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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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Where Was the Board? Reflections On Potential Legal Issues In PledgeMusic “Administration” Bankruptcy

3In the wake of PledgeMusic's recent implosion and almost total silence in response to the issue, attorney and artist advocate Chris Castle takes a moment to share some thoughts on the failed crowdfunding platform's bankruptcy, and where they're headed from here.

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Merlin Names Former Spotify, Apple Music Exec As Japan GM

Merlin-logo-one-with-strapline-copyTalk about knowing where all the bodies are buried... Indie global music rights agency Merlin has named Akira Nomoto as General Manager, Merlin Japan, the world's second largest music market.

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PledgeMusic Owes This Indie Artist $197,559

Money on fireProgressive composer John Zorn is owed $197,559 for a completed PledgeMusic campaign that he was never paid for.  "The Book Beriah," a box set of 11 albums to be released on his own Tzadik label. features different groups interpreting his compositions inspired by Jewish folk music.

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Americana Music Awards Nominations 2019: Women Take Center Stage [FULL LIST]

AMERICANAThe Americana Music Association has named nominees for its 18th annual Americana Honors & Awards. Women dominated the 2019 nods with Brandi Carlisle Carlile, Rhiannon Giddens, Kacey Musgraves and Mavis Staples among the nominated.

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BUSINESS OF INDIE: Why Downtown Bought CD Baby • Vinyl vs Mother Earth • Canada's Indie Awards • More

Business Of Indie 2019In this week's edition of the Business Of Indie, Downtown music's CEO speaks out on why they acquired CD Baby, confronting the environmental impacts of vinyl records, Canada's 2019 Indie Music Award winners and more. 

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A Brief History Of Record Deals

1While artists have always been responsible for music's artistic future, technology and the recording industry have always shaped how that future has been implemented. Here we look at record deals through the ages, from their inception in the late 1800s through to present day.

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Music Biz Association Chairman Resigns Abruptly Following Annual Conference

image from www.billboard.comThe chairman of the Music Biz Association has abruptly resigned after joking on stage about women artists who performed at the trade group's annual Music Biz conference  held in Nashville May 5-8.

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4 Benefits To Recording, Releasing Commentary For Your Music

1Sometimes it can be hard to convey everything you want about your music through the album alone - luckily this creates the perfect opportunity to release commentary, giving fans insight into your creative process while keeping them engaged in the music.

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Rolling Stone Music Charts Launch Delayed Indefinitely

image from www.underconsideration.comThe launch of music charts on Rolling Stone has been delayed indefinitely. Originally scheduled to launch on Monday May 13th, the charts will be the first to offer a widely distributed alternative to the Billboard charts.

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

6a00d83451b36c69e201b7c907b657970b-150wiThis week, our tips and advice for the music industry's independent do-it-yourselfers covered how to actually make a living as a full time musician, how you can land your next music business job, some key content secrets for boosting social media engagement, and more.

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Playlist Manipulation Will Create A Crisis In Streaming says MIDiA's Mark Mulligan

image from community.spotify.comLabel and artist manipulation of songs, playlists and the streaming services themselves will lead to a crisis, says MIDiA analyst Mark Mulligan. "The paradox here is that casual fans have the potential to generate more streams than engaged listeners," says Mulligan."Streaming makes casual listeners ‘more valuable’ than aficionados."

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Artists, Music Industry React To PledgeMusic Bankruptcy

PledgeMusic NewAs news that PledgeMusic was declaring the UK equivalent of bankruptcy, reaction was swift and almost universally negative. Many blamed PledgeMusic's management and board of directors.  "I honestly don't know how they sleep at night," said veteran music marketer Jay Gilbert.

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73% Of Independent Musicians Suffer From Stress, Anxiety And Depression

Report73% of independent musicians have experienced negative emotions such as stress, anxiety and/or depression in relation to their career, says a new study which surveyed 1500 indie artists. Among those 18-25 the number rose to 80%.

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Death Of The Album [Alex Heiche]

RipIt seems the music format of generations is finally on its deathbed. Whether in the form of 8-tracks, cassettes, or vinyl, the album has seen its share of changes, but none more disruptive or deadly than the rise of streaming and playlist culture.

