This Art Collective Is on a Mission to Help Puerto Rico’s Indie Musicians After Hurricane María

This Art Collective Is on a Mission to Help Puerto Rico’s Indie Musicians After Hurricane María

No Comments 8 November 2017

Lastst week, a new initiative launched to deliver financial aid directly to Puerto Rico’s independent music scene. Organized by Buscabulla‘s Raquel Berrios and Luis Alfredo Del Valle, along with Latina folk and rock stalwart Ani Cordero, the Puerto Rico Independent Musicians and Artists Fund (PRIMA) aims to directly serve that community, which until now wasn’t specifically identified by any other fundraising effort.


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Aya Festival 2017 connects the indie scenes of Singapore and Japan

Aya Festival 2017 connects the indie scenes of Singapore and Japan

No Comments 8 November 2017

Renowned Japanese jazz pianist Aya Sekine has announced her very own festival, Aya Festival 2017.
The festival, scheduled to take place on November 18th and 19th, will feature Japanese indie rock acts Electric Eel Shock, Music From The Mars alongside Singaporean bands Wicked Aura. sub:shaman, Tim De Cotta, Teo Jia Rong, and Aya herself. An opening act will soon be determined after an open call.

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Lame to cool? Tech execs bring major music festival Botánica to San Antonio

Lame to cool? Tech execs bring major music festival Botánica to San Antonio

No Comments 29 September 2017

By: Samantha Ehlinger

San Antonio has never quite had the same stature, swagger or hipness of its northern neighbor Austin, but local technology executives Graham Weston and Lew Moorman are hoping a new two-day music festival can change that.

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Independent music companies are being sucked into the major label ecosystem

Independent music companies are being sucked into the major label ecosystem

No Comments 28 September 2017

By: Paul Pacifico

The idea has very much come of age that artists are able to build independent music businesses as entrepreneurs by plugging in to the global digital music system through a series of service deals that enable them to keep full control of their rights.

But does the sales pitch actually deliver for these self-releasing artists and smaller independent labels? What is the true cost of doing business?

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RIAA report shows music industry continue to rebound thanks to streaming services like Apple Music

RIAA report shows music industry continue to rebound thanks to streaming services like Apple Music

No Comments 28 September 2017

By: Chance Miller

Streaming music services such as Apple Music continue to contribute to the rebirth of the music industry. The Recording Industry Association of America this week has released its mid-year update for 2017, showing continued growth thanks in large part to streaming services
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The Music Business Is More Unfair Than Ever

The Music Business Is More Unfair Than Ever

No Comments 28 September 2017

By: Leonid Bershidsky

The music business is booming, and it’s doing so thanks to streaming. But the tech pioneers who made this possible in the last two years aren’t making any money, and neither, really, are musicians: It’s legacy businesses—the music companies that own the catalogs—that are collecting all the profits. Something has to give.

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BMI Payouts Top $1BN for First Time - But Digital Growth Slows Down

BMI Payouts Top $1BN for First Time - But Digital Growth Slows Down

No Comments 12 September 2017

US performance rights organization BMI has published its figures for its latest financial year – and while there’s good news for songwriters and publishers, there’s also a hint that the PRO’s collection growth will face a challenge in the near future.

BMI’s total payout to rights-holders hit $1.023bn in the 12 months to end of June this year, up 9.9% – or $92m – on the same period of 2015/2016.

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Local Indie Artists Make Up A Third Of What Aussie Music Lovers Are Listening To

Local Indie Artists Make Up A Third Of What Aussie Music Lovers Are Listening To

No Comments 5 September 2017

The economic value of our indie artists has been stamped today following news that independent music makes up a third of the Australian market share.

New research conducted by Australian Independent Record Labels Association (AIR) has found that independent music’s estimated total revenue equated to over $154 million in the 2014/2015 financial year.

The report, titled AIR Share: Australian Independent Music Market Report, will be launched at BIGSOUND today.

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International Songwriting Competition (ISC) Announces 2017 Judges

International Songwriting Competition (ISC) Announces 2017 Judges

No Comments 25 August 2017

Judges Include Lorde; Perry Farrell (Jane’s Addiction, Lollapalooza); Tom Waits; Hardwell; Nicky Jam; Martie Maguire (Dixie Chicks); Bastille; Ziggy Marley; and More

 
The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) is pleased to announce its panel of judges for the 2017 competition. Established in 2002, ISC is the world’s largest songwriting competition, receiving entries from more than 130 countries.

  Consisting of some of the most iconic and respected artists in the world, the judging panel also includes top tier music industry executives, including Presidents and CEOs from record labels Sire, Glassnote, Razor & Tie, Concord Label Group, Elektra, S-Curve, Warner Music Nashville, Black River Entertainment, Alligator, Wind-Up, and more.

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The Music Industry Has The Grammys. Artists Have The IMAs.

The Music Industry Has The Grammys. Artists Have The IMAs.

No Comments 25 August 2017

The influential Independent Music Awards reward Artists & Artistry - not sales and downloads. That’s why some of the best self-released and indie label talent from around the globe enter their new work in The IMAs.

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Reading Festival organisers to help tackle gender inequality in the music industry

Reading Festival organisers to help tackle gender inequality in the music industry

No Comments 17 August 2017

The organisers of Reading Festival are on a mission to find and develop the country’s most promising female musicians.

Festival Republic has launched a new project called ReBalance, which provides up and coming female solo artists or bands with a week of studio time every month.

The ambitious initiative aims to tackle a lack of gender equality in the music industry.

Over the next three years, they will pay for their travel, accommodation and studio time and then look to give the best acts a slot at Reading or Leeds Festival or V Festival.

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Pandora Names Roger Lynch New Ceo, Michael Lynton Joins Board

Pandora Names Roger Lynch New Ceo, Michael Lynton Joins Board

No Comments 17 August 2017

Pandora has hired Roger Lynch as CEO and president, and a member of its board of directors, effective September 18, 2017.

Naveen Chopra, who has served as Pandora’s interim CEO since June 2017, will continue in his role as chief financial officer.

Lynch was the founding CEO of US-based OTT television platform Sling.tv, which launched in 2015. At Pandora, he succeeds Tim Westergren whose tenure as CEO of the music service ended in June.

In addition, Pandora announced it has also appointed former Sony Corp exec and current Snap Inc. Chairman Michael Lynton to its board of directors.

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3 things SoundCloud should do to stay afloat

3 things SoundCloud should do to stay afloat

No Comments 17 August 2017

SoundCloud gave music fans quite a scare last month when it laid off nearly half of its staff – people thought the indie music platform was going to go belly up in a matter of weeks. Luckily, it got a new lease of life last week when it scored a $170 million investment that should help keep the lights on for a good while.

The deal also mandated that CEO Alexander Ljung would be replaced by Vimeo exec Kerry Trainor; Ljung will stay on as chairman of the board, and Trainor will be joined by Vimeo’s Michael Weissman in the COO position.

Hopefully, that’ll make for some healthy changes in the way SoundCloud operates. But beyond just reshuffling upper management, there are a few things the company can do to stay alive, now that it’s starting a new chapter with a leaner team.

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Triple J’s ‘Like A Version’ Compilation Gets U.S. Release With Covers by Tame Impala, Flume & More

Triple J’s ‘Like A Version’ Compilation Gets U.S. Release With Covers by Tame Impala, Flume & More

No Comments 17 August 2017

The Aussies are coming with a new twist to your favorite songs.

The Triple J radio network’s popular Like A Version compilation series, which features high-profile acts performing songs by other famous artists who’ve inspired them, will get a U.S. release for the first time.

