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What Exactly Is An EP?

5The awkward middle child between the reliable LP and the flashy single, the EP is often overlooked and misunderstood, particularly as the digital age reshapes our music consumption habits. Here we give the EP some much deserved attention, looking at the format's history and how EPs are used by artists in the present day.

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Viberate Is Working To Give Artists Control, Standardize Key Music Data

2As in many corners of the music industry, the data surrounding live music is a bit of a mess. But it's a mess which the startup Vibrate is hoping to fix by creating a standardized system for the entire global ecosystem of live music. Similar to IMDb, the company would utilize a mix of crowdsourcing, curation, and blockchain to pull together the necessary assets and information to populate its database.

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How To Create Your Own Radio Show On Spotify

2 copyIn this piece, Seth Reslar explores how the Spotify's new podcast creation feature can be taken a step further to create a Spotify-based radio show by combining the podcast and song saving feature into one.

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The EPK: An Updated Look

3Here W. Tyler Allen revisits the idea of Electronic Press Kit, or EPK, and how recent shifts in the music industry have precipitated the need for artists and managers to update their offerings for the era of social media and streaming.

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Guide To Harnessing Influencer Marketing In The Music Business

1While the internet has made it easier to create and distribute music, this same phenomenon has also led to oversaturation. Although more commonly thought of as a tool for the fashion and lifestyle industries, influencer marketing can also be utilized in the music business as a way to stand out and get ahead of the pack. Here, we look at how.

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1 In 4 Albums Sold In US Last Week Were Taylor Swift's Lover

image from www.hypebot.comTaylor Swift's Lover sold 679,000 copies in the week ending Aug. 29th, according to Nielson Soundscan and Billboard. That is 27% of the total of all albums sold in the U.S. last week.

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'Success' In Music: What Does It Mean Right Now?

4In any industry, success is a nebulous concept, and perhaps doubly so in the music business. For one artist it could mean the ability to pay all their bills through their music, for another it might require getting a number one hit. Regardless, the modern music climate isn't what it once was, and a redefining of what success means must take place.

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When Musicians Find Justification In Piracy

2Here, Wade Sutton weighs in on what he perceives to be hypocritical behavior by some musicians who, in spite of railing against music piracy, condone other forms of illegitimate downloading and/or streaming, and the 'jailbreaking' of devices like the Amazon Firestick or the Google Chromecast.

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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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4 Ways Artists, Labels Manipulate Spotify, Apple Streams and How It Hurts Everyone

image from blog.paralleldots.comMusic streaming manipulation - artificially boosting stream counts to improve chart positioning, increase market share and royalty payments, or for other non-legitimate purposes - is a real problem for the entire music industry.

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Spotify Test Drive Higher Prices In Scandinavia

3Having accrued an impressive number of subscribers, Spotify is planning to hike up prices on its home turf, increasing the cost of its family plan in Scandinavia by 14%. Whether this test will amount to anything, or be rolled out anywhere remains to be seen, however.

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Spotify Upgrades Family Plan. Are Higher Prices Next?

Spotify New Family MixSpotify has launched an upgraded Spotify Premium Family at the same $14.99 price. The upgrade comes alongside a reported Spotify Family price increase test in Scandanavia and pressure from rightsholders to reverse a continuing slide in per listener revenue.

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Bobby Owsinski Looks At Apple Music For Artists

1Although Apple Music has consistently taken home the gold for paying artists the most per stream, but was coming up short in other artist services. In an effort to close that gap, the platform is now launching its 'Apple Music for Artists' feature, giving bands valuable insights into their audience.

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How To Embed Metadata In Music Files And Why It's So Important [Video]

1Living as we now are in the digital age, it has become increasingly important for artists to attach metadata to their work, and by doing so providing key information like artist name, copyright holders, and contact info. Here we break down the fairly straightforward process of attaching this info to your music.

