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How To Strike Facebook Ad Gold With Custom And Lookalike Audiences

1Facebook's massive user base makes it an incredibly powerful tool for reaching people, but it can be difficult to use effectively. Here we look at how two features, Custom Audiences and Lookalike Audiences, can be used to better market your next show or concert series on Facebook.

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Rock Impresario Bill Graham’s Sons Renew Estate, Memorabilia Fight

Bill GrahamLegendary concert promoter and music empresario Bill Graham died in 1991, but his sons are still locked in a bitter legal fight with the executor of his estate over his rock memorabilia, including hundreds of concert posters and scrapbooks.

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How Elton John's Music Evolved Through The Decades

170 year-old musical legend Elton John has never stopped changing his sound since he began making music in 1969, exploring genres from blues to gospel to synth. Here we look at the legacy of the living legend, and the personality behind the music.

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Hans Schafer Exits AEG To Head New Live Nation Latin Division

LivenationLive Nation Entertainment has appointed Hans Schafer to oversee Live Nation Latin, a newly-formed unit that will focus on the company's expanding presence in the Latin events market in North America. Schafer, who joins Live Nation from AEG, will be based out of Beverly Hills, Calif. and report to Bob Roux, Co-President, Live Nation US Concerts.

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3 Reasons Why Your Music Career Fails (Even If You're Talented)

1Having skill and a degree of talent can certainly help you to go a long way in the music industry, but ability alone may not necessarily be enough to propel you into a successful career. Here we look at three things that may cause your career to fail, virtuoso or not.

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LyricMerch Lets Fans Wear The Words From Their Favorite Songs

image from s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.comLyricMech is bringing song lyrics to merch on a massive scale. Remember those lines in songs that say it all, simply and perfectly? Now fans can emblazon these lines on t-shirts, caps, mugs, and even shower curtains - and do it legally in way that also makes money for their favorite songwriters and artists.

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For $299 I'll Sell You 100,000 Plays On Spotify Or For $97 You Can Buy A Bot To Do It Yourself

Buy Spotify PlaysIt's impossible to know just how widespread the practice of buying followers and plays on Spotify, Soundcloud, other music and social platforms is. But a Google search for "buy Spotify plays" yielded dozens of companies that promised to deliver. 

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Concord Exec Grover Biery Jumps To BMG As EVP Recorded Music

BMG_New_ Rectange Logo_Red_RGB[UPDATED] Concord Music exec Tom 'Grover' Biery has jumped to BMG where he will serve as EVP Recorded Music, based in Los Angeles.  He'll lead BMG’s recorded music teams, working alongside BBR Music Group, S-Curve and Rise Records.

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The Pros And Cons Of Having A Blog Debut Your New Single

1As a band or artist, getting a tastemaking blog to express interest in your music can be both exciting and affirming, and the right mention on the right blog can go a long way towards launching a career. That said, giving exclusive debut rights to a blog can have definite downsides as well.

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Behind Music's Gender Divide: Is Hip Hop Keeping Female Artists Off The Charts? [Mark Mulligan]

charts[UPDATED] Music's gender gap - in the executive suites, the recording studios and on the charts - is unquestionable. But at least on the charts, there are contributing factors, including the unintended consequences of label A&R strategy and streaming service curation, says MIDiA analyst Mark Mulligan. 

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Taylor Swift's "Reputation" Just Topped 1 Million In Sales

Taylor-Swift ReputationTaylor Swift's new album "Reputation" topped 1 million units on Tuesday morning, less than 5 days after it's release. More retail outlets are due to report throughout the day. First day sales for Taylor Swift's new album "Reputation" topped 717,000, according to data gathered by BuzzAngle Music.

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How To Nail Your Next Press Or Radio Interview: 3 Tips

MDJC5204-672x372Press is a key part of growing and getting attention paid to your music and, when it comes knocking, dealing with that press appropriately can make or break whether an interview will help or hurt your career as an artist. We look at three tips for making sure you crush your next interview.

