Back To The Past: Why The Vintage Sound Is Becoming So Popular In Indie Music

1While nostalgia in entertainment is nothing new, the indie music scene has been witnessing a particularly large wave of it recently with a number of bands adopting an audio aesthetic heavily reminiscent of the 70s/80s and even earlier. Here we explore why, and where the trend is headed.

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What Bad Wolves’ Success Can Teach All Musicians [INTERVIEW]

2Here James Shotwell chats with Bad Wolves, a rock and roll group who have been able to cultivate success in a genre some had deemed dead. In this interview, they detail how they found success with their recent cover of 'Zombie' and how the group's collective experience in the music business has affected their career.

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71% Of Music Producers, Engineers Often Work Free [STUDY]

image from www.musicweek.comA new Music Producers Guild study showed that 88% of producers and engineers say that they have asked to work for free, with 71% agreeing to work unpaid within the last three years. 17% of those requests to work free came from major labels.

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Indie Video Series BalconyTV Rebrands As BALCONY!

image from yt3.ggpht.comAfter a short hiatus, Orchard/Sony-owned BalconyTV has resurfaced under the moniker BALCONY! and a new format that continues to expose independent artists with a focus on The Orchard's vast roster.

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JUNO Awards Opens 2020 Submissions

image from celebrityaccess.comThe Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) has announced that submissions for the 2020 JUNO Awards are open. To be considered for nomination for the 2020 JUNO Awards, releases must meet these criteria:

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The Currency Of Deceased Rock Stars

4In the wake of the passing of both Eddie Money and The Cars' Ric Ocasek, Fred Jacobs here reflects on the lasting value of Classic Rock, and how music from the 60s and 70s continues to accrue cultural relevancy even as the number of actual artists from the era dwindles.

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Fierce Panda Records: UK Label With Fresh Talent On The Roster [INTERVIEW]

4ReverbNation recently sat down to chat with storied UK record label Firece Panda Records, a UK label with an impressive resume and some promising new artists on the docket, about their work over the past 25 years, the challenges of operating as an indie label, what they look for in an artist, and more.

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5 Big Takeaways From IFPI's Music Listening Report 2019

Music-Listening-2019 pdfIFPI, the global recorded music trade organization, today released its Music Listening 2019 report, which surveys how music consumers 16-64 engage with recorded music across 21 countries. Here are 5 big takeaways.

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BUSINESS OF INDIE: Independents Join Climate Protest • Kobalt Hires • Music Row N.B.T. • Tireless Pup • More

Biz Of Indie 2In a new edition of the Business Of Indie, Independents join global climate protests, Kobalt makes some key hires, Music Row launches the N.B.T. directory. a look at the punk band Pup and much more.

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What Exactly Is An EP?

5The awkward middle child between the reliable LP and the flashy single, the EP is often overlooked and misunderstood, particularly as the digital age reshapes our music consumption habits. Here we give the EP some much deserved attention, looking at the format's history and how EPs are used by artists in the present day.

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95% Of U.S. Latin Music Revenue Comes From Streaming, says RIAA Report

Riaa-logoA new RIAA report shows that in the first half of 2019, the U.S. Latin music business continued to grow at a double-digit pace. By mid-year 2019, Latin music revenues grew 13.5% to $232 million at estimated retail value versus the prior year.

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Haviah Mighty Wins Polaris Music Prize 2019

image from celebrityaccess.comHaviah Mighty has won the Polaris Music Prize 2019 for her album "13th Floor."  The Prize, which was presented in Toronto by CBC Music, goes to the best Canadian album of the year based on artistic merit without regard to genre, sales history or label affiliation.

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5 Big Takeaways From Americanafest 2019

image from americanamusic.orgAmericanafest 2019 is a wrap. Thousands of musicians, music industry professionals and fans descended on Nashville for a four-day conference, an awards show filled with great music and short speeches alongside more than 500 official and countless unofficial showcases. 

