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Everfest Festival Experiences Platform Raises $3.6M From Live Nation, ATX

everfest logoEverfest, a global festival search engine and calendar, has raised $3.6 million in a funding round co-led by Live Nation Entertainment and ATX Seed Ventures. Benchmark Capital’s Bob Kagle also returned as an investor.   

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Will Digital Aggregators Lead Industry On Transparency With Spotify, Others? [Chris Castle]

DownloadAfter Spotify received some criticism for the somewhat opaque and mysterious nature of its deals with major labels, the question is being raised if perhaps digital aggregators like CD Baby, the Orchard, and Loudr should be the ones to lead the way on industry transparency.

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Advance Look At MIDiA's "State Of The Streaming Nation" 2017 Report [Mark Mulligan]

image from pbs.twimg.com"Streaming was the lynchpin of 2016’s growth and will be even more important in 2017," says top industry analyst Mark Mulligan of MIDIA Research. As this transition from music sales to music access accelerates, some music services are becoming dominant players, according to Mulligan in an advance look at the 2017 edition of the much anticipated MIDiA study "The State Of The Streaming Nation." 

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Tidal CEO Jeff Toig Out - 3rd Top Exec Departure In 2 Years

Tidal logoTidal CEO Jeff Toig is out. It's the 3rd departure of the top executive at Jay Z's streaming music service in 2 years. Despite superstar backers and a recent $200 million investment from Sprint, Tidal has failed to gain major traction even as Spotify, Apple Music and others have fueled a music industry resurgence.

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5 Key Qualities To Look For When Shopping For Headphones

1For the discerning listener, finding the right pair of headphones can be a challenge. In this piece we look at the five key qualities to take into account as you search for a new pair should you find your old headphones kicking the bucket.

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How To Create The Perfect Thumbnail Image For Your YouTube and Vimeo Videos

image from www.youtubecreatorshub.comWhen it comes to compelling someone to click on your video, having the right thumbnail image is critical You should always choose your own when uploading sites like YouTube or Vimeo and here Bobby Owsinski looks at how to construct the ideal thumbnail image in just three steps.

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Spotify Shares "How Students Listen 2017" [Eliot Van Buskirk]

Download (1)In addition to learning, expanding personal horizons and developing a plan for post student life, college is also a place where many shape their musical identities. Eliot Van Buskirk of Spotify Insights has taken a deep dive into how students listen and shared it via an interactive microsite.

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FRI. BRIEF: Ariana Grande As Heroine • Spotify Adds To Board • MQA Nabs Nugs • "Synch This!" • More

Ariana GrandeFriday 5.26.17

Music Business News From Around The Web

 It's easy to dismiss Ariana Grande as fluff, but to fans she's refreshingly much more. Perhaps naively, I hope that she turns this horrific tragedy into a teachable moment or even a turning point.

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Is Video Push Next For Spotify As Former Disney, YouTube Execs Join Board Of Directors

Spotify newSpotify is reportedly adding 4 new members to its board of directors prior to its stock listing. The choice of former execs from YouTube and Disney who have experience with video, alongside board member Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos, is fueling speculation that Spotify may make a major push into video streaming.

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GENERATION Z: How 13-20 Year Olds Use Social, Choose Gatekeepers, Consume Media

zGeneration Z, kids and teens born between 1996 and 2010, are the new hot consumer segment. Unlike millennials, most of whom grew up during the transitional years of the internet revolution, Gen Z has grown up in an entirely digital world and interact with it differently than anyone else. 

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It's Not If Artists Deserve "Moral Rights" Recognition, But How Music Industry Should Achieve It, says RIAA

image from futureofmusic.orgThe U.S. Copyright Office has requested comments on regulating the right to receive full credit for artistic works, often called "moral rights." The U.S. does not guarantee this level of recognition, even though "these rights have a long history in international copyright law," according to the Copyright Office. 

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AMERICANAFEST 2017 Names First Round Of Showcase Performers

Americana logo[UPDATE 2] The Americana Music Association has just announced the first 103 of more than 230 slated to perform at AMERICANAFEST 2017.  Darlingside, We Banjo 3, Caitlin Canty, 3 artists represented by Hypebot's sister company Skyline Artists, will be joining  Brandy Clark, Turnpike Troubadours, Crockett, Deer Tick, Bettye LaVette and many more in Nashville September 12-17.

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7 Financial Tips For Bands Touring Abroad

1Like it or not, a band is a business, and so it pays, often literally, to think about how your're going to manage said business. The stakes are particularly high for bands touring abroad, and while international tours can be a fantastic success, they can also be financially devastating if managed improperly.

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Co-Host Jay Gilbert's Favorite Music Biz Weekly Podcast Episodes

Jay GilbertJay Gilbert spent 18 years at Universal Music, most recently as VP New Media and Online Marketing. He's been on the cutting edge of digital sales and marketing at Universal, Starbucks Entertainment, Fox and Warner Music. But it's his unique perspective as a musician, music executive and fan that makes Jay‘s approach to digital strategy and online marketing so artist-friendly.

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How To Comment On FCC's Attack On Net Neutrality and Why The Indie Music Community Must Speak Out NOW

image from www.hypebot.comOn a 2-1 party line vote, the FCC began the process of dismantling net neutrality. A new comment period has opened and every member of the indie music community must speak out now to try to save rules that guarantee that all content on the web is delivered and streamed equally.

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How To Slum As A Rock Critic, Like The Rock Critics Before You

1In this piece David Gerard looks at the collective state of music journalism today, bemoaning its content and quality, but also looking that potential merits of critical music writing, both now and throughout the history of the music business.

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Guide To Department of Justice Ruling On 100% Licensing

2A new ruling from the Department of Justice has confused many in the industry, from songwriters to publishers and even some lawyers. Here we break down the new ruling in a helpful chart, giving you a better idea of where you stand depending on your level of involvement with a given creative work.

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