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U.S. Recorded Music Revenues Return to Double-Digit Growth: RIAA Mid-Year Report [Billboard] FULL STORY

US recorded music revenues grew $1.5bn in H1 2021 compared to the first half of last year [MBW] FULL STORY
Meet Neffy, The Winner Of The 2021 Tiny Desk Contest [NPR] FULL STORY
Judges for this year's Tiny Desk Contest waded and watched and debated through thousands of entries, but today we finally have a winner: Her family knows her as Mecca Russell – we'll come to know her as Neffy.
How do you discover new music? [Music x] FULL STORY
In various conversations this past week I’ve been struck by the different ways people discover music. Subsequently I’ve started asking others about their preferred methods and preferred gatekeepers.
14 Music Business Podcasts You Should Be Listening to in 2021 [Flypaper] FULL STORY

13 Essential Music Industry Podcasts, From ‘Song Exploder’ to ‘Mogul’ [Variety] FULL STORY
Barbie Unveils Awesome Music-Producer Doll ‘to Highlight the Gender Gap in the Industry’ [Variety] FULL STORY
Fighting the gender gap in the music industry is not a role that Mattel’s Barbie doll traditionally has taken on, but the company has used the iconic figure for exactly that purpose with its awesome Music-Producer doll.
'TikTok is running everything.' [MBW] FULL STORY
The music industry has, understandably, become rather obsessed with TikTok (obsessed, in this case, being a giddy blend of ‘excited by’ and ‘terrified of’). There are huge numbers, there is music (there’s dancing!), there are new types of ‘star’ – and there must, surely, be big money.
Sonicly learned from PledgeMusic’s mistakes to launch a music crowdfunding platform that works [Hypebot] FULL STORY
Sonicly was built specifically for music creators with a full understanding of the successes and failures of the PledgeMusic crowdfunding platform which went bankrupt in 2019 owing artists and fans as much as $3 million.
This payments and distribution platform used by Frank Ocean and Childish Gambino is fighting the music industry's 'starving artist' culture [Business Insider] FULL STORY
Number-crunching may be the least sexy side of the music business, but for Stem CEO Milana Rabkin Lewis, it's the key to an industry-wide revolution. 
Charting the Rise of the Rash Album Release [Highsnobiety] FULL STORY
There’s been a shift from genuine surprises in the last five years. Instead, rash releases (or “short-lead releases,” in industry-speak) have become more normalized. Keeping on top of what’s dropping has been hiked up a notch.
Music Copyright in the Age of Forgetting [Ringer] FULL STORY
In the post–“Blurred Lines” legal landscape, artists like Lorde are treading extra carefully when their music ends up sounding similar to someone else’s. But our brains can’t be trusted to notice when we steal an idea—and the problem is likely getting worse.
17 ways to promote your music online [Bandzoogle] FULL STORY

10 ways to make more money selling music lessons on your website [Bandzoogle] FULL STORY
VMAs 2021: MTV Parties Like a Damn Sociopath [Rolling Stone] FULL STORY
The VMAs are all about flash, sex, scandal, egomania, pop stars making absurd fashion choices. And that’s what we got. MTV decided to flip the 2021 VMAs into a 40th birthday party for itself, and that was a damn shrewd move.
Bandsintown adds 4M users in last 90 days as fans signal they’re eager to return to shows [HYPEBOT] FULL STORY
Live concerts may be experiencing an uneven return to normal thanks to the Delta variant and vaccine hesitancy, but fans are more eager than ever to plan their next concert outing.
The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time [Rolling Stone] FULL STORY

Who Voted for the 500 Greatest Songs? [Rolling Stone] FULL STORY
2022 Clio Music Awards Call for Entries [Clio] FULL STORY
UMG’s Valuation Is Rising Fast Ahead of Public Listing — Here’s Why [Billboard] FULL STORY

Vincent Bolloré is about to own $7bn-plus in UMG shares... and other things we learned from Univeral's new prospectus [MBW] FULL STORY

