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By Mike Masnick of Techdirt. Yet another story of hypocrisy by the recording industry? Why yes, indeed. For years now, we've been covering the issue of pre-1972 sound recordings. When Congress wrote the 1909 Copyright Act, it did not cover sound recordings, because Congress didn't think that sound recordings qualified for copyright. In a statement released by Congress with the Act, it said it deliberately chose not to cover sound recordings, believing that they weren't covered by the Constitutional limitation on "writings" for copyright protection: Indeed, the report released with the Copyright Act expressly stated that Congress did not intend... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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By indie rapper Kosha Dillz (@koshadillz). Now many of us are considering our next cool tweet or hustling and bustling to make sure we get our taxes done. Shoot, some of us are still scouring over all the Coachella pics that we don't get to see in real life. We're still imprisoned and lost in the actions of others and forget to do things ourselves. Passover is a holiday that represents the Jews' exodus from slavery of the Egyptians. Sure some of us don't wanna hear all the Bible mumbo jumbo but let's face it. A good story is a... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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By Eliot Van Buskirk of Evolver.fm. You might have played Patatap last week as it made its way around email, Facebook, Twitter, and other avenues. If you haven’t, you probably should. People like this “portable animation and sound kit” that lets you “create melodies charged with moving shapes” on a touchscreen web browser (phone or tablet) or on a computer. In terms of technologies that help people make music even if they haven’t the faintest idea what they are doing, this web app perfectly straddles the line between “this sounds like music” and “it reacts to what I am doing.”... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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By Musician and Marketing Consultant Solveig Whittle (@shadesofsolveig). I first wrote about them in October 2012 on this blog, but the world now knows that a combination of strong, socially conscious messaging, a well-defined visual persona, an electrifying live show, and great music characterize the hip-hop duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. Amplified by impeccable marketing execution and excellent timing, they have become the poster child group for DIY indie artists around the world and put Seattle back on the map of music industry innovation. Zach Quillen (@wexington), who began managing Macklemore and Ryan Lewis full time in 2012, was interviewed... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2014 at hypebot
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By Emmanuel Legrand of Legrand Network. This story was originally published in French by IRMActu. Who's No.1? How do you assess and define success? Who are the most popular artists and recordings at any given time? Ever since there has been a music industry, these questions have obsessed record company executives and artists alike. And to answer these questions, systems were put in place to measure success and identify which artists and songs were the most popular. In the early 20th Century, music publishers were benchmarking success to the number of music sheets they sold. Then, the industry started counting... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2014 at hypebot
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From the BestTickets.com blog by Andrew Powell-Morse, Head of Data Analysis and Editorial Content. Flashback to the Bronx in 1973. DJ Kool Herc and MC Coke La Rock are busy laying the groundwork for what will become one of the most popular music genres in the world: Hip-Hop. La Rock, the original MC, initially performed his raps out of view of the audience. This peculiar tactic left audiences scratching their heads, curious about the identity of their favorite local performer. It is quite remarkable how much hip-hop has changed since those early days more than 40 years ago. Today, the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2014 at hypebot
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By Composer and Filmmaker Jennifer Kes Remington. So in my quest to throw multiple things against the wall and hope that money comes out of it, I’ve been licensing a lot of my music to library companies. I started doing this one July when I was between music gigs, and I thought, “Gee, Christmas is coming soon and I bet someone’s going to want some holiday-esque shit!” So I asked a few other composer friends if they knew of any library companies offhand. On their initial recommendations, I started entering my music into a couple music libraries, and waited and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2014 at hypebot
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By former Billboard Editorial Director Bi​ll Werde (@bwerde) from his blog Music. And Its Business. My hope was that I'd never have to address the legitimacy or even the existence of "Angela Cheng." But I got a call today from a BuzzFeed editor who led me to believe that they were moving ahead with a story about “Cheng” that included me, with or without my participation. I always refrained from engaging with this issue because I didn’t want to bring it more attention. But since it appears that will be happening now anyway, I’ll reluctantly post what I know. My... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2014 at hypebot
