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With beauty and brains, new MySpace seems too good to be true (review)

With beauty and brains, new MySpace seems too good to be true (review) | The Music Is Enough | Scoop.it
Editor's Pick This is no redesign. It's a new product with a new purpose and a design meant to evoke emotion. And, if you have the patience to get used to a whole new experience, it's addicti...

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Multiple Gigs In One Town

Wouldn’t it be great to have multiple gigs in one town. Just think of what that would do to your bottom line and travel expenses.
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It's always good to get the most for your (gas) money.  Booking extra gigs in the same town just plain makes sense.
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The Signature Lick: What, How, Why and Where

The Signature Lick: What, How, Why and Where | The Music Is Enough | Scoop.it
As songwriters, one of our primary goals is to discover and act on whatever will make our songs unique and recognizable. Typically, that job falls to the hook. Often, hooks are thought of as a part of the lyric that serves as the song’s main message as well as the title…
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Here's one for all you songwriters out there.  :)

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What you need to know about hiring players for your next session or gig - DIY Musician Blog

What you need to know about hiring players for your next session or gig - DIY Musician Blog | The Music Is Enough | Scoop.it

A lesson in etiquette for artists who plan to hire musicians for a live show or recording Are you thinking about enlisting the help of other musicians to record your new song, or to perform at an upcoming show?


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Having been on both sides of this issue, I believe this is a very good lesson in hiring or being a freelancer.

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3 Top Factors To Get Great Gigs

Consider these 3 top factors to get great gigs and increase your income. These 3 career-changing factors will make the difference in your career.
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Are you doing the right things to get the right gigs for your act?

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Why I started buying music again in 2015

Why I started buying music again in 2015 | The Music Is Enough | Scoop.it
A sobering statistic: in 2015 so far I have listened to music on Spotify for 877 hours, but my favourite band’s payout from that was around $2.69.

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As musicians, we're keenly aware of the low payouts from the streaming music services.
But are we buying music to help out our peers?

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What I Learned About the Record Industry by Carsharing with a Millenial | Pierre Priot | LinkedIn

What I Learned About the Record Industry by Carsharing with a Millenial | Pierre Priot | LinkedIn | The Music Is Enough | Scoop.it

This generation never paid for music. That's a fact. They were raised while MP3 rampaged the industry - remember those Naptster days? - and now they're adults it's free streaming time, Youtube and my-guy-with-a-shit-load-of-mp3 dealer of a friend.
Then, how will we ever be able to bring them to spend money over music?


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What do YOU think of this one?
When was the last time you bought a CD?

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Pierre Priot's curator insight, October 21, 2015 5:51 AM

You can ditch all the fancy reports and studies about millenials' music consumption habits, here's what I learned by car-sharing with one of them

Lovell Cooper's curator insight, November 8, 2015 7:56 PM

Kids and some adults alike are selfish and always want the easiest, and cheapest way to do things. They don't realize how their actions can impact someone else. They sneak until they get caught. Once caught they want to change laws so that everyone can get away with it. This is one good example. "Why should I pay for it when I can get it for free?" All while the artist suffers. 

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US music streams have nearly doubled in 2015 so far

US music streams have nearly doubled in 2015 so far | The Music Is Enough | Scoop.it
The number of music tracks streamed by Americans has nearly doubled in the first nine months of 2015, according to the latest figures from N

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Has this actually meant more income for you or your band?

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Lovell Cooper's curator insight, November 8, 2015 7:59 PM

Streaming has its downs with a few ups. It guarantees that your music will be played often but, pan handling pays more. 

NikJames92's curator insight, December 2, 2015 5:28 PM

These statistics are crazy. Most withing the first nine months of 2015. If this says anything, its that CDs will soon as obsolete as VCRs

Jerrod Coston's curator insight, December 3, 2015 12:05 AM

Now here you see the streaming numbers has almost doubled and again everyone is making money except the artist who created it. Nobody knows where this money is going but the artist are lucky if they see 7% of royalties.

