SEO Strategy For Making Your Music More Discoverable In 2019

1If you're looking to get serious about your music career in 2019, it's important to put some effort into making your material discoverable online, in what has become a decidedly crowded field. Whether you're trying to sell concert tickets, merch, or just trying get new fans to hear your music, spending a little time developing a good SEO strategy can make a world of difference.

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CD Baby Partners With Audible Magic To Identify Copyright Infringement

image from www.billboard.comCD Baby has partnered with Audible Magic to identify content rights conflicts prior to delivery to Spotify, Apple Music and other digital service providers, ensuring that CD Baby remains a trusted distribution partner.

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How To Build, Nurture Your Community On And Offline

1Community can be a dangerously nebulous word, and taking the time to develop one as a band or artist can be an intimidating prospect, particularly when there are so many other aspects of your life as a musician to keep track of. Here we look at some the best ways to cultivate a community both on and offline.

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Former ADA, Cooking Vinyl, Essential Execs Launch Curve Royalty Systems

image from celebrityaccess.comFormer executives of ADA, Cooking Vinyl and Essential are launching a new music accounting platform, Curve Royalty Systems. The UK-based platform’s first clients include Hospital Records and publishing division Songs in the Key of Knife, together with Sky TV, Cooking Vinyl Group and The Music Royalty Co.

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The Week's YouTube Music Charts: BTS, Blackpink, Muse, Soundgarden, Lil Nas X and More

Youtube_logoK-pop dominated the YouTube Music harts with BTS breaking records and Blackpink taking over the #1 spot on the Global Top Songs chart, Muse and Soundgarden also saw a spike in views following last week’s first black hole photo, and Lil Nas X continues his ride with the “Old Town Road” remix.

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If Audio Is Hot, Why Isn’t Radio Partying?

1While the massive uptick in the popularity of audio seems like it should be good news for traditional broadcast radio, the reality is that much of this resurgence has manifested in the form of podcasts and new forms of tech like smart speakers.

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Zoe Keating: 'Unrepresented songwriters deserve to be heard'

image from miro.medium.comA battle is brewing on the songwriter front. Two organizations, the NMPA backed Music Licencing Collective (MLC) and the independent non-profit American Music Licensing Collective (ALMC) are vying to become the conduit for songwriter and publishing royalties from streamers like Spotify, as mandated by the new Music Modernization Act. Music and artist advocate Zoe Keating is firmly in the ALMC camp and explains why others should join her.

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Take This Important Survey Of Musicians Now

Audience-1835431_640MIDiA Research and independent distribution company Amuse have launched a survey designed to understand the issues facing modern musicians. Little analysis has been done of working musicians, so if you are a singer, DJ, producer, performer or in a band, your participation is important. The survey closes this Friday April 19th.

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iHeartMedia’s IPO May Demonstrate Future Of Music Radio

2In an effort to pay down its massive debts, iHeartMedia is set to file for an IPO, a move by the bankrupt internet radio company which could be indicative of what the future may hold for other music companies involved in radio, and specifically internet radio, may do moving forward.

 

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7 Podcasts That Take You Behind Scenes Of Sync, Music Supervision

1Now one of the best ways to make serious money in the music industry, sync licensing and the music supervision process holds a lot of interest for bands and artists looking to raise their profile. This seven podcasts pull back the curtain and give us look at an often mysterious part of the music industry.

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Top Quotes From First Ever AIM Connected Global Music Business Event

10Last week, Studio Spaces in London was home to the first ever AIM (Association of Independent Music) Connected global music business conference, featuring some amazing panels and discussions, with over 150 speakers. Here we look at some of the top quotes from the three day event.

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Apple Music Expands 'For You' Personalized Recommendations

Apple music cardsApple Music is improving its ‘For You' section, and reorganizing it around personalized music themes that are updated more frequently. Apple Music once touted a curator-centric approach to music discovery, but the streamer has steadily shifted to embrace Spotify-like data-driven personalization. 

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Taylor Swift's Mysterious Countdown Clock

image from celebrityaccess.comTaylor Swift has been posting mysterious photos on her Instagram account, teasing an announcement on April 26th. The mystery started Friday when Swift added a countdown timer on the landing page of her website. The timer provides no information other than the fact that it is counting down to midnight on April 26th, suggesting she plans to make an announcement on that date.

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Spotify [SPOT] Stock Drops On Threat From Amazon Music [UPDATED]

Spotify New $UPDATE: Spotify stock closed down 4.42% Monday on news that Amazon was close to launching a free ad-supported music service. With the exception of Pandora's radio-like free offering, no other major streamer offers a free music service. Details and analysis here.

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Spotify’s New Ad Metrics Reveal What Happens After A Click

1While Spotify's Ad Studio feature (available to artists since 2017) has proven to be effective as a promotional tool, the behind the scenes of why was something of a mystery, at least until now. The streaming platform's new ad metrics give artists a much more transparent understanding of what happens behind the scenes when their ads are clicked on.

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5 Essential Resources For Help Release Your Next Album

1Saturated though the marketplace may be, the internet is still one of the best resources at your disposal as a small independent artist for getting the word out about your next release and getting it into the ears of new listeners. Here we look at five fantastic online resources for making this happen.

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Many Spotify, Apple Music Subscribers Share Passwords Costing Artists, Labels Millions

PasswordA survey of 1000 streaming service subscribers showed that many share their passwords with others, breaking terms of service. Apple Music subscribers were the biggest offenders among music services, with 31.4% admitting to sharing their passwords with others.

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You Just Dropped A New Release, Now What?

It's Friday & You Just Dropped Your New Release  Now What Do You Do_ 0-5 screenshotYou had a great marketing plan leading up to your new release, but do you have a plan on what to do after it's released? "Sadly many small labels significantly cut back their marketing efforts once the album is out," says Music Biz Weekly podcast co-host Michael Brandvold.

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BTS, Halsey Break 24 Hour YouTube Record Capping Massive Weekend For The K-Pop Superstars

image from pbs.twimg.comYouTube has confirmed that the new video from BTS, “Boy With Luv” featuring Halsey, is the now most-viewed 24 hour music video debut in YouTube history, adding to an already huge week for the K-Pop superstars.

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Apple Music Slammed For Bowing To Chinese Censors

CensoredAfter pressure from authorities in China, Apple Music has removed songs with lyrics that refer the Tienanmen Square massacre. Several members of Congress members are calling out Apple for bowing to pressure and missing the chance to "become a stronger voice for freedom around the globe."

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Top 3 Fallacies Holding Back Your Music Industry Career

3Manager Jake Udell breaks down and debunks the top three fallacies that he hears the most frequently from the music industry's aspiring young leaders second guessing themselves or undercutting their ability to succeed.

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EU Gives Final Approval To Article 13 Copyright Directive, YouTube, Facebook Expected To Be Hit Hard

EU flagOn Monday morning, the EU Member States gave the Article 13 copyright directive the final green light, after months of contentious debate. Nineteen member countries voted yes, six voted against and three abstained.

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Deborah Dugan Elected First Female Recording Academy CEO

image from media.licdn.comDeborah Dugan, the CEO of nonprofit AIDS group (RED), will reportedly replace current president/CEO Neil Portnow when his contract ends in July. Portnow, who helmed the Recording Academy and its Grammy Awards for 17 years, said last year that he would leave the organization when his contract ended this summer.

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Amazon Planning Free Ad-Supported Music Streamer To Take On Spotify, Pandora

image from upload.wikimedia.orgUPDATED: Amazon is in talks with the major labels to launch an ad-supported music streaming service in direct competition to Spotify and Pandora according to a new report. The free music service could launch as early as next week.

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