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Two new studies by leading music industry data and analytics firms BuzzAngle and Nielsen offer a deep dive into music consumption in the first half of 2017. Two new reports chronicle a growing recording industry. Weekly on-demand audio streaming surpassed seven billion in March of 2017. read more at hypebot.com Follow @HookBlast on Twitter for the best curated music industry news…

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Failure and financial stress have become almost the norm in the streaming music industry. The cheapest monthly plan for Apple Music is $US9.99. Times that by 27 million subs and you’ve got $US270 million a month in Apple Music revenue or  $US3.2 billion per year. read more at nbr.co.nz Follow @HookBlast on Twitter for the best curated music industry news feed on…

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By Boris Dzhingarov, blogger and founder of http://dzhingarov.com/ Song licensing. This is a phrase used in the music and recording industry on a regular basis, but unless you are part of that industry, the topic is a bit vague to say the least. What exactly is song licensing, is it necessary, and how do artists go about licensing one of…

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Last summer, MBW ran a widely-read story which blew the lid off the fact that Spotify’s platform was being deliberately clogged up with music by ‘fake’ artists. We were told that Daniel Ek’s company was encouraging and even paying producers to create tracks under untraceable pseudonyms – within specific musical guidelines – which were then being drafted into key first-party…

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Hostess Brands has teamed with the Country Music Association, Sony Music Nashville, and Brad Paisley for a sweet summertime offering. Select Hostess® Twinkies® and Donettes® items will include a code providing access to a 42-song Spotify playlist curated by Paisley, and featuring tracks from his album Love And War. Hostess fans also have the chance to enter a Sweepstakes to…

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It has been dismissed as the niche domain of hipsters who don’t even have turntables and nostalgic dads buying countless reissues of Dark Side Of the Moon. The Japanese arm of Sony Music announced it would open its own record-pressing plant in March next year to cope with the huge demand for vinyl in the country. Sony Music Japan shut…

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The gig: Bob Lefsetz is not your average music blogger. Unlike most music publications, the Lefsetz Letter — Lefsetz’s independently produced email newsletter featuring his irreverent, often boisterous take on the business of popular music — is read by just about everyone who’s anyone in the music industry. Lefsetz’s pointed analysis of industry trends, along with his free-ranging thoughts on…

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Pulse Music Group bumps up Ashley Calhoun from senior director to vice president of A&R. — RRP/Atlantic Records ups Tommy Nappi to senior vice president of promotion. — Scott Stachelski accepts a promotion to vice president of finance with Sony Music Nashville. read more at billboard.com Follow @HookBlast on Twitter for the best curated music industry news feed on the web. See vetted & verified music industry opportunities for bands, songwriters,…

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As part of those moves, Andrew Ferguson, who joined Fox from Sony a little over two years ago, has been promoted and will head up the studio’s strategic research efforts. He was previously senior vice president of strategic marketing and research. Both Ferguson and Noble will report to Jonathan Helfgot, Fox’s newly appointed executive vice president of theatrical marketing. read more…

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A pair of prominent marketing executives from Universal Music are headed to a rival. Prior to DJR, Atlas spent seven years at Cornerstone Promotion, where he rose to vp of strategic marketing. Flaherty was most recently svp/head of marketing at Interscope, where he was instrumental in marketing efforts for the label’s heavy hitters, including Imagine Dragons, Maroon 5 and OneRepublic,…

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If there’s one thing for certain, it’s that the economics of the music industry have dramatically changed. New music used to first appear on the radio and quickly follow on television; now the digital debut rules. (It didn’t really work out.) A visual experience à la Beyoncé’s Lemonade? read more at fortune.com Follow @HookBlast on Twitter for the best curated music…

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Tim Westergren, co-founder and CEO of Pandora, announced he would be stepping down from the company on June 27, 2017. He will resign his position as chief executive and exit the company’s board of directors. SiriusXM also gained three seats on the company’s board in the deal. read more at npr.org Follow @HookBlast on Twitter for the best curated music industry…

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SoundCloud is closing its offices in London and San Francisco as it axes 40% of its workforce in a dramatic cost-cutting move. The German-born streaming company has informed its staff today that 173 jobs are being cut, from a total headcount of 420. The business will consolidate its operation across its New York and Berlin offices. read more at musicbusinessworldwide.com Follow…

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According to Tech Crunch, during this time, another four members were hired to Spotify as a way to raise corporate profile. Parker brought a lot of progress to Spotify such as helping Spotify negotiate its first deals with different labels to pay for the licensing fees so that listeners have the ability to stream music. Parker also helped Spotify expand…

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With Thriller, Jackson also broke down long-standing racial barriers in the music industry, spanning traditional divides between pop, rock and dance music, and establishing himself as a black star who appealed to audiences of all backgrounds and paving the way for future African-American stars. The ascending King of Pop was pictured at the time in his signature sunglasses and military-style…

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Kenny Rogers set the tone during The Nation We Build Together gala opening at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. earlier this week. Rogers performed his song “‘Merica” to a capacity crowd of 600 guests in front of the gallery that houses The Star-Spangled Banner, the actual flag that inspired the national anthem. The six-song set…

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It’s 10 years since her debut album Made of Bricks, and that’s made the singer reflect on how industry bosses treated her. That’s part of being an artist, I think, and I’ve had some horrible managers. Kate says she got the call from creator Jenji Kohan (who’s also behind Orange is the New Black) after filming a pilot for another…

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