Grammy Awards Cut Eligibility Year To Just 11 Months

Grammy_logoEligibility for the 62nd annual Grammy Awards will close Aug. 31, a full month earlier than in previous years. The shift comes alongside the Grammy telecast moving up two weeks to Jan. 26, 2020, after the Academy Awards moved its telecast to Feb. 9, 2020, the same day as the original Grammy date.

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Symphonic Partners With Songtrust

Symphonic new logoIndependent music distributor Symphonic has partnered with Songtrust to expand its publishing services. Songtrust represents more than 150,000 songwriters and more than 20,000 publishers.

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BUSINESS OF INDIE: Downtown Acquires CD Baby • Mojo Expands Catalog • Spinnin' Records Turns 20 • More

Business Of Indie 2019In this Business Of Indie update, CD Baby is sold to Downtown Music, indie publisher Mojo expands its catalog, Spinnin' Records turns 20, zines make a comeback and so much more.

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A2IM Names Indie Libera Award Nominees 2019: Mitski, Bad Bunny, Courtney Barnett, More

A2IMThe American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) has announced the nominees for its 2019 indie music Libera Awards. The Libera Awards will be held on June 20th in New York City as part of Indie Week.

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BMG Reports Strong 'Organic' Growth

BMG_New_ Rectange Logo_Red_RGBBertelsmann’s indie music subsidiary BMG marked its 10th year in 2018 with significant growth in revenue and profits.  BMG reported that overall revenue for 2018 was up by 7.5 %  to €545 million / $613 million USD.

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Advice To Labels: When Reissuing Vinyl, Take The Extra Step

2The resurgence of vinyl has breathed new life into a number formerly overlooked albums, bringing hitherto forgotten artists out of the woodwork. When it comes to these fresh pressings, however, it's important that labels take the time (and money) to invest in top notch audio quality.

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YouTube’s 1B Plays Club is Changing Global Music Culture [Mark Mulligan]

Youtube_logoDespite the headlines, YouTube is still the top music destination in most of the world. That massive reach, particularly within the global Latin community, is changing the face of what it means to be a superstar.

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Soundcloud Adds Curated Playlists, Community Pages, More Music Discovery Options

SoundCloud_logo (1)Since playlists are the new radio, Soundcloud is making sure they have a place on the dial. Beginning today, alongside the personalized “SoundCloud Weekly” and playlists like “Fresh Pressed,” the steamer is adding more handcrafted playlists, including some curated by leading music journalists and artists.

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Spotify Adds Personalization To Curated Playlists and That's Great News For Artists, Labels

Spotify CustomSome official Spotify playlists will now be personalized based on a listener's taste. For those playlists, no two will be the same. So while not the same as a permanent playlist placement, all music now has a much better chance of getting heard by the right listeners.

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Neighboring Rights: What They Are, Why They're Important

1The concept of neighboring rights parallels that of performance rights. Where performance rights reference the right to perform a composition, neighboring rights reference the ability to publicly perform the sound recording. So, why are these neighboring rights so important to artists and independent labels?

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BUSINESS OF INDIE: Chess Club Records • Big Hit Entertainment • Prima Classic • Ditto • More

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In this week's edition of the Business Of Indie, Chess Club Records adds an investor and new distribution, BTS propels Big Hit Entertainment,  indie label Prima Classic launches, Ditto adds a management division and much more.

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ADA Inks Sara Evans' Born To Fly Records

Image001WMG owned indie distributor ADA Worldwide has partnered with multi-platinum country artist Sara Evans and her indie label, Born To Fly Records. ADA will support the Nashville-based label with sales and distribution globally.

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Canadian Independent Music Association Gets $20M From Federal Government

Cima-1040w-1The Canadian Independent Music Association has been awarded $20 million the federal government over the next two years for the Canada Music Fund. The CMF has been a critical source of support over the years but had been underfunded and over-subscribed for the past decade.

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BTS Pre-Sale Exceeds 2.6 Million Albums In Just 5 Days

image from pbs.twimg.comK-Pop superstars BTS have pre-sold more than 2.6 million copies of the album "Map of the Soul: Persona" Set to be released on April 14, the album may be the biggest pre-sale in history, a particualty impressive feat in an era where streaming has surpassed physical sales.

