Author: IndieMusic

Spotify is trying to lure artists into licensing their music directly

Spotify is reportedly offering advances and appealing business terms to independent artists in hopes of convincing them to license their music directly with the streaming music app instead of going through a third-party distribution service. Billboard reports that some of the company’s deals have promised artists and their management “several hundred thousand dollars as an advance fee for agreeing to license a certain number of tracks by their independent acts directly to Spotify.” “In some cases,” Billboard says Spotify is offering a 50 percent cut of per-stream royalty rates. That’s less than the percentage major labels earn, but artists...

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The Crypto Lark Seeks Music for YT show

The Crypto Lark with 75k+ YT subscribers is seeking Music for his live feeds about Cryptocurrency, email thecryptolark@gmail.com with your information and music links. As mentioned at 11:13 in the following...

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Guns N’ Roses Drummer Wants to Use Crypto to Change Music Industry

By C. Edward Kelso Rock and Roll Hall of Fame drummer Matt Sorum, formerly of Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver, is lending his name and experience to a new crypto funding project, Artbit, in an effort to eliminate the age-old middle-person between artists and consumers. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame drummer Matt Sorum explains, “My interest is in cutting the middleman. That’s been something on artists’ minds for years. There’s all these people you got to pay along the way. With blockchain, imagine if you bought a song online for 99 cents and that money was automatically...

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How Lyft is supporting the Austin music scene with free rides

By Stephen Lepitak Ride-sharing app Lyft is using its sponsorship of SXSW as the official partner of the festival to heighten its support of local music in the city. The company has supported the festival, which started as, and continues to be, a major music festival through a number of initiatives for the duration of SXSW. This has included Lyft House, a branded pit stop area for drivers to relax, eat, drink and play computer games when in need of a rest from the slow traffic that is caused by festival congestion. “We elevate each other’s brands,” said Aaron...

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It’ll Take Seattle’s KEXP Over 4 Months to Play Every Sub Pop Records Release

By Elie Seminal Seattle-based indie rock imprint, Sub Pop Records, turns thirty-years-old this August. To celebrate the momentus occasion, the city’s left-of-the-dial station KEXP will embark on a “four-month retrospective.” What that means is that DJs will play the label’s approximately 1,200 releases from now through the end of July. The math on that is roughly an average of 8.3 songs per day. This so-called Sub Pop “count-up” starts today as part of the KEXP 2018 Spring Fundraising Drive. “This is going to be a really fun pain in the ass!” said KEXP morning show host John Richards. “We’ll...

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WeGet Music To Integrate With Medadyn Cryptocurrency Platform

PRNewswire WeGet Music, an emerging and innovative music streaming and discovery platform that will enable consumers to identify and connect with new independent artists, is partnering with Medadyn to be on its cryptocurrency platform. WeGet Music will partner with Medadyn to finance the project through the Medadyn token, as well as integrate the utility token into its platform for artist, label, producer and publisher royalty distribution, consumer payments and the creation of a rewards system. WeGet Music has over 300,000 tracks created by independent artists from 78 countries around the world. The current roster of more than 16,000 independent...

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Q&A – VINYL ME, PLEASE TALKS TAPPING INTO COLORADO’S MUSIC SCENE

Dubbed as “the best damn record club out there,” Vinyl Me, Please (VMP) leads members into a whole new world of music. In this world, one incredible vinyl is celebrated each month and delivered right to your door. More often than not, they’re an exclusive pressing or reprint that the club thinks you should know about. In addition to receiving an album from Vinyl Me, Please, members receive a 12×12 album-inspired art print, a cocktail recipe and more. Previously featured records include Beck’s Odelay, Moby’s Play, Gorillaz’ Demon Days and Tennis’ Yours Conditionally. 303 Magazine recently collaborated with Vinyl...

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Online Music Distribution Grows by 8% in Japan in 2017

Online music distribution continues to grow in Japan, with sales in 2017 up 8% compared to the year before. It was the fourth consecutive year of growth for the industry. Total sales in 2017 reached 57.3 billion yen ($538 million at today’s exchange rate), according to figures released by the Recording Industry Association of Japan. In the last quarter of the year, total sales were 14.4 billion yen ($135 million), a 3% increase compared with previous year. Downloading and streaming reached about the same level of popularity. The sales breakdown is as follows: 47% downloading, 46% streaming, 4% ring-back...

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CALLING ALL ARTISTS, “EXIT LIVE” Music Platform Now Provides You With the Fairest Way of Selling Concert Recordings

Artists in 2018 have to climb many mountains before they achieve success in their careers, and royalty payments for recordings are one of the most unfair and confusing areas for aspiring artists. Exit Live (https://exit.live) understands that providing a platform for artists to deliver live music recordings directly to your fans, is a necessary tool for any respected art-ist’s career. Exit Live fulfils that need effortlessly, via its easy to use platform for all artists regardless of genre. Unlike many brands, whose profit and bottom line is the most important aspect of its ethos – Exit Live has designed...

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