Artists Gaining Fake Spotify Plays From Unexpected Source

1Artists have been finding ways to game the system since the digital age began, often in the form of purchasing likes or subscriptions, but streaming isn't immune either. Here we look at the tactics employed by some artists to dramatically boost their streaming numbers.

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Millennials Are Changing The Music Industry: Here's How

3Millennials are thirsty for music and are constantly immersing themselves in at every opportunity, to the point where it is fundamentally altering the music industry, impacting both traditional retail sales of music and digital streaming.

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Did Chart Topper Kris Wu Just Game iTunes?

image from is2-ssl.mzstatic.comKris Wu, a Chinese-Canadian actor, singer and former member of EXO, topped the iTunes song chart on Monday. For almost 24 hours, Wu had all 5 tracks in the Top 5 with the exception of Ariana Grande’s just released single “Thank U, Next." But Wu's success appeared under some unusual circumstances and according to one source, won't count towards this week's chart tabulations.

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Spotify Stock Bounces Off Bottom, Analysts Stay Bullish

Spotify New $Spotify [SPOT] stock ticked upward Tuesday, after days of downward trading that saw the streamer hit an all time low. SPOT stock ended the day at $141.68 up 1.85%. It was up another 1.21% in pre-market trading on Wednesday, trading at $143.40.

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Spotify Playlist Strategist Doug Ford Joins Exec Exodus

Spotify newSpotify has confirmed that Doug Ford, a senior director and head of music culture & editorial, will be exiting the streamer. Ford, who joined Spotify in 2013 as part of its acquisition of music discovery app Tunigo, has been one of Spotify's top executives in charge of playlisting across genres.

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INgrooves Joins eMusic Exodus Over Late Payments

INgrooves-logoINgrooves has joined a growing group of distributors and record labels pulling their music from eMusic over continued payment problems, a spokesperson told Hypebot Monday.  Just weeks ago, The Orchard and Naxos separately pulled their extensive catalogs from the struggling subscription music download platform.

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Music's $20M A Month Man: Spotify's Daniel Ek Shows Tim Westergren How It’s Done

1The industry gave a collective gasp of horror when founder Tim Westergren was pulling down $1,000,000 by selling of Pandora stock while simultaneously fighting artists with royalty loopholes. Chris Castle writes that Spotify's Daniel Ek is leaving Westergren in the financial dust with a monthly windfall of $20 million.

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Rules For Success For Blockchain Music Entrepreneurs [George Howard]

2While blockchain has long been thought of as God-send and natural fit for the music industry, the budding technology has yet to live up to the hype surrounding it. In his "Howard Test," George Howard outlines what it will take for the technology to reach its potential.

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Don’t Get Fooled Again: Piracy Still A Huge Problem

4While it may not seem like the trendiest of internet scourges, piracy remains a huge issue. While many thought that the low cost and easy accessibility would bring about an end to illegal downloads, the fact that piracy still accounts for more than a third of music consumption suggests the dream of late 90s tech buccaneers is alive and well.

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Naxos Joins eMusic Exodus Over Non-Payment

image from naxosusa.comClassical music powerhouse Naxos of America today joined a growing list of labels and distributors pulling it's 1.8 million track, 80,000 album owned and distributed catalog from eMusic due to " continued non-payment, as well as non-reporting."

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DistroKid Scores 'Significant Investment' From Silversmith

DistoKid logoIndie music distributor DistroKid has received "a significant investment" from Silversmith Capital Partners, a Boston-based growth equity firm. DistroKid currently serves 250,000 independent musicians with digital distribution, as well as, royalty collection and management. 

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Digital Music Promotion: 5 Keys To Success

1The world of online promotion is a crowded one, with new music being released everyday, it can be difficult to get your work noticed at all. Unfortunately there's not silver bullet when it comes to digital music promotion, but here we look some tips that can at least improve your chances.

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Court Blocks UMG Attempt To 'Vicarious' Infringement

Gavel-568417_640While internet provider Cox came off poorly in its recent case against BMG, Mike Masnick of Techdirt believes that the circumstances of that case were unique, and that is why labels trying to win similar cases by expanding the definition of 'vicarious' infringement are having less success.

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Sony Music Faces Lawsuit For Under-Reporting Streaming Revenue

1Just in case you didn't feel like the music industry was a litigious enough space, the estate of 60s era pop star Ricky Nelson has open a whole new can of legal worms by filing a class action lawsuit against Sony Music over its alleged failure to properly report streaming of the late artist's music.

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Why Basic Shows Frequently Aren't Enough To Make An Impact

1As the music industry continues to change the transformation is impacting not only the ways in which audiences consume recorded music, but also the way in which they experience live performances - and for many fans, the standard package just isn't cutting it anymore.

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Bittorrent Traffic Suddenly Rising In Traffic Share Thanks To Streaming Fragmentation

1For a long time it looked as though the popularity of legal streaming services would be able to curb online piracy, but as streaming offerings continue to diversify, and more of the services continue to release their own original programming, the a la carte option of Bittorrent has seen a resurgence.

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More To Spotify’s Artist Direct Upload Strategy Than Meets The Eye

1In a recent surprise movie, Spotify announced that it will now give indie artists the option of uploading their music directly to the streaming service for free, rather than requiring artists to use a distributor. While this may simply seem like a blessing to artists, this new option is all part of Spotify's broader strategy.

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Attracting More Views On Your SoundCloud Releases

2For musicians, growing a solid reputation on SoundCloud is key, as the platform provides opportunities to take their work to the next level, although the way in which they manage their account can often have as much of an impact on their success as the music itself.

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eMusic Payment Problems Continue, More Labels Exit

image from www.hypebot.comMore labels and distributors are pulling and keeping their music off the eMusic download store over late or non-payments. In July, we reported that Sony owned indie distributor The Orchard informed its labels that it was pulling all music down because they had "failed to receive payments." 

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Amazon Music Making More Of Its Own Exclusive Recordings

1Of late Amazon has been following in the steps of Spotify and dropping a series of exclusive recordings by noted artists like John Prine and Margo Price under the title "Produced By...", and although these recordings fall under the Amazon Originals banner, Amazon doesn't actually own the rights to them.

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The Biggest Challenge Facing Music Right Now [Hisham Dahud]

image from dahud.typepad.com"When was the last time you sat down and just… listened?" That's the question asked by Hypebot contributor Hisham Dahud.  The answer for most of us could have significant implications for artists and the entire music industry in the streaming era.

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5 Ways To Get Music Discovered In The New Digital Age

1While the ways in which people discover music have changed dramatically in many ways, some avenues remain the same. Here we offer advice to artists on how to get their music discovered in the digital age by consulting with industry experts on where they go to find new music.

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Challenge Of Posting Classical Music Without Copyright Violation: A Glimpse Of The Future?

1Despite the composers having died hundreds of years before the concept of copyright violation had even appeared on scene, performers are now finding it difficult to post their performances of the classical works online without receiving notices of copyright infringement, fraudulent though they may be.

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Spotify (Finally) Increases Song Download Limit (A Lot)

Spotify LIMIT REACHEDSpotify has finally increased its much hated 3333 tracks per device and three device limit. It happened quietly in its latest software update software update, with users discovering the change. The streamer has now confirmed the increase. and it's a significant one.

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How To Get On Spotify's User-Generated Playlists

1Playlist doesn't seem to be going away, and while landing on Spotify curated playlists may seem out of reach, their hardly the only option, with user-generated playlists often having hundreds of thousands of followers. Here we look at what artists need to do land spot on one of these coveted lists.

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