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Spotify Responds To Facebook Private Data Controversy

Spotify new rectangleSpotify, Amazon, Apple and several dozen other major companies were exempted from Facebook privacy rules and given access to private user data, according to a New York Times report. Spotify was also reportedly given access to 70 million private messages each month. The social network has since largely confirmed the practice and now the streamer has responded.

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A Record Label Is About To Overtake Personalities As Biggest YouTube Channel

1The golden age of YouTube personalities may, it seems, be finally drawing to a close as creators burn out and corporations improve the implementation of their channels. One of the clearest signs of this shift is the impending de-throning of Swedish gamer PewDiePie, who currently maintains a whopping 76.4 subscribers, by an Indian music label/movie studio.

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Ultimate Guide To Instagram Live For Musicians

2As if Instagram Stories weren't enough of a game changer, the popular photo sharing site's introduction of Instagram live is taking the music industry by storm. A slew of new data has revealed live video captures viewers attention far better than on-demand content or traditional blogs, meaning it's more valuable than ever for artists to harness this new medium.

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(Some Of) The Best Music Documentaries: From Amy to XTC

1In this piece, Glen Peoples has compiled a list of some of the greatest documentaries from the '70s through to the '10s covering musicians, instruments, and music scenes. Although not comprehensive, the list contains some of the most exceptional highlights from the past fifty years.

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The Marketing Genius Of Indie Artist Heart Attack Man and What It Can Teach Others

1For artists, marketing music online has become a challenge. Traditional promotion avenues like blogs no longer provide the same opportunities, and so smart bands like Heart Attack Man are producing better, more interesting content to grab fan attention.

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10 Musical Charities To Donate To This Holiday Season

2As always, one of the best gifts you can give this holiday season is a donation to charity, but with so many options out there, it can be difficult to know where to begin. Here Angela Mastrogiacomo looks at ten outstanding charities centered in and around the music industry that could benefit from you help.

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Facebook Confirms Spotify Used Access To Private Messages, Other User Data

Facebook thumbs down[UPDATED] Spotify, Apple, Amazon and other companies were reportedly exempted from Facebook privacy rules and given more access to user data than the infamous Cambridge Analytica. Facebook has confirmed that Spotify also had access users’ private messages.

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This Week's YouTube Music Charts: Ariana Grande, Ozuna

Youtube_logoAriana Grande keeps her hold at the top of this week's YouTube Music Charts, Ozuna passes  one billion views with “Se Preparó” and “All I Want for Christmas is You” continues climb landing at #13 this week.

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Zoe Keating Shares Spotify, Streaming Earnings 2018

image from images-na.ssl-images-amazon.comCellist and composer Zoe Keating has won legions of fans with recordings and performances that use live sampling to create a rhythmically and sonically dense, almost otherworldly sound. To her fellow independent artists, she's also an inspiration and a thought leader.

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Indie Artists, Streaming Were Big Winners In 2018 [Mark Mulligan]

Number-oneGlobal recorded music revenues will top $18,9 billion in 2018, says MIDiA analyst Mark Mulligan in a year end wrap up.  While both major and indie labels are showing strong gains, the biggest growth is among independent and diy artists whose total 2018 revenue will approach $643 million, up 35% from 2017.

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How One Beat Is Killing Country Music [VIDEO]

image from cdn.pixabay.comCountry music has been taken over by snap and click tracks, says music journalist Grady Smith; and it is doing the genre a disservice. "Keep in mind," says Smith "I like a handful of these songs, but the pervasiveness of this exact same beat is suffocating."

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Indie Band Ace Of Cups Get Shot At Stardom, 50 Years Later

image from celebrityaccess.com60's San Francisco music scene stalwarts The Ace of Cups have signed a record deal and are planning to hit the road for the first time – some 50 years after their first attempt. The all-girl band was part of the SF music scene in the ’60s, playing alongside acts like the Jefferson Airplane, The Grateful Dead and Big Brother & The Holding Company, and venues like Bill Graham's Fillmore.

