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Splice Raises $57.5M, Artist Payments Pass $15M

image from splice.comSplice has raised $57.5 million in a Series C round to expand its music sample subscription service and other artist services. The startup also announced that it has paid $15 million in royalties since launching in 2013 to creators who offer samples through the company's artist-to-artist service, Splice Sounds.

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The Importance Of Artwork In Your Music

2With the rise fo streaming the prominence of album artwork has, quite literally, been greatly reduced. That said, it's a mistake for artists to discount the incredible importance of album art when it comes to releasing and promoting your music.

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Black Box Income Most Musicians Don’t Even Know About

2Some of the most common advice given to indie artists is to populate their metadata. In the streaming age in particular, telling organizations who you are and how to get ahold of you is key to your getting paid. Still, many artists' failure to do this has resulted in pools of undistributed "black box income." Luckily, new provisions in the MMA could help to finally get this unclaimed income into the pockets of deserving artists.

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Supreme Court Tells Songwriters: “You’ll Have to Wait”

1In a further bit of bad news for music creators, the Supreme Court recently ruled that artists who are victims of copyright infringement must wait, in some cases for as long as seven months, before they are able to file they are able to file a lawsuit.

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New Report Reveals Why Piracy Persists In The Streaming Era

1Given the ubiquity of available content and ease of access which many of us now have to music and video in 2019, analysts had predicted that the streaming age would all but eradicate piracy. This hasn't quite panned out however, according to a new study out of New Zealand, although not for the reasons you might think.

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Tracklib: A Valuable Tool For Producers

3Sampling is a huge part of producing music in the modern era, but clearing records in order to do so legally can be a pricey and drawn out process. Thankfully, the good people at Tracklib have now become the first record store to streamline the digital sampling process - a game changer for music producers.

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IMPALA, AIM, PRS Join 200+ Groups Supporting Article 13 Copyright Directive

UnnamedEU independent music trade group IMPALA. AIM, PRS For Music and more than 200 organizations from across the cultural and creative sectors have united in calling on the European Parliament to adopt the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market. "This Directive has been long sought to create a much-needed level playing field," the groups argue.

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2018 Was A Good Year To Be Spotify [Russ Crupnick]

2While there has been much discussion of Spotify's financial situation, another important metric to pay attention to is actual listeners. Here Russ Crupnick of MusicWatch breaks down some of the numbers on Spotify's market share.

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2019: The State Of Sampling

Screen Shot 2019-03-04 at 11.16.43 PMIn this piece, the team at Tracklib took a deep dive into the state of sampling in 2019, breaking down who's sampling what, the rationale behind it, what the preferred software (and hardware) is, plus some of the past year's most prominent sampling moments.

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7digital, Juke End Partnership After $4.5M Settlement

image from celebrityaccess.comUK-based 7digital has reached a settlement with Media Saturn’s Juke music streaming service to dissolve their partnership. Under the Agreement, 7digital will be released from all outstanding contracts with the Juke for an immediate payment by Juke of €4,000,000.

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Teen Musician Rejects $3M Deal: No Need For Label Thanks To Internet

3Billboard magazine recently released a profile of teenaged musician/rapper NLE Choppa, who handily turned down a $3 million label deal, opting instead to partner with a distribution company, UnitedMasters, and maintain all rights to his work. Kids these days!

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Court Denies WMG Injunction, Clears Spotify India Launch

Spotify[UPDATED] A Mumbai court has failed to grant Warner Music Group and it's Warner/Chappell Music publishing subsidy an injunction that would stop Spotify's launch in India. Unable to reach a direct deal with Warner/Chappell, Spotify is preparing to launch under a blanket license previously used only by TV and radio. A Spotify spokesperson reacted to the news, telling Hypebot:

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New Study By Goldman Sachs Forecasts Double-Digit Growth For Music Biz

Screen Shot 2019-02-21 at 6.48.07 PM[UPDATED] The music business had a tough go of it earlier this decade. but more recently things have certainly taken a turn for the better. Thankfully, this trend shows no signs of waning, according to recently published research from a team at Goldman Sachs.

