YouTube Music Launches Free Ad-Supported Streaming On All Google Home Speakers

YouTube Music logoYouTube Music has launched a free ad-supported streaming service, just days after rumors surfaced that Amazon is about to launch similar free music service. YouTube's free tier is currently available on Google Home speakers and other Google Assistant-powered speakers.

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Major Labels Demanding 'Guaranteed Money' From TikTok Owners

1Spring will shepherd in the cancellation of numerous music contracts, and with renegotiations on the table, three of the industry's biggest labels are eager to see if they can squeeze some additional revenue out of the rapidly growing social media platform TikTok.

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Look Inside The Tiny Bedroom Where Billie Eilish, FINNEAS Are Redefining Pop Music

Screen Shot 2019-04-16 at 7.20.44 AMTake a look at the humble origins of revolutionary pop artist and rising star Billie Eilish, and how the singer and her brother FINNEAS create their #1 signature sound in a small bedroom studio in a modest LA neighborhood.

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Warner Music Is Tagging Music Teachers For Copyright Violations On YouTube

CensoredMusicians teaching other musicians online - often for free - are being tagged and their videos taken down by YouTube for alleged copyright violations. Many of the takedowns appear unwarranted. Here musicians two musicians shares their recent experiences with Warner Music Group.

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The Week's YouTube Music Charts: BTS, Blackpink, Muse, Soundgarden, Lil Nas X and More

Youtube_logoK-pop dominated the YouTube Music harts with BTS breaking records and Blackpink taking over the #1 spot on the Global Top Songs chart, Muse and Soundgarden also saw a spike in views following last week’s first black hole photo, and Lil Nas X continues his ride with the “Old Town Road” remix.

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BTS, Halsey Break 24 Hour YouTube Record Capping Massive Weekend For The K-Pop Superstars

image from pbs.twimg.comYouTube has confirmed that the new video from BTS, “Boy With Luv” featuring Halsey, is the now most-viewed 24 hour music video debut in YouTube history, adding to an already huge week for the K-Pop superstars.

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Tips To Optimize An Official YouTube Artist Channel

2Since YouTube's unrolling of its Official Artist Channel, how artists distribute and listeners consumer their music has shifted, and with their content now largely consolidated, artists now have a powerful tool at their disposal, provided they market it correctly. Here we look at how to get the most out of your AOC.

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SoundExchange Sues Music Choice For Royalty Underpayment

Sound-exchange-logoSoundExchange today filed a lawsuit against cable music platform Music Choice over underpaid royalties. The action comes after an audit of Music Choice's royalty statements.

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YouTube Music Had 3X Better 1st Week Than Spotify In India

Youtube_logoYouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki and global head of music Lyor Cohen are in India to celebrate the launch of YouTube Music there and announce that the app was downloaded 3 million times in its first week.

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Major Labels Want Millions, But TikTok Says No

image from upload.wikimedia.orgThe three major label want millions in payments for the use of music on two hugely popular short music video apps, TikTok and its Chinese counterpart Douyin.

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TikTok Launches 'Spotlight' to Support Indie Musicians

TikTok_Spotlight_Japan1Hugely popular short video app TikTok is launching "TikTok Spotlight," a program to discover and support independent and unsigned artists. TikTok Spotlight will offer an opportunity to build a community of followers and showcase music to a global audience.

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Consumers Getting Fed Up With Streaming Subscriptions

2While many television consumers have cut the cord and are eschewing traditional cable in favor of streaming options, it seems these same streaming services are taking up some of the practices which made cable so unappealing in the first place, and consumers are less than thrilled.

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Daytrotter Moves Iowa Studio To Atlanta To Strengthen Paste Magazine Connection

image from pbs.twimg.comDaytrotter has closed its Davenport Iowa venue space and recording studio and will relocate to Atlanta.The move will put Daytrotter closer to Paste Magazine, the online publication that hosts Daytrotter’s catalog of more than 7,000 live music sessions. The Atlanta studio will be open by July 1.

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Apple Music Is Now Cheaper Than Spotify, YouTube In India

Apple music cardsThe race to the bottom continues as Apple Music cuts streaming music subscription rates in India weeks after Spotify and YouTube Premium launched there. New individual subscriptions have been cut to Rs 99/$1.43 monthly.

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Stream-Ripping Finally On The Decline

1As with so many consumer practices, piracy has its own trends which, in the age of streaming, most recently took the form of stream-ripping, an illegal process whereby, content is 'ripped' from existing streaming sites. Fortunately, this practice appears to be on the decline, according to a recent report.

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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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The Maine, 8123, And Value Of Community Marketing [Video]

1While every band understands the importance of marketing, fewer of them know how to do so effectively. Not The Maine, however, an American rock band which divorced themselves from labels altogether and have instead maintained DIY success through the power of community marketing.

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“Old Town Road” Was #19 On Country Chart, Then Billboard Decided It Wasn't Really A Country Song

image from celebrityaccess.comLil Nas X scored a crossover country hit when his cowboy-themed rap song “Old Town Road,” debuted at #19 on the Billboard country chart. The Billboard decided to pull the song from a country chart after determining it wasn’t a good fit for the genre.

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Changes To YouTube Copyright Claims May Affect You

1YouTube is now unveiling some important changes to its Content ID feature which could impact artist videos moving forward, requiring content owners to provide infringement timestamps, and limiting the number of manual copyright claims.

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Everything You Need To Know About Article 13

Thought-2123970_960_720The Article 13 copyright directive passed the European Parliament this week, bringing with it sweeping copyright reform, limits to Safe Harbor and an end to YouTube as we know it, at least in the EU. The legislation is complex, so here is Everything You Need To Know About Article 13.

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7 Ways To Promote Your Music And Grow Your Fanbase

FanbaseIn the modern music industry, being talented and unique isn't enough to help you stand out from the crowd of other artists, and gaining the kind of recognition you want in a competitive market requires careful strategizing, and a good understanding of your strengths.

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YouTube’s 1B Plays Club is Changing Global Music Culture [Mark Mulligan]

Youtube_logoDespite the headlines, YouTube is still the top music destination in most of the world. That massive reach, particularly within the global Latin community, is changing the face of what it means to be a superstar.

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This Week's YouTube Music Charts: Sia, Post Malone, Maroon 5, Cardi BCross Billion Views Milestones

YouTube Music logoThis week on YouTube Music CardiB, Sia, Post Malone and Maroon 5 each celebrate reaching a new billion views milestones, Daddy Yankee continues to dominate the Global Charts with “Con Calma,” Iggy Azalea makes her chart return with “Sally Walker.”

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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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6 Event Marketing Tips From The Facebook Live Team

1As with everything else that takes place live, Facebook Live moments can be an unpredictable beast, and using the tool successfully means being prepared for mishaps and pitfalls. Here we look at six essential tips from the from the Facebook Live team.

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The Recording Industry Is Growing, So Why Do We Need Article 13? [Op-Ed]

Question-marks-2215_960_720With Article 13 just weeks away from becoming law both sides are ratcheting up to support or fight the copyright directive.  Mike Masnick sits firmly in the later cap and asks why the restrictive legislation is need at a time of explosive growth in the music industry.

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