Piracy Is Not The Problem, Free YouTube and Spotify Are, says Music Industry Trade Group

With efforts to fight music piracy seen as largely successful, at least one music trade group executive is saying out loud what others in the industry have only dared whisper – the real problem keeping artists and labels from earning more from music isn’t stream-ripping, it is the free music… Continue Reading

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Building A Thriving Music Ecosystem: An Interview with Bandsintown Co-founder Fabrice Sergent

“Live music is one of the last tribal experiences which connect people in unique manners, to live their passions, express their personalities and ultimately bring more happiness and understanding to the world," said Bandsintown co-founder Fabrice Sergent during a wide-ranging interview on the Music Business podcast hosted by Sam Hysell… Continue Reading

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Etsy Acquires Musical Instrument Marketplace Reverb For $275 Million

Reverb has a sign a deal to be acquired by Etsy for $275 million. The cash deal for the new and used musical instrument marketplace is expected to be finalized in the third or early fourth quarter of the year. "Reverb will remain a standalone business," says Reverb founder and… Continue Reading

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Apple Music Launches ‘Rap Life’ Playlist, Beats 1 Show

Apple Music has launched Rap Life, a new global playlist and Beats One radio show spotlighting the best new hip-hop. The move comes in direct response to Spotify top-rated Rap Cavier playlist which has 11.7 million followers. The Apple Music playlist – formerly known as The A-List: Hip-Hop – is… Continue Reading

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ROCCR Is A Non-Profit, Transparent PledgeMusic

UPDATED: As the effects of the collapse of crowdfunder PledgeMusic rippled through the music community, Iain Baker of UK rock group Jesus Jones was one of its most outspoken critics. Now, Baker has decided to do something about it with the formation of ROCCR. Alongside partners with expertise in tech… Continue Reading

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Stream Rippers Easily Circumvent YouTube Blocking

Last week, YouTube successfully blocked several major stream-ripping sites, according to multiple reports. Now, most of them have found a way to circumvent the blockhead. Stream ripping is currently the number one source of ​music ​piracy ​globally. ​Here’s the update from TorrentFreak: "Mp3-youtube.download almost instantly announced that it was working… Continue Reading

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Live Nation Helped Sell 88,000 Metallica Tickets On The Secondary Market

Live Nation directly facilitated the sale of 88,000 Metallica tickets at inflated prices on the secondary ticketing market. This strong piece of investigative journalism by Billboard’s Dave Brooks has finally brought the long-standing practice out into the open. Tickets for Metallica and several other artists were sold directly via the… Continue Reading

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Studies Show Rapid Decline In Radio Listening Globally

Broadcast radio is still one of the most used sources of media and a top vehicle for music discovery, but it won’t maintain this top spot for long if the current trend holds, according to two major listenership studies ______________________________________ By Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0 It had to happen… Continue Reading

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MUSICIANS: Be Part Of This Important Artist Survey

Last year’s MIDiA survey of musicians was groundbreaking. Now, the music industry consultancy is back with a new edition of the survey that every musician – big or small, indie or major label – should take part in. This time the survey is diving into the tools and services that… Continue Reading

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