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Hit Songwriters You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

1While it's easy to get lost in the glamour and forget, the vast majority of our favorite pop hits are rarely penned exclusively by those singing them, and often as not there is a less well-known person, or even team of less well-known persons behind your favorite chart-topper. Here we look at some of these unsung heroes.

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97% Of Mexico Admit To Music Piracy Even Country Embraces Spotify Premium

2Some not-so-swashbuckling new data from an anti-piracy organization in Mexico  recently released revealed that a staggering 97% of the population has engaged in some form of piracy, much of it stream-ripping.

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Spotify Sees $1.5B Tencent Windfall As Stock Hits New Low (NASDAQ: SPOT)

Spotify New $The value of Spotify's stake in Tencent Music nearly double when the Chinese music streamer went public on the New York Stock Exchange last week.  Spotify's windfall could top $1.5 billion and make the company profitable in  Q4.  Spotify stock closed at $120.47 Monday, a post-IPO low.

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Ed Sheeran Tops Pollstar 2018 Global Touring Chart, Taylor Swift Dominates US

image from cdn.pixabay.comTour trade publication Pollstar tracked more than 44,000 live concerts in 2018 logging in a record-setting $10.4 billion total gross and 152.1 million tickets sold.  Ed Sheeran topped the year grossing a whopping $432 million, an all time touring record.

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Data Shows Email Engagement Benchmarks For Live Music and Events

1For artists and musicians, email marketing can be a tricky beast, and while may think your email marketing campaign is doing just fine, given that emails are being opened and tickets are being sold the reality is, you could be losing out to the competition - here we look at some key benchmarks that can help you better assess the success of your campaign.

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Chartmetric's 2018 Wrap-Up: Weekly Winners & Pop Stars

1Tis the season for end of year wraps, and Chartmetric is digging into data across the major streaming platforms to bring you a comprehensive look at some of 2018's biggest standout hits.

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How Stereo Records Were Sold To A Skeptical Public: Hi-Res Lessons In An Era Of Lo-Res Music

image from openclipart.orgMusic's pundits wondered ad infinitum if consumers would  put up with the inferior digital sound of downloads and streaming.  More than 17 years after the iPod was introduced , the answer is  a loud  lo-res yes.  Such was also the case when the music industry first introduced stereo records to a skeptical public.

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Select A Project Manager and Stop Meeting By Committee [Music Biz Weekly Podcast]

image from openclipart.orgMichael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert discuss the pitfalls of holding conference calls and meetings with groups of people and not having a single point of contact who is responsible for managing your project on this episode of the Music Biz Weekly podcast.

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End Of Year Guide To Launching Your Music Industry Career

6As another year draws to a close, Angela Mastrogiacomo offers some helpful advice on how to position yourself for a successful music business career launch in 2019, by drawing on the experiences of 2018, constructing a solid plan and challenging yourself.

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Moving On Up: Apple Gets Into The Business Of Elevator Music

1Although the tinkly, saccharine iterations of current major hits, dubbed 'Muzak' is much maligned by those forced to endure it, such watered down covers are a fairly profitable vein of music business, enough so that apple has decided it wants its piece of the pie.

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How Spotify Pre-Save Is Leading A Shift In Digital Music Marketing

1Catering to your fanbase is a key part of successful music marketing, and Spotify's new pre-save option - which gives fans the option of adding as-yet unreleased music their library, allows artists to engage with their listeners early, and ensures listeners don't miss out on the latest tracks.

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Spotify To Rise 60% say 33 Top Analysts as Stock Hits New Low, Sheds $12B Value (NASDAQ:SPOT)

Spotify New $Spotify stock closed at $125.68 on Friday, ticking up slightly from an all time day-end low of $125.55 the day before. In late July, Spotify's stock was soaring at $196.28, raising the streamer's market cap to $35.3 billion.

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