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6 Things You Must Ask Your Automated Content Recognition (ACR) Vendor

4Automated Content Recognition, or ACR, has become an integral part of the consumption of music and video as we experience them today. As more platforms publish user generated content, effectively monitoring use of copyrighted material has become increasingly difficult. So, how does one choose an ACR vendor that can be relied on?

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Music Piracy Up 13% In The Us Last Year, Stream-Ripping To Blame.

3While many thought that the rise of streaming had brought about an end to music piracy, a new report reveals this is far from the case. In fact, it appears the phenomenon known as stream-ripping has seen a significant spike in the past year.

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Music Is Now YouTube's Most Profitable Category

Youtube_logoMusic only represents 5% of the content uploaded to YouTube, but it represents 20% of the total views on the platform. Because music videos are shorter in length than the average YouTube video, music is the platform's most profitable, according to a new study by Pex.

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Streaming Video Updates From YouTube, Instagram

1If you're a band or artist, chances are you have either an Instagram or YouTube presence, if not both. Here we break down a couple of important updates to both platforms when it comes to video streaming.

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A Look Inside 5 Ads Where Music Was Critical To Storytelling

2Music has been used alongside advertisements for centuries, and the right song placement can make or break a commercial's effectiveness. Here Energy BBDO's Daniel Kuypers discusses some of his big hits, and the art of curating the perfect advertisement soundtrack.

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Victory In Europe: Two Year War Over Copyright Directive Has Begun

1With the passage of new copyright legislation in Europe, many are assuming that Big Tech will finally be held accountable to the new laws, but Chris Castle takes a somewhat different view, predicting a two-year copyright war is just heating up.

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Ramones Lyrics, Music Industry Metrics [Glenn Peoples]

1As profitability returns to the recorded music industry, Glenn Peoples found some unexpected wisdom from one of the world's greatest punk outfits, The Ramones.  He draws lessons from the punk pioneers on how to navigate and understand music's new and complex landscape

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17 Million US 'Fans' Ripped Music Last Year, UP 13%

PiracyDespite the ongoing efforts of the RIAA and others, music piracy is far from dead. For most - and there numbers are growing - stream ripping is the piracy platform of choice.

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What Bands, Artists Can Learn From Fortnite [Video]

1The incredibly popular game Fortnite has become an unstoppable force in the video game industry. Using basic marketing tactics, fortnite has been able to adapt and keep fans engaged, showing the kind of ingenuity and maneuverability musicians could learn a lot from.

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How Cameo App Can Jumpstart Music, Tour Promotion

1Celebrity endorsements have long been a powerful force in the music industry, helping to propel certain releases on to massive success. Now, thanks to Cameo, these gold stars of approval are easier (and cheaper) to get than ever before.

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Watch BTS Recreate The Beatles On Ed Sullivan With Stephen Colbert

image from celebrityaccess.comK-Pop icons BTS stopped by the Late Show With Stephen Colbert this week which included a recreation of the Beatles famed appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show with BTS dressed in Fab Four style suits and Colbert as Ed Sullivan.

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8 Best Methods For Promoting Your Music

3In the digital age, many traditional obstacles to cultivating a successful career have been lifted. But this also means the field is more crowded. Cathy Baylis looks at how entrepreneurial artists can most effectively promote their music and stand out in the crowd.

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YouTube Music Adds 7 Countries

YouTube Music logo[UPDATE] YouTube Music has just launched in Poland, Czechia, Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria, North Macedonia, and Cyprus. YouTube Music and YouTube Premium are now available in 50 countries, 10 times more then when it re-launched a year ago.

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Guide To Promoting Your Unreleased Music [Video]

3Music promo is harder than it was in the good ol' days, and easy to use services like Soundcloud have become crowded and easily dismissed by industry gatekeepers. In this video, James Shotwell addresses these drawbacks and details some low-cost alternatives artists should consider.

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Soundstripe Raises $4M For Video Music Licensing

image from cdn.uc.assets.prezly.comNashville music tech startup Soundstripe has closed a $4 million Series A financing round led by Vocap Investment Partners. Soundstrip offers subscription based royalty-free music micro-licences to YouTubers, advertisers and other video creators.

