Creators May Have Won Battle, But Lost War With EU Copyright Directive Passage

1As the European Parliament finally pushes its long-contested Copyright Directive to passage (Article 13 included) many content creators are claiming victory over their tech overlords, but such immediate successes could overshadowed in the near future.

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Lil Nas X And The Question: Who Defines What A Genre Sounds Like

1Lil Nas X's breakout smash "Old Town Road" was recently yanked from Billboard's country charts, despite the songs massive success, owing to the song's alleged failure to sufficiently embrace the genre defining elements of country music. Consequently, this raises the question: who gets to define what a genre sounds like?

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Independent Artists: Making The Music Video Decision

3Music videos can be a powerful tool for artists, helping them to both raise their profile and directly communicating and artists artistic image. That said, music videos no longer carry quite the clout they did a decade or more ago, and the typically high cost of production can making the decision of whether or not to produce a music video a tough one for artists.

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How To Craft An Effective Spotify Audio Ad For Your Music

1With the new Show.co's Ad Builder tool, artists can easily create an ad capable of reaching Spotify's massive listening population, with targeting based on the geography and genre interests of listeners. Here Chris Robley outlines some key tips for actually recording and producing these audio ads.

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What Musicians Need To Know About Spotify’s Personalized Editorial Playlists

1Spotify has recently been testing the waters with its new personalized editorial playlists, a kind of hybrid between curatorial and strictly algorithmic playlists. Here Chris Robley outlines what artists need to know about this new listening format entering the streaming arena.

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Kobalt Revenue Up 25%, AWAL Grew 50% In Last Fiscal Year

KobaltLOGOKobalt has reported strong growth for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2018. Revenues at the global indie publisher and label services firm rose 25.3% year-over-year to $402.1 million.

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Top Way To Improve Press Coverage Of Your Music

1With the world of music journalism in a state of disarray, navigating when and how to get press coverage of your music has become increasingly challenging. Even once you've selected an outlet, getting that publication or personality interested in your music is a major hurdle, one where adding a personal touch can go a long way.

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Could The King Biscuit Flower Hour Survive Today?

1In this piece Fred Jacobs recalls the era of Album Oriented Rock (AOR) and, more specifically, the 'King Biscuit Flower Hour,' a show which presented original concert programming through until the early '90s. So could the such programming survive today, living as we are in the age of reboots?

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Symphonic Partners With Songtrust

Symphonic new logoIndependent music distributor Symphonic has partnered with Songtrust to expand its publishing services. Songtrust represents more than 150,000 songwriters and more than 20,000 publishers.

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BUSINESS OF INDIE: Downtown Acquires CD Baby • Mojo Expands Catalog • Spinnin' Records Turns 20 • More

Business Of Indie 2019In this Business Of Indie update, CD Baby is sold to Downtown Music, indie publisher Mojo expands its catalog, Spinnin' Records turns 20, zines make a comeback and so much more.

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BMG Reports Strong 'Organic' Growth

BMG_New_ Rectange Logo_Red_RGBBertelsmann’s indie music subsidiary BMG marked its 10th year in 2018 with significant growth in revenue and profits.  BMG reported that overall revenue for 2018 was up by 7.5 %  to €545 million / $613 million USD.

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Fans Want To Hear Your Narrative: Building A Story For Your Music Career

2When trying to promote yourself as an artist, it can be easy to fall into the trap of focusing exclusively on social media and the promotion of your latest release, for while this is certainly important, too many artists neglect the development of their personal narrative, and the crafting of an image that's compelling to fans.

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Advice To Labels: When Reissuing Vinyl, Take The Extra Step

2The resurgence of vinyl has breathed new life into a number formerly overlooked albums, bringing hitherto forgotten artists out of the woodwork. When it comes to these fresh pressings, however, it's important that labels take the time (and money) to invest in top notch audio quality.

