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Pandora Unveils Premium And It's All About You

At a press event earlier this week in New York City, Pandora unveiled its paid Spotify competitor. Schedule to launch early next year, Pandora Premium is centered around the not terribly revolutionary idea of auto-magically delivering the music that users actually want to hear. _________________________________ Pandora has finally unveiled Pandora...

How To Use Video E-Cards For Holiday Music Marketing

If you're short on ideas for how to connect with fans and share content this holiday season, a well placed e-card can be just the thing to engage fans and add some levity to an otherwise stressful season. __________________________ Guest Post by Team FanBridge on the FanBridge Blog The Holiday...

Remember Myspace? It Taught Indie Artists The Power Of Engagement

In this piece Rich Nardo weighs in on the legacy left behind by the once omnipresent Myspace, and the legacy it has left behind, as well as lessons current artists can learn from indie Myspace bands of the early aughts. ______________________ Guest post by Rich Nardo on Tunecore [Editors Note:...

YouTube By The Numbers: 1 Day, 300,000 New Videos + More Surprising Stats

A new look by Pexeso at a day in the life of YouTube has revealed some interesting numbers. It seems music has drifted out of the spotlight somewhat, now coming in at fourth place behind things like gaming and blogs. _____________________________ Guest post by Bobby Owsinski on Music 3.0 A...

Hypebot Readers Question YouTube, Spotify Payment Stats

YouTube announced this week that that it paid $1 billion in royalties to the music industry in the last year. Global music industry trade group, IFPI, countered that was not nearly enough, compared to Spotify payouts which were said to be 18X greater. But, as we did, Hypebot readers, are...

What To Expect When You Hire A Music Publicist

While many artists may believe that hiring a music publicist will solve all their problems, this is sadly far from the truth. Here we look at a few things artists ought to keep in mind when considering bringing a publicist on board. ___________________________ It’s a common misconception in the music...

Taylor Swift. Zayn Malik Release Surprise "50 Shades Darker" Duet "I Don't Wanna Live Forever" Exclusively On iTunes

Just before midnight last night, Taylor Swift and Zayn Malik released a duet, "I Don't Wanna Live Forever," without notice. The surprise release is the first song from the upcoming film,"Fifty Shades Darker." ________________________________ Just before midnight on Thursday, Taylor Swift tweeted the surprise release of a new track with...

Music Publishing News 12.9.16: YouTube w/ NMPA • Grammy Nominations • Copyright Reform Floated

YouTube has reached a settlement with the National Music Publishers’ Association over unpaid songwriting royalties. Similar to the NMPA’s recent deal with Spotify, this estimated $40 million settlement addresses the large numbers of songs with missing or incorrect data about their songwriters and the music publishers that represent them, leaving...

Spotify Ends SoundCloud Acquisition Talks, Again

Always a bridesmaid, but never a bride. For what we're pretty certain is the third time, SoundCloud has reportedly been left at the aquistion alter by Spotify. __________________________________ Spotify has ended talks to acquire SoundCloud, a source familiar with the talks tells TechCrunch. During previous talks between the two streaming...

AM BRIEF: Spotify Ends SoundCloud Talks • Nielsen Nears Gracenote Acquisition • YouTube Settles w/ Music Pubs • More

FRIDAY 12.9.16 Music Business News From Around The Web Spotify + SoundCloud would have been a powerful, if expensive, match. Perhaps it will happen post IPO. Updated continuously under our More News tab

Master Social Media For Events In 9 Simple Steps

With such a high percentage of ticket sales coming in as a result of social media promotion, being able to market an event on social media effectively is critical to making it a well attended success. _________________________ Guest Post from Eventbrite Nearly 25% of traffic to ticketing and registration pages...

How Musicians Can Benefit From SEO

If you have any hope of being found via a Google search, Search Engine Optimization is key. That said, SEO works differently for bands and artists than it does for other organizations like businesses and bloggers. Here we look at how. ________________________ Guest Post by Eric Brantner If you want...

How Technology Has Changed The Online Musical Marketplace

The music industry is in a state of flux. Technology has changed the way musicians play and how engineers produce music, but most of the impact can be measured in how listeners consume and discover music. But what are the main technologies...Show More Summary

Do You Want To Give Up? No! These Methods Will Help You

Sometimes, we fell like we do not have the willingness or ability to continue doing something and give before reaching the goal. The reasons for such thinking could be very different: we might hit a road block or begin to question whether it was worth to come to that point at all. Show More Summary

UPDATED: YouTube Pays Just Over $1 Per Music User Yearly vs $18 For Spotify, Says IFPI

[UPDATED] Earlier this week, YouTube shared that it had paid in excess of $1 billion to the music industry in the last 12 months. It's an impressive number; but not nearly big enough, according to global major label trade group the IFPI, who says that even the much maligned Spotify...

Why DJs Are Doing Documentaries Now

The life of a DJ can certainly seem glamorous, with a lot of time spent out in clubs, listening to great artists, and meeting fun and interesting people, but as with any creative industry, being a DJ also requires a certain amount of self-promotion and marketing. _______________________ Guest post by...

55 Best Live Music Venues In NYC

[UPDATE] While it's difficult to pick and choose from a city so rich in live music venues, this list highlights at least some of the best places to catch show in the The Empire City. ______________________________ Guest post by Jennifer Anderson, originally published at GoodDeedSeats When it comes to live...

How Technology Has Changed The Online Musical Marketplace

While technology has altered both how performers create and how engineers produce music, perhaps the most appreciable alteration has been the shift in how consumers both discover and listen to it. Here we look at the specific technologies and trends that have led to this massive change. _____________________________ In this...

SFX Emerges From Chapter 11, Rebrands As LiveStyle Inc.

SFX has emerged from Chapter 11 smaller, more focused and with a new name and CEO. Randy Phillips has the chops, but does the company still have the resources to save EDM's Titanic and does the live music really need another global competitor? ________________________________ SFX Entertainment has emerged from Chapter...

Warner Music Group Reports Strong Digtal Growth As Quarterly Losses Narrow Dramatically

Warner Music Group reported 21% growth in digital for the last quarter on Thursday, as losses narrowed to $3 million from $23 million in the same quarter last year. Net income for the full year was $30 million versus a net loss of $88 million in the prior year. _______________________________...

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