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Public Enemy’s Technique For Cracking “Second Album Syndrome”

1SAS or 'Second Album Syndrome' has become something of a phenomenon in the music business, with many artists struggling break new ground or successfully follow up a debut with an equally compelling sophomore release. Not so with famed hip hop group Public Enemy, however, who successfully broke SAS.

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Warner Records Partners With Masked Gorilla's Roger Gengo For New Hip Hop Label

image from celebrityaccess.comWarner Records has formed a joint venture with Masked Records, the new label formed by hip-hop entrepreneur Roger Gengo, founder of the influential Masked Gorilla website and UNMASKED concert series.

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Americana Music Awards Full List Of Winners 2019

image from concertedefforts.comThe Americana Music Association kicked off its annual conference Wednesday night with the 18th annual Honors & Awards ceremony at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. The Milk Carton Kids-hosted evening that showcased the best of what this inclusive genre has to offer.

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New California Law Might Give Musicians Precisely What They’re Trying To Avoid

1Calfornia Bill AB 5 has now passed both houses of the Legislature and is headed to the Governor to be signed. The bill, aimed primarily at helping ride-share drivers, could also reak havoc in the indie music industry, re-classifying those who were once known as independent contractors as full employees.

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Deezer To Tests User-Centric Muisc Streaming Payouts and It Could Be A Game Changer

Deezer newMusic streamer Deezer is soliciting rights holders to test a major change in how streaming royalties are calculated.  So-called "user-centric payments" would more fairly compensate low and mid-tier artists, according to its supporters.

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DistroKid Adds Release Editing

DistoKid logoDistroKid now lets users edit releases on it d.i.y. distribution platform. Users can now change song titles, album art, release date, etc. without having to delete and reupload each track. 

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Billboard Parent Valence To Acquire Nielsen, Soundscan [REPORT]

Billboard chartValence Media, the parent company of Billboard and Hollywood Reporter is acquiring Nielsen's music-related data, software and analytics business, according to multiple reports. Nielsen Soundscan provides the data that power's Billboard's iconic music charts.

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BUSINESS OF INDIE: Major Label Kool-Aid • R.I.P. Keith Case • AIM Awards Winners • More

Biz Of Indie 2In this new edition of the Business Of Indie, two top indie execs caution against drinking the major label Kool-Aid, Nashville agent Keith Case passes, the UK's Association Of Independent Music announces its 2019 winners and much more.

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Ipecac Recordings On 20 Years Of Music Business Success [INTERVIEW]

Screen Shot 2019-09-03 at 11.16.00 PMA rare feat in a challenging industry, Ipecac Records has managed to successfully turn a profit during each of its twenty years in operation. Here, founders Mike Patton and Greg Werckman sat down to with The Orchard to discuss the label's origins and what the future might have in store for it.

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Tour Diary: What I Learned On the Road w/ Heavyweights Of Metal, Mushroomhead

2In this piece, Gideon Waxman recounts his recent experience doing a run of shows with his band Familiar Spirits in support of heavy metal band Mushroomhead, recounting what he took away from the experience and what other young bands can do to capture these career-opening opportunities.

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A2IM, RIAA, MAC Join To Fight AB5 Bill That Would Kill Indie Music In California

image from images-na.ssl-images-amazon.comA new California law set to go into effect on September 13th would have dire consequences for the independent and .d.i.y music community unless lawmakers add an exemption. Executives at the A2IM, RIAA and Music Artists Coalition have banded together to pen an open letter that demands action.

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Blink-182 Exits BMG For Columbia Records: Is The Major Label Exodus Now A Revolving Door?

image from celebrityaccess.comIs the much-touted exodus by established artists from major labels to indies and artist services firms about to become a revolving door? It's too early to call it a trend, but former major label act Blink-182 has now exited BMG and inked a deal with Sony Music’s Columbia for their new album.

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