Music Modernization Act A 'Countdown to Modernity' - Progress Chart For Mechanical Licensing Collective

1In this piece, the people at Music Technology Policy provide a chart listing the key events in the necessary path to launch in order for the Mechanical Licensing Collective as needed by the recently ratified Music Modernization Act.

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Pitchfork and Vinyl Me, Please Launch Reissue Series With Slowdive's Pygmalion

image from lh4.googleusercontent.comPitchfork and record of the month club Vinyl Me, Please are partnering to curate and reissue four special edition vinyl albums over the next year. The series will kick off in December with UK shoegaze legends Slowdive and a limited 2,000 record pressing of their 1995 album Pygmalion.

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Pirate Studios Raises $20M For Self-Serve Music Studios

pirate studiosPirate Studios has raised $20 million in new finding for its growing network of self-serve high tech music studios. Pirate operates  350 studios in 21 locations in London, New York and Berlin, with plans to grow internationally.

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The S.T.A.G.E.S. Of Email Marketing [PT. 6]

1In this sixth and final part of a multi-part series breaking down the ins and outs of email marketing, Cheryl B. Engelhardt focuses on how artists can use their email marketing strategy to actually monetize (or "Sell") their work.

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Spotify (Finally) Launches New Apple Watch App

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Spotify has launched a new Apple Watch app which includes improved access and control over music and podcasts, as well as, the ability to connect to speakers or devices. The streamer promises the more improvements ahead including the ability to listen to music and podcasts offline.

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STOCK WATCH: Eventbrite, Spotify and Snap

Arrows up and downWith more music and music related stock traded on the public markets, Hypebot is stepping up its coverage of the markets, quarterly reports and earnings calls. Here, with a help from CelebrityAccess, are updates on Eventbrite, Spotify and Snap.

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Country Music Awards Winners 2018 - The Complete List: Chris Stapleton, Kacey Musgraves, More

image from cmaawards.comThe 52nd Annual Country Music Association Awards were held last night at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. Here is a complete list of CMA 2018 winners and nominees.

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Pandora, Spotify Podcast Moves Good New For Musicians and Record Labels

Spotify Podcast[UPDATED] This week, Pandora announced the Podcast Genome Project, a cataloging system and discovery algorithm that uses a combination of technology and human curation to deliver personalized podcast recommendations. Spotify and Apple Music have both stepped up their podcast game, as well, by improving their search and discovery options.

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Facebook Outage Reveals People Still Read News Other Ways, Would YouTube Outage Reveal Something Similar About Music?

3While YouTube has certainly moved in on the music industry in a major way, carving out a huge swathe of listens and views, a recent news outage at Facebook has suggested consumers may not be as dedicated to these major sites as was at first thought, and that, were YouTube to disappear, consumers would have no trouble moving on to greener pastures in order to get the music they crave.

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Viral Rapper Wynne Talks Lemur Doodles, Espionage, Tierra Whack [INTERVIEW]

Screenshot 2018-11-14 06.52.20In this installment of the #nofilter interview series, AWAL talks with viral rapper and social media sensation Wynne about some of her more off-the-beaten path thoughts and opinions.

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Did Spotify Just Signal An Investment In The Orchard?

Orchard LogoDid Spotify just share a big hint that is is investing in The Orchard?  Days before the streamer announced an investment and partnership with DistroKid, it prominently featured the DIY distributor as the only logo on a page announcing its Spotify Preferred Distributor program. 

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NetEase Cloud Music Raises $600M As Users Jump 200M In 12 Months To 600M

image from superdevs.weebly.comNetEase Cloud Music has completed a $600 million funding round to take on Spotify partner Tencent Music in China and Asia's exploding streaming music market. NetEase boasts 600 million registered users, adding 200 million over the last twelve months.

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Festicket Raises Another $ 10.5 Million

image from encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.comFesticket , the music festival travel and experiences platform  has raised a $ 10.5 million D-Series financing round led by venture capital firm Beringea plus InMotion Ventures, Channel 4's Commercial Growth Fund, Lepe Partners, U-Start and former Spinnin 'Records CEO Eelko Van Kooten. 

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Spotify Officially Launches In Middle East, North Africa

MenaAs anticipated, Spotify has launched in 13 new markets in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), including United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestinian Territories and Egypt.  That brings Spotify's total markets to 78 including neighboring Israel , which launched in March.

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7 Tips On How Gather Your First 5,000 Followers On SoundCloud

1While SoundCloud has certainly become a powerhouse for musicians looking to spread their music and promote their brand, the accessibility of the sight has caused it to quickly become overcrowded with artists vying for fans and attention. This added challenge means that a solid, actionable strategy is a necessity when it comes to gaining a critical mass of followers on the site.

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YouTube Music Charts 11.2-8.18: Ariana Grande Is #1, Linkin Park Passes 1B Views

YouTube Music logoOn the YouTube Music Charts this week, Ariana Grande’s “thank u, next” reached #1 on the US Top Songs Chart, Linkin Park’s “Numb” crosses 1 billion views, and Queen continues up charts again  following the release of their biopic

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Spotify, SoundGirls Launch ‘EQL Directory' Global Database Of Women In Audio, Music Production

EQL DirectorySpotify and Soundgirls have partnered to launch The EQL Directory ,  global database of women working behind the scenes in music and audio. Any woman  can add their name and those looking to hire a more inclusive creative team can find professionals in their area.

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The Business Of Indie: Daptone Resurrected • New Ole CEO, Acquisitions • Sup Pop Singles Club • More

Business Of IndieToday Hypebot launches The Business Of Indie, an initial step in our effort to give independent labels, publishers and artists the attention they deserve. Much like Hypebot's More News section, The Business Of Indie will be nestled under the Indie tab at the top of the page and feature a constantly updated compendium of indie news  from hundreds of global sources.  

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Beginner's Guide To Building An Audience

1As an artist, building an audience is one of the hardest and most important things to do, and it can be difficult to know where to start. Here we look at helpful comprehensive beginner's guide to successfully growing an audience from the ground up.

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How I Created A $300 Fan Generated Music Video

1While creating music videos is an important segment of an artist's music promotion, such endeavors are frequently expensive and time-consuming. In this interview Ariel Hyatt speaks with Eli Lev about how he did things a little more frugally with the help of fans.

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Neil Young Slams Trump Over California Wildfires

image from pbs.twimg.comCanadian rocker Neil Young took U.S. President Donald Trump to task on Monday over calls to revoke federal funding for forest management. Young, a vocal environmentalist, is one of the thousands of people who lost their home in the ongoing deadly Woolsey fire near Malibu, California.

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