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Should Copyright Protect Music Created By Artificial Intelligence?

Screen Shot 2019-06-10 at 6.10.25 PMAs technology develops to the point where AI is capable of creating original music, questions are being raised as to whether this computer generated music, and the people behind the code that make it possible, should be granted the same legal protections as more traditionally created music.

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Beatstars Has Paid Out $50 Million To Producers

image from theme.zdassets.comBeatStars has paid out more than $50 million to the producers who license and sell their work on the marketplace, the startup announced today. The site boasts has more than 340,000 active sellers, and its tracks have been used on a number of major hits, including Lil Nas X "Old Town Road."

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5 Trends That Make Gen Z The Streaming Generation

image from cdn.pixabay.comThe Culture Next Trends report commissioned by Spotify and research agency Culture Co-Op looks into the empowered, multinational, cross-cultural, socially aware, and informed group of 15- to 24-year-olds dubbed Generation Z.

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Everything A Site Requires To Premiere A Song Or Video

2Pitching songs to bloggers and other gatekeepers is hard enough on its own, and unfortunately its the just the first step. If you really want to make a splash with your latest release, it's important that you go by the following steps.

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10 Important Career Lessons From Bipolar, Schizophrenic Music Journalist

Screen Shot 2019-06-10 at 5.42.26 PMIn this wake of mental health awareness month, this powerful piece by music journalist Kiana Fitzgerald details her experience in the US music community, and offers us ten valuable lessons she's learned during that time.

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Radiohead Releases ‘OK Computer’ Outtakes After Hack, Proceeds To Climate Activists Extinction Rebellion

image from f4.bcbits.comRadiohead have released 18 hours of outtakes and material from its OK Computer era on Bandcamp days after it was leaked online. Proceed from the limited 18 day sale will go to climate change activists Extinction Rebellion.

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ASCAP Nashville VP Michael Martin To Exit, Replacement Named

Ascap-new logoASCAP Nashville VP and country music heavyweight Michael Martin is exiting the PRO effective Friday. Martin, who jointly led ASCAP’s creative staff alongside LeAnn Phelan prior to his promotion to VP in 2015, joined ASCAP in 2010 from Extreme Writers Group (EWG), a publishing and content development firm which he co-founded in 2000 with Jason Houser.

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Bandwear Offers Help To PledgeMusic Artists Including Questionable Staggered Payout System

image from bandwear.comMerchandiser Bandwear is expanding its music crowdfunding service with an offer to help artists affected by the demise of PledgeMusic. The merchandiser will rebuild their campaigns and online stores at no cost, along an offer of discounted manufacturing and fulfillment.

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Led Zeppelin Back In Court Over 'Stairway To Heaven'

Gavel-clipart-gavel_bwThe long argument that Led Zeppelin took a chord progress from Randy California and his band Spirit to create the legendary song “Stairway To Heaven” has not ended, with a federal appeals court again taking up the issue.

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Building Community Inside Your Fan Base

1In this piece, Angela Mastrogiacomo delves into the importance of creating community within a fanbase, and how to go about building a space for your fans, creating commonality, and showing them proper appreciation.

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Music Is Now YouTube's Most Profitable Category

Youtube_logoMusic only represents 5% of the content uploaded to YouTube, but it represents 20% of the total views on the platform. Because music videos are shorter in length than the average YouTube video, music is the platform's most profitable, according to a new study by Pex.

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Revenue Per User To Fall 25% Even As Streaming Grows In Popularity says Goldman Sachs Study

image from cdn.pixabay.comThe global recorded music business brought in $19.1 billion in revenue in 2018, according the IFPI. By 2030, that number will grow to $45 billion, with streaming expected to represent $27.5 billion of the total, according to a new Goldman Sachs analysis.

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Bandsintown & Hypebot: Updates From Bruce Houghton

Bandsintown - newBruce Houghton sits down with Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert to discuss the Bandsintown purchase of Hypebot and MusicThinkTank. How did it happen? What does this mean for Bruce and Hypebot? What does Bandsintown have planned for the blogs and its expanding Bandsintown For Artists platform?

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BMG Production Music Rebrands: 'Stock music doesn’t suck!'

