Business Of Indie: FUGA Expands • Fearless Names Co-Presidents • Varèse Sarabande Turns 40 • More

Business Of Indie (1)In this new edition of The Business Of Indie, Amsterdam based music distributor FUGA expands, indie label Fearless promotes two to co-presidents and legendary soundtrack label Varèse Sarabande turns 40.

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Copyright Flipped On Its Head: A Creators Perspective

image from cdn.pixabay.comNeil Turkewitz challenges some of the common narratives that have recently been spread regarding copyright, including the idea that copyright limits freedom of expression for artists, and works to the advantage of the already rich and powerful.

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New Data: When, Where To Send Your Event Invitation Emails

2While emails certainly do a lot for driving ticket sales, it's easy to wonder if they could be doing more, and artists frequently vacillate between sending too few emails, and bombarding their market base and over-saturating them. Here we look at new data on how to get it right.

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Queen's “Bohemian Rhapsody” Is Most Streamed Song Of The 20th Century

image from ci3.googleusercontent.com"Bohemian Rhapsody,” the iconic song by Queen, has became the world’s most-streamed song from the 20th Century, as well as the most-streamed Classic Rock song of all time more than 40 years after it was recorded.

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Are Tribute Bands Legal?

2An integral part of the music industry, tribute bands seem to be only growing in popularity, with countless artists playing thousands of shows a year in masterful recreations of some of music's biggest names, and while these bands' success may not be up for debate, it does beg the question, just how legal are they?

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There's "nothing social anymore about Spotify," say Users

Spotify newSpotify is steadily becoming a less social service,  even as most social platforms from Facebook to TikToc are putting music front and center.  It's a contradiction that's not lost on some Spotify users.

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Audiobyte Raises $6M For Gifnote Music Gif App

GifnoteAudiobyte,  the parent company of Giftnote and Songbytes has completed a $6 million financing round led by Evolution. The company's apps create short licenced music plus graphics clips that can be shared in social and text messages.

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Tencent Music IPO's At Reduced $12.3B Valuation

Tencent musicTencent Music [TME] will launch its scaled down U.S. IPO on Wednesday. China's largest music streamer priced shares at $13 ahead of its NYSE listing hoping to raise $1.1 billion. The IPO had originally been scheduled for October 18th.

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This Week's YouTube Music Charts: Ariana Grande, Mariah Cary and More

YouTube-icon-full_colorThis week's YouTube Music Charts finds Ariana Grande’s “thank u, next’  at #1 on the Global Charts, the Charlie Puth and Selena Gomez collaboration crossed 2 billion views and Christmas classics are climbing the charts.

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10 Tips For Growing Your SoundCloud Community

1Part of the main ethos behind SoundCloud which allows it to function is the idea of its users sharing and engaging with each other not just on a musical level, but also sharing common interests and ideas. As an artist, this can make for the perfect environment in which to build and grow a community of both fans and fellow creators.

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5 Things Missing From Most Musician Facebook Pages

1Chris Robley of CD Baby highlights the five things every artist must include on their Facebook page that are so frequently neglected. When it comes to your Facebook page, a first impression is likely the only impression you'll be able to make.

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Top Jukebox Artists and Songs 2018 From TouchTunes

image from pbs.twimg.comModern U.S. jukebox leader TouchTunes has released its annual Year-End Charts reporting its top-played songs and artists of 2018.  TouchTunes’ annual jukebox charts are based on music played by consumers across its domestic network of digital jukeboxes.

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An Exploration Of Co-publishing, Sub-publishing And Administration Agreements [Pt. 2]

1In this second in a multi-part series exploring some of the less well known publishing agreements in the music industry, Justin Jacobson delves into the nitty gritty of sub-publishing agreement and what its implications are for an artist.

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Netflix To Release Fyre Festival Doc: Watch The Teaser

image from yt3.ggpht.comThe failed Fyre Festival is the subject of a documentary to be released on Netflix next month. The doc “gives a first-hand look into the disastrous crash of Fyre as told by the organizers themselves.” Promoter Billy McFarland received a six-year prison sentence.

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Pitchfork Names Best Albums Of 2018

PitchforkPitchfork has named its Best Albums of 2018, following yesterday's Best Songs Of 2018 list. While some heavy hitters in pop and hip-hop returned, there were many new comers. Topping Pitchfork's list is "Be The Cowboy" by Mitski. Second is Kacey Musgrave's "Golden Hour" followed by DJ Koze's "Knock Knock."

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Ticketmaster Adds Verified Fan To Fan Ticket Resales

Ticketmaster-logoTicketmaster has added a fan-to-fan resale feature within their app. The launch follows a rough 2018 for Ticketmaster which was marred by scalping accusations, a major lawsuit and the closure of the company’s secondary ticketing platforms, GetMeIn And Seatwave, where tickets were regularly being sold at insanely inflated prices.

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PPL, SAMI Partner With Max Martin Startup Auddly For Metadata Management

image from celebrityaccess.comPPL and SAMI–collective management organizations from the UK and Sweden–have joined forces with Swedish start-up Auddly to support performers with the management of their sound recording metadata.

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Latest On EU Copyright Directive: No One's Happy With Article 13, So Maybe Let's Drop It? [Op-Ed]

1As negotiations between the EU Council, EU Commission, and EU Parliament have progressed regarding the EU Copyright directive, something which they all passed different versions of, the directive overall (and Article 13 in particular) has devolved into a mess no one, it seems, wants.

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5 Tips For Making, Marketing, Monetizing Holiday Music This Season

1Now that it's December, the holiday season is in full swing. For artists, this means a huge marketing opportunity, whether you're performing, recording, or simply marketing holiday merch, we here look at five key tips for capitalizing on holiday music fever.

 

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Kid Rock Saved Christmas, Paying Off All 350 Layaway Accounts At A Tennessee Walmart

image from pbs.twimg.comYou may disagree with his Trumpian politics, but someone’s holding a parade somewhere for Kid Rock, after the "$20 Concert Tour" rocker paid off all 350 layaway accounts at a Tennessee Walmart.

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How To Work With A Record Producer: Reto Peter (Green Day, Counting Crows) On Music Biz Weekly Podcast

image from external-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.netRecord Producer Reto Peter joins Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert on the Music Biz Weekly Podcast. He has been actively engineering and producing music for 20 years at prestigious studios in Boston, NYC, Switzerland and San Francisco.

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Sell More Merch At Gigs: 7 Techniques

2Although it's a great way for artists to boost their overall revenue, selling merch at shows can often be a challenge to do. Here we look at seven ways to switch things up and move a few more shirts at your next show.

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