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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

Donald Trumps Own Viral 'Freedom Kids' Now Plan Lawsuit Against Trump Campaign

Some may recall the Trump campaign's singing/dancing 'Freedom Kids' from earlier this year. Now it looks as though the group's organizer will be suing the campaign after its violation of their verbal agreement and repeated failure to properly compensate the performance group. _______________________________ Guest Post by Mike Masnick on Techdirt...

How I Sold $66,000 In Tickets in Less Than 2 Hours with 1 Text

Here we explore an alternative method of advertising tickets to fans. Rather than using email or social media, this piece looks at how one band was able to use a mass of fan phone numbers in order to sell tickets via text, with incredible success. ________________________________ Guest Post by Nathan...

Why I’ll Never Be A Ghost Producer And How They're Killing EDM

A heavily contested practice in the EDM community, ghost producing is argued by some to enable obscure producers to earn income and advance their industry notoriety, but the reality is that they may actually be doing their careers more harm than good. ___________________________ Guest Post by Collin McLoughlin on Medium...

Promo Case Study Of Indie Alt-Rocker's Nothing's 'Tired Of Tomorrow'

Here we look a promotional case study done on the band Nothing, as they worked to promote the release of their sophomore album through close participatory fan interaction and clever social media tactics. ______________________________ Guest Post by Chris Calabrese on The Orchard's The Daily Rind GOALS Nothing is an alternative...

Why Video Game Music Should Be Taken Seriously

If you’ve ever thought of video game music then Super Mario or Tetris probably sprang to mind. Both are catchy theme tunes made for video games, but would people take them seriously if they were released as singles? Probably not. Luckily those 8 bit days are gone and video games use much more modern soundtracks nowadays. Show More Summary

An End To 4 Minute Music Videos: How Record Labels And Artists Can Fix Their YouTube Woes

As the artists vs. YouTube battle rages on, Mark Mulligan suggests that the real underlying issue is that the four minute music video, while it worked well for MTV, is no longer suited to a modern YouTube, and that artists need to begin creating lengthier videos, both to maintain user...

“Escalating Dance” In Music Videos

In integral part of music videos since their inception, this article explores the role of dance, or more specifically 'escalating dance' in music videos and its impact on the viewer. ____________________________ Guest Post by Jeremy Young on Soundfly's Flypaper Tons of things can make a great music video. Epic drama,...

Kevin Lyman Talks Vans Warped Tour [INTERVIEW]

In this interview we speak with organizational music legend Kevin Lyman, leader of the summer long concert series leviathan that is Vans Warped Tour, about the direction of the tour and the complex logistics that go into making it work. ___________________________________ Guest post by Dave Brooks from the touring industry...

10 Best Music Books Of 2015/2016 So Far

Although music is typically enjoyed as audio, the past couple of years have seen the release of some excellent music books as well, whatever your reading preferences may be. Here we explore ten of the best to be published so far. ___________________________ Guest Post by Jeremy Young on Soundfly's Flypaper...

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