Bandcamp Opens Brick and Mortar Record Store and Performance Space - A Look Inside

image from bandcampblog.files.wordpress.comBandcamp is opening a record shop and performance space in Oakland, California on February 1st.  The store will feature a rotating selection of 99 records that showcase "the diversity and design" of the five million available on Bandcamp.

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UCLA Law School Offers Music Community Free Legal Advice

FreeUCLA's  Music Industry Clinic (MIC) is offering free legal services for qualifying musicians and other members of the music industry. MIC provides UCLA Law students with the opportunity to represent clients in real-life music transactional matters under the supervision of experienced music attorneys.

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BUSINESS OF INDIE: Vinyl At CES • A2IM Reshuffles • Rezonant Scores • eOne • AIM • More

Business Of Indie NewOur latest Business Of Indie roundup includes the resurgence of vinyl at the Consumer Electronic Show, A2IM staff moves, Rezonant publishing's banner year, a VP hire at eOne, AIM's inclusivity campaign and much more.

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A2IM Reups CEO Burgess, Adds General Manager, Promotes Four

A2IMThe American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) has renewed the contract of its respected leader Dr. Richard James Burgess, who will now serve as both President and CEO of the organization. The indie trade group has also hired a new General Manager and promoted four from within.

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Maximum Rocknroll Will End Print Publication After 36 Years

image from upload.wikimedia.orgPunk magazine Maximum Rocknroll is shutting down its print edition  later this year after 36 years and more than 400 issues. The San Francisco based publication began life as a radio show in 1977, and in 1982 added a monthly print magazine to cover the burgeoning d.i.y. and indie label punk scene.

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Average Spotify Subscriber Pays $5.50 Per Month And Falling. That's Less Money For Artists, Labels

Spotify New $The average price that a Spotify subscriber pays in dropping, and that has artists and record labels worried. Despite a stated price of $9.99 USD / €9.99 EU , the actual average price paid global is just $5.50 per month and falling.

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5 Tips For Preparing To Release New Music [Podcast]

image from cdn.pixabay.comIn this new episode of the Music Biz Weekly Podcast,  Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert discuss an article that Jay wrote for Soultracks.com, 5 Basic Tips: Preparing to Release New Music.

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Record Labels Evolve To Stay Relevant In Streaming Era [Musonomics Report]

A new report image from ucc3c74a53bb374df36542e142ba.previews.dropboxusercontent.com based on almost 50 interviews with top-level executives at major and independent record labels, industry analyst and educator Larry Miller digs into how streaming and the digital age have made record labels an indispensable partner for the most ambitious new, developing and superstar artists.

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Black Music Execs Are Finally Rising Faster

image from celebrityaccess.comBlack music industry executives are rising faster in 2019, according to Billboard Magazine. “We need to fight for our seat at the table,” one major label senior VP told Billboard’s Gail Mitchell. Over the past eight months, some 20 seats were added to that top executive table.

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Notorious Q4 Release Date: Myth Or Fact?

1In the music business, grizzled industry veterans and young up-and-coming indie stars agree with the Q4 adage that, when it comes to releasing music, it's best to wait until the New Year is under way. But in an ever-changing industry, does this theory hold up?

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Indie Stores Report 2018 Vinyl Sales +10%, CDs -12.6%

image from cdn.pixabay.comThe Coalition of Independent Music Stores polled it ts members on December 2018 sales compared to last year.  Despite the rush to streaming, brick and mortar music stores appear to be holding with the help of healthy sales of vinyl, turntables and vinyl accessories. 2018 Indie store charts follow the survey results.

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New Hope For Indies As Streamers Move Beyond Mega-Hits

image from cdn.pixabay.comTucked inside Buzz Angle's new Music Industry Report 2018 were some stats that should bring a smile to that face of nearly every d.i.y. artist and indie label staffer. Slowly, but very perceptively, consumers are using streaming music services to listen to more than just the mega-hits.

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Business Of Indie: AWAL's Big Year • Indie Publishers Do Deals • V-Files • Hopeless Top 10 • More

Business Of Indie NewOur regular Business Of Indie roundup includes a look at AWAL's banner year, some impressive deals by indie music publishers, V-Files aim to be the new Motown, a Hopeless Records Top 10 and much more. 

