unsurprising that music tends to occupy a larger part your life when you're young. Knowing this, it correlates that social media used by a 13 to 24 demographic would, to a greater extent, be driven by music, as a new study recently revealed.

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Chance The Rapper's Manager Offers Tutorial In Reinventing The Music Business

Patrick CorcoranChance The Rapper and  Pat "The Manager" Corcoran,  two self-taught kids from Chicago, have set the bar for what independent artists can achieve. Chance achieved his success, which includes three Grammys as a completely independent, streaming only artist.

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Mixcloud Inks Merlin Indie Licensing Deal

MixCloud_LogoRadio-like streaming platform Mixcloud has signed a multi-year direct licensing agreement with global indie label rights agency Merlin. Mixcloud recently closed similar deals with Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group, in the run up to the planned launch of a paid subscription service.

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5 Copyright Cases Every Songwriter Should Be Aware Of

1Following the 2016's landmark "Blurred Lines" case, the music business has seen an uptick in the number of copyright infringement cases it's been hit with. Still, the industry is no stranger to legal squabbles. Here we look at five iconic music copyright cases which every songwriter should know about.

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Top 7 Collaborative Music-Making Apps

muisc appsTechnological developments in cloud storage capacity and improved connectivity in combination with a need for creative interaction between artists and engineers has led to the development of a variety of collaborative music apps. Here we look at seven such tool allowing musicians around the world to work together.

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AWAL Signs Viral Sensation Gus Dapperton

image from scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.netKobalt’s AWAL has signed a worldwide recording deal with viral sensation Gus Dapperton. The singer, songwriter and producer is best known for his viral hits "Prune, You Talk Funny” and “I’m Just Snacking.” He averages nearly 1 million monthly Spotify listeners and has garnered 100 million cumulative streams in less than a year’s time.

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Int'l Folk Music Awards Names First 2019 Winners: Buffy Sainte-Marie, More

image from celebrityaccess.comFolk Alliance, the organizers for the International Folk Music Awards (IFMAs) announced the details for the 2019 edition of the event, as well as an early slate of award recipients for the event.  Musician and broadcaster Tom Powers has been announced as the host for the 2019 return of the awards show.

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Business Of Indie: Mumford Goes #1 • Iggy Azalea's Indie EMPIRE • Trippie Redd Tops • A2IM Parties • More

Business Of Indie (1)This latest edition of The Business Of Indie celebrate's Glassnote's latest #1 with Mumford & Sons, Iggy Azalea's move to independent with help from EMPIRE, Trippe Redd's rise to the top of the hip hop album chart, A2IM's holiday parties and much more.

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Diversifying The Music Industry - A Local Approach

3In this op-ed, we look at the UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall, an independent venue based in the Bay Area which functions as a nonprofit giving underrepresented youth from diverse racial and socioeconomic backgrounds opportunities for success in the music industry.

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Taylor Swift And The Rise Of Label Services [Mark Mulligan]

Universal-Music-LogoLast week, Taylor Swift announced her new deal with Universal, which included a gift to thousands of other UMG artists in the form of Spotify stock revenue distributions. Swift's label move is also part of an important trend, writes MIDiA's Mark Mulligan; and that's the rise of the label services deal. 

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Growing A Music Career While Protecting Your Mental Health

1Sonny Stuart Winter shares advice for music industry hopefuls by recounting his experience from age 15 putting on  music events and how it led to a successful industry career. Later, he talks about the role of social media and mental health, and how they relate to the music business.

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eMusic Blockchain Token Sales To Launch, Despite Ongoing Payment Problems

Emusic2018Indie digital music retailer eMusic will open the sale of its eMU Tokens to the public outside of the U.S. on Monday. November 26. The tokens are part eMusic's blockchain project that could be hampered by its ongoing payment struggles that have seen a number of major and independent labels and distributors pull their catalog off the platform.

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Music Piracy: No Longer In The Headlines, Still A Headache

1While the rise of streaming and the music industry's at least partial financial recovery have sidelined music piracy as a topic of major concern, the illegal acquisition of music online continues to be an ever-present issue.

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How To Make An Audience Feel Nostalgic Using Music

1Nostalgia can be a powerful tool for artists to harness, particularly when it comes to marketing to adults, and while directly copying music from their childhood by be legally suspect, there are a number of other ways to use elements from their past to evoke musical nostalgia.

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Spotify To Launch In India In Next 6 Month

Spotify newSpotify will launch in India within the next six month, according to multiple sources. A rumored deal to acquire an existing Indian music service did not materialize, forcing Spotify to go it alone or be left out of a streaming market that analysts estimate already has 100 million active monthly users . 

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SoundCloud Troll's DMCA Takedowns Demonstrates Weakness Of System

1DMCA takedown notices have received plenty of flack for their inaccuracy and rampant dissemination. Most recently trolls posing as rights holders have been able to take advantage of the DMCA's failure to closely look into any allegedly infringing material by getting them to issue takedown notices against completely legitimate content.

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