Like A Version will launch Sept. 29 in North America via Metropolitan Groove Merchants, through the company’s creative relationship with Australia’s ABC Music. The initial release is a 21-song “best of” set featuring covers cut by Tame Impala (reworking Kylie Minogue), Flume (Ghost Town DJs), Chvrches (Arctic Monkeys), Mark Ronson (Queens of the Stone Age) and Mumford & Sons (White Lies). And there’s more in the pipeline.

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420 Music & Arts Festival 2018 Submission Deadline

420 Music & Arts Festival 2018 Submission Deadline

No Comments 12 August 2017

Big Rock Brewery & METALHEADS UNITED are proud to announce they will be presenting a 2018 edition of the 420 Music & Arts Festival in Calgary, AB, Canada after a successful inaugural expo and concert series this past April.

Submissions for bands to perform at the 2018 420 Music & Arts Festival on April 19th, 20th and 21st are now open as of June 1, 2017 and will close on August 31, 2017.  This year’s festival will also be expanding its line up from stoner rock/stoner metal, doom, psychedelic and heavy blues to also include reggae, ska, blues, R&B and hip-hop.

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MIM Music Theater Announces Fall 2017 Concert Series

MIM Music Theater Announces Fall 2017 Concert Series

No Comments 12 August 2017

Series features more than forty-five concerts spanning multiple genres from around the world

The MIM Music Theater proudly announces their Fall 2017 Concert Series sponsored in part by Sanderson Lincoln. It includes more than forty-five concerts from September through December, spanning multiple genres from across the globe.

The series promises to be their most diverse lineup yet. Highlights include a soulful performance by Irma Thomas and the Blind Boys of Alabama, with the Preservation Hall Legacy Quintet, who are touring together for the first time. Wu Man will help celebrate MIM’s new exhibition opening in November by performing traditional, ancient, and historic music of China. The Sachal Ensemble, inspired by the acclaimed documentary film of the same name, merge Eastern and Western sounds while confronting terrorism in their native homeland of Pakistan.

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Where Do You Turn When the Music Industry Skews Your Mental Health?

Where Do You Turn When the Music Industry Skews Your Mental Health?

No Comments 5 August 2017

Working in the music industry is crazy. You get to watch bands, drink beer for free, go to festivals and parties, sleep in fancy hotels, and spend a lot of time backstage. And you get paid for all of it. But having worked as a press promoter for years, I started getting burnt out at the beginning of the year. I quickly discovered that there’s little dialogue about mental health in the industry.

Every profession features people who complain of becoming burnt out. According to the Dutch Central Bureau of Statistics, one out of seven employees is involved in a formal complaint about their workload. Compared to other industries, the music industry is unique in some aspects—the line between your personal life and your work is scarcely there, for a start. Your office is often located on festival grounds, inside a music venue, or on a tour bus, which also means the bar is never far away. It makes your work fun, interesting, and dynamic, but it can also lead to an excess of incentives.

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Opportunity for Musicians - the 14th Annual Acoustic Music Awards

Opportunity for Musicians - the 14th Annual Acoustic Music Awards

No Comments 5 August 2017

Registration is now open for the 14th Annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards), this is great opportunity for music artists everywhere.  IAMA is the preeminent awards for musicians, promotes excellence in acoustic music performance and artistry. Acoustic artists in various genres can gain exciting radio and web exposure through this competition. Participating sponsors include Acoustic Cafe and Sirius XM Satellite Radio. Music artists stand a chance to win awards in eight different categories: Best Male Artist, Best Female Artist, Best Group/Duo Folk, Americana/Roots/AAA, Instrumental, Open (any musical style or genre), Bluegrass/Country, etc. There will also be an Overall Grand Prize winner awarded to the top winner worth over US$11,000, which includes radio promotion to over 250 radio stations in US and Canada.

Past Winners Include Meghan Trainor, Bertie Higgins & Bellamy Brothers, etc. This is a great opportunity for the musician to take that All-important Step to enter the awards ...

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Is the music industry now entirely in the hands of live promoters?

Is the music industry now entirely in the hands of live promoters?

No Comments 31 July 2017

This week, the man behind MCD and now chairman of Live Nation UK & Ireland, Denis Desmond, gave an insightful interview about his industry to Music Business Worldwide. In it, he rang the death knell of fat-cheque advance deals from record companies.

“The big change is that initially bands toured to sell records and now the live income is the major source for most artists, and the record is the trailer for the gig. [Record company] investment is probably more about time and effort than it ever was, and less about money,” he said. “The days are gone of big cheques and big advances. No one’s spending a million making a video these days.”

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YouTube wants to fix its awkward relationship with the music industry

YouTube wants to fix its awkward relationship with the music industry

No Comments 31 July 2017

For the past few years, the biggest fight in the music industry has been against ad-supported music. Apple attempted to kill Spotify’s free tier before it launched Apple Music; the industry has railed against what it perceives as low payments from YouTube for years; and SoundCloud, one of the most popular ad-supported streaming sites in the world, is on the brink of collapse. But the truth is that ad-supported streaming isn’t going anywhere. YouTube is too big to fail at this point, and labels have largely come to terms with Spotify’s free tier due to its high conversion rate. Getting to scale, everyone acknowledges, requires bringing in users who might not pay at first.

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The most popular music artist in every state, according to Pandora

The most popular music artist in every state, according to Pandora

No Comments 31 July 2017

We’re over halfway through an eventful year in music, and the continued growth of streaming services has done much to invigorate the music industry.

Big artists like Drake have seen great success in releasing streaming-only albums. “More Life,” Drake’s streaming-only “playlist” LP, set streaming records and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard album charts in March.

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How Muru’s AI Turns Metadata into Perfect Track Sequences

How Muru’s AI Turns Metadata into Perfect Track Sequences

No Comments 26 July 2017

There’s an opportunity buried in the world’s mountains of music metadata: classification, the principles that define genre and that rely on cultural context.

Classification is the big piece missing from the puzzle of how to deal programmatically but accurately with the deluge of digital music tracks, when the listening habits and sound cultures of the world vary widely. Classification powers curation and discovery, and thus income for music makers and rights holders.

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The Festival Planner - 4 of the Best Indie Festivals in the UK

The Festival Planner - 4 of the Best Indie Festivals in the UK

No Comments 25 July 2017

When it comes to UK music festivals, there is more to life than Glastonbury.

Of course, this remains the poster boy for festivals in the UK, while it has also become an icon across the globe. It has also inspired the rise of several, similar indie festivals throughout Great Britain, which have earned a cult following and become increasingly popular with every passing year.

Even with guides like the-festival-planner.com in place, you will need some help when identifying the best festivals and planning your activities.

So, here are four of the best festivals currently scheduled for the remainder of 2017:

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How to Move on From Indie Cover Versions

How to Move on From Indie Cover Versions

No Comments 17 July 2017

Singing an amazing cover version of a well-known Indie song, is a great way to get noticed, particularly on social media. But, most musicians have their own story, their own sound and their own music that they want the world to hear – even if it’s still trapped inside their own heads!

photo by Hans Vivek

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Opportunity for Musicians - the 14th Annual Acoustic Music Awards

Opportunity for Musicians - the 14th Annual Acoustic Music Awards

No Comments 2 July 2017

Past Winners Include Meghan Trainor, Bertie Higgins & Bellamy Brothers, etc. This is a great opportunity for the musician to take that All-important Step to enter the awards…

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Registration is now open for the 14th Annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards), this is great opportunity for music artists everywhere.  IAMA is the preeminent awards for musicians, promotes excellence in acoustic music performance and artistry. Acoustic artists in various genres can gain exciting radio and web exposure through this competition.