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Vinyl Generates More Revenue Than YouTube Music, VEVO, SoundCloud, and Free Spotify COMBINED - Digital Music News

Vinyl Generates More Revenue Than YouTube Music, VEVO, SoundCloud, and Free Spotify COMBINED - Digital Music News | The Music Is Enough | Scoop.it
  Vinyl sales have been surging for years.  But now, the oldest format on the market is generating more revenues than all ad-supported on-demand streaming music services,...

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Are you making sure to ad Vinyl to your marketing efforts?
Looks like you REALLY should!

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Pierre Priot's curator insight, September 25, 2015 5:58 AM

Yet another perfect demonstration of real numbers telling a fake story.

$221M is the total amount of US vinyl ; only a small piece of that pie will bring revenue to copyright holders when stores, distributors, labels... have taken their share.

The other figure is free streaming royalties revenue, which is ridiculously low compared to the actual ad revenues driven to digital services (hint: billions).

John Joseph's curator insight, October 7, 2015 2:36 AM

Vinyl is beating all these services on the market and that is amazing considering how much all these services like YouTube and Spotify make annually.

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Ed Sheeran Talks About His Label Gingerbread Man Records in New Video

Ed Sheeran Talks About His Label Gingerbread Man Records in New Video | The Music Is Enough | Scoop.it
Ed Sheeran launched his own record label, Gingerbread Man Records, this week, and now he's started the accompanying YouTube channel.

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Tuning in: Why the future looks bright for digital music services

Tuning in: Why the future looks bright for digital music services | The Music Is Enough | Scoop.it
Mark Cranwell, chief commercial officer at music media and technology company LoveLive, says the digital future looks bright for music...

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Just remember to give that added value wherever you can, and your fans will likely pay for it.

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Flo Frazier's curator insight, September 9, 2015 9:11 PM

With so many streaming services coming out, the options are abroad. The time were in now, the access to music, specifically any song, are at hand's reach. From major recording artists to Independent artists, you can get songs whenever you want them.

Diondre Ricks's curator insight, September 13, 2015 5:12 PM

Technology-driven disruption has transformed how people source and value music content. A fundamental shift from ownership to access means it is becoming less and less viable to make a living from record sales alone. In the world today many don't buy CD's they buy digital music online , the world is more about technology.

 
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I choose this because it gave more insight why the music industry has a bright future.

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How To Effectively Handle A Flaky Band Member

How To Effectively Handle A Flaky Band Member | The Music Is Enough | Scoop.it
How To Effectively Handle A Flaky Band Member
A Guest Post by Unified Manufacturing


You give your 150% to the band- you book the shows, you handle the social media and blogs, you plan the tour and
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It's hard sometimes to say enough is enough, but if one member of your band is dragging the rest down, it might be time to lose him or her.

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What Taylor Swift vs. Apple tells us about artist power and a music business going cheap - Music Business Worldwide

What Taylor Swift vs. Apple tells us about artist power and a music business going cheap - Music Business Worldwide | The Music Is Enough | Scoop.it
The fallout of Taylor-gate says much about today's music industry

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This really is the age of the independent artist.  Stand up for your rights and don't be bullied by the big guys.

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Creating the Perfect Set List

Creating the Perfect Set List
by Wade Sutton, Rocket to the Stars


I spent my weekend at the Songwriting and Music Business Conference in Nashville and had a wonderful opportunity to lead a break-
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Great ideas regarding set lists for live performance.

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3 Components of Songs That Crush The Competition - Cari Cole Music Co.

