5 Quick Psych Hacks For Improving Your Cover Art

3While we like to think artwork doesn't define an album, it is an opportunity to create something which compliments the themes and emotions expressed on the album and, best of all, compels a potential listener to purchase it. Here we look at five psychology hacks for upping your album art game.

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Mixcloud Inks Merlin Indie Licensing Deal

MixCloud_LogoRadio-like streaming platform Mixcloud has signed a multi-year direct licensing agreement with global indie label rights agency Merlin. Mixcloud recently closed similar deals with Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group, in the run up to the planned launch of a paid subscription service.

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5 Copyright Cases Every Songwriter Should Be Aware Of

1Following the 2016's landmark "Blurred Lines" case, the music business has seen an uptick in the number of copyright infringement cases it's been hit with. Still, the industry is no stranger to legal squabbles. Here we look at five iconic music copyright cases which every songwriter should know about.

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Top 7 Collaborative Music-Making Apps

muisc appsTechnological developments in cloud storage capacity and improved connectivity in combination with a need for creative interaction between artists and engineers has led to the development of a variety of collaborative music apps. Here we look at seven such tool allowing musicians around the world to work together.

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Business Of Indie: Mumford Goes #1 • Iggy Azalea's Indie EMPIRE • Trippie Redd Tops • A2IM Parties • More

Business Of Indie (1)This latest edition of The Business Of Indie celebrate's Glassnote's latest #1 with Mumford & Sons, Iggy Azalea's move to independent with help from EMPIRE, Trippe Redd's rise to the top of the hip hop album chart, A2IM's holiday parties and much more.

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How To Make An Audience Feel Nostalgic Using Music

1Nostalgia can be a powerful tool for artists to harness, particularly when it comes to marketing to adults, and while directly copying music from their childhood by be legally suspect, there are a number of other ways to use elements from their past to evoke musical nostalgia.

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SoundCloud Troll's DMCA Takedowns Demonstrates Weakness Of System

1DMCA takedown notices have received plenty of flack for their inaccuracy and rampant dissemination. Most recently trolls posing as rights holders have been able to take advantage of the DMCA's failure to closely look into any allegedly infringing material by getting them to issue takedown notices against completely legitimate content.

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Why Image Matters In The Spotify Age: Secretly Group Creative Director Explains

seDanny Ross sat down to chat with Robby Morris, the creative director of indie powerhouse the Secretly Group, which is responsible for the releases of Bon Iver, Angel Olsen, The War On Drugs and others about why image is so important in the streaming age.

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What New MLC Candidate Means For Copyright Office, Music Modernization Act

2With the passage of the Music Modernization Act a competition of sorts has arisen, with multiple groups competing to be the Mechanical Licensing Collective. So what do these new candidates mean for the Copyright Office, who is ultimately responsible for designating said group.

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10 Covers That Creatively Transform The Original Song

1Covers are a a central idea of the western pop scene, often rising to become more famous than the original version of a song. Some of the best covers have been able to truly reimagine a song in a way which gives it a fresh meaning, or causes it to evoke and entirely different feel in the listener. Here we look at ten such examples.

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Music Orgs. Slam 'YouTube's Fact Free Fear-Mongering'

image from openclipart.orgIMPALA, IFPI and three other major music industry organizations have issued a strongly worded joint statement pushing back against Google and YouTube claims that pending EU Article 13 legislation will blunt creativity and cripple the video platform.

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Music Modernization Act: What’s In It, Why Is It In There, Is It A Good Thing?

2[UPDATED] Enacted on October 11, the Music Modernization Act will have vast impact on the music business and how it is conducted in the US. Here we look at exactly what sort of changes this new legislation will bring about.

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BUSINESS OF INDIE: Swift Goes Major • Glassnote Goes AWAL • Recording Academy Changes • More

Business Of Indie (1)In this 2nd edition of our continously updated Business Of Indie compendium of independent  music news, we share stories on Taylor Swift's exit from indie Big Machine to UMG, Glassnote's switch from UMG to AWAL (Do they cancel each other out?), changes in Recording Academy membership to increase diversity and much more. As always, you'll find it under our INDIE tab here


15 Dream Fellowships, Grants That Musicians Need To Know About

1Making a living as an artist can be hard, and having to keep down a day job while still working to fulfill your musical potential isn't a juggling act everyone can keep up. For a fortunate few, however, there are fellowships and grants that can give you the opportunity to live comfortably and massively expand your creative abilities at the same time.

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An Exploration Of Co-publishing, Sub-publishing, And Administration Agreements [Pt. 1]

1In this follow up to a previous series exploring traditional songwriter and music publisher relationships, we look at some less well-known contractual agreements between these two parties, including co-publishing, sub-publishing, and administrative agreements.

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Universal Music Revenue Up 13% As Sale Plans Accelerate

Universal_music_group_logo__pngRevenue at Universal Music Group grew 13.5% year of year last quarter, according to financials reported by corporate parent Vivendi. But on everyone's mind were Vivendi's plan to sell a 50% stake in the world's largest music group.

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Will Taylor Swift Exercise Her Nuclear Option?

1Currently one of the most powerful operators in the music industry, Taylor Swift's contract with Big Machine Records has come to an end, giving her freedom to go out on her own, shop around and choose another label...or maybe not.

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Music Modernization Act A 'Countdown to Modernity' - Progress Chart For Mechanical Licensing Collective

1In this piece, the people at Music Technology Policy provide a chart listing the key events in the necessary path to launch in order for the Mechanical Licensing Collective as needed by the recently ratified Music Modernization Act.

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Viral Rapper Wynne Talks Lemur Doodles, Espionage, Tierra Whack [INTERVIEW]

Screenshot 2018-11-14 06.52.20In this installment of the #nofilter interview series, AWAL talks with viral rapper and social media sensation Wynne about some of her more off-the-beaten path thoughts and opinions.

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The Business Of Indie: Daptone Resurrected • New Ole CEO, Acquisitions • Sup Pop Singles Club • More

Business Of IndieToday Hypebot launches The Business Of Indie, an initial step in our effort to give independent labels, publishers and artists the attention they deserve. Much like Hypebot's More News section, The Business Of Indie will be nestled under the Indie tab at the top of the page and feature a constantly updated compendium of indie news  from hundreds of global sources.  

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How I Created A $300 Fan Generated Music Video

1While creating music videos is an important segment of an artist's music promotion, such endeavors are frequently expensive and time-consuming. In this interview Ariel Hyatt speaks with Eli Lev about how he did things a little more frugally with the help of fans.

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On Spotify, A Follow Is More Powerful Than A Pre-Save

1There are many options to promote music on Spotify, and while they all have their pros and cons, some strategies are more effective than others. CD Baby's Chris Robley illustrates why artists should focus on follows rather than pre-saves.

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The Other Playlists: How Behavior Impacts Songs

Screenshot 2018-11-11 09.02.08Since the beginning of the recording industry, the limitations imposed by format have directly influenced music, from wax cylinders to MP3s. Here we look at how the now dominant format - streaming - is reshaping music.

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The Business Of Indie Launches Tuesday • Prophecy Expands To US

Business Of IndieIndependent labels, publishers and artists are the heart of the music business. But with media and the trades obsessed with major labels, big hits and the Life Of Kanye, indie music doesn't get the recognition it deserves. So Tuesday, Hypebot is launching The Business Of Indie as a first step to change that.

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