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Zebralution Partners with Loudr for Mechanical Licensing and Royalty Services

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Zebralution Partners with Loudr for Mechanical Licensing and Royalty Services

No Comments 30 June 2017

Zebralution, one of the leading digital media distributors for independent labels and audiobook publishers, and Loudr®, a music rights technology company, have announced a strategic licensing partnership today. The deal provides Zebralution with comprehensive DPD licensing for its labels and royalty administration services, as well as access to Loudr client features such as real-time publishing metadata for licensed works via Loudr’s API and catalog matching against U.S. Copyright Office database.

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Global Reggae Charts

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Global Reggae Charts

No Comments 30 June 2017

The Global Reggae Charts are the first attempt to get a picture of what currently matters in reggae music across the globe. Felix Rühling, founder of the German reggae promotion and production service company Boomrush, initiated the project. He explains: “Reggae is one of the best known genres worldwide. But for someone who’s new to the music, it’s relatively tough to find the music that’s currently popular.Our goal is to change this.”

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The Giving Groove - Philadelphia Music Industry Veterans Launch Philanthropic Record Label

The Giving Groove - Philadelphia Music Industry Veterans Launch Philanthropic Record Label

No Comments 27 June 2017

The Giving Groove is a new record label founded by Philadelphia-based music industry veterans with a mission to help artists realize their musical vision while giving back to the community.

The Giving Groove is a full-service independent record label that offers artist support at every step of the album release process—from development, recording, and distribution, to package design, to international promotion. The label features a diverse roster of local and national artists including The Dead Milkmen, OOLALA, Hoots & Hellmouth, and DECONTROL, with additional bands being announced this summer.

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US Supreme Court Rules Unanimously In Favor Of The Slants

US Supreme Court Rules Unanimously In Favor Of The Slants

No Comments 20 June 2017

Today, June 19, 2017 SCOTUS unanimously - 8-0 - upheld the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit’s ruling that The Slants have the right to register their trademark, ending an eight-year battle for the Portland, Oregon rock band in their pursuit to trademark their name.  The band is currently touring and promoting their latest release, The Band Who Must Not Be Named, which has spawned two singles - “From The Heart” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pwfEgcRXJjM) and “Level Up” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZQSBaz2mw8).

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400 Acts Performing at Musikfest Aug. 4-13

400 Acts Performing at Musikfest Aug. 4-13

No Comments 3 June 2017

BETHLEHEM, PA - Santana, Toby Keith, Father John Misty, Aloe Blacc, Chicago, Godsmack and nearly 400 other performers will take the stage when Musikfest, the nation’s largest free music festival, returns for its 34th year Aug. 4-13 in Bethlehem, Pa. This year’s festival features music at 16 of 18 venues -most in the event’s history - with more than 500 free music and art performances during the event’s 10-day run.  -  (photo by Maryanne Bilham)

The complete festival lineup is available now exclusively on the free Musikfest App presented by PNC Bank, available at http://www.musikfest.org/app through June 1. Other features of the app, available for all Apple iOS and Android operating systems, include personalized schedule creation, opportunities to win Musikfest tickets, an interactive festival map and more. Starting June 2, the Musikfest lineup will also be available online at www.musikfest.org.

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An overview of Hideout Festival in the Adriatic

An overview of Hideout Festival in the Adriatic

No Comments 25 May 2017

Since its dawn in 2011, Hideout Festival has been of the most hyped music festival in Europe and has even managed to make its way on The Guardian’s list of the best European festivals. Held on the beautiful island of Pag, it’s Europe’s most rapidly growing electronic musical festival has sold out every year it has been running.

The event is split between day-time pool parties and headline performances on the beach at night. As well 150 artists set to perform, there’s also some pretty special boat parties and this really is a once in a lifetime thing for electronic music aficionados.

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Choosing the Best Studio Monitors

Choosing the Best Studio Monitors

No Comments 16 May 2017

Choosing the Best Studio Monitors:

5 Helpful   Tips to Consider

Choosing studio monitors can be challenging. As there are a wide variety of options to find, choosing one can give a lot of hesitations to the mind. If you are using a pair of studio monitors for all your recording and monitoring needs, then you may likely be seeking the best one to purchase.

Finding the best one among thousands of good-looking monitors takes time. Obviously, everyone hates it. To skip yourself from such stressing search, you deserve to know a few things. How you make your recording career great depends upon how wise you set the things up - including studio monitors. Before you buy a set, we gather five helpful tips that work. Don’t waste time for nothing, save it for Something Great instead.

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eMusic, One of the Original Digital Music Retailers, Is Relaunching Today

eMusic, One of the Original Digital Music Retailers, Is Relaunching Today

No Comments 12 May 2017

eMusic, one of the Internet’s original music services, is today relaunching under a vastly different model than other contemporary services. The “fully overhauled and upgraded” eMusic is based around a music ownership model rather than an access streaming model and offers users free and discounted downloads, cloud-based storage, universal access on any device and a catalog of 32 million titles exclusively from independent labels.

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Before You Upstream, Know Your Local Scenes

Before You Upstream, Know Your Local Scenes

No Comments 12 May 2017

The 300-artist lineup is one of the most locally focused in the region—here’s who’s representing.

Rock is still the prevailing sound of choice in Seattle, the city where Paul Allen built a huge Jimi Hendrix museum designed to look like a smashed guitar. Luckily, the city’s guitar-slingers aren’t too nostalgic for Seattle’s rock history, although plenty still reference its grunge and indie heritage. Whether you’re looking for updated takes on old sounds or artists bending rock into new shapes and sounds, the local scene has probably got you covered. Artists to watch for: Charms, Wild Powwers, Gazebos, Dude York, Great Grandpa, Fabulous Downey Brothers.

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An FAQ with Upstream Music Fest + Summit Executive Director Jeff Vetting

An FAQ with Upstream Music Fest + Summit Executive Director Jeff Vetting

No Comments 12 May 2017

The inaugural Upstream Music Fest and Summit began this morning with an onstage interview between a Stranger Genius (Seattle musician/writer/treasure Ahamefule J. Oluo) and an unqualified genius (musician/producer/wizard Quincy Jones). Despite rumors of low ticket sales (Upstream reps did not respond to an inquiry on the subject), this event was well-attended and inspiring.

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Artist Aloud Wants To Be India’s Go-To Indie Music Discovery Platform

Artist Aloud Wants To Be India’s Go-To Indie Music Discovery Platform

No Comments 12 May 2017

One of the blessings of Internet is that it has made new music and new talent vastly more accessible to listeners as well as to commercial entities. In India, where Bollywood and regional film music still rules the chart, Artist Aloud wants to carve out a niche by promoting indie artists. Launched in 2009, it continues with its mission of becoming the go-to discovery platform for new artists who have not signed up with a commercial label.

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Love It Or Hate It, The Eurovision Song Contest Is Back For Your Viewing Pleasure. Here’s Your NTK

Love It Or Hate It, The Eurovision Song Contest Is Back For Your Viewing Pleasure. Here’s Your NTK

No Comments 12 May 2017

Do you care about Eurovision 2017? The answer is probably something along the lines of ‘well, “care” is a bit of a strong word’ or ‘there was this amazing Eurovision viewing party at uni a few years back’. And that’s totally acceptable. It’s expected, in fact. But for some reason we still find it cropping up in conversations, we’ll still be dutifully disappointed when the UK doesn’t win and we’re secretly really fascinated by the car-crash sequined spectacle that is The Eurovision Song Contest.