3 Components of Songs That Crush The Competition - Cari Cole Music Co. | The Music Is Enough | Scoop.it
  by Cari Cole     Everyone can write a song. But what makes a song land in our solar plexus and stick there ….on repeat, or even .…constant loop?? It’s more than clever lyrics and beats, although the accoutrements of the right production are paramount. But a great production without a great melody or lyric fall short in the long run. As artists, we are nothing without our songs. Think about your favorite artists right now. Do you really think about them or about the song/s you love? Is it really their hair or clothes or personality, or is it the songs that send you to Mars.… it all comes down to the songs, and even big stars are nothing without them. Call me “old school” – actually “new old school” – I’m too much of a maverick to be old school…. but what I want to say here is that the main ingredients of a great song (book or movie) are those that make an impact.   Here are my Top 3 Components of Songs That Crush The Competition   1.   “Show Me Don’t Tell Me” …   I work with musicians, singers, artists, songwriters and music  producers every day who are all trying to write songs that break the mold, win awards and matter to people.  Some musicians will beg to differ, but songs without great lyrics won’t have a long shelf life. The songs that use metaphor and shared experiences — that we can step into, are the ones that make an impact. A common phrase writers come to know is “show me don’t tell me…” Painting the picture so listeners can join the party is the way to write lyrics that are relatable and penetrate the artist-audience barrier. Lyrics that makes you lose sense of time, feel your own emotions, and enter the transcendent ride that music can offer is the ticket. “Show Me Don’t Tell Me…”   2. Crescendos   Dynamics, crescendos and decrescendos, peaks and valleys create the tension and release that lift us up and/or bring us to our knees. It’s the emotional roller coaster, the ups and downs, the human joys and great sorrows in our shared experience must arise in a song to impact us. Great movies, books, music and art all have crescendos, visible or nonvisible to the eye. In songs, the dynamic build is essential to create the tension and release. Without it, we can’t fully arrive. There is a dynamic melodic arc that must be there.   3. Vocals That Crush It…   You know it’s funny, as one of the world’s top vocal coaches you would think that I love perfect voices. Yes I love a skilled voice, but that’s not all. I love real voices (like Carole King) over a super trained voice (like Celine Dion) — or a distinctive voice (like Tom Waits) over a perfected one (like Adam Lambert.) And over all I prefer a voice with great emotion over technical perfection (like Whitney or Pink over Carrie Underwood.) But no matter what your level of vocal talent, a great song always has killer vocals that crush it – matter of fact anything less won’t deliver the song. Stop thinking that just okay vocals will do – that people will hear through it – they won’t. Don’t ever leave off pitch, unexamined, unarranged vocals on your record OR your demos (that’s right.) Vocals are what everyone (except musicians and producers) are listening to. No great song can fully deliver without them crushing it.   Work your craft until you are blue in the face. You deserve that kind of satisfaction. You can do it!      
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A seemingly simple formula for great songs.  Do you think of things like this when you're writing a song?

 

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6 Saboteurs That Hold Musicians Back From the Big Time - Cari Cole Music Co.

