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What's Not To Like About Facebook's (Non-Existent) Music Licenses

1Owing to their ability to duck behind DMCA 'safe harbor' rules, Facebook has been able to get along without paying royalties on the music which, undeniably, add an appreciable amount of value to the platform. This could change though, with Facebook finally headed to the negotiation table.

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Messenger Bot Startup I AM POP Opens UK Office

I Am Pop bot[UPDATED] Amsterdam-based Facebook Messenger bot startup I AM POP has hired Sam Taylor as its London-based Chief Commercial Officer. The appointment coincides with the opening of a new office in Shoreditch, East London, which will house the company’s marketing and partnerships teams.

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WED. BRIEF: Trump's FCC Guts Net Neutrality • Facebook Hires WMG Exec • Sonos Adds Spotify Alexa Voice Control • More

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 The FCC is ignoring 22 million comments, tech companies big and small and many Congressmen, as it barrels ahead with plans to gut net neutrality even more completely than predicted.

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How Musicians Can Rise Above The Chatter To Get More Streams

Prophets of rageWhat's working? What actually moves the needle? That's my #1 question when talking to D.I.Y. musicians, music marketers and label execs.  Most don't have a great answer other than getting on an official Spotify playlist.  But finally, I'm starting to see some solutions for the other 99% of musicians, and as this data from Glenn Peoples shows, Pandora's free artist audio messages is proving to be one. 

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Musical.ly Has become An Essential Proving Ground For Digital Natives

1Often described as a lip-syncing app, Music.ly is notable for a number of reasons. The app is the first Chinese-created social media app to break into the US, is independent of any major US company, and has captured the attention of Generation Z in big way. Here we look at what's behind the app's success.

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Hundreds Of Las Vegas Concert Shooting Victims File Lawsuits Against Live Nation, MGM Resorts

Gavel-clipart-gavel_bwHundreds of victims of the October 1st Las Vegas country music concert shooting have filed lawsuits against concert promoters Live Nation and MGM Resorts, the location of the rampage which left 58 dead. The five separate suits were all filed in Los Angeles Superior Court.

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People Are Spending 15 Hours A Week On The Internet Outside Of Work

image from pisces.bbystatic.comPeople are spending a lot of time online, according to the latest Limelight Networks’  “State of User Experience” report.  54% of US consumers  are now spending more than 15 hours outside of work on the internet each week. Here are the main online activities and behaviors:

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How After-School Music Programs Keep Children Out Of Trouble

1After-school programs (and those based on music in particular) appear to be on the rise, and in addition to the added social and educational benefits of teaching children music, these programs can go a long towards keeping children away from more unsavory activities.

 

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Nashville Agency News: Scott Clayton Exits CAA To Join WME • Paradigm's Steve Dahl Passes

image from members.celebrityaccess.comLongtime CAA booking agent Scott Clayton has abruptly resigned from a senior post at the agency to sign on as partner at WME. Clayton will be based in the company's Nashville offices where he will be a co-head and oversee the company's rock division.

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Streaming: The Music Industry's Match.com

2In the case of artist Bob Seger, retail and plays on AM/FM radio are not sufficient for fans, and streaming provides a better way to match fans with the music they might enjoy. Here we look at some of Seger's numbers to see how streaming has allowed him to access a broader scope of listeners.

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How to Identify and Engage Your Ultimate Fan [Cyber PR]

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Out of your online following, how many true “fans” do you actually have - people who know you, like you, trust you and would part with money to hire or support you? It's a questioned asked often by Ariel Hyatt and her team at Cyber PR. Do you know what your ultimate fan wants?  And are there 50, 100, 1,000?

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SoundCloud Adds New Creator Stat To Track Algorithmic Recommendations

SoundCloud_logoSoundCloud is continuing to roll out more analytics and stats for creators. The latest shows where and how often a creator’s tracks are receiving plays from the streamer's algorithmic recommendation features, Related Tracks, Stations and The Upload – SoundCloud’s discovery feature bringing users a daily, personalized playlist of new music.

