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You Don't Need A Record Label To Be Successful

(1)Although artists now have the resources and technology to be successful without the help of a major label, or indeed a label of any kind, many are still confused as to why so many in the industry are eschewing traditional labels in favor of their own DIY efforts. Here we look at why.

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At 32 Million Subscribers, Apple Music Challenges Spotify As Streaming Leader

1Although Spotify is generally touted as being the front runner in streaming world with it's 51 million plus subscribers, new controversial data suggests that Apple Music may be on course to emerge the dominant player and, in some areas, may have even overtaken Spotify already.

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Acing The Basics Of Social Media To Grow Your Followers

(1)Social media is an integral part of our waking lives, and just as each platform has its own distinct attributes, each one represents an opportunity for a band or musician to draw attention to themselves and their work. That said, there are certain basic practices that apply universally across all the different platforms.

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Forget Ed Sheeran and Drake, Justin Bieber Just Had The Biggest YouTube Debut Of 2017

biebThe Bieb is back! Oh, wait... you only wished that he went away. Talk all you want about Ed Sheeran and Drake as the streaming success stories of 2017, but Justin Bieber just helped break a YouTube record with the biggest music video debut of 2017.

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Spotify For Artists Now Available FREE To All Musicians, As Streamer Drops 250 Follower Requirement

SPOTIFY FOR ARTISTSWith the launch of Spotify For Artists yesterday, the streamer bundled features like analytics and profile management tools that any musicians or music marketer will find invaluable.  And with the elimination of a previous 250 follower limit, made those tools available free to all artists and their teams.

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Concert Series Murmrr Takes Over Temples, Underutilized Spaces For Cost-Effective Shows

(1)Through their use of unconventional and underutilized venues such as museums and churches, the promotional group Murmrr out of NY is able to keep the cost of their shows low, allowing for cheaper tickets for fans, and more money for the artists.

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5 Reasons Teaming Up With Another Band Can Provide A Mutual Tour Boost

1If touring with a band is great way to bring everyone together into a tight-knit musical community, touring with two bands can provide an opportunity to connect with even more artists, and buoy the tour on to greater success in the process.

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Facebook Announces Full Spotify, Apple Music Messenger Integrations

Facebook-musicUPDATED: "Music will play a much larger roll in messenger this year," promised Facebook's head of the Messenger platform David Marcus on stage Tuesday during Facebook's F8 developer conference before announcing two key integrations.

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Music Streamer Deezer Explores Radical Shift To User Centric Licensing [MARK MULLIGAN]

image from funderstanding.com"What if that metal fan only listened to Metallica, yet still 10% of that subscriber’s revenue went to Katy Perry?" It is not a hypothetical question. It's actually how payments to rightsholders are calculated by Spotify, Apple Music and all other music streamers. But Mark Mulligan discovered that rival Deezer is exploring a radical shift that some believe would divide revenue more fairly.

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Spotify Premium For Students Adds 50% OFF Subscriptions In 33 More Countries, Partners with SheerID

Spotify new[UPDATED] Spotify has launched its Spotify Premium for Students in 33 new countries. Spotify Premium for Students allows all registered students to enjoy Spotify Premium, including all of the benefits that come with being a Premium subscriber, for about half of the the standard local price.

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Spotify Has Launched A Facebook Messenger Bot For Music Discovery And Sharing

image from diymusician.cdbaby.comUPDATE 2: Spotify has launched a bot for Facebook Messenger that lets friends share music within chats. The bot includes search, recommendations, sharing a 30 second song clip within Messenger, or launching Spotify to hear the full song.

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Streaming May Have Slowed Piracy, But It Certainly Hasn't Stopped It [CHART]

PirateThe convenience of streaming has unquestionably slowed music piracy. But it certainly has not stopped it. According to a late 2016 study by Ipsos for the IFPI which surveyed 12,600 internet users in 13 countries, more than 1/3 said they had still accessed copyright infringing music over the previous 6 months. And how they're pirating music has changed. 

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Increase Your Audience Reach, Album Sales Using Pinterest

(1)Although using various forms of social media to promote new music or an upcoming tour is par for the course by this point, many artists may be neglecting to consider the power of Pinterest, which can be a great resource for inexpensively building your audience and driving web traffic.

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Survival Of The Shortest: Did Streaming Kill Song Intros?

(1)While lengthy, dramatic intros used to be commonplace in the power pop ballads of a few decades ago, a recent study has revealed that the hits of today have significantly more truncated, something for which consumers shortened attention spans are likely to blame.

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Fan Insights Rebrands As Spotify For Artists, Now Available To All Artists and Managers

Spotify newIn November 2015, Spotify released Spotify Fan Insights, a dashboard to help artists better understand their Spotify listeners. Today, it exited beta as Spotify For Artists combining analytics, profile management tools and some new features.

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Facebook Owns 4 Of 5 Most Downloaded Apps

Facebook_like_logo_1Facebook's march to world domination continues. New research by app analytics firm Sensor Tower shows that Facebook's WhatsApp, Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Facebook owned Instagram and (those guys who refused to sell to Facebook) Snapchat were the most downloaded apps worldwide for the first 3 months of 2017.

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Digital Music Strategist Andrew Woloz Shares His Song Stories

AJM5933 Digest-Hard-Cover(5)Music shapes our identities and changes our lives. It brings back our memories and stirs up our emotions. My Song Stories asks music professionals and indie artists questions about the songs in their libraries. Today, Andrew Woloz, a consultant who helps companies and artists with their digital music strategy, shares the artists and songs that have impacted his life and career.

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Pandora Predictions: Boy Band 'Why Don’t We' Rise, 'Cigarettes After Sex' Light Up, #Classicalbae

1In this round of Pandora's Predictions Chart, we take a look at a violinist bringing the strings to hip-hop, a new boy band fivesome, as well as two dream-pop acts riding the escapism wave.

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You Can Now Live Stream On YouTube If You Have Just 1000 Subscribers

image from www.hypebot.comYouTube Live streaming is now open to any creator with 000 subscribers. That's down from a previous threshold of 10,000.  The expansion of YouTube Live to more creators will further fuel the explosion in live video on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and elsewhere.

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Pandora Premium Exits Invite-Only, Artist Driven “Sounds Like You” Marketing Campaign Launches

image from pandoraradio.files.wordpress.comPandora Premium, the music streamer's paid on-demand service, is now available to all users via the Apple App Store, Google Play and on the web. Previously, Pandora Premium had been invite-only.

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TUE. BRIEF: Cash Money Sued For Missing Drake $'s • CAA Launches In China • Grammy Museum, Foundation Merge

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Cash Money appears determined to keep alive the tradition of the dishonest record label.

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