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SoundCloud Now Lets You Upload To Other Music Platforms

3In what could be a major disruptor for the platform, SoundCloud recently dropped a new toolset in its Premier program which will give its users the option of sharing music to other major platforms like Spotify and Apple Music.

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5 Music Startup Trends To Follow In 2019 [Cherie Hu]

1In this piece, Cherie Hu look at five observable trends in the world of music industry tech startups, and what these inclinations suggest about the future of the music biz and the ways in which tech companies and their investors understand and relate to the music business.

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25 Year Old Rock Song Mysteriously Tops Japanese Charts

1Recently a twenty-five year old Dinorsaur Jr. song called "Over Your Shoulder" agitated musical waters when it mysteriously popped out of the blue ta #18 on the Japanese Billboard charts. Here we look at what exactly went on that earned this quarter-century old tune its renaissance.

 

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Why Spotify Isn't Simply A Music Company [Cherie Hu]

22In this piece Cherie Hu looks at how Spotify's major investments in third party licensing deals and original podcast development are validating investor predictions and causing it to become the Netflix of audio while potentially putting its brand at risk.

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How To Label MP3’s With Song Information (Meta-Tags)

1For the DJs and bloggers who have to deal with your MP3s professionally, few things are more frustrating than having an artist provide music which is unlabeled and contains no meta-tag. Correctly labeling your music is, as luck would have it, actually not that hard, and here we walk through exactly how to do it.

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Indie Labels On The State Of The Music Union: If Content Is King, How Does It Feel To Be A Prince?

1Over the past couple of decades, changes to the music ecosystem in relation to the fall and rise of major labels is frequently rehashed at music industry events, but the fate of the indies is often neglected. Here Neil Turkewitz his experience at a recent panel discussing precisely this issue.

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Identity Theft New Trend In Music Piracy

1Music piracy has existed as long the music industry itself, but like every thing else in the biz, it's constantly changing and adapting. The most recent trend appears be impersonation, and has digital buccaneers pinging labels and publicists, claiming to be an artist or manager in order to access their music.

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How To Use Affordable Ads On Spotify To Promote Music

1With such a large number of Spotify subscribers still operating on the free tier, this streaming platform presents a huge opportunity for artists to advertise their music. Here we look at the basics of getting an ad on Spotify, and how to target it at a specific audience.

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Music Streaming Rates 2018: Per Stream Rates Drop and YouTube's Value Gap Is Very Real

1[UPDATED] 2018 saw music streaming come into its own as the dominant source of recording music revenue. But as streaming volumes swelled, the YouTube value gap and its pitifully small payout percentage became even more apparent.

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Foreign Stream-Ripping Site Beats Labels, For Now

RipIn the long-running industry-led crusade against stream ripping and torrent sites, the labels have typically come out on top in most battles, with the offending sites usually getting shuttered as a result. Not this time, however, with a foreign stream-ripping site chalking up a win against labels on jurisdictional grounds.

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SoundCloud Appears To Be Getting Healthier

1For awhile things looked pretty dark for SoundCloud, and as the audio distribution platform continued to suffer growing losses, both creators and consumers of the sites content began to worry about what sort of changes the company might have to make to stay afloat. Thankfully, a new report from the company has revealed a strong uptick in revenue.

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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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Is It Possible That Radio Dodged The Digital Bullet?

1With conventional broadcast radio now beset from all sides by streaming services, podcasts, and satellite, the future of this form of legacy entertainment is often brought into question, however some key signs suggest it may be weathering the digital storm better than expected.

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Music Distribution: Upfront Revenue vs. Revenue Sharing

Screen Shot 2019-01-24 at 5.14.20 PMOnce you've finished creating your music, its time to develop a strategy for how you want to release it. With so many digital distributors out, it picking one can be a difficult choice, something made more complicated by the decision of whether you want to pay an upfront fee, or allow the distributor to share your revenue.

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Why Spotify Is Actually A Win For Artists, Listeners

1While Spotify has been a fairly polarizing company in the music industry since its inception, with many in the business feeling that it's financial practices are less than fair, this piece looks at how the platform (and its new 'block' feature) is actually beneficial to both artists and consumers.

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