How Cameo App Can Jumpstart Music, Tour Promotion

1Celebrity endorsements have long been a powerful force in the music industry, helping to propel certain releases on to massive success. Now, thanks to Cameo, these gold stars of approval are easier (and cheaper) to get than ever before.

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LiveXLive Adds Slacker To App

Slacker NewLiveXLive Media, the music tech company focused on live events, has launched a redesigned app that brings live streams from more than 35 global music festivals together with its Slacker recorded music streaming platform.

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LÜM Raises $1.2M, Partners With Frank Productions For New Music Discovery Platform

image from lum.fmSocial music app LÜM has closed its seed round, bringing the Madison, Wisconsin based startup's total investment to $1.2 million in less than a year. LÜM has also partnered with concert promoters Frank Productions to explore ways to bridge the difficult divide between live and digital music consumption.

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Move Over Music, Spotify App Update Highlights Podcasts

Spotify new rectangleThe Spotify mobile music app has been renamed Spotify - Music and Podcasts, as the company brings its $500 million bet on podcasting to the forefront of its entire ecosystem. The new design is be available to some users, but the streamer has offered no date for a full roll out.

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Move Over Music, Spotify App Redesign Spotlights Podcasts

Spotify new rectangleSpotify's $500 million investment in podcasting is driving a new version of its app that will give podcasts more prominence. The goal is to make it easier to find and listen to podcasts.

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8 Amazing Web Resources Designed For Musicians

1As social media promotion becomes increasingly difficult for artists to to do for free, band websites have now become one the most important marketing resources you have. That said, maintaining and customizing a website can be touch trickier than social media platforms - luckily there are a number of great resources out there designed specifically to help artists do just that.

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Fan Data Drives 5 New Bandsintown Big Break Artists

BIT FistConcert discovery leader Bandsintown has named five new developing artists to its Big Break fan-driven emerging artists program. An early identifier of success, Bandsintown's live music insights identify acts who have seen a notable increase of trackers on the platform within a six month period.

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Free SPLITS App Makes Songwriter Splits Super Simple

image from ci4.googleusercontent.comThe new free SPLITS app from Create Music Group is designed to eliminate songwriting disputes between writers, producers and artists.by generating a free split agreement - the document music publishers use to clarify individual contributions to a song.

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BandsInTown: How To Message You Trackers

2For artists looking to communicate directly with their most tuned-in fans, BandsInTown now allows bands to post newly released music, upcoming shows, or simply share a personal messages with tracking fans. Here we break down how it's done.

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Tinder Adds ‘Festival Mode’ To Enable Music Fest Hookups

image from celebrityaccess.comHookup app Tinder has added “Festival Mode” which effectively connects users at music festivals who are looking to 'connect.' The new feature allows users to add badges to their  profile to show which music festivals that are attending over the summer.

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EU Begins Probe Of Spotify's Apple Anti-Trust Complaint [Report]

Gavel-clipart-gavel_bwThe European Commission has begun an official probe of Spotify's anti-trust complaint against Apple, according to a new report. The complaint centers on the 30% that Apple charges for in app purchase and polices that Spotify CEO Daniel Ek says,"deliberately disadvantage other app developers."

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Who Are Your Biggest Fans? Quiz Your Instagram Followers To Find Out

1As part of a great new feature, Instagram is now offering its users a 'quiz' option. Similar to their Question Sticker, this new aspect of the social media platform will allow users to ask multiple choice questions, with up to four answers to choose from.

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SiriusXM Launches Low Cost Streaming Only Plan

SiriusxmSiriusXM has added an "Essential" subscription streaming only plan, making its multi-channel service available on mobile, tablet, desktop and other connected devices. Essential subscribers get 300 channels from SiriusXM's lineup of music, comedy, news, sports and entertainment.

