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10 Most Viewed YouTube Videos Of All Time

5There was a time when the internet made a big deal out of song reaching a billion views, but the days of such easily won astonishment are long gone, with popular artists now clocking in at well over double this number. In this piece, we check in on which YouTube video currently reign supreme in the play count department.

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Warner Music Group Calls Spotify Comments 'Appalling,' Vows To Fight In India

image from yt3.ggpht.comThe battle between Spotify and Warner Music Group's Warner/Chappell Music publishing arm continues unabated, after the pair failed to reach an agreement to licence songs to the streamer in India.  A Mumbai judge today failed to grant WMG an injunction stopping Spotify from launching in India, but it did also did not grant it a licence to launch, according to WMG.

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Court Denies WMG Injunction, Clears Spotify India Launch

Spotify[UPDATED] A Mumbai court has failed to grant Warner Music Group and it's Warner/Chappell Music publishing subsidy an injunction that would stop Spotify's launch in India. Unable to reach a direct deal with Warner/Chappell, Spotify is preparing to launch under a blanket license previously used only by TV and radio. A Spotify spokesperson reacted to the news, telling Hypebot:

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Thriving After 15 Years: 6 Keys To Independent Music Success

2Success as a DIY artist has never been easy, and for most, their rags to riches story comes down a little heavier on the rags. Still, as artist Yael Meyer illustrates in these six best practices, indie music success is achievable.

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What Beatles 2018 Success Says About Streaming's Future [Mark Mulligan]

image from i.ebayimg.comAlmost 50 years after The Beatles disbanded, the Fab Four remain Universal Music Group's fourth best seller of the last year. MIDiA analyst Mark Mulligan takes a fascinating dive into the numbers to discover what that implies for streaming's future and the long term revenue that it may deliver to artists and labels.

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Sound Royalties Offers PledgeMusic Artists $3M In Low Interest Royalty Advances

Sound royaltiesSound Royalties is offering artists stuck without payment from PledgeMusic royalty advances at 4%. The music-focused finance firm is committing up to $3 million to affected musicians.

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Most Artists Don't Understand Their Record Deal, Do You?

image from cdn.pixabay.comMusicians need to understand the contracts they sign and their implications, but most don't. Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert are joined on the Music Biz Weekly Podcast by manager and educator Mark Tavern to explore why that is and what to do about.

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Full Text Of Spotify, WMG Dueling Statements On India Lawsuit and Launch

image from cdn.pixabay.comAfter WMG filed for an injunction to stop the launch of Spotify in India on Monday, both companies issued unusually strong statements that will resonate in the coming weeks, as the streamer continues global licencing re-negotiations with all three major music groups.

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Instagram Story Ideas For Fan Engagement

1With the release of its story' feature, Instagram opened the floodgates on a strong new resource for artists to promote their work. Here we look at some helpful story ideas for helping artists to engage and reel in their fans on IG.

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Best And Worst Times To Post On Facebook 2019

image from cdn.pixabay.comFacebook may not be the holy grail of music marketing that you'd hoped, but with 2.32 billion monthly active users, it's still an undeniably important channel. So, when are the best and worse times to post on Facebook to reach the maximum audience? 

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Growing Your Music Industry Network In 15 Minutes A Day

4While most artists would rather spend time honing their craft than rubbing shoulders with industry peers, socializing and networking is key to moving up in the industry. Luckily, there is a strategy for building your network that only requires investing fifteen minutes a day.

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Warner Music Files Suit To Stop Spotify India Launch, Streamer Claims 'Abusive Behavior'

SpotifyWarner Music Group and it's Warner Chappell Music (WCM) publishing division filed an injunction in Mumbai on Monday to stop Spotify from launching its streaming service in India. WMG is alleging that the streamer has not obtained the proper publishing licenses.