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YouTube Tries The Frenemy Approach, Partners With Ticketmaster To Sell Tickets Alongside Videos

Youtube_logoYouTube is adding concert updates and ticket sales via a partnership with Ticketmaster. The recorded music industry may not be happy with YouTube, but that doesn't mean that artists hoping to fill venues don't appreciate the video giant's massive promotional reach.

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Could A Lip Syncing Site Really Be Worth $800 Million?

1While many artists with the ability to create their own music may not know or care about the lip-syncing site Musical.ly, it turns out there are millions of people who enjoy using the site to create videos of themselves lip syncing to hit songs, enough people to make the site worth purchasing by Beijing ByteDance Technology Co.

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Streaming Drives More Music Listening Than Ever Before

Music headStreaming is driving more music listening than ever before, according to stats crunched by Statista for Business Insider. Total music listening hours have increased during the past few years with streaming music subscribers listening to 4 hours more per week than non-streamers.

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Radio's 'Main Studio' Rule, How It Affects Music and Why The Trump Administration Wants To Kill It

1For years the FCC instituted a rule that any radio station needed to have a main studio accompanied by a full-time staff member during business hours. Formerly beneficial, this regulation has become an unnecessary burden in many respects, causing the FCC to vote for its elimination.

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Monthly Growth For Key Streaming Services [CHART]

Up arrowsIt's no secret that music streaming is exploding, with Spotify leading the way. But examining the month-to-month trajectory of that growth tells a more nuanced story. Can Apple Music ever catch Spotify, for example? And is it actually possible that Spotify free growth has slowed just enough and Spotify paid growth accelerated just enough, that Spotify paid users could someday surpass free?

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Pandora's Loss Poised To Become Gain For Investor Sirius XM

Pandora-new-logo-image-001Pandora is struggling on almost every level, from monthly average users to revenue. This week Wall Street punished the streamer's performance, more than halving its stock price in a single day. But Pandora's loss appears poised to become Sirius XM's gain, says MIDiA analyst Mark Mulligan. The successful satellite broadcaster invested $480 million in Pandora earlier this year.streamer.  

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Keynote Q&A With WME's Marc Geiger At This Year's IEBA Conference

1Here we look at a recent Q&A with American music executive and co-founder of Lollapalooza Marc Geiger who shared his message on the importance of eliminating consumer frustration, and smoothing out the process of getting music into the hands of said consumers.

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Mixcloud Rethinks Online Radio For Listeners, Curators and Musicians

image from d38hokjm2drjyk.cloudfront.netNico Perez, co-founder of Mixcloud, joins co-hosts Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert on this week's Hypebot Music Biz Weekly podcast. They discuss how musicians can use Mixcloud to promote their music. Mixcloud is a digital audio streaming platform rethinking radio for listeners, curators, and brands alike.

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Taylor Swift Using Dubious Trademark Registrations To Put An End To Sales Of Fan-Made Goods

1In an effort to capture maximum Swift Dollars, the popular singer's legal team has been outdoing themselves by attempting to  to copyright multiple key phrases from Taylor Swift's lyrics, and "swiftly" bringing down the hammer on any unlicensed fan made goods which feature them.

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Taylor Swift Announces "Reputation" Global Concert Tour

Taylor-Swift ReputationTaylor Swift's new release "Reputation" is on track for a BIG debut week, predicted to be around 1.5 million units. The hugely popular singer is also going BIG with her global album support tour which will begin on May 8th in Glendale, AZ.  Here are all the "Reputation" tour cities, as well as, pre-sale and on-sale details:

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'Tis The Season, But Are Holiday Albums Profitable?

1With November well under way, the sleigh bells are already ringing out, and holiday classics will soon dominate the airwaves, but for all the music played around the holidays, is releasing new holiday music really that profitable for the creator?

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Broker Genius Raises $15M For Dynamic Ticket Pricing

image from crunchbase-production-res.cloudinary.com[UPDATED] New York based Broker Genius, developers of dynamic ticket pricing technology has secured a $15 million Series A round of funding from Boston-based growth equity firm Volition Capital. Broker Genius offers pricing automation technology in the live event secondary market.

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