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  • Beats On Their $3 Billion Sale: "There's a new instrument in the Apple family."

    Aug 1

    Apple has finalized its $3 billion deal to purchased Beats. To announce that the two companies are now one, both exchanged welcome announcements online. Apple used theirs to heap praise Beats co-founders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre. Beats chose to use the spotlight to stake out their new place in Apple's linage of game changing musical "instruments" including the Mac for digital recording, the iPod which changed how music is consumed and the iPhone which puts music at the center of the consumer's...

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  • Sufjan Stevens Contributes New Piece "The Human Plague" to yMusic Album

    Aug 1

    Sufjan Stevens has contributed a new piece to the upcoming album from the chamber ensemble yMusic. The album is called Balance Problems, out September 30 through the label New Amsterdam. Sufjan contributed the closing piece, "Salvator Mundi". See the full tracklist and album trailer below. Update: The distributed press release for the album included the wrong title. Sufjan's piece is actually called "The Human Plague". Nico Muhly also contributed the opening title piece, and the entire album...

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  • Facebook Goes Down, Musicians Tremble...

    Aug 1

    UPDATE 4 12:37-  Facebook went offline just before Noon on Friday, but was back up 40 minutes later. No reason for the outage has been given, so far; but it was not good news for the thousands of musicians hoping to give a last minute to push to their Friday night shows. It's also quite surprising for a company that has spent hundreds of millions of dollars on infrastructure in multiple locations. Stay tuned. 

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  • Band Website Love: Zigtebra

    Aug 1

    Every week, we highlight one of our favorite websites on Bandzoogle.    Who: Zigtebra   What: Spooky Art Pop Duo Where: Chicago, IL Why their website rocks: Wow, we love that background image! Using one of our new simple, modern themes, they use an amazingly striking background image to welcome visitors to their website. Plus, they have possibly the best mailing list signup ever, which isn’t for a mailing list, but for the “neatest Secret Club list ever!”. Who wouldn’t want to be part of...

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  • Viral Music Videos Have Huge Impact On Sales [CHART]

    Aug 1

    Although many factors can drive song sales, a new Nielson study suggests that viral videos play an increasing role - sometimes dramatically. Sales of Katy Perry’s “Peacock” spiked 64% within a month after Stephen Kardynal released his viral “Chatroulette Version,” well after Perry released her album. Similarly, sales of Robyn’s 2011 single “Call Your Girlfriend” increased 12% a month after sister-duo Lennon & Maisy uploaded their acoustic cover in 2012. And these aren’t the only songs that...

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  • atVenu Rakes In Over $100 Million From 4.2 Million Units Of From Merch

    Aug 1

    atVenu launched in January 2013 offering merchandise management via the web and mobile apps, including warehouse and trailer inventories and Soundscan reporting, and have gone on to great initial success. This week they reported their sales to date having settled 25,000 shows, moving 4.2 million units of merch and grossing over $100 million in sales revenue. Given the importance of merch to touring artists and the complexities of handling tour demands for major artists, atVenu seems to have...

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  • Apple Completes $3 Billion Beats Deal, Vivendi Universal Nets $404 Million For 13% Stake

    Aug 1

    t's official: Apple has completed the $3 billion deal to buy Beats Electronics and Beats Music. Overnight, also came news that Universal Music Group's parent company Vivendi had completed its portion of the sale receiing $303 million for its 13% stake.  Apple welcomed Beats to the corporate family today with a new splash page that included high praise for the companuy's co-founders.   Interestingly (and perhaps coincidentally) Apple's copywriter's listed Beats Music before the larger Beats...

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  • How To Get Press For Your Band Like The PR Pros Do

    Aug 1

    By Rachel Bailey from the Sonicbids Blog. When promoting a record, there are a couple of different philosophies about the most effective way to get your music heard. One, the carpet-bomb method, involves sending a press release, download, or digital stream to every contact in your press list arsenal. The other – and in my experience, more effective way – is to curate a list of writers whose work and tastes you know, who you think will really dig your sound, and to reach out to them...

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  • Dan Boeckner (Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs) Announces EP With New Band Operators, Shares "True"

    Aug 1

    Wolf Parade/Handsome Furs/Divine Fits member Dan Boeckner's new band Operators has announced their debut EP, EP1, which will be released on August 5. Listen to the first song, "True", above.Operators have also announced that they will tour with Future Islands. Check out the dates below. They'll also perform live on KEXP on August 4. Previously, Operators were filmed performing Wolf Parade's "This Heart's on Fire" accompanied by Japandroids live in Toronto earlier this year. EP1: 01 True 02...

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  • Music Publishing News Weekly Roundup 8.1.14: SESAC Expands, Pharrell, Three Six Zero & More

    Aug 1

    SESAC plans to expand by hiring new chairman and CEO John Josephson. As Co-founder of Downtown Music LLC, former managing director to Allen & Co, and 22 year SESAC board member, Josephson plans to expand the business beyond traditional performing rights. With US PRO’s facing potential withdrawal from major publishers, SESAC predicts these companies will be looking for other options. With a reported $35 Million offer to Harry Fox Agency, SESAC hopes to expand their services to mechanical...

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