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Blues Music Awards 2019 Nominees Announced

image from ci4.googleusercontent.comThe Blues Music Awards have announced their 2019 nominees and set a date for the 40th annual gathering.  Leading this year with the most nominations is keyboardist Anthony Geraci, who is in the running in six categories.

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Nielsen Music 2018 Report: On-Demand Streams Up 49%

Arrows upNielsen Music has released it 2018 Year-End Highlights. The survey shows a year of significant overall industry growth, with total album equivalent audio consumption up 23% over 2017, driven by a 49% increase in on-demand audio song streams compared to 2017.

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RPM Music Distribution Shuts Down Without Warning

image from www.rpmdistribution.caRPM music distribution has shut down without warning. The Concord, Ontario based company whose distribution and one-stop clients include independent labels Concord, eOne, Drag City and Rough Trade. A letter sent to clients by RPM president Paul Herzog reads:

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2018s Most Memorable LGBTQ Album Covers

1While album sales certainly aren't what they used to be, many artists still utilize these long form collections of music as a valuable format for telling personal stories, something which the album artwork is a huge part of. In this piece, David Deal looks at some of the cover highlights from a fantastic collection of albums which came out of LGBTQ community in 2018.

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2018 On-Demand Music Streams +42%, Paid Streams +50% In Q4 [BuzzAngle Music]

BuzzAngle Music Charts   BuzzAngle Music[UPDATED] On-demand audio streams set a record high of 534.6 billion in the US in 2018, up 42% over the previous year, according to the BuzzAngle Music Industry Year End Report.  But the best news for artists and labels came thanks to 50% growth in streams by paid subscribers. Those 157.4 billion higher paying subscription streams now account for 85% of all on-demand audio, according to the respected music data monitoring service.

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Indie Soul, Funk Artist Jodie Abacus Talks MJ, Tour Tips and American Oddities

Screen Shot 2019-01-03 at 8.17.50 AMIn this installment of the #nofilter interview series, AWAL talks with soul/R&B/funk artist Jodie Abacus about his thoughts and opinions on the his career and musical preferences.

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Business Of Indie: IBMA Leadership Bluegrass • Indie Country Thrives • More Metal Grammys • More

Business Of Indie NewIn this new edition of The Business Of Indie, the IBMA names the Leadership Bluegrass Class Of 2019, indie country music thrives on creative freedom and Dave Mustaine lobbies for more metal categories at The Grammys.

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HMV May Be Rescued From Bankruptcy By Buyvia

Hmv-story-coverBeleaguered music retailer HMV may be saved from bankruptcy by Buyvia, an online discount club with more than 200,000 members in the UK. The proposed plan would save a number of retail stores and use Buyvia's expertise to overhaul HMV's digital presence.

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Pop Prodigy Greyson Chance Talks Gaga, Buzzwords And Cheap Wines

Screen Shot 2018-12-26 at 5.09.38 PMIn this piece from AWAL's #nofilter Q&A series, viral sensation Greyson Chance discusses how he was able to spin his fifteen minutes of fame from a sensational Lady Gaga cover into a successful career in the music industry.

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Tunecore Adds New Distribution Features

Tunecore logo newTunecore has added three features to improve how new music from the diy digital distributor is ingested onto Apple Music, Spotify and other music services. The changes should also make Tunecore more compliant with increasingly stringent data requirements from Spotify and Apple Music designed to insure that artists are properly credited and paid.

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Southern Lord Records Reflects On 20 Years

1Twenty years ago, friends Greg Anderson and Stephen O'Malley joined together to create Southern Lord Records, designed to be a haven for heavy metal artists seeking to see their creative vision through to the final product. In this interview, Anderson looks back on two successful decades at the label.

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Making Vinyl Conference Expands To EU

image from colonialpurchasing.comAfter two successful US conferences,  Making Vinyl heads to Europe for the first time. The B2B conference will celebrate vinyl’s rebirth on May 3 at the legendary Hansa Studios here, where David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Depeche Mode, Nick Cave, U2, R.E.M. others recorded LPs.

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A Record Label Is About To Overtake Personalities As Biggest YouTube Channel

1The golden age of YouTube personalities may, it seems, be finally drawing to a close as creators burn out and corporations improve the implementation of their channels. One of the clearest signs of this shift is the impending de-throning of Swedish gamer PewDiePie, who currently maintains a whopping 76.4 subscribers, by an Indian music label/movie studio.

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