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How To Select The Perfect Music Analytics Tool

1[UPDATED] As music marketing becomes more and more data-driven, an increasing number of companies are popping up and promising they have the analytics tool to make it all work for you. But with such an abundance of options, picking can be difficult. Here we look at how to choose the perfect music analytics tool for you.

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Everything Wrong With The Music Business According To The Black Keys [Video]

2During their recent appearance on Joe Rogan's podcast, Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney of acclaimed duo The Black Keys dished on everything wrong with the modern music industry, dispensing some hard-to-swallow pills on what life in music today is really like.

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TikTok Bans LGBTQ Content. Is It Time For A Boycott?

image from www.themobileindian.comLil Nas X came out as gay on social media. But TikTok, the app that helped make his "Old Town Road" a summer mega-hit, would now ban the announcement in many countries.

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How To Chase Pirates, Protect Your Music and Win!

PirateJason Tucker from Intellectual Property HQ joins Micahel Brandvold on this week's Music Biz Weekly podcast. The company is one of the largest managers of registered copyrights in the world and Jason is an expert in global IP management and enforcement.

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Blue Check, Please: What Is An Instagram Verification Badge?

2As with other social media, having a verified account on Instagram clearly carries with it significant value, but exactly what it means, and what the process of getting verified is like can seem elusive to some users. Here we walk through the importance of verification and how to determine whether or not you qualify.

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Move Over Radio, Spotify Lets You Add Podcasts To Playlists

Spotify new rectangleSpotify now allows users to add podcasts to new or existing playlists. The new feature, which appropriately launches on International Podcast Day, allows users to curate their own streams of music, automatically updated podcasts and other audio-content and share it with others.

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A Penny Saved Is A Tour Date Earned: How Be Frugal On Tour

2DIY touring is challenging for a number of reasons, but perhaps none is greater than the financial burden it places on you and your bandmates. That said, touring is fun and necessary part of developing your career as an artist, and with proper planning, you can limit the amount of money you need to spend on the road.

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YouTube Music Replaces Google Play On Android Devices

YouTube Music logoGoogle has given YouTube Music a major leg up by adding it to all Android 9 and 10 devices. It replaces Google Play, the company's previous failed attempt and launching a Spotify competitor.

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Facebook Implementing New Video Publishing Tools

2In a bit of good news for artists, Facebook recently announced at the Internatinoal Broadcasting Convention that will be unveiling a set of new video publishing features, including updates to Facebook Live, and Creator studio, as well an entirely new tool called Watch Party.

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ASCAP Launches Research & Innovation Initiative With Startup Summits, Speaker Series, More

Ascap-new logoASCAP has launched the Advanced Research & Innovation Initiative to explore how advanced technologies, new business approaches and creative collaborations can drive value for its music creator members and music consumers.

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This Week In Music Commentary

6a00d83451b36c69e201bb09aae429970d-100wiThis week in music commentary, we look at the value and staying power of deceased rockstars and their legacies, the complex issue of balancing dreams and expectations in the music business, and talk with Fierce Panda Records on what it's like to operate as an independent label in 2019.

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

6a00d83451b36c69e201b7c907b657970b-150wiThis week, we backed up the advice truck and unloaded a whole host of valuable tips and tricks for indie artists on how to crowdfund concerts, the best strategy for dropping a single in 2019, how to get your fans completely obsessed with your music, and much more!

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Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Business For Bands • Music Education • Songwriters Seeking Inspiration • More

MTTRecapNew copySMOLThis week on MusicThinkTank, contributors shared insights on what business skills musicians need to succeed, whether or not it's possible for touring artists to successfully pursue higher education, ten unlikely blogs where songwriters can seek inspiration, and more.

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REWIND: The New Music Industry’s Week In Review

6a01b7c7aa2d2b970b01b7c907b5d7970b-100wiIn this flip back through what's been going on in the music business over the past week, we check back on how music gets chosen for the hit show "Love Island" and how it impacts the artist, Bandzoogle's new milestone in commission-free sales for indie artists, a new decentralized platform aimed at replacing SoundCloud, and more!

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

6a00d83451b36c69e201b7c907b568970b-150wiSome of the most popular and frequently read posts on Hypebot this week dug into what streaming services are actually (maybe) pay out to artists, what we can learn from IFPI's Music Listening Report, some of the essential skills every artist manager needs, and more!

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Streamed: Tearing Down Spotify

2Corin Faife looks at the upcoming book release, Spotify Teardown: Inside the Black Box of Streaming Music, a work which takes a hands-on look at the Spotify including the process of setting up a fake record label to upload tracks to the platform.

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5 Tips For Branding Yourself In The Music Biz

1Making it in the modern music business requires more than just talent and good music. In order to stand out in a competitive field, today's artists must work hard at defining their personal brand. In the following article, we explore what a personal brand is, and how cultivate your own.

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Business Skills For Band Members

4No matter how much time you spend practicing and honing your craft, talent and ability are, unfortunately, only a part of what makes for a successful music career. For the modern musicpreneur, a solid grasp on content management, social media, and an ability to network are all key skills for industry success.

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Fans: What Every Artist Wants

1When it comes to music, the 'build it and they will come' mentality rarely plays out the way artists would like, and the vast majority of the time, fans have to be found and actively converted. Here, Chris Robley guides us through this process and how artists can practically go about growing their listenership.

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Music Synch and How Songs Land On 'Love Island'

Screen Shot 2019-09-26 at 8.11.54 AMWith roughly four million UK citizens tuning in six nights a week, for two months, the hit show Love Island has put appointment viewing back on the map. As a program that features a huge amount of music, this is also important for artists, with those lucky enough to land a synch license on the show seeing impressive spikes in the streaming of their music as a direct result.

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Lyte Empowers Fan-Friendly Ticket Resale

LYTE Logo_BlkLyte is on track to secure $100 million in North American event ticket reservations in 2019. The platform empowers fans to return their tickets to live events and join an event's reservation list to get authentic tickets at a fair price while giving artist, promoters and venues more control of their secondary ticketing.

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Is It Possible For Touring Musicians To Attend School

2The question of attending college or going back to school is a dilemma many artists face at some point throughout their career. While it can stabilize your position in the industry and give some broader career options, balancing your life as a musician and getting a degree can be difficult. Here we look at some options the modern musician has when it comes to attending school.

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Global Live Music Ticket Sales To Top $25B By 2023

image from cdn.pixabay.comPrice Waterhouse Coopers has released the Global Entertainment & Media Outlook 2019–2023 report which concludes that ticket sales for live music events are expected to exceed $25 billion by 2023.

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Endeavor Postpones Today's $400M IPO

EndeavorEntertainment and sports giant Endeavor announced late Thursday that it has postponed its IPO which had been scheduled for this Friday. Endeavor is the parent company for major music and talent agency WME.

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The Currency Of Deceased Rock Stars

4In the wake of the passing of both Eddie Money and The Cars' Ric Ocasek, Fred Jacobs here reflects on the lasting value of Classic Rock, and how music from the 60s and 70s continues to accrue cultural relevancy even as the number of actual artists from the era dwindles.

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Concert Crowdfunding As A New Way to Fund Shows – Is It Viable?

Image3While a lot of industry focus is put on selling or - more often - streaming music, the reality is that many performers pull in much of their revenue from live shows. Given the costs and risks commonly associated with putting on live shows, more and more artists are looking into the concept of crowdfunding their concerts. So, can it be done?

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