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This Week In Music Commentary

6a00d83451b36c69e201bb09aae429970d-100wiThis week, commentators shared their thoughts on why unpaid internships are such a problem, if rock radio can afford to not play Ed Sheeran's new song, whether or not major labels can weather another indie music revolution, and more!

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Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Instagram • Guitarist Mistakes • Trademark Rights • More

MTTRecapNew copySMOLThis week on MusicThinkTank, our contributors shared insights on how Instagram influencers earn money, how artists can sustain their energy while on tour, what exactly a trademark/trademark rights are, and more.

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REWIND: The New Music Industry’s Week In Review

6a01b7c7aa2d2b970b01b7c907b5d7970b-100wiIn this look back on the past seven days of music industry news and events, we check back in on how Spotify Lite's first week went, what's next for the wreckage of PledgeMusic, Ed Sheeran's latest streaming milestone, and more!

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TOP POSTS: This Week’s Most Read Posts On Hypebot

6a00d83451b36c69e201b7c907b568970b-150wiThis week on Hypebot, some of our most popular covered the preservation and return of Aerosmith's first touring van by 'American Pickers' Badash's edging out of BTS curtesy of Google AdWords, how Spotify runs the numbers on an artist's monthly active users, much more!

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Studies Show Rapid Decline In Radio Listening Globally

OldradioBroadcast radio is still one of the most used sources of media and a top vehicle for music discovery,  but it won't maintain this top spot for long if the current trend holds, according to two major listenership studies

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MUSICIANS: Be Part Of This Important Artist Survey

image from cdn.pixabay.comLast year's MIDiA survey of musicians was groundbreaking. Now, the music industry consultancy is back with a  new edition of the survey that every musician - big or small, indie or major label  - should take part in.

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Best Times To Post On Social Media: 2019 Edition

1What you communicate in your social media posts is of course important, but almost as consequential is the time at which you post. Here we look at optimal posting times for the major social media platforms in the contemporary media environment.

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Career Derailed: 6 Mistake Beginner Guitarists Make

3When just starting out on an instrument, it's inevitable that some mistakes will be made, but this is only a problem if you don't learn from these errors in order to ultimately become a more successful artist. Here we look at six common pitfalls that aspiring musicians often fall into when starting out on the instrument.

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Filter Cancel Reunion After PledgeMusic Fiasco

image from cdn.pixabay.comLast year, the band Filter had announced that original members Richard Patrick and Brian Liesegang were reuniting to record a new album, their first since the band's 1995 debut, 'Short Bus.' The reunion has now been canceled and the band is blaming PledgeMusic.

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IHeartMedia [IHRT] Stock Falls On Market Debut

T Iheartmediahe largest radio conglomerate in the US, iHeartMedia,  became a publicly-traded company again on Thursday, are launching its direct listing.  Shares of the company, which just recently emerged from bankruptcy, are listed under the ticker “IHRT” on the NASDAQ.

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Report Calls For Altering Music Licensing Framework

4In this piece, Emmanuel Legrand breaks down a recent report suggesting a massive overhaul of the framework through which sound recordings are licensed, and that rights holders need greater autonomy in order to negotiate more equitable contracts.

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YouTube Music Users Can Now Switch Seamlessly Between Audio and Music Videos

YouTube Music logoYouTube Premium and YouTube Music Premium subscribers can now seamlessly transition between a song and its music video.  Users will now see a video button at the top of the screen as they start listening to a song, and with a tap, they can watch the music video or flip to the audio at the same point in the track.

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A Legal View Of The Fall Of PledgeMusic and What Could Happen Next

PledgeMusic NewEarlier this week, Hypebot published an important Music Biz Weekly podcast interview with Attorney Chris Castle delving into the demise of PledgeMusic and its legal ramifications for artists, vendors and the music industry. Because of the importance of this topic, we've had the full interview transcribed.

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How Spotify Calculates An Artist's Monthly Active Users

Spotify newSpotify monthly active user counts are one of the most important metrics used by the music industry - radio, media, A&R and more -  to judge how hot an artist is and the size of their fan base. But how does Spotify calculate monthly active users? Is it unique listeners or total listens? Is it calendar monthly or last 30 days?

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The Reason Unpaid Music Internships Are A Problem

1While internships can be a great way to put you on the road to industry success, unpaid internships can often class out promising candidates by not offering the support necessary for them to get their foot in the door.

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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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Sony Consolidates Records, Publishing Under Rob Stringer

Sony-Music-logo-wordmarkSony Corporation chief Kenichiro Yoshida has announced that the company will bring together its recorded music and music publishing businesses outside of Japan under the umbrella of Sony Music Group  Sony Music Entertainment CEO Rob Stringer will now run Sony Music Group as well as Sony Music Entertainment.

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SXSW 2020 PanelPicker: Just 3 Days Left To Submit

Sxsw-2019The deadline to submit proposals to the SXSW PanelPicker is this Friday. July 19th. This online process gives attendees a voice in conference programming including presentations, panels and at SXSW. Competition is fierce with 6100 proposals submitted in 2018.

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Music 'Trigger Cities': Spotlight On Latin America

1In this third part in a series exploring music "trigger cities", Jason Joven pf Chartmetric takes an in-depth look at Latin America's music consumption stats to explore how listeners there are precipitating the exponential growth of Latin music's global popularity.

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3 Strategies For Reviving Cold Music Industry Contacts

1If you've entered the difficult world of music PR, you've doubtless faced the bone-chilling silence which greets most of your pitch emails. Getting a response to your carefully crafted email can largely hinges on finding just the right person to contact - here we look at some helpful tips for finding cold contact you want.

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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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