Kelsy Karter's Face Tattoo, And How Just $300 Can Rock The World [Video]

Screen Shot 2019-02-04 at 4.15.00 PMIn this piece, Jake Udell breaks down the remarkable story of how his management team were able rocket artist Kelsy Karter to the top of headlines everywhere using $300 and a face tattoo.

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Building Your Dream Team: Managers, Music Management Companies

Screen Shot 2019-02-03 at 2.59.02 PMIn this edition of Building Your Dream Team, AWAL breaks down the who, what, when, where, and why of music managers and the music management companies behind them so you don't have to, so you can make an informed decision about where managers fit into your music career.

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Your Spotify Streams Could Be Supporting Fake Artists

1A recent study from the BBC revealed a number of fake artists accumulating plays from very much real accounts - something which has recently been revealed to be the result of account hacking.

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Getting Press For Your Music Harder Than Ever, But Maybe That's Not A Bad Thing

1New information suggests that indie music publicists have been struggling with a media landscape that's getting smaller and smaller, making it that much harder get coverage from an ever shrinking pool. Still, as Chris Robley here suggests, as the power of the press decreases, it's one less gate keeper for musicians, who can instead invest their resources elsewhere.

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How to Establish Your Online Presence As An Indie Musician

image from cdn.pixabay.comLook, let’s keep it real, if you are a musician and you don’t have an online presence, you pretty much don’t exist. You need to put yourself out there if you want to make a living in the music industry. How else will people discover your work?

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Michael Beinhorn (Soundgarden, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Korn) On The Importance Of Pre-Production

image from www.michaelbrandvold.comMichael Beinhorn produced albums have sod 45 million copies, and he is one of only a handful to have two separate recordings debut in Billboard’s Top Ten in the same week.  Beinhorn joins Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert on the Music Biz Weekly podcast to discuss pre-production and much more.

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Your Music Or Your Life: 5 Dangers In Becoming A Musician

JostA career in music can fill your life with  excitement and passion, but while incredibly rewarding, life in the music business carries with it a number of inherent risks as well, including financial and personal instability and risk of addiction.

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

6a00d83451b36c69e201b7c907b657970b-150wiIn the world of DIY and Indie music this week, we take on how to best keep fans engaged on social before a show, some compelling reasons to enter the Independent Music Awards,  four essential Instagram practices for musicians in 2019, and more.

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PledgeMusic Issues Update As Talks To Save It Continue

PledgeMusic NewPledgeMusic, which has been plagued by months of late payments and non-payments to artists, has issued a new statement as part of an aggressive attempt to save the struggling music crowdfunding platform, which many artists, labels and marketers have come to rely on.

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How To Develop A Context For Your Music

Context-headerThe rise of the online marketplace has, in many ways, made it easier for musicians to get discovered online, but playlist culture often means that even if listeners discover a single song, they may miss the bigger picture - and broader context - of your music and image as an artist.

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A Brief Guide To Writing A Music Press Release That Collects New Fans

TypingOnce your music is ready for release, the next step is to prepare a carefully crafted press release that will communicate to any reader all the key information about your music in way which is comprehensive, clear, and to the point, and which draws fans in. Here we look at how to do just that.

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

6a00d83451b36c69e201b7c907b568970b-150wiThis week on Hypebot, some of our most popular articles covered hotly debated issue of whether physical CDs are still worth the manufacturing cost, PledgeMusic's game of fastball as others exit the platform, ways in which music videos will dramatically shift in 2019, and more!

 

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With Spotify Canvas, Artists Add Moving Visuals To Tracks

Spotify newSpotify is beta testing Canvas, a new feature which allows artists and labels to add a fullscreen, 3-8 second moving visual to tracks. It replaces cover art and will loop in the Now Playing view of the Spotify app.

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How To Keep Fans Engaged On Social Media Before A Show

1Engagement (particularly when it comes to social media) has become all the buzz for not only bands and artists looking to connect with fans, but also for the venues where those musicians perform. Here we look at six techniques venues can use to draw in music lovers.

