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Top 60 Country Songwriter Chart - Nekst

Top 60 Country Songwriter Chart - Nekst | Musicbiz | Scoop.it
A Country Songwriter Chart based upon streaming, sales and airplay and featuring the genre's top songwriters
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Country is becoming one of the last genre's to depend on actual "songwriters" (though some would argue that what's coming out of Nashville is ridiculous).   Whatever your opinion, here's a list of who's writing the songs in Nashville? 

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Miranda Lambert, Kelly Clarkson, & Reba Medley (December 15, 2014)

Miranda Lambert, Kelly Clarkson, & Reba Medley (December 15, 2014) | Musicbiz | Scoop.it
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Shameless plug.  One minute, 40 seconds into this video, Kelly Clarkson blows the roof off an excerpt of my song, "Take It Back", I wrote that Reba recorded.  Reba was recently awarded the 1st Nash Icon Award.  

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Here's Why Taylor Swift Pulled Her Music From Spotify

Here's Why Taylor Swift Pulled Her Music From Spotify | Musicbiz | Scoop.it
The 1989 star is telling artists to say no to low-royalty streaming services
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Little Did She Know - 9/11 Tribute - YouTube

"Little Did She Know (She'd Kissed A Hero)" by Kristy Jackson We Will Never Forget After raising over $30,000 for 9/11 charities, we thought it time to put a...
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My heart goes out to the families of the passengers on Malaysia Airlines MH17......This recent loss of humanity is heartbreaking. Sadly I offer up an old friend of a song to honor you.

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YouTube Is About To Delete Independent Artists From Its Site

YouTube Is About To Delete Independent Artists From Its Site | Musicbiz | Scoop.it
In only "a matter of days," some of your favorite videos on YouTube could be gone, possibly for good. YouTube is preparing to radically change the site, adding a subscription service that is intended to help them compete in the streaming music industry. The Google-owned video site has already signed new [...]
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Apple Buys Beats Electronics For $3B | TechCrunch

Apple Buys Beats Electronics For $3B | TechCrunch | Musicbiz | Scoop.it
Apple has indeed purchased Beats, which includes both Beats Audio hardware and Beats Music, the streaming radio service that was founded by rapper Dr. Dre and..
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All this to get a foot in the business of streaming music as ITunes is  now considered old school. 

 

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Beat By Dre: The Exclusive Inside Story of How Monster Lost the World

Beat By Dre: The Exclusive Inside Story of How Monster Lost the World | Musicbiz | Scoop.it
There's never been anything like Beats By Dre. The bulky rainbow headphones are a gaudy staple of malls, planes, clubs, and sidewalks everywhere: as mammoth, beloved, and expensive as their namesake. But Dr. Dre didn't just hatch the flashy lineup from his freight train chest: The venture began as an unlikely partnership between a record-industry powerhouse and a boutique audio company best known for making overpriced HDMI cables.
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The inside story of how audio tech company Monster lost Beats to Dr. Dre in the worst business move ever.

 

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The Largest Vinyl Pressing Plant in the U.S. Is Expanding... - Digital Music News

The Largest Vinyl Pressing Plant in the U.S. Is Expanding... - Digital Music News | Musicbiz | Scoop.it
Right before Record Store Day 2014 I wrote about indie labels that say the major labels are taking over pressing plants, making the business a...
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What is it they say?  What goes around comes around.  Are you missing that warm analog sound?

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Warner Music Group Acquires Gold Typhoon, Gains Foothold In China - hypebot

Warner Music Group has signed an agreement to acquire the recorded music catalog and current roster of Gold Typhoon Group, one of the largest independent music companies operating in China and the region. The deal, part of WMG's ongoing effort to become a more global music company supporting local repertoires, is expected to close in summer 2014. The Gold Typhoon catalog is one of the largest collections of local pop and rock music from China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, including many popular releases from the early 1990’s. The company’s current roster of artists includes multi-award-winning superstars such as Khalil Fong...
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Billboard Partners With Twitter To Create Real-Time #Music Charts - hypebot

Want to know want new track the twittersphere is going gaga about right this very minute? Soon you can, thanks to a Billboard and Twitter new partnership to create the "Billboard Twitter Real-Time Charts". Joining the magazine's 200 other charts (yes, there really are that many Official Billboard Charts), these will track the top songs discussed and shared on Twitter both in real-time and over an extended period, as well as, those of up and coming acts. The charts are scheduled to launch "in the coming weeks" on Billboard.com and syndicated to other sites. "Twitter is where the music of...
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Another creative partnership is formed as we re-create the music industry.

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U.S. Copyright Office - Music Licensing Study

U.S. Copyright Office is an office of public record for copyright registration and deposit of copyright material.
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Are you an intellectual property owner?  Are you a sound recording owner?  Time to speak up people.  Royalty rates are not going to increase unless the mediums are understood and the negative impact on the intellectual property owners is felt.  Here's your chance to sound off. 

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Samsung Milk Music is the newest streaming service, free for Galaxy users

Samsung Milk Music is the newest streaming service, free for Galaxy users | Musicbiz | Scoop.it
There are more and more music streaming services becoming available as time goes on. From Spotify to Google Music All Access, with new ones like Beats Music launching recently, there is a service f...
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Samsung challenging spotify and google music all access but only in the US for now. 

