5 Collaborative Opportunities Most Musicians Are Missing

2With a brand new year comes a whole host of new opportunities for collaborating with your industry peers. Here we look at five such collaborative options you won't want to miss out on.

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Who Will Buy Universal Music Group? [Mark Mulligan]

image from www.hits959.comVivendi has been clear that it would like to sell up to half of its Universal Music Group at a valuation of between $22 billion and $33 billion, and an army of investment bankers are out courting potential buyers. MIDiA's Mark Mulligan looks at who may want and can afford to acquire a major stake in the world's largest music group.

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BUSINESS OF INDIE: Vinyl At CES • A2IM Reshuffles • Rezonant Scores • eOne • AIM • More

Business Of Indie NewOur latest Business Of Indie roundup includes the resurgence of vinyl at the Consumer Electronic Show, A2IM staff moves, Rezonant publishing's banner year, a VP hire at eOne, AIM's inclusivity campaign and much more.

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19 Marketing Predictions From Music Industry Experts

1In this piece nineteen different experts in fields ranging from musician to author to podcast host, weigh in with their marketing predications for the music industry in 2019, and what artists can do to prepare for the year.

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Verizon Wireless Adds Free Apple Music, Adding Millions Of Subscribers To Streamer

Apple music cardsVerizon has added free Apple Music subscriptions to several of its Unlimited wireless data plans. The carrier had been offering 6 months or free Apple Music, but the move to permanent subscriptions potentially adds millions of subscribers to Apple Music.

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Why I Ditched Music Streaming Services (For Now) And Bought A 1-800 Number

1Here one innovative music biz self-starter explains how successfully he eschewed traditional streaming service in favor of an incredibly old-school marketing tactic using, drum roll, the telephone.

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Pandora Adds In-App Voice Control

Pandora-new-logo-image-001[UPDATED] Pandora has added Voice Mode, a native smart assistant that allows listeners to control its mobile streaming apps using voice commands. While most music streaming services can be controlled via third party voice apps like Alexa and Google Assistant, only Pandora and Amazon offer it within their own app.

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How Jay-Z, Dr. Dre Focus Group Their Releases

1Both hugely accomplished music and entertainment moguls, Jay-Z and Dr. Dre's success has been propelled by their ability to understand music as a business, and effectively market it to their fans thanks, in part, to focus groups.

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Is Podcasting's Bubble About To Burst Or Just Catching Its Breath?

1Following its explosion in popularity, podcasting has established itself as a lead player in the audio renaissance. But can this platform continue to keep growing? Low barriers to entry have led to a crowded content field, leaving some in the industry concerned about its future.

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Alicia Keys To Host 2019 Grammys [VIDEO]

Grammy_logoAfter parting ways with comedian Kevin Hart, The Recording Academy and CBS announced today that Alicia Keys will host the 61st Annual  Awards. The awards will be broadcast live on CBS on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, 8 p.m.ET / 5 p.m. PT.

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A2IM Reups CEO Burgess, Adds General Manager, Promotes Four

A2IMThe American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) has renewed the contract of its respected leader Dr. Richard James Burgess, who will now serve as both President and CEO of the organization. The indie trade group has also hired a new General Manager and promoted four from within.

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Maximum Rocknroll Will End Print Publication After 36 Years

image from upload.wikimedia.orgPunk magazine Maximum Rocknroll is shutting down its print edition  later this year after 36 years and more than 400 issues. The San Francisco based publication began life as a radio show in 1977, and in 1982 added a monthly print magazine to cover the burgeoning d.i.y. and indie label punk scene.

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Fans Want To Understand An Artist's Creative Process

1What we consume as the final product of an artist's creative effort typically fails to communicate the process and often struggle that goes into it. Here we explore the value of sharing the creative process, and how it helps fans gain greater understanding of not just the music, but the artist behind it.

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Rapper Lil Uzi Vert Says He's Quitting Music Over Struggles With Atlantic Records

image from commons.wikimedia.orgLil Uzi Vert appears to be at odds with his record label and took to social media in what appeared to be a retirement announcement.  The  XO Tour Llif3 rapper whose real name is Symere Woods, announced that he has quit making music and “deleted” his work.

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How Many Songwriters Does It Take To Write A Hit? 9.1

2While the process of group-writing a song is not a new concept, a recent look at the Top Ten hits suggests that having more songwriters involved in the creation of a song can improve its chances of topping the charts.

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Average Spotify Subscriber Pays $5.50 Per Month And Falling. That's Less Money For Artists, Labels

Spotify New $The average price that a Spotify subscriber pays in dropping, and that has artists and record labels worried. Despite a stated price of $9.99 USD / €9.99 EU , the actual average price paid global is just $5.50 per month and falling.

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5 Tips For Preparing To Release New Music [Podcast]

image from cdn.pixabay.comIn this new episode of the Music Biz Weekly Podcast,  Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert discuss an article that Jay wrote for Soultracks.com, 5 Basic Tips: Preparing to Release New Music.

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Tidal Responds To Criminal Investigation Report

Tidal bannerTidal has responded to reports that Norwegian criminal justice unit Økokrim has opened an investigation into hundreds of millions of possible fake streams that benefited new releases by Kanye West and Beyonce.

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6 Songwriters Hall Of Fame 2019 Inductees Named

Songwriters hall of fameThe Songwriters Hall of Fame will induct six new honorees at its 50th Annual Awards Dinner. The star-studded event is slated for Thursday, June 13, 2019 in New York City.

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Music Health Alliance Saved Music Community $40M In Health Care Costs

1In a recent announcement, the Nashville, TN non-profit Music Health Alliance revealed that they have successfully saved the music community more than $40 million in healthcare costs during the course of the past six years, helping over 9,700 clients.

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Protests Target RCA, Sony: 'Drop Sexual Predator R Kelly' - SIGN #MuteRKelly PETITION

image from pbs.twimg.com"RCA/Sony: Drop Sexual Predator R Kelly" read the banner flying over the Los Angeles offices of RCA and Sony on Friday.  It's the latest escalation in a growing protest movement to force record label RCA and corporate parent Sony to cut ties with Kelly, after repeated reports of predatory behavior and sexual abuse.

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Event Marketing Will Change In 2019: Here's How

2As 2019 gets underway, the public's appetite for live events shows no signs of waning. While this is great news for your next show or festival, a thriving live economy means it's more important than ever to make your event stand out. Here we look at some key strategies that will help you come out on top.

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Maroon 5, Travis Scott, Big Boi Confirm Super Bowl Show, Scott Demands $500,000 For Charity

image from m.media-amazon.comMaroon 5, Travis Scott and former Outkast member Big Boi will perform at the Super Bowl halftime show,  the NFL announced on Sunday.  The once coveted performance became controversial as star after star rejected an invitation to appear because of NFL treatment of former player Colin Kaepernick and the 'take a knee' protest movement.

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