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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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Utilizing Video To Promote Your Music

1With so many options available for promoting your music, it can be overwhelming to try and figure out which one is best for you, but video often emerges at the head of the pack. Here we take a deep dive into what it takes to effectively utilize video as a promotional tool.

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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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