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Getting It Done: The Week In D.I.Y. & Indie Music

6a00d83451b36c69e201b7c907b657970b-150wiOur tips and advice for the industry's independent self-starters out there this week covered how you can use your mailing list to actually get people to your show, how to book increasingly large gigs over time, the best way to revive cold music industry contacts, and more!

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Saban Music Group Launches With $500 Million Investment

image from www.vitalthrills.comBillionaire investor Haim Saban, Chairman of Saban Capital Group, is teaming with music industry veteran Gustavo Lopez to launch Saban Music Group with a promised $500 million investment. SMG is positioned as a record label, international A&R, and artist development company built around offering ‘360 deals’ to artists.

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BUSINESS OF INDIE: Astral People Launches • The Orchard Revealed • Zebralution Acquires EMS • More

Business Of Indie 2019

In this week's Business Of Indie, Indie label Astral People launches, The Orchard's Chief Operating Officer Colleen Theis tells all, distributor Zebrulation acquires its technical service provider Encoding Management Service (EMS) and much more.

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Slide Over Lil Nas, Blanco Brown Brings The Beats To Top The Country Charts [Don't Miss The Video]

Blanco Brown - The Git Up (Dance Video) 0-11 screenshotIt didn’t take long for other hip-hop and R&B artists to join in on a party started by Lil Nas’ “Old Town Road.” Now Blanco Brown has hit the country charts with “The Git Down.”

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Who Are Winners And Losers In The New Music Industry?

2Regardless of who's getting the money, it is undeniable that streaming has made the music industry lucrative again. Now, as the business works to reinvent itself, are historically downtrodden artists finally coming out on top, or are record labels and management siphoning off all of the profits?

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Patreon Adds $60M To 'Take Membership To The Next Level'

Patreon NewCreator subscription platform Patreon has raised an additional $60 million that it says will be used "to take creator memberships to a whole new level."  Patreon has more than 3 million active patrons and 100,000 creators on the platform, and has paid out more than $1 billion to date.

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Taylor Swift Should Re-record Hits Lost To Scooter Braun, says Kelly Clarkson

image from www.hypebot.comShake it off, Kelly Clarkson is telling Taylor Swift about her feud with Scooter Bruan and Scott Borchetta, by re-recording and releasing the hits that Braun now controls after acquiring her former record label, Big Machine. Swift called the sale her "worst case scenario;" and re-recording the hits would both give her control of the new masters and devalue Braun's reposted $300 million purchase.

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FREE REPORT: Independent Artists In The Age of Empowerment [Mark Mulligan]

image from musicindustryblog.files.wordpress.comDigital music distributor Amuse and consultancy MIDiA have partnered to release Independent Artists: The Age of Empowerment, a free report that shows the growing power and potential of independent artists - artists how are growing a substantial career without the help of a record label.

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What Will Taylor Do? Big Machine To Release Vinyl Singles

image from celebrityaccess.comDespite a very public feud with Taylor Swift, her former label, the just acquired by Scooter Braun Big Machine Records, is wasting no time cashing in on her catalog with the release of five songs from her 2006 self-titled debut album on limited-edition vinyl.

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It's Independent Venue Week: 4 Things You Need To Know

5As Independent Venue Week kicks of its second year running, we look at four things you should know, including where the event got its inception, and which artists and venues will be participating.

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Revenue For Unsigned Artists Grew 35% Last Year

IndieA new study from MIDiA Research and indie distributor Amuse shows that independent artists are the fastest-growing segment of the global recorded music business, the beginning of what may be the biggest paradigm shift within the music business in decades.

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BUSINESS OF INDIE: Indie Growth • Iggy Azalea Goes Indie • Merlin + Jaxsta • More

Business Of Indie 2019

In a new edition of the Business Of Indie we share of streaming driven indie growth, hitmaker Iggy Azalea's return to an independent label, Merlin's new Jaxsta deal for music credits and more/

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Jaxsta Inks With Merlin To Deliver Indie Music Credits

image from artwork.jaxsta.comAustralian music tech startup Jaxsta has announced a deal to deliver track and album credits from global independent music licensor Merlin and its thousands of label members. With the deal, Jaxsta now has access to the credits of more than 80% of all global music releases.

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How To Use Spotify Analytics For Labels

1For those running a label with music on Spotify, the platform has a ton of exciting tools packed into its Spotify Analytics for Labels feature, all for the low-low price of nothing at all. Here we explore what it does and why you should care about it.

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It's Time To Rewrite The Artist Marketing Playbook [MIDiA's Mark Mulligan]

image from cdn.pixabay.comNiche is music's new mainstream, writes MIDiA analyst Mark Mulligan, which means that in the brave new world of music marketing, targetting trumps reach. "Instead of blowing a huge budget on carpet bombing TV, radio, print, online artists and their teams are finding their exact audiences, writes Mulligan, "focusing on relevance and engagement rather than reach and scale."

