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  • U.S. Justice Department To Review Music Streaming Royalties

    Jun 5

    In the wake of a series of court cases involving music streaming service Pandora, the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Justice Department has announced that it plans a review of the agreements that govern songwriting royalties. The DOJ said it would review the consent decrees, which in some cases date back to 1941, between two major performing rights organizations, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI). Publishers have long argued for...

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  • Kevin Drew and Feist Get Dance Lessons From Zach Galifianakis in Drew's "You in Your Were" Video

    Jun 5

    Every music video could do with a bit of dancing, right? But as anyone who's watched "Making the Band" knows, fancy footwork is tough business. So Broken Social Scene's Kevin Drew recruited an expert to assist in his video for the Feist-featuring Darlings cut "You in Your Were". Directed by by Samir Rehem - the same guy behind Drew's provocative visual for "Good Sex" - the clip sees Drew relinquishing creative control to Zach Galifianakis. Galifianakis has a very specific artistic vision for...

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  • The Antlers Share "Hotel" Video

    Jun 5

    The Antlers' new album Familiars is out on June 17 in the U.S. via Anti- (and a day earlier in the UK through Transgressive). The album cut "Hotel" now has a quiet new video, directed by Derrick Belcham. It features images of the band interspersed with moments focusing on light and texture.

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  • 2 Things That You Can Do Today to Start Making Music Industry Contacts

    Jun 5

    Knowing the right people in any industry can be quite the door opener. It's doesn't mean you get to cut corners on the hard work, but it does mean it may get you a seat at a table you may not have found yourself at otherwise. Making and keeping those contacts can make or break you in today's music industry. If you're proactive go into your networking efforts with a plan it can make all the difference. Creating a strategy is key - creating a strategy that makes sense is essential. Making...

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  • Mixify Announces $1.8 Million Series A Round, Launches Clubcast Livestreaming

    Jun 5

    Mixify, a livestreaming platform for djs, today announced a hefty $1.8 million Series A round from investors including CMB Capital, Tim McGee, Richard Mergler and Tommy Trash. They also announced the official launch of Clubcast which has been under development for at least the last year. Clubcast uses Mixify's tech, which has been used to deliver shows to audiences made up of individuals and small groups scattered all over, and are now using it to connect well-known djs with specific...

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  • Spoon Announce New Album They Want My Soul

    Jun 5

    Spoon have announced the follow up to 2010's Transference. As NPR Music reports, it's called They Want My Soul and arrives August 5 via new label Loma Vista. (Spoon were formerly signed to Merge.) For the first time, the band worked with outside producers: The record was begun by Joe Chiccarelli (Morrissey, My Morning Jacket) before being finished by Dave Fridmann (The Flaming Lips, MGMT, Sparklehorse). It also features contributions from new Spoon member Alex Fischel, who played with Daniel in...

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  • AM NEWS BRIEF: Vevo Sale Rumors, UMG's Uber Fail, Mixify Launches Clubcast, Apple Audio & More

    Jun 5

    THURSDAY 6.5.2014 Music Business News & Views From Around The Web   CLICK HERE  Updated Continuously @ Hypebot's More News Tab 

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  • Zoe Keating Faces A New Challenge, Can You Help?

    Jun 4

    We've written about Zoe Keating many, many times. She epitomizes the modern independent musician; and has graciously shared the details of her musical and professional journey with the world. Zoe's music and candor have been the subject of features ranging from Wired to the New York Times, and brought her to stages from San Francisco to Davos. Now Zoe Keating and her family face a new challenge, and your help is needed.  In Zoe's own words:    "On May 13 an MRI found 20 tumors in my...

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  • Kobalt Music Completes $140 Million Capital Investment Round

    Jun 5

    Kobalt Music Group today announced that had raised another $115 million in expansion capital. Recently Michael Dell's MSD Capital had made a $25 million equity investment, The combined total of $140 million in additional capital will allow Kobalt to further accelerate growth. Kobalt's technology platform allows artists and writers transparent, accurate and timely management of their rights.  Clients include Paul McCartney, Disney, Dr. Luke, Max Martin, Dave Grohl, Maroon 5, Skrillex and...

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  • Midem Moves Cannes Conference To June, Announces New Initiatives

    Jun 5

    International music industry mega-conference Midem is moving from its usual January/February time fream to June 5-8 in 2015.  The gathering is staying in Cannes, but adding an enlarged program to support labels and artists looking for international deals along with new exhibition space and content devoted to tech and innovation.  The new program adds more live showcases in front of Midem delegates and the public, artist access to the Midem conference sessions, industry mentors and VIP...

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