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Why You Won't Ever See A Market For Used Digital Music

1The secondhand market has been a strong feature of the music industry ever since music was fixed in a tangible medium, so it's only natural that this secondary economy would evolve to encompass, "secondhand" digital music as well - at least if the court of appeals hadn't shut it down.

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Advice All Music Writers Should Follow In 2019

1As another year turns over, the music business has become unrecognizable from how it was almost 20 years ago, where the value of music journalists and their role in the industry has been called into question. Here we look at how music writers can best navigate this rocky new landscape moving into 2019.

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Neil Young Launches Personal Streaming Service That Could Actually Work

1While the prohibitive costs of the necessary music licenses has made launching a new streaming service next to impossible, Neil Young is trying a different approach by rolling out a platform that only offers his own music, in joint venture with Warner music that might actually be successful.

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Muzooka: Manage All Media Assets From A Central Hub

MuzookaShawn Wilson from Muzooka.com joins Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert on the Music Biz Weekly podcast. Muzooka is where artists and their teams manage media assets across multiple platforms from a central hub.

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Pop Prodigy Greyson Chance Talks Gaga, Buzzwords And Cheap Wines

Screen Shot 2018-12-26 at 5.09.38 PMIn this piece from AWAL's #nofilter Q&A series, viral sensation Greyson Chance discusses how he was able to spin his fifteen minutes of fame from a sensational Lady Gaga cover into a successful career in the music industry.

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Court Of Appeals Rejects ReDigi

1ReDigi recently rejected an appeal from the "digital reseller" known as ReDigi. The company had appealed a court ruling that their business practices were in violation of the right to reproduction, and that their impact on the product was neither transformative, nor was it protected as fair use.

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10 Basic Concepts For Success In Today’s Music Business

1As with so many industries, the music business has undergone a massive transformation over the past few years, meaning the rules for success have changed as well. Here we look broadly at ten basic concepts for advancing in the contemporary music business.

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Maintaining Your Sanity While The Music Biz Is On Holiday Break

2While the holidays can be a festive and relaxing time for some, those particularly tuned into the music industry and its many happenings may find the annual slump far less welcome. Here we look at how and why the seasonal slowdown can actually be beneficial for even the most motivated music biz workaholics.

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Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Avoid Open Mics • Hip-Hop Social Media • Write A Song • More

MTTRecapNewThis week on MusicThinkTank, contributors shared articles on why you should really avoid open mics, how social media has made hip-hop about rapping again, how to write a song (from the best in the biz) and more!

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REWIND: The New Music Industry’s Week In Review

6a01b7c7aa2d2b970b01b7c907b5d7970b-100wiIn this weekly look back at the past seven days of music business news, we revisit low-key corruption from lobbyists at the Grammys, Ed Sheeran's massive touring earnings in 2018, Tencent's IPO and what it says about music tech investments, plus more!

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TOP POSTS: This Week’s Most Read Posts On Hypebot

6a00d83451b36c69e201b7c907b568970b-150wiSome of the most often perused pieces from Hypebot this week covered a detailed look at one cellist's earnings from streaming, Spotify's ongoing stock woes, how a record label is about to surpass a personality as the biggest YouTube channel, and much, much more.

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$5K Gets You A Box At The Grammys With Two Congressmen

3In a classical example of maybe-legal but still atrocious 'soft corruption', this article looks at a recent email sent around to a group of industry lobbyists offering them tickets to sit with to congressional big wigs at the grammies for a steal at just $5k a pop.

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Ed Sheeran Ranks Highest Grossing Touring Artist

3As more and more legacy rock acts retire and leave the concert circuit for good, the industry has been debating who will fill the void and pack stadiums. According to this calendar year, that someone is Ed Sheeran, who pulled down more money from his live touring in 2018 than any other artist.

