Spotify's Most Streamed Artists, Tracks 2018 Are All Male and It Has Only Itself To Blame

image from pbs.twimg.comDespite all the talk of equality for women in music, the top 5 most streamed most artists of 2018 on Spotify are all men. Spotify's 5 Most Streamed Tracks were also all male. The streamer registered the same all male top artist inequality in 2015 and 2016.

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Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Tour Expenses • Public Brands • Living As A Singer • More

MTTRecapNewThis week on MusicThinkTank, contributors shared pieces on how professional musicians can effectively manage expenses on tour, what happens when public brands change in the music business, how to make a living as a singer, and more.

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Will Fans Unsubscribe If Artists Leave Major Streamers?

2In a followup to his recent piece regarding user-centric royalties and the idea of an "ethical pool" solution to streaming royalty allocations, Chris Castle here raises the question of whether artists' departure from major streaming services would cause fans to follow suit and ditch them as well.

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Hall of Heavy Metal History Names 2019 Inductees: Lita Ford, David Ellefson, Jon and Marsha Zazula, More

image from celebrityaccess.comMove over today's Grammy nominees, the men and women of metal are march through with their own award announcement.   Lita Ford and David Ellefson of Megadeath are among the 2019 The Hall of Heavy Metal History inductees.

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What Is A Personal Music Publishing Entity? [And Why You May Need One]

2If you're an independent songwriter, you're your own publicist on your compositions, meaning it can be worth setting up your own personal publishing entity to affiliate with your PRO. Here we look at what exactly a PPE is, and whether setting one up is the right decision for you.

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SAG-AFTRA Ratifies Stronger Sound Recording Deal

Timage from celebrityaccess.comhe members of performers union SAG-AFTRA have voted to approve the tentative deal struck with the major labels for sound recordings back in October.  The new SAG-AFTRA Sound Recordings Code includes sound recordings on digital, CDs and vinyl.

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Where Playlists Are Concerned, Artists Want Everyone To Know They’re Indie

1While not having the backing of a major label has its downsides, many artists wear their indie status as a badge of honor, and music distributor Record Union wants to take things a step further by getting streaming services to tag songs and playlists as 'independent' in much the same way as certain songs or playlists are tagged 'explicit'.

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Apple Acquires Platoon Emerging Artists Marketing Platform

image from is3-ssl.mzstatic.comApple has acquired U.K. based music creative services and artist development startup Platoon, according to multiple reports. The startup's co founder, Denzyl Feigelson, is a long time consultant for Apple and produces its annual UK iTunes Festival.

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3 Greatest Challenges Facing Musicians In The Digital Age

Screenshot 2018-12-05 08.29.09While artists now live in a time when they have more freedom than ever to create, market, and sell their music, the digital age has brought with it a unique set of challenges as well. Here we look at the three biggest obstacles standing between contemporary musicians and success.

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PresskitTO Disappears Without Notice Leaving Many Musicians Without Promo

image from res-2.cloudinary.comDigital press kit service presskit.to has gone offline without warning, leaving hundreds, if not thousands of artists and marketers without access to their promotional material.

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25% Skip A Song Within 5 Seconds [New Data]

1We knew our attention spans were short, and it seems the streaming era is only making things worse, with new data revealing that consumers are becoming increasingly fickle, and skipping more songs after spending a decreasing amount of time listening to them.

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Recording Contracts 101: Guide To Signing The Right Record Deal

Screenshot 2018-12-04 07.55.50Every aspect of the music industry has been touched by its transition to digital distribution, and record deals and recording contracts are no exception. Here music attorney Mark Quails breaks down some of the most import questions about contracts for current day musicians.

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SoundCloud Names Lisa Ellis To Head Music, Artist Relations

image from celebrityaccess.comSoundCloud has hired former Sony Music exec Lisa Ellis to head Global Head of Music & Artist Relations. She will work alongside SoundCloud’s artist and label services team based in New York.

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Spotify 'Wrapped' Artist, Fan 2018 Recap Micro-sites Launch

MosesSpotify for Artists has launched the 2018 edition of its annual Wrapped campaign. Artist get a free custom micro-site chronicling their stats and successes on the streamer over the last year.  Wrapped for fans give users a look back at the music they discovered and played on Spotify over the last year.

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How Create Music Group Located $60M In Unclaimed Revenue For Artists, Labels In Three Years

1Here Dana Feldman looks at how Los Angeles-based company Create Music Group has been able able to impact the online streaming economy in artists' favor by tracking down $60 million dollars in unclaimed streaming revenue.

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Move Over Majors, Indies Grab 39.9% Label Market Share

40A new Worldwide Independent Market report prepared by MIDiA for indie music trade group WIN shows impressive growth in the global independent music sector. Indie revenue grew 11.3% in 2017 to reach $6.9 billion vs. 9.7% for the major labels. Overall, the independents’ share of global revenue grew from 39.6% in 2016 to 39.9% in 2017.

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