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Fear and Loathing in Royalty Rate Setting

By FMC's Casey Rae on Who gets paid, how much and under what terms when music is played on digital and AM/FMradio? Answering those questions isn’t easy, even for experts. But one thing is clear: 2014 has been a bigShow More Summary

Former EXFM CEO Talks Music Startup Challenges

Subcribe to the Upward Spiral podcast in iTunes, play recent shows on SoundCloud, or follow us on Twitter. In this episode of the Upward Spiral, a music business podcast, we talk with Dan Cantor, who is former CEO and co-founder of exfm, a social music discovery platform that enables people transform music blogs into playable mix. Show More Summary

Content Marketing Is Dead

By Bryan Thompson from and Thorny Bleeder; writer, podcaster, and author of the upcoming book, "Sparks to Awaken." Content marketing is dead. or perhaps I should say, it makes me feel dead. whether you realize or not, it probably makes you feel quite empty and lifeless too. Show More Summary

Music Publishing News Roundup 10.31.14: Soundcloud, T.I. + Sony/ATV, TIDAL Hi-Def

Soundcloud is looking to start making money. The Berlin-based online music streaming giant has grown its user base to 350 million since launching in 2007. Up till now, the company has lost up to $29.6 million. Soundcloud currently pays no publishing royalties because they are not making money from advertising like Youtube is. Show More Summary

David Packman: The Artist's Share

By David Packman, prominent venture capitalist in NYC, the co-creator of Apple's Music Group, and former CEO of eMusic. This post originally appeared on There is a commonality in the Hachette/Amazon and Spotify/Pandora/Recording...Show More Summary

Grooveshark Introduces Grooveshark Presents

Despite several ongoing legal battles with record labels, earlier this week, Grooveshark announced the launch of Grooveshark Presents, a new fan-sourced live music initiative. By tapping into their already established user base of over...Show More Summary

The Dangers of Positive Thinking: Bursting the Music Industry Feedback Bubble

By Alex Jae Mitchell, Co-Founder and CEO of Audiokite Having listened to probably more than a thousand artists as a songwriting contest judge and music startup person, I’m no stranger to giving feedback to musicians. And I have a confession to make: rarely is the feedback I give 100% honest. Show More Summary

Live Nation Posts Solid Q3 Financials

Live Nation Entertainment released positive financial results for the third fiscal quarter and reported revenue up across the board by 11% from the previous year. Revenue increased to $2.50 billion from $2.26 billion, in 2013 and adjusted operating income increased to $258.1 million from $221.2 in the same period in 2013, an increase of 17%. Show More Summary

Billboard Announces 2014 Touring Award Finalists

The finalists for the 2014 Billboard Touring Awards were announced yesterday. One Direction, Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry, Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan, Arcade Fire, Rolling Stones, Jason Aldean and Paul McCartney were among the finalists. Show More Summary

AM NEWS BRIEF: Mixify Goes Global, Sony Losses Narrow, Nordic Streaming Survey, Pirate Manhunt & More

FRIDAY 10.31.2014 Music Business News & Views From Around The Web CLICK HERE Updated Continuously @ Hypebot's More News Tab Is Merlin's deal with Pandora as damaging as some say it is or are there terms and incentives that we just don't know about?

Pandora & Spotify Beat Beats Music As Top Ranking And Earning Music Apps

Yesterday morning, app analytics company App Annie released it's newest list of top performing apps in the Google Play store and Apple's App store. Pandora and Spotify were ranked first and second in the report coming in well above Apple's Beats Music in both revenue generated and user downloads. Show More Summary

How Irving Azoff Plans To Collect 30% More For Songwriters Than BMI, ASCAP Does

After uber-manager and music industry deal maker Irving Azoff exited as Chairman of Live Nation last year, one of his many moves was to form Global Music Rights as part of his Azoff MSG Entertainment, a new joint venture with the Madison Square Garden Company. Show More Summary

Ask a Music Journalist: 4 Things We Never Want to Read in Bios Ever Again

By Jamie Ludwig on A well-written bio is one of the best tools independent musicians have when it comes to making an impression on music journalists and editors. Before we even hear your song samples or are able to attend one of your shows, there’s a good chance we’ve glanced through your press materials. Show More Summary

How To Fund A Full Length Album

By James Shotwell, Social Media Coordinator at It’s funny how fast the music industry changes these days. A year ago many people would have claimed that crowdfunding was the future of the music business, but as many independent acts have learned over the year this is not always the case. Show More Summary

Boomio Announces Snapchat Style Mobile App for Music Sharing

Now entering the arena of countless social networks, Boomio is stepping forward. Reminiscent of Snapchat in the way it shares content, Boomio allows the sending of full length, fully licensed songs to large audiences or targeted groups with personalized messaging. Show More Summary

The Cyber PR Guide to Creating an Effective Music Marketing Plan (Part 3 of 3)

In parts one and two of The Cyber PR Guide to Creating an Effective Music Marketing Plan, Ariel Hyatt highlighted the importance of having a sound online presence and went on to give us the best practices for a new release launch. Today,...Show More Summary

Where's The Bump? Young Fathers Wins Mercury Prize 2014, Nomination Drives Just 561 Sales

Edinburgh hip-hop trio Young Fathers won the 2014 Mercury Prize for best British or Irish record of the last 12 months last night. Hopefully a win for the group means more than the nomination for one of the UK's top music awards did....Show More Summary

HFA's Slingshot Supports TIDAL’s U.S. Launch

HFA (Harry Fox Agency) has signed a licensing and royalty administration services arrangement with music streaming service TIDAL to support the launch of their new CD quality streaming service. TIDAL’s owner Aspiro focuses on streaming high-quality audio tracks to consumers. Show More Summary

Spotify Upgrades iPad App

Spotify has updated its iPad app to include Your Music, a design and feature set already available on the music streamer's desktop and mobile apps which make it easier to save, organize and browse music, The redesign also brings Spotify's dark theme, typography and rounded iconography to the iPad. Show More Summary

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