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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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MusicThinkTank Weekly Recap: 16-Point Band Website Assessment Checklist

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Dave Cool | 16-Point Band Website Assessment Checklist

Sari Delmar | What They Really Mean: The Musician's Guide to Industry Speak

Andy Lykens | How To Reach The Best Music Business Contacts. Period.

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Will Paul McCartney's Low-Priced Album Apps Add To Digital Music's Downward Pricing Pressure?

Bandontherun-appTo some degree album apps are being treated as novelty items with marketing appeal even when there's a lot of new art involved from remastered music to photos and video. That means pricing is treated differently than it would for a new album in an established format. With Paul McCartney's release of back catalog album apps for the iPad at $7.99 with remastered tracks and lots of extra content, I'm wondering if we're getting close to the point where an artifically low price range will become the fair price in consumers' minds.

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Key Spotify Exec Exits

MaplesChris Maples, Spotify's Vice-President of Europe has exited after three years.  No reason for the change was given and Maples only says he's looking for his "next adventure".  Maples was the music streamer's most visible representative in the EU; and comes at a time when a planned IPO and expansion in to Russia and other countires seem to be gaining steam.  


Photosynthesis: A Photo & Music Festival

PhotosynthesixLA's Annenberg Space For Photography is throwing a day long photo and music festival called Photosynthesis. The outdoor event features country and blues bands as well as photographers onstage, video wall displays of their photos and a variety of booths, activities and refreshments. The event ties into Country: Portraits of an American Sound, a photo exhibit with portraits of country musicians. Overall it sounds like a creatively themed festival that could provide inspiration for other fresh combinations.

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New Generation of Wu-Tang MCs Hacking Music Distribution on Blend

WutgraphicFrom the Official Wu-Tang Blog.

As an art form, Hip Hop has always been a champion of open source creative processes. From DJs extending breakbeats from classic funk and soul records, to repurposing pieces of multiple works through digital sampling.

Today the Wu-Tang Clan as always is taking that idea one step further, putting the raw music files of a new song on Blend for anyone to re-imagine as they see fit.

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Squarespace Adds Bandsintown Support

image from indieambassador.comWebsite building platform Squarespace has partnered with Bandsintown to make it easier to post gigs. Users can now just add a new Squarespace Bandsintown "Block"  to their website that displays tour dates within a specified range and it is automatically updated . Blocks are the modules which make up a Squarespace site.

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How They Made The Music Video: OK Go and Tweedy

Ok-go-videoI often round up music videos using new tech but today's examples from OK Go and Tweedy focus more on the process of making the videos than on anything radically new. OK Go released a behind the scenes video for "The Writing On The Wall" and Shutterstock's Doug Levy chatted with them about the process. Allison House, who's never worked on music videos, shares the process of applying her design skills to directing and animating the first single from Tweedy.

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Music Publishing News Weekly Roundup 7.8.14: Martin Bandier, Indie Label Revolt, Rap Genius

Martin-Bandier-SonySony/ATV's Martin Bandier is threatening to withdraw all rights from ASCAP and BMI. Most major music publishers are looking to withdraw digital rights from the PROs and negotiate direct deals with digital services due to low royalty rates for publishers from digital services. Withdrawing digital rights from the PROs presents challenges to publishers like licensing to small businesses. Martin Bandier, the CEO of Sony/ATV  has made it clear that if the Decrees are not amended he will “explore other options”.

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Get Your Music Metadata Right With These 10 Editors

Metadata-editorBy Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0.

The other day I wrote a post on why creating the proper metadata for a song or album is so important. A number of readers wrote in asking for suggestions for some metadata editors, since many DAWs don't provide extensive access to many of the metatags that are needed. Here's a list of 10.

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Full List Of MTV Video Music Awards 2014 Nominees

image from www.billboard.comMTV has announced the 2014 nominees for its MTV Video Music Awards.  Beyoncé leads this year’s field with 8 nominations, including Video of the Year, Best Female and Best Collaboration.  In the list announced Thursday via SnapChat, Eminem and Iggy Azalea had 7 noms each. Also receiving multiple nominations were Jay Z, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Pharrell Williams, Ariana Grande, Lorde, Sam Smith, Zedd, Avicii, Pitbull, Jason Derulo and Hayley Williams.  Full list of MTV Video Music Awards 2014 Nominees :

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Recruit Your Fave Band's Fanbase With Your Own Afterparty Show

AftershowBy Andrew Hall from the Sonicbids Blog.

Ain’t no party like an afterparty, ‘cause an afterparty gets you a bunch of new fans.

How many times after seeing one of your favorite bands were you so jacked up that you wanted to stay out the whole night? Wouldn’t it be great if there was more live music to see? Even better, wouldn’t it be great if it was your band?