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Full Screen Direct Shutters As D2F Takes Another Hit

image from mondrian.mashable.comFullccreen Direct is shutting down all operations The direct-to-consumer platform which served 75 major music clients including Metallica, Kid Rock, Justin Timberlake and Keith Urban was the backbone of their direct to fan eCommerce and online fan clubs.

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Garth Brooks Just Pre-Sold 1 Million $130 Vinyl Box Sets

image from musicrow.comGarth Brooks has pre-sold a record one million vinyl albums of his $130 box set “Legacy Collection.”  In March, Brooks sold over 420,000 in just 18 hours. There was initially a 24 hour window to sell the allotted number of boxed sets, but they were gone in just over 12 hours. Since the demand exceeded supply, Brooks opened another six hour window and then a third.

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It's Easier For New Artists To Gain Traction On Spotify says CEO Daniel Ek

image from s22295.pcdn.coArtist and music discovery on Spotify were among the topics covered during Monday's earnings call. With CEO Daniel Ek sharing some stats that show that the despite the fact that 40,000 new tracks are uploaded daily, more artists than ever are being discovered on the platform than ever before.

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BUSINESS OF INDIE: AWAL + SideOne Dummy • Primary Waves Names CFO • Fierce Panda • LVRN • More

Business Of Indie 2019In this new edition of the Business Of Indie, AWAL inks SideOne Dummy Records • Primary Waves names a CFO , indoe labels Fierce Panda  signs and LVRN get profiled. All that and more news from the world of independent music.

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How Spotify’s Continued Expansion Is Killing Niche Music Genres

4While the rise of streaming is, in many ways, responsible for the music industry's salvation, the vast majority of content streamed on platforms like Spotify generally tends to lean towards the pop/hip hop spectrum. As Thomas Steffens here explains could be bad news for more niche music genres like classical and jazz.

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Spotify Adds 40,000 New Tracks Every Day [That's Not A Typo]

Spotify newDuring an earnings call Monday, Spotify CEO Daniel Ek shared that the streamer now offers 60 million tracks. The catalog continues to grow by a whopping 40,000 tracks every day, according to Ek.

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Creator Support: A New Way To Pay Artists For Streaming [Mark Mulligan]

image from cdn.pixabay.comHow to fairly compensate creators as consumption becomes dominated by streaming is the subject of vigorous debate. But a new model dubbed 'creator support' is gaining traction because it will pay many artists more with minimal impact on the wider royalty pool, says MIDiA's Mark Mulligan.

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REWIND: The New Music Industry’s Week In Review

6a01b7c7aa2d2b970b01b7c907b5d7970b-100wiJust in case you missed something the first time around, we're taking a moment to look back on another full week of music industry news, revisiting a big Record Store Day for vinyl, the somewhat surprising top ten global artists, the arrival of Beyoncé's 'Lemonade' on Spotify, three years after it was released, and more!

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Worst Countries For Piracy In 2019 Include China, Russia, India, Mexico, Canada

PiracyThe Office of the United States Trade Representative released its 2019 Notorious Markets List which highlights markets that engage in and facilitate substantial copyright piracy and trademark counterfeiting. And yes, both Canada and Mexico made the list.
 

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eOne Names Bill Wilson As SVP Digital Operations and Innovation, Music

Bill Wilson head shotEntertainment One has named Bill Wilson as Senior Vice President of Digital Operations and Innovation, Music. He will oversee all aspects of digital strategy across the company’s music business, including label service, talent management, music publishing and live entertainment.

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How To Build Your Crowdfunding Team - A Musician's Guide

How-to-Build-Your-Crowdfunding-TeamAriel Hyatt's best selling book CROWDSTART is now a 3-part masterclass – Cyber PR LAB 9.  With leading crowdfunding service PledgeMusic at least temporarily offline, this must-read book excerpt and the course are more important than ever.

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Kobalt's AWAL Expands Artist Marketing Team With VP Hire

image from upload.wikimedia.orgAWAL, Kobalt’s red hot label services and recordings company, has hired Thomas Fiss as VP of Strategic Marketing, North America. Based in Los Angeles, Fiss will oversee multichannel marketing, which includes conceptualizing and producing content offerings and partner integrations for AWAL artists with brands, media outlets and others.

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