Sony, Orchard Share $750M Spotify Windfall With Indie Artists, Labels Regardless Of Recoupment

image from openclipart.orgSony Music will begin sending checks sharing its $750 million windfall from the sale of Spotify stock with the independent artists it distributes through its Orchard subsidiary as soon as August.

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Snapchat Gets Musical with BandsInTown, Patreon, Pandora, SoundHound, Eventbrite More

SNAPCHAT[UPDATED] Music related services including BandsInTown, Patreon, Eventbrite, Pandora and SoundHound are among the first to take advantage of Snap Kit, a new developer platform connecting Snapchat with apps and services.These early integrations open the popular social network up in exciting ways for musicians, marketers and fans.

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Arcade Fire, Sloan Among Polaris Music Prize Nominees

Polaris Prize logo 2018The Polaris Music Prize announced its ‘long list’ of nominations for 2018, with artists such as Arcade Fire, Gordon Downie, Sloan and U.S. Girls making the cut. 225 albums were considered by the 203 member jury for Long List selection.

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Facebook Enters The Music Fray

1Finally following through on a long-term threat, Facebook is finally making its move into the music business, announcing that videos shared/uploaded by users of the platform and containing the copyrighted works of popular artists will now be legally licensed. Additionally, Facebook is horning in on Musical.ly's territory with a feature called 'Lip Sync Live'.

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Paths To Playlists: How To Get Your Music On Spotify, Apple, Amazon and More

1[UPDATED] Landing songs on the playlists on Spotify, Apple Music and other digital service providers has become the holy grail of music marketing. Industry veteran Jay Gilbert interviewed some of his peers to create a compendium of how to make it happen, or at least improve your chances.

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Lessons Learned From Scooter Braun [INTERVIEW]

1In this piece renowned talent manager and all around business man Scooter Braun shares his insights on making deals with artists, things he's learned from his time in the industry, and his experience with the 2017 Manchester bombing, as well just what kind of person he is.

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One Music Festival Is Retargeting Ads To Drive Ticket Sales: Here's How

2Seattle's Capitol Hill Block party music festival has now integrated the retargeting of ads as an essential part of their marketing mix and the results have been clear, with a much improved return on advertising money spent.

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Two More Spotify Execs Exit, At Least One For Apple Music

Spotify newTwo respected executives at Spotify are exiting the music streamer, and at least one is headed for Apple Music. The pair join a handful of others in what could be a growing trend, as Spotify staffers cash out stock options and are lured by lucrative offers in an increasingly competition streaming sector.

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Music Theory: Does It Still Matter?

1Last year, Rihanna's "Work" sent us into a spiral of discussions for days about where the tonal center was in that song, and what key it was in. People on the internet still can't agree. Regardless of that, we examine the ways that music theory (in the European classical sense) can still be relevant in today's popular music, and how we need to adapt its contours and constructs to be able to fit new musical languages inside. 

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What Does AT&T, Time Warner Deal Mean For Music? A Lot.

AT&T Time Warner MusicA Federal Judge yesterday ruled that AT&T could complete its $85 billion takeover of Time Warner, including HBO, CNN, DC Entertainment and all of its popular media properties. With no major music companies in either company's portfolio, the impact of the mega-deal on the music industry would seem to be minimal.  Think again. 

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Music Biz Adjusts To Spotify's New Rules Of Engagement [Mark Mulligan]

Spotify newWhile Spotify generates just 27% of global recorded music revenue, it is a growing percentage that the music industry increasingly can''t imagine living without. That and its cultural influence a a market leader and taste maker, means that the industry most tread lightly a music's new world order takes shape. 

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Facebook Marketing Update: Watch For Fan Badges

2Facebook recently rolled out a new feature which awards users for high levels of interaction (likes, shares, comments) with a page by bestowing "fan badges" to them. Here Michael Brandvold outlines how these badges can be utilized, and what to watch for.

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Ex-Apple Music Exec Bozoma Saint John Joins Agency Giant Endeavor

image from griotmag.comAfter less than a year at Uber, chief brand officer Bozoma Saint John is leaving for a role at talent agency giant Endeavor. Saint John had previously helmed marketing at Beats and then Apple Music, where she was a key figure in its launch. 

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How To Pitch Your Music To Game Developers

1First impressions are important in any business, particular when it comes to pitching your creative work to the powers that be. When it comes to gatekeepers in the music industry, your music needs to deliver immediately. In this piece Davor Gasparevic suggests how artists should go about pitching the compositions to game developers.

 

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