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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Secrets For Digitally Advertising Around Your Next Tour

We have reached a point where artists can run digital advertising simultaneously across Facebook, Instagram, and even YouTube with relative ease, but with your budget likely already tight, making every dollar spent on digital advertising go as far as possible is paramount. Here we look at some secrets for getting… 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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Customizing Salesforce For The Music Industry

When it comes to dealing with fans/customers, many artists and organizations within the industry rely on archaic and ineffective systems for keeping their teams in synch, which can lead to all kinds of inefficiencies and missed opportunities. Here we look at a more effective way in which groups in the… 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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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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This Week In Music Commentary

This week, commentators shared their thoughts on why unpaid internships are such a problem, if rock radio can afford to not play Ed Sheeran’s new song, whether or not major labels can weather another indie music revolution, and more! The Reason Unpaid Music Internships Are A Problem Will Rock Radio… Continue Reading

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Music Think Tank Weekly Recap: Instagram • Guitarist Mistakes • Trademark Rights • More

This week on MusicThinkTank, our contributors shared insights on how Instagram influencers earn money, how artists can sustain their energy while on tour, what exactly a trademark/trademark rights are, and more. Joe McLean | Top 30 Instagram Influencers – How Much Money Do They Earn? Shaun Letang | 6 Mistake… Continue Reading

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