5 Big Takeaways From Americanafest 2019

image from americanamusic.orgAmericanafest 2019 is a wrap. Thousands of musicians, music industry professionals and fans descended on Nashville for a four-day conference, an awards show filled with great music and short speeches alongside more than 500 official and countless unofficial showcases. 

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Dissecting A Spotify Playlist Promotion Pitch Letter

image from www.dittomusic.comSpotify playlist promotion offers.. we get them all the time. You probably do too. In this episode of the Music Biz Weekly podcast, co-hosts Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert read an actual Spotify playlist promotion proposal, dissect it and point out some very real red flags.

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Public Enemy’s Technique For Cracking “Second Album Syndrome”

1SAS or 'Second Album Syndrome' has become something of a phenomenon in the music business, with many artists struggling break new ground or successfully follow up a debut with an equally compelling sophomore release. Not so with famed hip hop group Public Enemy, however, who successfully broke SAS.

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8 Tips To Make Your Email Newsletters Mobile Friendly

1Whether you're an artist or producers, sending a regular newsletter is the best way to stay in touch with fans, clients, or both. Given that so much of email is now consumed smartphones, we're looking at eight tips to make sure your newsletter is mobile friendly.

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Warner Records Partners With Masked Gorilla's Roger Gengo For New Hip Hop Label

image from celebrityaccess.comWarner Records has formed a joint venture with Masked Records, the new label formed by hip-hop entrepreneur Roger Gengo, founder of the influential Masked Gorilla website and UNMASKED concert series.

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Singer Sam Smith Shares New Preferred Gender Pronouns

image from upload.wikimedia.orgSinger and songwriter Sam Smith, who came out as nonbinary earlier this year, announced that they are officially changing their preferred gender pronouns to they/them. "Today is a good day so here goes. I’ve decided I am changing my pronouns to THEY/THEM,” Smith said in a post on social media.

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Teenage Hacker Arrested For Selling Unreleased Music

image from cdn.pixabay.comA 19-year-old UK hacker has been arrested in on charges of stealing unreleased songs from major international music artists and selling them for cryptocurrency, according to AP.

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How To Create Your Own Radio Show On Spotify

2 copyIn this piece, Seth Reslar explores how the Spotify's new podcast creation feature can be taken a step further to create a Spotify-based radio show by combining the podcast and song saving feature into one.

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

6a00d83451b36c69e201b7c907b657970b-150wiThis week, our ideas and advice for the industry's independent do-it-yourselfers dug into what and updated electronic press kit should look like, what artists ought to understand about Songtrust, how to check if you're actually monetizing your YouTube channel, and much more!

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Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Managing Your Band • Music Magazines • Playlist Streaming • More

MTTRecapNew copySMOLThis week on MusicThinkTank, our contributors shared pieces on how you can help keep things organized when you find yourself falling into a managerial role, what music magazines are doing to stay afloat in the digital age, how playlist streaming is hurting artists, and more!

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REWIND: The New Music Industry’s Week In Review

6a01b7c7aa2d2b970b01b7c907b5d7970b-100wiIn this flip back through the past week's music industry news, we revisit YouTube's attempt to eliminate pay-for-view, Vevo's ten year anniversary, Sheryl Crow and Joan Jett's recent honors, and more!

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

6a00d83451b36c69e201b7c907b568970b-150wiThis week, some of the most popular articles from the pages of Hypebot looked at Spotify's launch of its new upgraded family plan, the streaming platform's head of music's choice to step down, Jammber's acquisition of TuneRegistry and what that means for music rights, plus much more.

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Sheryl Crow,Joan Jett to Be Honored at 2019 Clio Music Awards

image from www.hypebot.comClio Music has announced that Sheryl Crow and Joan Jett will both be honored at the 60th annual Clio Awards. Crow will receive the Clio Music Impact Award, recognizing artists who have made a significant impact on popular culture through their originality, which as a result, move their industry forward and bring about social change, while Jett will be the recipient of the 2019 Clio Music Lifetime Achievement Award.

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YouTube Revises Music Charts To Eliminate Pay-For-View

YouTube Music logoYouTube is revising its chart criteria and will no longer count paid advertising views on YouTube in the YouTube Music Charts calculation. The shift aligns YouTube with the policies of Billboard and Nielsen.

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The EPK: An Updated Look

3Here W. Tyler Allen revisits the idea of Electronic Press Kit, or EPK, and how recent shifts in the music industry have precipitated the need for artists and managers to update their offerings for the era of social media and streaming.

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How Copyright Works With E. Michael Harrington [VIDEO]

Screen Shot 2019-09-12 at 7.42.36 AMFor a musician, or really anyone working in the music industry, a solid understanding of how copyright law functions and effects your work is important. In this series of videos, Dr. E. Michael Harrington walks us through the ins and outs of music copyright and what you must do to protect yourself and your work as an artist.

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Cardi B Tops 2019 BET Hip Hop Awards With 10 Nominations

image from celebrityaccess.com“Please Me” rapper Cardi B led the charge for the 2019 BET Hip Hop Awards nominations, with a total of nine nods. Cardi’s extensive list of nominations includes picks for MVP of the Year, Hot Ticket Performer, Hustler of the Year, Best Collabo, Single of the Year, Made-You-Look Award, and two nods for the Best Hip-Hop Video, & Sweet 16 categories.

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What Artists Need To Know About Songtrust

2In order to get paid from the mechanical royalties generated by your song's plays, you need to some kind of publishing administrator to collect it for you. In this article, Brian Hazard gives us feedback on his recent experience using Songtrust, one such publishing admin.

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A Cautionary Tale: YouTube, DMCA and Copyright Trolls

2In this piece Neil Turkewitz uses the framing of the recent federal court case in Nebraska brought by YouTube against Christopher L. Brady, alleging that made false copyright claims, as a way of highlighting some of the serious flaws in the DMCA and how takedowns and copyright claims are carried out.

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Americana Music Awards Full List Of Winners 2019

image from concertedefforts.comThe Americana Music Association kicked off its annual conference Wednesday night with the 18th annual Honors & Awards ceremony at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. The Milk Carton Kids-hosted evening that showcased the best of what this inclusive genre has to offer.

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The Industry's Best Latin Music Conferences

3As in many businesses, music industry conferences are a go-to for meeting like minded folks and growing your network of contacts, and if you feel like you're falling behind on one of the fastest growing genres in the music industry, these top Latin music conferences could be for you!

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Music Marketing Platform Beatchain Adds Distribution

image from www.musicconnection.comMusic promotion and fan building platform Beatchain has added digital distribution powered by FUGA. The full direct to artist platform will launch in early 2020.

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New California Law Might Give Musicians Precisely What They’re Trying To Avoid

1Calfornia Bill AB 5 has now passed both houses of the Legislature and is headed to the Governor to be signed. The bill, aimed primarily at helping ride-share drivers, could also reak havoc in the indie music industry, re-classifying those who were once known as independent contractors as full employees.

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Playlist Streaming: Is It Hurting The Artist?

1Leaving downloads and CDs in the dust, streaming (and consequently playlists) is now the new normal for music consumption. But just how much is this style of listening harming artists, and how much value is there getting your song a coveted placement on a popular playlist.

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