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REWIND: The New Music Industry's Week In Review

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High [and Low] Points In SoundCloud's Failed Attempts To Communicate With Angry Musicians

Storm-clouds-charlestons-thedigitelIt would be easy to paint the scenario that SoundCloud has gone so corporate that its primary partners (and co-owners) are now the major labels, its primary users are casual listeners and its primary customers are future advertisers. But there's plenty of time for that. For now, it has to be noted that SoundCloud's communication efforts to date in response to creators' concerns about both the new iOS app and Universal's ability to pull music and flag accounts for closure have been a big FAIL. Here are some high points.

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Soundsight Headphones Shoot Video For Livestreaming Or Editing

Soundsight-headphonesSoundsight Headphones are designed to be high quality headphones that record video based on where the wearer's head is turned that can be livestreamed or edited through a mobile app on a smartphone or tablet. They won't be available till Christmas though there's a preorder sale currently in progress. But they're an interesting example of a product that one dj describes as "Beats meets Instagram and GoPro."

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Limited Run Joins Indie Services Adding SoundScan Reporting To D2F Music Sales

Nielsen_soundscan_logoIt's often hard to know when a feature update is newsworthy but Limited Run's addition of SoundScan reporting to their music and merch ecommerce platform is certainly noteworthy as part of a larger trend for D2F and DIY music ecommerce services to include such reporting. With both DIY acts and indie labels now using such tools proper acknowledgement of one's efforts are important. In fact, we're probably at a stage where SoundScan reporting should be considered a must have feature when evaluating ecommerce tools and services.

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How Graduating High School Kids Listen To Music [CHART]

teenA new study by Carnegie Mellon University's Niche research arm took a look at early adult decision-making including media choices among graduating high school students. In addition to categories like social networks and video, the study looked at music consumption and found some interesting and rather surprising trends. One key finding: Pandora is not just mom's music service.

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Getting Started As A Touring Act

Tourbus1aBy ​Ohmare Washington, a Music Business Mentor, and Dir. Of Urban Music for Springboard South Music Festival.

One of the key avenues that artist utilize to generate a fanbase is Touring.

You have acts with a following that tours for more than half the year. You have acts with no following that tours with a well known act as an opener. The next option is as a underground act, that tours. Without a fanbase, do you find touring independently as a viable option? Your answer should be: POSSIBLY.

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Music Publishing News Weekly Roundup 7.11.14: Bop.fm, Rap Genius, UMPG + Moodagent

image from mamuna.comBop.fm has raised $2 Million in funding from Charles River Venutures. Launched in December 2013 by CEO Shehzad Daredia, the startup music streaming service provides a single platform for users listen to any song from any music service. With Rdio, Beats, Deezer, Spotify, Youtube, and Soundcloud integrated into their system, Bop.fm is attempting to bridge the gap between the several growing music services that may have different catalogs available. The company has also verified several of their artists and included tour dates, song lyrics, and playlists in their profiles. They hope that artists will also use their link to reach the user base of each service. With the new funding, the startup will allow their 6 employee staff to hire more engineers and expand their growing listener base.

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The Artists Declaration of Independence: Johnny's Story Part 2

Jamie-legerBy Jamie Leger of Modern Artists Academy.

This is part two of the ongoing series - The Artists Declaration of Independence: The Transition To The Modern Music Industry.

If you’d like to have each new post in the series sent to you automatically so you don’t have to worry about missing any of the training-you can sign up here and also receive a free copy of The Grassroots Music Marketing System, gratis.

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Relativity Nears Sale Of ArtistDirect, Music Sites For Mere $1 Million

image from www.hypebot.com[UPDATED] Relativity Digital is preparing to sell ArtistDirect and related music sites for a mere $1 million to an undisclosed buyer, according to reports. AritstDirect was one of the pioneer sites in the online music, but in recent years has fallen out of favor. At a time of billion dollar music deals, the $1 million price tag reflects just how unpopular ArtistDirect had become.

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Sony/ATV Threatens To Exit ASCAP and BMI

BMI ASCAPMusic publishers Sony/ATV Music has turned up the heat in the ongoing battle between major publishers and both ASCAP and BMI with a letter to its tens of thousands of member songwriters.  Unless a series of reforms at the performing rights organizations are implemented, Sony/ATV would consider “the potential complete withdrawal of all rights from ASCAP and BMI,” wrote Martin N. Bandier, Sony/ATV chairman.  

Sony is not the only major publisher considering an exit.

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SoundCloud Nears Deal With Major Labels, Ownership Stake Included

image from cdn.doandroidsdance.com(UPDATED) Soundcloud is close to finalizing a deal that would give the three major label groups an ownership stake in exchange for the labels not suing the audio platform. The deal, which gives Universal. Sony and Warner Music each a 3-5% share in exchange for the right to keep some major label music on the platform, reportedly values SoundCloud at $500 million.

