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Record Store Day will be holding their fifth annual Black Friday event on Friday, November 28th. There is not an incomprehensible list of sale items being broadcasted as you've likely seen or experienced throughout this week in nearly every medium imaginible. Rather, in an effort to remove commercialized chaos from the experience, Record Store Day's Black Friday Event will offer limited edition exclusives and small-run speciality items to consumers who seek and appreciate the rarity and value of such pieces. Record Store Day prides themselves on offering quality over quantity and sees Black Friday as an opportunity to celebrate the... Continue reading
Posted 10 hours ago at hypebot
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There has been a significant amount of industry chatter surrounding the abandonment of the national release day in order to make way for a globally unified release day. Retailers and independent labels are in agreement that a global release day may be in the best interest of the music industry as a whole, but are pushing for a reconsideration of the proposed global release day falling on Friday. Worried that a Friday release could cause the industry to incur unnecessary additional costs, and ultimately defeating the purpose of approaching releases globally, the following organizations are endorsing a Monday global release... Continue reading
Posted 12 hours ago at hypebot
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On November 12, New York Is Music partnered with NYS Assemblyman Joseph Lentol to host a roundtable discussion focused on the coalition's first initiative: gaining support for the passing of the Empire State Music Production Tax Credit. The bill was introduced by Assemblyman Lentol in hopes of rejuvenating the Empire State's increasingly lackluster music industry scene. The bill would allow businesses as well as individuals recording and/or producing music a 20% ($60 million) income tax credit on expenditures relevant to music creation. The roundtable discussion drew many of New York's finest industry leaders all of whom helped the coalition make... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at hypebot
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Last week, in response to mounting pressure from the European Union (EU), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and disgruntled customers - Apple traded in the word "FREE" for "GET" in the App Store. Prior to the shift in language, apps available for free download were listed as such - but in an effort to clarify the potential for eventual payment, Apple took the suggestion offered by the EU and FTC in September and implemented it in the United States. With In-App Purchase (IAPs) on the rise, it is becoming increasingly easy to mistakenly rack up substantial charges. Most of these... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hypebot
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5 Things That Smart Musicians Do Every Day Move over Spotify and Rdio. YouTube Music Key is finally here. Why The Spotify Uber Partnership Matters More Than You Think Robert Plant Denies Existence of $800 Million Offer To Reunite Led Zeppelin How Facebook's Changes In Paid Advertising Will Affect Your Marketing Efforts [MORE] Rdio CEO On Taylor Swift and the Spotify vs. YouTube Payment Conondrum Steve Albini On the Surprising Stability of the Music Industry Everything You Need To Know About YouTube Music Key iHeartMedia CEO Bob Pitman: "Taylor Swift is One of the Smartest People I've Ever Met" Why... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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Steve Albini On the Surprisingly Sturdy State of the Music Industry iHeartMedia CEO Bob Pitman: "Taylor Swift is One of the Smartest People I've Ever Met" [Interview] Music Events vs. Fan Experiences | The Extra 10% How To Make Streaming Royalties Fair(er) Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at hypebot
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5 Things That Smart Musicians Do Every Day Move over Spotify and Rdio. YouTube Music Key is finally here. Why The Spotify Uber Partnership Matters More Than You Think Robert Plant Denies Existence of $800 Million Offer To Reunite Led Zeppelin How Facebook's Changes In Paid Advertising Will Affect Your Marketing Efforts [MORE] Rdio CEO On Taylor Swift and the Spotify vs. YouTube Payment Conondrum Steve Albini On the Surprising Stability of the Music Industry Everything You Need To Know About YouTube Music Key iHeartMedia CEO Bob Pitman: "Taylor Swift is One of the Smartest People I've Ever Met" Why... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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5 Things That Smart Musicians Do Every Day How Facebook's Changes In Paid Advertising Will Affect Your Marketing Efforts Why You Should Be Using Instagram as a Musician (And All Its Dirty Secrets) How to Pitch Your Band When You Can't Afford PR [MORE] Black Hole Recordings Launches Digital Pop-Up Store, Uses Twitter as Currency Patreon Is Paying $1 Million Every Month To Musicians, Creators How Long Do We Listen To A Song? How to Create a Squeeze Page to Easily Collect Fans' Email Addresses 4 Simple Steps to Creating a Killer Press List Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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Joe Marson | Why You Should Be Using Instagram as a Musician (And All Its Dirty Secrets) Cherie Nelson | 3 Predictions for the Over-Hyped Music Streaming Business Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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Move over Spotify and Rdio. YouTube Music Key is finally here. Robert Plant Denies There Was An $800 Million Offer To Reunite Led Zeppelin Everything You Need To Know About YouTube Music Key and YouTube’s Evolution As A Social Video Channel Why The Spotify Uber Partnership Matters More Than You Think Rdio CEO On Taylor Swift and the Spotify vs. YouTube Payment Conondrum [MORE] Sony Rethinking Value Of Free Music Streaming YouTube Adds Retroactive Product Placement | What You See, What You Get Brands + Bands | Value Redefined [Next Big Sound + FRUKT] Where Creativity Thrives: BitTorrent Users Show... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hypebot
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Joe Marson | Why You Should Be Using Instagram as a Musician (And All Its Dirty Secrets) Cherie Nelson | 3 Predictions for the Over-Hyped Music Streaming Business Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at hypebot
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Music industry analytics firm Next Big Sound and FRUKT, a marketing company dedicated to the creating and delivering of smart ideas for brands through strategic partnerships with entertainment influencers, just concluded an in depth study of the relationship between brands and bands. Their research illustrates a progressive shift among artists and brands alike, illuminating the path of possibility for exponential growth and gain if the partnership is properly aligned and executed correctly. If bands and brands can set their sights further down the road of a lasting partnership instead of a one-off collaboration, possibilities abound - and FRUKT has the... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at hypebot
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Facebook executives drew a line in the proverbial sand on Friday when they announced their plans to restructure the way posts placed by brands appear in newsfeeds. As if it hasn't been hard enough to gain organic reach, Facebook has essentially closed the door on anything other than paid advertising. Starting in January, as Facebook told marketers, if you want to reach customers on Facebook, you'll need to buy an ad. This change could arguably be long overdue for commercial brands raking in revenue at minimal advertising cost, but if you're a band on a budget or a musician trying... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at hypebot
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1,112 members of the TuneCore community responded to the survey they dispersed asking indie artists and label management about the current state of the music industry. The industry has been and is continuing to rapidly evolve and as those changes take place, artists are both challenged and expected to keep up. TuneCore posed the survey looking for helpful answers - their users did not let them down. In a recent blog post, TuneCore shared the results of their survey highlighting five areas of the music industry. Streaming | 67.46% of respondents believe streaming to be an asset to the discovery... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at hypebot
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On November 10, Dutch record company, Black Hole Recordings introduced a digital pop-up store, using Twitter as it's form of currency. The first pop-up store of it's kind, website visitors can purchase products like tracks, ringtones, and digital booklets in exchange for mentions and engagements via Twitter. The Black Hole Pop-Up Store will mixes the traditional look and feel of a physical building, stock limitations, and operating hours with the progressive use of social media engagement as a form of digital payment. For 30 days, digital downloads will be available from artists such as Ferry Corsten, Tiësto and New World... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at hypebot
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Last week's SF Music Tech Summit was crammed with expertly curated sessions, industry acclaimed panelists, and inspired attendees that cultivated contemplative conversation. If you weren't able to make the conference or were torn between two sessions occurring simultaneously, you can make up for lost time by streaming the conference sessions on the SF Music Tech Soundcloud. Enjoy a few of our favorites: To download these sessions or to stream others, visit SF Music Tech on Soundcloud. Related articles Countdown to SF Music Tech - We'll See You There! #SFMusicTech Summit | Recap & Remarks Music Events vs. Fan Experiences |... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at hypebot
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Steve Albini, author of The Problem with Music, an essay published in 1993 challenging the efficiency and stability of the current music industry, delivered the keynote address Saturday at Melbourne's Face the Music Conference where he did an about face on several of his previous predicition. Albini applauded the internet's role in re-structuring the music industry and addressing prior inefficiencies in a way that he believes will enhance and uphold the music industry moving forward. I’m going to first explain a few things about myself. I’m 52 years old, I have been in bands continuously, and active in the music... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2014 at hypebot