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Amazon announces launch of live music business with Blondie gig in Hackney

Amazon announces launch of live music business with Blondie gig in Hackney

No Comments 12 May 2017

Amazon has cranked up its pursuit of total entertainment industry domination, announcing the launch of a live music business in the UK.

The Seattle-headquartered titan, which already overshadows many of its rivals in the technology and e-commerce space, on Tuesday said that its new Prime Live Events business will hosts concerts for which tickets will be exclusively available to its Prime members.

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Why Warner Did a Deal With YouTube

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Why Warner Did a Deal With YouTube

No Comments 10 May 2017

On Friday evening, MBW broke the news that Warner Music Group had signed a renewed global licensing deal with YouTube – via an oddly downtrodden internal memo from WMG boss Steve Cooper.

“[Our] experiences during these negotiations were proof positive of the acute need to clarify ‘safe harbor’ provisions under US and EU copyright legislation,” it read.

“That’s the only way to conclusively close the gap between the revenue YouTube generates and what songwriters, artists, publishers and labels make in return.”

For what ultimately amounted to the announcement of a contract extension, this was a missive dripping with barely-concealed sufferance.

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Spotify Acquires Blockchain Startup to Tackle Royalty Issues

Spotify Acquires Blockchain Startup to Tackle Royalty Issues

No Comments 1 May 2017

Spotify, the $8 billion music streaming service provider, which is projected to reach 100 million users and a $53 billion valuation by 2020, acquired Mediachain, a startup backed by leading venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, to simplify royalties utilizing bitcoin’s underpinning technology.

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Sostereo’s: 5 Things To Trying To Get Your Music Licensed

Sostereo’s: 5 Things To Trying To Get Your Music Licensed

No Comments 1 May 2017

Magnetic has partnered up with Miami-based SoStereo, a cutting-edge music marketing company that is changing the way brands work with artists, labels, and publishers. SoStereo’s Industry Tips will be an ongoing editorial series where we provide practical industry advice for music industry professionals. We will cover a range of topics: from social media strategy; to getting your music heard; to creating a stronger brand. If it’s related to the business of music, we will cover it!

For this edition, the SoStereo team will break down some simple things you need to know when you are starting to think about taking your music out to get licensed for commercials, television, film, or other branded content.

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In response to Noisey’s “Do We Really Need an Indie Rock Revival in 2017?”

In response to Noisey’s “Do We Really Need an Indie Rock Revival in 2017?”

No Comments 1 May 2017

Ben Gibbard is a cry-baby, but we love him anyway because he looks so dang cool in his skinny jeans and short-sleeved button-ups. Mopey boys with side bangs have only ever been cool while holding guitars. Take away the strings and all you’re left with is a sad high schooler with a handful of mixtapes featuring Defeater.

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WHY SONY MUSIC’S 2016 NUMBERS ARE HEALTHIER THAN THEY FIRST APPEAR

WHY SONY MUSIC’S 2016 NUMBERS ARE HEALTHIER THAN THEY FIRST APPEAR

No Comments 1 May 2017

Sony Music has been stitched up by the Yen.

On Friday, Sony Corp revealed the FY2016 fiscal performance of its music division - and its numbers didn’t quite tally with the good news stories flying around the industry at the moment.

Reported in local currency by Sony in Japan, the company’s recorded music revenues were officially down 5.8% in the 12 months to end of March 2017.

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Primary Wave Acquires Rough Trade Publishing Stake In $5M+ Financing Deal

Primary Wave Acquires Rough Trade Publishing Stake In $5M+ Financing Deal

No Comments 1 May 2017

Primary Wave Music Publishing has acquired an equity stake in Rough Trade Publishing and will be providing the company with future financing. The total deal was worth more than $5m.

The agreement leaves the way clear for co-publishing deals between the two parties.

It also arms Rough Trade with more money to compete for global signings, and will provide the company access to Primary Wave’s marketing and creative team.

Rough Trade Publishing, which has offices in New York, Los Angeles and Nashville, operates as the publishing arm of Bank Robber Industries - a group comprised of numerous music companies including Bank Robber Music, Bank Robber Europe, Big Hassle Media, and Music House of Hassle.

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Secretly Group - Marketing Director (US)

Secretly Group - Marketing Director (US)

No Comments 24 April 2017

Secretly Group is a group of affiliated, independently owned music companies, including Secretly Canadian, Dead Oceans, Jagjaguwar, The Numero Group and Secretly Publishing. Secretly Group is headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, with offices in Brooklyn, London, Chicago, Los Angeles and Austin.

Founded in 1996, Secretly Canadian counts Anohni, Jens Lekman, Whitney, The War On Drugs, the catalogue of Jason Molina and the recordings of comedian Tig Notaro amongst its roster. Jagjaguwar was also founded in 1996 and merged operations with Secretly Canadian in 1999.

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Spotify will allow indie labels to hold new music behind paywall

Spotify will allow indie labels to hold new music behind paywall

No Comments 24 April 2017

Users of Spotify’s free service may soon have to wait two weeks to listen to music from independent labels.

A new agreement between the streaming service and digital rights agency Merlin, who represent thousands of the world’s leading independent labels including XL, Domino and Warp, plus their associated subsidiaries, will see a ‘windowing’ option introduced. This means new albums will be available only to Spotify’s paying subscribers for the first two weeks after release.

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Prince’s Posthumous Year In Business Was Full Of Weirdos And Chaos

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Prince’s Posthumous Year In Business Was Full Of Weirdos And Chaos

No Comments 24 April 2017

The problem was that Prince, a control freak, didn’t leave a will. He didn’t even have a cause of death — initial reports suggested an overdose of fentanyl, and recently unsealed affidavits and search warrants revealed painkillers were scattered throughout his Paisley Park home and studio. Dr. Michael Todd Schulenberg, who was treating Prince for hip pain, reportedly prescribed oxycodone intended for the artist to a close friend in the weeks prior to his death. After Prince died a year ago today, found in a Paisley Park elevator, his estate — including songs, videos, $25 million in real estate and 67 gold bars, among many other things — was said to be worth between $200 and $300 million.

Because Prince had no children, was divorced and his closest relatives were his sister, Tyka Nelson, and five half-siblings, the estate was in shambles from the outset.

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Rush, Arthur Fogel, Marilyn Denis Honored at Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Awards

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Rush, Arthur Fogel, Marilyn Denis Honored at Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Awards

No Comments 24 April 2017

Five legendary Canadian names - concert promoter Arthur Fogel, broadcaster Marilyn Denis, and artists Rush, 54.40 and Jann Arden - were celebrated with big awards at Canadian Music Week’s 35th annual Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Awards (MBIA), Thursday evening in Grand Ballroom of Toronto’s Sheraton Centre.

Attended by a who’s who of Canadians and visiting international delegates in town for CMW, April 18-23, including three days jammed full of industry-focused keynotes and panels and six nights of live music all over the city.

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The Hot New Hip-Hop Producer Who Does Everything on His iPhone

The Hot New Hip-Hop Producer Who Does Everything on His iPhone

No Comments 19 April 2017

A FEW MINUTES after Steve Lacy arrived at a dingy, weed-clouded recording studio in Burbank, the 18-year-old musician flopped down in a plush leather chair in the control room. Vince, one of the studio’s proprietors, came in to show Lacy how the mixing boards and monitors worked. Lacy didn’t care; he was just in it for the chair. He picked up his new black-and-white Rickenbacker guitar, then reached into his Herschel backpack and yanked out a mess of cables. Out of the mess emerged his iRig, an interface adapter that connects his guitar directly into his iPhone 6. He shoved it into the Lightning port and began tuning his instrument, staring at the GarageBand pitch meter through the cracks on the screen of his phone.

