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Digital Music Distributor Symphonic Scores $4 Million Investment From Ballast Point Ventures

SymphonicTampa based Symphonic Distribution has secured a $4 million investment from Ballast Point Ventures (BPV). Symphonic will use the investment to add to its sales force, bolster its marketing and enhance its product capabilities.

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FCC Released Its Net Neutrality Killing Order, Hoping You Were Too Busy Cooking Turkey To Read It

Net neutrality"The FCC is trying to use the Thanksgiving holiday to distract the press and public from its blatant handout to one of the least liked and least competitive industries in America," writes Karl Bode of Techdirt, 

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Want To Get Noticed By Spotify's Curators? Build Your Own Playlist

1For indie artists seeking to promote their music, Spotify playlists can be an excellent way to get a new release bubbling to the surface for new listeners, but getting your song added to oft perused playlists necessitates you catching the eye of Spotify curator, something which the creation of your own playlists can expedite.

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Spotify Took K-Pop Global, But Could Do More To Help Other Genres

Global musicK-Pop is hardly a niche genre, but until recently, its fans were found primarily in Korea, neighboring Asian countries and Korean immigrants in the US and elsewhere. Spotify, with its global footprint, helped change that two years ago with the launch of its Korean pop genre hub. The streamer could do the same for other genres and culturally based music, but it's efforts to spotlight music ranging from Americana to ska have been spotty at best.

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Billionaire Hologram Producer Alki David Responds To Lawsuit By Roy Orbison's Sons

image from www.hypebot.comOur article last week about the heirs of  Roy Orbison filing a lawsuit to block what they say is a shakedown by a hologram company owned by Alkiviades David has drawn a strong denial from the Greek billionaire.

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Taylor Swift Paddles Outside Streaming To Bridge Value Gap

2In an effort to close the value gap, Taylor Swift has taken advantage of her industry position and utilized a variety of techniques in the marketing of her albums, making particularly smart use of 'windowing,' writes Chris Castle.

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YouTube's Lyor Cohen To Keynote Music Biz Convention In Nashville

Lyor cohenOften controversial music industry veteran Lyor Cohen, the Global Head of Music at YouTube and Founder of music content company 300, will keynote  the Music Business Association’s Music Biz 2018 conference at the Omni Nashville Hotel. Cohen will discuss his career journey, his current role at YouTube and Google and his thoughts on the future of the music business.

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6 Million Spotify Streams And Growing: Catching Up With British Pop Singer Jerry Williams

1At the ripe old age of 21, British indie pop singer/songwriter Jerry Williams has found significant DIY success, reaching over 6 million streams on Spotify. Here she sat down to chat with the folks at ReverbNation about her challenges and successes and what the future holds.

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Content Creators Coalition's Jeff Boxer Exits After 3 Allege Harassment, He Responds With Far Less Than A Full Apology

image from www.hypebot.comThe Board of the artist's advocacy group the Content Creators Coalition has accepted the resignation of Executive Director Jeff Boxer after three women alleged sexual misconduct. The CCO recently made headlines with a video ad campaign taking YouTube to task for what it sees as low payments and an adequate effort to curb unauthorized use of music.

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When Will Taylor Swift's "Reputation" Be Available On Spotify, Apple Music? We've Got Details!

Taylor-Swift Reputation[UPDATE 2] When will Taylor Swift's new album "Reputation" be available on Spotify, Apple Music and other music streamers? It's was a big debut week for Taylor Swift's "Reputation." We finally have the answer: this Friday 12.1.17! 

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REWIND: The New Music Industry’s Week In Review

6a01b7c7aa2d2b970b01b7c907b5d7970b-100wiAs we take a casual perusal back through this Thanksgiving week's music industry news, we revisit Content Creators Coalition's Jeff Boxer's harassment allegations, the best songs for Turkey Day, a lawsuit from Roy Orbison's heirs to stop a concert hologram program based on the musician, and much, much more.

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Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Garage Band Success • Marketing Methods • After-School Music • More

6a00d83451b36c69e201b8d291fefc970c-150wiOn MusicThinkTank this week, we explored the key to success as a garage band, looked at some creative and unusual music marketing methods, what after-school programs can do to keep kids out of trouble.

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Contrary To Predictions, Blockchain May Not Be The Future Of The Music Industry [Bobby Owsinski]

1Over the past couple of years, a number of articles have surfaced in the music business world touting blockchain tech as the saviour of the music industry which will finally allow artists to get paid. This may be wishful thinking however, argues Bobby Owsinski, who offers several reasons why blockchain isn't the answer to musicians' prayers.

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Creative, Unusual Music Marketing Methods

2With the massive volume of music, and the number of musicians out there, standing out and getting noticed has become harder than ever. Traditional marketing methods, while helpful, may not be enough to get you noticed as an artist. Here we look at some creative, unorthodox methods of marketing your music.

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Spotify For Artists Expands ‘Artist’s Pick’ Marketing Features: Custom Image, Messaging and Localized Tour Dates

image from spartists-1.global.ssl.fastly.netSpotify For Artists continues to expand its toolbox of free features designed to help all musicians build and benefit from their presence on the streaming service. New additions add a control of a custom image and geotargeted tour dates to the top of the Artist's Picks section on each Artist Profile page.

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Why So Many Musicians Get Digital So Very Wrong

1Here Amber Horsburgh delves into the issues behind common industry misconceptions surrounding digital strategy, and the danger of simply treating digital as a communication channel, as well as the importance of understanding and taking full advantage the marketing opportunity digital provides.

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Roy Orbison Heirs File Lawsuit To Stop Concert Hologram Project

RoyHeirs of  Roy Orbison have filed a lawsuit to block what they say is a shakedown by a hologram company owned by Greek billionaire Alkiviades David. New technology often leads to legal battles, and with music related holograms, augmented reality and virtual reality all gaining traction, we expect a plethora of lawsuits over who controls rights that barely existed a decade ago. 

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