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US Streaming Growth Is Slowing, But That's Not A Bad Thing

Arrows up and downStreaming growth is slowing down in the US according to the Nielsen Music Mid-Year Report.  But don't hit the panic button, writes Bobby Owsinski, There's still plenty of room for growth worldwide.

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Spotify's 'Dance Like Nobody’s Paying' Serves As Call For User-centric Royalties

image from musictechsolutions.files.wordpress.comSpotify's new ad campaign 'Dance Like Nobody’s Paying' drew ire from musicians and artist advocates “Dance like nobody’s paying because we aren’t,” tweeted singer/songwriter David Poe in response. The ad is also an ironic reminder of the need to shift to user-centric royalties, writes Chris Castle.

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Survival Of The Optimized: Your Videos On YouTube

Screen Shot 2019-07-08 at 5.44.33 PMYouTube has amassed an incredible viewership, this past year hitting two billion monthly users (roughly 25% of the planet's population) and housing a vast array of all types of content. So how can an artist hope to optimize their video for success. Here we look at some key fundamental lessons and helpful tips.

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Spotify Draws Fire For 'Tone Deaf' Ad Campaign: 'Dance As If No One Is Paying"

image from cdn.pixabay.comSpotify is under fire from artist advocates and music fans over a new ad campaign that offers 4o day free trials of its Premium service. "WTF @Spotify!?! How did anyone in your company think this was a good idea?? #FAIL," tweeted ECR Music pr executive Amy Gardner.

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SXSW 2020 PanelPicker Opens: Just 10 Days Left To Submit

The SXSW PanelPicker is officially open to accept proposals. The two-step online process gives attendees a voice in conference programming including presentations, panels and at SXSW. Competition is fierce with 6100 proposals submitted in 2018.

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PledgeMusic Board Says It's "Continuing To Pursue a Sale"

PledgeMusic NewIt has been a little over 5 months since PledgeMusic suspended all campaigns and payments, and two months since FRP Advisory began contacting buyers as part of Pre-Administration, the UK equivalent of bankruptcy. To date, however, no formal filing of Administration has been made.

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Jaxsta Inks With Merlin To Deliver Indie Music Credits

image from artwork.jaxsta.comAustralian music tech startup Jaxsta has announced a deal to deliver track and album credits from global independent music licensor Merlin and its thousands of label members. With the deal, Jaxsta now has access to the credits of more than 80% of all global music releases.

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Spotify Lite Launches In Asia, Latin America, Middle East, Africa, But Not In North America

image from mspoweruser.comSpotify Lite is now available in 36 countries across Asia, Latin America, Middle East and Africa for Android via Google Play. But this light version of Spotify is not yet available in key streaming markets in North America and Europe.

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How Drones Are Helping Artists Build Better Experiences For Fans

1Growing exponentially in popularity, drones have become increasingly accessible to the average consumer, bringing with them a variety of exciting opportunities for those in the music industry, from recording live concerts to creating exciting aerial visuals and more

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Spotify To Launch In Russia Priced $2.35 USD Per Month, Lower Than Apple Music

Spotify new rectangleSpoitfy has been promising to launch in Russia for years, but the streamer finally signaled a summer 2019 debut by sharing what it will charge.

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5 Big Music Business Stories You Missed While On Vacation Last Week

image from cdn.pixabay.comEven as you were having some much-deserved rest a relaxation last week, others toiled on, making big decisions and cutting big deals. To bring you up to speed before you've even finished your first cup of coffee, here are the 5 Big Music Business Stories You Missed While On Vacation Last Week:

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

6a00d83451b36c69e201b7c907b568970b-150wiThis week, the most frequently read articles on Hypebot covered Borchetta's pushback against Swift, how Big Machine Records inadvertently promoted a label services deal, Spotify's shutting down of free direct distribution, and more!

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Monstercat, Sansar Partner For Virtual Reality Concerts In Second Life

image from celebrityaccess.comSocial virtual reality company Sansar and EDM label Monstercat have partnered to launch Monstercat: Call of the Wild, a collaboration that is expected to create VR concerts, meet-and-greets and giveaways.

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Soundcloud Pokes Spotify After Streamer Ends Free Uploads

image from images-na.ssl-images-amazon.comSoundcloud had a bit of fun at Spotify's expense after the streaming giant decided that it didn't want to be in the music distribution business, after all. Spotify launched a service that allowed artists to upload new music to the platform at no cost, but yesterday announced that it's shutting it down.

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Spotify [SPOT] Schedules Next Earnings Report

Spotify New $Spotify [SP0T] will share its second quarter 2019 financial results in a call with shareholders and analysts on Wednesday, July 31st before the market opens. Spotify stock has shown strength in recent weeks rising from a May 23rd low of $121.58 to a close at $145.29 on Monday.

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How To Write and Produce Music To Get The 'Spotify Sound' [VIDEO]

image from www.hypebot.comSpotify and other streaming services are changing more than the way we listen to music - they are changing the way music is written and produced. Here the Sound Field team uncovers techniques used to create successful streaming tracks and talk to James Sunderland and Brett Hite of Frenship about their hit "Capsize."

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Spotify Ends Free Direct Distribution

Spotify new rectangleSpotify has decided that it doesn't want to be in the music distribution business, after all. Eleven months ago, the streamer launched a beta program that allowed artists to upload new music to the platform at no cost. Now, it has informed artists that will be shutting down.

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Free Social Music Discovery App LÜM Launches To Boost Emerging Artists

image from s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.comLÜM has launched its its iOS app designed to connect merging artists with new fans. The Madison, WI based startup recently closed their $1.2 million seed financing and recently partnered with concert promoters Frank Productions.

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Beatport Adds Offline DJ Locker in Pioneer DJ's rekordbox

image from www.billboard.comDJ focused music subscription service Beatport LINK is now available in Pioneer DJ’s rekordbox software. The public beta is currently available on Mac only, but will be available for Windows soon.

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Epidemic Sound Raises $20M At $370M Valuation

image from images.ctfassets.netThe explosion in video creation on YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, Tik Tok and elsewhere has been good for Epidemic Sound. The Swedish startup has raised just $20 million at a $370 million valuation to expand its platform which allows online creators to soundtrack videos.

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