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This Week In Music Commentary

6a00d83451b36c69e201bb09aae429970d-100wiThis week we heard commentary from inside the industry on why labels reissuing vinyl should go the extra mile to ensure maximum quality, how YouTube's 1 billion plays club is changing global music culture, everything you could ever need to know about article 13, and more!

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

6a00d83451b36c69e201b7c907b657970b-150wiThis week, we provide a whole slew of invaluable advice to those foraging their own way through the dense jungle that is the music business, with tips on guerrilla marketing for events, how to improve press coverage of your music, the best way to dodge music industry burnout and much, much more!

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Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Air Travel • Acoustic Guitars • Eat, Sleep, Write • More

MTTNewThis week on MusicThinkTank, contributors weighed in on the FAA's new ruling for musicians traveling by air,  how to pick your first guitar, five fantastic songwriting apps, and more!

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REWIND: The New Music Industry’s Week In Review

6a01b7c7aa2d2b970b01b7c907b5d7970b-100wiIn this roundup of the past week's music industry news, we look back in on Amazon rapid growth in the battle for supreme streaming domination, major news outlets' protesting of Ariana Grande's photo agreement, Spotify test run of it's premium duo discount subscription, and more!

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

6a00d83451b36c69e201b7c907b568970b-150wiSome of this week's most popular articles on Hypebot covered recent important updates to 'Spotify for Artists.' the latest in the PledgeMusic dumpster fire,  what the approval of Article 13 means for YouTube's safe harbor rules, and more.

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Kobalt Revenue Up 25%, AWAL Grew 50% In Last Fiscal Year

KobaltLOGOKobalt has reported strong growth for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2018. Revenues at the global indie publisher and label services firm rose 25.3% year-over-year to $402.1 million.

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Top Way To Improve Press Coverage Of Your Music

1With the world of music journalism in a state of disarray, navigating when and how to get press coverage of your music has become increasingly challenging. Even once you've selected an outlet, getting that publication or personality interested in your music is a major hurdle, one where adding a personal touch can go a long way.

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Grammy Awards Cut Eligibility Year To Just 11 Months

Grammy_logoEligibility for the 62nd annual Grammy Awards will close Aug. 31, a full month earlier than in previous years. The shift comes alongside the Grammy telecast moving up two weeks to Jan. 26, 2020, after the Academy Awards moved its telecast to Feb. 9, 2020, the same day as the original Grammy date.

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Could The King Biscuit Flower Hour Survive Today?

1In this piece Fred Jacobs recalls the era of Album Oriented Rock (AOR) and, more specifically, the 'King Biscuit Flower Hour,' a show which presented original concert programming through until the early '90s. So could the such programming survive today, living as we are in the age of reboots?

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Symphonic Partners With Songtrust

Symphonic new logoIndependent music distributor Symphonic has partnered with Songtrust to expand its publishing services. Songtrust represents more than 150,000 songwriters and more than 20,000 publishers.

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“Old Town Road” Was #19 On Country Chart, Then Billboard Decided It Wasn't Really A Country Song

image from celebrityaccess.comLil Nas X scored a crossover country hit when his cowboy-themed rap song “Old Town Road,” debuted at #19 on the Billboard country chart. The Billboard decided to pull the song from a country chart after determining it wasn’t a good fit for the genre.

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Changes To YouTube Copyright Claims May Affect You

1YouTube is now unveiling some important changes to its Content ID feature which could impact artist videos moving forward, requiring content owners to provide infringement timestamps, and limiting the number of manual copyright claims.

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How Data Metrics Work For Independent Artists

1While social media platforms offer artists a convenient method for contacting and advertising to fans, these sites also provide valuable marketing info behind the scenes on the demographics of visitors and other helpful data-driven insights.

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Amazon Music To Be 2019's Fastest Growing Music Streamer

Amazon musicAmazon Music will be the fastest growing music service in the US this year, according to a new analysis, crossing 35 million monthly listeners in 2019. That trend will continue through 2023.

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BUSINESS OF INDIE: Downtown Acquires CD Baby • Mojo Expands Catalog • Spinnin' Records Turns 20 • More

Business Of Indie 2019In this Business Of Indie update, CD Baby is sold to Downtown Music, indie publisher Mojo expands its catalog, Spinnin' Records turns 20, zines make a comeback and so much more.

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Everything You Need To Know About Article 13

Thought-2123970_960_720The Article 13 copyright directive passed the European Parliament this week, bringing with it sweeping copyright reform, limits to Safe Harbor and an end to YouTube as we know it, at least in the EU. The legislation is complex, so here is Everything You Need To Know About Article 13.

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A2IM Names Indie Libera Award Nominees 2019: Mitski, Bad Bunny, Courtney Barnett, More

A2IMThe American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) has announced the nominees for its 2019 indie music Libera Awards. The Libera Awards will be held on June 20th in New York City as part of Indie Week.

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15 Major News Outlets Protest Ariana Grande Photo Agreement [Read Full Contract]

image from celebrityaccess.com15 major news outlets have joined together to oppose  a restrictive photo agreement fot Ariana Grande’s upcoming Sweetener Tour. The agreement, which all photographers must sign to recieve a photo pass, includes a clause giving Grande ownership of all of the images.

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7 Ways To Promote Your Music And Grow Your Fanbase

FanbaseIn the modern music industry, being talented and unique isn't enough to help you stand out from the crowd of other artists, and gaining the kind of recognition you want in a competitive market requires careful strategizing, and a good understanding of your strengths.

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BMG Reports Strong 'Organic' Growth

BMG_New_ Rectange Logo_Red_RGBBertelsmann’s indie music subsidiary BMG marked its 10th year in 2018 with significant growth in revenue and profits.  BMG reported that overall revenue for 2018 was up by 7.5 %  to €545 million / $613 million USD.

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Instruments In Transit: What Artists Need To Know In Event Of 'No Deal' Brexit

1While there's been no shortage of media coverage over the ongoing Brexit dumpster fire, one group that often gets left out of the hypotheticals and conjectures are touring musicians. Here we look at what some of the technical ramifications might be for artists transporting their instruments between the UK and rest of the EU in the event of a 'no deal' Brexit.

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CD Baby, AVL Digital Acquired By Downtown Music

CD_Baby_Logo_Black newDowntown Music Holdings has acquired AVL Digital Group and its portfolio of music distribution, rights management and artist services businesses, including CD Baby, AdRev, DashGo and Soundrop. DMH is the company behind Downtown Music Publishing and Songtrust.

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Fans Want To Hear Your Narrative: Building A Story For Your Music Career

2When trying to promote yourself as an artist, it can be easy to fall into the trap of focusing exclusively on social media and the promotion of your latest release, for while this is certainly important, too many artists neglect the development of their personal narrative, and the crafting of an image that's compelling to fans.

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Advice To Labels: When Reissuing Vinyl, Take The Extra Step

2The resurgence of vinyl has breathed new life into a number formerly overlooked albums, bringing hitherto forgotten artists out of the woodwork. When it comes to these fresh pressings, however, it's important that labels take the time (and money) to invest in top notch audio quality.

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