BMGPM_Logo_black_text_RGBBMG Production Music, which services film, broadcast, games and advertising has rebranded and launched a ‘Hidden Hit Makers’ initiative to showcase "the greatest tracks you’ve never heard of."

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Chartmetric Offers Artist Cross-Platform Performance Ranking

1In this in-depth article from Chartmetric, Josh Hayes provides a detailed breakdown of how to utilize the website's data warehouse to instantaneously compare and analyze the general performance of artists across platforms.

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6 More Things Your Email Press Release Must Have

1In this followup piece, Hugh McIntyre examines what exactly an artist needs to include in the second half of their press release, the portion which actually contains the information you're trying to communicate about your band.

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This Week In Music Commentary

6a00d83451b36c69e201bb09aae429970d-100wiCommentators inside the music biz this week weighed in on why physical promotion and release formats are still relevant, what the future of crowdfunding looks like post-PledgeMusic, the hypocrisy of broadcasters, and more!

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Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Learning Music • Acoustic Guitar • Save Money On Tour • More

MTTRecapNew copySMOLThis week on MusicThinkTank, community contributors weighed in on the best way to learn music as an adult, a history of the acoustic guitar through the ages, how independent touring musicians can save money on the road this summer, and more!

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REWIND: The New Music Industry’s Week In Review

6a01b7c7aa2d2b970b01b7c907b5d7970b-100wiIn this rummage back through a stack of music industry news stories from the past week, we revisit a rapper who spent $4 million on a company card to boost his career, the Justice Deptartments review of ASCAP, BMI consent decrees, some of music streaming's dark horse 'trigger cities' and more!

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

6a00d83451b36c69e201b7c907b568970b-150wiSome of the most popular articles from the pages of Hypebot this week included an interview with Merck Mercuriadis on disrupting the music business, the reasoning behind Apple sending iTunes to the chopping block, some important rules for personal networking, and more!

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Indie Stores Are Being 'Strangled' By Major Label Distribution: 'Things are a complete mess.'

Stangled musicIndependent music stores are demanding action from all three major labels over repeated missing and incorrect shipments handled by their primary fulfillment partner Direct Shot Distributing. "We need help right now on this issue or you will begin to see stores fold simply because their supply chain strangled them," says Michael Bunnell, Executive Director Coalition of Independent Music Stores (CIMS).

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Stay Calm! Apple Did NOT Just Kill Music Downloads

ITunes-logo-300x113For the many, the announcement that Apple is "killing" iTunes also meant that Apple was also killing its music download store. In fact, iTunes on the Mac is just being divided into three separate apps for music, podcasts and TV. And the iconic music download store lives on, at least for now.

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Measuring Music’s Timelessness: A Tricky Business

2Whether expressed or not, a latent goal of most musicians is to create music that endures, and hopefully has life beyond its creator. But just how does one measure music's timelessness? Here Patrick McGuire explore the complexities in defining music's longevity.

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Copyright Office Set To Make Album Registration Easier

2The US Copyright Office has been lagging behind the times for awhile now, but is finally beginning to catch up, with some exciting "innovations" such as online copyright registration system, making it much easier for artists to officially register their work.

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Why Physical Promotion, Release Formats Are Still Important

3Living in the age we are, many musicians may be tempted to invest their time and money solely in digital promotion, but eschewing more archaic forms of promotion like vinyls, shirts, and stickers in favor of targeted social media ads and playlist promotion can sometimes backfire. Here we look at why old school formats and promotion strategy still have some value.

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Billboard To Add Top Songwriters, Top Producers Charts

Billboard chartUnder pressure from alternative data sources and soon to launch charts from Rolling Stone, Billboard is expanding its own chart offering. Top Songwriters and Top Producers charts will be based on weekly activity on the Billboard Hot 100 and other “Hot” genre song charts that blend data from streaming, airplay and sales.

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Experts Weigh Future Of Crowdfunding Post-PledgeMusic

image from cdn.pixabay.comHas crowdfunding for musicians become too risky? Is it dead altogether? These kind of questions are being asked by tens of thousands of artists who had counted on PledgeMusic and fan funding to finance their next project. Hypebot asked four music marketing experts with experience in crowdfunding to share what they are telling their clients about the future of music crowdfunding.

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