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How An Old Game Boosted A 2019 Streaming Hit

Screen Shot 2019-08-07 at 4.55.56 PMThis piece explores the marketing genius of the Flappy Bird-esque old-school online game Billy Meets World, launched in conjunction with Lauv's latest release and engineered to help casually grow the artist's Spotify followers.

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

6a00d83451b36c69e201b7c907b568970b-150wiThis week, some of the most often read, chart-topping articles on Hypebot covered Nirvana band members good-natured response to Spotify's announcement that the group was playing a show, six key music business trends to keep an eye on, what's to be done with disgraced artists like Morrissey and Ryan Adams, and more!

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Chartmetric Features: Market Coverage, Cluster Artists, Cross-Platform Performance, User Customization, BandsInTown & More

2Here we look at some exciting new features Chartmetric is offering up this summer including genre clustering, BandsInTown tracking, performance ranking across streaming platforms, and much more.

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Want A Music Mentor? Start A Mastermind Group!

image from cdn.pixabay.comMastermind groups can provide the support that helps smart people do great things. Ariel Hyatt of Cyber PR has successfully brought this widely praised networking meets group therapy practice into the music world and shows you how you can too.

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3 Marketing Mistakes Artists Frequently Make Online [VIDEO]

1At this point, digital marketing is an essential part of getting ahead as an artist, but given that it can be an at least partly unfamiliar space for some, chances are good you'll fall into some all-too-common pitfalls if you're not careful. Here we look at three frequently made mistakes and how to avoid them.

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Report Calls For Altering Music Licensing Framework

4In this piece, Emmanuel Legrand breaks down a recent report suggesting a massive overhaul of the framework through which sound recordings are licensed, and that rights holders need greater autonomy in order to negotiate more equitable contracts.

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Can Major Labels Survive The Indie Music Revolution?

1At the heart of the music business almost since its inception, major labels have successfully weathered multiple challenges to their industry dominance. But as music once again reinvents itself, can the major labels continue cling to power?

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LANDR Raises $26M To Expand Beyond AI Powered Mastering

Landr-new-logoAI-powered music mastering platform LANDR has closed a $26 million Series B financing round led by Sony Innovation Fund, microphone manufacturer Shure and state-owned financing corporation Investissement Québec and Fonds de solidarité FTQ.

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UN Organization Debuts New, Global Anti-Piracy Database

1Despite streaming's popularity, piracy is once again on the rise at an alarming pace, leading the United Nations' World Intellectual Property Organization to unveil a new global anti-piracy database, aimed at curbing this alarming spike in intellectual property theft.

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Amazon Music Unlimited Subscriptions Surge 70%, Faster Than Spotify Or Apple Music

Amazon musicSubscriptions to Amazon Music Unlimited grew an impressive 70% last year, according to a new report. Amazon Music and Amazon Music Unlimited had more than 32 million subscribers combined as of the end of April, according to the Financial Times.

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US Streaming Growth Is Slowing, But That's Not A Bad Thing

Arrows up and downStreaming growth is slowing down in the US according to the Nielsen Music Mid-Year Report.  But don't hit the panic button, writes Bobby Owsinski, There's still plenty of room for growth worldwide.

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Streaming Takes Fans Beyond The Hits. Empowers Music Discovery

Screen Shot 2019-07-01 at 11.33.29 PMAs artists continue to one-up each other across all metrics, it seems the music industry one percent are giving way to a broader swathe of artists, making for an at least somewhat more egalitarian music industry.

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Chartmetrics: Artist Cross-Platform Performance, Ranks, Scores

1Here we look at a detailed breakdown of how to do an instantaneous side-by-side comparison of bands and artists' general performance through the utilization of Chartmetric's massive data warehouse.

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Beatport Adds Offline DJ Locker in Pioneer DJ's rekordbox

image from www.billboard.comDJ focused music subscription service Beatport LINK is now available in Pioneer DJ’s rekordbox software. The public beta is currently available on Mac only, but will be available for Windows soon.

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