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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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How The 'Spotify Sound' Is Changing Music

1Spotify has disrupted the music business in many, and amassed influence to the point where 'Spotify' is shorthand for streaming itself. If that's not enough change, the way in which Spotify and other streaming platforms pay artists has fundamentally altered how some musicians are structuring their songs.

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Music Piracy Up 13% In The Us Last Year, Stream-Ripping To Blame.

3While many thought that the rise of streaming had brought about an end to music piracy, a new report reveals this is far from the case. In fact, it appears the phenomenon known as stream-ripping has seen a significant spike in the past year.

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Nick Cave’s 9 Bedevilments Of Creativity

1One of the past decade's more prolific and influential songwriters, Nick Cave of The Birthday Party and Bad Seeds fame here shares the nine primary bedevilments which stand in the way of songwriting and creative flow, as well as looking at how best to overcome them.

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DistroKid Links With Audible Magic To Verify Music Authenticity, Launches DistroLock

DistoKid logoDistroKid has joined a growing list of music distributors and services using Audible Magic to fight unauthorized content by verifying the authenticity of both tracks and artists before it is distributed.

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5 Trends That Make Gen Z The Streaming Generation

image from cdn.pixabay.comThe Culture Next Trends report commissioned by Spotify and research agency Culture Co-Op looks into the empowered, multinational, cross-cultural, socially aware, and informed group of 15- to 24-year-olds dubbed Generation Z.

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Revenue Per User To Fall 25% Even As Streaming Grows In Popularity says Goldman Sachs Study

image from cdn.pixabay.comThe global recorded music business brought in $19.1 billion in revenue in 2018, according the IFPI. By 2030, that number will grow to $45 billion, with streaming expected to represent $27.5 billion of the total, according to a new Goldman Sachs analysis.

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Stay Calm! Apple Did NOT Just Kill Music Downloads

ITunes-logo-300x113For the many, the announcement that Apple is "killing" iTunes also meant that Apple was also killing its music download store. In fact, iTunes on the Mac is just being divided into three separate apps for music, podcasts and TV. And the iconic music download store lives on, at least for now.

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More Streams? Here Are Music Streaming's Trigger Cities

1While we may think of places like Nashville and New York as being those cities with the most influence on the music business, the reality is quite different. In this piece we look at some surprising dark horse 'trigger cities' that are having an increasing amount of influence when it comes to music streaming.

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Know Your Rights: Musician's Simple Guide To Digital Royalties

5Far too many artists who release brilliant music are ultimately unaware of how the system works when it comes to collecting royalties on said music, and consequently run the risk of getting ripped off. Here we offer a straightforward guide to understanding how digital royalties work.

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Why Apple Just Killed Off iTunes [Mark Mulligan]

image from cdn.pixabay.comYesterday, Apple announced the end of iTunes on the Mac and its replacement with three separate apps for music, podcasts and TV.  The reason given was feature bloat which slows performance. But top analyst Mark Mulligan says that its really part of "the great unbundling" which has been going on across other digital services for years.

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Goodbye iTunes: Apple Adds Music, TV, Podcast Apps For Mac

image from support.apple.comUPDATE: Apple is phasing out its aging iTunes software and launching standalone versions of its Music, Podcasts and TV apps for Mac users in the next macOS update. The new music app will be built on iTunes, but deliver faster service than the bloated current all-purpose iTunes app.

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It's The 20th Anniversary Of Napster

image from www.hypebot.com20 years ago this week, Napster was born in Sean Fanning's Northeastern University dorm room. Whatever side of the debate you're on, one can't deny that Napster changed the music industry forever. Among so many other things, Napster forced record labels to un-bundle the album in iTunes, which fittingly is set to be put out to pasture today by Apple.

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Apple Set To Kill iTunes Today, New iPod Touch Unveiled

ITunes-logo-300x113Apple is set to announce the end of iTunes today. Ironically, the company unveiled a new iPod Touch last week, the newest iteration of the hardware that made it so easy to put a whopping 1000 iTunes tracks in your pocket.

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Want Streaming Success? Try These Int'l Trigger Cities [Chartmetorics]

1As the global music economy continues to transform, it's important to take a look at the various factors which feed into a song's success, particularly when it comes to that song's geographic origin. In this in-depth piece, we explore the concept of 'trigger cities,' and how streaming popularity often begins in the places you might least expect.

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How To Prepare To Release New Music [Ariel Hyatt]

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Many artists spend so much time and energy writing and recording their music, that they almost ignore the essential steps needed to prepare for and launch its release. Veteran music publicist Ariel Hyatt has created a template to help artists avoid this crucial mistake. 

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How Spotify Pre-Saves Can Boost An Album Release

1With the streaming age in full swing, pre-saves have booted out pre-sales and become a great way to get fans access to your music first, and give you a play count boost when your album finally drops. In this piece Christine Elise Occhino walks us through how to utilize the Spotify pre-save feature for maximum efficacy.

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Revelator Launches Artists Wallet To Enable Real-Time Royalty Payments

image from photos.prnewswire.comMulti-territorial music rights administrator Revelator has launched Artist Wallet, a mobile copyright app that uses smart contracts technology to turn future receivables into instant royalty payments. Slow, delayed and inaccurate distribution of royalty payments have long afflicted the entertainment industry.

 

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Building Your Dream Team: The Music Publisher

Screen Shot 2019-05-05 at 3.39.38 PMIn this edition of Building Your Dream Team, AWAL breaks down the who, what, when, where, and why of the music industry's matchmaking money hunter, the publisher. Here we look at the important role they play in gathering artist revenue, and how why they've taken center stage in the legally complex streaming era.

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Copyright Directive: Can We Avoid Rotten Apples Through An Early Harvest? [Neil Turkewitz]

1Now that the EU Copyright Directive has (for better of for worse) passed into law, in this Op-Ed Neil Turkewitz takes a long and hard look at what the fallout from this new legislation, and looking ahead to how we can build a more creator-friendly world of fair compensation and voluntary licensing.

 

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