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Spotify has done wonders for allowing artists to share their music with the world, and having a Spotify presence right from the beginning can do a lot to help artists reach their intended audience. Unfortunately, many artists neglect getting verified on the platform - something which has a number of perks.
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While playlist placement has become the holy grail for many artists and their promoters, this new case study of sorts from Kieron Donaghue, looks at how playlist placement alone is not in and of itself sufficient as a marketing strategy.
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Now regarded as an actual job instead of just a hobby, blogging can have a lot of advantages when it comes to getting your music some serious exposure, but the blogging game has changed a lot over the past year - here we look at how to launch a successful blog in 2019.
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Those who believe that Spotify will never be a profitable company may soon be forced to reevaluate their position. Today, the streamer reported that its second-quarter operating loss shrunk dramatically to just $3.3 million in Q2 2019, down from $90 million a year ago; and its operating loss fell to $84.7 million from $439 million last year YoY.
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One of the best parts of listening to music is getting to share it with your friends, and thanks to the magic of modern playlisting, collaborative playlist creation can is now a reality. Here Randy Zimmerman walks us through how to create group playlists on both Spotify and Apple Music.
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Some high powered music industry figures and recording artists that include super managers Irving Azoff and Coran Capshaw have joined forces to launch a new lobbying group that will advocate for musicians.
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UPDATED: Spotify has completed deals with two of its major-label partners in what were expected to be contentious licensing renegotiations. EK did not elaborate as to which of the two - Warner Music Group, Universal Music Group Sony Music Entertainment and perhaps indie licensing giant Merin - had signed new agreements during an earnings call Wednesday.
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Spotify has passed 232 million monthly active users, up 29% since this time last year, including 108 million paid subscribers, up 31% YoY. The new stats were one of many strong new numbers shared by the streamer in a Q2 earnings report on Wednesday.
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A jury found Katy Perry liable for copying the underlying beat of Marcus Gray’s 2008 Christian rap song “Joyful Noise” for her hit single “Dark Horse” in a unanimous decision handed down this week in Los Angeles federal court.
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For Bandsintown Group co-founder Fabrice Sergent, marketing concerts isn’t about hype. It’s about supporting artists, connecting people through live music and preserving a last bastion of free of expression. That’s why Bandsintown built a platform to help fans discover concerts and artists promote them which drives 500,000 ticket clicks daily.
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A look behind the scenes of how to identify similar artists who have succeeded in cultivating significant coverage and promotion, and how to research their success and identify their fanbase in order to broaden your own marketing opportunities.
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In an open letter to fans, indie band L7 summarized their own experience and those of other musicians: "in a nutshell, the funds that many bands and their supporters raised through the crowdfunding platform were absconded by the company with zero accountability and unreturned legal appeals."
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Currently only available in Swedish, Spotify Untold recounts the "hero's journey" of Spotify CEO Daniel Ek. Chris Castle explores the curious timing of the book's release and its correlated US book tour.
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Sharing your music with the world has changed dramatically since the days of busking, with developments in online tech making instant distribution an easy reality. Currrently, SoundCloud is one of the most artist-friendly platforms available - but how can you use it to reach the right audience for your music?
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With a few important exceptions, nobody likes a loser. This is doubly true for those musicians looking to cultivate a following via social media. Here we look at how artists can present a successful-seeming before without also coming across as inauthentic.
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[UPDATED] Spotify (NYSE: SPOT) will report earnings results for the second quarter of 2019 on Wednesday before the market opens. While continued growth is expected, analysts disagree on how far away the streamer remains from profitability.
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46 For 46 was created to use the power of music to unseat President Trump in the next election. Launched by former music manager Kyle Frenette, the campaign has already attracted artists like Bon Iver, Patty Griffen, Sylvan Esso and Dashboard Confessional.
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As every successful musician knows, carving out a career in the music industry involves more than just musical skill, and also requires an ability to market yourself and your music to potential fans. Here we provide six key tips for those just starting out in decidedly tough industry.
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Austin, Texas, is launching a DipJar pilot program that will let fans digitally tip their favorite musicians. The Music and Entertainment Division of the city’s economic development department has provided 10 artists with a DipJar, a device that allows fans to tip artists using a credit or debit card.
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A major component of the recently passed Music Modernization Act is a new entity known as the Music Licensing Collective (or MLC), designed to manage blanket licensing, gather money from streaming platforms, and payout revenue to copyright owner. Here we review some key things songwriters should know before the MLC goes into effect.
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The top 15 DJ's on this year's Forbes analysis earned a total of $358 million in pretax earnings in the last 12 months, up from $260 million last year. $272 million of this year's Top 15 DJ income came from its top ten earners.
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Music manager Jake Udell shares six insights gleaned from a recent dinner hosted by the music/tech investment group Raised in Space and attended by several music industry heavy-hitters, as well as exploring what they can tell us about the future of the music business.
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Michael Sherman, Feature.fm Director of Business Development joins Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert on the Music Biz Weekly podcast. Feature.fm builds marketing, advertising, and analytics tools that help artists and labels promote their music to the right audience.
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Using lengthy long ultra-specific hashtags might be fun and feel good to do, but will do little as far as actually picking up traffic is concerned. Hashtag sets on the other can make a huge positive difference in boosting the engagement of a post.
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It's not the number of fans an artist has, but rather their level of commitment that matters, says Ariel Hyatt of CyberPR. It's true fans, those emotionally connected to the artist, that matter. Understanding fan commitment and building an emotional bond are essential to building a meaningful fanbase. Hyatt offers a road map.
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Stream-ripping sites, the new boogymen of the music industry, have been under heavy assault lately, a crusade which YouTube has happily joined in on. Unfortunately, these attempted shutdowns have been carried out with a typical lack of nuance which is now to be expected.
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Los Angeles-based music services agency Beat House has signed a joint venture and worldwide co-publishing deal with Pulse Music Group. Launched earlier this year, Beat House was founded by music industry executive Tiffany Kumar who previously served as Global Head of Songwriter Relations at Spotify.
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Spotify accidentally posted that Nirvana was playing a new concert on August 9th at the 450 capacity club Discovery in Ventura, California. That's quite a feat since lead singer Kurt Cobain died in 1994 and the remaining band members have avoided performing together.
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