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Microsoft To Spin Off Nokia's MixRadio

image from i.nokia.comMicrosoft is spinning off it's Nokia MixRadio streaming music app into a standalone company. The announcement is of deep cuts at the parent company.  If the free Pandora like service can survive the move financially the split might be good for MixRadio. The app will still be preloaded on smartphones running Microsoft's Windows Phone software, but can now also have expand to Apple's iOS and Google's Android.

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WFMU Building Open Source "Audience Engine" Web CMS For Radio Stations

Wfmu-logoNew Jersey's WFMU.FM is a legendary freeform non-commercial radio station that embodies community from its supportive listeners to its wide-ranging programming. WFMU recently embarked on a new community adventure with their decision to develop an open source version of their currently proprietary CMS (content management system). The new CMS is called Audience Engine and its designed not only to manage content and build community, but to support fundraising.

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New Music Messaging Apps From Soundwave and La-La Take Divergent Routes

Soundwave-logoMusic messaging is kind of a weird space since people rarely send music as a message. Two mobile startups are taking what I think are the two main routes for music messaging, sharing music while chatting about it in the same feed and picking out snippets of music that can function as messages. Soundwave has added a form of group music messaging to its mobile app that takes the former route while La-La recently debuted an iOS app that sends music snippets as messages.

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STHoldings Ending Vinyl Distribution This Month, Continues With Smaller Roster [Updated]

Stholdings-logoUK-based STHoldings launched in 1998 and grew to be an important electronic and related music distributor, both physical and digital, though noted in particular for vinyl distribution. In May they announced the end of services for around 150 labels with the intent to continue working with a group of 30 labels. This is likely good news for those in the 30 but certainly not for those who are losing a unique specialty distribution service at the end of the month.

[Update: Supposedly they announced that they closed entirely. Coverage is ambiguous. I don't know where people are getting this information. Would it be too much to ask for STHoldings to post on their FB page or website? Or for someone to tell us where they got the information?]

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Facebook Launches "Mentions" App Just For Musicians, Celebrities

image from fbnewsroomus.files.wordpress.comFacebook's Creative Labs today launched Mentions, a new app designed to encourage musicians and other public figures to discover and join conversations on Facebook. Mentions lets you see what fans are saying via a new mentions feed, post updates, start a mobile Q&A, find out what’s trending and  get streamlined notifications. Austin Mahone, Ed Sheeran, Mariah Carey (pictured), Big Boi and Prince Royce are among the musicians already using the new app. 

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wireWAX: Music Meets Commerce Via In-Video Links

image from www.internwise.co.ukThe music video is just the starting point for a fan's journey thanks to embeddable links from hot video-meets-commerce startup Wirewax. Whle watching a video, click on a shirt worn by the artist and its takes you to an e-commerce site ready to sell it. Click on a singer's anguished face and it takes you the lyrics or on a deeper dive to what motivated her to write the song.  

The First Shoppable Music Video

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The Importance of Music Video Promotion

Hipavatar_400x400Jesse Cannon of Musformation.com talks to Andy Gesner of HIP Video Promo.

The following is a transcript of their discussion.

Jesse:  This interview is rewarding for anybody who’s an artist or in a band and wants to see some of the hidden gears of how a music video secures exposure. I highly suggest reading the whole interview; Andy’s incredibly insightful, and you can check him and his company out at hipvideopromo.com.

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How To Reach The Best Music Business Contacts. Period.

NetworkingWhat if you could reverse the sinking feeling you get when you send an email blast to hundreds of contacts that goes entirely unanswered? What if you were able to better understand how to break into the industry instead of trying the shotgun approach and hoping for a hit? Would you? Because you can. It all comes down to genuine relationship building.

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Pandora Hits 2M Users In Its Only Non-U.S. Market

image from musicconnection.comPandora in Australia and New Zealand has reached 2 two million registered listeners, effectively doubling its listener base in less than 12 months since launching in December 2012. Listeners have created 29 million personalized stations customized by 90 million Australian and New Zealand thumbs up and down. 

Australia and New Zealand are the only two countries where Pandora is available outside of the U.S. More results there include:

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Hushed Events Lets Artists Rewards Fans With Private Calls Using Temporary Numbers

Hushed-logoPrivate messaging and calls enter a new promotional dimension with the launch of Hushed Events. Hushed is known for providing temporary phone numbers for smartphone calls using their app to keep your number secure. This week they debuted a system for people with a following, from old school celebs to new school Viners, who want to connect with fans without giving out personal details. Hushed Events allows fans to register for a call, receive notifications if won and connect the fan and artist.

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SiriusXM's YouTube 15 Radio Show: New Media Adapts To Old Forms

Youtube-15SiriusXM last week debuted a new song countdown radio show based on popular music videos from YouTube hosted by YouTube star Jenna Marbles. The playlist is apparently based on a combination of YouTube data and SirusXM curation. While this effort partly reflects the ever-growing importance of YouTube to music, it also represents the gradual adaptation of new media (YouTube) to old forms of presentation (top hits countdown shows).

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