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U.S. Music Streaming Revenue Tops $8 Billion, Up 33%

Arrows upOn-demand music services including Apple Music, Pandora and Spotify will top $8 billion in revenue in the U.S. this year, up 33% as increased adoption of products like wireless earbuds and smart speakers help drive more music subscriptions, according to a new Consumer Technology Association survey.

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As Exclusivity Takes Charge, How Will Music Streaming Change?

3As streaming continues to grow as the dominant form of music consumption, AI powered algorithm-based playlist marketing could be boxing out more niche genres of music and limiting the variety available to listeners.

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Badshah Breaks BTS YouTube Record Thanks To Google AdWords Reportedly Paid For By Sony Music

image from scontent-sea1-1.cdninstagram.comIndian rapper Badshah’s new music video ‘Paagal’  has broken the YouTube 24 hour debut record held by BTS with 75 million views, according to his label Sony Music. But the milestone appears to have come thanks, in large part, to a big Google AdWords spend from the label.

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Attorney Chris Castle On PledgeMusic, How It Happened and What's Next [Music Biz Weekly Podcast]

PledgeMusic NewAttorney Chris Castle sits down with Micahel Brandvold and Jay Gilbert on the Music Biz Weekly Podcast to talk about Pledgemusic. Castle offers his insights into when the current debacle started, why it may have happened and what could happen next including bankruptcy and administration.

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New Copyright Office Regs Concerning Pre-72 Recordings

1Here Chris Castle outlines some of the new regulations surrounding how the passage of the CLASSICS Act section of the MMA will effect pre-72 recording copyright owners, and the procedure for recovering statutory damages for infringement.

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Taylor Swift's Story Is Indictment Of "Negotiating Asymmetries" and Call For Copyright Reform

1In this piece, Neil Turkewitz offers a different take on the recent Taylor Swift rights ownership incident, arguing against viewing it as an indictment of copyright, and rather as a reminder that the rules protecting creators' intellectual property need to be easier to enforce.

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Google Is Launching Yet Another Social Network. This Time It's Called Shoelace

1While nobody is about to deny Google's stature as a company, it has struggled to cultivate much success in the social network department. Still, it's not about to stop trying, as evidenced by its new attempt at the hyper-local social media platform, Shoelace.

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Taylor Swift Should Re-record Hits Lost To Scooter Braun, says Kelly Clarkson

image from www.hypebot.comShake it off, Kelly Clarkson is telling Taylor Swift about her feud with Scooter Bruan and Scott Borchetta, by re-recording and releasing the hits that Braun now controls after acquiring her former record label, Big Machine. Swift called the sale her "worst case scenario;" and re-recording the hits would both give her control of the new masters and devalue Braun's reposted $300 million purchase.

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ROXi Plots IPO For Music Streaming Service, Device

image from roximusicsystem.comROXi Music, the manufacturers of music streaming service and device ROXi has chosen investment bank Arden Partners to prepare its initial public offering in the fourth quarter of 2019. The offering will be floated on the alternative investment market (AIM) of the London Stock Exchange.

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This Week In Music Commentary

6a00d83451b36c69e201bb09aae429970d-100wiIn music commentary this week, industry experts weigh in on how Spotify's new ad campaign reinforces the need for user-centric royalties, PledgeMusic's ongoing pursuit of a sale, why it's time to revisit how artist marketing is done, and more.

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

6a00d83451b36c69e201b7c907b657970b-150wiThis week in our tips, tricks, and ideas for the indie artists out there, we offer counsel on what you need to know about independent venue week, provide a quick guide to the ins and outs of YouTube streaming, look at what it takes to become a merch pedaling pro, and much more!

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Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Nostalgia • Staying Healthy On Tour • Making The Industry Safer For Women • More

MTTRecapNew copySMOLThis week on MusicThinkTank, our contributors shared articles on how music engages the brain to evoke nostalgia, what musicians can do to stay healthy on the road, how the music industry can, and should, be made safer for women, and more.

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REWIND: The New Music Industry’s Week In Review

6a01b7c7aa2d2b970b01b7c907b5d7970b-100wiIn this flip back through the past week's music industry news, we revisit the impressive bump unsigned artists have seen in their revenue over the last year, what YouTube is finally doing to block major streaming ripping sites, why albums continue to have some value and more.

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

6a00d83451b36c69e201b7c907b568970b-150wiSome of the chart-topping articles from the pages of Hypebot this week covered the backlash to Spotify's tone deaf 'Dance as if no one is watching' ad campaign, why it's time to rewrite the artist marketing playbook, the reason metadata is so important for musicians, and more!

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UN Organization Debuts New, Global Anti-Piracy Database

1Despite streaming's popularity, piracy is once again on the rise at an alarming pace, leading the United Nations' World Intellectual Property Organization to unveil a new global anti-piracy database, aimed at curbing this alarming spike in intellectual property theft.

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FREE REPORT: Independent Artists In The Age of Empowerment [Mark Mulligan]

image from musicindustryblog.files.wordpress.comDigital music distributor Amuse and consultancy MIDiA have partnered to release Independent Artists: The Age of Empowerment, a free report that shows the growing power and potential of independent artists - artists how are growing a substantial career without the help of a record label.

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Concert Ticket Sales Are Down Significantly This Year

1Despite the tumult of the recorded music business, live music was thought to be a bit more of  a blue chip when it came to an otherwise unstable industry, but new data from Pollstar shows that sales of concert tickets have taken a significant dip in comparison to previous years.

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What Will Taylor Do? Big Machine To Release Vinyl Singles

image from celebrityaccess.comDespite a very public feud with Taylor Swift, her former label, the just acquired by Scooter Braun Big Machine Records, is wasting no time cashing in on her catalog with the release of five songs from her 2006 self-titled debut album on limited-edition vinyl.

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Choosing Where To Promote Your Music On Social Media

1With the embarrassment of riches that social media has given us, it can be difficult to decide where exactly to target your marketing efforts, and trying to cover all your bases can often lead to you covering none of them instead. Here we look at how to pick and choose which social media platforms to bring down the hammer on for maximum marketing efficacy.

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Amazon Music Unlimited Subscriptions Surge 70%, Faster Than Spotify Or Apple Music

Amazon musicSubscriptions to Amazon Music Unlimited grew an impressive 70% last year, according to a new report. Amazon Music and Amazon Music Unlimited had more than 32 million subscribers combined as of the end of April, according to the Financial Times.

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How Music Engages The Brain

3Music's impact on listeners moods and emotions has long been established, but beyond simply affecting our feelings, music also has the ability to transport the listener to a different time, place, and mindset. Here we dig into some of the science behind music induced nostalgia and how it impacts the listener.

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It's Independent Venue Week: 4 Things You Need To Know

5As Independent Venue Week kicks of its second year running, we look at four things you should know, including where the event got its inception, and which artists and venues will be participating.

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Billboard, Bandsintown Partner To Grow Artist and Concert Discovery Across Their Massive Music Platforms

Bandsintown+BillboardBillboard and Bandsintown have announced a multifaceted partnership designed to drive music discovery, fan engagement and sell more tickets. The collaboration launches with the addition of Bandsintown's comprehensive global tour date listings across Billboard and its portfolio of music sites which include Spin, Vibe, and Stereogum.

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Revenue For Unsigned Artists Grew 35% Last Year

IndieA new study from MIDiA Research and indie distributor Amuse shows that independent artists are the fastest-growing segment of the global recorded music business, the beginning of what may be the biggest paradigm shift within the music business in decades.

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