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This post was originally published at billboard.com Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson is now represented by APA for film, television and touring, as part of a deal made in June with Jackson’s G-Unit production and touring companies. Jackson has recently co-starred in the Jake Gyllenhaal-starring Southpaw and Spy, opposite Melissa McCarthy and Jude Law. Some of his past credits include…

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This post was originally published at billboard.com Capitol Music Group, Epic Records and iHeartRadio each hosted August confabs for staff, influencers and potential business partners. Fifty-plus years after ABC introduced the concept, upfronts are sweeping the music industry. In an effort to streamline the decades-old practice of “face-to-face combat,” as one high-ranking music executive described the act of individual…

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This post was originally published at panelpicker.sxsw.com Technology-driven disruption – from piracy and digital downloads to YouTube and streaming – has created an endless supply of easily accessible digital music content. The good news, music has never been more popular. More people are consuming it in more ways than ever before. The not so good news, fans no longer see…

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This post was originally published at musicweek.com ASCAP has created a new global customer team. As part of the new team, DeDe Burns has been appointed to the newly created role of vice president, global customer services and will lead the Global Customer Service Team. She will report to ASCAP COO Brian Roberts, recently hired by Matthews in March.…

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This post was originally published at musicweek.com Spotify has defended the recent update to its terms and conditions, which sees the streaming service ask for access to information stored on your mobile device, such as contacts, photos, or media files, as well as location and sensor data. The company came under fire from the media, including a Forbes article…

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This post was originally published at billboard.com Trans World Entertainment’s quarterly earnings show a slowing decline for the retailer, with losses standing at $3.05 million ($0.10 per diluted share), an improvement over the $5.1 million loss (or $0.16 per diluted share) over the corresponding period last year. However, sales decreased by 6.2 percent in the same period last year,…

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This post was originally published at nytimes.com We pay attention to creative megastars because they are, well, mega. But they are also often the exception to the new rules of creative revenue, which have more to do with keeping up a diverse and constant hustle and finding an audience — and paying checks — in unexpected places. Here are…

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This post was originally published at billboard.com Apple Music has already lost 48 percent of its trial users, according to figures released this week by from its 5,000-person survey of U.S. consumers. MusicWatch found that 48 percent of iOS users that have tried Apple Music say they are not currently using the service. This would suggest millions of people…

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This post was originally published at futureofmusic.org In the age of on-demand streaming, it’s common to hear people talk about music as “limitless”— something that flows forth endlessly like water. Indeed, musicians around the world release a huge volume of new music every day. But in practice, most consumers’ exposure to the world of new music is extremely limited.…

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This post was originally published at musicweek.com SFX Entertainment could be heading for bankruptcy according to one writer on stock market insights and analysis site Seeking Alpha. The beleaguered EDM promoter’s share price fell a further 9.5% on Wednesday (August 18), closing at $1.04. The Seeking Alpha writer, who goes by the name of Alpha Exposure, believes the firm…

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This post was originally published at hypebot.com The controversy surrounding music streaming and artist compensation has been earning quit a bit of press lately. Still, the actual process of licensing, publishing, and compensating those involved in music publishing is complex and convoluted. This article offers a clear and detailed breakdown of exactly how music rights and payments work. _____________________________________…

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This post was originally published at hypebot.com Designing and selling your own merch can be a fun and exciting process, but it can also be an expensive one. Here are some tips for how avoid some common merch pitfalls create a product fans will want to buy. ________________________________ Guest Post by Florian Richling of Original Egg Creating a slick…

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This post was originally published at businessinsider.com Has social media usage almost peaked in the US? The latest stats from the Pew Research Center released today suggest maybe so. The percentage of US users who said they used each social network grew much more slowly between fall 2014 and spring 2015 than it did between previous years since Pew…

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This post was originally published at businessinsider.com Copenhagen-based startup ChurchDesk has raised $2 million (£1.28 million) to help digitise “ecclesiastical admin,” TechCrunch reports. ChurchDesk is a cloud platform and mobile app that helps church staff and volunteers run things more efficiently using a shared intranet, digital calendar, file manager, and messaging system for emails and text messages. It also…

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Iggy Azalea has made the most of her whirlwind trip Down Under. The Aussie rapper, who is visiting her homeland for a two-day promo trip with her fiancé, the pro-baller Nick Young, has brushed off accusations that she’s a junkie, mocked her future husband’s basketball skills, and been confronted with a charming/horrid tribute video of “Fancy” recorded by Aussie TV…

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blog.musicxray.com – We’re very excited to announce the launch of our latest feature, hookblast. Hookblast enables artists to bracket the hook (up to 45 seconds) in their songs to make really easy for industry professionals to get right to it. This will mean more industry engagement and a more satisfying listening experience for them. It will also increase the number…