Business Of Indie: Indie Revenue Grows • A2IM Sets Indie Week • Insomniac Adds Label Services • More

Business Of Indie (1)In this edition of The Business Of Indie, a new MIDiA and WIN report shows strong growth in the indie sector, A2iM sets dates for Indie Week, and Insomniac expands its label services division and much more.

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10 Low Cost Promo Ideas Every Artist Needs To Know

2As a musician, promoting your music can often seem prohibitively expensive, particularly if you're just getting started out. While this is certainly true in some cases, not every promotional technique has to break the bank, and several of the following ideas are as inexpensive as they are powerful.

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Apple Files 'Apple Music for Business' Trademark

Apple-logoMove over Muzak, Apple has filed a trademark application for "Apple Music For Business." The filing covers "broadcast and transmission of streamed music, audio, video, and multimedia content by means of radio, television, internet, and satellite for business use,"  and would appear to signal Apple's intention to enter the lucrative music-for-businesses market.

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Edgeout Label Launches With Artist Development Focus

image from cdn.pixabay.comMusic industry vet Tony Guanci, along with a team of experienced A&R, touring, live events professionals have launched artist development focused Edgeout Records distributed by Universal Music Group.

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NOLA's Favorite Band Just Bought NOLA's Favorite Nightclub

image from celebrityaccess.comGalactic has announced that they’ve purchased the iconic New Orleans nightclub Tipitina’s. The recently finalized deal, which has been in negotiation for most of the year, will transfer ownership of the music venue and it’s associated business to the popular indie funk band. .

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How To Use Shopify And Single Music To Sell Direct To Fans

1[UPDATED] Driving fans to an artist's site only to redirect them elsewhere to purchase a download or t-shirt means lost revenue and a chance to capture valuable fan and marketing data. The reams of a growing number of major and indie artists are building their own 

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SoundCloud Mixes Things Up With Dubset Integration

1After recently making waves by allowing its users to link back to their Instagram stories, SoundCloud is mixing things up once again by integrating Dubset into their platform, allowing tracks to be scanned and then collecting and distributing royalties to the appropriate rightsholders.

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Spotify's 2018 Top Artists, Songs, Albums and Playlists

Spotify-LogoSpotify has revealed its 2018 lists of most streamed artists, tracks, playlists, podcasts and more of 2018.  Sure, there's plenty of Drake and Ariana Grande. But there are also some newer artists represented, along with a few surprises.

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5 Reasons To Learn Music Production For Your Band's Benefit

4These days, a career in the music business rarely consists of just writing and performing songs, and independent artists looking to make it in the current music industry should also be working to hone their production skills, for the sake of both their and their band's success.

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Ariana Grande Breaks Yet Another YouTube Record

image from pmcvariety.files.wordpress.comAriana Grande's "Thank U, Next" just broke yet another YouTube record. In addition to being biggest music video debut in YouTube history, earning 55.4 million views in it's first 24 hours, its is now also the fastest video to earn 100 million views, reaching the milestone in under four days following the release of the video on Friday, Nov. 30 at 3pm ET.

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What To Do The Week Before An Album Release

image from michaelbrandvold.comThis episode of the Music Biz Weekly podcast is goes full Brandvold, with co-host Michael B. flying solo. He offers a look inside his prep for his client Jason Becker’s album release on December 7th.  

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Streaming Services Hold Key To Music's Diversity [Op-Ed]

3Johan Svanberg of indie distributor Record Union looks at the need for music streaming services to become more diverse and egalitarian; not only where gender and ethnicity are concerned, but also in terms of creation and ownership. The answer, he believes, is to make streaming platforms a more hospitable and profitable environment for independent artists and labels.

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Grammy Nominees Announcement Moves To Friday, Apple Music Scores Co-Exclusive

Grammy_logoThe announcement of this year's Grammy nominees is shifting two days to Friday December 7th to not conflict with coverage of memorial services for former President George H.W. Bush.

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How To Have A Long And Successful Career In Music

2Making a career in the music industry is no easy task, (just getting people to listen to your music in the first place is hard enough), but developing a sustainable career is even harder. That said, it is doable with the right strategy.

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5 Things To Consider Before Going Into The Studio

1Entering the recording studio can be fun and exciting. But it also involves investing blood, sweat and tears, as well as, of course, money. So it's a good idea to make sure you're ready before committing all that time and money.

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FestWorld Magazine Will Chronicle Music Fests, Lifestyle

image from img.pr.comFestWorld Magazine, billed as the world’s first print magazine devoted exclusively to music festivals and music festival fans, is set to launch on March 9, 2019.  The quarterly magazine will travel and food,  fashion, art, and music, and will will be available at airports and music festivals globally.

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The Ticketing Tides Are Turning For The Secondary Market

2The secondary ticketing market has been a problematic feature of the music industry for ages, with online technology transforming it into a multi-billion industry. Now, however, the ticketing industry is on the cusp of a massive transformation which could disrupt things for the secondary ticketing market.

 

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Apple Music Tops 56 Million Subscribers

Apple-music-itunes-icon-100594579-origApple Music now has 56 million subscribers, according to a new report. That's up 6 million since April, when CEO Tim Cook announced a 50 million milestone. Spotify, which has an estimated 90 million paid users, is adding subscribers at almost twice Apple's rate.

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REWIND: The New Music Industry’s Week In Review

6a01b7c7aa2d2b970b01b7c907b5d7970b-100wiLooking back at some key events in recent music industry news, we revisit the arrival of Apply Music to Amazon devices, DJ Khaled and Floyd Mayweather's payment disclosure woes, how analytics are disrupting marketing and A&R, and much more.

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

6a00d83451b36c69e201b7c907b568970b-150wiThis week some of our most popular pieces on Hypebot covered a petition urging Spotify, Apple, and Amazon to label indie music, how bot farms are continuing to manipulate streaming numbers, why image is so important in the streaming age, and more.

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What Happens When You Fake Social Media Numbers

1There have been a number of stories released in the past week covering a fake LA hard rock band created by a one Jared Threatin who purchased massive numbers of followers, views, and Facebook attendees only to, unsurprisingly, have the "real" tour go up in flames.

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