TikTok expands max video length to 3 minutes, up from 60 seconds [TechCrunch] FULL STORY

How are TikTok royalties calculated? [Hypebot] FULL STORY

How To Get Verified on TikTok [Symphonic] FULL STORY
Why Apple, Amazon and Spotify Are Embracing Hi-Def Music: A Guide to ‘Lossless’ Streaming [WSJ] FULL STORY
[Music fans] have spent years clamoring for services like Spotify to improve their streams’ sound quality, a la niche services like Tidal and Qobuz. Those pleas have fallen largely on deaf ears, until recently.
340+ promising Tunecore artists have been upstreamed to Believe [Hypebot] FULL STORY
Artists who release their music through TuneCore and are identified as rising stars are eligible to be signed by Believe and its in-house labels Nuclear Blast, Naïve, All Points, Groove Attack, and PIVTL Projects.
Spotify Touts Benefits of its Discovery Mode as House Judiciary Probe Continues [Billboard] FULL STORY

Indie labels loathe Spotify’s Discovery Mode - but DIY giants are loving it [MBW] FULL STORY 

Wait, is Spotify trying to make all musicians creators? [MTF] FULL STORY

5 ways to influence the Spotify algorithm to reach new listeners and convert them to fans [Hypebot] FULL STORY
Amazon just launched a new $25 subscription service that sends you a new 'golden era' vinyl record every month [BI] FULL STORY
The tech giant's venture costs $25 a month, cashing in on the growing popularity of vinyl records. The Vinyl of the Month Club, delivers handpicked "golden era" records straight to your door.
YouTube is about to change its terms of service, and musicians will NOT be happy [Hypebot] FULL STORY
If you operate a YouTube channel, you likely received an email notifying you of impending changes to the platform’s terms of service – changes which are likely to leave artists more than a little cold.
The Songwriters Who Refuse to Be Bullied Out of Publishing Profits Any Longer [Vulture] FULL STORY
In the latest episode of Switched On Pop podcast, co-host Charlie Harding sat down with Warren to discuss what it’s been like getting the Pact off the ground. 
'This is my full-time job': How Twitch became the go-to platform for creators to make money [USA Today] FULL STORY
As Twitch celebrates its 10th anniversary this month, the streaming site has evolved from a platform primarily for gamers to one where creators, including musicians, can try to make a living and find success. The median viewership for creators making at least $50,000 annually is 183 viewers per stream.
Twitch Music VP Tracy Chan interviewed on the Music Biz Weekly podcast [Hypebot] FULL STORY

How to market music on TikTok, Triller, Instagram Reels [Hypebot] FULL STORY
On this latest edition of the podcast, Jay and Mike discuss:
• Inside Universal, Sony, and Warner’s Arms Race For Your Attention
• The Pop Star Versus The Playlist
• Measuring Metrics To Increase Your Music Income
• Paradox Of Small: More Artists Find A Global Audience But Have Little Chance Of Real Income
So You Want a Job in Music? Here’s How to Find One [Flypaper] FULL STORY
Although the music industry can be tough to break into, it’s certainly not impossible, and nowadays, careers in the field have become more accessible than ever. You just have to know where to find them. Below are a few tips for how to find the opportunities that are perfect for you.
21 ways to make money as a musician in 2021 [Bandzoogle] FULL STORY
Musicians have more control over their careers than ever before. You can record, distribute, sell, stream, and promote your music using many affordable tools and platforms. But one of the biggest challenges remains making money as a musician. 
Gauging The Effect Of Streaming On Radio Ratings [Jacobs] FULL STORY
If I had a buck for every time someone uttered the phrase, “Content is king,” I'd have my own Caribbean island.  Clichés become clichés when they prove to be true.  And there's never been a question about the importance and quality of radio programming.
Meet The Creative Team Behind Ed Sheeran’s Record-Breaking TikTok Livestream [Billboard] FULL STORY
More than 5.5. million unique viewers watched the singer’s TikTok livestream last Friday. The 12-song, hour-long show also marked the live premiere of Sheeran’s new single, “Bad Habits,” which TikTok previewed exclusively the week before.
Pandora AMP adds robust Track Reporting as free Artist Audio Messages pass 12B listens [Hypebot] FULL STORY
Pandora’s free artist marketing platform AMP has added Track Reporting that goes beyond stream counts to shows how listeners are discovering and engaging with each track.
30 Albums That People Are Saying Are Perfect From Top To Bottom [Buzzfeed] FULL STORY
Not too long ago, I curated a list of what users seemed to deem "no-skip albums." There were a LOT of quality submissions, but I, of course, could not fit them all in one list...hence why we have this one!
Musicians, broadcasters battle in Congress over radio royalties [The Hill] FULL STORY

An Overlooked Story: Community Radio Supports American Music Fairness Act [MTP] FULL STORY

IMPALA urges US to adopt radio performance royalties to create ‘level playing field’ [Hypebot] FULL STORY
Will Avatars Kill The Radio Stars? Inside Today's Virtual Artist Record Labels [Billboard] FULL STORY
FN Meka has released three official singles and acquired 9.8 million TikTok followers. It’s a typical story about online artist development, but with a twist: FN Meka isn’t real, and [label] Factory New isn’t for human artists.
• Seven Secrets for Longevity in Today's Music Industry [Song Sommelier] FULL STORY 
• From creator tools to commercial tools [MIDiA] FULL STORY
• Mandolin Raises $12 Million to Fuel Post-Pandemic Livestreaming Strategy [Billboard] FULL STORY
• Nirvana’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ secures one billion streams on Spotify [NME] FULL STORY
• Grow Fans Fast Using Talent Shows [Bobby Borg] FULL STORY
• Record Labels Cannot Stop Winning in 2021 [David Turner] FULL STORY
• Update: Copyright Royalty Board Calls for Public Comments on the Frozen Mechanicals Private Settlement [MTP] FULL STORY 
• The State of Music Sharing Survey [Byta] FULL STORY 
• How 'girl in red' used Spotify Marquee for international rollout of her debut album [Case Study] [Hypebot] FULL STORY
• Twitter debuts two new revenue streams for artists [Hypebot] FULL STORY
• Could Bandcamp be what solves the problems of the streaming song economy? [Hypebot] FULL STORY
• Head of Instagram says Instagram is no longer a photo sharing app [The Verge] FULL STORY 
• YouTube Music Hits A Billion Installs As Music Streaming Continues To Soar In Popularity [Substreaming] FULL STORY
• 13 rules for touring in a van: A Musician’s Guide [Hypebot] FULL STORY
• Kobalt: We are profitable [MBW] FULL STORY
• Insanity Group's Andy Varley on seven of his biggest deals [MusicWeek] FULL STORY
• Artist’s guide to recording, releasing, and promoting an album in 90 days [Hypebot] FULL STORY
• How MTV stopped playing music — and lost its relevance [NYPost] FULL STORY
• Jay-Z and Jack Dorsey-owned music streaming service could feature NFTs and smart contracts [CoinTelegraph] FULL STORY
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