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How Artists Get Paid From Streaming [The Pudding] FULL STORY
It is commonly understood that artists make money when their music is played on streaming platforms. But the mechanics of how those payments actually work is unknown to most of us, which may sometimes lead to some misconceptions.
The 25 Musical Moments That Defined the First Quarter of the 2020s [Billboard] FULL STORY
It’s already been an action-packed era of industry upheaval, where the artists, execs, sounds and platforms leading the way for popular music have all transformed dramatically — leading to a current moment where the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 is largely driven by TikTok, Netflix and house music.
Artists Are Leveraging False Infringement Claims Against Rivals [Billboard] FULL STORY
It's easy to "report" a song for violating copyright law on Spotify. It's also easy to abuse this system to derail acts with viral momentum, according to managers.
Spotify Exec Jen Masset On Streaming Manipulation, Bots & Stream Farms [Hypebot] FULL STORY

Does Music Need a Middle Man to Fight Streaming Fraud? [Billboard] FULL STORY
How To Get Nominated For a Grammy as an Independent Musician [Symphonic] FULL STORY
If you’re a talented musician, it’s not as hard as you think to get nominated for a Grammy, and it certainly is possible to win as an independent artist. Want to get yourself on the list on nominees? Here’s how…
How Kacey Musgraves, Mickey Guyton and Maren Morris Beat a Sexist Country Music System [Variety] FULL STORY

CMT’s Leslie Fram Leads the Charge for Diversity in a Resistant Genre, Country Music [Variety] FULL STORY

How Can Country Music Better Support Black Artists & Fans? [billboard] FULL STORY
When will TikTok start paying the music business 'properly'? [MBW] FULL STORY
Music Business Worldwide sources suggest that TikTok’s deals with rightsholders are currently ‘buy-outs’ rather than ‘revenue share’ deals – i.e. the platform pays a lump sum upfront to license music for a set period.
How Apple Music’s Spatial Audio Is Changing the Way People Listen to (and Make) Music [Complex] FULL STORY
“Hearing the record in Spatial Audio was super epic, just incredible,” said Post Malone about his new album Twelve Carat Toothache. “It makes you feel like you’re surrounded by the music. You’re literally engulfed in the music."
New York ticket transparency bill is now law, more states to follow [Hypebot] FULL STORY
The new law requires: ticket sellers use “all-in” pricing including upfront disclosure of all fees up, disclosure of a “face value” on the tickets being sold, prohibits delivery fees on tickets printed at home and more.
I Did It My Way: 2022 Survey Of Live Music’s Indie Sector [Pollstar] FULL STORY
As part of our Special Independents issue, Pollstar reached out to several indie pros to get their take on the state of the business, surveying folks from the venue, agency/management and festival worlds.
Music Publishing in the Age of the Songwriter 

Part 1: The Evolution of Music Publishing
 [SynchTank] FULL STORY

Part 2: Future-Proofing Publishing Services [SynchTank] FULL STORY

Part 3: Economics, Transparency and Equality [SynchTank] FULL STORY
This week, Jay and Mike discuss these important stories:

• Songwriter Streaming Royalties Set At 15.1% In Long-Awaited CRB Ruling

• Musicians - The Algorithm Doesn't OWE You, But It Definitely OWNS You

• Why Are CDs Trending In 2022?
How to license and use cover songs [Hypebot] FULL STORY
The Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC) is presenting a free webinar on how to license and use cover songs. It’s a must-have skill to build a fanbase, particularly in the era of TikTok, Reels, and viral videos.
Molly Neuman promoted to CMO of Downtown Music Holdings [MBW] FULL STORY
In her new role she will oversee marketing and communications initiatives across the breadth of Downtown’s global group of owned and operated music companies.
Metaverse music licensing: 'We have a window to sort this out' [MusicAlly] FULL STORY
The music industry is excited about the potential offered by games and virtual worlds, but are its licensing models flexible enough to realise that potential?
LimeWire music collectibles platform is live with Travis Barker NFTs, Brandy, Soulja Boy Nicky Jam, more [Hypbot] FULL STORY

Here Are the Biggest Music NFTs in June: Snoop Dogg, Steve Aoki, Chaos & More [Billboard] FULL STORY
8 Courses To Level Up Your Social Media Game [Symphonic] FULL STORY

Marketing Journey for the Music Industry Part 5: Social Media Marketing [Symphonic] FULL STORY 

How to Use Reddit to Capture a Larger Fanbase [Soundfly] FULL STORY


• Creating short-form videos for TikTok, Reels, Shorts, and working with influencers [Hypebot] FULL STORY
• beatBread's Peter Sinclair on Helping Musicians Create on Their Own Terms [Muse] FULL STORY
• Artists and Their Abortions [KEXP] FULL STORY
• Cardi B In The Post-Album Era [Sterogum] FULL STORY
• Streaming CPI Adjustments: Willing Buyer, Willing Seller or Unwilling Subsidy [MTP] FULL STORY
• ‘A decade in music is a millennium in other industries’ [MBW] FULL STORY
• Crosby, Stills & Nash return to Spotify after Joe Rogan protest [The Verge] FULL STORY
• The Spotify Interview (part 1) [Ari Herstand] FULL STORY
• Bruce Springsteen fans can relive his glory days with concert streaming archive [NY Post] FULL STORY
• Billboard Latin Music Awards Airing Live Sept. 29 on Telemundo [Billboard] FULL STORY
• Bobby Shmurda Talks New Music, Smoking Weed and Having Sex in Prison, Lots More [Variety] FULL STORY
• Is hip-hop divided? Why the new and old school are disconnected [Kulture Hub] FULL STORY
• ‘My Abortion Saved My Life’: Halsey on the End of Roe v. Wade [Vogue] FULL STORY
• Songwriter Mike Stoller on How He and Jerry Leiber Wrote Two Dozen Classics for Elvis — Before the Colonel Cut Them Off From the King [Variety] FULL STORY
• There’s Still Room for Consolidation in the Festival Market [Billboard] FULL STORY
• I Was One Of The Most Famous Pop Stars In The World. No One Knew The Secret Pain I Hid. [Huffpost] FULL STORY
• Deezer goes public: Spotify rival makes stock market debut on Euronext Paris [MBW] FULL STORY
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