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Spotify Stock Hits All Time Low And It's Going To Go Lower [NASDAQ: SPOT]

3Spotify stock closed down 4.14% on Thursday at $114.54, it's lowest closing price ever. A down market may be accelerating the streamer's decline, but as Chris Castle dove into Spotify's stock woes, he saw its radical IPO strategy led to some of the company's current complications and ensuing dip in stock price.

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Soundcloud Artist Services Team Offers 5 Tips To Jump-Start Your Music Career In 2019

image from openclipart.orgSoundcloud sees the most new music uploads during this January. So since it's the time for creators to refocus on growing and building their careers, Soundcloud's artist and label services team it offering its top 5 tips to“break through the noise" and kick-start a music career in 2019.

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Tunecore Adds New Distribution Features

Tunecore logo newTunecore has added three features to improve how new music from the diy digital distributor is ingested onto Apple Music, Spotify and other music services. The changes should also make Tunecore more compliant with increasingly stringent data requirements from Spotify and Apple Music designed to insure that artists are properly credited and paid.

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The Boston Symphony Orchestra: Is It Sexist?

2Like almost all industries, the music business is no stranger to sexism, and while this issue usually manifests most often in genres like pop music, it turns out the classical scene has its share of sexism and discrimination as well, as a recent incident at the Boston Symphony Orchestra reveals.

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Southern Lord Records Reflects On 20 Years

1Twenty years ago, friends Greg Anderson and Stephen O'Malley joined together to create Southern Lord Records, designed to be a haven for heavy metal artists seeking to see their creative vision through to the final product. In this interview, Anderson looks back on two successful decades at the label.

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Tencent Music IPO Demonstrates Music Tech Investment Coming To Its Senses

1While the Chinese music streaming service Tencent Music debuted with an impressively initial public offering of $14.10, music tech investors seem to have come back down to earth somewhat and reduced its value to a more modest level.

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YouTube's $100M Upload Filter Failures Shows Disaster Article 13 Will Be For Internet

2[Op-Ed] As the debate over Article 13 rages on, the recent launch of YouTube's upload filter, designed to sift out illicit uploads and which cost the platform about $100 million, has, according to mIke Masnick,  shown what a disaster the piece of legislation will be for the internet as a whole.

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Warner Music Group 2018 Revenue Tops $4B, Digital Up 20%

WmgWarner Music Group reported  2018 revenue of $4 billion as part a quarterly and year end financial report on Thursday. It marked a 15 year high for the world's third largest music group. Digital revenue for the full year grew 20.4% and is now three times physical revenue.

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Facebook Struggles To Explain Why It Gave Spotify, Netflix Access To Private Messages

image from sophosnews.files.wordpress.comFacebook ramped efforts to justify sharing private messages with Spotify and Netflix, after backlash from a New York Times investigation that revealed the social network had been sharing private data with select corporate partners for years.

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Post-Brexit, Foreign Musicians Can't Play UK Unless They Earn $38,000 A Year

Brexit-EU-Button-Badge-200x200A new official UK government report recommends post-Brexit rules for migrants that could  jeopardize the UK music industry. The Government Migration Advisory Committee calls for a minimum salary requirement of £30,000 / $38,000 USD for musicians and other skilled migrants seeking five-year visas.

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Making Vinyl Conference Expands To EU

image from colonialpurchasing.comAfter two successful US conferences,  Making Vinyl heads to Europe for the first time. The B2B conference will celebrate vinyl’s rebirth on May 3 at the legendary Hansa Studios here, where David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Depeche Mode, Nick Cave, U2, R.E.M. others recorded LPs.

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Bandsintown Shares 2018 Stats, 'Big Break' Artists [INFOGRAPHIC]

IMG_0845Bandsintown is now delivering concert info on the shows of 500,000 registered artists to 45 million users, the company shared in its 2018 wrap.  21 Pilots won the honor of most concert RSVP's and 15 year old rapper Bhad Bhabie was the platform's fastest growing new artists.

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