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Why One Musician Believes Article 13 Is Disaster For Independent Artists

1Music, copyright, and the internet have a long and sordid past together, but the internet also has been greatly beneficial to independent artists. That's something which, indie musician Stephen Blythe and Techdirt's Mike Masnick both believe could come to fiery end, should Article 13 of the EU's new copyright legislation come become law.

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5 Good Reasons To Enter The Independent Music Awards

1The Independent Music Awards will soon be given out, bringing industry attention to self-released and independent artists. Here Alexandra Kennedy outlines five reasons to enter the IMAs by February 1.

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4 Instagram Best Practices For Musicians In 2019

1For those serious about their music career, dismissing Instagram as a casual photo sharing app can be hugely detrimental to your career. In the wake of Instagram's meteoric rise to become one of the top social media platform's, we look at four key practices for artists looking to capitalize on the service in 2019.

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SoundExchange 2018 Artist Payments Top A Record $953M

image from ci4.googleusercontent.comSoundExchange distributed $953 million in sound recording performance royalties to recording artists and rights owners in 2018, more than in any year their 15 year history. A strong fourth quarter distribution of $345 million to music creators helped put the PRO into record territory for the year.

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Live Albums: Lost Art Or Underutilized Asset? [Jake Udell]

1Here Jake Udell explores how the live album, a format which has a fallen a bit by the wayside in recent years, was utilized by breakout artist Freya Ridings with hugely successful results.

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Registering Your Band Name, Logo

1Even in the early stages of brand development, it's a good practice for bands or solo artists to take the time to register their name, and any particular logos associated with the act, through the proper copyright channels. The process is relatively painless, and can help your brand grow, in addition to keeping you safe from counterfeit sellers.

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PledgeMusic Co-Founder Benji Rogers Returns As Advisor, Promises 3rd Party Financial Oversight

PledgeMusic NewPledgeMusic Co-Founder Benji Rogers is returning to the struggling crowdfunder as a volunteer strategic advisor and observer to the board. PledgeMusic has come under fire over the last six months for widespread late payments and non-payments to artists.

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Benji Rogers Pens New Open Letter To PledgeMusic Artists and Fans [FULL TEXT]

image from pbs.twimg.comBenji Rogers is returning to PledgeMusic as a "volunteer strategic advisor and observer to the board" as the music crowdfunding platform continues to struggle to pay artists monies pledge to by their fans. In keeping with the sincerity and openness that has made him a popular figure in music tech, Rogers has penned an open to PledgeMusic artists and fans.

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Is Printing, Selling Physical CDs Still Worth It?

1While there is a lot of nostalgia surrounding the CDs and CD buying culture, the manufacturing costs and associated complexities of creating them leave a lot of more contemporary artists wondering if, in the digital age, CDs are really worth it at all.

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SoundRoyalties Opens Nashville Office, Networking Space

Soundroyalties[UPDATED] Sound Royalties has added a Nashville location. To oversee the expansion of the music industry specialty finance firm, Sound Royalties’ CEO and Founder Alex Heiche is now operating full time out of Nashville.

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SoundCloud Revenues Up 80%, Tops $100 Million

SoundCloud_logo (1)SoundCloud, the Berlin-based music streaming platform, made good on its promise to bring in more than $100 million for the 2017 calendar year, according a filing with UK Companies House this week.

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5 Common Denominators of Successful Songwriters, Composers, Producers and Engineers

image from cdn.pixabay.comVeteran music producer and educator Gary Gray shares some common denominators of successful songwriters, composers and producer and engineers. Our favorite: “I’m Either Networking or Notworking!"

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PledgeMusic Pays Fastball 50%, As Others Exit Platform

PledgeMusic NewLast week, Bob Lefsetz brought the plight of the many artists that have not been getting paid on time by PledgeMusic for the last 6 months to a broader audience.  Now Fastball, Bob 's posters boys for PledgeMusic transgressions, report that they received a little over half of the money due them.

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