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Once Upon A Time… In Radio

6In this piece, Fred Jacobs explores the role of radio in the recent Tarantino film "Once Upon A Time...In Hollywood" and how its use in the film highlights radio's iconic cultural relevance in the era depicted - a relevance radio could have again.

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Spotify Surveys Artists, Industry To Expand Artists Services Directory

Provider Directory – Spotify for ArtistsSpotify is asking artists and the music industry to tell them the kind of services they'd like to see listed in a "Provider Directory."  The wide-ranging survey appears to be a test of the level of interest a broader services directory and which categories should be included.

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Discovering The Music Fan - Gimme Radio Links To Spotify

4Recently the popular music discovery platform Gimme Radio launched a new feature which allows its users to link their apps with Spotify, adding their favorite tracks to a playlist. Given that Spotify could, in many ways, be considered a competitor, why would Gimme radio do this? Here Tyler Lenane explains the rationell behind it.

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LiveXLive, Allied Esports Partner For Competitive Gaming, Live Music Events

image from celebrityaccess.comLive event streamer LiveXLive has formed a multi-year partnership with Allied Esports to create live esports experiences at music events and festivals in the U.S. and abroad.

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Production Music Startup Soundstripe Raises Another $2M

image from www.cinema5d.comSubscription-based production music startup Soundstripe has raised an additional $2 million in financing from Craft Ventures, just months after raising a $4 million Series A round.

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When Musicians Find Justification In Piracy

2Here, Wade Sutton weighs in on what he perceives to be hypocritical behavior by some musicians who, in spite of railing against music piracy, condone other forms of illegitimate downloading and/or streaming, and the 'jailbreaking' of devices like the Amazon Firestick or the Google Chromecast.

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CD Baby, Tunecore, DistroKid Add Rapid Apple Music For Artists Verification

image from artists.apple.comTop 3 DIY music distributors CD Baby, Tunecore and DistroKid have all added rapid Apple Music For Artists verification, unlocking the platform's expanded analytics for their artists.

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DistroKid Adds Distribution To TikTok

image from imagevars.gulfnews.com[UPDATED] DistroKid has become the first DIY music distributor top add TikTok to its offering. The short video app has more than 500 million active worldwide and served as the launchpad for the longest-running #1 in chart history, “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X.

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Festicket Acquires Event Genius, Ticket Arena

image from techcrunch.comFesticket has acquired UK ticketing and cashless POS platform Event Genius and its consumer-facing brand, Ticket Arena. A new offering, Event Genius by Festicket, will create an end-to-end platform that includes ticketing, accommodations, travel, marketing, analytics, access control, POS, cashless payment services and fan engagement tools.

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Tencent Music Label Deals Probed By Chinese Regulators

Tencent musicThe deals that Tencent Music Entertainment has with record labels are under investigation by the State Administration for Market Regulation, China’s antitrust authority. The probe could end the exclusive licensing deals that Tencent has with Sony Music, UMG, WMG and others.

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Save the Music, MTV, Pharrell Launch EDM Grant Program Named After Producer J Dilla

image from www.savethemusic.orgNon-profit Save the Music and MTV have announced a unique program supporting electronic music production to develop students’ creative and technical talents that reflect how music is being made today.

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6 Marketing Strategies For Getting Your Music On Playlists

1In the age of on-demand streaming, a crowded marketplace has made getting your music discovered quite a challenge. Luckily, playlisting has become such a dominant part of music consumption that many artists are able to tweak the system in order to land their music on both algorithmically generated and user curated playlists.

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Converting Weather Into Music With Dark Sky, Spotify For Tycho

Screen Shot 2019-08-25 at 10.58.56 AMIn a unique algorithmic twist, Tycho recently teamed up with Lee Martin to craft an app which employs the user's local weather forecast in order to create custom weather-based playlist. Here Martin walks us through the process of the app's creation, and how it works.

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Spotify, Netflix Should Worry About A Global Recession

image from musicindustryblog.files.wordpress.comSpotify, Netflix and a select group of streaming services have experienced meteoric growth. But that growth - already slowing in some sectors - could be reversed if there is the global recession that many economists predict, says MIDiA analyst Mark Mulligan, and it's not for the reasons you might think.

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Last Day To Vote On SXSW PanelPicker, Including Our Data Driven Touring Panel

image from cdn.smehost.netFriday is the last day to cast your vote using the SXSW PanelPicker to help choose which panels should be presented at SXSW 2020. Check out all the great panels and consider giving our own SMART TOURING: GUIDE BOOKING + MARKETING WITH DATA a thumbs up.

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Apple Music Adds New Music Daily Playlist

Apple Music New Music Dailyof "the latest must-hear songs."  According to Apple, "When the most important artists—from across the world and across genres—have something new to drop, this will be the place to find it first."

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HostBaby To Transfer Accounts To Bandzoogle

1Established as one of the biggest online distributors in the game, CD Baby has consistently provided a number of online features, including the option for artists to host their website through a company called HostBaby. No more, however, with the parent company recently announcing their plan to transfer all artist site accounts to Bandzoogle.

 

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Spotify Triples Premium Free Trial Period, Matches Apple

image from bestoftool.comSpotify has expanded the free trial period for its Premium service from 30 to 90 days. The move aligns Spotify with Apple Music's 90 day trial and launches today for individual and student plans.

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Apple Music Launches Shazam Chart Of Hot Songs Chart From New Artists

Shazam Discovery Top 50 logoApple Music has added the "Shazam Discovery Top 50" chart and playlist designed to "unearth up-and-coming songs from breaking artists."  The music industry has become increasingly focused on early identification of emerging artists and their growing importance in driving revenue growth.

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