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Why You Should Stop Sending so Many Press Releases to the Music Press

By Lueda Alia from Alueda. Last night, I came across an article titled “I Read and Replied to Every Single PR Email I Received for a Week” by Zach Schonfeld, which describes my daily, exhausting experience with my inbox(es) all too well. Many years ago, reading press releases was the best way to keep updated with ...

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Are Low Music Sales Simply Due to Bad Music?

Guest post by Peter Getty. In 1991, Nielsen Soundscan started tracking album sales around the world. Back then, this data gave us valuable insight into current tastemakers, what genres were growing in cultural significance, and generally who the world was listening to. Lately, Soundscan’s reports are nothing more than a simple reminder that the music industry ...

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The Streaming Effect: The Landscape May Be Gloomier Than Pictured

"The Streaming Effect: Assessing The Impact Of Streaming Music Behaviour" is a new report from MIDiA Research focused on the music market's reaction to streaming music options and the effects of listeners' choices on music sales. Listeners have an array of easy free choices, described in the report as a “hierarchy of free," from which to ...

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Musicians: Give Up Your Fear and Create Music That Speaks to This Generation

By Prince Charles Alexander from the Sonicbids Blog. In 1979, I hated “Rapper’s Delight.” You could have shut down hip-hop right there for me and called that a novelty record. How dare they steal Nile Rodgers’ hard-earned intellectual property! Besides, I had just put out my first single and that record was taking up my airtime ...

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Declaration of a New Alternative: No Pop

​By Toronto music blogger/reviewer The Lonely Vagabond. In the digital age, in the age of social media, in an age where the music business model has virtually disappeared, the silos between eras and genres no longer exist. Commercial and non-commercial is the new paradigm. In a brief moment of inspiration I coined a new term, No Pop. ...

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"Fifteen years of utter bollocks": how a generation’s freeloading has starved creativity

Arguments for digital piracy are drivel – it's high time we steered away from this cultural cliff, argues author Chris Ruen. Driving down civilisation road, it takes effort to grapple with the ramifications of our choices along the way. Out of basic self-interest, we often ignore our own effects upon the world. You throw your rubbish ...

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Twitter's Head of Music: "Think Like a Fan" [transcript]

Bob Moczydlowsky has built his career around helping artists grow an audience; first as SVP, Product & Marketing for D2F platform Topspin and now as Twitter's Head Of Music. His experience give his remarks at a recent TedEx event some weight; so we had them transcribed. He shares simple and straightforward advice that's worth paying attention to: When I ...

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An Open Letter to Robb McDaniels, Founder and CEO of InGrooves

By Philip Kaplan, Founder of Distrokid. Dear Mr. McDaniels, This is in response to an article you wrote on HypeBot (here) entitled, “5 musings from a digital music exec who’s been doing this a long time and isn’t even that old.” In the article, you oppose your competitors who “offer to distribute all the music you ...

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5 Musings from a Digital Music Exec Who's Been Doing This a Long Time and Isn't Even That Old

Guest post from Robb McDaniels, Founder and CEO, INgrooves Music Group. I have been at the helm of INgrooves Music Group for nearly twelve years now, and have largely chosen to keep my head down and mouth shut (must be that New England upbringing).  But once in a while, it is necessary to speak up and ...

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Let's Give a Boost to American Jazz, Too

Lawrence A. Johnson, a music critic who also runs a group of web-based classical-music sites, has had a corker of an idea: He's launched a nonprofit foundation whose purpose is to boost the number of performances of American classical music. Not only will Mr. Johnson's foundation commission new compositions and ensure that they get performed and ...


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