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It's Easier For New Artists To Gain Traction On Spotify says CEO Daniel Ek

image from s22295.pcdn.coArtist and music discovery on Spotify were among the topics covered during Monday's earnings call. With CEO Daniel Ek sharing some stats that show that the despite the fact that 40,000 new tracks are uploaded daily, more artists than ever are being discovered on the platform than ever before.

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The Truth Behind The 1,000 True Fan Theory

1For some time, a theory has existed in the music industry that, for an artist to have a sustainable if not particularly lavish career, they must have at least 1000, 'true' fans. Here we look at the reality of the math behind this idea.

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BUSINESS OF INDIE: AWAL + SideOne Dummy • Primary Waves Names CFO • Fierce Panda • LVRN • More

Business Of Indie 2019In this new edition of the Business Of Indie, AWAL inks SideOne Dummy Records • Primary Waves names a CFO , indoe labels Fierce Panda  signs and LVRN get profiled. All that and more news from the world of independent music.

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How Spotify’s Continued Expansion Is Killing Niche Music Genres

4While the rise of streaming is, in many ways, responsible for the music industry's salvation, the vast majority of content streamed on platforms like Spotify generally tends to lean towards the pop/hip hop spectrum. As Thomas Steffens here explains could be bad news for more niche music genres like classical and jazz.

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How Americans Are Using Twitter And What It Means For Music Marketing

2According to a new study from Pew Research, Twitter usage in the US seems to have peaked at around 22%, with most of its content dominated by an even smaller percentage. Here we look into more of these numbers and what it means for artists and musicians on the platform.

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Berklee Online Adds Grassroots Touring Course With Bruce Houghton Of Hypebot, Skyline Artists Agency

Berklee_Online_StackedWith income related to live performances accounting for 60 - 80% of most artists’ income, never has it been more important to build and sustain a touring career. Grassroots Touring, a new course authored by music industry Bruce Houghton, is designed to teach just that. Houghton is the editor of Hypebot and MusicThinkTank and the president of the Skyline Artists Agency.

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How To Write A Song In One Day

1When embarking on the delicate process of songwriting, it can be tempting to hold off on committing to anything until the right inspiration strikes, but there is significant evidence that it may in fact be more beneficial to simply power through. Here we look at how you can train yourself to write a song in a day.

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TikTok: What Is It?

5While many unfamiliar with the platform may be quick to dismiss TikTok as yet another frivolous video sharing platform, the reality is that TikTok can be an amazing opportunity for artists to expand their fanbase.

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Has Coachella Lost It's Cool? Instagram Has The Answer

image from cdn.pixabay.comHas Coachella lost its cool? Burning Man is now the most Instagramed festival in the world, beating out Coachella for the top spot. An Instagram user at Burning Man will post an 24 times over the course of the event, compared to 21 times at Coachella.

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Woodstock 50 Concert Is Cancelled [OFFICIAL]

image from www.billboard.comWoodstock 50 has been cancelled.  On Monday, officials with Dentsu Aegis Network released said that the concert and celebration had been cancelled because they "don’t believe the production of the festival can be executed as an event worthy of the Woodstock Brand name." Headliners scheduled to appear included The Killers, Dead and Co, Imagine Dragons and Jay-Z. Here is the statement in full:

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Spotify Adds 40,000 New Tracks Every Day [That's Not A Typo]

Spotify newDuring an earnings call Monday, Spotify CEO Daniel Ek shared that the streamer now offers 60 million tracks. The catalog continues to grow by a whopping 40,000 tracks every day, according to Ek.

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Creator Support: A New Way To Pay Artists For Streaming [Mark Mulligan]

image from cdn.pixabay.comHow to fairly compensate creators as consumption becomes dominated by streaming is the subject of vigorous debate. But a new model dubbed 'creator support' is gaining traction because it will pay many artists more with minimal impact on the wider royalty pool, says MIDiA's Mark Mulligan.

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8 Great Music Video Techniques Anyone Can Use

4There's no limit to the approaches and techniques artists can apply to create original music, but in this piece we revisit some particularly effective and often low-budget ideas that have been utilized in the past, that any artist could borrow today.

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How Not To Get Caught In The Set It And Forget It Trap

Muisc Biz Weekly Podcast photosToo many artists forget to change bios, links, call to actions, photos after an album, tour and other milestones and events. On this week's Music Biz Weekly podcast Michael Brandvold  and Jay Gilbert discuss some tips we learned from speaking with YouTube, like setting up your video name, description, keywords and custom thumbnail. Did you know that even the file name matters?

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Tunecore Distribution Payments To Artists Up 21%, Stream And Downloads Rise 83%

Tunecore logo newTuneCore artists earned $83 million in the first quarter of 2019, a 21% increase over the same period last year. Total streams and downloads of music by TuneCore’s 250,000 worldwide artists hit 199.3 billion in the past year, a 83% increase over 2017.

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What Artists Can Learn From The Success Of Beyoncé's 'Homecoming' Special [Video]

4While few can ever hope to compare to level of talent and success that Beyoncé has achieved, there are some valuable takeaways from her recent Netflix documentary 'Homecoming' that all artists can learn from.

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Spotify Passes 217M Active Users, Revenue Per User Slips

image from mms.businesswire.comUPDATED: Spotify's monthly active users grew 26% over the last year to 217 million at the end of 2018, the streamer reported on Monday. Now in 79 countries, a February launch in India added 2 million to its global total. Overall, Spotify posted a smaller first-quarter loss of $158 million vs $189 million for the same period last year.

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Taylor Swift's ME! Breaks YouTube, Amazon Records

image from www.hypebot.comThe Taylor Swift juggernaut plowed forward breaking multiple YouTube and Amazon records with the song and video premiere of “ME!” featuring Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco.

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This Week In Music Commentary

6a00d83451b36c69e201bb09aae429970d-100wiThis week, commentators inside the industry weighed in on whey learning to fail is such an important part of music business success, what comes next for K-pop after its big week, and why legacy music industry companies shouldn't be the ones watching over the royalties of independent songwriters.

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Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Submit Hub • Networking For Introverts • Touring Budget • More

MTTRecapNewThis week on MusicThinkTank, contributors shared pieces on why Submit Hub is allegedly a scam, some tricks for networking effectively as an introvert, how to tour on a budget, and more!

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REWIND: The New Music Industry’s Week In Review

6a01b7c7aa2d2b970b01b7c907b5d7970b-100wiJust in case you missed something the first time around, we're taking a moment to look back on another full week of music industry news, revisiting a big Record Store Day for vinyl, the somewhat surprising top ten global artists, the arrival of Beyoncé's 'Lemonade' on Spotify, three years after it was released, and more!

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

6a00d83451b36c69e201b7c907b568970b-150wiThis week, some of our most popular articles on Hypebot dug into the world's most popular websites, Festify's new utilization of Spotify which allows  you to craft your dream festival, a stunning defeat of Warner Music as the company is found guilty of wrongfully withholding royalties from a 'Vogue' co-writer, and more.

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BUSINESS OF INDIE: IMPEL Names CEO • AIM @ Midem • Bandcamp To Press Vinyl • Position Signs Franti • More

Business Of Indie 2019In this new edition of the Business Of Indie, IMPEL (Independent Music Publishers’ E-Licensing Collective) names a CEO, AIM shares discount passes and its Hack Midem Academy, Bandcamp takes the risk out of pressing vinyl for indie artists and labels. Michael Franti signs with Position Music and much, much more news from the wild and wonderful world of independent music.

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