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    Shawn Mendes (and Team): From 6 Second Vine Clips To An iTunes No. 1

    Shawn Mendes' self-titled EP is currently no. 1 on the iTunes Albums chart and apparently it took him only 37 minutes to get there. Though he now has a strong presence beyond Vine, it was on the 6-second video sharing service where he got his start. The transition from Vine to YouTube, let alone major label artist status, is in no way assured as other artists are finding out. For Mendes the ability to transition, seemingly without effort, from unsigned to Island Records' artist while maintaining a strong direct connection to his fans is making the difference. I'm just getting... [...]
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    Vinyl Crunch Worsens For Indie Labels: Time For A Record Press Kickstarter?

    Jack White's #1 album debut with vinyl accounting for 30% sales, as well as his creative approach, feels like another breakthrough in the land of vinyl. But, according to one Pitchfork writer, the vinyl scene is showing signs of stress as limited production facilities devote more time to higher profile projects. The bottom line is that somebody's got to build some new presses. Joel Oliphint takes a look at the current state of vinyl (@wesdavenport) and limits on production that are only going to get worse. I think a press-building project would make a great crowdfunding campaign and/or a great... [...]
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    5 Lessons For The Music Industry From "Weird Al" Yankovic

    By Kevin Erickson from Future of Music Coalition. Last week, beloved musical humorist “Weird Al” Yankovic dropped his new album Mandatory Fun. Propelled by a set of eight viral videos, it quickly rose to the top spot on the Billboard charts, his first ever #1, with over 104,000 album sales. Al recently told the New York Times, “I wasn’t thinking, ‘Oh, I’m on the bleeding edge of marketing, this is going to be a business model that will change the world.” But as a longtime (possibly obssessive?) fan of Al, I’d suggest there’s still a few things we can learn... [...]
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    Top 10 Earning Dead Musicians

    Sadly, for some artists and muscians, being dead is more lucrative than being alive. 1. Michael Jackson - 160 million last year 2. Kurt Cobain - $50 million 3. Elvis - $42 million 4. John Lennon - $24 million 5. Bob Marley - $18 million 6. George Harrison - $7 million 7. Johnny Cash - $6 million 8. Richard Rodgers - $6 million 9. Ray Charles - $6 million 10. Jenni Rivera - $6 million from ConcertTour.org via Music 3.0 Related articles Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley Lead 2013 List of Top-Earning Dead Celebrities Forbes Names Top 6 Grossing Dead... [...]
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    Michelle Shocked Calls Out Digital Music Execs On Silent Album Release

    Activist singer songwriter Michelle Shocked has released "Inaudible Woman," an 11 track 'silent' album completely devoid of sound via CD Baby. Each 'song' is named after a prominent music industry figure, mostly in the digital music realm. Getting Shocked's silent treatment are Chris Harrison (Pandora). Patrick Donnelly (SiriusXM), David Drummond (Google, Youtube) and Robert Walls (Clear Channel) among others. Chris Willman, a writer for Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter, who wrote about an alleged anti-gay rant by Shocked in 2013 was also included. “Michelle Shocked has released a new ‘song’ named after me,” Willman posted on Facebook. “No, I'm not... [...]

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Vinyl Crunch Worsens For Indie Labels: Time For A Record Press Kickstarter?

by Clyde Smith in D.I.Y.

Jack White's #1 album debut with vinyl accounting for 30% sales, as well as his creative approach, feels like another breakthrough in the land of vinyl. But, according to one Pitchfork writer, the vinyl scene is showing signs of stress as limited production facilities devote more time to higher profile projects. The bottom line is that somebody's got to build some new presses. Joel Oliphint takes a look at the current state of vinyl (@wesdavenport) and limits on production that are only going to get worse. I think a press-building project would make a great crowdfunding campaign and/or a great... [...]

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