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RIAA Goes After Lengthy List Of Piracy Sites

Although music piracy ain't what it used to be it's still alive and well. Here we look at a list of some of the most notorious piracy platforms currently in the crosshairs of the RIAA. _________________________ Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0 Music piracy isn’t what it once was, but it’s still alive and well and the RIAA is trying to do something about it. In a letter to Elizabeth Kendall, the act ...

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Ultra Festival 2017 Attendance Exceeds 1 Million Worldwide

After a year of rapid growth for the international dance music brand, organizers for Ultra Music announced that more than 1 million people attended 45 Ultra-branded events in 20 countries across 5 continents this year. The festival brand just finished a series of events, closing with Ultra Brasil, the newly expanded 3-day festival, saw over 90,000 fans attend the event, which was staged in Rio de Janeiro's ...

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5 Reasons Music Venues Won’t Write You Back

Artists and bands often experience frustration when reaching out to venues in hopes of booking a show, only to be greeted with deafening radio silence. This silence can often be justified, however. Here we look at five reasons venues might not be getting back to you. _____________________ Guest post by Patrick McGuire of the TuneCore Blog [Editors Note: This blog was written by Patrick McGuire. Patrick is a ...

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Show.co Adds "Pre-Save” To Spotify Campaigns For Upcoming Releases

Show.co, the music marketing platform acquired by CD Baby last year, continues to innovate with the addition of campaigns that offer “pre-saves” on Spotify.  The new feature and full Show.co platform is free to all CD Baby artists and offered very affordably to all others. ___________________________________ Show.co's Music Marketing Toolbox Show.co, the CD Baby owned marketing platform, now enables campaig ...

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How To Guide To Advertising Music On Instagram

Instagram has become one of the best ways to promote your personal brand as a musician, but the platform's complexities necessitate a fair amount of finesse on the part of the artist. Here we look at some key practices for promoting your music on Instagram. _________________________ Guest post by Lisa Occhino of the Bandzoogle Blog Instagram is one of the best ways to build your brand and showcase your pers ...

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Spotify Launches RISE Emerging Artists Program and Here Are Troy Carter’s First Four Picks

Spotify has launched RISE, a program "designed to identify and break the next wave of music superstars." Two common denominators  underpinning he first four artists chosen are a decidedly DIY/indie ethos and a smart use of social media to build a committed fanbase.  __________________________________ Spotify's new RISE emerging artist program hopes harness the cultural influence of its 140 million users to ...

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Billboard Adjusts Chart Calculations To Favor Paid Streaming Over Ad-Supported Streams, YouTube

As how people consume music shifts, Billboard has adjusted how it calculates the charts. Bowing to pressure from the recorded music industry, the latest set of changes give more weight to paid streams vs ad-supported streams including YouTube. _________________________ Beginning next year, plays occurring on paid services and tiers on Apple Music, Spotify Premium and others will be given more weight in char ...

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