PledgeMusic Issues An Update

PledgeMusicPledgeMusic issued an update late on Friday, but it failed to address the core issues for artists affected by late payments and a week long suspension of crowdfunding campaigns on the platform.

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This Week In Music Commentary

6a00d83451b36c69e201bb09aae429970d-100wiThis week commentators in the music industry look at what what Billboard's Power 100 list got right and wrong, streaming's significant problem with math, why Ariana Grande's fans are the fans every artist needs, and more.

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

6a00d83451b36c69e201b7c907b657970b-150wiWe've got tips, tricks, and helpful advice this week on how to make the most out of your next music premier, how to make Instagram stories work for you as a marketing tool in 2019, what really matters when it comes to being a successful musician, and more!

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Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Email Lists • Release Your Own Music • Starving Artist • More

MTTRecapNewContributors on MusicThinkTank this week shared pieces on how to build and use and email list, the best way to roll out your music, the problematic cliche of the starving artist, 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 articles explored PledgeMusic's shutdown and alarming silence, SoundCloud's outstripping of Spotify in the content department, how artists can use affordable Spotify ads to promote their music, and more!

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Indie Labels On The State Of The Music Union: If Content Is King, How Does It Feel To Be A Prince?

1Over the past couple of decades, changes to the music ecosystem in relation to the fall and rise of major labels is frequently rehashed at music industry events, but the fate of the indies is often neglected. Here Neil Turkewitz his experience at a recent panel discussing precisely this issue.

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How To Make The Most Of A Song, Album Premier

2It's a cutthroat industry out there, and when time comes for you to throw your hat in the ring and release new music, it's up to you to do everything you can to maximize its impact. Here several industry experts weigh in on what artists must do to capitalize on 'premiere culture' as it functions today.

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Email Lists For Musicians: Where To Get Started

3An oldie but a goodie, email marketing is one of the best ways to turn fans who like your music into fans who buy your music, but building a robust, profitable email list can feel like a daunting task, from getting subscribers to choosing a platform, to actually producing good content. Here we look at how to make it all happen.

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5 Things You Need To Have Ready Before You Tell Anyone About Your Music

1Having music is all well and good, but when it comes to getting a relevant party interested, your ephemeral window of opportunity can't be wasted. Here we Chris Robley details five critical elements you must be able to call upon if you want to cultivate interest in your work.

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Bankrupt RPM Distribution Owes $6.7 Million To Labels

RPMFollowing the sudden closure of Canada’s largest independent vinyl distributor RPM last month, details surrounding the company’s bankruptcy have begun to emerge. A sworn statement filed by RPM president Paul Herzog in Ontario court reveals the company owes $8.9 million CND / $6.7M USD in liabilities.

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Billboard’s Power 100 List: The Right & Wrong

1As such 'best ofs' are want to do, Billboard's recent Power 100 list of the music industry's most important people was met with some controversy by the industry as a whole, with many feeling the company's ranking missed the mark a bit. In this piece David Philp explores where Billboard went wrong, as well as some of things they were a little more accurate about.

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Marshmello Fortnite Concert May Reveal Next Realm For Artists

1While the idea of performing to thousands may be dream for many artists, DJ Marshmello took things to an even higher level, with a recent in-game Fortnite concert which drew in millions of viewers. Virtual concerts may not be a new thing, but technology and gaming culture have developed to a point where such performances offer a whole host of exciting opportunities for fans and artists alike.

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Record Store Day Names Pearl Jam 2019 Ambassador

image from celebrityaccess.comRecord Store Day has named Pearl Jam its 2019 ambassador. The band follows last year’s hip-hop duo Run The Jewels, as well as, previous acts like St. Vincent, Metallica, and Jack White. Record Store Day is scheduled to take place on Saturday, April 13, 2019.

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YouTube's ContentID System Being Repurposed By Blackmailers Thanks To Its Failings

YouYouTube's content ID system has long been maligned by the music industry for its multifaceted failings. The minimal staffing YouTube provides regarding copyright claims has left the system vulnerable to misuse and, most recently, outright extortion.

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4 Techniques To Make Instagram Stories Work For You In 2019

2While the value of Instagram as a promotional tool among artists has, by now, long been established, the story feature of this social media platform is often overlooked. Here Hugh McIntyre offers four ways artists can get the most out of this aspect of Instagram in the coming year.

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Cardi B Deletes Instagram Account Over Online 'Bullshit' [VIDEO]

image from upload.wikimedia.orgCardi B has quit Instagram after receiving abuse when album “Invasion of Privacy” won the best rap album Grammy on Sunday. The rapper posted a video before deleting the account punching back at those who said she didn’t deserve the award.

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Amuse To Utilize Machine Learning To Calculate Royalty Advances

1Royalty advances are typically an unpredictable shot in the dark about what an artist is worth, with publishers seeking to keep it as low as possible, while artists work to squeeze as much money out as possible. In hopes to remove some of the polarizing ambiguity from this process, Swedish AI platform Amuse with soon begin calculating these payments using machine learning.

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How Has Playlist Culture Affected Our Listening Choices? An Experiment

1In an age where playlist culture reigns supreme in our consumption of music, one curious music blogger from NYC took some time to investigate  what today's music consumers are listening to, on what platform, and most of all how they're discovering it.

 

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