Kerry Muzzey, Reluctant Artist-Advocate [INTERVIEW]

In this interview, Neil Turkewitz sat down to chat with Kerry Muzzey, a composer whose knowledge of intellectual property and performance rights allowed him to act as a one man publisher and record label. Here they discuss the issue of online copyright infringement, how it’s affecting artists, and what is… Continue Reading

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Music Piracy Continues To Dip Dramatically, But The Industry Is Loathe To Admit It Because It Ruins The Narrative [Op-Ed]

In this op-ed, Mike Masnick reveals how better-authorized services have, in contrast to increased legal enforcement, been incredibly effective at reducing online piracy, but that the music industry is choosing to ignore the numbers in favor of a different narrative. ____________________________________ Guest post by Mike Masnick of Techdirt This was… Continue Reading

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‘Stupid’ Propel’s Ashnikko To TikTok Superstardom

The channels through which artists rise to stardom are changing along with rest of the industry, as evidenced by rapper Ashnikko’s rapid ascension to stardom as a direct result of her popularity in the world of Tik Tok. _______________________ Guest post by James Shotwell of Haulix Fast-rising rapper Ashnikko has… Continue Reading

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Musicians Can Launch Their Own Paid Streaming Service with Waterfall

Legendary progressive musician Neal Morse joins Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert on the Music Biz Weekly podcast to talk about Waterfall Streaming. Waterfall is a new platform that allows musicians to create their own subscription streaming service. On Waterfall, the artist makes 85% of the monthly subscription fee, which is… Continue Reading

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Michael Stipe Of REM’s New Single Isn’t On Spotify, Apple Music or YouTube

You can’t find Micahel Stipe of REM’s new solo single "Your Capricious Soul: on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube or almost anywhere else. Stipe’s solo debut is currently available exclusively on MichaelStipe.com. The new release was timed to coincide with October 7th’s “International Rebellion” climate justice protests and for the next… Continue Reading

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Digital Music Marketing Pioneer Jay Franks Dies, Age 47, Leaving "An Immense Legacy" says Lucian Grainge

Digital music marketing pioneer and Universal Music Group SVP of Global Streaming Marketing Jay Frank, age 47, has died after a battle with cancer. “Jay leaves an immense legacy." Sir Lucian Grainge, the chairman and CEO of UMG, said in a statement. "He was a creative and tireless leader who… Continue Reading

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Spotify Updates Video Targeting Apple On Same Day As Siri Integration: ‘It’s time to play fair’

[UPDATED] Instead of using yesterday’s announcement that Siri now included voice control of Spotify to make nice with Apple, the streamer seemingly doubled down on criticism of its much larger tech rival. "Apple comes between you and the music you love to listen to" "We love Apple. But we don’t… Continue Reading

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Apple Wants To Offer A Discount Music, TV Bundle and Record Labels Are NOT Happy

Apple is set to launch Apple TV+ on November 1st, priced at $4.99 (£4.99) per month. Bundling Apple Music with Apple TV+ and perhaps other Apple services at a discount would make marketing sense for Apple. Customers who purchase a new iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac or iPod touch starting… Continue Reading

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11 Favorite Blogs For Finding New Hip-Hop Tracks

While many music listeners may turn to their favorite streaming platform to discover new music, there’s still a lot to be said for the power of a well crafted blog. Here we look at eleven of the best blogs to turn to when searching for new and exciting hip-hop tracks…. Continue Reading

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Beatport, DjCity Launch Beatsource To Serve Open-Format DJs

Beatsource, a joint venture between Beatport and DJcity, has launched in public beta to serve as a digital music platform for open-format multi-genre DJs, including a curated download store. Beatsource focuses on ready-to-go playlists designed for any occasion across Hip Hop, R&B, Latin, Dance, Pop, and Reggae/Dancehall. More music is… Continue Reading

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