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Spotify To Sell $100 In-Auto Voice Controlled Player, May Launch In India 1/31

Spotify new rectangleSpotify is planning its first push into hardware with a long rumored voice controlled in-auto music player. It's not clear who will buy the $100 device, since the streamer is already accessible via voice control using Alexa, Google Play and its own in-house Spotify Voice.

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All Your Sources Of Music Revenue And How To Collect It

1For musicians, diversity of income is key, and you should pulling in revenue from a variety of sources, but some artists aren't even aware what all these sources are, much less how to actually cash in on them.

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3 Steps To Effective YouTube Tags

1Something artists often neglect when posting videos to YouTube is proper tagging. This is unfortunate, as tagging is often what makes the most difference when it comes to your video being discovered by an unsuspecting future fan.

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Artist's Guide To Securing Partnerships

2In this piece Angela Mastrogiacomo walks us through the ways in which artists can grow their connections in the music industry, identify opportunities and secure sponsorships/partnerships in order to grow their brand.

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6 Incredible Groups Promoting Music Education In Africa

1In this piece, Jamie Ehrenfeld highlights six amazing organizations working within the continent of Africa to promote the future of music and musical education across the 54 distinct nations.

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Spotify Rolls Out #MuteRKelly Inspired Artist Blocking

Spotify BlockSpotify is rolling out a feature that allows users to block an artist, including their automatically curated playlists like Discover Weekly and Daily Mix. The move comes as calls increase to #MuteRKelly and ban artists accused of sexual misconduct and hate speech.

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Ariana Grande's 7 Rings Shatters Spotify 24 Hour Record With 15 Million Streams of '7 Rings'

image from storage.googleapis.comAriana Grande has shattered Spotify's record for the most plays within 24 hours. Grande's single "7 Rings" clocked 14,966,544 streams in its first 24 hours after being released on Friday 18th. That's 4 million more than the former record holder.

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Article 13 Falters, 'Final' Negotiations Postponed

Copyright-blue-2_1The Article 13 Copyright Directive, once promoted by record labels and derided by YouTube is on the brink. Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Poland have said they can not support the latest draft and are blocking it from moving forward.

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Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Maximizing Productivity • Sound System • Innovative Music Companies • More

MTTRecapNewThis week on MusicThinkTank, contributors shared pieces on how to maximize your productivity, what to keep in mind when purchasing sound equipment, some innovative music companies to keep an eye on in 2019, and more!

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Sony Music Severs Ties With R. Kelly, But Continues To Profit From His Recordings

Sony-Music-logo-wordmarkR. Kelly and Sony have parted ways, according to multiple sources who characterized the split as everything from mutually agreeable to the controversial rapper being shown the door. The split finally comes after months of pressure over the rapper's alleged predatory behavior. and sexual abuse of women, including several minors. 

But, before you give Sony a #TimesUp Award...

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Cardi B's Epic Trump Shutdown Rant Is Now A Song [LISTEN]

image from scontent-iad3-1.cdninstagram.comCardi B took to Instagram on Wednesday to express her righteous outrage over the longest government shutdown in history. "Now, I know a lot of y’all don’t care because y’all don’t work for the government or y’all probably have a job,' she said addressing Trump and Congress. "This s--- is really f---ing serious, bro, this s--- is crazy."

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

6a00d83451b36c69e201b7c907b568970b-150wiThis week, Hypebot's most popular posts delved into Lil Uzi Vert's quitting of music over issues with Atlantic Records, Spotify's updates to its preferred distributor list,  how to build a sustainable music career, and more!

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Songs Are Getting Shorter and Streaming Is To Blame

image from cdn.pixabay.comSongs are getting shorter. The average length of a song on the Billboard Hot 100 fell from 3 minutes and 50 seconds to about 3 minutes and 30 seconds between 2013 and 2018.

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Show4Me Closes $12.8M Round For Music Crowdfunding, 'Fan Interaction Network'

image from res-1.cloudinary.comWefuture announced that it has closed a$12.8 million series A round from a UK-based corporate investor. The UK startup will use the funds to transition its Show4Me site from concert crowdfunding platform to a broader "music interaction network."

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If You Don’t Understand Video Monetization You Need Help With Your Digital Strategy

image from is3-ssl.mzstatic.comYou need help with your digital strategy if you don’t understand video monetization. That's what Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert explore on the Music Biz Weekly podcast this week. Learn how to monetize your videos on Youtube and who is eligible.

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Importance Of Putting Out A Single First, Even In 2019

2In this piece, Chris Robley explains why it's essential for new artists getting their start in the industry to release a standalone single before diving headfirst into dropping a full album or event EP.

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Bandcamp Opens Brick and Mortar Record Store and Performance Space - A Look Inside

image from bandcampblog.files.wordpress.comBandcamp is opening a record shop and performance space in Oakland, California on February 1st.  The store will feature a rotating selection of 99 records that showcase "the diversity and design" of the five million available on Bandcamp.

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Blockchain Ticketing Today: One Company’s Quest To Overcome Current Hurdles

3In this piece, the people at Project Admission outline how they're working to make the often fraught concept of blockchain ticketing a reality, transforming the secondary ticketing market and eliminating fraud.

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House Of Blues New Artists Program Applications Open

image from celebrityaccess.comApplications are open for the House of Blues Music Forward Foundation’s 2019 Bringing Down the House. The four city program helps emerging musicians navigate the music industry, learn music business strategies and develop the knowledge and confidence need to build a career in the industry, both on and off the stage.

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Spotify Stock Surging After Positive Valuations

Spotify New $Spotify stock closed Thursday at $133.25 and was up another 2.46% to $136.40 in pre-market trading Friday. That's a jump of more than 20% since Christmas eve. The price rise comes as multiple analysts see Spotify stock, which soared at high as $198.99 in 2018, is undervalued at current levels.

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What Do People Listen To While Driving?

1The confines of a car have long been a favorite spot for enjoying music, helped by the rise of streaming and the enduring popularity of radio. Here we look into what it is that car goers listen to and why.

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Music Industry, Stars Pay Tribute To Chris Cornell

image from upload.wikimedia.orgThe music industry and rock royalty were out in force in Los Angeles on Wednesday night as Chris Cornell’s friends and family filled  the Forum to celebrate the life of the late Soundgarden frontman. Performers for the five-hour tribute concert included his former Audioslave bandmates, as well as Foo Fighters, Metallica, Ryan Adams and others.

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Spotify Updates Preferred Distributor List

Spotify new rectangleUPDATE: Spotify has refreshed it's official list of preferred distributors and renamed its "Other Preferred" designation. In October, Hypebot broke the news that Spotify was publically ranking distributors based primarily on the quality of the metadata that they delivered with tracks.

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How To Take Advantage Of Memes, Memes, Memes, Memes...

1As the realities of content and distribution continue to transform in the contemporary media economy, many artists and distributors have been forced to rethink their marketing strategy entirely. Here we look at memes have and could potentially be tapped as an effective marketing platform.

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