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How important is the use of music in gaming?

How important is the use of music in gaming?

No Comments 19 April 2017


Not a day goes by in which we don’t hear music. It goes hand in hand with many things: TV shows, films, commercials and even video games and online games

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Taking Applications - the 22nd Annual USA Songwriting Competition

Taking Applications - the 22nd Annual USA Songwriting Competition

No Comments 30 March 2017


  Entries are now accepted for the 22nd Annual USA Songwriting Competition. Songwriters vie for a chance to win a top prize of $50,000 worth of cash and merchandise such as music gear. Winning songs will be receiving radio airplay. Songwriters can enter in 15 different song categories such as: Pop, Rock/Alt, Folk, R&B, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Instrumental, etc. USA Songwriting Competition is sponsored by: Sony, D’Addario Strings, Acoustic Guitar Magazine, New Music Weekly, Loggins Promotion, Airplay Access, Audio-Technica, Presonus, Sonoma Wireworks, Song Trust, Soundmatters, Noisehive and Landr.

 

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Website: http://www.songwriting.net

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A short history of music in gaming

A short history of music in gaming

No Comments 28 March 2017

Nowadays, music and gaming go hand in hand and share mutually beneficial relationship. Using music effectively in video games can help make or break the conclusion of a level - use the right music and you have an emotional climax on your hands that will leave players desperate for more.

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Stream Ripping - A Rising Threat for Music Companies

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Stream Ripping - A Rising Threat for Music Companies

No Comments 21 March 2017

Stream Ripping: A Rising Threat for Music Companies

  People have been bootlegging movies and music for almost half a century at this   point.
 
  Simply put, piracy is nothing new and the music industry has been fighting it   for quite a while.

Author: Adam Ferraresi

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The Last Songwriter - Documentary Spotlights Writers in the Age of Streaming

The Last Songwriter - Documentary Spotlights Writers in the Age of Streaming

No Comments 13 March 2017

A new documentary titled The Last Songwriter highlights the importance of songwriting and the threats posed by music streaming services.

It spotlights a young writer struggling to make a living in the age of digital streaming. The documentary, directed by award-winning filmmaker Mark Barger Elliott, premieres at the Nashville Film Festival in April.

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Introducing The Winner Of The 2017 Tiny Desk Contest

Introducing The Winner Of The 2017 Tiny Desk Contest

No Comments 2 March 2017

We watched more than 6,000 videos. Ten judges weighed in. Now, the 2017 Tiny Desk Contest has a winner.

We are proud to have fallen in love with the sounds of New Orleans’ own Tank and the Bangas. What won me over about the band’s performance of “Quick” were the interactions among lead singer Tarriona “Tank” Ball and her bandmates, and the way they seemed to surprise one another. It all felt so organic and on-the-spot, just like the best Tiny Desk concerts.

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Remix Licensing Platform Dubset Raises $4M From Group Led By Cue Ball Capital

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Remix Licensing Platform Dubset Raises $4M From Group Led By Cue Ball Capital

No Comments 2 March 2017

Dubset Media Holdings, the startup whose technology aims to help digital services identify and pay rights-holders whose content is used in remixes, has raised $4m in a fresh Series A funding round.

The investment is being led by Boston-based Cue Ball Capital, which focuses on recurring revenue platforms in business information services, digital media and specialty consumer opportunities.

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Online Royalties Jumped 60 percent For Independent Publishers In 2016

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Online Royalties Jumped 60 percent For Independent Publishers In 2016

No Comments 2 March 2017

Online royalties paid out by the likes of Apple Music, iTunes, Spotify and YouTube jumped by 60% for a powerful set of independent publishers last year.

The figure refers to distributions made by IMPEL, which collectively licenses Anglo-American mechanical digital rights in Europe for publishers including Beggars Music, Imagem, SONGS Music Publishing and more.

The growth was completely driven by streaming (thanks to hits from songwriters like SONGS-signed The Weeknd, pictured), which comfortably offset declines from download platforms.

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FastForward 2017 Making Sense Of A Data Driven Music Industry Culture

FastForward 2017 Making Sense Of A Data Driven Music Industry Culture

No Comments 2 March 2017

American composer, professor and new media artist R. Luke DuBois once declared that “the history of music is the history of technology.” Indeed, from over 40,000 years ago, when humans began building the first instruments, to the present day, where streaming, piracy and emerging technologies like VR impact all steps of the value chain from artist development to licensing and consumption, technology continually transforms the way we create, value and share our music. How can the music industry make the most of what comes next?

Such was the premise of the second installment of FastForward, a music conference aimed at under-35s that took place on February 23 and 24, 2017.

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Introducing Music Box - Live Video Sessions By The Independent

Introducing Music Box - Live Video Sessions By The Independent

No Comments 2 March 2017

I’m delighted to announce the first of what I hope will be many live music sessions by The Independent: Music Box.

Its simple raison d’être is to give talented artists a platform in an increasingly competitive industry for up-and-comers - where they can share their music with both their current fans and potential new ones.

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Blockchain technology can solve several media industry problems

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Blockchain technology can solve several media industry problems

No Comments 25 February 2017

The unsurpassed reach of the Internet and the emergence of a range of new digital technologies have transformed virtually every corner of the music industry for fans and creators alike. While consumers enjoy vastly more options, these market disruptions are presenting a range of important challenges for creators, producers, and distributors of music.

Musicians are struggling to balance their passion for music with the need to be knowledgeable and vigilant about the financial rewards for their talents. Of the $15 billion in global recorded music revenue for sound recordings reported by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry for 2014, only a small portion of the money beyond the initial recording advances ultimately makes its way to artists as ongoing revenue.

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Coalition of 15 Music Orgs File Complaint Over Digital Millennium Copyright Act

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Coalition of 15 Music Orgs File Complaint Over Digital Millennium Copyright Act

No Comments 23 February 2017

A coalition of 15 music organizations representing creators and companies has submitted comments to the U.S. Copyright Office about the safe harbors in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and why they’re not working for the music business. Among them are the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA), and various collection societies and creators organizations.

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How Old-Fashioned TV Still Drives the Music Industry

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How Old-Fashioned TV Still Drives the Music Industry

No Comments 23 February 2017

For all the whirlwind technological changes and crumbling barriers to entry in the music industry, some things sure have stayed pretty old school.

Yes, rap songs by scrappy upstarts can hit No.1 on the Billboard charts thanks to internet memes and an unfathomable amount of streams on services like YouTube and Spotify. And it’s true that unless you’re talking about Adele, CD sales and even digital downloads have plummeted, because why own anything that takes up space when you can stream on-demand either for free or a small monthly fee? These days, a casual fan taking a trip to the record store is an almost laughable idea.

And yet, for the biggest names in music, self-promotion hasn’t changed all that much since the days of the Beatles on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” More than an online radio takeover or guerrilla social media campaign, marquee televised events remain the quickest way to reach millions of mainstream listeners who might check out your music or even buy it (or, preferably, come see you live; more on that later).

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How The Technology Behind Bitcoin Could Change The Music Industry

How The Technology Behind Bitcoin Could Change The Music Industry

No Comments 23 February 2017

The music industry is in crisis, outpaced by the digital revolution and unwilling to innovate and adapt. With all but the top-earning musicians struggling to get paid, the promise of a new technology that could support artists at both ends of scale seems almost too good to be true. Josh Hall finds out how the blockchain could upend the industry.

