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  • Topspin's Best Direct-To-Fan Campaigns Of 2014

    Dec 20

    By the Topspin Staff. As direct-to-fan campaigns go, 2013 was a banner year. Over the course of the last 12 months, we saw some of the most creative, smart, ballsy, and just plain cool examples of  artists, flimmakers, and others connecting with fans that ever before in our 5-year history. So it's no wonder our staff just couldn't wait to share their favorites. Enjoy... WISH I WAS HERE (Zach Braff) by Nicole St. Jean Topspin and our ace friends at PROD/Icon helped Wish I Was...

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  • Acts with a draw needed for 2/11 at 3rd & Lindsley in #Nashville TN: http://ow.ly/rXhXW #gigging #DIY...

    Dec 20

    Acts with a draw needed for 2/11 at 3rd & Lindsley in #Nashville TN: http://ow.ly/rXhXW #gigging #DIY #gigs4u

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  • Is The RIAA Planning Another Attack On Musicians' Rights?

    Dec 20

    By Mike Masnick of Techdirt.   We've written a few times about how the RIAA has been fighting hard to screw over tons of musicians by taking away their "termination rights." Termination rights are a bit confusing, but the simplest way of thinking about them is that after 35 years, if a copyright holder had assigned the copyright to someone else -- such as a record label -- the artist can simply take them back. There are a few exceptions to this rule, such as in cases where the work was done...

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  • Mixcloud Launches New Site In Beta For Easy and Enjoyable Music Mix Browsing

    Dec 20

    Mixcloud, a music streaming service featuring DJ mixes, launched a redesign in Beta that users can access now. The old version is still available but response is already positive for the new look of an increasingly important service. It's a bit glitchy but the grid-style display makes it easy to browse and discover particular artists and mixes. Hopefully key elements will settle into place and Mixcloud users can enjoy a new experience. The new Mixcloud is said to be "redesigned and built...

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  • Auto Shazam Now Available For iPhone Automatically Tagging Music, TV Shows and Ads

    Dec 20

    Yesterday Shazam updated its iOS app for iPhone and iPod Touch with the addition of Auto Shazam among other touches. Already available for the iPad, Auto Shazam basically works in the background identifying and tagging songs, tv shows and advertisments in your immediate environment. This then creates a dated record and can power playlists for such services as YouTube and Rdio. Rdio also now supports automatically updated playlists of Shazam tags. Shazam's updated iOS app became available...

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  • Warner Brothers Records Names Dan McCarroll President

    Dec 20

    Warner Bros. Records (WBR) today named Dan McCarroll as President effective January 1st. McCarroll had been most recently been president of Capital Records and prio to that was at EMI publishing. "I am thrilled to join Warner Bros., whose creative culture has long been a model for our industry,” said Dan McCarroll. “The company has a fantastic team, and it’s an honor to join with everyone to build on the label's iconic legacy.  I want to thank Cameron for this truly exciting opportunity; I...

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  • Take Your Music Across Cultures With Plug.dj Listening Rooms

    Dec 20

    As many have noted, Plug.dj's social listening room experience is similar to Turntable.fm back when it existed. There are some clear differences but the idea of gathering together in groups to listen to music curated by dj's while chatting with friends and new acquaintances is pretty close. I spoke yesterday with Sachi Kobayashi, Director of Communications, about music marketing possibilities at Plug.dj and found myself in a discussion of cross-cultural differences and why they matter in both...

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  • Watch Atoms for Peace Perform "Before Your Very Eyes" in Tokyo

    Dec 20

    In October, Atoms for Peace premiered the new video for AMOK cut "Before Your Very Eyes" live during their appearance at the Hollywood Bowl. MTV Japan also filmed a live performance of the song at Studio Coast in Tokyo in November—it's live now; have a look.

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  • Amazon's Best-Selling Music Attracts Different Fans To Different Formats

    Dec 20

    By Eliot Van Buskirk of Evolver.fm. Everybody is releasing year-end lists right now, because that’s what we do in December to put a neat bow on the year, and maybe gain a little perspective on what it all meant. Amazon, not content to have conveniently dominated the holiday news cycle with tales of flying delivery drones, went one better than revealing numbers for 2013 and divulged, for the first time, its top-selling music titles of all time. They vary quite a bit by format, indicating...

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  • Main Stage Theater in Cottonwood, AZ will be holding a festival from 3/7-3/16 and is seeking acts: http...

    Dec 20

    Main Stage Theater in Cottonwood, AZ will be holding a festival from 3/7-3/16 and is seeking acts: http://ow.ly/rXijP #gigging #Phoenix

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