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Mixcloud and The International Radio Festival Launch Online Radio Awards

Online-radio-awardsWeb radio service Mixcloud and the International Radio Festival, an on-air music radio festival, are partnering to launch the Onine Radio Awards. Nominations opened yesterday and anybody, anywhere in the world can nominate any online radio show or station. Best Stations and Best Shows will be honored with the majority of show categories focused on genres of music.

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The Last SF MusicTech Summit? [Save 10% with Hypebot Discount Code]

Sfmusictech-logo-nodate-300x300The SF MusicTech Summit has had a strong run but its future is unclear. Brian Zisk says he may take it to Hawaii and that's a hard one to argue against. But whether it moves, goes on a world tour or transforms into something else entirely, there is at least one more SF MusicTech Summit November 11th. And you, dear Hypebot reader, can get 10% off with the below discount code.

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How Much Does A Major Act Get For Playing A Concert? [Price List]

$$How much do major touring acts get paid to pay a concert? This "price list" has been making the rounds for more than a month. As the founder of national booking agency Skyline Music, I know that these prices don;t tell the whole story. While Degy, the middlemen that put together the list, is a totally reputable company, the prices shared are just starting points.  

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New On Hypebot's Music Industry Jobs Board: Cashmere Agency, House Cult, mtheory & More

image from www.google.comNew on the Hypebot Jobs Board is an opening for a Senior Publicist at lifestyle marketer the Cashmere Agency.  Electronic music community and discovery platform House Cult is looking for one or more co-founders including a designer/front-end developer. There are also job openings at mtheoryMySpace and MTV Artists. Details on these opportunities and more are on Hypebot's Music Industry Jobs Board.

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Wix Website Builder Adds Free Email Newsletters

Wix-logoWix is a freemium website builder that's really been taking off with a huge number of users (50 million+). It's designed to make it easier for folks without coding experience to create their own websites and they've added a wide variety of templates and apps to support that process. Now they're introducing a free email newsletter service for Wix site owners. If you're looking for an easy website/email newsletter solution for your band, Wix might do the job but keep in mind that Wix saves key features for premium accounts.

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Concord Music To Take Stax Records To Broadway

image from www.ijamming.netLong popular in the online world, content repositioning has found its way into the mainstream music industry. Concord Music Group and producer Stuart Benjamin are reviving the impressive Stax Records catalog with a Broadway musical based on the story of the iconic soul music label.

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This Is Why People Aren't Watching Your Videos

Why_people_arent_watching_your_youtube_videosBy Aaron Ford of the Sonicbids Blog.

Let's talk about YouTube.

We could talk about VidCon, which sold out 12,000 tickets a month in advance. We could also talk about the over-dramatized and sensationalized YouTube vs. indies misinformation war. However, it's so much more constructive to focus on growing your audience, serving your audience and monetizing your audience. Not only is YouTube is the largest streaming music service in the world, it allows you to use video to connect directly with your fans in almost any way you can imagine.

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Bop.fm's Music Access Service Raises $2 Million Investment Round

Bop-logoIn news that appeared on Business Insider early this morning, Bop.fm is said to be raising $2 million in funding. Bop.fm is also launching Verified Artist Pages with curated playlists from big stars. No word on what they're planning for the future but they seem to be successfully building out their early service with each new step fitting nicely into place.

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Berlin Music Week Adds First Music Hack Day

image from www.musichackday.de(UPDATED) Berlin Music Week will host a its first official Music Hack Day presented by Musikexpress and Rolling Stone from Axel Springer Mediahouse Berlin and by the Media Entrepreneurs-Initiative. Spotify, The Echo Nest, Rdio and the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence are confirmed as tech partners. 

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Artwork FM: Single Frame Music Video Creator

Artwork-fmLee Martin is a developer who has created all sorts of curious web contraptions to market music. Occasionally he also whips out a useful tool for musicians. Most recently he came up with Artwork FM, a web app that takes an image and an audio file to create a single frame music video. Martin describes it as a "gateway drug to a suite of simple apps I'm building for the music business in attempt to scale up my own development efforts." Should be an interesting process!

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Cameo Video Editing App Upgrades Soundtracks, Adds Music Promotions

Mzl.hzyxubxxCameo is a mobile video editing app that has some nice features well-designed for editing videos on a smartphone. Earlier this year they were acquired by Vimeo in what seems like a nice match. Today they released a new iOS app featuring an upgraded soundtrack feature as well as music promotions within the app. The potential for promoting music by getting a bunch of videomakers to use it in their clips seems powerful. But I can't help but be captured by the fact that Cameo has the potential to be a much stronger discovery platform for those who just want to watch.

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Robin Thicke's New Album Sold Just 530 Copies Last Week In UK

twerkFor an international pop superstar, Robin Thicke had a pretty crappy week. His ode to estranged wife Paula Patton sold just 530 copies in its debut week in the UK. That's 2% of his previous album's first week UK sales. In the US, his first week numbers were a little better at 25,000, but that's still a whole lot less than the 177,000 his last album "Blurred Lines" sold in week 1.

Should we be surprised?

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