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Can Indie Music Discovery App 'Next' Find Success Where So Many Have Failed?

Next-logoTinder is a mobile dating app that allows you to pick out those that interest you by swiping one way and dismissing those that don't by swiping the other. There's more to it but that basic action, along with the organization of content by cards or in small chunks, has gotten a lot of attention as a design choice. Next, a mobile music app for discovering indie artists started by a co-founder and former employee of Tinder, use swiping to dismiss or to like. It's nicely designed and a positive idea but, except for the Tinder connection and the design, it follows a long list of such startups, some still in the game, some long forgotten.

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Politics of EDM: Festival Bans Plains Indian Warbonnets, Sniffer Dogs Not So Easy To Ban

Beautiful_Indian_maidens,_promotional_poster,_ca._1899With electronic music a large part of youth culture, we're seeing numerous issues surface that have come up in the past. The trend of wearing Plains Indian warbonnets, aka "Native American headdresses," is being attacked and has now been banned at the Bass Coast festival. Sniffer dogs are also under attack but their presence at festivals is unlikely to change at this point given the almost total lack of political organization of those in electronic music except for some providing services at a local level.

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Sony's Major Label Shenanigans Revealed By American Idol Lawsuit

Wallace-collinsBy copyright and intellectual property attorney Wallace E. J. Collins III, Esq..

19 Entertainment, the record company founded by “American Idol” creator Simon Fuller, has sued Sony Music Entertainment for allegedly cheating artists such as Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson out of monies due to them. The lawsuit sheds light on some controversial accounting practices at the major labels and explores the minefield that is the various incomes streams that now comprise the modern music business. Issues raised include how a major label accounts for revenue generated from platforms like Spotify and iTunes, how advertising expenditures are treated, and whether Sony is required to share proceeds from battles on the copyright litigation front.

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Music Tech M&A: Apple x Swell, CBS x Eventful, Kapipal x WeLoveYourSongs

We-loveMusic tech merger and acquisition activity isn't just happening in the streaming music space. Sometimes it's even happening where people wouldn't expect it to exist. For example, Apple is rumored to be buying Swell, known as a news app. CBS Local Media is buying Eventful which offers events listings and promotions including music. And personal crowdfunding service Kapipal recently bought WeLoveYourSongs, a community for unsigned musicians that will now add crowdfunding.

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Merlin Slashes Indie Music Admin Fees Another 17%

image from www.musicindie.comIndependent music global rights agency Merlin has lowered its fees yet again. After a 50% drop on 2013, Merlin today announced another 17% reduction. As of June 1, the agency’s administration fees relating to commercial deals have been reduced from 3% to 2.5%, or 3.9% to 3.25% for Merlin members who are not members of local Independent Trade Associations. 

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Why Email Newsletters Are Still a Vital Marketing Tool for Musicians

Shutterstock_204761359Email Marketing may seem a little bit old school, but the truth is, if you're taking a pass on this avenue you're missing a critical opportunity to personalize your band to fan communication. Having Facebook & Twitter followers and fans crawling your BandPage, Sound Cloud, or StoryAmp is fantastic but if you aren't utilizing those tools to point your followers toward signing up for your mailing list, now might be a good time to reconsider your plan of action.

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Apple Beats Deal Gets EU Commission Approval

image from tech.firstpost.comApple's $3 billion deal to purchase Beats Electronics and Beats Music has received the approval of the European Union Commission. The trade regulators found that Apple and Beats are no dominate players in the headphone category in Europe, and what they sell is too varied to be considered closely competitive, according to TechCrunch.

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Kanye West Declares Victory Over Coinye Digital Currency. As Usual, He's Wrong.

image from content.animalnewyork.comEven the mighty Kanye West is no match for the digital currency revolution.

With his usual bravado, West declared victory Friday over digital currency Coinye for using his likeness and name without permission.  West's claim came after his attorneys filed for a summary judgement in NYC since most of the defendants - many of them 'John Does' - failed to answer his complaint.

But, it's not over yet...

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REWIND: The New Music Industry's Week In Review

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

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Alive Inside Documents The Power Of Music To Fight Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia

Music-memoryYou may recall the video of a withdrawn elderly man who comes to life upon hearing music he cares about on an iPod. The "Old Man In Nursing Home Reacts To Music" (and other title variations) video did more than go viral. It inspired the filmmaker who shot the original video to look more closely at the work of nonprofit Music & Memory and to shoot a documentary about that work, "Alive Inside," that's just been released in theaters.

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Business-Oriented Social Networks For Musicians: Gigmor, AAMPP, Jammcard

Gigmor-logoBusiness-oriented social networks for musicians are an area I haven't covered in a while. A variety of new networks and platforms are emerging and today I'd like to point you to three business-oriented social networks that are worth knowing about. Gigmor connects musicians with compatible musicians and also uses that matchmaking process to help industry people find compatible musicians. AAMPP adds fans to the industry mix along with a variety of tools including ecommerce. Jammcard is a mobile social network for connecting with others by sharing Jammcards.

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A Look Back At Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas '14

Electric-daisy-carnivalBy Jasmine Nguyen from Dash Two.

Not so long ago (1980s-1990s) rave music—or Electronic Dance Music—was still the underground type of music with its own die-hard fans and secret warehouse parties. There was this secret and unique culture within the dance music community (referred to as ‘PLUR’ – Peace Love Unity Respect) that stood separately from mainstream music fans and was preferably kept that way. This free philosophy of life and their symbolic handshake contributed to ravers’ sense of a tight-knit and secluded community.

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Pirate Bay Debuts Mobile Site, Entertainment Verticals To Follow

Pirate-bayTorrent Freak is reporting that The Pirate Bay, a notorious and long-lived resource for finding torrents of copyrighted media, is launching its first mobile-friendly website. Other upcoming changes include dedicated sites for tv, movie and music with more features plus RSSbay with personalized RSS feeds of torrent links. The change should not only make Pirate Bay more user friendly but, with more sites/domains, harder to take down.

