Court Approves Pandora Appeal Of Pre-1972 Recordings Suit Due To Music Modernization Act

Gavel-clipart-gavel_bwLast week the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals told a lower federal court to reconsider Pandora's bid to negate a class-action lawsuit over the streaming of pre-1972 recordings.

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Spotify’s New Replay Playlist: New Algorithms Create Benefits For Fans, Artists, Labels

2In this piece, Kristen Westcott Grant explores the evolving role of data algorithms in the streaming industry, and how Spotify's continued rollouts of new personalized playlists can help not just fans and the streaming service, but also artists and labels.

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Ballad of 'LoFi Rod': How DashGo Became The Home Of A New, Dynamic Genre

Laptop-1283368_1280At a time when many of the figures reinventing the music business belong to a new generation, Universal veteran Rod Linnum aka "LoFi Rod" is helping to lead the charge for the blossoming lo-fi genre.

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5 Reasons To Start A Band (Besides Fame And Fortune)

2While many aspiring artists dream of performing in front of a crowd of thousands, the reality is that such an outcome is decidedly unlikely, and musicians should find other reasons to pursue music. Here we look at five such motivating factors.

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YellowHeart Gives Artists, Promoters Ticket Resale Control

image from www.yellowheart.ioYellowHeart hopes to give artists and promoters control of how and at what price their tickets are resold. Founded by serial music entrepreneur Josh Katz and The Chainsmokers manager Adam Alpert, the blockchain-based startup will launch in Q2 of next year.

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This Week In Music Commentary

6a00d83451b36c69e201bb09aae429970d-100wiCommentators inside the music business this week gave voice to their opinions on why blockchain won't be saving the music industry any time soon, how publishers are driving the full sate music revolution, why the industry won't admit that piracy is on the decline, and more.

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

6a00d83451b36c69e201b7c907b657970b-150wiThis week, our tips and advice for independent artists in the music business covered how formatting impacts social media marketing, why it's so important to build a solid brand for yourself, how you can begin booking your own local shows, and more.

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Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Streaming Success Stories • Run A Business From The Road • Music Startups • More

MTTRecapNew copySMOLThis week on MusicThinkTank, our contributors shared streaming success stories, advice on how artists can run a business from the road, info on five cutting edge music startups, and more!

 

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REWIND: The New Music Industry’s Week In Review

6a01b7c7aa2d2b970b01b7c907b5d7970b-100wiIn our flip back through a full week of music industry news, we look back at CD Baby and Dash Go's expansion into India, Google's new plan to being linking searches to key video moments, the slashing of music on public radio, and more.

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

6a00d83451b36c69e201b7c907b568970b-150wiSome of the most popular and often read articles on Hypebot this week covered how money flows from music streams into the actual artist's pocket, the top SEO Google ranking factors in 2020, what songwriters should be doing right now to prepare for the Music Modernization Act, and more.

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Life At Spotify: A Curated Behind The Scenes Look

Spotify newSpotify this week released a series of shoer videos dubbed "Life At  Spotify" that offer a curated look inside the world's top streaming service. While quite clearly a carefully scripted PR piece, collectively they offer a look at who and what makes Spotify tick.

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Best Career Advice That Nobody In Music Takes Seriously

4While much of the advice that is dispensed to those looking to develop their music industry career emphasizes the importance of the hustle and maintaining forward momentum at all times, but new evidence is emerging that such a mentality is actually harmful to artist's mental and physical health.

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Copyright Infringement Liability In The Music Business

1Living as we are in the digital age, any company which plays host to entertainment media on a large is at constant risk of copyright infringement. Whether it's Spotify or YouTube, difficult challenges will inevitably arise over how to best monitor for and remove infringing content. Here we look at factors which determine how companies thread the copyright needle.

