Apple Music Adds ‘Lyrics to Live By’ Video Series As iOS 13 Real Time Lyrics Launches

Apple music cardsApple Music has debuted a “Lyrics to Live By” video series as part of its launch of a real-time lyrics feature in iOS 13 last week.  The new video series is designed to “celebrate this new frontier in the listening experience.”

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This Chart Shows What Streaming Services Are Paying (Maybe)

Streaming-royalty-rates-300x177While everyone in the music business wants to know what the various streaming services are paying out to artists, the number of variables involved in determining the actual amount are so many that it can be difficult to get any more than an educated guess. Here we look at a chart that outlines, with some accuracy, what each platform is paying.

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What Every Musician Needs To Know About Shazam

1Since Apple Music for Artists recently added a feature which shows musicians their Shazam stats, more artists are looking to get their music added to the song-recognition program's database. Here we walk through the surprisingly easy process of how to make that happen.

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SoundExchange Ups Anjula Singh To EVP

Sound-exchange-logoSoundExchange has promoted Anjula Singh to Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer. Singh will add overall strategy and will assist in day to day management in addition to her current duties as CFO.

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MLC Submits $37.25M Bill To Administer Music Modernization Act To Be Paid By Spotify, Apple

image from www.hypebot.comThe newly appointed Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC) has submitted its proposal to the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) outlining the structure of the collective and the funding required to carry out the statutory demands of the Music Modernization Act.

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Darren Hemmings Talks Strategic Marketing, Motive Unknown, More [INTERVIEW]

4In this interview from the Soundcharts Blog Darren Hemmings, Managing director of UK-based Darren marketing consultancy company Motive Unknown sat down to discuss his company's approach to music marketing and achieving the right balance with artist fans.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Are You Actually Monetizing Your YouTube Channel?

1While it may seem like a dumb question, since most artists/labels have at least some level of monetization system set up, it can be fairly easy for artists to miss out on earning money via their actual channel. Here Chris Robley walks us through ensuring you get your due.

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7 Inspiring Musical Quotes, Why They Resonate

1While the music industry has undergone a massive transformation over the past decades, music itself remains an incredibly powerful tool capable of sparking intense emotion in the consumer. Here, Ellisa Sun shares seven inspiring musical quotes by artists from the last hundred years, and why they resonate with her so much.

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What It Means To Make It In Music Today: Redefined

1Whether you're working to be a performer or producer, everyone wants to 'make it' in the music business, but as the entertainment landscape shifts along with cultural and technological advancements, what exactly does that success look like?

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How To Use Spotify Ad To Promote Music (And How Not To)

1In this piece, Brian Hazard of Color Theory walks us through his recent experience with the updated Spotify Ad Studio to promote his music, following a particularly disappointing initial foray using the marketing tool when it was first released.

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Audible Magic Monetizes Music On User Generated Content

image from thumbor.forbes.comContent ID solutions provider Audible Magic has launched its UGC Music Rights Platform (UMRP) which simplifies the licensing and administration of music rights for user generated content on social media.

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Jammber Acquires TuneRegistry To Create D.I.Y. Music Rights, Royalty Platform

image from lh6.googleusercontent.comJammber has acquired TuneRegistry for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition turns Jammber into a self-service end-to-end music rights and royalty administration platform that allows artists and rightsholders to retain 100% of their copyrights and royalties.

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Guide To Monetizing Your Music On Facebook, Instagram

1Facebook and Instagram have begun partnering with a number of labels and distributors to allow artists to monetize their music on the platforms. Here we break down how the process works, what sort of content artists should submit, and what musicians can expect to get paid.

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Why Discovering Your Genre Is Similar To Establishing A Business Niche

QIn this piece, Kayleigh Alexandra explains how the struggle of the modern aspiring musician is, in many ways, similar to the the challenge of the a fledgling business, and how the tactics for carving out a business niche can be employed to help grow your career as an artist.

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7 (Other) Blogs For Inspiring Your Songwriting Process

1As in any creative profession, songwriters often struggle with writing new and interesting content that will make a splash with fans. Inspiration (like so many things in the music business) takes work, so we here look at seven songwriting blogs that might help get the creative juices flowing.

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Record Store Finds Uncashed Kurt Cobain 27 Years Old Royalty Check

image from upload.wikimedia.orgThe staff at Seattle 's Easy Street Records recently stumbled across an unchased royalty check made out to Nirvana's Kurt Cobain 27 years ago.The check was from Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) and made out to Kurt D. Cobain of Olympia, Washington. It was dated March 6, 1991, just months before Nirvana made it big with the iconic album "Nevermind." (see the check below)

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Pick An Original Band Name Or Pay The Price: Meet AUTOPILOT

Autopilot-Spoitfy-Header-960x640While picking a band name that's cool and interesting to fans is ideal, perhaps almost more important is selecting a name which hasn't been used already been used by other artists (past or present), and which doesn't defy any attempt to Google it. Here we look at the consequences of choosing an all-too-common moniker.

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How To Copyright Your Original Music and Why You Need To

1As a creator of original music, it is essential that you take the necessary steps to properly protect your work, particularly given what a litigious environment the music industry tends to be. Here we look at the proper channels to follow in order to ensure your compositions are secure.

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