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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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95% Of U.S. Latin Music Revenue Comes From Streaming, says RIAA Report

Riaa-logoA new RIAA report shows that in the first half of 2019, the U.S. Latin music business continued to grow at a double-digit pace. By mid-year 2019, Latin music revenues grew 13.5% to $232 million at estimated retail value versus the prior year.

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Haviah Mighty Wins Polaris Music Prize 2019

image from celebrityaccess.comHaviah Mighty has won the Polaris Music Prize 2019 for her album "13th Floor."  The Prize, which was presented in Toronto by CBC Music, goes to the best Canadian album of the year based on artistic merit without regard to genre, sales history or label affiliation.

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5 Big Takeaways From Americanafest 2019

image from americanamusic.orgAmericanafest 2019 is a wrap. Thousands of musicians, music industry professionals and fans descended on Nashville for a four-day conference, an awards show filled with great music and short speeches alongside more than 500 official and countless unofficial showcases. 

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Public Enemy’s Technique For Cracking “Second Album Syndrome”

1SAS or 'Second Album Syndrome' has become something of a phenomenon in the music business, with many artists struggling break new ground or successfully follow up a debut with an equally compelling sophomore release. Not so with famed hip hop group Public Enemy, however, who successfully broke SAS.

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Warner Records Partners With Masked Gorilla's Roger Gengo For New Hip Hop Label

image from celebrityaccess.comWarner Records has formed a joint venture with Masked Records, the new label formed by hip-hop entrepreneur Roger Gengo, founder of the influential Masked Gorilla website and UNMASKED concert series.

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Americana Music Awards Full List Of Winners 2019

image from concertedefforts.comThe Americana Music Association kicked off its annual conference Wednesday night with the 18th annual Honors & Awards ceremony at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. The Milk Carton Kids-hosted evening that showcased the best of what this inclusive genre has to offer.

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New California Law Might Give Musicians Precisely What They’re Trying To Avoid

1Calfornia Bill AB 5 has now passed both houses of the Legislature and is headed to the Governor to be signed. The bill, aimed primarily at helping ride-share drivers, could also reak havoc in the indie music industry, re-classifying those who were once known as independent contractors as full employees.

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Deezer To Tests User-Centric Muisc Streaming Payouts and It Could Be A Game Changer

Deezer newMusic streamer Deezer is soliciting rights holders to test a major change in how streaming royalties are calculated.  So-called "user-centric payments" would more fairly compensate low and mid-tier artists, according to its supporters.

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DistroKid Adds Release Editing

DistoKid logoDistroKid now lets users edit releases on it d.i.y. distribution platform. Users can now change song titles, album art, release date, etc. without having to delete and reupload each track. 

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Billboard Parent Valence To Acquire Nielsen, Soundscan [REPORT]

Billboard chartValence Media, the parent company of Billboard and Hollywood Reporter is acquiring Nielsen's music-related data, software and analytics business, according to multiple reports. Nielsen Soundscan provides the data that power's Billboard's iconic music charts.

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BUSINESS OF INDIE: Major Label Kool-Aid • R.I.P. Keith Case • AIM Awards Winners • More

Biz Of Indie 2In this new edition of the Business Of Indie, two top indie execs caution against drinking the major label Kool-Aid, Nashville agent Keith Case passes, the UK's Association Of Independent Music announces its 2019 winners and much more.

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Ipecac Recordings On 20 Years Of Music Business Success [INTERVIEW]

Screen Shot 2019-09-03 at 11.16.00 PMA rare feat in a challenging industry, Ipecac Records has managed to successfully turn a profit during each of its twenty years in operation. Here, founders Mike Patton and Greg Werckman sat down to with The Orchard to discuss the label's origins and what the future might have in store for it.

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Tour Diary: What I Learned On the Road w/ Heavyweights Of Metal, Mushroomhead

2In this piece, Gideon Waxman recounts his recent experience doing a run of shows with his band Familiar Spirits in support of heavy metal band Mushroomhead, recounting what he took away from the experience and what other young bands can do to capture these career-opening opportunities.

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A2IM, RIAA, MAC Join To Fight AB5 Bill That Would Kill Indie Music In California

image from images-na.ssl-images-amazon.comA new California law set to go into effect on September 13th would have dire consequences for the independent and .d.i.y music community unless lawmakers add an exemption. Executives at the A2IM, RIAA and Music Artists Coalition have banded together to pen an open letter that demands action.

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Blink-182 Exits BMG For Columbia Records: Is The Major Label Exodus Now A Revolving Door?

image from celebrityaccess.comIs the much-touted exodus by established artists from major labels to indies and artist services firms about to become a revolving door? It's too early to call it a trend, but former major label act Blink-182 has now exited BMG and inked a deal with Sony Music’s Columbia for their new album.

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Spotify Surveys Artists, Industry To Expand Artists Services Directory

Provider Directory – Spotify for ArtistsSpotify is asking artists and the music industry to tell them the kind of services they'd like to see listed in a "Provider Directory."  The wide-ranging survey appears to be a test of the level of interest a broader services directory and which categories should be included.

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Re-Recording Restrictions: A Glossary Of Industry Terms [Chris Castle]

6In light of news that Taylor Swift plans to re-record the majority of her previous catalog, we share an in-depth look at the restrictions and allowances in contracts between an artist, producer, and label that guide how any artist can remake their initial creative work.

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BUSINESS OF INDIE: Chrysalis Sold • BMG Revenues Rise • ADA + Incubus • Orchard To Japan • A2IM • More

Business Of Indie 2019

In this week's new edition of the Business Of Indie,  iconic Chrysalis has a new home. BMG continues its march upward, The Orchard expands to Japan, ADA partners with Incubus, A2IM names a new executive chairperson and more.

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Why Taylor Swift Is Planning To Re-Record Her First 5 Albums

2Typically a more forward-thinking artist, pop sensation Taylor Swift has recently developed an interesting focus on re-recording her first five albums. Here we look at what the motivation behind this seemingly random musical reinvention might be.

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Twitter Reacts To Hasbro's Aquisiton Of Death Row As eOne Music Sell-off Speculation Swirls

image from pbs.twimg.comeOne's substantial music division was barely mentioned in Friday's announcement that toymaker Hasbro had acquired the indie entertainment conglomerate for $4 billion in cash. It was a glaring admission, particularly since eOne's music side is said to the largest independent music company in the U.S.

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5 Things I Wish I'd Known Before Getting Signed

1Changed though the industry might be, signing to a respected label can open the door to opportunities that would otherwise be much further out of reach. That said, rushing into a deal without reading the fine print or negotiating can cause problems down the road. Here, one artists shares five things they which they'd known before signing on the dotted line.

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REWIND: The New Music Industry’s Week In Review

6a01b7c7aa2d2b970b01b7c907b5d7970b-100wiBefore moving on to what will surely be another full week of music industry events, we look back on why Spotify and others should be worried about a recession, new record news from T Swift, the Dept. of Justice's backing of Led Zeppelin in their ongoing copyright dispute, and more.

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Hasbro Buys Dualtone, Death Row Owner eOne For $4B Cash

image from upload.wikimedia.orgUPDATED: Hasbro has acquired Entertainment One in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $4 billion. The multi-platform entertainment company is home to the popular children's franchises Peppa Pig and PJ Masks, as well as one of the largest independent music companies in North America.

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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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Taylor Swift Shares More Album Record Details, Dates

image from www.hypebot.comDuring an interview and performance on ABC’s “Good Morning America” Thursday, Taylor Swift offered new details about her plan to re-record songs from her past six albums.

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