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Music Business

Billboard Has NOT Decided To Include YouTube Plays In Chart Calculations [UPDATE]


Despite a widely circulated report that YouTube plays would be added to Billboard’s chart calculations, no firm decision has been made, industry sources tell Hypebot. In fact, given the backlash, it may not happen at all. A reported decision to add YouTube plays, including user generated videos, to Billboard’s chart calculations, drew heavy backlash yesterday from […]

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Record Labels Are (Kind Of) Dead. Long Live Label Services!


As the role and relevance of record labels has changed over time, new opportunities have also emerged in the music business, something which these two ex-major label guys are using to their advantage – and helping out their clients in any way they can along the way. Guest post by Glenn Peoples, Music Insights and Analytics […]

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Music And Technology: 4 Disrupters You MUST Pay Attention To


As the music industry continues its second year of promising recovery following the disruption of the digital marketplace and embraces streaming as the dominant form of music consumption, the question is already being raised – what technology will be the next industry disruptor. Guest post by Sergey Bludov, Senior Vice President of Media and Entertainment Practice at DataArt […]

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Apple Music Now Has “Well Over 30 Million” Subscribers


Apple Music has “well over” 30 million subscribers, executives Jimmy Iovine, Zane Lowe, and Larry Jackson told Billboard this week.  That’s up from 27 million in June, but is still outpaced by Spotify which grew from 50 million paid subscribers in March to 60 Million as of July. Total Spotify active users (freemium and paid) […]

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Why Every Musician Should Be Playing More House Concerts

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While the dream of many aspiring musicians may be playing a packed stadium, getting to that point is a lengthy process, and playing any official venue, even a small one, has countless other expenses and challenges built in, one of the many reasons a house concert can seem so appealing. Guest post from the ReverbNation Blog […]

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YouTube Adds Restrictions To External Links In Videos


YouTube no longer allows creators to add external links unless they are part of its official YouTube Partner program. The change, apparently made to curb outward linking abuse, is a blow to musicians just starting to build their channel following. It also affects creators who prefer to have no ads on their channel, or who […]

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DIY – PR Tips For Musicians, Bands

Without the financial resources available to spend major cash on your PR, DIY promotion on next-to-no budget presents a significant obstacle to artists. Here we look at some helpful tips for artists and bands to help them better overcome said obstacle. Guest post by Zac of ZingInstruments As a musician or band without the funds for an agent […]

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Digital Marketer Darren Hemmings Talks Online Branding, Music Marketing Strategies


Here digital marketing veteran and former head of digital marketing at [PIAS] shares his knowledge of online branding for artists, marketing strategies, and the use of bots. Guest post by Veselina Gerova of The Message Behind The Artist is a Q&A style interview series featuring the people behind the artists; the marketing heroes you don’t hear about that often. […]

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New Spotify Songwriter Lawsuits, Legal Filings Threaten Streaming Driven Music Industry Recovery


The recorded music industry is in the midst of a renaissance thanks to revenue from a single source – streaming. But a growing string of lawsuits filed by songwriters and publishers, and an aggressive new legal tactic by Spotify, threatens the company’s pending IPO and could derail the industry’s delicate recovery. Over the last year, […]

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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 now been 25 years since Vivian Campbell joined Def Leppard, stepping in […]