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We start with the still-steaming pile at SoundCloud, where 173 employees recently received the ax.  The brutal HR bloodletting was a shock to longtime staffers, though recovery efforts were quickly underway.  Ex-SoundClouders immediately rallied together and posted their availability to prospective employers on a shared spreadsheet; we’ve already heard that more than 30 have landed new gigs.  So if you’re hiring…

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In case you’re just tuning in, Spotify has a serious legal emergency on their hands.  After nearly two years of litigation hell against music publishers and $70+ million in resulting damages, the streaming giant isn’t even close to solving this mess.  A class action settlement is falling apart, and smaller publishers are going for the jugular.  We’ve also heard that larger publishers…

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Music streaming is winning because of convenience. To put the shift into perspective: Americans logged 284.7 billion on-demand music streams (be it audio or video) in the first six months of 2017, according to recent Nielsen data. If you assume, as Nielsen does, that 1,500 streams is the equivalent of 1 album, then streaming is selling far more “albums” than…

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As Spotify works to hammer out its final major-label licensing deal with Warner Music Group, controversy over its playlisting of songs by “fake” or pseudonymous artists has not only enraged label partners but could cost the streaming service at the negotiating table. While populating some of its playlists with alleged cut-rate mood music or covers created by production houses or obscure producers…

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Just as Pandora rolled out new features on its analytics and marketing tools, it also announced it passed 1 billion impressions of artist-created messages. If you’ve been listening to Pandora lately, you have probably heard a message from a favorite artist talking about new music, a mixtape, or a local show. These messages are pretty cool, and there’s a reason…

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As we stand today, Pinky Hue has racked up more than 10,000 Spotify plays – and is already marching towards 15,000. “But we give a lot of advice on our blog… and also, we are partnering with some services where you can buy some streams [on] Deezer and other websites which can help you.” Robert specifically mentioned Feature.fm, which allows…

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It’s July 2017, which means that we’ve now officially passed the 3/4 mark of the 21st century’s second decade. To commemorate somehow being 75% of the way through the ’10s, we at Billboard have decided to look back at the biggest happenings of the decade thusfar — the Earth-stopping releases, the major industry changes, the biggest live spectacles, and other…

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Parmalee previewed material from the band’s new sophomore release, 27861, for a crowd of industry friends and family at the Steps at WME Wednesday night (7/12). The new project, which is named for the zip code of its hometown of Parmele, North Carolina, is set for release July 21 on Stoney Creek Records, and features their current single, “Sunday Morning.” read more at…

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Last week, Vulture published a report suggesting, among other things, that music streaming service Spotify games its own royalty system by creating and promoting in-house, or “fake” artists. Almost a year ago, the industry blog Music Business Worldwide wrote a piece that suggested Spotify was paying producers a flat fee to create tracks for its playlists — some of which…

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Concert discovery app Songkick has been acquired by Warner Music Group – but the buyout excludes the company’s ticketing business, formerly known as Crowdsurge. Access is both the owner of WMG and a lead shareholder in Songkick, in which it has invested over $30m. Songkick and Crowdsurge were merged in 2015, but Warner has now decided to leave the latter…

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UMG had agreed to purchase the massive amount of unreleased music in Prince’s vault back in January, but almost immediately following the purchase the music giant began to have second thoughts and sought to find a way to cancel the transaction. In addition, the rights to Prince’s back catalogue will not expire from Warner Bros. until 2021, which would appear…

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Today, news has emerged that the deal is nearly done, for a total price of between $355m and $444m (40bn – 50bn Yen). According to Nikkei, Sony will receive a majority stake in Believe for the sale price. “If we get an offer that we can’t refuse tomorrow, like anyone else, we would consider it, but it’s not been the…

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The July installment of ASCAP’s long-running showcase series at The Bluebird Cafe was held on Wednesday, July 12 and featured reigning ASCAP Christian Music Songwriter of the Year and 30+ #1 hitmaker Ben Glover; Red Creative Group songwriter-artist Adam Hambrick, who recently celebrated his first #1 with “How Not To,” recorded by Dan + Shay; emerging songwriter Reed Pittman ,…

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MBW’s revelations about Spotify repeatedly adding ‘fake artists’  to its key playlists have been the talk of the global music business this week. Yet one nagging question has been raised time and again in response, both by those up in arms about the news and by those who reckon it’s a lot of fuss about nothing: what exactly does Spotify…

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What does this have to do with music? D.I.Y. artists, indie labels, new music technologies and independent media will be unable to compete on an internet that has fast lanes and slows lanes. Put simply, the fight to save net neutrality is essential to the future of music creation, distribution and discovery. read more at hypebot.com Follow @HookBlast on Twitter for the…

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There is no ‘scarcity’ of entertainment — to use a term from economics — no lack of access to content. This is a sector in which music’s reasonably small share of 36% is constantly under threat from likes of movies, immersive games, eSports, 10-hour TV series and social media — the list goes on. As a result the recorded music industry is…

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Marketing agency 740 Project has partnered with Capitol Music Group in a non-exclusive alliance, Billboard has learned. In addition, 740 Project has signed a joint venture with Universal Music Publishing Group. Edwards and Wright initially joined forces in 2015 after building a client roster at Atlantic Records. read more at billboard.com Follow @HookBlast on Twitter for the best curated music industry…

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