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Ahead Of iPhone 8 Announcement, Apple Music Finally Gains Traction With iOS Users

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Music Watch and Hypebot will be covering next Tuesday’s iPhone 8 announcement live on Twitter, even though the rumors we’re hearing about Apple Music and iTunes announcements seem fairly minor.  But whatever is revealed next week it clear that Apple’s music streamer is finally gaining traction with its core audience.   By analyst Russ Crupnick of MusicWatch September 12 […]

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Apple Music Cuts New Warner Music Group Licensing Deal At Lower Rate, Sony Reportedly Next

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Apple Music has followed Spotify’s lead in pushing for lower payments to artists and labels. Warner Music Group has become the first major label to agree to the lower rates from Apple, according to reports surfacing late yesterday. Warner Music Group has signed a new licensing deal with Apple Music, Bloomberg first reported yesterday. The agreement, which […]

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Next Big Sound Adds Social Media and Streaming Data Notifications

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The sheer quantity of noise on social media can make effective data tracking a challenge for any artist or manager, and keeping handle on it can often seem like a full time job. Here we look at how to set up a notification system that allows you to avoid missing anything on your social media […]

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Get Familiar With YouTube’s New Monetization Icons

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In recent month YouTube has begun putting in place a new set of guidelines and controls to give advertisers more control and awareness surrounding where there ads are placed. This change is designed to recover advertisers’ trust following the placement of their ads overtop of inappropriate and/or hateful videos, and it seems, thus far, to […]

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New Spotify, Apple Music, Hulu and Label Deals Mean Musicians Will Be Paid Less

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New deals between the major labels and the streaming music services, alongside the introduction of deeply discounted streaming bundles, may eventually move more mainstream consumers from free users to paying customers. But the short and medium effect is less money for many artists and perhaps the labels that signed these agreements.  The major labels have […]

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Is Music Streaming Really Worth $28 Billion?

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A new Goldman Sachs report claims that Universal Music is worth $23.5 billion and that the paid streaming market will be worth $28 billion in 2030. That’s almost double the size of the entire recorded music business in 2016.  Analyst Mark Mulligan dives into the numbers. Guest post by music industry analyst Mark Mulligan of MIDiA Goldman Sachs […]

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Merlin Has Paid Out $1 BILLION To Indie Labels

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Merlin Has Paid Out $1 BILLION To Indie Labels Merlin, the global digital music rights agency for 20,000 indie labels and distributors from 53 countries, has announced its billionth dollar in distributions, since launching in May of 2008. With all of its payments coming from music streaming, this milestone points to a promising future for […]

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YouTube, Facebook and Every Musician’s Moral Rights

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Here Chris Castle explores the concept of moral rights, statutory rights put in place to safeguard the link between an artist in their work, as well as bemoaning the lack of these same rights in the US and how the should operate in conjunction with companies like Facebook and YouTube. Guest post by Chris Castle of Music Technology […]

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The Indie Musician’s Guide To Digital Distribution

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Guest Post By Budi Voogt, founder of Heroic Recordings, artist manager and author of The SoundCloud Bible. This article will help you overcome the difficult subject that is digital music distribution. Want to know how to choose from the great amount of different distributors, figure out which one is best for you and make sure that […]

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Warner And Spotify Strike A Deal

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Spotify has closed its third and final major label deal, signing a new multi-year global pact with Warner Music Group. Sony, Universal and Merlin had previously announced new deals with the music streamer. This deal clears the way for Spotify to enter the public stock markets via an IPO or a direct listing. Spotify has […]

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