6 Saboteurs That Hold Musicians Back From the Big Time - Cari Cole Music Co. | The Music Is Enough | Scoop.it
  by Cari Cole Sabotage. Sigh. It’s real. And artists are especially victims to it. The margins of error are huge.  From wrong advice, disingenuous advice, or just plain lack of good advice, to the challenges riddled with potholes and landmines to trip you up.   Here are the top 6 ways artists and musicians sabotage themselves and how to course correct in a snap. I hope it helps you rise triumphant and avoid countless years of struggle!     6 Saboteurs That Hold Musicians Back From the Big Time   1.   If I Only Had a … Manager, Booking Agent, _____ (fill in the blank.) If I only had a manager, a booking agent, or someone (anyone) to help me!! (plus help me get my sh** together.) This is a particularly deceptive one. A while back a fellow indie artist posted an article about how she kept waiting and waiting and waiting for a manager and finally got so sick and tired of waiting she started managing herself. And bam, that was when her career started to take off.   Don’t get me wrong, it would be great to have that specific someone to steer the ship, the truth is those days are pretty gone. Today artists are so proactive with their careers that a manager or booking agent are a bonus, not the kingpin of success. And that’s a GOOD THING. Remember hearing stories from the “old music biz” where managers stole artist’s fortunes right out from under them? We’ve all heard the stories.. Leonard Cohen, Sly Stone, etc.  Well, that came from the mindset of having someone “take care” of everything. Not what you really want. Saying you need someone to come rescue you is the biggest saboteur that most solopreneurs fall into because it keeps you a helpless victim, waiting and hoping and worse, inactive. Solution: Manage and book yourself until the right people come along because you are making a good living and you are an asset.   2.  Fear of Success Fear covers a big domain and seeps into everything, but it is the number one saboteur we all have to hunt down and bust. Fear steals confidence, fear steals time, fear steals our life right out from under us even with the best of intentions. And it does this without our permission and often without our awareness. Take Lisa for example. All she wanted was success. But every time she got close to it, she got so freaked out she ran. She didn’t trust anyone in the industry to “get her” and so her “knee-jerk” solution was an exit strategy. That’s how a lot of musicians respond. That’s how I responded, several times. I got close to big deals and my fear was so epic I walked away. It’s more common than you think. And let me just say, the fear of being controlled and manipulated is a natural fear when you sign on that dotted line. But knowing who you are, knowing the business are your trump cards. And awareness so you are not caught with your pants down at a critical moment. Fear plays a major role in your decisions. It’s up to you whether it’s conscious or not. The more conscious, the more you are in the drivers seat. Solution: Develop a strong relationship with yourself by having these conversations and facing your fears ahead of time. You want to develop an internal trust with yourself, so that you can swim in the deep waters and not drown… #superstar.   3.  Musician Anxiety Musicians and artists are highly sensitive and anxious people, wired with highly amped and often super sensitive nervous systems. It’s part of the nature of being an artist and what creates great art. The downside is that this high anxiety can keep you from getting your best work out there. Take Scott. An incredibly talented musician all he wanted was to make music his life. But at every opportunity his anxiety got the best of him and he would lose hold of his rational self, which in turn made him unaware at critical moments. Or he would push at the wrong times. So much so that he never seemed to get in the saddle where he belonged. Solution: Know that anxiety is an intrinsic part of your nature and take extra steps to take care of yourself. You can take it a step further and nurture your nervous system. Using lavender essential oils (in your bath, hair, hands, temples and your pillow at night), take 1-2 capsules of organic passion flower at night (passion flower is a nervine that feeds nutrition to your nervous system), take salt water baths with essential oils often, do yoga to help stay in balance and manage your magnanimous beautiful highly sensitive nervous …
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We all fall victim mostly to ourselves.  Don't let yourself become your worst enemy.

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Going Pro: 6 Essential Steps of Artist Development for All Musicians - Cari Cole Music Co.

Going Pro: 6 Essential Steps of Artist Development for All Musicians - Cari Cole Music Co. | The Music Is Enough | Scoop.it
And stop thinking that artist development is just for beginners. It’s an ongoing part of the fabric of being an artist all throughout your career.
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What are YOU doing to take your career to the next level?

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#DTNT on #SM - self-promotion - by @norabarnacle

#DTNT on #SM - self-promotion - by @norabarnacle | The Music Is Enough | Scoop.it

In a series of "Do this, not that" for musicians on social media: if you get on #SM and only do self-promotion, you're wasting your time.


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People like to connect to other "real" people, not sales drones.  What was the last (or will be the next) non-sales interaction you have had with your audience?

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YouTube Red: 13 things you need to know - Music Business Worldwide

YouTube Red: 13 things you need to know - Music Business Worldwide | The Music Is Enough | Scoop.it
Bone up on a subscription service that could dwarf its competitors

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While it might not pay out as much as Spotify, any potential income from your music that is not tapped is wasted money.

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Pierre Priot's curator insight, October 22, 2015 4:22 AM

Youtube/Google finally unveils Red, its subscription based service

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When bands meet brands: the mutual benefits of music partnerships

When bands meet brands: the mutual benefits of music partnerships | The Music Is Enough | Scoop.it
Brand association can mean financial support for musicians and access to a wider audience for brands

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Do any of you have partnerships/sponsorships that are working for you and increasing your fan base and/or income?

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Ura Too'Raww's curator insight, November 10, 2015 5:59 PM

I feel this is great because a lot of bad and artists don't have the funds to show the world the great things they can do! Especially with those brands that fund them they can also receive extra exposure and promotion.

