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How Ticketmaster gets away with it [Popular Information] FULL STORY
The face value of tickets has gone up considerably. But an even bigger problem is "fees," which can be "as high as 75% of the ticket price."
TikTok Music could change the game [MIDiA] FULL STORY 
TikTok has become one of the central forces in the digital music market ecosystem, eroding the cultural capital of traditional streaming services. ByteDance’s streaming opportunity is a whole lot bigger and more disruptive than Resso.

The music industry is headed for a tussle with TikTok over royalty payments [MBW] FULL STORY
A raft of cancellations show a broken touring industry that’s linked to deeper #BrokenRecord crisis and why it needs to change [GIITTV] FULL STORY

Risks, rising costs and ‘relentless demands’: why so many musicians are cancelling their tours [Guardian] FULL STORY
Streaming platforms favor US, European users and artists [Chris Castle] [Hypebot] FULL STORY
Look at Spotify’s “Global Top 50” playlist on any day and the world’s biggest music service will show all or nearly all English language songs. With few exceptions these songs are performed by Anglo-American artists released by major record companies.  
Santigold on Why Musicians Are Burning Out Like Never Before: ‘It’s a Cultural Crisis’ [Rolling Stone] FULL STORY
There are a slew of factors taking their toll on artists, she says, from the monetary and emotional costs of being on the road to the pressure to get back to the way things functioned before pandemic lockdowns. And the burnout has followed in a big way.
How to break a new artist and get on Spotify editorial playlists [Fast Company] FULL STORY

Spotify survey hints at $19.99 ‘Platinum’ plan that would include HiFi streaming [The Verge] FULL STORY
Most-Streamed Artists of 2022 (so far) [Hits] FULL STORY
Drake’s songs have been streamed more then 6.7b times so far this year—a mind-boggling number more than 1.3b north of the #2 streamer, NBA YoungBoy.
Is Hip-Hop’s Dominance Slipping? ‘My Concern Is the Magic Is Gone’ [Billboard] FULL STORY
While hip-hop/R&B remains the industry's best-performing genre, its growth is slowing and execs are concerned excitement is stagnating.
5 Innovative Web3 music platforms making waves in the music industry [Hypebot] FULL STORY
Here are some new picks of Web3 music platforms that everyone in the industry should check out: Probably A Label, Supermassiv, OneOf, Living Opera and PlayTreks.
Participation in the #GRAMMYs voting process is critical to upholding the integrity of music’s only peer-voted honor. If you're a @RecordingAcademy voting member, be sure to cast your First Round ballot by Oct. 23! #Vote4GRAMMYs
This week Jay & Mike break down these important stories:
• Too Many Songs, Not Enough Hits: Pop Music Is Struggling To Create New Stars
• Music Industry Growth is Booming! And It’s Slowing! Er, What?
• TikTok Parent ByteDance Sets Sights On Spotify With Music-Streaming Expansion
How to use a music landing page on your website [Bandzoogle] FULL STORY

Free webinar: How to promote your music with landing pages [Bandzoogle] FULL STORY
311’s Nick Hexum, Chad Sexton on Status of Band, Recent Tours: ‘Behind the Setlist’ Podcast [Billboard] FULL STORY
"We've we've had some really good talks and discussions lately," says the frontman. "We're excited about the next chapter — P-Nut included."
Primary Wave Music Founder Larry Mestel on the Booming Song-Catalog Market, and How He Plans to Spend $2 Billion [Variety] FULL STORY
Artists are getting older and are basically estate planning, the pandemic proved that copyrights can be a great investment, and the booming market is bringing more and more buyers and sellers to the table. But what do you do with that catalog once you’ve bought it?
Why Patreon is struggling [Simon Owens] FULL STORY
Patreon is facing stiff competition, both from a rising crop of Creator Economy startups and also the major social platforms that once fueled its growth. Patreon’s “valuation has decreased substantially — by 70% — over the past year."
‘Short-form video has changed the way music is performed, shared, and enjoyed. Competition for eyeballs is fierce.’ [MBW] FULL STORY
“Competition for eyeballs is fierce as people have only got limited time to spend every day”. - Sherry Tan / Warner Music
How Digital Piracy Shaped Modern Music (Part 1) [Penny Fractions] FULL STORY

How Digital Piracy Shaped Modern Music (Part 2) [Penny Fractions] FULL STORY
Does Anyone Care About the Tour Opener? [Chartmetric] FULL STORY
Artists wanting to take advantage of being the tour opener for a big headliner should consider these four key factors for converting listeners to fans.
Pinterest Strikes Deals With Warner, Merlin and BMG to Expand Music Experience on Platform [MBW] FULL STORY
According to a press release announcing the string of partnerships, “through these new deals, users will now be able to add tracks from Ed Sheeran, Silk Sonic, Anitta, and many more to their Idea Pins”. 
Amazon launches weekly livestream concert series ‘Amazon Music Live’ on Prime Video [TechCrunch] FULL STORY
Amazon will launch the series, which features rapper 2 Chainz as the host and performances by artists Lil Baby, Megan Thee Stallion and Kane Brown.
Why Should Prop. 28 Be Passed? The Ballot Author On Why The California Arts And Music In Schools Initiative Enriches Everybody — Without Raising Taxes [Recording Academy] FULL STORY 
"It prepares students to become not only professional [artists or] musicians someday, but designers, architects, engineers, writers, poets. All kinds of jobs of today and tomorrow."


• How to grow an audience using RISE [Hypebot] FULL STORY
• The music industry needs a new format [MIDiA] FULL STORY
• CD Baby Aligns With Laylo [Music Connection] FULL STORY
• Activist Group Asks Justice Dept. to Unwind Live Nation and Ticketmaster Merger [Hollywood Reporter] FULL STORY
• Nodes are going to dethrone tech giants — from Apple to Google [Coin Telegraph] FULL STORY
• Inside Fender's Plan to Rock the Guitar Industry With New Hits and Classics [Entrepreneur] FULL STORY
• The Brand Autopsy [John Pisciotta] FULL STORY
• What is A&R and how does it work? [Hypebot] FULL STORY
• Web3 music streaming platform Audius buys virtual concerts platform [MBW] FULL STORY
• How To Get Your Music On Spotify [Symphonic] FULL STORY
• How to build a fanbase from nothing in 2022 [Ditto] FULL STORY
• Apple Announces Spatial Audio For Mercedes-Benz Cars, But It’s Not Cheap [Forbes] FULL STORY
• Meet the person who writes those wild 'Selling Sunset' songs [Mashable] FULL STORY
• Music generated by artificial intelligence is coming to the radio sooner than you think [Global News] FULL STORY
• Iconic Chicago House Label Trax Records Sued For Decades of Illegal Business Practices [Rolling Stone] FULL STORY
• Why Big Record Labels Are (Sorta) Useless These Days [Flypaper] FULL STORY
• Why Discord is a great free asset for musicians [Hypebot] FULL STORY
• SoundCloud rebrands creator tools with growth in mind [MusicAlly] FULL STORY
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