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7 Ways to Get a Little Bit Closer to Your Fans

NetworkingSometimes the most important thing we can do as professionals is take it back to the basics. When it comes to networking, personalized communication gets more miles than automated Twitter feeds. Your fans want to hear from YOU. James Hill brings us seven ways to help build bridges between you and your fans on MusicThinkTank.com.

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DJ Spotify Beat Pacemaker To Claim First Spotify DJ Platform

Pacemaker-313x234By Eliot Van Buskirk of Evolver.fm.

As reported by The Verge, the new Pacemaker app for iPad released on Monday presents a beautiful interface for DJing tracks from Spotify, with “the ability to play two Spotify songs simultaneously for the first time.”

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Gang Of Four's Dave Allen Joins Beats Music As Artist Advocate

image from blog.beatsmusic.comBeats Music has hired former Gang Of Four Bassist Dave Allen as its first Director Artist & Music Industry Advocacy. No stranger to music tech, Allen held positions in the early days of eMusic and at Intel; and has become a prolific industry pundit. He describes his new roll as Beat Music's ambassador, "reaching out to artists and the recorded music industry to find common ground and debate real issues and real problems, problems that can hopefully be solved without resorting to rhetoric that inflames rather than assuages doubts."

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Gigmit Helps Connect Musicians and Promoters Beyond Its Berlin Startup Base

Gigmit-artist-page-marc-hypeGigmit is a fairly new gig booking platform based in Berlin but serving a wider region. They're bringing together promoters for local venues with artists and booking agencies who wish to get shows. But Gigmit offers more than just support connecting two parties, it's also a platform to manage one's related business with some distinctive features such as digital contracts.

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Study: Teens Prefer YouTube To Facebook

image from www.rahuldesai.comA  recent 2013 study by The Intelligence Group shows that nearly 3/4's of US 14-18-year-olds used YouTube “frequently,” compared with 60% for Facebook. 19-24 year olds also used YouTube more than Facebook, but by just a 1% margin. Those over 25 said Facebook is the destination of choice by a wide margin. 

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Social Music Platform Nana Holds Live TwitCasted Participatory Event

Nana-1Nana is a social music platform that allows iPhone app users to record, post and collaborate on short tracks. In the past Nana has held offline meetups for users to get to know each other. Recently they expanded the idea to hold a collaborative music festival bringing together performers and Nana users to make music together. And to complete the circle they shared all 4.5 hours via TwitCasting

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Shazam Unveils Major Redesign As Music Destination, Content Platform For Artists

shazamShazam launched the first version of its redesigned app earlier this month. But today the company shared the full set of new features, along with how it hopes "to become a destination experience and content platform for artists, shows and brands,” according to CEO Rich Riley.  

Expect more deals like the one just announced with Warner Music Group, as Shazam implements a more content driven strategy and music marketers experience the app as both as a predictor and driver of significant music sales.

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BandPage To Deliver Artist Content To Clear Channel, iHeartRadio

image from upload.wikimedia.orgBandPage has partnered with Clear Channel to deliver artist content including bios, photos, tour dates with tickets links and special "fan experience" offers on digital radio service iHeartRadio and the sites of the broadcaster's 840 North American radio stations. Live Nation, Rhapsody, Vevo and Xbox Music also draw select content from BandPage's 500,000 artist profiles.

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121 Things Not To Do In The Music Industry

Blog-post-checklistWe spend a lot of time discussing changes in the industry, innovative technology, new ideas, and many ways to better ourselves on the road to success. While all of those things are both constructive and critical sometimes we need to take a look at the flipside. Sometimes the things we shouldn't be doing are just as important as what we do.

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BitTorrent Sync Demonstrates Open Advantage of Android Over iOS

Bt_openBy Eliot Van Buskirk of Evolver.fm.

If you’re a music fan, and your music collection is scattered all over the place, which it is, BitTorrent offers a great app called BitTorrent Sync that helps somewhat, by letting you access the music downloads on all of your computers, from all of your devices. It’s a good start, from the point of view of today’s music fan, who has no reasonable way to collect music across devices and services (this article contains one idea on how to fix that, by the way).

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SFX Entertainment Acquires React Presents After Testing New Stock Lows [SFXE]

React-logoYesterday SFX Entertainment [SFXE] announced an agreement to purchase React Presents, a major Midwest event and festival producer. The deal includes Chicago's Spring Awakening Music Festival and Northern Wisconsin-based Summer Set Music & Camping Festival. As SFXE continues its clearly defined path the public stock continues to test new lows though it's back up today.