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Seth Godin Shares 6 Words That Should Guide All Of Your Marketing [YOU MUST LISTEN TO THIS]

Seth-Godin-620x310This week, marketing guru Seth Godin joins Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert on Hypebot's Music Biz Weekly podcast. So much great information is discussed, that every single musician, big or small, can use. This is MUST listen episode.

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5 Signs Perfectionism Could Be Ruining Your Music, How To Fix It

Screenshot 2017-11-18 15.31.12As an artist, it's natural to want the work you create and have consumed by other to be your best. Putting your best foot forward and trying to push the creative envelope is good, but taking perfectionism too far can end up being more detrimental to your career than beneficial.

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How To Reach Out To Music Bloggers Like A Silicon Valley Marketer

1Reaching out to music bloggers is vital for promoting your music, but with hundreds of others vying for attention, getting noticed can be hard. A few unconventional outreach strategies used by the world’s best marketers can help you get the attention you deserve.

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Here Is What Spotify Looks Like After Its IPO [Mark Mulligan]

Spotify newSpotify appears headed to a much-anticipated public stock offer in the first half of  next year. How the markets react will affect the future of the entire music industry. Even UMG is more likely to be spun off if Spotify's IPO goes well. But Wall Street often has high expectations for growth stage tech stocks like Spotify, reminds analyst Mark Mulligan, and falling short can result in a tumbling stock price, even if the growth trend is solid.

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Spotify Offers Deep Holiday Discounts For New and Returning Subscribers

Spotify New $Spotify is continuing its holiday tradition of offering deep discounts to lure new and lapsed users looking for ways to enjoy the new music gear they scored like the incredible little Mighty that let's you listen to Spotify without your smartphone.

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Dec. 14th Rumored For FCC Vote To Kill Net Neutrality - Speak Out Now Before It's Too Late!

image from www.hypebot.comSources say that FCC Chairman Ajit Pai plans to hold a vote on Dec. 14 on his proposal to kill Net Neutrality rules. We're running out of time. If you haven't already, please urge your lawmakers to condemn Pai's attack on the open internet. Reach your Congressman here.  What does this have to do with music?

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Taylor Swift's Record Breaking "Reputation" Week One: 1.29 Million

Taylor-Swift ReputationTaylor Swift's Reputation has surpassed first week U.S. 'sales' of her last album 1989's debut week racking up 1,291,404 Project Units, which includes sales plus the stream of the fours songs that Swift has place on Spotify, Apple Music and other music streamers.  To date, the full album has not been made available on any streaming service.  More impressive Reputation stats:

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American Music Awards 2017 - Full List Of Winners

image from www.theamas.comThe fan-voted American Music Awards 2017 celebrated 45 years of music live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday night.  It was televised live on ABC and hosted by Tracee Ellis Ross, star of ABC’s “black-ish.”  The awards show became a family affair when Tracee and her family presented the American Music Award for Lifetime Achievement to Tracee’s mother, Motown legend Diana Ross.

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Latin Grammy Awards 2017 - Complete List Of Winners

image from rmdgarage.comLuis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee took top honors last week at the 2017 Latin Grammys, winning four awards for their smash hit "Despacito." The track won Record and Song of the Year, as well as Best Music Video and Best Urban Fusion/Performance for Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and  Justin Bieber. Hosted by Roselyn Sanchez and Jaime Camil/

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Vivendi's Universal Music Group Valued At $40 Billion, says CEO, As IPO Speculation Mounts

ipo ?Universal Music Group (UMG) is valued at $40 billion or more,  Arnaud de Puyfontaine the CEO of parent corporation Vivendi said on Friday, sending shares in the French media group higher. after a mixed Q3 report that highlighted growth at the music group.

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Nashville Agency News: Scott Clayton Exits CAA To Join WME • Paradigm's Steve Dahl Passes

image from members.celebrityaccess.comLongtime CAA booking agent Scott Clayton has abruptly resigned from a senior post at the agency to sign on as partner at WME. Clayton will be based in the company's Nashville offices where he will be a co-head and oversee the company's rock division.

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