SoundCloud is starting to look like the first dead unicorn of its generation. ‘Unicorns’ - tech start-ups with a valuation of a billion dollars or more - are rare and precarious beasts, and no company sums up that precarity better than the Berlin-based streaming giant. Attacked on all sides by legal challenges, licensing issues and excessive downtime, the company is now frantically looking for a buyer to pull it out of the quagmire. Google is the latest suitor, rumored to be mulling a purchase for around $500 million - about half what the SoundCloud founders were demanding just a few months ago.

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Third Man Pressing Shares Grand Opening Details Vinyl Pressing Plant To Open February 25

Third Man Pressing Shares Grand Opening Details Vinyl Pressing Plant To Open February 25

No Comments 17 February 2017

Opening Day To Offer Tours, Will Feature Performances From The Mummies, The Oblivians And Craig Brown Band

Limited Edition, Detroit-Centric Vinyl Available On Opening Day With On-Site Hand Screen Printed Jackets All Pressed On The Premises

Third Man Records is set to open their highly anticipated pressing plant, Third Man Pressing to the public on Saturday, February 25th. Located in the heart of the Cass Corridor, Third Man Pressing brings a day filled with live music, freshly pressed all Detroit-centric limited edition vinyl, and tours. The event will be free and open to the public.

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Measuring Sound: How Data And Streaming Is Impacting The Music Industry

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Measuring Sound: How Data And Streaming Is Impacting The Music Industry

No Comments 17 February 2017

Streaming services continue to disrupt our musical landscape. The streams of data they generate, however, will have the biggest impact on the music industry.

Streaming services have taken a well-aimed kick at the music establishment, with the likes of Spotify, Deezer, Apple Music and Pandora all making it possible for artists today to have a hit without radio airplay, media coverage or, indeed, the public having even heard of them.

By John Reynolds

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Spotify Creating 1,000 Jobs in New York as it Moves to Four World Trade Center

Spotify Creating 1,000 Jobs in New York as it Moves to Four World Trade Center

No Comments 16 February 2017

Spotify has signed a lease for a huge New York office at Four World Trade Center - where it will create over 1,000 jobs.

The streaming company has committed to taking 378,000 square feet on floors 62-72 of the skyscraper - more than double the size of its current NY base.

The news was revealed earlier today by the Governor of New York State, Andrew Cuomo, who took to Facebook Live to proudly announce details.

By Tim Ingham

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Weekend At The Grammys: Chance The Rapper

Weekend At The Grammys: Chance The Rapper

No Comments 16 February 2017

He’s not your typical Grammy nominee; he’s never signed a record deal or even sold a physical album of his music. And yet, this year at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards, Chicago native Chance the Rapper will not only perform at the ceremony, alongside the likes of Beyoncé, Adele, The Weeknd, Anderson .Paak, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Metallica, A Tribe Called Quest, and Bruno Mars, among others, but he will also be up for 7 total Grammy awards himself. When Billboard magazine interviewed Chance’s manager Pat Corcoran back in December, he even stated, “I had no idea. I was so nervous that we were going to be overlooked. I just don’t know how those types of things work.”

Words by Izzy Furlan

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The Impact of Streaming changes to the Grammys

The Impact of Streaming changes to the Grammys

No Comments 7 February 2017

Earlier this year, the Recording Academy made a major change to the rules for   Grammy nominations. For   the first time ever, albums that were streaming-only would be eligible   for Grammy contention. This meant physical copies for sale were no longer a   necessity in order to be considered for Grammys. With the changing music landscape   meaning that an album could become a hit even without being sold in stores,   the Recording Academy evidently realized they needed to adjust their rules.

By: Nicholas Johnson

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SESAC has been acquired by Blackstone Group

SESAC has been acquired by Blackstone Group

No Comments 17 January 2017

Fast-growing US collection and licensing society SESAC has been acquired by private equity funds affiliated with the $35bn-valued Blackstone Group.

Blackstone, which has over $360bn in assets under management, has entered into an agreement to acquire SESAC Holdings from Rizvi Traverse Management.

The transaction is expected to close by the end of the first quarter of 2017. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.

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Music Industry Advice For Women, By Women

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Music Industry Advice For Women, By Women

No Comments 17 January 2017

In 1966, James Brown said, “This is a man’s world, but it wouldn’t be nothing without a woman or a girl.” It’s been 50 years since these famous words were first uttered, but not much has really changed. For the most part, it’s still a man’s world - regardless of what industry is the subject of conversation, men continue to be in the majority. However, anyone would be foolish to deny the impact powerful women have in any field.

In the music industry, as in any area of employment, women have a harder time earning the success or respect they deserve without being subjected to gender stereotypes or consistently being objectified for their image.

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Why Sub Pops Founder Quit The Music Industry - And What He Thinks Of It Today

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Why Sub Pops Founder Quit The Music Industry - And What He Thinks Of It Today

No Comments 17 January 2017

For most of his career, Sub Pop founder Bruce Pavitt had a front row seat to the most subversive elements of punk rock culture.

His music career started at college with a radio show and fanzine, before launching Sub Pop in ’86 - a label best known for Nirvana, Mudhoney and Soundgarden.

After dumping his shares in 2003, unhappy with the culture change that came with selling a 49% stake to Warner, he took some time away from the industry to raise a family.

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Here’s Why Vinyl Isn’t About To Save The Music Business And Why Albums Need Rethinking

Here’s Why Vinyl Isn’t About To Save The Music Business And Why Albums Need Rethinking

No Comments 9 January 2017

The BPI announced that ‘album equivalent sales’ were up by 1.6% in volume terms in 2016, with vinyl and streaming identified as the key drivers. Many people retain a nostalgic soft spot for vinyl, so an apparently vinyl led revival is always going to get people’s attention. But not only is vinyl not the future (it was just 2.6% of sales in 2016), the big differences between the most popular vinyl, streaming, singles and album artists reveal just how fragmented the music business has become.

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YouTube loses us music streaming dominance as subscription plays jump 124%

YouTube loses us music streaming dominance as subscription plays jump 124%

No Comments 9 January 2017

People paying for the likes of Spotify and Apple Music played more music streams in the US last year than users of YouTube - in a dramatic market reversal.

That’s according to the latest data from trusted market monitor BuzzAngle - whose stats show that digital video music streams grew by just 7.5% in the year.

By contrast, audio on-demand services saw streams on their platforms grow by a whopping 82.6% - from 137.29bn in 2015 to 250.73bn in 2016.

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Universal Acquires Japan’s ‘Full Stack’ Music Company, Office Augusta

Universal Acquires Japan’s ‘Full Stack’ Music Company, Office Augusta

No Comments 9 January 2017

Universal Music Group has given its global market share a boost with a significant acquisition in Japan - the world’s second biggest recorded music territory.

Vivendi-owned UMG has swooped for Tokyo-based Office Augusta, in a deal which comes into effect on January 6, 2017.

The move represents Universal’s first major buyout since it snapped up US-based digital marketing agency Fame House in May.

Office Augusta is what’s known as a ‘full-stack’ music company, operating divisions across records, music publishing, live promotion and artist management.

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All Three Major Labels, Pandora and RIAA Announce Support for Hi-Res Audio Streaming

All Three Major Labels, Pandora and RIAA Announce Support for Hi-Res Audio Streaming

No Comments 9 January 2017

With a large swath of the industry on board, how long before streaming services offer premium audio tiers?

