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  • TUE. NEWS BRIEF: Google Music To Canada, Pandora Adds Promoted Stations, SFX CEO Doubles Pay & More

    May 6

    TUESDAY 5.6.2014 Music Business News & Views From Around The Web   CLICK HERE Updated Continuously @ Hypebot's More News Tab 

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  • Bands: How to Properly Use a Landing Page on Your Website

    May 6

    Landing pages provide an excellent opportunity to create a great first impression - or, to turn potential fans away if you don't know how to use one. Bandzoogle provides a platform that makes it simple to add an intro page to your website, and Dave Cool, the Director of Artist Relations for the musician website & marketing platform explains how to use it. With access to so much advanced technology it's critical to know what you're working with. If you're shooting in the dark, not only...

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  • Future Islands Extend North American Tour

    May 6

    Photo by Trent Maxwell After dominating the late night circuit, what's a few more states? Future Islands are currently touring Europe in support of their newest album Singles, but they've just added a string of U.S. dates that will begin in August. Check out the full schedule below. Read our recent interview with Future Islands here. Future Islands: 05-07 London, England - Electric Ballroom 05-08 Manchester, England - Sound Control 05-09 Bristol, England - Start the Bus 05-10 Brighton,...

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  • White Sea (M83's Morgan Kibby) Shares "Future Husbands Past Lives", Announces Tour

    May 6

    White Sea is Morgan Kibby, member of M83 on Saturdays=Youth and Hurry Up, We're Dreaming. Her debut LP In Cold Blood is out May 20 via Crush Music/Songs. She's already shared "Prague"; that's "Future Husbands Past Lives" above. Find her upcoming tour dates below. Here's what Kibby said about the album in a press release: "This record couldn't have been more self-reflective or personal if I had tried. I took many cues from Prince, Donna Summer and countless films to hopefully impart a...

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  • Roadie Tuner Wins Audience Choice Award At Disrupt NY Battlefield

    May 6

    TechCrunch just held its Disrupt NY event and it includes a startup competition called Battlefield. Among the contestants was Band Industries with their Roadie Tuner device. They completed a highly successful Kickstarter in January and are now in pre-order phase. Roadie Tuner sounds like an impressive device that basically connects to a tuning peg and tunes it after you've strummed the string. It doesn't work with wooden pegs but it does work with "any string instrument equipped with guitar...

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  • Dubset Media Closes Series B Funding Round Led By Rhapsody

    May 6

    Dubset Media has closed A Series B funding from a group of investors led by Rhapsody International, parent company music services Rhapsody and Napster. No details of the investment were released. Dubset Media is a music rights management firm and distributor of mixes. Dubset recently completed two-year trials of its MixSCA rights management platform which identifies, registers, resolves rights and reports royalties for mix content. The company has ingested 200,000 mixes from the world's top...

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  • Viet Cong Announce "Cassette" EP Reissue, Share "Oxygen Feed"

    May 6

    Viet Cong, the band that features former Women members Matt Flegel and Matt Wallace, released a tour-only cassette last year. On July 8 in the U.S. and July 7 in the UK, Mexican Summer will give the "Cassette" EP a wide release digitally and on vinyl. That's the EP track "Oxygen Feed" above. The band have also announced some North American tour dates for this summer. Check them out below the EP's tracklist. In our interview with the band, Viet Cong revealed that they've been working on...

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  • Google Play Music Launches In Canada

    May 6

    Country #26 for Google Play Music is Canada.  The tech giant launched its full service music offering there, which includes music streaming and downloads, across multiple platforms yesterday. Spotify and Pandora have not launched north of the U.S. border, but Google joins Rdio and Songza in what is shaping up to be a battleground market.  The launch was stalled by negotiations with multiple local rights holders. “It’s complicated, so it took some time to hammer out,” Zahavah Levine,...

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  • Freedom Fest, which takes place at Rock City Studios in Camarillo, CA, is seeking acts for 8/2: http...

    May 6

    Freedom Fest, which takes place at Rock City Studios in Camarillo, CA, is seeking acts for 8/2: http://ow.ly/wx2Q2 #gigging #DIY #gigs4u

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  • Shabazz Palaces Share "They Come in Gold", Detail New Album Lese Majesty

    May 6

    After premiering the album in a Seattle laser dome, Shabazz Palaces have shared more details about Lese Majesty, the follow up to 2011's Black Up. It's out July 28 in Europe and July 29 in North America via Sub Pop. That's "They Come in Gold" above; find the tracklist below. The 2xLP edition of the album includes a "shark skin" embossed jacked, a fold-out poster, and an etching on the fourth side. If you pre-order via Sub Pop (while supplies last), you'll receive the limited edition "Loser"...

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