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SXSW Adds Keynotes From Spotify, Gimlet, Malcom Gladwell

image from 2hbc6o2wz3pg6vt5d48le2j1-wpengine.netdna-ssl.comSouth by Southwest Conference and Festivals has announced further additions to their Keynote and Featured Speaker lineup for the March 8-17 event.

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Gimme Radio: Building A Fan Driven Music Streaming Service

1_-z3U0jy_TJjQyEmR0XoPSwIn this piece, Gimme Radio's Tyler Lenane outlines why they felt compelled to start another streaming service in an already crowded sector and how Gimme Radio differentiates themselves from other platforms by focusing on serving the passionate fan.

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Gracenote Partners With Muzooka For Photos, Artist Assets

MuzookaGracenote is now using Muzooka's unified artist asset management platform to help deliver the latest photos and more.  Gracenote is a leading provider of music metadata to many top music platforms and electronics devices.

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Proven Ideas To Sell More Music Merchandise [INFOGRAPHIC]

Stickers3Merchandise sales is one of the top income streams for most musicians, when its done well.  The folks at RushOrderTees often remind their clients that great merch accomplishes many things. For the band, it generates revenue and serves as promotional material. For fans, it provides a piece of memorabilia they can get excited about and show off.

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Magic Records: Copyright Free Music For Mixing, Monetizing

1For those weary of the same tired royalty free music, Magic Records offers an excitingly large catalog of copyright free music in the techno/electronic vein, and is available for use by producers, artists, and mixers. Here we look at how this resource can be utilized.

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De La Soul Cries Foul On Digital Royalty Split

image from upload.wikimedia.orgIndie Tommy Boy is finally preparing to release its De La Soul catalog to the streamline services and the band is crying foul.  "The music WILL be released digitally. After 30 long years of good music and paying their debt to Hip Hop, De La Soul unfortunately, will not taste the fruit of their labor. Your purchases will roughly go 90% Tommy Boy, 10% De La,” De La Soul wrote on Instagram.

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Did Technology Bring About The Death Of Good Music?

1After new research was released suggesting that millennials prefer golden oldies to contemporary pop, Stephen Carlisle did some digging to determine if this was in fact accurate and, if so, what role technology may have played in the "decline" of music's quality.

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This May Not End Well... Top UMG Top Suitors Are A Streaming Service and A Private Equity Firm

image from cdn.pixabay.comIf history is any guide, this may not end well... The two top suitors eyeing a $20 - $25 billion bid for a 50% stake in Universal Music Group are US investment firm KKR and China’s Tencent Music Entertainment Group.

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CD Baby Announces Global Expansion plus UK, Canada, Columbia, Singapore Hires

image from pyw2t1f9myua878y2rfs2d19-wpengine.netdna-ssl.comCD Baby is continuing to expand globally with hires in Canada, Latin America, East Asia/Pacific, and the UK and EU. CD Baby is also adding local Artist Support Centers around the world, starting with the UK in the coming months. These centers will give specific advice in local languages tailored to the needs of artists in those locales.

 

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Behind The Curtain Of The New Balance X BEGINNERS Campaign (Part I)

Screen Shot 2019-02-26 at 3.28.42 PMSynch licensing can be one of the greatest ways for artists to gain exposure to a wider, fresh audience. Once a privilege largely reserved for already successful artists, more developing band are getting these exciting opportunities, as evidenced in a recent collaboration between New Balance Shoes and up-and-coming AWAL artist BEGINNERS.

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Are YOU A Male Ally To Women In The Music Business?

1As more allegations of predatory behavior by men in the music business continue to emerge, Chris Robley shares a recent open letter from Joe Crookston to the Arts and Music Community, encouraging men in the music industry to make a commitment to act as true allies to women in the business.

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3 Weeks After PledgeMusic Suspended Campaigns, Hundreds Of Artists Still Unpaid

PledgeMusicOn Wednesday February 6th, PledgeMusic sent an email to all artists with active crowdfunding campaigns suspending them immediately.  The move same after months of late payments and non-payments to artists. Three weeks later, all campaigns remain suspended and hundreds of artist's left unpaid.