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Natalie Gaskins's curator insight, April 19, 2014 12:16 AM

Companies keep coming out with new streaming apps/programs, etc. I think that what is needed is a reinvention of the way we listen to music. Instead of revamping the same tool over again, someone should come out with something new that will change the industry. I feel like the issue with the industry is that we keep trying the same things over and over again, tweaking little things. Streaming music is not helping any artist's revenue-wise, either. What is going to persuade me to try this app, when I could simply use Spotify, which has been doing everything I need it to do? Instead of tweaking the same tool, we need a completely new concept.

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iDitty Digital Scan Card - welcome to the revolution

iDitty Digital Scan Card - welcome to the revolution | Musicbiz | Scoop.it
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Welcome to the next revolution of music distribution.  This is an awesome platform!

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How much music an artist needs to sell to make minimum wage online.

How much music an artist needs to sell to make minimum wage online. | Musicbiz | Scoop.it
The most viral images on the internet, curated in real time by a dedicated community through commenting, voting and sharing.
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Here's the devastating realty of the music business for musicians and artists. 

 

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My Song Was Played 168 Million Times on Pandora. I Received $4,000... - Digital Music News

My Song Was Played 168 Million Times on Pandora. I Received $4,000... - Digital Music News | Musicbiz | Scoop.it
from an op-ed by Aloe Blacc this morning in Wired… By law, we have to let any business use our songs that asks, so long...
Kristy Jackson's insight:

I know you've seen it.  But it bears repeating.  Intellectual property value is going downhill fast and that doesn't bode well for the health of the music industry. 

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Nu-Blu Readies New Album ALL THE WAY To Be Released by Rural Rhythm Records September 16

Nu-Blu Readies New Album ALL THE WAY To Be Released by Rural Rhythm Records September 16 | Musicbiz | Scoop.it
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With fans of bluegrass music skewing toward a more seasoned listener, Nu-Blu is encouraging them to embrace the digital revolution with the innovative IDitty digital music card.  This band is one to watch with their amazing sound and picking up endorsements from QSC Audio Products, Sennheiser, Saga Instruments, D'Addario, Acoustic Image and Peterson Tuners.

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Twitter backs off possible Spotify, Soundcloud buys -- report - CNET

Twitter backs off possible Spotify, Soundcloud buys -- report - CNET | Musicbiz | Scoop.it
The company apparently held talks with Soundcloud but decided not do so with Pandora or Spotify, despite considering acquisition bids.
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It appears the numbers aren't working for them......yet.

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Why BandPage Is Going To Be The Most Powerful Player In Music - Digital Music News

Why BandPage Is Going To Be The Most Powerful Player In Music - Digital Music News | Musicbiz | Scoop.it

J Sider gets it. The 29 year old CEO of BandPage has seen the industry top to bottom. From booking bands in his hometown of...

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It's not the music business. That's just part of it. It's the merch and creative ways to integrate your artistry business.  

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Indie labels raise voice on digital royalties

Indie labels raise voice on digital royalties | Musicbiz | Scoop.it
Indie record labels are taking another swing at the industry’s corporate heavyweights in the fight over digital dollars. The American Association of Independent Music, whose artists include Mumford...
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Going after Goliath......

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Listen To 5 Of Michael Jackson's Unreleased Songs Before His New Album Comes Out

Listen To 5 Of Michael Jackson's Unreleased Songs Before His New Album Comes Out | Musicbiz | Scoop.it
"Chicago," "Loving You," "A Place with No Name," and more.
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The new Michael Jackson Album is being released on May 13, 2014.   Take a listen now!

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10 Things You Need to Know About Placing Music on TV and in Films

10 Things You Need to Know About Placing Music on TV and in Films | Musicbiz | Scoop.it
You want every chance to generate income from your music, and while mechanical royalties (for sales of tangible product and digital downloads) have diminished, there are more opportunities than ever to have your music heard on television and in movies. In addition to the financial benefit, for songwriters who are also…
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Robert M. Crawford's curator insight, April 30, 2014 5:11 PM

Informative article with links to explore...

Marianne Naughton's curator insight, May 16, 2014 10:55 AM

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ASCAP and BMI enter first-of-its-kind collaboration

ASCAP and BMI enter first-of-its-kind collaboration | Musicbiz | Scoop.it
ASCAP and BMI today launched a first-of-its-kind collaboration called MusicMark.
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Here is some positive news for songwriters. 

 

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Facebook Fraud - YouTube

Evidence Facebook's revenue is based on fake likes. My first vid on the problem with Facebook: http://bit.ly/1dXudqY I know first-hand that Facebook's advert...
Kristy Jackson's insight:

Musicians....save your money.  You know it doesn't work to try and boost views and increase likes.  This is the most accurate analysis I've seen to date that explains why.

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There Will Never Be Another Myspace - Digital Music News

There Will Never Be Another Myspace - Digital Music News | Musicbiz | Scoop.it
Occasionally you still read sensationalist headlines about “The Facebook Killer” or “The New Myspace,” but we’re finally starting to move past the era of “new”...
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Of course there won't. That's history along with some other popular but failing platforms. It's all about the app, people. It's all about the app.

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People Just Aren't That Into Music, Study Finds... - Digital Music News

People Just Aren't That Into Music, Study Finds... - Digital Music News | Musicbiz | Scoop.it
The is a breakdown of the different types of music listeners (source: Ovum Research):   And this is how music services often look at it:...
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Interesting study and opinion on fan bases.....

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