Marshmello Fortnite Concert May Reveal Next Realm For Artists

1While the idea of performing to thousands may be dream for many artists, DJ Marshmello took things to an even higher level, with a recent in-game Fortnite concert which drew in millions of viewers. Virtual concerts may not be a new thing, but technology and gaming culture have developed to a point where such performances offer a whole host of exciting opportunities for fans and artists alike.

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Record Store Day Names Pearl Jam 2019 Ambassador

image from celebrityaccess.comRecord Store Day has named Pearl Jam its 2019 ambassador. The band follows last year’s hip-hop duo Run The Jewels, as well as, previous acts like St. Vincent, Metallica, and Jack White. Record Store Day is scheduled to take place on Saturday, April 13, 2019.

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YouTube's ContentID System Being Repurposed By Blackmailers Thanks To Its Failings

YouYouTube's content ID system has long been maligned by the music industry for its multifaceted failings. The minimal staffing YouTube provides regarding copyright claims has left the system vulnerable to misuse and, most recently, outright extortion.

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4 Techniques To Make Instagram Stories Work For You In 2019

2While the value of Instagram as a promotional tool among artists has, by now, long been established, the story feature of this social media platform is often overlooked. Here Hugh McIntyre offers four ways artists can get the most out of this aspect of Instagram in the coming year.

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Cardi B Deletes Instagram Account Over Online 'Bullshit' [VIDEO]

image from upload.wikimedia.orgCardi B has quit Instagram after receiving abuse when album “Invasion of Privacy” won the best rap album Grammy on Sunday. The rapper posted a video before deleting the account punching back at those who said she didn’t deserve the award.

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Amuse To Utilize Machine Learning To Calculate Royalty Advances

1Royalty advances are typically an unpredictable shot in the dark about what an artist is worth, with publishers seeking to keep it as low as possible, while artists work to squeeze as much money out as possible. In hopes to remove some of the polarizing ambiguity from this process, Swedish AI platform Amuse with soon begin calculating these payments using machine learning.

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How Has Playlist Culture Affected Our Listening Choices? An Experiment

1In an age where playlist culture reigns supreme in our consumption of music, one curious music blogger from NYC took some time to investigate  what today's music consumers are listening to, on what platform, and most of all how they're discovering it.

 

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Being A Successful Musician: What Actually Matters

2While talent and ability are certainly important factors when it comes be becoming a successful artist, more important still is differentiation. Here we look at what it means to separate yourself from the back like this, and what really matters when it comes to differentiation.

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Identity Theft New Trend In Music Piracy

1Music piracy has existed as long the music industry itself, but like every thing else in the biz, it's constantly changing and adapting. The most recent trend appears be impersonation, and has digital buccaneers pinging labels and publicists, claiming to be an artist or manager in order to access their music.

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PledgeMusic Shutdown Continues

PL1The suspension of all music crowdfunding campaigns on PledgeMusic continued Tuesday, six days after they began. The company has been silent since last week, leaving thousands of musicians in the dark and in many cases, owed tens of thousands of dollars in funds pledged by fans.

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How To Use Affordable Ads On Spotify To Promote Music

1With such a large number of Spotify subscribers still operating on the free tier, this streaming platform presents a huge opportunity for artists to advertise their music. Here we look at the basics of getting an ad on Spotify, and how to target it at a specific audience.

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Inaugural Music Business Power 10 List [Glenn Peoples]

PowerAs a kind of response to Billboard's most recent 'Powe 100' list, Glenn Peoples has here assembled a power list of individuals in the music industry who hold a significant of power and influence in the respective positions, but for one reason or another may have been passed up by Billboard.

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How Artists Can Drive Brand Partnerships

2With such a high volume of new music constantly being released, artists and their music have a difficult time breaking through and getting traction among listeners. That said, the upheaval and transformation of the traditional music industry has given the scrappy do-it-yourselfers a chance to succeed with the help of brand partnerships.

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Dirty Money And The Legend Of The Starving Artist

2The cliché of the starving artist has existed for centuries in all creative sectors, and the music industry is no exception. Unfortunately, this makes musicians all that more likely to expect a hand-to-mouth way of life, particularly when an impoverished lifestyle is encouraged on the basis of making 'art for art's sake.'

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5 Artists Sue Sony, Universal, For Copyright Infringement

1Historically, record labels have made every effort too keep as much revenue as they could for themselves, and paid artist the minimum amount possible, but as the music industry has shifted, many had hoped this practice would lessened. This is not so, at least according to five artists bringing down the litigation hammer on industry majors Sony Music and Universal.

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DIY Crowdfunding For Musicians: A PledgeMusic Alternative

image from cdn.pixabay.comCrowdfunding has become a well tested fundraising tool, particualrly for independent musicians. But the ongoing troubles at PledgeMusic have led many to look for alternative approaches. Tommy Stalknecht, the CEO of Spotify music distribution app Single surveys the current music crowdfunding landscape and offers a well tested direct-to fan alternative.

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Getting It Done: The Week In D.I.Y. and Indie Music

6a00d83451b36c69e201b7c907b657970b-150wiWe had a whole plethora of invaluable tips for the scrappy music industry do-it-yourselfer this week, with advice on how to crowdfund outside of the troubled PledgeMusic, how to craft a superior Spotify playlist, how to create the biggest splash possible with your next music video, and more!

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