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  • Jens Lekman Shares "Postcard #2"

    Jan 9

    Jens Lekman's New Year's Resolution is to write and share a new song each week. Last week, he posted the first in the series, "Postcard #1", and today he's shared this week's entry, "Postcard #2". The song incorporates a sample of South African composer Abdullah Ibrahim’s “Mamma". Listen above. Watch Jens Lekman peform "I Know What Love Isn't" for Pitchfork.tv's Pitchfork Weekly below:

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  • How to Perfect Your Band's Social Media Strategy: The 70-20-10 Rule

    Jan 9

    By Sam Friedman on Sonicbids Blog Is your band's social media presence lacking thoughtfully crafted material with keen attention to strong content variety? Oftentimes, bands starting out spend too much time focusing on self-promotion. The conversation is one-directional, leaving followers with no way to engage other than to buy a product. While sales should be an underlying pursuit of social media, building your brandand telling your story in a conversational manner is the real goal. Luckily,...

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  • Ghostface Killah and DOOM Reunite for "Ray Gun"

    Jan 9

    Toronto jazz trio BADBADNOTGOOD recruited Ghostface Killah for their upcoming Sour Soul LP, which will feature the Wu-Tang rapper on every track. One of those tracks is called "Ray Gun", and features Ghostface and DOOM, in a revival of their DOOMSTARKS project. It's their first song since 2011's "Victory Laps". Listen to it below via Buzzfeed. Sour Soul is out February 24 in the U.S. and February 23 internationally (pushed back from February 17).  In a Reddit AMA from December, Ghostface...

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  • Band Website Inspiration: Parallax Animation

    Jan 9

    Each week we highlight one of our favorite websites on Bandzoogle. Rock duo Slow Chase use our new theme Vesper, which features a neat parallax animation.

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  • National Conference Of Personal Managers To Get Day In Court

    Jan 9

    The lawsuit brought by the National Conference of Personal Managers (NCOPM) challenging the constitutionality of the CA Talent Agencies Act will finally have its day in court a oral arguments have been scheduled for Mar. 6, 2015. "The provisions, interpretation and enforcement of the TAA have unfairly singled out personal managers and denied us our constitutional rights," said NCOPM President Clinton Ford Billups Jr. "Personal managers have lost In excess of $500,000,000 in legitimately...

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  • FRI. NEWS BRIEF: Facebook Acquires QuickFire, Bonnaroo Asks Fans, Spotify Spotlight Bump, SXSW Film & More

    Jan 9

    FRIDAY 1.9.2014 Music Business News & Views From Around The Web   CLICK HERE  Updated Continuously @ Hypebot's More News Tab 

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  • What Made Book of Mormon Musical of the Year?

    Jan 9

    The Book of Mormon has become of one of the most beloved broadway musicals since its debut in 2011. There are a lot of elements that make a great musical. Great comedy, amazing original songs and heartfelt drama are in most musicals. However, there is a certain spark and chemistry that turns an ordinary musical to a great musical. In this article, Cherie Nelson explains in this article what makes The Book of Mormon a hit year after year.  The Book of Mormon, like other great musicals,...

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  • Car Noise And Restrictive Radio Programming: The Hidden Link

    Jan 9

    By Eliot Van Buskirk on Evolver.fm The winter break is over, and with it, for many of us, all of that driving. It can be nice. The car is one of the last places where many of us focus on music, the way hi-fi enthusiasts used to, sat in the middle of their couches for the perfect signal from each speaker, concentrating on each note. Driving through some rougher weather a few days ago, I decided to check out the local radio stations, and somehow misheard a Nirvana song, as can happen when...

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  • Universal Music Launches Lawsuit Against Companies Distributing Mixtapes To Prisoners

    Jan 9

    Universal Music filed a complaint with the US district court in California against companies advertising and distributing care packages to prisoners that include unauthorized mixtapes of their artists in 40 different states. The lawsuit states, “Defendants boast on their website that their business ‘was developed to eliminate contraband,’ yet the infringing copies of Plaintiffs’ sound recordings and musical compositions, in which Defendants unlawfully transact and from which they unjustly...

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  • Is This The Weirdest Band T-Shirt Of 2015, Possibly Ever?

    Jan 9

    We might be only be eight days into the new year, but we've got a front runner for the weirdest band t-shirt of 2015. When one thinks of influential band promotion, the response is probably more thoughtful than simply throwing shit on the front of a t-shirt and hoping it sells, but that's exactly what the band Iced Earth was going for. But they didn't stop there, their "POOP" t-shirt was not just a call to action, but was backed, quite literally, by the proclomation that "Even Hot Chicks Do...

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