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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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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Stream Rippers Easily Circumvent YouTube Blocking

Last week, YouTube successfully blocked several major stream-ripping sites, according to multiple reports. Now, most of them have found a way to circumvent the blockhead. Stream ripping is currently the number one source of ​music ​piracy ​globally. ​Here’s the update from TorrentFreak: "Mp3-youtube.download almost instantly announced that it was working… Continue Reading

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The Magic Of Creating A When – Then Plan [VIDEO]

When it comes to the pursuit of your music career, it’s guaranteed that not all your plans will come together – but having a backup plan in place when failure inevitably hits can help keep you on the track to success. __________________________________ Guest post by James Shotwell of Haulix We’ve… Continue Reading

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Music ‘Trigger Cities’: Spotlight On Latin America

In this third part in a series exploring music "trigger cities", Jason Joven pf Chartmetric takes an in-depth look at Latin America’s music consumption stats to explore how listeners there are precipitating the exponential growth of Latin music’s global popularity. __________________________ Guest post by Jason Joven of Chartmetric Trigger Cities… Continue Reading

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Slide Over Lil Nas, Blanco Brown Brings The Beats To Top The Country Charts [Don’t Miss The Video]

It didn’t take long for other hip-hop and R&B artists to join in on a party started by Lil Nas’ “Old Town Road.” Now Blanco Brown has hit the country charts with “The Git Down.” Lil Nas, with the help of Billy Ray Cyrus, reinterpreted what could be, and probably… Continue Reading

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Black Keys Film Funny Or Die Musicians ‘MasterCourse’ [VIDEO]

“Every song on a record is trying to accomplish something,” Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys quips at the start of a new ‘MasterCourse filled for Funny Or Die. “That song, in particular, was trying to get me a new pool.” “It means a lot to be a drummer," says… Continue Reading

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Badshah Breaks BTS YouTube Record Thanks To Google AdWords Reportedly Paid For By Sony Music

Indian rapper Badshah’s new music video ‘Paagal’ has broken the YouTube 24 hour debut record held by BTS with 75 million views, according to his label Sony Music. But the milestone appears to have come thanks, in large part, to a big Google AdWords spend from the label. Members to… Continue Reading

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YouTube Live Streaming: A Quick Guide

YouTube has a vast assortment of tools which artists can utilize when looking to connect with fans. Here we explore YouTube Live, a feature which allows you to engage with viewers in real time, through a medium which is only expected to rise in popularity moving forward. __________________________ Guest post… Continue Reading

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YouTube (Finally) Blocks Major Streaming Ripping Sites

YouTube is blocking major stream ripping sites, according to multiple reports. It’s an action that musicians and rightsholders have long advocated for. The major trippers effected include YouTubeMP3, Onlinevideoconverter.com and Mp3-youtube.download. Thus far, YouTube has not publically commented on the new effort to block streaming rippers. While YouTube’s block is… Continue Reading

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