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

6a00d83451b36c69e201b7c907b568970b-150wiThis week on Hypebot, some of our most popular articles covered hotly debated issue of whether physical CDs are still worth the manufacturing cost, PledgeMusic's game of fastball as others exit the platform, ways in which music videos will dramatically shift in 2019, and more!

 

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Monetize Music Fandom, Not Consumption: What Japan, Global Industry Can Learn From China [Mark Mulligan]

image from cdn.pixabay.comMusic fans in Japan have shifted from buying CDs to streaming at a rate far slower than most of the rest of the world. MIDiA analyst Mark Mulligan, says that may be because traditional streaming services do not meet the needs of the Japanese, and many other music fans globally. A solution can be found in the streaming services of China.

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With Spotify Canvas, Artists Add Moving Visuals To Tracks

Spotify newSpotify is beta testing Canvas, a new feature which allows artists and labels to add a fullscreen, 3-8 second moving visual to tracks. It replaces cover art and will loop in the Now Playing view of the Spotify app.

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THE PITCH: FeedFM - Music For Fitness and Wellness

The pitchIn response to a new wave of interesting music tech startups, we're bringing back THE PITCH, a semi-regular feature that allows promising apps and services to share a very short "pitch" about why we should all be paying attention. First up is music + fitness app Feed.FM.

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Is It Possible That Radio Dodged The Digital Bullet?

1With conventional broadcast radio now beset from all sides by streaming services, podcasts, and satellite, the future of this form of legacy entertainment is often brought into question, however some key signs suggest it may be weathering the digital storm better than expected.

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Cassette Sales Still On The Rise

1When streaming began to dominate music consumption, many industry insiders believed all physical forms of media would soon die out, but it appears that vinyl wasn't the only format to prove these people wrong, and that cassette tapes have see something of a renaissance of late.

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How To Keep Fans Engaged On Social Media Before A Show

1Engagement (particularly when it comes to social media) has become all the buzz for not only bands and artists looking to connect with fans, but also for the venues where those musicians perform. Here we look at six techniques venues can use to draw in music lovers.

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Why One Musician Believes Article 13 Is Disaster For Independent Artists

1Music, copyright, and the internet have a long and sordid past together, but the internet also has been greatly beneficial to independent artists. That's something which, indie musician Stephen Blythe and Techdirt's Mike Masnick both believe could come to fiery end, should Article 13 of the EU's new copyright legislation come become law.

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5 Good Reasons To Enter The Independent Music Awards

1The Independent Music Awards will soon be given out, bringing industry attention to self-released and independent artists. Here Alexandra Kennedy outlines five reasons to enter the IMAs by February 1.

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Spotify India Launch Delayed To March, Majors Yet To Sign

Spotify new rectangleSpotify's launch in India was unofficially scheduled for January 31st, with one source reporting that a Mumbai's Famous Studios had already been booked for a launch party tonight. Now sources within India are reporting that the launch has been delayed until March.

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Apple Music Streams Free On American Airlines Flights

image from www.apple.comApple Music subscribers will have access to tho there steaming accounts on any domestic American Airlines flight equipped with Viasat satellite Wi-Fi with no Wi-Fi purchase required., starting Friday. AA is the first airline to provide exclusive access to Apple Music through complimentary inflight Wi-Fi.

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SiriusXM Reports Record Revenue, 34 Million Subscribers

SiriusxmSiriusXM reported record earnings for both Q4 and for the full year of 2018, with revenue of $1.5 billion and $5.8 billion respectively. The satellite broadcaster added a net of 346,000 subscribers in Q4,  ending it with 34 million plus.

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4 Instagram Best Practices For Musicians In 2019

1For those serious about their music career, dismissing Instagram as a casual photo sharing app can be hugely detrimental to your career. In the wake of Instagram's meteoric rise to become one of the top social media platform's, we look at four key practices for artists looking to capitalize on the service in 2019.

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R. Kelly Is Shopping New Album, But Who Will Release It?

image from upload.wikimedia.orgR. Kelly is looking for a home for a new finished album, according to multiple sources. The controversial rapper was dropped by longtime label RCA/Sony recently, after multiple accounts of sexual abuse, including with minors. But who would risk the wrath of the #MuteRKelly movement and actually sign him?