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SOCAN Reports A Record Breaking Year

image from celebrityaccess.comCanadian rights organization SOCAN published their preliminary results for 2018, revealing that the year was a record-breaker for the Canadian music industry. The PRO recorded record total revenues of $374 Million for 2018, an 11% increase over 2017. Of that, $315 was distributed to SOCAN members, up from $295 million in 2017.

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Getting It Done: The Week In D.I.Y & Indie Music

6a00d83451b36c69e201b7c907b657970b-150wiThis week, we have a whole host of tips and advice for the indie artists out there trying to make it big, including a walkthrough of what it takes to hit the billboard charts, what makes for the perfect set (if you're an opener) how to create original content on YouTube that'll help your music go viral, and more.

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Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Handling Criticism • Music Résumé • Big Data • More

MTTRecapNewThis week on MusicThinkTank, contributors shared articles on how musicians should handle criticism, how to right a music resume that will get you good results, why trust will be the next best opportunity for big data, and more.

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REWIND: The New Music Industry’s Week In Review

6a01b7c7aa2d2b970b01b7c907b5d7970b-100wiIn this flip back through the past week of music industry news, we check back in on the US Congress's latest assault on musicians, how much labels are pulling down from streaming, Spotify's widening lead over Apple Music, and more.

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2019 Must-Attend Music Conferences

1Music conferences can a be a life changing experience, and the perfect place to educate yourself about the industry, connect with your contemporaries, and make contact with the powers that be. They can also be a huge waste of time however, so we've here provided a short list of must-attend conferences.

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129 Members Of US Congress Renew Assault On Musicians With The 'Local Radio Freedom Act'

image from cdn.pixabay.comBroadcast radio lobbyists and a bipartisan coalition of 124 members House members and 5 senators are backing the latest edition of the Local Radio Freedom Act, which would continue to limit the royalties that radio stations pay on recordings.

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Next Big Sound Adds Pandora Streams To Audience Map: Know Where Your Fans Are

image from cdn-images-1.medium.comPandora owned analytics platform Next Big Sound has improved its Audience Map with adding an important metric - where an artist's Pandora streams are coming from.

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The PledgeMusic Debacle [Iain Baker of Jesus Jones]

2In this piece Iain Baker breaks down the dismal PledgeMusic situation, reflecting on how the current crisis is reminiscent of similar incidents in the history of the music industry, as well as speculating on the somewhat bleak future of the platform.

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Tips For Writing A Music Business Resume

1When arming up for a job hunt in the music industry, having a carefully crafted, professional, and engaging resume at the ready is essential to even landing and interview. Here we look at five of the best practices to implement when putting together a killer resume.

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Music Think Tank Call For Submissions: Share Your Thoughts!

MTTNewThank you for your dedicated readership and the thoughtful and insightful content which has been shared by so many of you. Without these contributions, our sister blog Music Think Tank would not exist. If you have advice, commentary, or ideas about the music industry, we please encourage you to contribute a post to MTT!

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New Study By Goldman Sachs Forecasts Double-Digit Growth For Music Biz

Screen Shot 2019-02-21 at 6.48.07 PM[UPDATED] The music business had a tough go of it earlier this decade. but more recently things have certainly taken a turn for the better. Thankfully, this trend shows no signs of waning, according to recently published research from a team at Goldman Sachs.

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Spotify Adds 'Word' Genre For Audiobooks, Meditations, Poetry, Language Learning and More

image from storage.googleapis.comSpotify is aggressively re-positioning itself as a destination for all things audio. Following its recent purchase of podcasters Gimlet and Anchor Media for $340 million, the streamer has added a "Word" category to make it easier for users to find the growing collections of poetry, guided meditations, audiobooks, language lessons and short stories on the platform.

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SoundCloud Now Lets You Upload To Other Music Platforms

3In what could be a major disruptor for the platform, SoundCloud recently dropped a new toolset in its Premier program which will give its users the option of sharing music to other major platforms like Spotify and Apple Music.

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