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

6a00d83451b36c69e201b7c907b568970b-150wiThis week, some of the most popular articles from Hypebot warned against the number one mistake artists make when pitching music, revealed some surprising stats about the current music industry, looked at some of streaming most successful artists, and more!

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Ramones Lyrics, Music Industry Metrics [Glenn Peoples]

1As profitability returns to the recorded music industry, Glenn Peoples found some unexpected wisdom from one of the world's greatest punk outfits, The Ramones.  He draws lessons from the punk pioneers on how to navigate and understand music's new and complex landscape

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17 Million US 'Fans' Ripped Music Last Year, UP 13%

PiracyDespite the ongoing efforts of the RIAA and others, music piracy is far from dead. For most - and there numbers are growing - stream ripping is the piracy platform of choice.

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Want Streaming Success? Try These Int'l Trigger Cities [Chartmetorics]

1As the global music economy continues to transform, it's important to take a look at the various factors which feed into a song's success, particularly when it comes to that song's geographic origin. In this in-depth piece, we explore the concept of 'trigger cities,' and how streaming popularity often begins in the places you might least expect.

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UnitedMasters Names Instagram Exec To Lead Next Gen Indie Music Company

image from musically.comLauren Wirtzer-Seawood, former Head of Music Partnerships at Instagram, has been appointed the first ever President of Brooklyn-based indie music startup UnitedMasters.

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Why Your Visual Aesthetics, Style, And Presentation Need To Be Taken Seriously

3Like it or not, people have a tendency to judge a book by its cover, doubly so when it's a performer on stage. For this reason, it is essential that artists, in addition to making sure their performance abilities are top-notch, take time to perfect their visual style and overall aesthetic.

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Was PledgeMusic Lining Their Own Pockets?

2In this latest chapter in the saga of the still-smoldering wreckage that is PledgeMusic, Mario Putzar examines some of the underlying causes that led up to the platform's current state of crisis, many of them eerily similar to another music direct-to-fan platform (now also defunct), Sellaband.

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Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Quality Speakers • Using An EPK • Networking • More

MTTRecapNew copySMOLThis week on MusicThinkTank, contributors offered advice on purchasing gear, four ways you should use an electronic press kit, the ten rules of networking and more.

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8 Surprising Statistics Shaping The Music Industry

1Brant David McLaughlin of Music Industry Insights breaks down eight music industry statistics, revealing some unexpected areas of growth, as well as.  some indicators as to where the industry as a whole might be headed moving forward.

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New Facebook Features You Ought To Know About

1In recent months, Facebook has rolled out some interesting new features and products that artists and promoters should take notice of. Here we break down these new tools and how you can utilize them to improve your social media presence.

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BUSINESS OF INDIE: Beggars Expands in US • Oh Boy Signs Waldon • Daptone's 100th • Verve Promotes • More

Business Of Indie 2019

In this week's Business Of Indie, Beggars Music Group expands US operations, John Prines Oh Boy Records signs Kelsey Waldon.  Daptone releases 100th 45, Verve label group promotes execs and more.

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A Brief Inquiry Into Building Music Empires With Jamie Oborne, Manager Of The 1975

1In this episode of MMF's management focused podcast, the sat down to chat with Jamie Oborne, founder of Dirty Hit and manager of notable hit group The 1975 on his journey to building an independent music empire.

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Indie Artists Alexis Saski Writes Her Own Future

2In this piece, Dave Deals walks us through how Nashville artist Alexis Saski risked it all by turning her back on a compromising label to pursue an independent music career - with incredible results!

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Tencent Music Requires You Pay To Stream Current Music – Will This Catch On?

1In an effort to increase its profitability, Chinese streaming giant Tencent has begun experimenting with limiting the amount of current hit music which its customers can access for free. Given the mixed results windowing saw in the US however, it remains to be seen whether this trend will catch on.

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American Airlines Ends Music Equipment Oversized Bag Fees

image from designshack.netAmerican Airlines has eliminated oversize bag fees for "common sports and music equipment." The updated policy "will be music to the ears of musicians who fly on American," says the airline.

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Top Playlist Curator Shares #1 Mistake That Artists Make Pitching Their Music

1As playlists popularity continues to grow, being able to successfully pitch music to playlists becomes more important, as well. Here, a sought-after rock playlist curator explains the number one mistake artists make when pitching their music.

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QUICK HITS: Verve • Downtown Music • Dubset + Pioneer • SNG Music • UTA Adds Sean Hill

Quick HitsUMG's Verve Label Group has promoted two of its senior executives. Jamie Krents has been named executive vice president, Verve and Impulse!, and Dahlia Ambach Caplin has been named senior vice president of artist & repertoire for Verve and Impulse!.

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Music Leaker DBR.ee Shut Down By Industry Trade Groups

PiracyFile-hosting service DBR.ee has been shut down by a consortium of thee music industry trade groups. The site has often been used to share leaked music from Big Artists and other major artists prior to release.

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The Musician’s Guide to Pandora Promotion

PandoraAmpWhile Spotify deserves kudos for its free Artist toolkit, no music service has provided more opportunities for artists to connect with fans than Pandora. Pandora AMP (Artist Marketing Platform) is an offering that its competitors can learn from.

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Self-Releasing Music: A Beginner's Guide

1Jumpstarting a career in the music business is a challenging feat, requiring a massive amount of time and energy for something that could ultimately fall flat. Failure at this early stage can often be the result of a lack of industry experience - luckily we have some tips for avoiding the pitfalls that trip up many beginners.

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4 Ways Musicians Can Use An EPK

EpkAn electronic press kit (or EPK) is an essential tool for artists looking to make a positive first impression, whether its with venues, promoters, or any other industry gatekeepers, having a solid EPK will help give you a professional presentation and demonstrate that you should be taken seriously.

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AI Generated Music Gets $1.8M Boost With Amadeus Code Investment From World Innovation Lab

Amedeus Code logoAI music generation platform Amadeus Code has landed $1.8 million in Series A funding.The round was led by VC firm World Innovation Lab. WiL’s Masataka Matsumoto will join coompany's board.

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LiveXLive Subscribers Up 50% To 700K As Losses Rise 135%

LiveXLive_Logo_(new)LiveXLive Media issued an updated financial guidance that estimates it will end fiscal year 2019 with revenue of $33.0 million to $34.0 million, up 365% from $7.2 million in 2018.  But the company is estimated to close fiscal year 2019 with an operating loss of $34 million to $36 million, up 135% from 2018.

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