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    Not One Album Released In 2014 Has Gone Platinum

    The future of music sales may be bleaker than we thought. 2014 is now 10 months old and not one album released this year has gone platinum. By comparison, at this point last year, 5 albums had gone platinum. The only album to reach 1 million in sales this year has been the Frozen soundtrack, which was released in 2013. In fact, this year's two other top sellers - Eric Curch and Lorde - we released last year and have still sold well under 1 million. Single sales are not much better. In 2014 only 60 songs have sold more... [...]
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    Pandora Adds Brand Sponsored Listening

    Pandora has added a new marketing product, Sponsored Listening, which exchange for one hour of uninterrupted listening. Sponsored Listening provides Pandora's free users with an hour of uninterrupted listening in exchange for viewing a short video, visiting their website or other ad interaction. Listeners immediately get one full hour of uninterrupted listening in exchange for the engagement. The advertisers’ branding remains visible to listeners throughout the sponsored listening session offering additional opportunity for brand engagement. The new Sponsored Listening offering, currently being used by Fox and Sony, will be open to all advertisers in the second half of 2015. Spotify... [...]
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    The WiMN Announces 2015 She Rocks Award Recipients

    Last week the Women’s International Music Network (The WiMN) announced the recipients of the 2015 She Rocks Award. They will gather at the Anaheim Hilton Hotel on January 23, 2015 from 6:00pm to 8:30pm for the third annual She Rocks Awards where outstanding women will be recognized for their exemplary roles in today’s music industry. Co-hosted by platinum-selling guitarist and solos artist Orianthi and The WiMN Founder, Laura B. Whitmore, the following eight women will be honored: Mindi Abair – Chart-topping, Grammy award-nominated saxophone player and singer/songwriter. The Bangles’ guitarists Susanna Hoffs and Vicki Peterson and drummer Debbi Peterson –... [...]
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    Hypebot’s New Chapter: Welcome Laura Schneider

    As part of a plan to grow the Hypebot community and expand our coverage, we're bringing more of the editorial team in-house. Laura Schneider has been the the curator of MusicThinkTank for more than a year and been an integral part of the Agency[+] efforts at our sister company, booking agency Skyline Music. Now Laura is joining our team full-time to help me make Hypebot all that it can be. A graduate of Virginia Tech in Music Education, Laura is based near San Francisco and has held positions in music instruction, public relations, marketing and social media management. She adds... [...]
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    What Is A Music Publishing Deal? – and Do I Really Need One?

    By Wallace Collins from Wallace Collins Entertainment Law Blog The term "publishing", most simply, means the business of song copyrights. A songwriter owns 100% of his song copyright and all the related publishing rights until the writer signs those rights away. Under the law, copyright (literally, the right to make and sell copies) automatically vests in the author or creator the moment the expression of an idea is "fixed in a tangible medium." (i.e., the moment it is written down or recorded on tape.) With respect to recorded music, there are really two copyrights: a copyright in the musical composition... [...]

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