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QUICK HITS: AWAL Promotes 2 • Empire +1 Records • FADER Label • Spirit Music Group

Quick HitsAWAL  Promotes Two: Aaron Bogucki has been upped to Vice President, Marketing at AWAL  based in the UK.  Over the past 18 months, Bogucki has been building up AWAL’s global digital marketing and creative content team and forging strategic partnerships with third-party tech platforms.

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Why Blockchain Won't Be Saving The Music Business (Yet)

1Here Bobby Owsinski outlines why the rise of streaming culture has largely nullified the viability of a blockchain-based system for selling music, and why services like Audius, which do utilize blockchain tech, are more susceptible to piracy.

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'How Strangers Online Helped Me Make A Breakup Album'

Headspace Album Art + FINAL COVERBeing a successful songwriter doesn't necessarily mean you need to have musical experience. After going through a tough breakup, this artist turned to a community of strangers online to help her turn her written feelings into a complete album of songs.

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CD Baby, Dash Go Expand Into India

CD_Baby_Logo_Black newCD Baby has expanded into India, the world's 15th largest recorded music market, according to the IFPI. The news arrives on the heels of recent expansion into China, Canada, Columbia, Southeast Asia, and the UK over the last 16 months.

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UMG Revenues Up 18.6% To $2B In Q3 2019

UMG squareUniversal Music Group revenue was up an impressive 18.6% for a total of $2 billion last quarter.  The jump was driven by streaming and merchandise revenue along with the releases by superstars like Billie Eilish, Taylor Swift and Ariana Grande.

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Google To Begin Linking Searches To Key Video Moments

1Google is set to unveil a new feature which could alter how many video searches take place. The search engine will now now take its users directly to key points within a YouTube video based on their query. As with so many changes, this could be good and bad for video creators.

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Stem Offers Free Analysis Of Label, Distribution Offers

image from stem.isMusic industry consultancy Stem has launched Stem Check, a new free service to help musicians understand the ins and outs of any record label or distribution offers. Artists can meet face-to-face with a Stem finance specialists to analyze the pros & cons of the deal.

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Future Classic Launches 'Wilder' Label with Tom Windish, Continues New Artist Residency Program

image from celebrityaccess.comAustralia and LA-based indie label, management, and artist services company Future Classic has launched Wilder, a joint venture record label with veteran Paradigm agent Tom Windish.

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Pandora Adds Spanish Language Support For Google Home & Nest, Amazon Alexa Users In U.S.

Pandora-new-logo-image-001Pandora has just announced Spanish language support for Google Home & Nest and Amazon Alexa smart devices. Here’s how to enable Spanish language support for Pandora:

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Views May Vary: How Formats Impact Music Marketing Across Social Media

ViewsOnSocialNetworksWhile digital marketing brings us a number of important freedoms, it also brings with it certain limitations when it comes to marketing. Thumbnail dimensions now govern how consumers engage with the visuals of music, and these formats drastically impact music marketing success across platforms. Here, we look at how to navigate these formats effectively, and how different platforms define views.

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1 Week Left To Submit To Play SXSW Music 2020, First Showcase Bands Announced [Full List]

Sxsw-2019If you want to perform at an official SXSW showcase, your time is running out. The deadline to submit to showcase at SXSW Music 2020 is next Friday, October 26th.

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SAG-AFTRA Approves 3 Year Music Video Agreement with Major Labels

image from celebrityaccess.comSAG-AFTRA’s national board has reached a deal with major labels for a three-year extension for their current music videos contract.

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How Music Distribution Works In The Modern Entertainment Business [VIDEO]

2While music distribution seems like it should be a simple, straightforward process with just a few steps, the reality is far more complex. Here we follow the meandering breadcrumb trail from when a song is written to when it actually becomes available to the public.

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Music On Facebook, Instragram Adds 7 Countries In Europe

Facebook-musicMusic on Facebook and Instagram launched today in The Netherlands, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Romania, and Slovakia, bringing to 30 the total number of countries across the EMEA with music on the social platforms.

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