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JUNO Award Winners 2019: The Full Winner List

image from celebrityaccess.comThe Juno Awards, Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) and CBC took over Budweiser Gardens in London, Ontario last weekend to celebrate Canada's annual biggest night if music.

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'Band vs Brand" - Filmmaker Bob Nalbandian Examines The State Of The Music Business

image from scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.netBAND VS BRAND is a feature length documentary film focusing on the current state of the music business and on how “the brand” of a rock group, in many cases, has more power than the band members themselves. Filmmaker Bob Nalbandian joins Music Biz Weekly podcast co-hosts Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert.

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The Magic Of Indie Record Stores: 'Dream Big Shop Small' [VIDEO]

Record Store DaySub Pop, Easy Street Records and J Mascis produced this short video tale "Dream Big, Shop Small," about the magic of record stores and the music you find in the. It's a fitting teaser as we count down to Record Store 2019.

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A2IM, RIAA, Music Trade Groups Unite To Improve Digital Attribution, Credits

SongwritingThe RIAA, A2IM, The Artist Rights Alliance and SAG-AFTRA have joined forces to support the creation of a “more robust and effective system of digital attribution and credits.” For the first time, groups representing  both artists and labels have come together to work towards better attribution for musicians and fans music by creating a state of the art credits system.

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Jack White's Third Man Records Celebrates 10th Anniversary

image from celebrityaccess.comJack White's Third Man Records will be host a celebration to honor ten years in its home base of Nashville, TN.  Scheduled to take place on April 6, the anniversary bash will feature performances by The Raconteurs (their first in eight years), Lillie Mae, Craig Brown Band, Teddy & The Rough Riders, The Dirtbombs, The Gories, Detroit Cobras, Quintron & Miss Pussycat, Soledad Brothers, and Todd Albright, along with DJ sets by Margo Price, Alison Mosshart, Carla Azar, Joshua Hedley, Dave Buick and others.

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CD Baby Adds Low Cost Audio, Banner Ad Placement For Indie Musicians, Labels

CdbabyCD Baby's Show.co marketing platform for independent musicians and labels has added the ability to purchase and run audio ad campaigns on Spotify, iHeart and other music platforms targeting a specific city or region with customized 30-second ads.

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Streaming, Artists Without Labels Are Driving Music Industry Growth [Mark Mulligan]

Arrow red upThree key factors shaped the music industry over the last year, according to Mark Mulligan of MIDiA: continued growth, streaming and artists direct (artists without labels).These findings are highlights of the MIDiA Research report: Recorded Music Market 2018: Stream Engine.

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2 Types Of Spotify's Algorithmic Playlists, How To Land Your Music On Them

1If you're trying to get your music heard on Spotify, there's no better way than to get it scooped up by some of the platform's top algorithmic playlists. Here we look at some ways you can manipulate the platform to increase your chances of this happening.

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BUSINESS OF INDIE: Record Store Day 2019 • Drake Goes Indie? • Music Biz Conference • More

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In this new edition of the Business Of Indie, Record Store Day reveals its 2019 lineup, Drake is rumored to be launching an indie label, the Music Biz conference shows Nashville some love and much more.

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Streaming Revenue Impressive, But Can It Ever Make Up For Lost Physical Sales?

1With streaming revenue showing a massive increase in comparison to previous years, the major three record labels are rejoicing at their annual haul. A big part of this income still draws from physical sales however, and as these old-school revenue streams continue to thin to a trickle, will streaming be able to fully compensate?

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Kobalt Is Now A Next Generation Major Label In The Making [Mark Mulligan]

image from amfmusicpublishing.com"Kobalt has been the poster child for the changing of the guard in the music business," writes MIDiA analyst Mark Mulligan. But it's on a path to become much more as "next-generation label... plotting a course to becoming a next generation-major."

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Symphonic Distribution Expands To China

image from blog.symphonicdistribution.comIndependent music distributor Symphonic has expanded its reach to China via partnershipd with Tencent, NetEase and soon, says the company Alibaba.The new deals were spearheaded by indie rights powerhouse MERLIN.

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Artists Are Increasingly Rejecting Record Deals

2Some record executives are starting to sweat, as  the music industry morphs into one where the climate is significantly more favorable towards a DIY way of doing business and many artists are eschewing traditional label deals in favor of doing things their own way.

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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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