Justin Bieber, ‘Justice’ Campaign Teardown [Amber Horsburgh] FULL STORY
How does the biggest record label promote the biggest album by their biggest priority of 2021? In this teardown, I’ll detail the promotional calendar covering the 6 month run up to album release so you can see how the biggest labels roll out their biggest priority releases.
The Cardinal Rules for Safely Getting Added to Spotify Playlists — A Guide for Artists and Labels [DMN] FULL STORY
The potential career benefits of securing placements on coveted Spotify playlists are greater than ever – but so are the pitfalls associated with consulting unreliable third parties to obtain quick streams.
This iPhone app lets anybody mint an NFT for anything—for free [Fast Company] FULL STORY
With the help of some big-name musicians, an ex-Apple exec has launched a free iOS app called S!ng that lets artists quickly mint nonfungible tokens.

How NFTs, social tokens, and interdependence can add value to artists [Hypebot] FULL STORY
Itchy to Perform Again, Musicians Eye Return to Touring [NY Times] FULL STORY
For now, there may be just a trickle of events (a Dinosaur Jr. tour, the lineup for Bonnaroo in September), but many artists are said to be planning live announcements soon.
Spotify Acquires Live Audio App Locker Room, With Plans to Build Clubhouse Rival [Billboard] FULL STORY
In the coming months, Spotify plans to expand Locker Room into an "enhanced live audio experience for a wider range of creators and fans," according to a company blog post.
How Bandcamp Is Changing the Conversation Around Payments in the Streaming Era [Billboard] FULL STORY
On Bandcamp Fridays, the online music marketplace Bandcamp waives its cut of sales — 15% of digital, 10% of physical — and passes along all revenue to artists and their closest stakeholders (like labels and managers). 
Why musicians need to start taking notice of the potential of Roblox [RouteNote] FULL STORY
Everyday 32 million people use Roblox, spending on average of two and a half hours per day on the platform. It’s massive. Roblox has virtual concerts and backstage areas, with in-game add-ons available to purchase with Robux.
Spotify adds personalized artist, genre, decades playlists [Hypebot] FULL STORY

Introducing the New Miniseries ‘Spotify: A Product Story’ [Spotify] FULL STORY

Is Spotify really listening to artists “Loud & Clear?” [Fader] FULL STORY
Is the Deluxe Album Trend Bad For Music? [Complex] FULL STORY
During the pandemic, as artists searched for ways to supplement lost income from canceled shows, it became an increasingly popular practice to release deluxe albums shortly after the initial release day. Some of them have just two or three new songs and others act as complete standalone albums with at least a dozen new tracks.
The case for [The Week] FULL STORY
Streaming services like Spotify have wreaked havoc on the livelihood of musicians around the world. In time they may even destroy the artistic ecosystem on which they depend. There is one obvious solution: full communism for music.
My Top 10 Music Podcasts Recommendations [Amplify Artists] FULL STORY

You've Heard Of Podcasts. Now, Make Way For 'Microcasts' [WBUR] FULL STORY
25 creative band merch ideas [Bandzoogle] FULL STORY
After a year at home and with income from live shows coming to an almost complete stop overnight, we’ve had to pivot and adapt. Luckily, this is something that musicians excel at, and over the last year we’ve seen sales of merch, both physical and digital, surge as a way to provide some extra income.
Amoeba Music: A Look Inside the Sprawling New Hollywood Store [Variety] FULL STORY
L.A. store manager Jim Henderson talks about what went into the move, as Variety offers photos and video of the new location.
Cassette sales double during the pandemic [Hypebot] FULL STORY
Fans want something they can touch and for many, cassettes are now filling that need. Music as a souvenir. It’s a concept I first witnessed during the download age when South Korean teens were buying truckloads of 45’s even when they didn’t own turntables.
US music industry leaders hammer Twitter for ‘rampant theft’ in joint letter on day of social media hearing [MBW] FULL STORY
Big tech bosses from Facebook, Google and Twitter in the US gave testimony to Congress in a hearing entitled, “Disinformation Nation: Social Media’s Role in Promoting Extremism and Misinformation.”
Top songwriters call for end to 'bully tactics' by artists over royalties [Guardian] FULL STORY 
Top songwriters for artists including Dua Lipa, Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande have written an open letter calling for an end to artists claiming royalties for songs they had no hand in writing.
Who Listens to ‘Now That’s What I Call Music!’ In 2021? [Rolling Stone] FULL STORY
Even in the streaming era, the long-running hits compilation series maintains a passionate fanbase. The series is “a mirror of popular culture, not a judge of popular culture…. What’s relevant is whether it’s a hit or not.” - Jeff Moskow
On this latest edition of the podcast, Jay Gilbert & Mike Etchart discuss these stories:
• IFPI Global Music Report 2021: Revenues Rise For Sixth Straight Year to $21.6B
• Why Is Tower Records Coming Back Now, Of All Times?
• Let’s Talk About Ethics And Music Promotion
ICONIC WOMEN PLAYLISTS including Sinead O'Connor and Lana Del Rey [The Song Sommelier] FULL STORY
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• Midem 2021 to be a free all-digital event [Hypebot] FULL STORY
• Learning to Be OK With the Word ‘Vinyls’ [Variety] FULL STORY
• How vinyl has survived during the coronavirus pandemic [DJMag] FULL STORY
• Apple leads $50m investment round in Steve Stoute's UnitedMasters, joined by Alphabet and Andreessen Horowitz [MBW] FULL STORY
• The Metadata Hot Potato: The MLC Enters the Jerry McGuire Reality [Chris Castle] FULL STORY 
• This robot rapper has 9 million followers on TikTok. His creator thinks traditional A&R is ‘inefficient and unreliable’ [MBW] FULL STORY
• Paul Simon sells song catalog to Sony Music Publishing [MBW] FULL STORY
• Women Led Music Organizations You Should Join [Symphonic] FULL STORY
• Why artists should ask what they can do for their fans [Hypebot] FULL STORY
• Apple doesn't care about Album Cover Art [Guilherme Simões] FULL STORY
• How Amazon could enhance its NFL coverage with virtual concert experiences [MIDiA] FULL STORY
• Beggars Group and Gary Numan clarify streaming payouts comments [MusicAlly] FULL STORY
• Edgar Bronfman Jr. launches SPAC with $300m to spend. Could he return to the music business?
• COVID-19 changed how movie and TV music gets made. L.A. musicians learn to improvise [LATimes] FULL STORY
• BandLab crosses 30 million users around the globe [MusicTech] FULL STORY
• Spotify is getting into live audio because of course it is [TechCrunch] FULL STORY
• 5,000 Attend Rock Concert In Barcelona After COVID-19 Screen [Pollstar] FULL STORY 
• New York Just Launched A Digital Vaccine Pass To Restart Concerts, Sports Events And Other Activities [Forbes] FULL STORY 
• Bonnaroo Announces 2021 Lineup: Foo Fighters, Phoebe Bridgers, Tyler the Creator & Deftones [COS] FULL STORY
• How To Submit Accurate Metadata [Symphonic] FULL STORY
• My Bloody Valentine’s Full Catalog Finally Available on Streaming Services [COS] FULL STORY
• 31 Great Records You May Have Missed: Winter 2021 [Pitchfork] FULL STORY
• Streaming Media Trends [Axios] FULL STORY
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