Netflix Needs Music, But Music Is Fine Without It

After a lengthy amount of time atop the streaming roost, Netflix now faces a serious threat from its competitors, and is hoping that investing in the music industry by creating things like original docs, it can stay at the head of the pack. That said, Netflix will need to act… Continue Reading

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TOP POSTS: This Week’s Most Read Posts On Hypebot

This week, some of our most popular and regularly perused articles on Hypebot explored Spotify’s "digital predator" designation by a top radio consultant, five reasons you might not actually want that record deal of your dreams, PledgeMusic’s ongoing pursuit of a sale, and more! Spotify Dubbed Digital Predator By Top… Continue Reading

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Labels, Streamers, Publishers Pledge To Battle Streaming, But Major Players Fail To Sign On

Spotify, Amazon and Deezer have joined all three major labels and music publishers, the RIAA, the American Association of Independent Music, IMPALA, Merlin, The International Confederation of Music Publishers and other global music industry trade groups in signing code of conduct designed to battle streaming manipulation. MIssing from the list… Continue Reading

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Grammys Finally Accept Streaming Links As Submissions

The Recording Academy will finally accept streaming links instead of physical product for award submissions in most categories. In a statement, the Academy also said, "For most categories, we would prefer streaming distribution links for online entry submissions, though CD submissions remain optional." The cost of submitting multiple physical copies… Continue Reading

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Why Fans Are More Important Than Listeners

It’s impossible to please everyone, and trying to winner every casual listeners is a futile effort. Instead, artists are better off focusing on their core diehard fans – an overall more easily targeted, easier to keep happy group. _________________________ Guest post by James Shotwell of Haulix You will never please… Continue Reading

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Google To Add Attribution In Wake Of Lyrics Controversy

Google announced that it is adding attribution to the song lyrics it publishes in search results. The move came after Genius.com accused the tech giant and third party provider LyricFind of scraping lyrics off its site. "Here’s something you might not know: music publishers often don’t have digital copies of… Continue Reading

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Merlin Paid Indie Labels $1 Billion In Last 18 Months

Global independent digital rights agency Merlin announced the findings of its 2019 Membership Report & Survey at A2IM Indie Week on Tuesday, The report revealed 63% year-on-year increase in member payments to $845 million. The total includes over $130 million in revenues generated from one time settlements and other non-royalty… Continue Reading

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LyricFind Disputes Genius Lyric Theft Claim, Challenges WSJ Reporting

The blockbuster Wall Street journal piece in which lyric site Genius offered some pretty convincing proof that Google and its primary lyric providers like LyricFind had been stealing its lyrics is being strongly disputed by LyricFind. Here is the full statement (bold added: LyricFind Offers Corrections to Inaccuracies in Wall… Continue Reading

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