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How Are Official Spotify Playlists Curated? Top Editor Explains [Hypebot] FULL STORY
As important as Spotify playlists are, the process behind how they are curated is a mystery to many. A Spotify editor explains how she curates a playlist that represents the ever-evolving sound of country music.
Music Catalogs Are Selling for Serious Cash. Now Wall Street Wants In [Rolling Stone] FULL STORY

Hipgnosis boss Merck Mercuriadis on building a £3 billion company [MusicWeek] FULL STORY

Primary Wave Acquires 50% Stake In KT Tunstall's Royalty Stream In Wide-Ranging Deal [Billboard] FULL STORY

Hipgnosis buys 100% of Shakira's publishing catalog, spanning 145 songs [MBW] FULL STORY 

BMG buys Mick Fleetwood's royalties for an array of Fleetwood Mac hits [MBW] FULL STORY
Streaming and the Embarrassment of COVID Riches [MTP] FULL STORY
The commoditizers are at it again. No matter how much Big Tech tries to commoditize music, this is not about selling widgets at a deep discount–it’s about people’s lives.
Instagram’s Plan To Help Music Artists Monetize The Platform [Forbes] FULL STORY
Instagram wants to help music artists make money—through avenues that include tipping mechanisms and shoppable merchandise—plus ramp up their exposure to new audiences.

2021 Instagram Growth Strategies For Artists [Hypebot] FULL STORY
What TikTok’s 2020 Says About the State of the Music Industry [Ringer] FULL STORY
Despite challenges from the president and a ban in India, the app grew last year, helping to propel a handful of artists new and old up the chart. But what’s in store for TikTok’s future?
5300+ Sign Petition To Get Indie Artists Back On Spotify [Hypebot] FULL STORY

Spotify, worth $67bn, has seen its share price TRIPLE in 10 months. Should Daniel Ek pay artists a ‘bonus’ to say thank you? [MBW] FULL STORY

How to break out of your Spotify feedback loop and find new music [Wired] FULL STORY
Venues Closing Across America: An Updating List (And Why It Matters) [WNE] FULL STORY
Music venues can not be easily replaced once they disappear due to the gentrification and the rising cost of rent in neighborhoods these venues have helped elevate to cultural epicenters.
Meet a new indie powerhouse: Exceleration Music, launched by Glen Barros, Dave Hansen, Charles Caldas, Amy Dietz and John Burk [MBW] FULL STORY
Five highly regarded independent music executives have come together to form a new venture called Exceleration Music. Started by former Concord Music Group CEO Glen Barros, Exceleration Music’s aim is to enhance “the future of independent labels and artists”.
Bandzoogle Adds Integration With Printful's Print-on-Demand Drop Shipping Services [Broadway World] FULL STORY
Bandsintown Launches Subscription Service for Livestream Concerts [Billboard] FULL STORY
Live events discovery hub Bandsintown is bringing a new revenue model to the livestream space, hoping to capitalize on the industry's rapid growth. Today, it launches Bandsintown PLUS, a subscription-based service where fans pony up $9.99 per month to access more than 25 exclusive livestreamed shows, interviews and original series monthly.
How the Coronavirus Changed hip-hop [XXL] FULL STORY
Coronavirus challenged rappers to think creatively in the face of tours stopping and income dropping. Here's how the global pandemic changed hip-hop.
The State Of Dance Music 2020 [1001Tracklists] FULL STORY
2020 was a difficult year. The world of dance music, and life as we know it, was flipped completely upside down. While live performances have been few and far between, 2020 has fostered incredible creativity and innovation in a way that is unlike anything we've seen before.
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YOUR MORNING COFFEE The Podcast: Episode #22 LISTEN HERE
On this new episode, Jay Gilbert and Mike Etchart discuss:
- Spotify Purged Tens Of Thousands Of Tracks For 'Fraudulent Streams  
- TikTok: How To Get Your Music Discovered
- Recoup: There It Is! An Artists Guide To Royalty Hunting
- Music Predictions for 2021
The Rise of Regional Latin Music, Part 1: Mexican Music Genres [Chartmetric] FULL STORY
SEO For Artists: 10 Tips [Hypebot] FULL STORY
As saturated as the internet may be with content, search engines optimization remains more important than ever when it comes to making your music findable. Here, we look at ten tips for getting your SEO on track.
Music Streaming Might Have Peaked, And The Reason Might Not Be What You Think [Forbes] FULL STORY
It’s been estimated that there are over 100 million podcast listeners in the U.S. alone, with the average listener subscribing to 6 podcasts and consuming 7 per week.
The Mechanical Licensing Collective Is Open For Business [Hypebot] FULL STORY
The January 1st License Availability Date set by the landmark US Music Modernization Act (MMA) which offers digital audio services a blanket mechanical license covers virtually every musical work available on their U.S. services has arrived and with it the official launch of the Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC).
54 Most Anticipated Albums of 2021 [Rolling Stone] FULL STORY
The past year has wreaked havoc on the music industry, with live music dramatically curtailed, crew workers struggling to make ends meet, and recording studios looking for ways to operate safely. Despite these serious challenges, we’ve got plenty of great music to look forward to.
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YOUR SECOND CUP
 
• Lloyd Hummel Upped To EVP, Global Commercial Strategy at Ingrooves Music Group [MBW] FULL STORY
• Behind a Modern Day Record Label with Chris Maltese, Tunecore US Head of Artist Services [Music Business Podcast] LISTEN HERE
• LÜM Launches New Platform [P&S] FULL STORY
• Behind a Modern Day Record Label with Chris Maltese, Tunecore US Head of Artist Services [Music Business Podcast] LISTEN HERE
• The Music Industry Adjusts to the Coronavirus [David Turner] FULL STORY
• Spotify Kids now supports shared playlists, letting parents control the music [Verge] FULL STORY
• Deezer starts letting brands sponsor its editorial playlists [MusicAlly] FULL STORY
• Inside the streaming campaign for Elton John - 2020's biggest catalogue solo artist [MusicWeek] FULL STORY
• Capitol Studios Shutters Its Mastering Division [Variety] FULL STORY
• TIDAL and SoundCloud now neck-and-neck in revenue terms, after Jay-Z platform's growth slowed in 2019 [MBW] FULL STORY
• Sony takes wraps off secret Unreal Engine project, unveils new subsidiary: Sony Immersive Music Studios [MBW] FULL STORY
• Judge upholds major labels' billion dollar copyright victory against Cox Communications [MBW] FULL STORY
• Mailchimp is betting that you’d like brands to text you a lot more [Fast Company] FULL STORY
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