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Eventbrite Expands It's Useful App Marketplace

Eventbrite_wordmark_orangeIndie ticketer Eventbrite has relaunched its Spectrum app store as the Eventbrite App Marketplace with 100+ vetted apps to help save time, run events more efficiently and, of course, to sell more tickets.

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Major Labels Demanding 'Guaranteed Money' From TikTok Owners

1Spring will shepherd in the cancellation of numerous music contracts, and with renegotiations on the table, three of the industry's biggest labels are eager to see if they can squeeze some additional revenue out of the rapidly growing social media platform TikTok.

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Amazon's Twitch Takes On TikTok With Karaoke Game and Deals With All The Majors

image from assets.help.twitch.tvAmazon online gaming service Twitch has launched Twitch Sings, an interactive karaoke game aimed straight at the wildly popular TickTok app. The huge difference is that Amazon actually bothered to licence all the music it's using.

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Festify Uses Spotify To Create Your Dream Music Festival

image from salty-beach-42139.herokuapp.comFestify takes the users most listened to Spotify artists and creates a visual line-up that they can share with friends.  Connect a Spotify account and the Festify program uses play counts to bill favorite artists as headliners and ranks others as openers.

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TikTok Launches 'Spotlight' to Support Indie Musicians

TikTok_Spotlight_Japan1Hugely popular short video app TikTok is launching "TikTok Spotlight," a program to discover and support independent and unsigned artists. TikTok Spotlight will offer an opportunity to build a community of followers and showcase music to a global audience.

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Apple Music App Now Installed On 40 million Android Devices

image from support.apple.comThe Apple Music app has been installed on 40 million devices running on the Google Android operating system. Of course, installs and paid subscriptions are two different things, with Apple Music only having a total of 50-55 million subscribers worldwide.

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Eat, Sleep, Write: 5 Apps For Every Musician, Songwriter

2Apps have been integrated into all aspects of the creative process for some time now, and songwriting is no exception. Beyond simply facilitating the technical aspects of composition and recording, several apps have now been released designed to help spark inspiration in composers.

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How Fans Are Building A Vibrant Gimme Radio Community

2In this piece, Jon Maples explains how the principles and process behind the unique radio streaming app Gimme Radio have given rise to a successful listening platform, home to a vibrant social community.

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Spotify Condemns Apple's New "App Tax," But Could It Be A Cover For A Price Hike?

1Spotify is up in arms over the 30% cut Apple is charging developers for the privilege of being part of its app store, going so far as to lodge an anti-trust complaint, as well as threatening to raise its price in order to cover the cost. Such actions, however, could be playing right into Apple's hands.

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Tools For Managing Music Merch

1Being an artist is hard enough without having to manage the mini-department store that is your merch - luckily there are a number of tools out there designed to lessen the headache of keeping up with orders and streamlining sales.

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XITE, Music Video Streaming App, Makes US Debut

1 A free app already popular on the international scene, XCITE has officially been rolled out in the US, and may be the first streaming  service solely dedicated to music videos.

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Napster Turns A Profit, Partners With Univision

Napster logoThe latest financial filings from Napster proves that music streaming - at least, the all paid variety - can be profitable. From 2017 to 2018, Napster moved from a net loss of $13.1 million to a net profit of $10.3 million.

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Spotify CEO Daniel Ek's Statement On EU Anti-Competition Complaint Against Apple [FULL TEXT]

image from storage.googleapis.comSpotify it has filed an anti-trust complaint against Apple with the European Commission. The complaint centers on the 30% Apple charges for app store subscriptions and purchases and polices that Spotify CEO Daniel Ek says,"deliberately disadvantage other app developers."

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Move Over Spotify, YouTube Has A Major Samsung Deal Too

Youtube_logoSamsung Galaxy customers will a free limited YouTube Premium! subscription which includes ad-free access to both YouTube and Google's latest streaming service, YouTube Music. The news came on the same day that Spotify announced that it will come pre-loaded on millions of Samsung phones and other devices.

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