Getting It Done: The Week In D.I.Y. & Indie Music

6a00d83451b36c69e201b7c907b657970b-150wiDoing our bit to help the music business's independent self-starters out there, we this week offered tips and advice avoiding touring dead-ends, whether or not it's worth rebranding yourself as an artist, how to make the most of social media marketing, and more.

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Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: New Band Members • Find Your Fans • Music Royalties Explained • More

MTTRecapNew copySMOLThis week on MusicThinkTank, contributors shared advice on how to successfully recruit new band members, how to use data to find fans, where you need to register to collect all your music royalties, and more!

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REWIND: The New Music Industry’s Week In Review

6a01b7c7aa2d2b970b01b7c907b5d7970b-100wiNot quite ready to move on, we're taking a moment to revisit the past week of music industry news and refresh ourselves on ten artists that, while not exactly real, are owning the streaming game, the rise of Mixtape Monkey, Tencent's look at a major stake in UMG, and more!

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TOP POSTS: This Week’s Most Read Posts On Hypebot

6a00d83451b36c69e201b7c907b568970b-150wiThis week, the most popular and voraciously consumed articles to appear on Hypebot covered a statement from the board of PledgeMusic, why it's no longer a major label world, a look at the biggest streamers of 2019 so far, and more!

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10 Fake Artists With Over 1 Billion Streams

2As if making it in the music industry wasn't hard enough, musicians now face competition from fake artists, in this case production companies paid a flat fee by streaming services to create music from which the platform then scoops up the royalties.

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Avoid Dead Ends: 6 Tips For Touring Successfully As An Independent Musician

2Touring is difficult for anyone, and doing so as an independent artist brings its own set of challenges, with no guarantee of success no matter what you do. That said, it can also be an incredibly rewarding experience if done correctly. Here we look at six tips for preventing your tour from crashing and burning.

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MixTape Monkey Now Has 11 Million Listeners

Mixtape_monkey_logo-300x198Underground mixtape site MixTape Monkey now has 11 million listeners, according to founder Mark Serrano, who runs the influential site from his two bedroom apartment in Kansas City.

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What Bands, Artists Can Learn From Fortnite [Video]

1The incredibly popular game Fortnite has become an unstoppable force in the video game industry. Using basic marketing tactics, fortnite has been able to adapt and keep fans engaged, showing the kind of ingenuity and maneuverability musicians could learn a lot from.

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5 Things Your Email Press Release Must Have

1When it comes to emailing press releases, acting as your own PR team makes an already challenging task even harder, and if you're hoping for industry gatekeepers to even give you the time of day, there are five essential things you absolutely need to be sure to include.

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Find Your Fans: Utilizing Data To Analyze Your Audience

FIND YOUR FANSThanks to the wonders of the digital age, artists now have a vast array of data and analytics at their fingertips that can help them to get a much better sense of who their fans are help expand their reach and attract new ones.

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Roc Nation Fires 5 Executives [REPORT]

image from celebrityaccess.comRoc Nation Records has reportedly at least five senior-level executives, according to Billboard. Those let go include senior vp promotion Azim Rashid, senior vp A&R Orlando McGhee, executive vp marketing Gita Williams and senior director publicity Fairley McCaskill.

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SoundCloud Adds Digital Distribution With Acquisition Of Repost Network

SoundCloud_logo (1)SoundCloud has acquired digital rights management and distribution company, Repost Network. With the acquisition, SoundCloud can offer "high-performing, emerging creators " distribution, analytics and content protection.

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If My Music Changes, Should I Change My Artist Name?

1Many musicians tend to go through an artistic evolution over the course of their career, and there can be any number of reasons why a band or artist might seek fresh moniker at some point to during their time in the industry. That said major rebranding, as Chris Robley here explains, can be a risky proposition.

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