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Earlier this morning, South by Southwest (SXSW) Music announced the second round of artists invited to perform at the 29th edition of the Music Conference and Festival. This list is subject to change and only represents a small portion of the artists slated for SXSW 2015. SXSW takes place in Austin, TX and will be held Tuesday March 17 - Sunday March 22. A full schedule and additional artists announcements will be shared at a later date. To register for the conference and stay updated on the latest SXSW news, visit SXSW.com. SXSW Music Festival's second round of artists scheduled... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2014 at hypebot
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Even with expertly curated playlists, redundency tends to kick in eventually. Mad Genius Radio is looking to change that with their uniquely customizable streaming platform. With Mad Genius Radio you can add music by genres, time periods, moods and artists; you can then rate those artists and their songs individually, and change the level of each category's influence as simply as you push/pull a dial on a sound board. Mad Genius Radio introduced their platform to the public three weeks ago and has issued an exclusive free lifetime of listening offer to the first 50 Hypebot readers to subscribe. Want... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2014 at hypebot
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When Universal first unveiled their intent to use retroactive product placement throughout their YouTube catalog, the idea wasn't exactly welcomes with open arms. Since the announcement, the inserting of new ads in old videos has taken place and really isn't as bad as initially projected. In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Ted Micco of Mirriad speaks to the technology that allows for the doing away or pre-video advertisements. “It works in exactly the same way as you would plan a media campaign for a brand around music videos. But instead of running pre-roll, now you’d buy spots inside the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2014 at hypebot
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Serving the Super Fan was a common theme among last week’s SF Music Tech Summit panelists, entrepreneurs, and attendee’s alike. With the topography of the music industry shifting seismically, maintaining your competitive edge can be a daunting challenge. More and more bands are turning to viral marketing by way of their fans. How? By turning events into experiences. Not to bring up Taylor Swift, but to bring up Taylor Swift, she brilliantly executed an exclusive fan experience dubbed the “1989 Secret Sessions”. She invited hundreds of fans to her home for cookies, movies, and a sneak peak of the album... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2014 at hypebot
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Universal Music Removes Taylor Swift Aerobics Video Mashup $2 Billion and Counting: Spotify CEO Daniel Ek Speaks Out Big Machine CEO Says He Pulled Taylor Swift Off Spotify So He Didn't "Embarrass Her Fans" The Psychology of Music: Why Mood and Memory Matter Connecting with Influencers When You Have Zero Music Industry Contacts Why Your Band Isn’t Going To Be In Rolling Stone Understanding Spotify: Access Over Ownership YouTube Music Key Streaming Service Finally Launches - Free & Paid 10 Thoughts On YouTube Music Key Why Decluttering Your Band's Digital Presence Is Crucial The New Bandcamp Subscription Feature & Why... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2014 at hypebot
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Jana Pochop | The Taylor Swift Factor Cherie Nelson | How to Legally Use Music to Enhance YouTube Videos Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2014 at hypebot
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Universal Music Takes Down Fun Mashup Of Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off' And A 1989 Aerobics Video $2 Billion and Counting: Spotify CEO Daniel Ek Speaks Out On Taylor Swift, 3 Big Myths & More Big Machine CEO Says He Pulled Taylor Swift Off Spotify So He Didn't "Embarrass Her Fans" YouTube Music Key Streaming Service Finally Launches - Free & Paid 10 Thoughts On YouTube Music Key [MORE] Streaming 10 Reasons Why Every Artist Should Be On Spotify An Open Letter to Spotify About Taylor Swift and Why I'm Unsubscribing Grooveshark Fires Back After Spotify CEO Calls Them A... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2014 at hypebot
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While the initial burn of Taylor Swift pulling her music from one of the industry's leading streaming services may be cooling slightly, the long distance conversation between Scott Borchetta, the CEO of Swift’s record label, and Spotify's CEO, David Ek remains heated. After Borchetta pointed out on a radio show aired November 7 that other major artists were toying with the idea of making moves comparable to Swift, Ek was quick to defend the company's model and its value to artists. In a pointed blog post on November 11, Ek wrote: Taylor Swift is absolutely right: music is art, art... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2014 at hypebot