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Fans Have A Growing Willingness To Actually Pay For Music [MusicWatch]

moneyMusic fans are showing a growing willingness to actually pay for music, and that is helping to drive the current growth in the recorded music industry. In fact, the value of those fans grew 11% last year driven by tens of millions of $10 per month on-demand subscriptions, according to MusicWatch’s Annual Music Study. 

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Warner Music Group Strengthens Digital Team With 2 New Hires

WmgWarner Music Group has hired Michael Drexler as VP, Digital Strategy & Corporate Development and Allan Coye as VP, Digital Strategy & Business Development. Based in New York, both will report to Ole Obermann, WMG’s Chief Digital Officer & EVP, Business Development; and are his first hires since he joining the company late last year.

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The 5 Steps To Getting “Gig Ready”

Gig-ready-headerGetting hired to play a cover gig with a band can be a great way to get out there an make some extra money, but gigs of this nature often provide little time for getting ready. Here we look at how to make the most of what little preparation time you have, and ultimate put on a great show.

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TuneCore Now Offers Musicians and Indie Labels Fast, Low Cost Royalty Advances

CashTo offer royalty advances to artists and labels, TuneCore today launched TuneCore Direct Advance in collaboration with Lyric Financial. The new service provides U.S.-based TuneCore customers the option of quick, automated advances on their future distribution sales revenue.

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A Look At Just How Fast Streaming Music Is Growing [CHART]

Up arrowsIt's no secret that music streaming is exploding. For the first time last year, the record labels made more money from streaming than from the sales of digital downloads and physical good combined. This chart chronicles music's streaming explosion.

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14 Best Instagram Apps For Taking Your Content To The Next Level

2Although it hasn't been around as long as some social media platforms, Instagram has nonetheless become a crowded place to try and get your brand (or your band) notice. Fortunately, there are a variety of Instagram apps which allow you to diversify your content offerings and stand out from the crowd.

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The Future Of Windowed Streaming Exclusives [Bas Grasmayer]

1Last week, Universal Music Group and Spotify announced a deal would soon be taking place between the two companies. One component of the deal gives UMG the option of withholding certain content from Spotify's free users for a period, raising some interesting questions surrounding windowed streaming releases.

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MTV Reimagines "Fear Factor," Ludacris To Host

Ludacris_Fear_Factor_MTV.jpgMTV today announced it will relaunch the reality action series "Fear Factor." Rapper and actor Ludacris will host the new installment "custom-created for a generation that is increasingly empowered, while also more anxious than ever." Ludacris will also serve as executive producer as part of an extensive partnership with the network.

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Indie Labels Report Struggle With 'Whack-A-Mole' Digital Takedowns, 30% Have Given Up Trying [SURVEY]

dcA survey conducted by A2IM (American Association of Independent Music) and Future of Music Coalition (FMC) confirms that independent labels are struggling to deal with unauthorized use of their recordings and videos.

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Squeeze To Please: The Basics Of Compression In Audio

(1)Although recorded music production is often treated as one broad discipline, there are a number of discrete processes within that discipline which require a specific type of knowledge. Here we look at the use of compression and limiting, one of the more treacherous aspects of recording and mixing.

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Ed Sheeran Settles Latest $20M Copyright Infringement Suit

image from www.celebrityaccess.comEd Sheeran has settled a copyright infringement lawsuit over his hit song "Photograph". Sheeran has been the subject of several high profile copyright infringement claims. Is he a copycat, a deep-pocketed target, or the writer of hits pop songs that just inherently sound familiar.

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How The Music Industry Makes Money In 2016? [INFOGRAPHIC]

CashStreaming is increasingly the new normal of how consumers listen to music; and according to the RIAA, streaming brought in just over half of the US music industry’s revenue in 2016.  But where does the other half  of the money earned come from?

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The Power Struggle of Music Versus the Machine

machineThe digital age has created previously unimagined opportunities for musicians, and changed music creation, distribution and discovery forever.  But alongside those changes, the livelihoods of creators has been threatened.  Now is the time to recapture the value that music creates, argues Sound Royalties Alex Heiche, and he sees signs that it's starting to happen.

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Viacom Releases First Virtual Reality Music Album "Melody Of Dust"

image from mms.businesswire.comIf video killed the radio star, will virtual reality make traditional music performance obsolete? We're in the very early stages, but VR has the potential to transform how music is created and experienced. MTV parent Viacom and multidisciplinary artist Nick Koenig are pioneering this new artform.  

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How Would Asset Bubble Theorist Hyman Minsky Feel About Spotify’s Unique IPO Plans?

1Recent indicators suggest that Spotify is considering offering a direct listing where it simply registers its shares on a public exchange. This would mark a departure from typical IPOs and, according to Theorist Hyman Minsky, raise some concerns regarding a debt bubble.

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