This Week's YouTube Music Charts: Sia, Post Malone, Maroon 5, Cardi BCross Billion Views Milestones

YouTube Music logoThis week on YouTube Music CardiB, Sia, Post Malone and Maroon 5 each celebrate reaching a new billion views milestones, Daddy Yankee continues to dominate the Global Charts with “Con Calma,” Iggy Azalea makes her chart return with “Sally Walker.”

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What Maren Morris' History-Making First-Week Numbers Say About Country In The Streaming Era

Screen Shot 2019-03-26 at 7.12.09 AMA country music superstar, Maren Morris' sophomore release recently debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200, but its performance on streaming services, while good for a country album, is revealing just how far the genre has to go to catch up with others.

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PledgeMusic Update: Millions Owed, Buyer Interest, Noisetrade Co-Founders Unpaid

PledgeMusic NewAt least one potential buyer is taking a serious look at acquiring debt ridden PledgeMusic, according to new reports. Unable to pay funds due artists and labels, PledgeMusic suspended all crowdfunding campaigns in early February, and has been operating with a skeleton staff since.

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Music Management Commissions - What's Fair?

1While managers in the music business have always has a lot to do with an artists' success, never have they made or broken an artist more than in the current music economy, and never have they had to work harder - so what is a sustainable business model for managers in the modern music industry that still fairly compensates them?

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Spotify Adds Personalization To Curated Playlists and That's Great News For Artists, Labels

Spotify CustomSome official Spotify playlists will now be personalized based on a listener's taste. For those playlists, no two will be the same. So while not the same as a permanent playlist placement, all music now has a much better chance of getting heard by the right listeners.

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Ex-Apple Exec To Lead Soundcloud Subscription Push

SoundCloud_logo (1)SoundCloud has hired Anthony Gabriele as SVP, Subscriptions & Marketing. Gabriele was head of subscription marketing at Apple where he helped grow Apple Music to over 50 million paid subscribers.

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Article 13 Copyright Directive Is Approved Ending Safe Harbor For YouTube

EU flagThe European Union gave its final approval to the Article 11 and 13 Copyright Directive designed to update copyright law in Europe for the online age. Members of the European Parliament voted 348 in favor and 274 against.

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Has Race To The Bottom Begun? JioSaavn Cut Prices 75% To Battle Spotify, YouTube Music

Swan-4017568_960_720Leading Indian music streaming platform JioSaavn has cut the cost of its annual 'Pro' subscription by 75%. The move comes just weeks after Spotify and YouTube Music launched in India.

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Reunion Tour! Bands, Breakups and Contracts

image from musicbiz101wp.comThe vast majority of successful bands usually end up going through some kind of personnel change, sometimes to the point of having no original members at all. So what are the legal ramifications of these switcheroos and breakups? Prof. David Philp explains.

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50+ Music Companies File Copyright Suits Against ISPs Charter, Bright House

Gavel-clipart-gavel_bwMore than 50 major music companies have joined to file separate lawsuits against ISP providers Charter and Bright House for not doing enough to stop copyright infringement. Each suit could result in more than $1 billion in damages.

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Spotify Continues Podcast Push With Parcast Acquisition

Spotify new rectangleSpotify continues its major push into podcasting with the acquisition of Parcast, a storytelling-driven podcast studio. The deal comes just weeks after the streamer acquired podcast giants Gimlet and Anchor. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

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New Pinterest Stats Show Why It Shouldn't Be Ignored

PinterestAn SEC IPO filing share stats that serve as a reminder of just how popular the ‘visual search engine’ is and why it should not be ignored by any serious marketer. The highlights and how to use the platform to market music:

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Neighboring Rights: What They Are, Why They're Important

1The concept of neighboring rights parallels that of performance rights. Where performance rights reference the right to perform a composition, neighboring rights reference the ability to publicly perform the sound recording. So, why are these neighboring rights so important to artists and independent labels?

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