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Spotify's new features see it step up competition with Apple

New York launch event reveals Spotify’s aim to become the smartest streaming music service, with playlists the new radio and Snapchat now a rival Streaming music service Spotify has announced new features including adding podcasts and...Show More Summary

Spotify Adds Personalization, Video, Podcasts, News from MTV, VICE, BBC, NPR, Slate, Comedy Central, Nerdist, Others

Today music discovery and collection have converged.... radio and the record store are converging (online)," said Spotify CEO during his introduction to today's launch event. But music was just the jumping off point as Spotify added audio and video content from a variety of sources. As rumored, Spotify today added...

Five Smart Ways Freelance Musicians Can Utilize YouTube

There's an overwhelmingly large community of musicians on YouTube. This has been a really positive thing, as the amount of knowledge and skill amassed on this single website has really helped a lot of players in their own practicing and improvement. Guest Post By Dylan Welsh on Sonicbids Blog If...

The Death Of One-Hit Wonders

For almost a hundred years Billboard has been producing music charts, and artists that have a single hit then drop into oblivion have always played a major part in them. These "1 hit wonders" either come and go (like Keith's "98.6" in 1967) or hit the oldies circuit (Nena with...

MusicThinkTank Weekly Recap: | Go Get It!

Paina B | Go Get It! Wallace Collins | Entertainment Lawyers: Who? What? When? Where? and How Much? Lori Bumgarner | Reasons You Should Never Scrimp On Your Photo Shoot (Part 2) Ryan Smith | Festival Season On The Cheap

2015 Social Media Pyramid by CyberPR

It happens to me all of the time when I teach social marketing. Faces go blank, frustration begins to settle in and then I hear: “I just don’t have anything interesting to say.” OR “I don’t want to share what I’m eating for breakfast!” REALLY? You do things we mere...

YouTube Music Key To Stay In Beta Through Sept. 15

As YouTube battles growing criticism that it is effectively just a free music service that pays artists and labels too little, Music Key is... key. But the goal of reconfiguring YouTube into something that people might actually pay for has proven elusive for Google. ________________________ Beta testers of YouTube's fledgling...

4 Ways to Get Festival Ticket Holders to Bring More Friends through Word of Mouth Marketing

Turning fans of live music into vocal advocates begins with asking, but that's really just where it starts. How you ask, what you ask for, and how you show your appreciation will directly effect the effectiveness of all of your efforts. ___________________________ Too often, “social marketing” ignores who festival-goers are...

Sony Forces The Verge To Take Down Leaked Spotify Contract

The leaked contract between Sony Music and Spotify has caused ripples throughout the industry. The complex deal has drawn criticism from artists, managers and others who question the deal's fairness and how much revenue is actually trickling down to creators. _________________________ Yesterday, Sony Music used the threat of legal action...

Not Getting The Media Coverage You Want? Go Get It!

Getting press coverage should be easy in the digital age, right? WRONG! Check out today's article to see how not much has changed in the world of Public Relations when it comes to your music career. Today we live in a world where we can do everything ourselves, especially when...

Music Managers Call For Change After Sony, Spotify Contract Leak

Among the many perusing the recently leaked contract between Spotify and Sony Music were artist managers. Yesterday their trade group, The International Music mangers Forum (IMMF), consolidated their concerns in an open letter to policy makers and the music industry. ______________________________ Chief among their concerns was the "“impossibility” of determining...

AM NEWS BRIEF: Line Tests $2 Music Service • YouTube Extends Music Key Beta • Hype Machine Integrity • More

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Swipe right to buy: Tinder starts selling music with discounted Zedd album

Dating app is experimenting with music download sales, shortly after driving more than a million fans to watch artist Jason Derulo’s latest video In 2015, you can watch news on Snapchat, watch comedy clips on Spotify, and send money to friends in Facebook Messenger. Show More Summary

Former Rhapsody Exec Jon Maples Joins 8tracks

Former Rhapsody exec Jon Maples has a written a number of smart pieces for Hypebot and been interviewed on our Upward Spiral podcast. So we were quite pleased to hear that he's joined the growing team at 8Tracks. ________________________ Popular playlist radio service 8tracks has hired digital music executive Jon...

Think Before You Post On Social Media - This Chart Will Help

Regular posts on social media are essential, but its not enough - and usually damaging - to blast your followers with useless information or the same announcements repeatedly. The answer is simple: ask yourself a few basic questions. via Hootsuite Related articles Teens Name Facebook 3rd Most Important Social Network...

Jack White Goes Online To Defend Jay Z and TIDAL, Criticize YouTube and Free Music

"You've got questions and comments about TIDAL, and Jack White has answers," begins a post on White's Third Man Records site. The questions and comments were submitted by members of the Third Man Records Vault and fans on Facebook, and then addressed "by Jack White himself." ________________________ Jack White on...

Spotify Just Parked Its Tanks On YouTube’s Lawn

Yesterday, Spotify announced its biggest set of changes yet with the addition of video, original content and a passel of personalization. It all comes just ahead of Apple's music relaunch, but the other target says consultant and analyst Mark Mulligan was YouTube. By Mark Mulligan from his Music Industry Blog....

How Music And Fashion Thrive As One

For decades, brands have associated with music and vice versa. As record and merchandise sales struggle, artists cling to the opportunity of collaborating with brands. We look at how the modern music and fashion industries are combining for profit. Guest Post by Bryn Roberts of Superdry Big bands leaning on...

Tweet-Sized Touring Tips For DIY Musicians

It’s springtime, so naturally touring is on the brain. CD Baby’s Twitter chat in April was all about touring.Then Kevin Breuner and I had a discussion on the DIY Musician Podcast about our best touring advice. Guest Post by Chris Robley on The DIY Musician In that same week Carlos...

Did Spotify Leak Their Own Sony Contract?

A leaked copy of Sony Music's 2011 - 2013 contract with Spotify unleashed a multitude of complications for Sony and the entire music industry. But who leaked the document? David Lowery has a theory. __________________________ By David Lowry on The Trichordist Just think about this. This document was scanned 13...

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