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  • Tom Silverman: 1st Anniversary Of The Resurrection Of The Music Business

    Jan 27

    Guest post by Tom Silverman, music industry veteran, thought leader and founder of the New Music Seminar. As I sat and planned the program for the June 2012 New Music Seminar, it occurred to me that we are approaching the first anniversary of the music business resurrection. After ten years of decline, the music business hit bottom in the second week of February 2010 and began to rise the week of February 14th. There have been many reports of the music business comeback and many have...

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  • David Dufresne On Spotify: Millions of DJs

    Jan 27

    Many artists have already expressed their concerns with Spotify and other streaming services. There’s concerns over the small amount of revenue, the unfairness felt by many indie artists/labels versus major ones, and lack of transparency. However, on Music Think Tank, David Dufresne, CEO of Bandzoogle, expresses his opinion of Spotify and how having your music on the service can possibly help you. What is your opinion on Spotify and is your music on Spotify? Instead, you should...

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  • Spotify Hits 3 Million Paid Subscribers, 20% Conversion Rate

    Jan 27

    During an appearance at at Universal Music Open Day in London, Spotify Chief Content Officer Ken Parks announced that the music streaming service now has 3 million paid subscribers. That's up from 2.5 million just 2 months ago and would mean that 20% of an estimated 12.5 million users are converting from free to paid subscriptions.  “We say there are about half a billion people who listen to music online today… The vast majority of them don’t pay a thing for music. The opportunity there...

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  • NEWS BRIEF: Midem, LyricFind, Google Music, Intel + RealNetworks, Reznor Interview, YouTube & More

    Jan 27

    The music industry action shifts to Cannes and MIDEM this weekend and Hypebot will have lots of coverage including via a special partnership with Stuart Drudge of MusicAlly. One of the first MIDEM announcements comes from LyricFind who have signed what they say is the world’s first global lyrics deals with all four major publishers. Google Music now lets you download MP3 copies of your stored tunes. (Verge) Sound like a small change, but its a feature that's likely to be hugely...

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  • Occupy Movement Inspires New Compliation Albums & Bruce Springsteen [VIDEO]

    Jan 27

    A variety of record albums related to the Occupy Movement are set for release including "Occupy This Album" from Music For Occupy with a star-studded list of participants, "Folk the Banks" from the newly formed Occupation Records in London and media claims that Bruce Springsteen's newest work is the voice of the movement though the songs were mostly written before it existed. These releases could bring renewed attention to a movement which has lost much of its early hold on the press and...

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  • Kanye West’s New Venture Will Fail. Here's What We Can Learn From It.

    Jan 27

    (UPDATED) Kanye West recently announced via twitter that he is hiring for a new creative company. Named Donda after his late mother, the company will purportedly have 22 divisions and in his own words “Galvanize thinkers and put them in a creative space to bounce their dreams and ideas” with an aim to "pick up where Steve Jobs left off.” Kanye’s ambition certainly seems as big as his inflated ego. The amount of projects that very successful people enter into that you never hear about...

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  • The Week In Music Publishing 1.27.12

    Jan 27

    There may be trouble afoot for EMI and its two separate businesses - recording and publishing - are heading towards merger with Universal and Sony respectively. With EMI set to meet with lenders in New York City to discuss the $1.8 billion loans needed to support the Sony Corp acquisition, there are rumblings that of a battle with independent labels to halt the deal - Universal's acquisition of EMI would give them near 40% market share of the recorded music industry. If Universal loses this...

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  • Copyright Basics: Exclusive Rights, Licensing Lingo, and More

    Jan 27

    (Since CD Baby recently launched our music licensing program, we figured it’d be a good time to review with our artists some of the basic copyright and sync licensing terms. This article, written by Keith Hatscheck, originally appeared on the Echoes Blog.)  So you’ve written a new song. It may have the potential to be a hit, but one thing is certain: it makes sense to properly protect your song if you hope to profit from its recording and public performance. How do music copyrights work? What...

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  • David Dufresne On Spotify: Millions of DJs

    Jan 27

    Many artists have already expressed their concerns with Spotify and other streaming services. There’s concerns over the small amount of revenue, the unfairness felt by many indie artists/labels versus major ones, and lack of transparency. However, on Music Think Tank, David Dufresne, CEO of Bandzoogle, expresses his opinion of Spotify and how having your music on the service can possibly help you. What is your opinion on Spotify and is your music on Spotify? Instead, you should...

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  • Kayne West’s New Venture Will Fail. Here's What We Can Learn From It.

    Jan 27

      Kanye West recently announced via twitter that he is hiring for a new creative company. Named Donda after his late mother, the company will purportedly have 22 divisions and in his own words “Galvanize thinkers and put them in a creative space to bounce their dreams and ideas” with an aim to "pick up where Steve Jobs left off.” Kanye’s ambition certainly seems as big as his inflated ego.   The amount of projects that very successful people enter into that you never hear about...

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