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In his always enthusiastic style, Jamie Leger offers practical advice for overcoming what he calls the Starving Artist Syndrome: The Modern Epidemic for Artists and Creators. First I must acknowledge and thank you for all your feedback and support-it has been incredible, and as always, I’m proud to be on the other end-serving you with the best stuff I can. Hopefully, some of it is even good! If you want me to deliver the rest of this training series directly to you without you having to do or remember anything later, go here and signup and i’ll send you each... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2014 at hypebot
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By James Shotwell, Social Media Coordinator of the media distribution service Haulix. At Haulix, we dedicate the majority of our daily lives to making sure the music stored and distributed through our state-of-the-art servicing platform is as secure as it can possibly be. From the moment clients upload music to our servers their files are watermarked, and from that point forward every individual accessing their content is given a unique identifier that allows us to trace the source of any future leaks (should they happen to occur). It’s our mission to keep your music away from the public until its... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2014 at hypebot
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By Dave Kusek of online music business course New Artist Model. Today, social media is the cornerstone of your music career. It’s what lets you stay in touch with your fans and easily notify them with exciting news. With all the social media guides out there, you’d think no one remembers one of the key behavioral aspects to being human – socializing. I know, it’s hard to find a balance between social and promotional – afterall, you still need to sell your show or record. Here’s 10 secrets to help you find that social media balance. I'd like to know... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2014 at hypebot
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OP ED by CBS Local Digital Media's President, Ezra Kucharz. Digital music services lead double lives. Just as the Roman god Janus had two faces forever looking to both the past and future, many digital music services at times are critical of their broadcast radio counterparts as emblems of the past, yet simultaneously seek the one thing that most do not have: broadcast radio promotion. Indeed, broadcast radio will remain strong in the future. The sector’s actions reinforce that there is no better way to reach and engage a mass audience while concurrently and rapidly creating awareness, acquiring new users,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2014 at hypebot
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By Chris Bolton, reposted from the HostBaby Blog. Building your web presence means you want to be in as many places as you can. After all, you want your fans to easily find you on their favorite social networks. But just being on a social network is not enough. In order to ensure that you are easily found, and that your fans can easily connect with you, you need to make sure that you fill out your social profiles completely and that you include vital and relevant information that your fans can access. It’s ok that you only login to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2014 at hypebot
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We are excited to announce an addition to the Hypebot LA Music Tech Meetup on Monday, March 24! The event will now kick off with a brief panel featuring entrepreneurs from music and tech. Join us at 7:00PM for a lively discussion. Then stick around for drinks and networking to keep the conversation flowing. Panel attendance is optional; we will provide a separate space for chatting and networking. RSVP here: https://hypebot2014.eventbrite.com Location: NextSpace Venice: 1600 Main St, Venice, CA 90291 Panel: 7:00PM-7:30PM Mixer: 7:30PM-10:00PM Topic: Starting Up: Music Entrepreneurs Discuss State of Today’s Music Business Moderator Jason Spitz (Upward Spiral... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2014 at hypebot
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By Eliot Van Buskirk of Evolver.fm. Touring is an essential part of the revenue stream for many bands, and the merchandise they sell at gigs can keep them in gas money on their way to the next show, or add up to fairly large sums in the case of larger venues. However, it is no fun trying to run a pop-up store as you are also trying to load and unload gear, deal with soundchecks, drive across the country, and of course play the shows themselves. There’s only so much room in the van. To help bands travel lighter and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2014 at hypebot
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By Eliot Van Buskirk of Evolver.fm. SXSW is a massive, massive event, but the SXSW Interactive trade show is quite manageable, especially compared to CES. As such, we were able to scour the show floor for every single digital music app, service, and device on display. Here it is — all the music stuff from the SXSW Interactive show floor, in alphabetical order, divided into two sections. The first is stuff we reviewed, after interviewing someone in the booth, and the second is stuff we didn’t review because it’s either too niche, it’s for musicians only, or we haven’t gotten... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2014 at hypebot
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By Eliot Van Buskirk of Evolver.fm. Neil Young has been recording his music in the high-resolution music format that the PonoMusic store will sell for quite some time, according to what he told SXSW attendees last night. Many other artists and labels, however, have not been doing this, which will render Pono’s catalog of high-resolution music fairly anemic relative to other digital music stores and services. So, how does Pono expect to compete with Amazon and iTunes, not to mention the increasingly popular on-demand subscriptions services that offer tens of millions of songs for $10 per month? Who in their... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2014 at hypebot