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SoundExchange 2018 Artist Payments Top A Record $953M

image from ci4.googleusercontent.comSoundExchange distributed $953 million in sound recording performance royalties to recording artists and rights owners in 2018, more than in any year their 15 year history. A strong fourth quarter distribution of $345 million to music creators helped put the PRO into record territory for the year.

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She Rocks Awards Celebrate Women In The Music Industry

image from celebrityaccess.comThe She Rocks Awards took over the House of Blues Anaheim last the weekend to pay tribute to women from all corners of the music and audio industries. Co-hosted by Lyndsey Parker and Christine Devine in association with the Women’s International Music Network (the WiMN), the 7th annual gala celebration featured an array of honorees that including Terri Nunn, Lisa Loeb and Nita Strauss.

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Live Albums: Lost Art Or Underutilized Asset? [Jake Udell]

1Here Jake Udell explores how the live album, a format which has a fallen a bit by the wayside in recent years, was utilized by breakout artist Freya Ridings with hugely successful results.

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Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid, Top Models Face Fyre Festival Subpoenas

image from celebrityaccess.comKendall Jenner, Bella Hadid, and Emily Ratajkowski and other top models, as well as the modeling agencies that represent them, can now be subpoenaed for their involvement in promoting the disastrous Fyre Festival, a federal judge ruled.

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Registering Your Band Name, Logo

1Even in the early stages of brand development, it's a good practice for bands or solo artists to take the time to register their name, and any particular logos associated with the act, through the proper copyright channels. The process is relatively painless, and can help your brand grow, in addition to keeping you safe from counterfeit sellers.

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PledgeMusic Co-Founder Benji Rogers Returns As Advisor, Promises 3rd Party Financial Oversight

PledgeMusic NewPledgeMusic Co-Founder Benji Rogers is returning to the struggling crowdfunder as a volunteer strategic advisor and observer to the board. PledgeMusic has come under fire over the last six months for widespread late payments and non-payments to artists.

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Benji Rogers Pens New Open Letter To PledgeMusic Artists and Fans [FULL TEXT]

image from pbs.twimg.comBenji Rogers is returning to PledgeMusic as a "volunteer strategic advisor and observer to the board" as the music crowdfunding platform continues to struggle to pay artists monies pledge to by their fans. In keeping with the sincerity and openness that has made him a popular figure in music tech, Rogers has penned an open to PledgeMusic artists and fans.

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Average Spotify User Paying Only $5.50 Per Month

1While industry insiders have suggested that a $5 price point is an ideal monthly streaming amount as far as maximizing growth, major labels have generally forced platforms' hand closer to a $9.99 charge. A new dip into Spotify's finances, however, has revealed that the average user of that platform is only shelling out about $5.50 per month.

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Apple Music Passes 50M Paid Subscribers, Biggest Quarterly Music Revenue Ever

Apple-music-gift-cardApple Music passes 50 million paid subscribers before the end of 2018, Apple CEO Tim Cook told investors during a Tuesday earnings call.  That's up 10 million in the last year. If you've heard the 50 million figure before, it previously included 90 date free trials and other free users. 

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Pandora CEO Roger Lynch, Other Execs Exit As Shareholders Approve Sale To SiriusXM

Pandora-new-logo-image-001Pandora (NYSE: P) stockholders voted on Tuesday to approve the audio streamer's acquisition by SiriusXM.  At the special meeting stockholders with 75% of the outstanding voting power voted, with 97% of the votes cast in favor of the transaction.

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Is Printing, Selling Physical CDs Still Worth It?

1While there is a lot of nostalgia surrounding the CDs and CD buying culture, the manufacturing costs and associated complexities of creating them leave a lot of more contemporary artists wondering if, in the digital age, CDs are really worth it at all.

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BUSINESS OF INDIE: Fearless Turns 25 • Humble Angel Adds Dance Imprint • Orchard Sells TV, Film Division • More

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In this Tuesday edition of the Business Of Indie roundup, we look inside the wonderful world of independent music as Fearless Records turns 25, Humble Angel Records adds a dance imprinte, The Orchard sells its TV and film division and much more

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How Rihanna Has Been A Game Changer For Music, Fashion, Beauty

1Already renowned for a musical career which includes a multitude of awards and chart-topping hits, Rihanna has not only made a mark on the music industry but has also rewritten the rules for the fashion and beauty business.

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