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Indie Labels Beat Sony, WMG For UK Market Share [CHART]

IndieIndependent record labels grabbed more market share so far this year than major label groups Sony Music and Warner Music in the UK, according to new stats from the Official Charts Company.

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NMPA Backed Mechanical Licensing Collective Wins Battle To Administer Music Modernization Act

Music Modernization ActThe US Copyright Office has named the Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC) as the official entity tasked with licensing and administering rights under the new Music Modernization Act (MMA).

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Unified And Together: How Diverse, Inclusive Is The Music Industry?

Screen Shot 2019-07-04 at 5.02.09 PMIn part one of this two-part analysis, Ben Gilbert speaks with a variety of people working within the music business, in an effort to assess the state of diversity and inclusivity within the industry right now, and whether or not it's representative of society as a whole.

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Defining 'Indie' As A Genre: What Is It Anyway?

1The term 'indie' is often tossed around when describing a certain genre of music, but what does it actually mean? Back in the day, it referred to an artist who was unsigned, but with major labels acts still retaining the 'indie' moniker, what does the term actually suggest? Here, Chris Robley delves into the term's contemporary meaning.

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BUSINESS OF INDIE: India's Indie Scene • AIR Awards' Indie Nods • AWAL Nabs Cold War Kids • More

Business Of Indie 2019

This new edition of the Business Of Indie includes news from India's growing independent music scene, the AIR Awards indie label nominees, AWAL's partnership with Cold Water Kids and a whole lot more.

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Monstercat, Sansar Partner For Virtual Reality Concerts In Second Life

image from celebrityaccess.comSocial virtual reality company Sansar and EDM label Monstercat have partnered to launch Monstercat: Call of the Wild, a collaboration that is expected to create VR concerts, meet-and-greets and giveaways.

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Rolling Stone Launches Music Charts That Are Updated Daily

image from www.rollingstone.comRolling Stone has launched five music charts powered by analytics firm Alpha Data, formerly known as BuzzAngle Music, which the magazine acquired last year. The debut comes almost two months later than originally planned.

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Metadata For Musicians: What It Is, Why It’s So Vital

Screen Shot 2019-07-01 at 11.11.33 PMGiven its critical role in providing info that impacts how your music is stored, sorted, and identified, if your metadata isn't in order, your music simply isn't ready for public release. Here we break down exactly what metadata is, and why need to get it in order before dropping new music.

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Big Machine Records Inadvertently Promoted Label Services Deals [Mark Mulligan]

image from www.trafficsafetywarehouse.comThe very spat between Taylor Swift and the head of her former label over control of her hit masters is far from over. But whatever "truths" are revealed in the coming days, one thing is certain, writes MIDiA analyst Mark Mulligan, the dispute provides a cautionary lesson to artists and a boost for label services firms.

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Spotify Is Shutting Down Direct Distribution: What Artists Need To Know Now

Question-markSpotify announced yesterday that it is closing down its free direct upload system after less than a year, and forcing all artists to find an outside distributors within 30 days if they want their music available on the top streaming service. Here's what artists need to know to avoid problems during the transition.

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National Album Day To Return In 2019

Vinyl 1 recordFollowing the success of the inaugural UK based National Album Day last year, the event, focused on celebrating everything LP, will return in 2019. Set to take place on October 12th, National Album day will feature the theme ‘Don’t Skip’ and explore the “benefits of taking time out to listen to an album from start to finish.”

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Merlin Pulled Down Almost $900 Million For Indie Labels In 12 Months

1Where historically being on an indie label was often a last resort after being rejected by a major,  these days an indie signing can actually benefit an artist, thanks in large part due to Merlin, an organization dedicated to collecting global digital royalties for independent labels.

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Borchetta Bites Back: Taylor, 'It's time for some truth' and Shares Contract Details

image from pbs.twimg.comBig Machine Label Group founder Scott Borchetta has fired back at Taylor Swift after the singer took to Tumblr with an emotional reaction to the acquisition of BMLG and her hit recordings by Scooter Braun’s Ithaca Holding. 'This is my worst case scenario, wrote Swift. “So, it’s time for some truth…” countered Borchetta.

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Taylor Swift Reacts To Big Machine Sale To Scooter Braun: 'This is my worst case scenario'

Taylor Swift selfieTaylor Swift is calling the sale by Scott Borchetta of her former label Big Machine to Scooter Braun for $300 million her "worst case scenario." Swift recently signed to Universal, but Big Machine and now Braun controls all of Swift's prior multi-platinum recordings.

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Scooter Braun Acquires Big Machine Label Group For $300M: 'We’ve got a seat at the table.'

image from musicrow.com[UPDATED] Scooter Braun's Ithaca Holdings has acquired Scott Borchetta's Big Machine Label Group. The combined companies create a multifaceted independent music powerhouse that includes labels, management, streaming, publishing and media companies.

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