5 Secrets For Taking Your Insta Stories To The Next Level

1Stories are becoming more and more popular, and the way in which users are engaging with them is very different from how they engage with the rest of their feed. Here we look at some important but little known tips for bands and artists to create amazing and engaging content for their stories.

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Spotify Eyes Strategy Shift Music Industry Won't Like

1A recent report hints that Spotify may soon be pursuing a strategy which could potentially anger partners which it needs to stay in the business, with the streaming giant considering offering certain indie artists advances and direct licensing deals.

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SiriusXM To Pay SoundExchange $150 Million Settlement

Sound-exchange-logoSoundExchange and SiriusXM have settled their years-long litigation surrounding outstanding claims for unpaid and underpaid royalties from January 2007 through December 2017 in exchange for a lump sum payment of $150 million.

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Updated YouTube Music Charts Launches In 44 Countries

1Originally rolled out in 2016, a newly updated YouTube Music Charts is being released to forty-four different countries, and will offer easily accessible charts ranking music videos, artists, and songs, with the addition of a brand new 'trending' section.

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24,000 Tracks Uploaded To Music Streamers Every 24 Hours

image from cdn.pixabay.com20,000 to 24,000 tracks are uploaded to Spotify, Apple Music, Napster and other streaming music service every 24 hours. That's 1 million tracks every 6 weeks.  Let's that number sink in for a moment and imagine how hard it is to break through that much clutter.

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Jay Jay French of Twisted Sister Shares Dose Of Music Business Reality

Jay FrenchJay Jay French from Twisted Sister shares a dose of reality about the music business with Music Biz Weekly podcast hosts Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert. French is most famous for his role as the founding member and one of the guitarists of the heavy metal band Twisted Sister.

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10 Reasons Fans Don't Give To Your Kickstarter Campaign [Kosha Dillz]

Kosha DillzIndie hip hop artist and music marketer extraordinaire Kosha Dillz is in the middle of a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign for his new album N"obody Cares Except You" and, like the rest of us, he's learning as he goes. But what's surprised him the most is why fans say they're not participating.

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New ACCESS Bill Could Stall Passage Of Music Modernization Act

1While it appeared for a while that the Music Modernization Act was headed toward an easy passage, a new bill called the Accessibility for Curators, Creators, Educators, Scholars, and Society to Recordings Act (or ACCESS) was recently introduced in the senate, and may bog down and reduce the likelihood of the passage of either bill.

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Spotify Stock Begins Week Near All Time High On News Of Direct Deals With Artists

Spotify New $Spotify stock begins the week trading at $171.48 per share, near its all time high of $172.93. That gives the music streamer a total market value of $30 billion, slightly exceeding the $28.7 billion set on its first day of public trading. 

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Getting It Done: The Week In D.I.Y. and Indie Music

6a00d83451b36c69e201b7c907b657970b-150wiSurviving the music industry as an independent artist is no easy task, but Hypebot did its best to help out this week by offering advice and tips on issues ranging from what rights copyright owners have, to how Facebook can be best used to promote your live events, to the top reasons you should create playlists and share them with fans, plus much more.

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Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Playlists Kill Albums • Engaging Fans On Twitter • Transportation • More

6a00d83451b36c69e201b8d291fefc970c-150wiThis week contributors on MusicThinkTank looked at whether playlists could kill off albums, how to engage more fans on Twitter, the best way for your band to get around on tour, and more.

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REWIND: The New Music Industry’s Week In Review

6a01b7c7aa2d2b970b01b7c907b5d7970b-100wiAs we rummage back through a busy week in the music business, we revisit Facebook's attempt to bring fun back to music, Ticketfly's confirmation that twenty-seven million of its users had their data stolen, how a decision on radio royalty rates could soon affect songwriters, and more.

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Apple Music Quietly Adds Pre-Release Album Saves

Apple Music pre-addsApple Music has launched album "pre-adds" that allow the user to "save" an album to their streaming library prior to release. A number of independent services have developed Spotify pre-save tools, but this quiet launch is the first inside a streaming service app.

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How To Capitalize On Instagram's Feed Algorithm

1When it comes to getting your post in front of the eyes of as many followers as possible, knowing how to accurately game the feed is essential. Here we look at the three main factors which determine what appears in an Instagram user's feed, and how you can use them to your advantage.

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4 Myths Musicians Believe About Music Industry Success

1Owing to a pervasive misconception of what music industry success is, and how it's achieved, several prominent myths have emerged which many musicians take to heart that simply aren't true. In this piece Krizel Minnema works to debunk four of them.

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SESAC Launches $1M Film Composer Diversity Project

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The inaugural project is a collaborative effort between long-time SESAC composer Christophe Beck and the SESAC Film & Television team, led by SESAC Chairman and CEO John Josephson and Erin Collins, Vice President of Film, Television and Developing Media. The $1 million commitment, divided over the next five years, will be used for educational programming and composer workshops.

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PledgeMusic Falls Behind In Paying Artists, Promises Fix

PledgeMusic New[UPDATED] PledgeMusic has fallen behind on payments to artists that have completed their crowdfunding and pre-release campaigns. The music crowdfunding and e-commerce site boasts that more than 3.4 million fans and 50,000 artists ranging from new to platinum selling use the platform.

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