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Instagram's Latest Updates: Stories, Zoom, Comments

An ever-changing platform, Instagram has recently introduced several new features artists ought to be familiar with, including the ability to zoom, stories, and additional comments management. Here we offer a quick guide to help users get acclimated to the new updates. _________________________________________ Guest Post by Allison Ullrich on The Orchard's...

Obama's Hit Playlist And Using Music To Cope With Politics

Dealing with global events can be mentally and emotionally taxing for anyone, but particularly so when you're the president of the United States. Here we look at Obama's top playlists, and how music and general can help when dealing with stress. _____________________________ Guest Post by Charles Burchell on Soundfly's Flypaper...

Don't mention the J-word: how Spotify gifted my jazz tune two million hits

Pianist Neil Cowley’s meditative tune Grace was steadily building interest in his jazz trio’s new album release … then a digital rocket went off By the time you read this, I will have a track on Spotify that will be somewhere in the region of 2m plays. Show More Summary

Hidden In Plain Sight: An Underground Dance Music Scene With Millions Of Fans

Although music has in many ways lost some of its potency as the driving force behind the world's increasingly sprawling subcultures, one particularly large subculture, the gaming community, has developed into a massive underground dance music scene. __________________________________ Guest Post by Bas Grasmayer on Medium With the rise of the...

Hip Hop Dominates Last Week’s Pandora Trendsetters Chart

When it comes to trend setting music genres, hip hop appears to be cleaning up. According to the latest data from Pandora, seven of the top 10 artists on its Trendsetters Chart are rappers. __________________________ Guest Post by Emily Blake on Next Big Sound As if its unrelenting influence on...

Proven Content Ideas For An Artist's Social Media Calendar

For musicians, setting up their social media accounts is only half the battle. The real challenge comes when it's time to put out material that will interest and engage fans. Here we review several proven avenues to explore when it comes sharing content. ______________________ Guest Post by Jessica Hackett on...

11 Ways To Promote A Music Video

Music videos require a lot time and often money to produce, so it's a shame if no one ends up seeing them. In this piece, rapper Kosha Dillz outlines eleven different methods for promoting a music video to ensure that as many fans (or potential fans) see it as possible....

UB40, Stiff Little Fingers and Yes: the bands that split in half

Most bands end by breaking up. Not many carry on as two separate acts and land themselves in a bitter dispute about which is the ‘real’ group It was February 2008 and UB40 were appearing in Uganda. Over the previous three decades, the...Show More Summary

Pandora Takeover Gives The Gucci Bump

In a recent 'takeover,' designed to spark listener interest, Gucci Mane took over the popular Atlanta hip-hop station The ATL, resulting in an appreciable bump in the artist's popularity. _____________________________ Guest Post by Glenn Peoples of Pandora The key takeaway: Gucci Mane’s “takeover” campaign at Pandora's The ATL station led...

Kanye West, Leonard Cohen And Death Of The Creative Full Stop

With physical products on a continuing decline in the music industry, there is little stopping artists from following in the footsteps of artists like Leonard Cohen and, more recently, Kanye West by continuing to re-work and improve their music after its initial release. ______________________________ Guest Post by Mark Mulligan on...

Spotify, Netflix Tip-Toeing Into One Another's Territory

Here we look at Spotify's toe dip into the world of original video content, just as Netflix simultaneously releases music-centric material, while both companies face obstacles to steady growth and profitability. _____________________________ Guest post by Cherie Hu If you didn’t notice Spotify trying to be Netflix NFLX -0.28% last week,...

Infringement Or Fair Use: Knowing The Difference

Copyright is complicated, particularly in the music industry. With the recent rash of lawsuits which has been cropping up of late, we're taking a minute to breakdown the difference between fair use and infringement, with the hope of avoiding the later. _________________________ Guest post by Jessica Kane Copyright law in...

Smooth Move: Copyright Holders Take Down Katie Ledecky/Carlos Santana Mashup

A video synching up swimmer Katie Ledecky's recent Olympic victory with the universally recognized opening guitar riff from the song "Smooth" was recently pulled from Twitter over copyright concerns, unfortunate for a number of reasons, particularly the violation of fair use. __________________________________ Guest Post by Mike Masnick on Techdirt By...

More Changes In The Landscape Of Physical Music Retail

While there's no question that, when it comes to recorded music, the world of retail isn't what it was, it isn't all doom and gloom. Here we look at how selling music has changed, and the state of the music retail industry today. ________________________________ Guest Post by Ben Liemer, National...

Inspiration Leads To Lawsuit: Ed Sheeran Sued For Two Songs Sounding Similar To Old Songs

Popular singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran has been slapped with two lawsuits on the somewhat arbitrary grounds that his songs have stolen 'the heart' of compositions written Matt Cardle and, once again, Marvin Gaye, recently in the legal news following the infamous 'Blurred Lines' case. ________________________________ Guest Post by Mike Masnick on...

Entrepreneurship In Music: Mideast Tunes

Here Mideast Tunes founder and civil rights activist Esra'a Al-Shafei discusses her new music streaming platform and its goal of promoting social change as well as the work of underground artists from the Middle East and North Africa. _____________________________ Guest Post by Jeremy Young on Soundfly's Flypaper "We want our...

Blockchain Tech: A Solution For Music At Political Events?

As inevitable controversy continues to erupt between artists and politicians regarding the use of music at political events, George Howard takes a closer look at exactly what rights these artists have, and how Blockchain Technology might be used prevent such tension in the future. _____________________________ Guest Post by George Howard...

6 Social Media Lessons We Can Learn From Music Festivals

When promoting an upcoming show or event on social media, it can be helpful to take a look at the tactics employed by massively successful festivals like Coachella and Tomorrowland. _____________________________ Guest Post by Dan McCarthy If you’re promoting an upcoming event, consider modeling your marketing efforts after some of...

TuneCore Partners With Songs Of Love To Help Teens

TuneCore recently announced that it plans to partner with and become the official digital distributor for Songs of Love, an organization which matches songwriters with children and teens in difficult medical and emotional situations to create one-of-kind songs for them. ________________________ Guest Post by Kevin Cornell on the TuneCore Blog...

A Musician's Guide To Simple Drinking

People always talk about football being America’s pastime, but I still think that title should go to beer, which is also the rest of the world’s pastime. In fact, half of the reason that America’s pastime is football is because watching it often involves drinking beer. Show More Summary

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