How To Chase Pirates, Protect Your Music and Win!

PirateJason Tucker from Intellectual Property HQ joins Micahel Brandvold on this week's Music Biz Weekly podcast. The company is one of the largest managers of registered copyrights in the world and Jason is an expert in global IP management and enforcement.

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Move Over Radio, Spotify Lets You Add Podcasts To Playlists

Spotify new rectangleSpotify now allows users to add podcasts to new or existing playlists. The new feature, which appropriately launches on International Podcast Day, allows users to curate their own streams of music, automatically updated podcasts and other audio-content and share it with others.

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YouTube Music Replaces Google Play On Android Devices

YouTube Music logoGoogle has given YouTube Music a major leg up by adding it to all Android 9 and 10 devices. It replaces Google Play, the company's previous failed attempt and launching a Spotify competitor.

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ASCAP Launches Research & Innovation Initiative With Startup Summits, Speaker Series, More

Ascap-new logoASCAP has launched the Advanced Research & Innovation Initiative to explore how advanced technologies, new business approaches and creative collaborations can drive value for its music creator members and music consumers.

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This Week In Music Commentary

6a00d83451b36c69e201bb09aae429970d-100wiThis week in music commentary, we look at the value and staying power of deceased rockstars and their legacies, the complex issue of balancing dreams and expectations in the music business, and talk with Fierce Panda Records on what it's like to operate as an independent label in 2019.

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REWIND: The New Music Industry’s Week In Review

6a01b7c7aa2d2b970b01b7c907b5d7970b-100wiIn this flip back through what's been going on in the music business over the past week, we check back on how music gets chosen for the hit show "Love Island" and how it impacts the artist, Bandzoogle's new milestone in commission-free sales for indie artists, a new decentralized platform aimed at replacing SoundCloud, and more!

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

6a00d83451b36c69e201b7c907b568970b-150wiSome of the most popular and frequently read posts on Hypebot this week dug into what streaming services are actually (maybe) pay out to artists, what we can learn from IFPI's Music Listening Report, some of the essential skills every artist manager needs, and more!

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Streamed: Tearing Down Spotify

2Corin Faife looks at the upcoming book release, Spotify Teardown: Inside the Black Box of Streaming Music, a work which takes a hands-on look at the Spotify including the process of setting up a fake record label to upload tracks to the platform.

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Lyte Empowers Fan-Friendly Ticket Resale

LYTE Logo_BlkLyte is on track to secure $100 million in North American event ticket reservations in 2019. The platform empowers fans to return their tickets to live events and join an event's reservation list to get authentic tickets at a fair price while giving artist, promoters and venues more control of their secondary ticketing.

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Audius Launches To Replace Soundcloud with Free Decentralized Platform, $5.5M War Chest

AudiusTaking aim squarely at Soundcloud, Audius has launched the public beta of its free decentralized audio streaming platform that directly connects artists and fans. DJs like deadmau5 and Zed’s Dead are already backing the platform which has attracted $5.5 million in venture capital.

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Journey Of A Track: Navigating The Playlist Ecosystem

1In this recent article from Chartmetric analyzing music data, their playlist analyzer takes apart the Spotify, Apple Music, and Deezer playlist ecosystems to help artists formulate optimal trajectory for their tracks.

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Mark Mulligan Of MIDiA To Keynote Premier Music Tectonics Conference Oct. 28-29

image from celebrityaccess.comStraddling the increasingly important nexus of music and technology, organizers for the first annual Music Tectonics Conference in Los Angeles announced that MIDiA’s Mark Mulligan will deliver the keynote address.

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Spotify Hopes To Make Money From Artists With SoundBetter Acquisition

1In an an effort to appease shareholders and pull down a little more cash for its aritst, streaming giant Spotify recently acquired SoundBetter, a company which helps book musicians and producers while taking a commission for the service. Whether the gamble will pay off, however, remains to be seen.

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Spotify Adds Two New Personalized Playlists: On Repeat and Repeat Rewind

image from storage.googleapis.comUPDATED: Following in the footsteps of its popular Discover Weekly, Release Radar and Your Summer Rewind playlists based on each user's previous listening habits, Spotify today added two more into the mix: On Repeat and Repeat Rewind.

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How Fender Focused On 3 Trends To Build A Winning Future Focused Strategy (And Avoid Gibson's Mistakes)

image from i.pinimg.comFender has soared while Gibson and other instrument manufacturers have faltered despite both facing a shifting and uncertain marketplace. The reason for Fender's rise, according to Keith Jopling of consultancy MIDiA has been a trend-driven future-focused strategy driven by a new CEO and CMO along with former Warner Music digital executive Ethan Kaplan.

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Spotify For Artists App Gets A Makeover, Real-Time Stats

Spotify For Artists appSpotify for Artists is releasing a revamped app for both iOS and Android today. The new app rolling out this week includes a refreshed design, a new “home” tab with access to resources, personalized artists milestone updates and expanded real-time stats for both current listeners and new releases.

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Stationhead Adds Recording To Free Radio Station Creation App, Driving More Paid Music Streams

image from musically.comStationhead, the social radio station creation app has added the ability to record shows with music drawn directly from Spotify and Apple Music. The app's streaming integration eliminates the need for costly licensing while ensuring rightsholders are properly compensated, as well as empowering artists and podcasters to create content that showcases music.

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Spotify Has Paid Hackers $120,000+

Hacked-600x366Spotify stepped up its efforts to thwart hackers by paying some of them more than $120,000.Since May of 2017 Spotify teamed with bug bounty platform HackerOne to offer rewards to hackers who find and report bugs and vulnerabilities.

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'It is time for a change in how we think about music,' says MIDiA's Mark Mulligan

image from cdn.pixabay.comThe future of music lies beyond the constraints of its current formats, says top industry analyst Mark Mulligan. Answers to questions like the relevancy of the album format, how streaming informs music creation and the internet's ability to blur the line between recorded and live music will fundamentally change music as we now know it. Will you ride the wave or get caught in its wake?

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Spotify Is #2 Most 'Relevant' Brand In US, Bose #4

Spotify newSpotify is the second most relevant brand in the US according to the new Prophet Brand Relevance Index (BRI), a ranking of the most relevant brands of today based on consumer feedback. Facebook failed to make the top 10. 

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SoundExchange Ups Anjula Singh To EVP

Sound-exchange-logoSoundExchange has promoted Anjula Singh to Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer. Singh will add overall strategy and will assist in day to day management in addition to her current duties as CFO.

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Tribe Of Noise Acquires Free Music Archive

image from ww1.prweb.comMusician community and services company Tribe of Noise has acquired the Free Music Archive (FMA), an open music platform curated by artists. The FMA site went into maintenance-mode over the weekend as part of the move transferring the repertoire, data and code.

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