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Spotify To Update Microsoft Windows 8 Phone App ...Sometime Soon

spotify new logoIt's a bit unusual to announce that an app update is coming sometime in the future, rather than just announcing the update itself.  But in the crowded streaming music sector, company's are looking for any reason top make an announcement. So Tuesday morning the Spotify headline read,  "We’re updating our Windows Phone app!" with the caveat further down the page that it would not come until come later this spring.

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Live Nation Losses Narrow In Q4

image from www.celebrityaccess.comLive Nation Entertainment continues to pare its losses in the company's fourth-quarter, with financial results bolstered by revenue growth in its concerts, sponsorship and advertising segments. Live Nation reported a loss of $51 million for Q4, compared with a loss of $126.3 million for the same period in 2012. The company's adjusted operating income for the quarter was $71.3 million, up from $62.5 million a year earlier. Revenue for the quarter increased 12% to $1.61 billion.

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EDM Insiders Reveal How Electronic Music Clubs Use Social Media

Global-clubbing-dialoguesWoo Media just released the third report in their research trilogy investigating how leading electronic music clubs use social media and related digital tools for marketing the club and expanding the impact of live events. The reports include a wide range of practical tips and suggestions based on what clubs are actually doing with social media to build their brand and publicize their events. The insights are relevant beyond EDM and electronic music and offer creative ways to connect directly with one's market via social media.

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Assembling Your SXSW 2014 Tool Kit

Localeur-sxswIf you're heading down to Austin for SXSW you want to make sure you're well-organized before you land in chaos town. That should certainly include such staples as sunscreen and other items that might be hard to find or overpriced on site. But that could also include communication gear, business and party guides and throwback tools such as business cards. Here are a few examples to help you make your list and meet your needs.

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Music, Mind and Meaning - The Case for the Science of Music

Vijay-iyerBy Diana Hereld of Pathways in Music. Photos by Will Kirk.

Recently, at the Music, Mind and Meaning conference at the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, one reception conversation was the ever-laden research debate between performers, theorists and scientists. While many consider it their duty as scientists to push the cognitive and neurological envelope, ever seduced by “why?” one music theorist would say (and I quote) "Our brains like music; music is agreeable. You don't need to know why." 

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"Black Artists: Your Services Are No Longer Needed" - Open Letter Gets Industry Talking

handDear Black Artists,

We regret to inform you that the need for your services will soon come to an end as we enter a critical restructuring period. Fortunately, after having spent nearly a century meticulously studying your art, language, fashion, and lifestyle, we have learned enough to confidently move forward without your assistance. 

Thus begins a satirical and yet sadly accurate open letter addressing the lack of black music and dominance of pop across radio formats that has set industry tongues wagging.

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New Rap Genius App Includes Song ID

Genius-139x238By Nate Ashcroft of Evolver.fm.

Rap’s wordplay can be confusing, with oblique references, inside jokes, and regional slang. Since 2009, fans of the genre have been hashing out song meanings on RapGenius.com, which set out to demystify rap lyrics through the power of crowdsourcing. And now, all of the lyrics, annotations, and opinions about what each line means, which are vetted by the site’s moderators, are available in a mobile app, for free.

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Would People Think More Highly Of Your Music If You Were More Eccentric? [STUDY]

Cat-in-the-hat-dudeA recent study supported a number of findings indicating that the work of both musicians and visual artists is received more favorably if the artist in question is perceived as "eccentric." But if perceived as using eccentricity for marketing purposes, favorable ratings dropped. Or something like that. It may be science, it may not but it's certainly food for thought and my thought is that you should let your freak flag fly as long as you sew the damn thing yourself.

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Pandora Can Predict How You'll Vote, And They're Going To Sell It

image from media.cmgdigital.comPandora knows if you're a Republican or Democrat; and for a few shekels they're willing to share it. In the latest unintended consequence of online activity tracking, Pandora is rolling out an ad service that matches musical choices by zip code to learn how a user is likely to vote. Bob Marley listeners live in primarily Democratic districts, Dolly Parton fans live in Republican areas and (we suspect much to his chagrin) Bruce Springsteen listeners vote either way. 

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Getting It Done: The Week In D.I.Y. & Indie Music

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REWIND: The New Music Industry's Week In Review

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Stanford Online Offers Free Creativity Course Featuring Warner Music Group Artists

Ingenius-coverStanford Online is offering a free six week course on creativity with the help of some WMG artists including Linkin Park, Tegan and Sarah, Jason Mraz and Josh Groban. Led by Stanford Professor Tina Seelig, the course does not require music skills but instead uses video contributions from the musicians as part of a process for learning creative problem solving. Industry execs and music scholars will also make appearances.

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