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KFOG Joins Rock Radio Deadpool

image from images.tritondigitalcms.comInfluential and iconic California album and alt-rock station KFOG will be signing off the air for good in September. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the radio station will transition to a simulcast of KNBR-AM sports radio on Sept. 6.

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Why Taylor Swift Is Planning To Re-Record Her First 5 Albums

2Typically a more forward-thinking artist, pop sensation Taylor Swift has recently developed an interesting focus on re-recording her first five albums. Here we look at what the motivation behind this seemingly random musical reinvention might be.

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Forbes Names Berklee, Julliard, NYU Top Colleges For Alumni Success in Entertainment

Berklee_collegeofmusicNYU, Julliard, and Berklee were the top three on a new Forbes list of the top 15 schools in the U.S. that produce alumni who have achieved commercial success and critical acclaim in the entertainment industry.

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DistroKid Adds Distribution To TikTok

image from imagevars.gulfnews.com[UPDATED] DistroKid has become the first DIY music distributor top add TikTok to its offering. The short video app has more than 500 million active worldwide and served as the launchpad for the longest-running #1 in chart history, “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X.

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New Way To Game YouTube Views Being Utilized By Artists, Labels

2Paying for plays and view counts has been a common practice since the dawn of on-demand, and although YouTube view counts don't mean as much as they used to, a high count can help pull in advertising dollars. Increasingly, some artists are purchasing Google ads to play their videos over other popular clips as a way to boost their count.

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Festicket Acquires Event Genius, Ticket Arena

image from techcrunch.comFesticket has acquired UK ticketing and cashless POS platform Event Genius and its consumer-facing brand, Ticket Arena. A new offering, Event Genius by Festicket, will create an end-to-end platform that includes ticketing, accommodations, travel, marketing, analytics, access control, POS, cashless payment services and fan engagement tools.

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YouTube Won't Negotiate With New YouTubers Union

image from cdn.pixabay.comYouTube has refused to negotiate with the YouTubers Union, a group formed last year to represent the rights of the tens of thousands of creators who earn a living on the platform.

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Ready For A Manager? 5 Questions To Ask Yourself

2Have a reliable problem solver/organizer you can turn to can be a huge asset when you're trying to make your way as an artist in the music biz, but just because you'd like to have a helping hand, doesn't mean you're necessarily ready to make the leap of hiring a full-time manager.

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Top 10 Music Biz Careers (And How Much You Can Make)

1While the term "music career" typically evokes the image of a center stage musician, the industry holds a much greater variety of job options outside of performance, and indeed many of them are far more lucrative, as well as more stable.

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Everything You Need To Know About Using Google Analytics

1One of the greatest advantages offered by social media marketing is the ability to measure and quantify your online impact. Unfortunately, as an artist or musician, it can sometimes be difficult to determine which aspects of this feedback are actually of value. Here we look at how to utilize Google Analytics in a way which allows you to measure and evaluate your success on social platforms.

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Full List Of MTV VMA Winners and Nominees 2019

image from mtv.mtvnimages.comLast night, the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards were held at the Prudential Center in New Jersey. Cardi B won for Best Hip Hop, Ariana Grande won multiples and two heartfelt speeches from “You Need To Calm Down” collaborators Todrick Hall and Taylor Swift brought down the house as they picked up Video for Good and Video of the Year.  That's just the start.

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Tencent Music Label Deals Probed By Chinese Regulators

Tencent musicThe deals that Tencent Music Entertainment has with record labels are under investigation by the State Administration for Market Regulation, China’s antitrust authority. The probe could end the exclusive licensing deals that Tencent has with Sony Music, UMG, WMG and others.

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Save the Music, MTV, Pharrell Launch EDM Grant Program Named After Producer J Dilla

image from www.savethemusic.orgNon-profit Save the Music and MTV have announced a unique program supporting electronic music production to develop students’ creative and technical talents that reflect how music is being made today.

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6 Marketing Strategies For Getting Your Music On Playlists

1In the age of on-demand streaming, a crowded marketplace has made getting your music discovered quite a challenge. Luckily, playlisting has become such a dominant part of music consumption that many artists are able to tweak the system in order to land their music on both algorithmically generated and user curated playlists.

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Twitter Reacts To Hasbro's Aquisiton Of Death Row As eOne Music Sell-off Speculation Swirls

image from pbs.twimg.comeOne's substantial music division was barely mentioned in Friday's announcement that toymaker Hasbro had acquired the indie entertainment conglomerate for $4 billion in cash. It was a glaring admission, particularly since eOne's music side is said to the largest independent music company in the U.S.

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5 Things I Wish I'd Known Before Getting Signed

1Changed though the industry might be, signing to a respected label can open the door to opportunities that would otherwise be much further out of reach. That said, rushing into a deal without reading the fine print or negotiating can cause problems down the road. Here, one artists shares five things they which they'd known before signing on the dotted line.

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What Every Music Business Employer Is Looking For

4Cultivating a successful career in the music business is more difficult than many other industries, and while experience and talent are certainly helpful assets when it comes to getting an employers attention, there's one quality they're looking for in potential hires that trumps all others.

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How Much Does Streaming Actually Pay Musicians?

image from cdn.pixabay.comMusicians regularly and understandably complain about 0the payments they receive from streaming music services and release stats to prove they've been wronged. Too often, however, the numbers are incomplete or fail to include the publishers, labels, etc. - that can reduce what the artist finally receives. Here Tony van Veen offers facts without the emotion based on averages payments that he receives for his own indie band.

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Converting Weather Into Music With Dark Sky, Spotify For Tycho

Screen Shot 2019-08-25 at 10.58.56 AMIn a unique algorithmic twist, Tycho recently teamed up with Lee Martin to craft an app which employs the user's local weather forecast in order to create custom weather-based playlist. Here Martin walks us through the process of the app's creation, and how it works.

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Taylor Swift's 'Lover' Becomes Best Selling Album 2019 Less Than 48 Hours After Release

image from www.hypebot.comJust 48 hours after its release, Taylor Swift’s "Lover" became the top-selling album in the U.S. for all of 2o19, according to Nielsen Music and Billboard.

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This Week In Music Commentary

6a00d83451b36c69e201bb09aae429970d-100wiThis week, commentary inside the music industry looked at the sustainability of a streaming based income, why it's important for songwriters to embrace authenticity over trends, what merch sales are truly worth in the modern music economy, and more.

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Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Indie Tour Tips • Self-Care On The Road • Pre-Show Jitters • More

MTTRecapNew copySMOLThis week on MusicThinkTank, our contributors shared articles on what indie bands need to know before they embark on a tour, how artists on the road can maintain their personal health, some tricks for calming stage nerves before a show, and more.

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REWIND: The New Music Industry’s Week In Review

6a01b7c7aa2d2b970b01b7c907b5d7970b-100wiBefore moving on to what will surely be another full week of music industry events, we look back on why Spotify and others should be worried about a recession, new record news from T Swift, the Dept. of Justice's backing of Led Zeppelin in their ongoing copyright dispute, and more.

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

6a00d83451b36c69e201b7c907b568970b-150wiThis week on Hypebot, some of our most frequently perused articles covered the roll of the music publisher in your artist development team, some of music's biggest execs in a Q&A, how streams are manipulated and why it's harmful, and more!

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