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Tower Records Is Back — as an Online Music Retailer [Billboard] FULL STORY
The iconic music retailer, which closed its U.S. physical locations in 2006 after filing for bankruptcy, returned as an online store earlier week. In addition to selling music and merch, the new Tower Records website also features online music performances and the return of the company's Tower Pulse! magazine.
How To Verify A Spotify For Artists Profile and Why You Need To Do It Now [Hypebot] FULL STORY

Spotify opens a marketplace for Canvas looping artwork designers [TechCrunch] FULL STORY

How Mt. Joy Used Marquee’s New Audience Segments To Grow Their Fan Base [Spotify] FULL STORY

How Spotify’s recommendations UX might be pushing down per-stream royalty rates — even if total payouts increase [Bas Grasmayer] FULL STORY

Discovery Mode: Understanding how Spotify thinks [MIB] FULL STORY
This Record Deal Simulator Could Upend the Way Artists Do Business [Pitchfork] FULL STORY
The creators of the online tool explain how they’re shining a light on the infamously shady music industry. 
Smart URLs for Music - Explained [Simpl] FULL STORY
You need to give your fans the option of what retailer they would want to listen to your music through, no matter what platform they’re coming from (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.) And NO – I’m not saying to link to every retailer. Alls I’m saying (said charmingly, not a typo) to do is to use a smart link.
Taylor Swift masters sold to Shamrock Capital – but she's re-recording them anyway [MBW] FULL STORY

Taylor Swift's Masters Sold Again: Why She Refused to Negotiate With Scooter Braun [Billboard] FULL STORY
Why marketers should care about the music industry’s latest transformation [Lyor Cohen] FULL STORY
When the pandemic hit, it fundamentally changed the music industry forever. With in-person concerts canceled and venues closed, artists and fans took to online platforms. Music video streaming is quickly growing in popularity: More than 2 billion people come to YouTube each month to experience music.
Twitter launches its own version of Stories, calls it Fleets [Mashable] FULL STORY

Twitter to introduce Clubhouse-like voice chat rooms in testing later this year [verge] FULL STORY
Bandcamp Launches New Livestreaming Service for Artists [Pitchfork] FULL STORY
"Bandcamp Live" will allow artists to set up ticketed livestream performances. The online shows will be integrated within the Bandcamp ecosystem, with a virtual merch table, real-time chat, and the ability to promote the show to pre-existing Bandcamp fans.
YouTube Launches Audio Ads and Ad-Targetable Music Lineups, Taking Aim at Spotify [Variety] FULL STORY

YouTube Music Introduces Personalized Playlists [YouTube] FULL STORY

“YouTube is becoming more important to music than music is to YouTube,” says MIDiA’s Mark Mulligan [Hypebot] FULL STORY
SoundCloud Rolls Out Profile Verification: Here's How to Earn a Check Mark [Billboard] FULL STORY
SoundCloud has begun rolling out its first-ever profile verification process, bestowing coveted blue check marks on the profiles of verified creators. The new feature is intended to "help well-known artists stand out and maintain their authenticity, and to help listeners identify these artists more easily,"
Understanding The Implications Of Article 17 Copyright Reform: A Conversation With Rasty Turek, CEO Of Pex [MBA] FULL STORY
Your Morning Coffee, The Podcast: Episode #14 LISTEN HERE
In this week’s episode, Jay and Mike discuss:
• Rapper Russ Earns $100K Weekly As TuneCore Artists, Offers Advice To Others
• How Ticketmaster Plans To Check Your Vaccine Status For Concerts 
• State Of Play: The Rise Of In-Game Concerts  
• Finding Unsigned Talent With Andrson While Live Gigs Are Gone
• Symphonic Virtual Music Industry Sessions 
Music Millennium Survived the Advent of Streaming Services. Now It’s Surviving the Pandemic, Too. [Willamette Week] FULL STORY
Each month since reopening, sales have roughly equaled figures from the previous year.
New "soundbeaming" technology claims it can broadcast music to your brain without headphones [BoingBoing] FULL STORY
SoundBeamer 1.0. Developed by Noveto Systems, the product reportedly creates a personal sound bubble that allows you to hear 3D audio while continuing to observe other sounds in the space.
Marketing Lessons From Billie Eilish’s ‘Secret’ TikTok [Hypebot] FULL STORY

Is Glitchcore a TikTok Aesthetic, a New Microgenre, or the Latest Iteration of Glitch Art? [Pitchfork] FULL STORY
Is The Music Modernization Act Stifling Industry Innovation? [Hypebot] FULL STORY
When the Music Modernization Act passed, many in the industry were concerned about what impact the legislation might have on the creative sector of the music business. Now, some fear that those fears are being validated.
What Is Twitch Doing About Its Music Copyright Issues? [Hypebot] FULL STORY

Are rights holders missing the point with Twitch? [MIB] FULL STORY
PLAYLIST OF THE WEEK [Song Sommelier] FULL STORY
GQ Editor, journalist and author Dylan Jones talks about the New Romantics, but who would headline his Sweet Dreams fantasy festival?
YOUR SECOND CUP
 
• PODCAST: The State Of Streaming Music with Garrett Levin Of Digital Media Association [Hypebot] FULL STORY
• Clio Music Announces Jury for 2020-2021 Program Cycle [Clio] FULL STORY
• US Holiday Ecommerce Sales Will Surge 35.8% to $190.47 Billion, Offsetting Brick-and-Mortar Declines [MBA] FULL STORY
• Apple Cuts App Store Fee for Small Businesses; Spotify Calls It 'Window Dressing' [Billboard] FULL STORY
• 10 Great Album Covers, Chosen by Kosh [Muse] FULL STORY
• How Elektra Records ushered in the alternative music revolution—and then helped kill it [AV Club] FULL STORY
• YouTube at two billion: Still much more music opportunity to be had [MIDiA] FULL STORY
• After calling Universal 'music's most innovative company', now Spotify says UMG is 'willing to lean in more aggressively' than its rivals to SPOT's marketing tools [MBW] FULL STORY
• Apple announces second annual Apple Music Awards [Apple] FULL STORY
• The Rattle Debuts World’s First Music Venture Label Making Artists and Inventors Founders of their own companies to Empower True Change in Music [RPS] FULL STORY
• This Memphis Label Avoided Pandemic Layoffs — Here's How [Billboard] FULL STORY
• Mary J. Blige, Justin Bieber, Jose Feliciano, More Record Exclusive Holiday Songs for Amazon Music [Variety] FULL STORY
• Spotify adds a built-in podcast playlist creation tool, ‘Your Episodes’ [Tech Crunch] FULL STORY
• More Than 18,000 Musicians Are Demanding a Penny Per Stream from Spotify [Vice] FULL STORY
• A New Chapter for ToneDen [ToneDen] FULL STORY
• How Is the Record Industry Surviving the Coronavirus? [David Turner] FULL STORY
• The 11 Best Vinyl & Record Player Accessories for Every Turntable Setup [Pitchfork] FULL STORY
• Get Blog Coverage for Your Band’s New Release: Musician’s Guide [Hypebot] FULL STORY
• Shazam Shares All-Time Top 100M, Passes 200M Active Users [Hypebot] FULL STORY
• Round Hill Music raises $291m in latest funding round [Music Week] FULL STORY
• What Can You Do To Help Fix Broken Music Metadata? [Symphonic] FULL STORY
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