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SoundRoyalties Opens Nashville Office, Networking Space

Soundroyalties[UPDATED] Sound Royalties has added a Nashville location. To oversee the expansion of the music industry specialty finance firm, Sound Royalties’ CEO and Founder Alex Heiche is now operating full time out of Nashville.

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FestWorld Founder On Launching A Music Magazine In The Digital Age

image from celebrityaccess.comMusic magazines, as with most print publications, are dropping faster than fall leaves in a hurricane, and most of their online successors are left with only minimal resources. Into that landscape comes the launch of FestWorld magazine, the printed sister to online music festival site FestPop.

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Toolkit Essentials: DISCO - Catalog Management Made Easier

1Following a fruitful year syncing music, Jake Udell expounds on some of his teams favorite elements of the catalog maintenance tool DISCO, a service which has streamlined many of the day to day sync operations.

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SoundCloud Revenues Up 80%, Tops $100 Million

SoundCloud_logo (1)SoundCloud, the Berlin-based music streaming platform, made good on its promise to bring in more than $100 million for the 2017 calendar year, according a filing with UK Companies House this week.

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Grammy Awards Say This 'Leaked' List Of Winners Is Fake

image from www.grammy.com[UPDATED] A partial list of Grammy winners which was "leaked" via Twitter is a fake, according to The Recording Academy, which oversees the music awards. Main Pop Data published a list of winners in several main categories that it said had leaked on the Grammy web site.

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Grammys + IBM + Muzooka = New AI Powered GRAMMYconnect

Grammy_logoThe Grammys have created a new site that traces the connections - both obvious and wonderfully obscure - between the 19,000 artists and individuals that have been nominated for or won a Grammy over the years.

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5 Common Denominators of Successful Songwriters, Composers, Producers and Engineers

image from cdn.pixabay.comVeteran music producer and educator Gary Gray shares some common denominators of successful songwriters, composers and producer and engineers. Our favorite: “I’m Either Networking or Notworking!"

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Dreamville Sessions: The Album Cycle Reimagined [Jack Udell]

2Here Jake Udell explores how one artist is reinventing the traditional album cycle by using a marketing a strategy which goes past building anticipation, instead using the groundwork of fan loyalty to propel the release.

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QUICK HITS: ADA • Spirit Music Group • SACEM • UTA • Kirt Webster

Quick HitsAlternative Distribution Alliance (ADA) Worldwide has promoted David McGilvray to Senior Vice President, Radio Promotion. Having started his career in the music industry working for Bon Jovi Management and Mercury Records, McGilvray went on to spend 17-years with Island Def Jam.

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4 Ways The Business Of Music Videos Will Dramatically Shift In 2019 [Cheri Hu]

Screen Shot 2019-01-27 at 7.06.20 PMIn this piece, Cherie Hu speculates on four important way in which the music business, or more specifically the music video business, will radically transform in 2019 for both creators and consumers alike.

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Kanye West Sues Roc-a-Fella, Def Jam, UMG, EMI and More

image from celebrityaccess.comKanye West has filed a pair of lawsuits against EMI Music Publishing and Roc-a-Fella Records, UMG Recordings, Def Jam and merchandiser Bravado International Group in an apparent attempt to free himself of all contractual obligations.

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Clio Music Awards Opens Entries For Best Creative Work In Music Marketing and Advertising

image from lh6.googleusercontent.comThe Clio Music Awards today announced its 2019 call for entries.  Part of the Clio Awards, the global creative and ad community's premier awards show, Clio Music recognizes work spanning artist promotion, music marketing, brand collaborations and the use of music in advertising.

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PledgeMusic Pays Fastball 50%, As Others Exit Platform

PledgeMusic NewLast week, Bob Lefsetz brought the plight of the many artists that have not been getting paid on time by PledgeMusic for the last 6 months to a broader audience.  Now Fastball, Bob 's posters boys for PledgeMusic transgressions, report that they received a little over half of the money due them.

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YouTube Could Emerge On Top As Article 13 Flounders

1While the music industry had high hopes that the European Union's passage of Article 13 would knock YouTube down a few pegs, the legislation's possibly insurmountable struggles suggest YouTube might actually come out on top after all.

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Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Guitar Performance • Spotify Is A Win • Programmed Drums • More

MTTRecapNewOn MusicThinkTank this week, contributors shared articles on how to prepare for a performance, why the much maligned Spotify is a win for artists and listeners, how to make programmed drums actually work for you, and more!

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Royalty Exchange Passes $50 Million Paid Milestone

image from shorefire.comRoyalty Exchange announced this week that it had paid out over $50 million from 535 royalty transactions in the three years since the company relaunched in 2016. 255 investors participated in the funding.

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Analysis Of Every Billboard Top 5 Song In 2018 - The Structure And Composition Of A Hit

1Our friends at Soundfly have done an exhaustive breakdown of the musical structure and composition behind every song from the year that cracked the Billboard Top 5, revealing more than a few Drakes.

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PledgeMusic: ‘It's not the Ca$h – it's the FLOW’ [Martin Atkins]

image from cdn.pixabay.com[UPDATED] Payment problems at PledgeMusic resurfaced this week, and the pain felt by artists left without funds to complete orders from fans is very real and widespread. But musician (Pil, Killing Joke, Ministry, Pigface), author and college professor Martin Atkins argues that Pledge is worth saving. "I want to ring the bell for this company that exists (not some fantasy company that doesn't) and is dealing with their problems mostly in what seems like a responsible, realistic, humble manner," writes Atkins.

 

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Symphonic Brings Music Industry Sessions To Puerto Rico

Symphonic new logoIndependent music distributor Symphonic will host its first Music Industry Sessions in Puerto Rico next month. The series is aimed at artists, producers, and singer-songwriters from the indie music community.

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BUSINESS OF INDIE: ADA Promotes McGilvray • Downtown Loves Cats • Metal On YouTube • More

Business Of Indie NewToday's Business Of Indie roundup includes a promotion at ADA, Downtown signing Cats, metal on YouTube, Winter Music Fest details, an impressive CD Baby alliance with Mexico's SACM and more news from the independent music world.

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Music Distribution: Upfront Revenue vs. Revenue Sharing

Screen Shot 2019-01-24 at 5.14.20 PMOnce you've finished creating your music, its time to develop a strategy for how you want to release it. With so many digital distributors out, it picking one can be a difficult choice, something made more complicated by the decision of whether you want to pay an upfront fee, or allow the distributor to share your revenue.

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