A large swath of the music business, including all three major labels (Universal Music Group, Sony Music and the Warner Music Group), the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and music platforms such as Pandora, Rhapsody/Napster and HD Tracks, all in concert with the Digital Entertainment Group (DEG), today announced their support for studio-quality hi-res audio for music streaming.

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Music Subscriptions Passed 100 Million In December. Has The World Changed?

Music Subscriptions Passed 100 Million In December. Has The World Changed?

No Comments 9 January 2017

In streaming’s earlier years, when doubts prevailed across the artist, songwriter and label communities, one of the arguments put forward by enthusiasts was that when streaming reached scale everything would make sense. When asked what ‘scale’ meant, the common reply was ‘100 million subscribers’. In December, the streaming market finally hit and passed that milestone, notching up 100.4 million subscribers by the stroke of midnight on the 31st December.

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Facebook Must Strike A Deal With Music Publishers As Soon As Possible

Facebook Must Strike A Deal With Music Publishers As Soon As Possible

No Comments 8 January 2017

The careers of unsigned artists are being caught in the crossfire of an increasingly aggressive copyright assault on Facebook by music publishers.

Performers began to publicly complain about covers of popular tracks being pulled down from Facebook in October, following a spate of copyright infringement notifications from music rights-holders.

Things have gone from bad to worse for them since then.

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RIAA Exec: 2017 Will Be A “Critical Year” For Music Law (Q&A)

RIAA Exec: 2017 Will Be A “Critical Year” For Music Law (Q&A)

No Comments 8 January 2017

From the “Stairway to Heaven” trial to the ongoing litigation surrounding pre-1972 recordings, 2016 was a big year for music law - but 2017 is shaping up to be even bigger.

The music industry’s battle against stream-ripping, changes to consent decrees and a potential Supreme Court case involving DMCA exemptions are all on the docket. So The Hollywood Reporter asked Steve Marks, general counsel for the Recording Industry Association of America, what’s at stake in the year ahead and which cases he’ll be watching most closely.

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The 5 Biggest Music Business News Stories Of 2017. (Yes, 2017.)

The 5 Biggest Music Business News Stories Of 2017. (Yes, 2017.)

No Comments 27 December 2016

We realize that the dying embers of December are usually used for retrospectives, wrap-ups and remembrances.

But MBW fancies itself as a bit of a bleeding edge, swerve-the-crowd type of publication.

So if it’s okay with you ...  we’re going new year, this year.

Looking into our crystal ball, we’ve spotted the five biggest music business news stories waiting to happen over the next 12 months.

All of them have the potential to significantly transform the industry. (You can expect to see their outcomes reported first right here, of course.)

In summary: If you thought 2016 was a crucial year for the music biz, just wait to see what its older brother has in store ...

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Warner To Launch ‘Hundreds Of Virtual Reality Experiences’ With Melodyvr Deal

Warner To Launch ‘Hundreds Of Virtual Reality Experiences’ With Melodyvr Deal

No Comments 27 December 2016

The major music company says the agreement will spawn “hundreds of cutting edge virtual reality experiences featuring artists from [our] roster”.

The VR content production and distribution framework will see both recorded and live ‘immersive’ experiences released via Melody’s VR Music Platform, which will launch next year.

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With Streaming, Musicians and Fans Find Room to Experiment and Explore

With Streaming, Musicians and Fans Find Room to Experiment and Explore

No Comments 27 December 2016

Something unexpected happened near the top of the album charts this year: Pop stars were acting like artists. That is to say, they weren’t desperately chasing the broadest possible audience with the most surefire formulas; they weren’t calculating what would fit radio formats best. Instead, some of them grew eccentric and adventurous, impulsive and experimental, instinctive and personal - at times, bordering on avant-garde. And they found that listeners were willing to pay attention.

In 2016, Billboard’s Top 200 album chart had entries in the Top 10 by Beyoncé, Kanye West, Solange, Bon Iver, Frank Ocean and Radiohead: arty, idiosyncratic, often dark statements that counted on listeners to engage with them fully. Rihanna’s “Anti,” which did have hit singles (including “Work”) to drive sales, turned out to be a brittle, even confrontational album about compulsive lust and multilevel betrayal.

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It’s the Same Old Song: Big Content Pushes For Expanded Copyright Powers

It’s the Same Old Song: Big Content Pushes For Expanded Copyright Powers

No Comments 27 December 2016

By: Kerry Sheehan

It’s the Same Old Song: Big Content Pushes For Expanded Copyright Powers

Hoping once again to rewrite copyright law in its own interest, the copyright establishment - specifically music and publishing - is calling on President-elect Donald Trump to support “strong protections for intellectual property rights,” and to push search engines, hosting companies, and domain name registrars and registries to become copyright cops.

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The Piracy Playlist: Can the Music Industry Fight Counterfeit CDs?

The Piracy Playlist: Can the Music Industry Fight Counterfeit CDs?

No Comments 27 December 2016

Music piracy has existed for centuries, but it wasn’t until digital media came along that it really took off. Napster. Fake CDs. Pirate Bay. And even though the momentum in the industry appears to be headed away from buying physical media that hold your music in favor of digital downloads and streaming, the fact remains that an enormous number of fans still want to buy, own and listen to their favorite artists on CDs. Indeed, CD sales still account for about 40% of a $15 billion global music industry.

But millions of the CDs those audiophiles have been buying online aren’t any more legitimate than a $20 Rolex, and music fans are filling the pockets of pirates instead supporting the music industry, artists and record labels. It’s gotten bad enough that recently, the American Association of Independent Music warned its indie label members of a rash of Chinese pirates selling CDs on Amazon.

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Exclusivity and Its Limits

Exclusivity and Its Limits

No Comments 27 December 2016

By Ashley Cook

Major labels are pushing for the end of exclusive deals with streaming services as they are quickly realizing such a practice hinders the potential profit of their artists’ biggest albums and creates incentive for brand name artists to no longer renew their contracts.

A New Economy

Since their launch last year, streaming services Tidal and Apple Music have been paying record labels for the exclusive rights of their music to entice new subscribers. Apple Music pays artists such as Drake, Pharrell Williams, and Future large amounts of upfront money while Tidal gives an ownership cut to artists like Kanye West, Beyonce, and Rihanna - all in exchange for promotion of their platform to compete in a Spotify - dominated industry.

It has proven to be a successful marketing strategy for both companies, with Apple Music and Tidal generating a combined total of about 20 million new subscribers just in the past year.

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Six Reasons Why 2016 Was a Great Year For Big Music

Six Reasons Why 2016 Was a Great Year For Big Music

No Comments 26 December 2016

From classic rockers in the desert to cracking down on ticket bots, here’s how the music business made money

After more than 15 years of piracy, scalping and other bogeymen who’ve shown up to slash jobs and loot artists, the music business’ 2016 was … not terrible.

There was Beyonce. And Drake. And Chance the Rapper, Rihanna, the return of Guns N’ Roses, Axl Rose fronting AC/DC, Justin Bieber and every song you could ever want streaming from one of a zillion different services. It’s not like the halcyon days of $18 CDs are back - or ever will be - but the record industry has grown for two straight years, the first time since 1999 and the Recording Industry Association of America reports music retail spending grew 8.1 percent in the first half of 2016.

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Kobalt Signs ‘Momentous’ Deal To Administer Elvis Presley Publishing Catalogue

Kobalt Signs ‘Momentous’ Deal To Administer Elvis Presley Publishing Catalogue

No Comments 22 December 2016

Kobalt has inked a deal with with Authentic Brands Group (ABG) and Elvis Presley Enterprises, LLC to administer the vast majority of the Presley publishing catalogue worldwide.