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Learning How To Fail: An Essential Part Of Success In The Music Business

1While some artists may like to believe that they're music industry career will hold nothing but success story after success story, the reality is that finding your feet in an incredibly challenging and competitive business requires that you first learn how to fail.

 

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Eat, Sleep, Write: 5 Apps For Every Musician, Songwriter

2Apps have been integrated into all aspects of the creative process for some time now, and songwriting is no exception. Beyond simply facilitating the technical aspects of composition and recording, several apps have now been released designed to help spark inspiration in composers.

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Music Management Commissions - What's Fair?

1While managers in the music business have always has a lot to do with an artists' success, never have they made or broken an artist more than in the current music economy, and never have they had to work harder - so what is a sustainable business model for managers in the modern music industry that still fairly compensates them?

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Article 13 Copyright Directive Is Approved Ending Safe Harbor For YouTube

EU flagThe European Union gave its final approval to the Article 11 and 13 Copyright Directive designed to update copyright law in Europe for the online age. Members of the European Parliament voted 348 in favor and 274 against.

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Reunion Tour! Bands, Breakups and Contracts

image from musicbiz101wp.comThe vast majority of successful bands usually end up going through some kind of personnel change, sometimes to the point of having no original members at all. So what are the legal ramifications of these switcheroos and breakups? Prof. David Philp explains.

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50+ Music Companies File Copyright Suits Against ISPs Charter, Bright House

Gavel-clipart-gavel_bwMore than 50 major music companies have joined to file separate lawsuits against ISP providers Charter and Bright House for not doing enough to stop copyright infringement. Each suit could result in more than $1 billion in damages.

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Neighboring Rights: What They Are, Why They're Important

1The concept of neighboring rights parallels that of performance rights. Where performance rights reference the right to perform a composition, neighboring rights reference the ability to publicly perform the sound recording. So, why are these neighboring rights so important to artists and independent labels?

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How to Sing A Happy Tune At Tax Time: Musician's Guide

1While tax season is commonly a source of dread for most Americans, working as a musician carries with it some unique tax implications, both when it comes to paying on what you earn, and in terms of what you're allowed to deduct. In this piece, we hear from some of  the music industry's top tax experts on how to make the system work to your advantage.

 

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Spotify Songwriter Town Hall Charm Offensive: Go Ahead, Make My Day [Op-Ed]

2In an effort to combat some of the negative press it's been receiving over its efforts to keep down songwriter royalty rates, Spotify is planning to hold a series of "town halls" where songwriters can air their concerns, a tactic the streaming company tried in 2014, with less than ideal results.

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Songtradr Adds $12 Million To Fund Global Growth

image from d2wbsh8jsobsq.cloudfront.netMusic licensing platform Songtradr has completed a Series B capital of US$12 million to support acquisitions, growth and product development. This round brings Songtradr’s total funding to date to $21.5 million.

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Songs By Jay-Z, Nina Simone, More More Added To National Recording Registry

image from celebrityaccess.comThe Library of Congress announced Wednesday (March 20) that songs performed by Jay-Z, Cyndi Lauper, Neil Diamond and Nina Simon are among 25 recordings being inducted to the National Recording Registry.

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BUSINESS OF INDIE: Chess Club Records • Big Hit Entertainment • Prima Classic • Ditto • More

Business Of Indie New

In this week's edition of the Business Of Indie, Chess Club Records adds an investor and new distribution, BTS propels Big Hit Entertainment,  indie label Prima Classic launches, Ditto adds a management division and much more.

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5 Excellent Free Software Options For Creating Music At Home

1The ubiquity (and quality) of available home recording software has dramatically lessened the cost of DIY recording, but with so many options available, it can be difficult to know exactly where to begin. Here, we breakdown five of the best.

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Could You Be Making A Record Almost No One Will Hear?

2You can pour your heart and soul into a record and create some of the best work of your life, but creating good music in no way guarantees anyone will hear it. Here we look at five common pitfalls artists make when releasing new music, and how can avoid making them.

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