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Pandora Launches 'Studio Resonate' Consultancy

Pandora-new-logo-image-001Pandora is launching a new in-house consultancy called Studio Resonate. The consultancy will provide advertisers with audio creative development, sonic branding and strategy services, web and mobile experiences, visual design, rich media production and live activations.

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Music Superstars Are Getting Streamed Less

3Even as streaming continues to grow in popularity, it seems those top tear artists who were bringing home a disproportionate amount of revenue have seen their play counts slip - something which can only be good news for struggling mid-tier artists.

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BUSINESS OF INDIE: AIMP Summit Wraps • Commission + Big Noise • Resonance (Finally) Streams • More

Business Of Indie 2019

In this edition of Business Of Indie, AIMP wraps its latest NYC indie music publishing summit,  Commission Records and Big Noise partner, seminal jazz label Resonance brings its music to the music streamers and more.

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Berklee Online Adds Grassroots Touring Course

Berklee_Online_StackedWith income related to live performances accounting for 60-80% of most musicians incomes, it has never been more important to build and sustain a touring career. Grassroots Touring, a new course authored by music industry veteran Bruce Houghton, is designed to teach just that.

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Luck Surface Area And How It Can Increase Your Chances Of Success [Jack Udell]

2While luck may, by its very nature, seem like something you can't improve or influence, Jake Udell here takes a different perspective, advising artists on how they can broaden the 'surface area' of their luck.

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6 Things You Must Ask Your Automated Content Recognition (ACR) Vendor

4Automated Content Recognition, or ACR, has become an integral part of the consumption of music and video as we experience them today. As more platforms publish user generated content, effectively monitoring use of copyrighted material has become increasingly difficult. So, how does one choose an ACR vendor that can be relied on?

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How To Win Over A Lame Crowd: A Musician's Guide

1The lame crowd is an inevitability for any performing artists, and while an unreceptive crowd can be more than a little discouraging, there are a few ways to deal this frustrating right of passage that can leave you coming out on top and, ultimately, maybe even win the crowd over in the end.

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UPDATE: Spotify Is Back Up!

Spotify newUPDATE: Spotify is back up and running. "We’ve made a few tweaks backstage, so everything should be back to normal," the streamer Tweeted around 4PM ET. The outage began for many users around 8:30AM Thursday. Spotify acknowledged the problem by early afternoon and said that it had not been caused by today's major app update.

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Red Pill VR, Sensorium Partner For $70M Bet On Social VR For Live Music

image from cdn.pixabay.comRed Pill VR and Sensorium Corporation have formed a strategic partnership to launch a platform that unifies live music experiences in extended reality, cinema and gaming alongside Social Virtual Reality (SVR)..

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Music Credits Database Jaxsta Launches Public Beta

image from celebrityaccess.comMusic credits database Jaxta announced its launch in open beta.  Founded in 2015 by Jacqui Louez Schoorl and Louis Schoorl, Jaxsta is a source of official credit information for artists, producers and other members of the music community, according to a statement.

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Spotify Redesigns 'Your Library' with Artists and Album Sections, Liked Songs Playlist, Podcasts, More

image from storage.googleapis.comSpotify has launched a major "Your Library" update. Centered around a sleeker design and putting podcasts on an equal footing with music, the update offers features to please music fans, as well. The update is currently available to Premium users only.

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Universal Music Archives Fire Appears Worse Than Reported

image from cdn.pixabay.comIt is slowly becoming clearer just how devastating a backlot fire at Universal Studios Hollywood in 2008 was to recorded music, and artists and artist managers are openly voicing their fears.

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Music Piracy Up 13% In The Us Last Year, Stream-Ripping To Blame.

3While many thought that the rise of streaming had brought about an end to music piracy, a new report reveals this is far from the case. In fact, it appears the phenomenon known as stream-ripping has seen a significant spike in the past year.

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Bandwear Responds To Post-PledgeMusic Payment Concerns

image from www.hypebot.comThis week music merchandiser Bandwear announced expansion of its crowdfunding platform and an offer to help musicians affected by the PledgeMusic collapse. Included is a staggered payout system similar to one which PledgeMusic reportedly abused by funding daily operations with money intended for artists and labels.

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Adding Lyrics To Your Instagram Story

1Instagram and Facebook have recently been taking steps to make it easier both fans and artists to discover and promote music. Most recently in this vein, Instagram announced a new feature the gives users the ability to add lyrics to their Instagram stories.

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TikTok Passes 120M Montlhy Users In India As Label Talks, Streaming Plans Continue

image from www.hypebot.comTikTok now has 200 million registered users, with 120 million using the short video app every month. The milestone comes as the company is in talks with major labels and publishers to launch a music streaming service.

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Nick Cave’s 9 Bedevilments Of Creativity

1One of the past decade's more prolific and influential songwriters, Nick Cave of The Birthday Party and Bad Seeds fame here shares the nine primary bedevilments which stand in the way of songwriting and creative flow, as well as looking at how best to overcome them.

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5 Ways To Build Relationships With Bloggers, Journalists

3Inundated as they are with pitches, music, and countless musicians trying to capture their attention, the idea of developing a meaningful relationship with music bloggers or journalists may seem like an unrealistic goal, and while it is challenging, there are few practices that can increase your odds of connecting with music journalists on a more meaningful level.

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DistroKid Links With Audible Magic To Verify Music Authenticity, Launches DistroLock

DistoKid logoDistroKid has joined a growing list of music distributors and services using Audible Magic to fight unauthorized content by verifying the authenticity of both tracks and artists before it is distributed.

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Red Bull Records Bulks Up A&R Team

image from upload.wikimedia.orgRed Bull Records has promoted Kenny “Tick” Salcido to Senior Vice President of A&R and added Charles “CB” Burks as Director of A&R. Salcido will report to Greg Hammer, Managing Director of Red Bull Records and Charles “CB” Burks will report to Salcido.

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Spotify Exec Shane Tobin Exits For Sofar Sounds

image from media.licdn.comSpotify Head of Partnerships for Content & Creator, Shane Tobin, is leaving the streamer to become Sofar Sounds VP of Partnerships and Entertainment Relations, Hypebot has confirmed. Sofar Sounds recently announced $25 million in new funding led by Battery Ventures and Union Square Venture.

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Spotify Launches Your Daily Drive Music + News Playlist

image from storage.googleapis.comSpotify has added Your Daily Drive, a playlist that combines personalized music with news and short features. At launch, the Wall Street Journal, NPR and PRI are providing non-music content. The music mixes old and new based on the user's previous listening habits.

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Should Copyright Protect Music Created By Artificial Intelligence?

Screen Shot 2019-06-10 at 6.10.25 PMAs technology develops to the point where AI is capable of creating original music, questions are being raised as to whether this computer generated music, and the people behind the code that make it possible, should be granted the same legal protections as more traditionally created music.

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Beatstars Has Paid Out $50 Million To Producers

image from theme.zdassets.comBeatStars has paid out more than $50 million to the producers who license and sell their work on the marketplace, the startup announced today. The site boasts has more than 340,000 active sellers, and its tracks have been used on a number of major hits, including Lil Nas X "Old Town Road."

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5 Trends That Make Gen Z The Streaming Generation

image from cdn.pixabay.comThe Culture Next Trends report commissioned by Spotify and research agency Culture Co-Op looks into the empowered, multinational, cross-cultural, socially aware, and informed group of 15- to 24-year-olds dubbed Generation Z.

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