The deal, which incorporates more than 1,000 songs, includes classic hits such as “All Shook Up”, “Jailhouse Rock”, “A Little Less Conversation”, “Return to Sender”, “Can’t Help Falling in Love”, and many others.

The agreement comes into effect in January 2017.

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The Radio Music License Committee (RMLC) has been hitting the headlines recently.

The Radio Music License Committee (RMLC) has been hitting the headlines recently.

No Comments 22 December 2016

The US commercial body, which represents over 10,000 commercial terrestrial radio stations, is in a legal battle with Irving Azoff’s performance rights organization Global Music Rights (GMR) - with each accusing the other of anti-competitive behavior.

What that means in reality is, until a settlement or licensing agreement can be found, the songwriters represented by GMR could end up not being played on (or paid by) the influential network of stations.

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In Memoriam 2016

In Memoriam 2016

No Comments 21 December 2016

By: Tom Huizenga, producer; Mark Mobley, editor; Brittany Mayes, designer

Music suffered heavy losses in 2016, a year like no other in recent memory. We bid unexpected farewells to the very brightest stars — David Bowie and Prince — but we also lost masters from every corner of the music world, from classical composers and jazz greats to world music superstars, soul singers, country giants, prog-rock pioneers and record producers. They left us with unforgettable sounds and compelling stories. Hear their music and explore their legacies here.

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12 Things That Won’t Happen In 2017 (My Music Industry Anti-Predictions)

12 Things That Won’t Happen In 2017 (My Music Industry Anti-Predictions)

No Comments 21 December 2016

By:  Paul Resnikoff

What won’t be happening in the music industry next year?

If you’re hoping for big things next year, you might just get them.  But temper your expectations, my friend.  Here are my anti-predictions for 2017.

1. Wireless headphones won’t take over the world (yet).

Just because Apple ripped out the headphone jack doesn’t mean we’re playing along.  Already, wireless headphones and earbuds are strong sellers, especially amongst the most active of users.  And Samsung is pondering a jack-less phone as well.

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What Is “Escape Room” And Why Is It One Of My Top Genres On Spotify? Using data

What Is “Escape Room” And Why Is It One Of My Top Genres On Spotify? Using data

No Comments 21 December 2016

By: Cherie Hu

What makes reliving one’s year in music so appealing and enjoyable? In 2016 - and in every other year - it’s all about the weirdness.
Every December, Spotify publishes a data-driven annual recap of individual and collective listening trends called the Year in Music. For 2016, the streaming service decided to take a slightly more subdued approach, opting for a one-off email campaign and a collection of playlists on the service as opposed to the colorful, standalone websites that we saw in 2014 and 2015.

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Asia’s digital music market flourishes

Asia’s digital music market flourishes

No Comments 20 December 2016

Japan is Asia’s biggest digital music market, selling $432 million worth of music a year.

However, in contrast to the global digital music market, the Asian market is relatively small. The regional revenue amounts to less than a third of the United States ($900 million versus $3.3 billion in 2015).

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B.C. music industry gets $3.8 million

B.C. music industry gets $3.8 million

No Comments 20 December 2016

Christmas has come early for the music industry. The Province of British Columbia and Creative BC have just announced three new funding programs totalling $3.8 million.

A total of $2.5 million has been dedicated to support the Live Music Program. B.C. based festivals, venues, live music presenters and event producers can apply for funding aimed at increasing the number of live music performances within the province. According to a press release, funding will support developments that directly contribute to the growth of live music events, “such as infrastructure improvements, new marketing initiatives and strategy development.” The deadline for the first program intake is February 1, 2017 with a second intake in June 2017.

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The Global Music Copyright Business Is Worth More Than You Think - And Grew By Nearly $1Bn Last Year

The Global Music Copyright Business Is Worth More Than You Think - And Grew By Nearly $1Bn Last Year

No Comments 20 December 2016

How much is the global music business really worth?

The regularly-cited answer to that question: $15bn.

That’s the (approximate) figure the IFPI has placed on the recorded music business’s annual revenues for the past few years.

In 2016, according to early estimates, that figure looks likely to rise up towards $16bn.

But in truth, it still only conveys one part of the music copyright landscape.

Last year, Spotify Director of Economics Will Page helped MBW put the first ever figure on the entire music copyright industry – that’s recorded music, plus revenues generated by publishing/authors rights.

He’s just done it again.

And today, MBW can exclusively present his latest findings.

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Projecting Trends: 2016 - Music, Blockchain, Virtual Reality, Streaming Exclusives, and Bots

Projecting Trends: 2016 - Music, Blockchain, Virtual Reality, Streaming Exclusives, and Bots

No Comments 20 December 2016

By: Bas Grasmayer

What a rollercoaster 2016 has been.

Without even considering the passing away of so many legends, it was an important year for the music business. 2016 was filled of optimism and innovation, with many looking forward and trying to understand the music industry in the years to come.

Many of this year’s most important developments need more time in order to meaningfully contribute to a better industry, but that means 2016 has been a foundational year.

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Founder of Seattle grunge label Sub Pop explains why he jacked it all in to launch a tech startup

Founder of Seattle grunge label Sub Pop explains why he jacked it all in to launch a tech startup

No Comments 14 November 2016

Bruce Pavitt is considered one of the founding fathers of the Seattle grunge scene.

The Sub Pop alternative music label he cofounded with business partner Jon Poneman in the late 1980s kickstarted the global success of bands including Nirvana, Soundgarden, and Mudhoney.

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Productivity Secrets CEOs Can Learn From Indie Artists

Productivity Secrets CEOs Can Learn From Indie Artists

No Comments 14 November 2016

What can business professionals learn from the productivity habits of a highly successful indie artist? How can creatives use time management habits to improve their art and grow their fan base?

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Leon Russell, Renowned Songwriter and Musician, Dead at 74

Leon Russell, Renowned Songwriter and Musician, Dead at 74

No Comments 14 November 2016

Leon Russell, renowned multi-instrumentalist and songwriter who collaborated with the likes of Bob Dylan, George Harrison, the Rolling Stones and Elton John over the course of 50 years in the music industry, died Saturday. He was 74.

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Amazon Music Unlimited Set to Take On Premium Music Streaming Services

Amazon Music Unlimited Set to Take On Premium Music Streaming Services

No Comments 14 October 2016

The music streaming industry has been booming as of late. There are already many well-known music streaming services such as Apple Music, Spotify and Pandora on the market. However, it looks like the marketplace is about to get a little bit more cramped now that Amazon has finally launched its own streaming service: Amazon Music Unlimited.

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How blockchain can change the music industry

How blockchain can change the music industry

No Comments 11 October 2016

Since the 1999 launch of Napster’s music-sharing platform, the music industry has been in near-constant turmoil, its timeline marked with dipping revenues, lack of transparency, piracy problems and feuds over the fair distribution of dividends.

Music companies hate streaming services. Streaming services hate file-sharing services. And, most of all, artists and content creators hate virtually everyone else for making huge sums off their toil and feeding them the crumbs.

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Warner Music Group Inks Ford Factory Lease

Warner Music Group Inks Ford Factory Lease

No Comments 11 October 2016

Warner Music Group Corp. signed a long-term lease for the full Ford Factory in downtown’s Arts District, the company reported in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing on Friday.

The lease is set to begin in August 2017 and last for nearly 13 years with an option to renew for 10 years, according to the document. The lease rate will begin at roughly $10 million annually, and Warner expects to spend between $40 million to $50 million to build out its space. During the build-out period Warner will receive a “rent abatement” of 75 percent.

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