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While there has been significant discussion of late over how streaming services pay artists and labels, the means by which publishers and songwriters are compensated has been shockingly absent from the conversation. ____________________________ Guest Post by Annie Lin of Loudr When Taylor Swift objected to Apple's plan to offer free... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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After a relatively brief run, the era of the MP3 is drawing to a close meaning that free downloads, one of the main incentives for getting fans to sign up for e-mails, no longer has much value. Here are a few other rewards that can be used to entice fans.... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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Are we seeing more blurred lines controversy? For years Warner/Chappell have been collecting millions in royalties off of the song "Happy Birthday," but recent evidence, revealed last minute during a legal case involving the company, shows the song may actually belong in the public domain. _____________________________________ Guest Post by Mike... Continue reading
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With the increased presence of "mood" playlists on streaming services like Spotify, musical compilations have been becoming more and more popular. These compilations could represent one of the best ways for an artist to gain notice in 2015. __________________________________ Guest Post by Allison Pitts of The Orchard on The Daily... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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As the world of online music remains an extremely cluttered place, music identification apps such as Shazam and SoundHound that help fans pick songs out of the crowd continue to gain popularity, along with some competition from the likes of Facebook. ____________________________________ Guest Post by Kevin Cornell on the TuneCore... Continue reading
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Having a good social media strategy is important for any a band or artist, but cultivating a strong online presence can be difficult. Here are a few common pitfalls that should be avoided. Guest Post by Bobby Owsinski on Music 3.0 SocialTimes recently ran a post about the 8 social... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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Is the freemium model truly viable? As concerns continue to be raised regarding the impact of subscription based streaming on music sales, streaming needs to start competing more closely with radio. _____________________________________________ By Mark Mulligan on his Music Industry Blog 2015 started with freemium fighting for its life. 7 months... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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Is your smartphone a potential goldmine? As studies show an increase in the use of phones at live events, these mobile devices could be a means towards unlocking a previously untapped revenue stream. ____________________________________ Guest Post by Donnie Dinch on Medium Last week, I walked into Walgreens just like I... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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Curious about the secret to success? A few of music's biggest celebrities share their thoughts on just what it was that helped them make it to the top. ______________________________ Guest Post by Steve Reble on Landr Peek behind the curtain and find out how these major artists hone their craft... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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Amidst a host of other suspicious activity on the part of Spotify and Google, the Federal Trade Commission is instead investigating Apple regarding their 30% commission on "digital consumables" sold through their app store. _____________________________ Guest Post by Chris Castle on Music Technology Policy As reported in The Verge, that... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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This week's most read on Hypebot: A new poll suggests trouble for Spotify, some tips for mastering Apple Music, and list of winners from 2015's AP Music Awards. 4 Things Successful Musicians Do Differently Alternative Press Music Awards 2015 - Complete List Of Winners Poll Of 17,000 Apple Users Spells... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at hypebot
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This week in music commentary, a revealing poll regarding Apple users, the Bitcoin Blockchain, and the value (or lack thereof) of music services recommending new music. Do Streaming Music Exclusives Matter? Poll Of 17,000 Apple Users Spells Trouble For Spotify Are Music Services Wasting Time Recommending New Music? The Bitcoin... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at hypebot
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Some unique ways of peddling merch, advice for touring in the Eurozone, techniques for maintaining interest in your music post-release, and how not to describe your music to journalists. It's our weekly guide to getting it done. 4 Things Successful Musicians Do Differently Top 5 Ways To Master Apple Music... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at hypebot
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This week on MusicThinkTank.com we examine how you can get your music featured, explore the art of DJing, and share some tips for filming a high quality music video on a budget. _______________________________ Jorge Brea | Increase The Probability Of Getting Featured Partrick Gerald | The Art Of DJing Dartsya... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at hypebot
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Significant growth from both Rhapsody and BandsInTown, the founder of Grooveshark is found dead, and we question whether or not music streaming exclusives even matter. This and more in our look back at the week in music. The Bitcoin Blockchain Might Save The Music Industry How To Get Your Music... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at hypebot
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In this installment of Tunecore's Artist Management Series they speak with Adina Friedman, who was involved with the management of, among others, Meghan Trainor and violin sensation Lindsey Stirling. ________________________________________ Guest Post by Kevin Cornell on Tunecore.com As we continue to plow through the month of July, we’re thrilled to... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at hypebot
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While now infamous internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom is battling extradition from New Zealand, a separate lawsuit has been filed by the US Government aimed at seizing Kim's assets. _______________________ Guest Post by Mike Masnick on TechDirt.com Earlier this year, we covered a very troubling situation involving Kim Dotcom and the... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at hypebot
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Touring can be a difficult experience no matter where you are, but these difficulties are often magnified when said tour takes place in a foreign country. Here are a few tips for saving money and reducing stress when touring across the pond. ____________________________________ Guest Post by Stephen Simmons on The... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at hypebot
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Will YouTube see a return on its latest investment? In an effort to assist its creators in making original content with high production value, YouTube has begun opening resource centers to be used by its filmmakers, free of charge. ______________________________ Guest Post by Kevin McAdoo of The Orchard on The... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2015 at hypebot
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As part of its attempt to get into the ticketing business, Amazon is selling tickets to an upcoming festival sans the obnoxious service charge. _________________________________ Guest Post by Bobby Owsinski on Music 3.0 One of the things that everyone hates is the service charge attached to a concert ticket when... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2015 at hypebot
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While many artists focus on building up the hype surrounding their album release, it takes a different sort of sustained effort to make sure your music has a long-lasting impact. ___________________________________________ Guest Post by Eric Bernsen on Sonicbids.com With months and sometimes even years going into the creation of a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2015 at hypebot
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When it comes to Warped Tour, there's quite a bit of competition for fans' merch dollars. Here are a few artists who are setting themselves apart from the crowd with attention getting marketing techniques. _____________________________________ Guest Post by Kosha Dillz As your acclaimed warped tour participant and writer, I want... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2015 at hypebot
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Is the takedown-first approach to copyright infringement really a good option? A recent video featuring the Mayor of Toronto head-bopping to Kanye has been pulled, with little consideration given to fair use. _____________________________________________ Guest Post by Timothy Geigner on TechDirt.com When you assume a takedown-first posture regarding intellectual property and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2015 at hypebot
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For many musicians, it can often feel as though money (or a lack thereof) is controlling their lives. Here are a few tips on how to lessen financial anxiety when working in the music industry. _______________________________________ Guest Post by Cheryl B. Engelhardt from Living On Gigging.com Money. At times, just... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2015 at hypebot
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Why would Facebook want to join the increasingly crowded field of music streaming? Here we look at some of the advantages Facebook might have over its many competitors. _______________________________________________ Guest Post by Bobby Owsinski on Music 3.0 Don't look now but Facebook has been in talks with the major labels... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2015 at hypebot