REWIND: The New Music Industry’s Week In Review

6a01b7c7aa2d2b970b01b7c907b5d7970b-100wiIn this roundup of the past week's music industry news, we revisit  the evolution of third party playlists and what they mean for streaming, Amber Grimes' move from Spotify to Capital, a judge's confirmation of a five million 'Blurred Lines' judgement against Robin Thicke, and more.

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4 Tips For Ensuring Your Live Music VIP Experience A Smash Hit

1VIP experiences are on the rise in the music industry, giving cash-laden fans premium access and a variety of perks, and while organizers and attendees both seem to win out on the face of it, getting VIP ticketing right is easier said than done. Here we look at four tips for ensuring both customers and venues come out on top.

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T-Series Poised To Reshape Global Culture As Biggest YouTube Channel Ever [Mark Mulligan]

image from i0.wp.comT-Series, the biggest global music label and and movies studio that you've likely never heard of, is within weeks of surpassing PewDiePie as the world's biggest YouTube Channel with more than 75 million subscribers. It's also the company that Spotify just cut a deal with as its preps entry into India.

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American Pop Loses Global Crown, But Christmas Music Still Can’t Be Beat

1In this piece, Bobby Owsinski observes how US pop hits which once permeated the world over have given way to more local music in every area except when it comes to the holidays, where American Christmas classics from the 50s and 60s still reign supreme.

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5 Ways to Deal with Rejections in the Music Industry

2Some of the greatest musical acts have faced rejection at the hands of labels, and being passed over by the powers that be is as old as music itself. That said, it doesn't make the stamp of disapproval easier. Here we look at five ways to appropriately weather rejection in the music industry.

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SoundExchange Names Digital Radio's Top Tracks and Breakout Artists Of 2018

Sound-exchange-logoSoundexchange is sharing its Top Track and Breakout Artists of 2018 based on airplay from digital radio services including satellite, internet and cable radio. Pandora and SiriusXm are among the survey's largest reporters.

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Apple Music Shuts Artist-To-Fan Social Platform Connect, Redesigns Artists Pages, Radio

image from cdn.pixabay.comApple Music is shutting down its  Connect artist to fan social platform.  Apple's previous attempt at building a music focused social network, iTunes Ping, launched and shutters in months.

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Placemakers: Why Midsize Cities Are the Next Music Hubs [Kyle Bylin]

IMG_2325Hypebot contributor Kyle Bylin writes about the rise of midsize cities. He believes these places are the next platforms for music ideas. Local residents are choosing to build their businesses where they live rather than relocating to pursue their dreams. These small businesses, fused with state personality and pride, are poised to reshape the music landscape in the coming decades.

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YouTube Music Turns Charts Into Playlists In 29 Markets

Image001 (9)YouTube Music is adding playlists for YouTube Charts in 29 markets. Each will get five chart playlists - three specific to the country and two global. With 1B monthly users, the charts and playlists offer a unique global overview, alongside a local snapshot.

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Mac Presents' Marcie Allen On Music Sponsorship Trends At XLIVE Conference

image from celebrityaccess.com[UPDATED] MAC Presents founder Marcie Allen was a keynote at the XLIVE conference in Las Vegas this week, where the branding guru shared that tour sponsorships are no more. “First of all, you need to know that tour sponsorships are dead. I don’t sell them anymore. I can’t sell them,” Allen noted.

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How To Decide Where To Promote Your Music

1Although necessary, promoting your music is usually an pricey proposition. Social media platforms, however, provide a largely inexpensive, risk free space for artists to hawk their wares. But, as CD Baby's Chris Robley explains, this still requires a careful, measured approach in order to be successful.

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Amber Grimes Exits Spotify For Major Role At Capital Records

image from celebrityaccess.comAmber Grimes is leaving Spotify for the newly created role of SVP,  Global Creative at Capital Music Group. Gimes had been the  senior manager of urban independent at Spotify, and  her move is the latest of many significant exits from the streamer over the last year.

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Indie Label Market Bigger Than Ever And Continuing To Grow

1It appears as though an ever increasing number of bands and artists are avoiding traditional record label and instead taking the indie path, sometimes by choice and sometimes because of difficulty of signing with a major label. Whatever the reason, indie labels are soon set to contribute to 40% of the global music economy, with no sign of slowing down.

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Judge Confirms $5M 'Blurred Lines' Judgement Against Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams

Gavel-clipart-gavel_bwJudge John A. Kronstadt has confirmed the nearly $5 million judgement against Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams and Williams' More Water From Nazareth Publishing company. 

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Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame 2019 Inductees Named: Radiohead, Roxy Music and 5 More

image from www.rockhall.comThe Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced its 2019 class of inductees. Of the 15 nominees, seven were chosen. Three made it into the Hall on the first year that they were eligible. Here they all are, in alphabetical order:

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Tencent Music [TME] Ends First Trading Day Up 7.7%

Tencent musicAfter opening at $14.10, Tencent Music ended its first day of trading Wednesday up $1.00 at $14.00 or 7.69% above it's $13.00 target IPO asking price. At one point in the day, the stock was trading at $14.75. 60,190,565 shares of TME traded hands on Wednesday.

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Business Of Indie: FUGA Expands • Fearless Names Co-Presidents • Varèse Sarabande Turns 40 • More

Business Of Indie (1)In this new edition of The Business Of Indie, Amsterdam based music distributor FUGA expands, indie label Fearless promotes two to co-presidents and legendary soundtrack label Varèse Sarabande turns 40.

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Copyright Flipped On Its Head: A Creators Perspective

image from cdn.pixabay.comNeil Turkewitz challenges some of the common narratives that have recently been spread regarding copyright, including the idea that copyright limits freedom of expression for artists, and works to the advantage of the already rich and powerful.

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New Data: When, Where To Send Your Event Invitation Emails

2While emails certainly do a lot for driving ticket sales, it's easy to wonder if they could be doing more, and artists frequently vacillate between sending too few emails, and bombarding their market base and over-saturating them. Here we look at new data on how to get it right.

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Queen's “Bohemian Rhapsody” Is Most Streamed Song Of The 20th Century

image from ci3.googleusercontent.com"Bohemian Rhapsody,” the iconic song by Queen, has became the world’s most-streamed song from the 20th Century, as well as the most-streamed Classic Rock song of all time more than 40 years after it was recorded.

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