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This is an excerpt from China music market specialist Ed Peto's article on the China Music Business site. It originally ran as a feature in the March 5th edition of the Music Ally report. In March 2013, Gao Xiaosong – a famous Chinese music composer, producer and TV talent judge – announced that on 1st July of the same year “the Chinese online music market will step into an era of legal copies”. Of course, the 1st July came and went and nothing much seemed to change. While the statement can be written off as hyperbole, Gao Xiaosong was directly... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2014 at hypebot
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From the Nielsen Newswire. From Beck previewing his Morning Phase album for in-flight air travelers to hear via Gogo Inflight Internet before its formal release date to Bruce Springsteen streaming his recent Higher Hopes album more than a week before its release as a promotion for the TV show The Good Wife, there’s more to release dates than a specific date. We take a closer peek at various types of release strategies (release dates, formats, exclusives and previews) and how they relate to post-release success. NONTRADITIONAL RELEASES Although New Music Tuesday has been famous for decades, the tradition is shifting,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2014 at hypebot
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By Eliot Van Buskirk of Evolver.fm. Concertgoers, nightlife lovers, and actually anyone who’s looking for something to do in their city or town might have a friend in Access The Night (free, iOS). With a mere glance at the app, you can get somewhat of a sense of what’s happening at the live music venues nearby, as well as other places, like nightclubs — anywhere people are taking photos and posting them to Instagram. “It basically shows you moments as they happen,” explained Access The Night co-founder Sam Kessler. “You could be sitting on your couch, you could be out... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2014 at hypebot
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By Eliot Van Buskirk of Evolver.fm. Here’s a neat party trick, possibly quite literally: Queue up a bunch of your favorite party anthems in the LiveTunes app, choose the “sold out arena” setting, and see how long it takes people to notice the crazy crowd noise in between and during each song. At first, LiveTunes (iOS, $2) sounds like a gimmick. Did someone really make an app to make songs seem like they’re being played live in venues ranging from dive bars to packed stadiums, replete with the appropriate applause, cheering, whistling, and the acoustic properties of those venues? Of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2014 at hypebot
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AUSTIN, TEXAS — The cars of today, and especially tomorrow, generate rivers of data that will change everything from how meteorologists understand the weather, to how towns identify their most egregious potholes, to — our favorite — how people will listen to music in the car. Over half of all music listening takes place in the car, according to Pandora senior vice president of strategic solutions Heidi Browning, speaking at Friday’s jam-packed “Internet of Cars” panel at SXSW. Those cars are starting to generate as much as 25MB per hour, according to Team Detroit executive creative director Scott Lange, who... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2014 at hypebot
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The hottest hackathon at SXSW 2014 will undoubtedly be the SXSW Music Hackathon Championship on March 12, because the hacker who will be there to build functional digital music technologies from a suite of APIs and their own ingenuity consist of the cream of the music-hacking crop, with $13,500 in cash prizes at stake. On the same day, just a few blocks away, guitarist Slash will host his very own personal hackathon, billed as “the first ever artist-focused hackathon.” Indeed, we have never heard of an entire music hackathon focused on a single artist. The goal of Slashathon, as it... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2014 at hypebot
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By indie rapper Kosha Dillz (@koshadillz). I was thinking of a way to make a catchy article that could wow every sort of person involved in SXSW, but then I just started to write down ideas that I actually need for myself. I thought about how I could prepare since I am flying to H-town then SA on a red eye tomorrow all just in time for Gary Vaynerchuk's big speech on the 7th and SXSW shabbat, where all the Jewish Tech-Geeks get together for dinner on the first night of tech mayhem Anyways...for all you people on the hustle... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2014 at hypebot
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By Matt Sandler musician and founder of Chromatik. Two acquisitions in one week by the major players in music streaming. Beats v. Spotify. And interestingly, they characterize the different strategies each company is taking. “Beats Music Acquires Topspin” “Spotify Acquires The Echo Nest” Beats is your artist-friendly, human-curated music service. Super Bowl ads with Ellen. Artist endorsements. AT&T family pricing. Spotify is your all-encompassing music platform, with great recommendations and social connectivity. Biggest catalog. Free options. Current market leader. The paths make sense. Beats has a competitive advantage with artists. It was a gaping void in the market left by... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2014 at hypebot