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Facebook Poised For Massive Global Growth [CHART]

image from www.hypebot.com75% of Facebook’s revenue comes from Europe, Canada, and the U.S., according to this week's impressive report to investors. But though there are 4 billion more people in Asia than North America, that continent only accounts for about 15% of Facebook’s revenue, according to Business Insider. With Facebook's aggressive moves in mobile, the company is well positioned to turn that deficit into even more explosive growth. This revenue chart tells the story:

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6 Tips For Showing Up In Your Facebook Fans' Newsfeeds

Music_on_FacebookBy Hugh McIntyre from the Sonicbids Blog.

Some websites have claimed that Facebook’s popularity is going down, but don’t think that means you can abandon your page just yet. In fact, even if Facebook is on its way out (there is some debate about that by the way), it should still be at the center of your social media strategy. When people are looking to connect with a band or musician, they head to a few sites, and Facebook is still one of the few places that genuine interactions happen.

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Chubby Checker Settles Hewlett Packard Penis Size App Lawsuit

image from stumptownblogger.typepad.comMusic icon Chubby Checker has settled his lawsuit with Hewlett Packard. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed. But neither side has accepted liability and HP has agreed not to use the singer’s stage name, trademarks or likeness.

Early in 2013, Checker, best known for his #1 hit "The Twist" had filed a multi-million lawsuit against Hewlett Packard and its subsidiary Palm for selling a WebOS app called called the "Chubby Checker" that uses a man's shoe size to estimate the size of his penis.

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Music Publishing News Weekly Roundup 7.25.14: Randy Newman, Mariah Carey, Round Hill

Randy_Newman_portrait_1pfadDowntown Music Publishing has signed Randy Newman to an administration deal for North America. The six time grammy award winner is responsible for hits such as “Short People”, “I Love L.A.” and “It’s Money That Matters” as well as movie scores for “Ragtime”, “Toy Story”, and “Monsters, Inc”. Newman signed with the NYC based Music Publishing company this week. Newman is currently working on songs for his new studio album expected to be released later this year via his longtime label Nonesuch Records.

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Marketing Your Music By Liveblogging At Reddit Live

Reddit-live-400wAfter a short beta run, Reddit made their new liveblogging feature available to all this week. Reddit Live allows you to liveblog an event with a separate page for comments. The resulting thread, with embedded pics, videos "and more", becomes an archive and you can submit that to subreddits. It's a very Reddit kind of thing with threads ranging from "Israel-Palestine Conflict" to "I'm about to make a sandwich. Follow this thread for live updates." Somehow I feel that range opens up the possibility of some creative music marketing campaigns.

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Are All-Or-Nothing Music Crowdfunding Campaigns Superior To Flexible Funding?

FearOne of the many widespread assumptions regarding crowdfunding is that all-or-nothing campaigns, required by Kickstarter, give those campaigns a psychological boost due to factors such as urgency when the campaign's success is in doubt. In fact, much of the argument for all-or-nothing over flexible funding, often associated with Indiegogo, focuses on such psychological factors. While this makes me think that the problem isn't in the funding model, it also makes me realize that we need to find out more about what's in the minds of those actually funding campaigns.

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Shoutcast Launches Hosted Web Radio Service With Monetization Options

Shoutcast-logoYesterday Radionomy officially relaunched their Shoutcast service. Of particular note is the introduction of a new Shoutcast streaming service that gives webcasters free streaming and monetization options among other features. A downloadable version of Shoutcast with some of these will be released later in the year. The big thing to keep in mind is that music broadcasters apparently have to license their broadcasts themselves making this a poor service for those who just want to plug and play.

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What A Digitally Native Music Consumer Looks Like [INFOGRAPHIC]

image from www.fisher-price.comAnalyst Mark Mulligan and MIDiA Research have published a new report looking at the music attitudes and behavior of Digital Natives. Natives and Immigrants demarcate the digital world, according to the report. But while Digital Immigrants carry the baggage of their analog past, Digital Natives have only ever known ubiquitous connectivity and content; and that results in very different behaviors. "While the slow down in digital revenue growth revolves around spending transition of high spending Digital Immigrants," concludes the report, "it is the attitudes and behavior of the Natives that give us the best indication of how the digital music market will evolve."  Here is what Mulligan's digital native looks like:

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How To Get Your Band's Music Tagged On Facebook

Facebook-audio-recognition_taggingBy Jamie Davis-Ponce from the Sonicbids Blog.

Last month, Facebook rolled out a new automatic audio tagging service a la Shazam, allowing people to use their smartphone microphones to automatically identify, tag, and share the music around them. From a musician's perspective, this is essentially a new way for fans to quickly identify your songs, share them with friends, and make purchasing tracks more seamless.

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Facebook By The Numbers: A Quick Look At Impressive New User Stats

image from gigaom2.files.wordpress.comAmericans spend an average of 40 minutes a day on Facebook, according to CEO Mark Zuckerberg.  And while Zuck didn't quite share his math to back up the claim, the impressive numbers revealed during yesterday's Facebook earnings call made his boast seem plausible. Here's an overview

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Alligator Record's Bruce Iglaur Wins Digital Music Innovation Award

image from www.celebrityaccess.com Airplay Direct has named industry veteran Bruce Iglaur, President & Founder of Alligator Records, as the recipient of the first Iconic Innovators award. The award was created to recognize innovators in the realm of digital music in the industry. The award will be given yearly to the member of Airplay Direct who best embraces the vision and opportunities that digital innovation in the Music Industry has and continues to create, the company said.

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