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9 Simple Reasons To go To SXSW 2019 [Kosha Dillz]

image from 2hbc6o2wz3pg6vt5d48le2j1-wpengine.netdna-ssl.comSXSW can be overwhelming, but not so for indie rapper Kosha Dillz, who is prepping for his 12th SXSW. Planned properly, SXSW launches Kosha's year. Read and learn, grasshoppers.

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5 Lessons Learned From Shep Gordon

SHEPTalent manager, producer, and film agent Shep Gordon recently released a book titled The Call Me Supermensch, which uses a backstage pass to his life as a framing device for some important lessons about the music and entertainment industry. Here we look at five key takeaways.

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ASCAP Sues 13 Venues For Playing Music Without Paying

image from pmcvariety.files.wordpress.comASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) has filed copyright infringement lawsuits against 13 music venues for “unauthorized public performance of its members’ copyrighted musical works.”

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Why Word-Of-Mouth Is Key To Live Music, How To Earn It

1Despite all the changes the world of music marketing has undergone (technologically and otherwise) word-of-mouth remains the most effective method of selling tickets. So how do you, as an artist, harness the power of such an elusive form of marketing?

 

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"Star Is Born’ Producer Bill Gerber To ‘Restore’ Neil Young To Woodstock Film

image from celebrityaccess.comNow that “A Star Is Born” is in the rearview mirror and after more than a decade as an advocate for the project, producer Bill Gerber will bring Neil Young back to Woodstock.

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Could The Proliferation Of Indie Streaming Platforms Be Harming Unsigned Artists?

3As the major streaming platforms continue to bludgeon each other in hopes of gaining an industry monopoly, unsigned artists are seeking better, independent options for sharing their music with the general public - unfortunately, all these smaller platforms face a number of shortcomings.

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Spotify Revises WMG Statement, Issues Full India Launch Press Release

image from storage.googleapis.comWords have become weapons in the battle between Spotify and WMG's Warner/Chappell Music publishing. Overnight, Spotify clarified one of their jabes, alongside a fill announcement of the streamer's launch in India.

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Spotify Launches In India Without WMG Deal, Premium Costs $1.67 Monthly

image from cdn.pixabay.comSpotify ramped up its battle with Warner Music Group on Tuesday, launching in India without a signed deal with the Warner/Chappell music publishing arm of the world's third largest music group. WMG had failed on Monday to get a court injunction to stop the launch.

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Gaming Facebook Algorithm To Create More Cost Effective Ads: A Musician's Guide

1Once you've spilled the blood, sweat, and tears necessary to create quality content, you're going to want to share it on all the social media platforms. When it comes to Facebook, however, it's unlikely your followers will actually see your post, unless you game the system.

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Teen Musician Rejects $3M Deal: No Need For Label Thanks To Internet

3Billboard magazine recently released a profile of teenaged musician/rapper NLE Choppa, who handily turned down a $3 million label deal, opting instead to partner with a distribution company, UnitedMasters, and maintain all rights to his work. Kids these days!

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Key Advice For Marketing Artists [Jake Udell]

3In this important piece of marketing advice, Jake Udell expands on his theory that the most important marketing an artist can do is to their core fans, and the value of investing time and money in quality content, rather than trying to reach as many listeners as possible.

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Audible Magic Adds 'Rights Audit,' The Orchard Signs On

image from ybltv.comMusic technology provider Audible Magic has announced two new services, Rights Audit and Rights Rx, designed to verify rights ownership across more than 200 territories before new music is added to a catalog. Sony owned indie distributor The Or
chard is among the first to sign on.

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Pandora 'Stories' Adds Creator Commentary To Playlists

PandoraStories_Blog_collagePandora has launched "Stories," a new tool that allows artists, songwriters and podcasters to add commentary to music and "combining the storytelling of podcasts with the musical power of playlists." 

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8 Must-Have Pages For Your Music Website

2Whether you're an artist, venue, or gear seller, one of the most critical decisions you'll make when building your website is how the content is organized. Clear, concise menu options, and simple menu navigation make all the difference when it comes to appealing to users.

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