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MLC Submits $37.25M Bill To Administer Music Modernization Act To Be Paid By Spotify, Apple

image from www.hypebot.comThe newly appointed Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC) has submitted its proposal to the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) outlining the structure of the collective and the funding required to carry out the statutory demands of the Music Modernization Act.

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Amazon Music HD Launches, Spotify Says 'Users Don't Care'

Amazon Music HD[UPDATED] Amazon Music is rolling out an HD music services at an attractive price point aimed at bringing high-quality lossless streaming to the masses. Amazon Music HD will launch in US, UK, Germany, and Japan this week, beating Spotify and Apple Music to HD streaming.

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Dissecting A Spotify Playlist Promotion Pitch Letter

image from www.dittomusic.comSpotify playlist promotion offers.. we get them all the time. You probably do too. In this episode of the Music Biz Weekly podcast, co-hosts Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert read an actual Spotify playlist promotion proposal, dissect it and point out some very real red flags.

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Teenage Hacker Arrested For Selling Unreleased Music

image from cdn.pixabay.comA 19-year-old UK hacker has been arrested in on charges of stealing unreleased songs from major international music artists and selling them for cryptocurrency, according to AP.

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Sheryl Crow,Joan Jett to Be Honored at 2019 Clio Music Awards

image from www.hypebot.comClio Music has announced that Sheryl Crow and Joan Jett will both be honored at the 60th annual Clio Awards. Crow will receive the Clio Music Impact Award, recognizing artists who have made a significant impact on popular culture through their originality, which as a result, move their industry forward and bring about social change, while Jett will be the recipient of the 2019 Clio Music Lifetime Achievement Award.

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The EPK: An Updated Look

3Here W. Tyler Allen revisits the idea of Electronic Press Kit, or EPK, and how recent shifts in the music industry have precipitated the need for artists and managers to update their offerings for the era of social media and streaming.

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What Artists Need To Know About Songtrust

2In order to get paid from the mechanical royalties generated by your song's plays, you need to some kind of publishing administrator to collect it for you. In this article, Brian Hazard gives us feedback on his recent experience using Songtrust, one such publishing admin.

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A Cautionary Tale: YouTube, DMCA and Copyright Trolls

2In this piece Neil Turkewitz uses the framing of the recent federal court case in Nebraska brought by YouTube against Christopher L. Brady, alleging that made false copyright claims, as a way of highlighting some of the serious flaws in the DMCA and how takedowns and copyright claims are carried out.

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Music Marketing Platform Beatchain Adds Distribution

image from www.musicconnection.comMusic promotion and fan building platform Beatchain has added digital distribution powered by FUGA. The full direct to artist platform will launch in early 2020.

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Spotify Acquires Audio Talent Marketplace SoundBetter

SoundBetter SpotSpotify has acquired SoundBetter, a global marketplace that helps creators connect and hire producers and other audio professionals. Soundbetter will become part of Spotify For Artists, making it the first artist service that the streamer will charge for. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

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Jammber Acquires TuneRegistry To Create D.I.Y. Music Rights, Royalty Platform

image from lh6.googleusercontent.comJammber has acquired TuneRegistry for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition turns Jammber into a self-service end-to-end music rights and royalty administration platform that allows artists and rightsholders to retain 100% of their copyrights and royalties.

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Guide To Monetizing Your Music On Facebook, Instagram

1Facebook and Instagram have begun partnering with a number of labels and distributors to allow artists to monetize their music on the platforms. Here we break down how the process works, what sort of content artists should submit, and what musicians can expect to get paid.

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DistroKid Adds Release Editing

DistoKid logoDistroKid now lets users edit releases on it d.i.y. distribution platform. Users can now change song titles, album art, release date, etc. without having to delete and reupload each track. 

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REWIND: The New Music Industry’s Week In Review

6a01b7c7aa2d2b970b01b7c907b5d7970b-100wiIn this flip back through another busy week in the music industry, we revisit Switzerland's killing off of FM radio, why dragging Japanese music sales might not actually be bad new the business as a whole, a new blossoming partnership between Tinder and LiveNation, and more!

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Spotify Launches Upgraded $14.99 Family Plan In U.S.

image from www.hypebot.comSpotify has made its upgraded $14.99 per month Family Plan available in the U.S. The streamer tipped change last month with a launch in Ireland. The streamer has reportedly also been testing the offering at a higher price in Scandinavia.

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Pick An Original Band Name Or Pay The Price: Meet AUTOPILOT

Autopilot-Spoitfy-Header-960x640While picking a band name that's cool and interesting to fans is ideal, perhaps almost more important is selecting a name which hasn't been used already been used by other artists (past or present), and which doesn't defy any attempt to Google it. Here we look at the consequences of choosing an all-too-common moniker.

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LiveStyle CEO Steps Down As Parial Asset Sale Begins

LiveXLive_Logo_(new)Randy Phillips is stepping down as CEO at EDM concert promoter LiveStyle to serve as a consultant while the company seeks to sell more of its assets. Phillips told Billboard that his exit was planned after the company stabilized following its exit from bankruptcy reorganization.

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