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UPDATE: Google Responds To Reports That YouTube, Google Music Services Have Just 16M Subscribers

YouTube Music logoUPDATE: YouTube Music and Google Play Music have a total of just 15-16 million subscribers and growth has plateaued, according to two new reports. The totals, which reportedly include customers who are on promotional trials, is being strongly disputed by Google.

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Facebook Alters Its Video Ranking System

1In what looks like a move that could possibly be changing things for the better, Facebook is once again tailoring its video algorithm, giving preference to videos containing longer runtimes and more repeat viewers, while penalizing so called 'content mills.'

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At Age 80, Sheila Nevins Tapped To Run MTV Doc Division

image from celebrityaccess.comMTV has hired legendary producer Sheila Nevins to oversee MTV Documentary Films, a new division aimed at creating content which explores social, political and cultural stories of interest to its young audiences. At age 80, Nevins, who had an award winning run 38 year run with HBO's doc division, is a bold choice for the network.

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YouTube Coachella Views Jump 90% A Live Concert Streaming Comes Of Age

image from cdn.pixabay.comHere's a stat for the many who doubted that mainstream fans would ever want to watch a concert live on their computer or phone: YouTube’s live stream of Coachella's first weekend logged 82 million live views - an increase of 90% compared to 2018.

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3 Music Streaming Services Offer Emerging Artists Programs

4In many ways, being an artist is harder now than it's ever been, and the path to music industry success is crowded with obstacles. Streaming services have taken note of this challenge however, and several of them have been working to put programs in place designed to help emerging artists succeed.

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TikTok: What Is It?

5While many unfamiliar with the platform may be quick to dismiss TikTok as yet another frivolous video sharing platform, the reality is that TikTok can be an amazing opportunity for artists to expand their fanbase.

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8 Great Music Video Techniques Anyone Can Use

4There's no limit to the approaches and techniques artists can apply to create original music, but in this piece we revisit some particularly effective and often low-budget ideas that have been utilized in the past, that any artist could borrow today.

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How Not To Get Caught In The Set It And Forget It Trap

Muisc Biz Weekly Podcast photosToo many artists forget to change bios, links, call to actions, photos after an album, tour and other milestones and events. On this week's Music Biz Weekly podcast Michael Brandvold  and Jay Gilbert discuss some tips we learned from speaking with YouTube, like setting up your video name, description, keywords and custom thumbnail. Did you know that even the file name matters?

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What Artists Can Learn From The Success Of Beyoncé's 'Homecoming' Special [Video]

4While few can ever hope to compare to level of talent and success that Beyoncé has achieved, there are some valuable takeaways from her recent Netflix documentary 'Homecoming' that all artists can learn from.

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Taylor Swift's ME! Breaks YouTube, Amazon Records

image from www.hypebot.comThe Taylor Swift juggernaut plowed forward breaking multiple YouTube and Amazon records with the song and video premiere of “ME!” featuring Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco.

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Taylor Swift Release 'ME!' It's Available On Spotify and Of Course, It's Already A Hit [WATCH]

image from pmcvariety.files.wordpress.comUPDATE: At 12:01 AM Friday, Taylor Swift released a new single and video, "ME!" featuring Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco. Most previous releases by Swift have been windowed, but "ME!" was available on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube and all major streaming services immediately.

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Women In The Mix - Roundtable Of Women Music Producers [Video]

Screen Shot 2019-04-24 at 7.03.11 AMA recent study from the USC Annenberg's Music Coalition revealed that only two percent of producers are women, as well as only three percent of mixers and engineers. In this round table, a variety of some of the industry's top female producers discuss a plan of action for raising women's profile on the other side of the mixing board.

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Berklee Announces Online Master's Degree In Film Scoring

Berklee-online-horizontalBerklee Online has announced a new Master Degree in Music in Film Scoring. The program will officially start in January 2020, with applications launching on May 13.

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Remix Hits Opens Stem Marketplace, Partners With Sony To Offer Iconic Songs

image from scontent-iad3-1.cdninstagram.comNashville based Remix Hits has launched a hit song stem marketplace offering producers iconic songs in the form of an affordable remix-focused ‘Kontakt’ stem instrument dubbed ReleaseTM.

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