Michael Stipe Of REM's New Single Isn't On Spotify, Apple Music or YouTube

image from michaelstipe.comYou can't find Micahel Stipe of REM's new solo single "Your Capricious Soul: on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube or almost anywhere else. Stipe's solo debut is currently available exclusively on MichaelStipe.com.

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4 Steps Songwriters Should Take Now To Prepare For The Music Modernization Act

1In 2018, the Music Modernization Act was passed into law. Hailed as a harbinger of justice, songwriters hoped the law would help restructure the digital music economy in such a way as to make things more equitable for artists. The reality is a bit more complicated, but change is coming, and songwriters will want to be prepared. Here are four steps they can take to brace for the coming shift.

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Digital Music Marketing Pioneer Jay Franks Dies, Age 47, Leaving "An Immense Legacy" says Lucian Grainge

image from www.musicweek.comDigital music marketing pioneer and Universal Music Group SVP of Global Streaming Marketing Jay Frank, age 47, has died after a battle with cancer. “Jay leaves an immense legacy." Sir Lucian Grainge, the chairman and CEO of UMG, said in a statement. "He was a creative and tireless leader who made significant contributions to the evolution of our global marketing efforts.

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Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Broadcast Tech • Soundtrack To Sleep • Make Your Music Stand Out • More

MTTRecapNew copySMOLOn MusicThinkTank this week, our contributors shared articles on new broadcast tech that's reshaping the live music experience, how to get a better night's sleep through the power of playlists, what it takes to make your music stand out from the crowd, and more!

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REWIND: The New Music Industry’s Week In Review

6a01b7c7aa2d2b970b01b7c907b5d7970b-100wiIn this flip back through the past week's music industry news, we look at Bandsintown's launch of its first-ever predictive touring charts, Tencent's new paywall (with more to come), which musicians have the most fans on Facebook, and more.

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Touring Industry To Tackle Mental Health with Non-Profit 'Tour Support' Intiative

image from celebrityaccess.comTour Support, a new nonprofit program to provide mental health support to artists, crews and vendors in the music touring industry.  Live Nation, Friends at Work and WME are launch partners as are artists including John Legend, Steve Aoki, MARINA, Grace VanderWaal and Rick Springfield.

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

6a00d83451b36c69e201b7c907b568970b-150wiIn some of the most often perused pieces from Hypebot this week, we looked at how Generation Z is redefining the music business, some of the best YouTube channels for promoting you music, a list of the RIAA's most 'notorious' copyright offenders, and more!

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Apple Music Has Team Of People Writing Down Song Lyrics

image from cdn.pixabay.comApple is known for its attention to detail, but this revelation takes that to a whole new level. Instead of using less-than-perfect lyric services to provide lyrics alongside its music streams, Apple Music has "a team of people listening to music and transcribing the lyrics."

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Five Vectors Raises $1M To Connect New Artists with Gaming

image from celebrityaccess.comFive Vectors, a start-up that works with emerging artists to produce music for gaming audiences has raised $1 million in seed funding, led by BITKRAFT Esports Ventures.

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Ticketing Exchange Platform Lyte Adds $15M In Funding

image from celebrityaccess.comSan Francisco based ticket exchange platform Lyte has secured $15 million in Series A financing to drive the development of the platform and scale operations.

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Bandsintown Launches First-Ever Predictive Touring Charts For Established and Emerging Artists

image from www.billboard.comBandsintown has launched 24 Worldwide, US and City Live Music Charts that will be published on Bandsintown, Bandsintown for Artists, and Hypebot starting today. The concert discovery platform has also partnered with Billboard to exclusively publish the Billboard + Bandsintown Tour Index, four weekly charts launching later this month.

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CD Baby, Tunecore Add China For DIY Music Distribution

image from upload.wikimedia.orgTunecore and CD Baby have each just added China's largest streaming music service - Tencent Music, its subsidiaries and partners - to their indie and d.i.y. music distribution networks. When users deliver their music to Tencent, they will be available on:

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Data Metrics for Indie Musicians: What Role Do They Play?

1Thanks to the ubiquity of social media and streaming, artists have been given new ways to reach their audiences at the literal click of a mouse. But these platforms offer artists more than just easy access to fans. Each one harbors a goldmine of data.

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Power Of Music Reinvention

3While tenacity and an ability to stay the course are often thought of as essential values for succeeding in the music industry, the ability to reinvent and adapt is perhaps even more important. Here Patrick McGuire explores the importance, for artists, of embracing new ideas.

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How To Dominate A Niche Music Market [Video]

2In this video/transcript from CD Baby’s DIY Musician Conference, music industry veteran Simon Tam shares some knowledge (and inspiration) on how artists can effectively go about carving out and dominating a niche market.

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Tencent Puts Select Music Behind Paywall, Promises More

image from celebrityaccess.comChinese music streaming giant Tencent Music Entertainment is experimenting with driving revenue by making some content exclusive and unavailable to its ad-supported users. It's a practice once popular in label circles but vehemently opposed by streaming leader Spotify.

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PledgeMusic Bankruptcy Receiver Has 'No Update' 2 Months After Appointment

PledgeMusic NewThe Official Receiver named to oversee the liquidation of  PledgeMusic.com Ltd had "no update" when contacted this week by Hypebot.

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Shazam Added 78 Million Users Last Year

ShazamShazam finished 2018 with 478 million users, up 78 million from the previous year. The stat came as part of a UK financial filing that also showed that revenue fell 23% to just $38 million USD last year. But the drop didn't really matter since Shazam was acquired by Apple in November of 2018.

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Music Tectonics Trading Cards Capture Seismic Shifts Reshaping Music Industry [EXCLUSIVE]

Music Tectonics Trading Cards Capture Seismic Shifts in the Music InduDmitri Vietze and the team behind the new LA music technology conference, Music Tectonics, is launching a set of thought-provoking music industry-related “Seismic Shifts” trading cards.

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Musicians Union Demands Major Increase In Streaming Residuals with SAG-AFTRA Support

image from www.afm.orgMusicians held rallies across the country calling for streaming residuals for music in television and film even as the American Federation of Musicians and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers resumed negotiations this week.

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Bubba Sparxxx, Symphonic Partner To Launch Indie Label

image from celebrityaccess.comRappers Bubba Sparxxx and Alexander King have partnered with Symphonic Distribution to launch indie label 25/8 Entertainment. The first project is duo HellalujaH.

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Spotify Updates Video Targeting Apple On Same Day As Siri Integration: 'It's time to play fair'

Spotify new[UPDATED] Instead of using yesterday's announcement that Siri now included voice control of Spotify to make nice with Apple, the streamer seemingly doubled down on criticism of its much larger tech rival.

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Apple Music To Emphasize Live Music Programming say Execs Zane Lowe, Oliver Schusser

image from i.ytimg.comLive radio-like shows have always been the cornerstone of Apple Beats 1 programming, including artist-driven shows from the likes of Nicki Minaj. But that's jist the beginning of Apple Music's growing emphasis on live appointment-worthy music programming.

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The Get Together Indie Label Fair To Debut On West Coast

image from celebrityaccess.comIndie record label market and music fair The Get Together will make its West Coast debut next month at the Museum of Contemporary Art in downtown Los Angeles.

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Apple Says Goodbye To iTunes In Latest Mac Update

image from celebrityaccess.comApple has officially killed iTunes with its latest Mac software update dubbed Catalina. Apple has moved each iTunes service into separate apps - Apple Music, Apple TV and Podcasts - replacing the once-revolutionary iTunes, which launched in 2003, two years after the debut of Apple's iPod.

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