Tencent Puts Select Music Behind Paywall, Promises More

image from celebrityaccess.comChinese music streaming giant Tencent Music Entertainment is experimenting with driving revenue by making some content exclusive and unavailable to its ad-supported users. It's a practice once popular in label circles but vehemently opposed by streaming leader Spotify.

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Bridging The Entertainment Gap Between China, The US

1While music streaming is undeniably a global business, a lot of artists are missing out on certain international revenue opportunities owing to cultural and geographic differences, such as those that exist between the US and China. Fortunately, Far East Global thinks they have a solution to this problem.

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Apple Wants To Offer A Discount Music, TV Bundle and Record Labels Are NOT Happy

image from www.scormstore.comApple is set to launch Apple TV+ on November 1st, priced at $4.99 (£4.99) per month. Bundling Apple Music with Apple TV+ and perhaps other Apple services at a discount would make marketing sense for Apple.

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50 Year After Abbey Road: Two Worlds Of Music Listening

image from upload.wikimedia.orgWith the Beatle's Abbey Road near the top of the charts 50 years after release, MIDiA analyst Mark Mulligan explores how older, physical-focused music fans remain the quickest route to high-value, large-scale revenue, as well as, much and how little has changed in the music industry.

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Hit Producer, Musician Narada Michael Walden on the Music Biz Weekly Podcast

image from images.squarespace-cdn.comNarada Michael Walden is an Emmy and multi-Grammy winner including wons for Producer, Album and Song of The Year. This week he visits co-hosts Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert on Hypebot's Music Biz Weekly podcast.

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RIAA Releases “Notorious” Copyright Offenders List

2Copyright violation remains an ever-present issue in the music business, affecting not only an artist's ability to make money, but also that of labels. Consequently, the RIAA annually drops a list of the top offenders. Here we look at who this year's guilty parties are.

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Pop Is Still The #1 Music Genre Worldwide

1A new report is out from the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry or (IFPI)  looking at how music is being enjoyed the world over, and which genre's are the most popular internationally. Perhaps unsurprisingly, pop reigns king, continuing to occupy the number one slot.

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CMG Announces Capitol Royale Music Conference, Hackathon, Showcases, Wax Record Fair

Capitol-music-group-logoCapitol Music Group has announced its second annual Capitol Royale on November 15-17. The music and tech festival will celebrate “Music on the Move” by bringing together creatives, coders, designers, startups and fans to explore innovations being made across multiple music touchpoints.

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71% Of Music Producers, Engineers Often Work Free [STUDY]

image from www.musicweek.comA new Music Producers Guild study showed that 88% of producers and engineers say that they have asked to work for free, with 71% agreeing to work unpaid within the last three years. 17% of those requests to work free came from major labels.

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30% Of Beatles Spotify Streams Come From Fans Who Weren't Born Before John Lennon Died

image from pbs.twimg.com30% of the Beatles' plays on Spotify are coming from the 18-24 year old age group, the streamer revealed. The Fab Four have been streamed an impressive total of 1.7 billion times on Spotify, so far this year.

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JUNO Awards Opens 2020 Submissions

image from celebrityaccess.comThe Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) has announced that submissions for the 2020 JUNO Awards are open. To be considered for nomination for the 2020 JUNO Awards, releases must meet these criteria:

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Dolby Atmos Music: Coming Soon To Amazon Streaming

1For a while now, Dolby has been stockpiling audio from Universal Music Group, and it appears the company is finally going to put this digital hoard to use in partnership with Amazon Music. These immersive mixes from some of the world's biggest artists will debut as Dolby Atmos Music on the retail giant's high end tier, but just how accessible will it be to the average consumer?

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The Currency Of Deceased Rock Stars

4In the wake of the passing of both Eddie Money and The Cars' Ric Ocasek, Fred Jacobs here reflects on the lasting value of Classic Rock, and how music from the 60s and 70s continues to accrue cultural relevancy even as the number of actual artists from the era dwindles.

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Step By Step Guide: 4 Eventbrite Email Templates For Driving Attendance

1In the current marketing climate, someone can easily unsubscribe from your mailing list at the drop of a hat, so rather than risk alienating potential show attendees with banal, generic emails, we here look at four alternatives guaranteed to engage your audience.

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5 Big Takeaways From IFPI's Music Listening Report 2019

Music-Listening-2019 pdfIFPI, the global recorded music trade organization, today released its Music Listening 2019 report, which surveys how music consumers 16-64 engage with recorded music across 21 countries. Here are 5 big takeaways.

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The Cars, Eddie Money Streaming, Sales Surge

image from upload.wikimedia.orgMusic from both Eddie Money and Cars frontman Ric Ocasek saw a significant bump in sales and streaming following the deaths of the two artists.

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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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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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Singer Sam Smith Shares New Preferred Gender Pronouns

image from upload.wikimedia.orgSinger and songwriter Sam Smith, who came out as nonbinary earlier this year, announced that they are officially changing their preferred gender pronouns to they/them. "Today is a good day so here goes. I’ve decided I am changing my pronouns to THEY/THEM,” Smith said in a post on social media.

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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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RIAA Investigating Payola Like Fox Guarding The Henhouse [Op-Ed]

1Paying for radio airplay, or payola as it is more commonly known, has been around since the 50s in one form or another, but has recently spiked. This has lead the FCC to request that the RIAA investigate - meaning the industry will, in effect, be policing itself.

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FCC Asks RIAA To Invesitgate Payola (Again)

image from cdn.pixabay.comFCC Commissioner Mike O'Reilly has sent a letter to the RIAA asking it to investigate recent reports of payola - the practice of paying radio stations and other music services to play music.

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Record Store Finds Uncashed Kurt Cobain 27 Years Old Royalty Check

image from upload.wikimedia.orgThe staff at Seattle 's Easy Street Records recently stumbled across an unchased royalty check made out to Nirvana's Kurt Cobain 27 years ago.The check was from Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) and made out to Kurt D. Cobain of Olympia, Washington. It was dated March 6, 1991, just months before Nirvana made it big with the iconic album "Nevermind." (see the check below)

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