MixTape Monkey Now Has 11 Million Listeners

Underground mixtape site MixTape Monkey now has 11 million listeners, according to founder Mark Serrano, who runs the influential site from his two bedroom apartment in Kansas City. “Iʼm looking for someone to name drop someone. Iʼm 24/7 radar,” Serrano said. “I’m looking for that new artist thatʼs going to… Continue Reading

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BUSINESS OF INDIE: Soundcloud Hires Indie Rep • Syntax Move To Nashville • Americana Nods • Merlin • More

In this newest edition of the Business Of Indie, Souncloud names a liaison with the independent music community, distributor Syntax exits san Diego for Nashville, the Americana Awards names nominees and much more. Like Hypebot’s More News section, The Business Of Indie is nestled under its own Indie tab at… Continue Reading

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The Almighty Record Deal

Love it or hate it, a record deal is a big deal, and while it may only be words on a page, those words can ultimately make or break your career. Here we break down the ins and outs of what’s in a record deal, and what red flags you… Continue Reading

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No More Genres: Making Your Musical Niche Work For You

Yesterday, top music industry analyst Mark Mulligan wrote that Niche Is Music’s New Mainstream. But how do you find your own unique niche and connect with what Mulligan calls "a passionate cluster of fans?"Tarryn Meyers says that it is by building a brand that is uniquely you, but can also… Continue Reading

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It’s No Longer A Major Label World

If there was still any doubt in your mind that you didn’t need to be signed to a major label in order to succeed in the music industry, wonder no longer, as new data reveals just how much of market share indies have gained in recent years. __________________________________ Guest post… Continue Reading

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How To Prepare To Release New Music [Ariel Hyatt]

Many artists spend so much time and energy writing and recording their music, that they almost ignore the essential steps needed to prepare for and launch its release. Veteran music publicist Ariel Hyatt has created a template to help artists avoid this crucial mistake. _______________________________ By Ariel Hyatt of Cyber… Continue Reading

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Will I See You In NYC At A2IM Indie Week June 17-20?

UPDATED: American Association Of Independent Music’s annual Indie Week invades New York City on June 17 – 20. The usually very smart team at A2IM have foolishly invited me to participate on a panel titled Streaming Manipulation "The Ethics of Streaming." I hope to see you there. The details: "The… Continue Reading

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How Spotify Pre-Saves Can Boost An Album Release

With the streaming age in full swing, pre-saves have booted out pre-sales and become a great way to get fans access to your music first, and give you a play count boost when your album finally drops. In this piece Christine Elise Occhino walks us through how to utilize the… Continue Reading

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Where Was the Board? Reflections On Potential Legal Issues In PledgeMusic “Administration” Bankruptcy

In the wake of PledgeMusic’s recent implosion and almost total silence in response to the issue, attorney and artist advocate Chris Castle takes a moment to share some thoughts on the failed crowdfunding platform’s bankruptcy, and where they’re headed from here. _______________________________ Guest post by Chris Castle of Artists Rights… Continue Reading

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Merlin Names Former Spotify, Apple Music Exec As Japan GM

Talk about knowing where all the bodies are buried… Indie global music rights agency Merlin has named Akira Nomoto as General Manager, Merlin Japan, the world’s second largest music market. For the last six years, Nomoto served Spotify as Head of Artist & Label Marketing and then Director of Licensing… Continue Reading

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