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SoundCloud Adds Free Distribution To Spotify, Apple Music To All Pro Accounts

SoundCloud Adds Free Distribution To Spotify, Apple Music To All Pro Accounts

SoundCloud has added free digital distribution to its SoundCloud Premier monetization toolset. With the new feature, creators monetizing music on SoundCloud can distribute to Amazon Music, Apple Music, Instagram, Spotify, Tencent, YouTube Music and other music services directly from their SoundCloud account. Creators using the SoundCloud Premier distribution feature keep 100% of their rights and 100% of ...

NEWS: CAREER

What Musicians Should Ask Themselves Before Hiring A Publicist

What Musicians Should Ask Themselves Before Hiring A Publicist

Sure every wants to be successful, but the route to success tends to vary wildly across the industry, and while the help of a publicist can do wonders for advancing the career of some artists, hiring one before you're ready, or when it's simply not right fit, can be a huge setback. Guest post by James Shotwell ...

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Musical love takes many forms

Musical love takes many forms

Music has been called the universal language, capable of bringing together people of many different countries, cultures and genres. West African percussionist Aiyb Dieng also considers it an expression of love uniting performers with each other- and with their listeners. Dieng, a native of Senegal, has worked with a wide range of musicians, including Mick Jagger, Yoko ...

NEWS: MUSIC INDUSTRY

Article 13 Finalized And It Will Change The Music Industry

Article 13 Finalized And It Will Change The Music Industry

EU negotiators have agreed on the final text of the new sweeping Copyright Directive in the Digital Single Market, including language on the contentious Article 13 clause. The finalization of the text was one of the last roadblocks to the approval of the directive by the European Parliament and presaged the commencement of the final stages of ...

NEWS: MUSIC INDUSTRY

Shazam's Hidden Tool

Shazam's Hidden Tool

Most people are familiar with Shazam as the go-to music identification app, but in addition to it's powers of clarification,  Shazam also has the ability to show the user top tracks being Shazam'd the world over. Guest post by Jake Udell of Art of Manager You’re already familiar with Shazam. The reason I’m writing about them today is because ...

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7 More French Vocal Groups

7 More French Vocal Groups

Back on February 1, I posted seven videos of French vocalese groups from the 1950s and early '60s. As readers know by now, I love French vocal harmony groups. For me, they're like catnip. Fortunately, Rémi Carémel in Paris hosts In the Shadow of Studios, a terrific site devoted to these groups and French pop singers. ...

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Weekend Extra: Meet The Mrudangam

Weekend Extra: Meet The Mrudangam

There may be a longshot chance that you are unfamiliar with the mrudangam. It is a South Indian percussion instrument that Rajna Swaminathan has introduced into American music since she became a part of the New York City jazz community in 2011. She is a protégé of the renowned mrudangam maestro, Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman and tours ...

NEWS: TECHNOLOGY

Amuse To Utilize Machine Learning To Calculate Royalty Advances

Amuse To Utilize Machine Learning To Calculate Royalty Advances

Royalty advances are typically an unpredictable shot in the dark about what an artist is worth, with publishers seeking to keep it as low as possible, while artists work to squeeze as much money out as possible. In hopes to remove some of the polarizing ambiguity from this process, Swedish AI platform Amuse with soon begin ...

NEWS: MUSIC INDUSTRY

UMG Acquires Independent Music Distributor Ingrooves

UMG Acquires Independent Music Distributor Ingrooves

Universal Music Group is acquiring independent music distributor Ingrooves Music Group.  Ingrooves will continue to operate as a standalone company led by CEO Bob Roback. UMG has been a minority investor in Ingrooves since 2006. The acquisition of Ingrooves is expected to close before the end of the current quarter and complements UMG’s existing distribution and marketing relationships ...