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Twitter Doubles Character Limit To 280 [OFFICIAL]

Over the next couple of days, the character limit for all Twitter users is being double to 280, the company announced on Tuesday. The move was made, in part, to increase Twitter use in countries where language made a 140 character limit difficult. In U.S. tests, only 9% of tweets exceeded 140 characters. From Twitter: "Historically, 9% of Tweets in English hit the character limit. This reflects the challeng ...

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Unbundled: Shifting the Paradigm

The unbundling, whether as single album tracks on iTunes or the distribution and marketing that once only a record label could do, has affected every corner of the music and the music industry. But a new music paradigm is rising out of the wreckage of unbundling, writes Alex Marx. ____________________________________ By Alex Marx This is a continuation of the Unbundled series on music dynamics. Read the pre ...

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38% Of The Music Business Now Indie Labels

While it may be a commonly held belief that a choice few major labels dominate the music industry, new data reveals that this simply isn't the case, with indie labels having generated over $6 billion in the past year, and making up roughly 38% of overall music business. ___________________________________ Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0 If you thought that there are only three major labels working ...

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Which Live Video Platform Should You Use?

With so many options now available for live video streaming, it can be difficult, as an indie artist, to choose which platform is right for you. Here we look at a set of tips for each live video platform so artists can help choose the best fit for their purposes. ______________________ Guest post by Raquel Dixit of the Symphonic Blog When it comes to using video streaming platforms, it can be somewhat overw ...

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Who Needs Shazam? Google Assistant App Adds Song Recognition

Google has added song recognition to its Google Assistant app across all platforms.  Ask Google Assistant “what song is this?” or “what song is playing?,” and it shows the song's name, the artist, lyrics, and links to YouTube, Google Play Music and Spotify.  Move over Shazam...   Music recognition had previously come to Google's Pixel 1 and Pixel 2 phones, but is now rolling out on all Google Assistant apps ...

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FCC Boss Wrecks Media Ownership Rules In Huge Gift To Sinclair Broadcasting

While the FCC's Ajit Pai has been working hard to ignore the public outcry against the death of net neutrality, he's also been busy actively gutting media consolidation and ownership regulations solely, says Karl Bode of Techdirt, for the benefit of Sinclair broadcasting. _____________________________ By Karl Bode of Techdirt FCC boss Ajit Pai has been busy ignoring the public while he kills popular net neu ...

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Alex Awards Honor Best In Vinyl – Full List Of Winners 2017

After a 12 year hiatus, the Alex Awards returned this week to honor the best in vinyl record packaging at a ceremony at the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel in Detroit. The Alex Awards was last presented in 2006 when it had been primarily a competition honoring the best in DVD, CD and video game packaging. A panel of award-winning art directors judged 124 submissions in the 8 categories. The Alex Awards are named ...

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Radio Still Rules Music Discovery Despite Streaming Growth [CHART]

While streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music are growing exponentially, the 2017 edition of Nielsen's Music 360 report found that 49% of people still discover new music on AM and FM broadcast radio.  As you can see in the chart after the jump from Statista, that compares 27% who say they discover music on online music services. Music discovery is one of the largest ways music streaming services hav ...

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Shania Twain’s "Come On Over" And Why It Sold Over 20 Million Copies

An icon release of mainstream pop country, Twain's 1997 release was full of crossover potential, loaded with hook-filled songwriting and produced by a rock legend, the album's impact on country music is clearly evident, even 20 years later. ____________________________ Guest post by Glenn Peoples, Music Insights and Analytics at Pandora, on Medium — Shania Twain’s Come On Over turns 20 years old this week. ...

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