The Recording Industry Is Growing, So Why Do We Need Article 13? [Op-Ed]

With Article 13 just weeks away from becoming law both sides are ratcheting up to support or fight the copyright directive. Mike Masnick sits firmly in the later cap and asks why the restrictive legislation is need at a time of explosive growth in the music industry. ________________________________________ By Mike… Continue Reading

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7 Actionable Tips For Music Labels To Escalate Their Online Video Revenue

As the largest video sharing platform on the planet, YouTube represents a huge opportunity for artists and labels to spin the countless views on the site into profit. Here we look at seven tips for how music labels can up their video revenue game. _____________________________ Guest post by Scott Matthews… Continue Reading

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XITE, Music Video Streaming App, Makes US Debut

A free app already popular on the international scene, XCITE has officially been rolled out in the US, and may be the first streaming service solely dedicated to music videos. ________________________________ Guest post by James Shotwell of Haulix Finally, a streaming service solely focused on music videos has debuted in… Continue Reading

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Spotify’s New Hulu Bundle Could Hurt Musicians – Here’s Why

In a new move towards bundling, Spotify made waves this week in announcing that Spotify Premium will also include a subscription to the ad-supported tier of Hulu. Spotify, however, already in the doghouse for opposing higher royalty rights for artists, could be further harming artists with its new package deal…. Continue Reading

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YouTube Music Launches In 13 New Markets plus India

Fresh off its announcement that Google’s YouTube Music and YouTube Premium had launched in India, the ad-free streaming service have added Argentina, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, South Africa, and Uruguay. YouTube Music launched in India just days after Spotify’s controversial launch… Continue Reading

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YouTube Launches In India Priced 20% Under Spotify, With Licences From All 3 Majors

YouTube Music has launched in India just days after Spotify’s controversial launch there. YouTube Music Premium subscriptions are priced at 99 rupee, or 20% lower than the 119 rupees / $1.67 per month that Spotify charges for similar Premium subscriptions in India. Add in ad-free YouTube videos and the price… Continue Reading

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Yes Theory & Seeking Discomfort: What’s Your Jump?

Here Jake Udell explores the marketing/self improvement phenomenon of Yes Theory, a group of content creators focused on showing celebrities and others working to live their fullest life by stepping out of their comfort zone. _____________________________ Guest post by music manager Jake Udell from his blog, Art of Manager The… Continue Reading

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5 Tricks For Writing YouTube Descriptions To Improve Your Video Rank

Frequently neglected, YouTube’s description boxes can often be an extremely valuable tool for video marketing and, with a little clever composition, can rocket your video to the top of people’s searches. Here we break down how to make it happen. ____________________________ Guest post by Chloe Bennet for TuneCore YouTube video… Continue Reading

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Video’s Rise Can Lift Music’s Fortunes, But Only If Music Clearance Catches Up Technologically

As the availability of content continues to balloon and the streaming technology on which it’s accessed continues to advance, the process of clearing music for picture remains stuck in the year 1989, even as the demand for synced, pre-recorded music is ever-increasing. _______________________________ Guest post by Scott Freiman, CEO of… Continue Reading

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All Spotify Premium Subscribers Now Get Free Hulu

Spotify subscribers now get Hulu as part of their $9.99 Premium memberships, expanding their existing partnership. The promotion, which extends to all U.S. Spotify Premium individual subscribers adds Hulu’s ad-supported plan at no additional cost. The ad-supported tier of Hulu usually costs $5.99 a month. Existing Hulu-billed subscribers who have… Continue Reading

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