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Vivian Campbell Shares Upside Of Music Piracy For Def Leppard

Coming off a long summer of touring, Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell here weighs in on his twenty-five years in the group, what the experience has been like, and what the band has described as an 'upside' to music piracy. _________________________ Guest post by Shivani Patel om the SymphonicBlog It’s...

Facebook Live Toolkit For Musicians

With Facebook now more of a video giant than ever, Facebook live has now become one of the best ways for artists to reach their fans. Here we look at how to get the most out of these broadcasts using the example of singer/songwriter Dawn Beyer. ________________________ Guest post by...

Stage To Studio: How To Adapt Vocals For Recording

Singing live and singing in the studio can sometimes be two very different animals, and switching from the stage to the recording booth can often require a certain level of adaption on the part of the performer. Here we look at how to make that process happen more smoothly. _________________________...

YouTube Music Gives Offline Listening An Upgrade

A new YouTube Red feature gives users greater control of the content they wish to access on the platform, including allowing them to save video and more for offline access, which is good news for both consumers as well as artists and labels. ___________________________ Guest post by Tim McKee of...

Taylor Swift Turned Right Said Fred’s Body-Positive Hit Into A Revenge Fantasy: Here's How

In this article Ian Temple deconstructs and analyzes the musical similarities between T-Swift's latest single "Look What You Made Me Do" and Right Said Fred's hit 1992 classic "I'm Too Sexy For My Shirt" _________________________ Guest post by Ian Temple of Soundfly's Flypaper Here’s a music-theory analysis of Taylor Swift’s...

Sounds Great, But Sounds Familiar: Where To Draw The Line With Digital Sampling Of Sound Recordings?

Here Stephen Carlisle breaks down the legal complexities behind digital sampling, looking at what it is, its history, how the Ninth Circuit Court changed everything, and where digital sampling stands today. __________________________ Guest post by Stephen Carlisle of Nova Southeastern University In the middle of 2016, the Ninth Circuit Court...

Interview with Kathy Valentine of The Go-Go's and Blue Bonnets

Here long time performing and recording artist Kathy Valentine shares with us the specifications on the equipment she uses, as well as the software, and offers us a sneak peak at what a dream setup would look like. ______________________ Guest post by Kathy Valentine of CASH Music Who are you,...

Pandora Top Spins Cardi B Shakes Largely Male Top 10 With ‘Bodak Yellow’

Pandora is seeing plenty of shakes up these days, with a new rapper from Atlanta making a splashy debut, two fresh faces hitting the country scene, and female rapper Cardi B busting into the male dominated top ten. ____________________________ Guest post by Emily Blake of Next Big Sound Unless you...

'They could destroy the album': how Spotify's playlists have changed music for ever

Custom playlists on the streaming site can bring unknown artists to millions. But are they altering how songs get written? Venezuelan singer Danny Ocean was languishing in obscurity when he released Me Rehúso independently in September – and then Spotify changed his life. Show More Summary

Lyor Cohen Drinks The YouTube Kool-Aid: The money will come, but for now "fans not being exposed to new music is death. "

When former WMG CEO Lyor Cohen joined YouTube, the music industry wondered if this often brash insider could change prevailing opinions of the video behemoth: great for promotion, but the royalties paid are far too low. Few opinions have shifted; but in a new open letter, Cohen remains both optimistic...

Understanding Music and Blockchain Minus All The Hype

Here Alan Graham follows up on a previous piece looking at practical side of the relationship between music and blockchain tech. Here he casts a fresh glance at the issue, and where blockchain technology, and its relationship to music, might be headed. ________________________ Guest post by Alan Graham of OCL...

Pandora Trendsetters And The Power Of Young Fans

Although passionate hoards of young fans have been a feature of the music industry dating back to Beatle mania, they are often spoken of with a degree of disregard. As the importance of streaming and social media presence grow, however, the power of these fans will only grow. ________________________________ Guest...

7 Ways To Actually Enjoy Putting Out Your Album

While an important component of most artists' musical career, releasing an album can be arduous and time consuming process, and with the wrong attitude it can become fairly miserable fairly quickly. Here we look at seven ways in which artists can make the launch process that much more fun. _____________________________...

Warner/Chappell Launches Copyright Claim Over YouTube Video Deliberately Featuring None Of Its Music

Taking proactive takedowns to soaring new heights, Warner/Chappell recently issued a copyright claim over a doctored Star Wars clip containing precisely none of J. Williams' music - the absence of which was in fact the point of the video, says Techdirt's Tim Cushing. _______________________ Guest post by Tim Cushing of...

Key Things To Watch Out For When Booking Your Next Tour

While securing dates quickly and early when booking a tour is important, it's also important to avoid rushing things and making commitment which turn out later to be problematic. Here we look at some of the most important things to watch out for when booking your next tour. ____________________________ Guest...

Why Does So Much Modern Music Sound The Same? [VIDEO]

Upcoming documentary The Click explores how technology is making modern music bland. Particular focus is given to percussion, where electronically produced beats have replaced live drummers, and those live drummers left are expected to play perfectly in time with the aid of a "click" or metronome. Edward Sharpe and the...

5 Times Artists Actually Used Auto-Tune Tastefully

Although auto-tune and overt pitch correction have received a lot of negative backlash from both inside and outside of the industry, auto-tune isn't always of some of the harsh criticism which it receives. Here we look at five instances of auto-tuning being employed in a tasteful manner. _______________________ Guest post...

For Up-And-Coming Musicians, NPR’s Tiny Desk Can As Much Of A Boost As Late-Night TV

While being able to showcase their talents on late night TV has typically been the best launching pad for artists, but it seems a new venue for such jumpstarts to success has been found in the intimate setting of an NPR studio, or so the numbers would suggest. _____________________________ Guest...

5 Musicians Who Managed There Money Well and What You Can Learn From Them

Although they may not garner as much coverage and interest as those who ruined themselves financially, many artists were much more business savvy when it came to managing their money. Here we look at five such shining examples. __________________________ Guest post from Royalty Exchange You’ve probably read plenty of articles...

Why Saying Yes To Every Gig Is A Bad Tactic

As an up-and-coming artist, exposure is hugely important, and while not every gig that comes along is ideal, it's important to put yourself out there. This can be taken too far however, and sometimes agreeing to every single show that comes your way can do more harm than good. ________________________...

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