Universal Music Japan President/CEO Naoshi Fujikura Talks Streaming, Learning From K-Pop & More [Billboard] FULL STORY
Your Morning Coffee - The Podcast, Episode #57 LISTEN HERE
This week, Jay and Mike talk about these important stories:
• 'No Shelf Life Now’: The Big Business of Interpolating Old Songs for New Hits
• Music Analytics: The Definitive Guide" (Anthony Pacheco/SIMPL)
• #ThisIsNotWorking: Call From Musicians and Music Industry Workforce For Abuse to End
• Lossless Music Streaming: Do You Really Need It?
How Brands Can Win Over Consumers by Sourcing Music Responsibly [AdWeek] FULL STORY
A recent Downtown Music study noted that 80% of people care about how artists were compensated. As we venture deeper into the age of corporate and social responsibility, consumers all over the world are asking corporations and organizations to demonstrate their accountability.
The oncoming fandom crisis [MIB] FULL STORY
Regular readers will know that MIDiA has focused on fandom analysis and research for a number of years now, looking at it across all forms of entertainment. The reasons we believe it is so interesting in music is because Western streaming services monetise consumption rather than fandom, leaving both passion and spent on the table.
Inside Pop Radio's Rock Revival: 'The Industry Is Looking More Toward Guitars' [Billboard] FULL STORY
This week, as it hits the Alternative Airplay top 10 (jumping 14-9 on the chart dated Sept. 18), “Beggin’” also climbs three spots to No. 14 on the Pop Airplay chart, while bumping up one spot to No. 33 on Adult Pop Airplay.
‘Listening To Kenny G’ Asks The Question: What Is Good Music? [LudwigVan.com] FULL STORY 

Kenny G Has Always Been In On the Joke. Now He’s Ready for the Praise [Daily Beast] FULL STORY
YOUR SECOND CUP
 
• Ben Barnes Talks 'Personal Nature' of His Debut EP, Premieres Video for First Single '11:11' [People] FULL STORY 
• Hell Is A Teenage Girl: Olivia Rodrigo, 'Jennifer's Body' And The Joy Of Rage [NPR] FULL STORY
• Spotify’s King of Sleep Music Outstreams Lady Gaga, Somehow [Rolling Stone] FULL STORY
• StubHub settles with US Attorneys General over its COVID refunds policy [CMU] FULL STORY
• Good 4 who? How music copyright has gone too far [Verge] FULL STORY
• How To Do A Revenue Completeness Check [SYMPHONIC] FULL STORY
• Katy Perry, Nas, and Jason Derulo Are Investing Big in a Spotify Rival [Rolling Stone] FULL STORY
• StubHub settles with US Attorneys General over its COVID refunds policy [CMU] FULL STORY
• Gaming’s freemium model is making billions. For the music industry, it offers valuable lessons. [MBW] FULL STORY
• Nerve -- The First-Ever Banking App Created For Musicians -- Launches Today In US [Shore Fire] FULL STORY
• Revelator's Original Works Artist Wallet Intents To Pay Artists Faster [All Access] FULL STORY 
• The à-la-carte artist: How Drake uses variability to provide each fan with a unique experience [Water & Music] FULL STORY
• YouTube opens Community Posts to channels with 500 subscribers [Hypebot] FULL STORY 
• David Bowie Estate and Warner Music Unveil Career-Spanning Catalog Deal [Variety] FULL STORY 
• Why Alanis Morissette Is Disowning the New Documentary About Her [Slate] FULL STORY
• Sofar Sounds Veteran Launches WithOthers, a Benefit Concert Matchmaker [Billboard] FULL STORY
• Apple Music is adding more DJ mixes with new features powered by Shazam [Verge] FULL STORY
• Watch the newest commercials from Apple Music, Facebook, Lexus and more [Ad Age] FULL STORY
• Brands Bank on Live Music's Return: 'They're Sick of Being on the Sidelines' [Billboard] FULL STORY
• Spotify Is Celebrating the Triumphs of Latinx Artistry With the ‘Aquí Siempre’ Campaign [Spotify] FULL STORY
• If this social media bot account experiment succeeds, it’s good news for every artist [Hypebot] FULL STORY
• Qrates Powers First-Ever Vinyl Pressing for Kimmie Rhodes & Willie Nelson’s ‘Picture in a Frame’ Duet Album [Platform & Stream] FULL STORY 
• When are the best times to post on TikTok in 2021? [Hypebot] FULL STORY
• Music NFTs: ‘It’s fandom, community, flexing, and sharing’ [MusicAlly] FULL STORY
• How to Create a ONE SHEET to PROMOTE MUSIC - Fast [Bobby Borg] FULL STORY
• Former Startup Darling Genius Sells to Media Lab for $80 Million [Bloomberg] FULL STORY
• Mandolin to Exclusively Livestream 2021 Firefly Music Festival [Platform & Stream] FULL STORY 
• Recording Academy Co-Presidents Valeisha Butterfield Jones and Panos Panay to Keynote Mondo.NYC Conference [Variety] FULL STORY
• How To Approach Publicity and Sync Licensing [Music Biz Weekly Podcast] FULL STORY
Your Morning Coffee is brewed fresh for you every Friday morning by Jay Gilbert at Label Logic. Text me at (310) 405-4155.
 
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