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Loudness online - how loud is loud enough, and how loud is too loud ?

Loudness online - how loud is loud enough, and how loud is too loud ? | The Music Is Enough | Scoop.it
  Click the image above for higher resolution We know now that all the major music streaming services are using loudness normalisation - meaning every song is played at a similar level, aiming...

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One of the many reasons it pays to have a professional master your music. Although it is still a little disconcerting that high compression is still favored over dynamic range.
Do you (or your producer) adjust your sound for the online services?

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Pierre Priot's curator insight, October 1, 2015 8:25 AM

Cause decimating revenues is not enough: here's a comparison charts of streaming services' loudness war efforts.

Ricardo Sousa's curator insight, March 22, 9:33 AM

Cause decimating revenues is not enough: here's a comparison charts of streaming services' loudness war efforts.

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BBC reveals plans for its own streaming music service

BBC reveals plans for its own streaming music service | The Music Is Enough | Scoop.it
There have been rumours for several months that British broadcaster the BBC was working on its own streaming music service.

Yesterday, th

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Jessica Cook's curator insight, September 10, 2015 4:09 AM

Whats going to happen in the Music Industry 

Ayana Gibbs's curator insight, September 13, 2015 3:57 PM

I think its great for this broad caster to have a streaming service. Not a lot of them have a streaming service. This will allow the listeners to stream the music they want to hear. So this would benefit the listeners a lot.

Diondre Ricks's curator insight, September 13, 2015 5:00 PM

I really never heard of the BBC but this scoop is talking about how BBC ( British Broad Caster) is working own their very now streaming music service

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PRS for Music taking legal action against SoundCloud

PRS for Music taking legal action against SoundCloud | The Music Is Enough | Scoop.it
A problematic year for SoundCloud just got even more challenging: the music-streaming service is being sued by British collecting societ

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Well, it looks like SoundCloud might be a little on the stingy side.

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Sajada Artis's curator insight, September 13, 2015 9:27 PM

Sound Cloud is being sued by British collecting society PRS for Music.SoundCloud has been caught infringing members copyrights. SoundCloud was originally given a list of 4500 songs available on the service. SoundCloud feels as though they do not need a license for it’s existing services in the UK and in Europe.“SoundCloud is a platform by creators, for creators. No one in the world is doing more to enable creators to build and connect with their audience while protecting the rights of creators, including PRS members. We are working hard to create a platform where all creators can be paid for their work, and already have deals in place with thousands of copyright owners, including record labels, publishers and independent artists.”

Well I believe it is a little risk to to say who is right and who is wrong. However I as an artist want to know that where I post my work will be secure. I would be devoted if my work was stolen. So I agree with PRS on this one.

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Music Streaming Through Tidal- What You Need to Know

Music Streaming Through Tidal- What You Need to Know | The Music Is Enough | Scoop.it
Tidal splashed onto the music-streaming scene in early 2015, when prolific rapper and entrepreneur Jay Z acquired the Norwegian/Swedish service. The rapper-turned-mogul stirred controversy by intro...

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Are any of you artists out there using Tidal? If so, how has your experience with this service been?

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Chris Loaf's curator insight, August 14, 2015 10:14 AM

Critics are already saying that J-Zays Tidal is going to flop. Asking for 20 dollars a month for clearer music? whats with wrong with how the music sounds today. 

Orlin Zlatkov Sofroniev's curator insight, August 14, 2015 12:36 PM

I decided to go further and learning more about Tidal because of the media interest and controversies surrounding it. One of the pluses in subscribing is the quality of streaming which is proved to be as good as in CD albums. Also the fact that more and more successful artist are investing their products only with Tidal and taking out from other streaming media is making a shift and drawing in a larger audience.

What I consider as a drawback is the fact that its the highest charges on the marker and it's obligatory paid service, despite the 7-day free trial, when there are more successful streaming services which are optional. Furthermore, having in mind the controversies around the small amount of subscribers and the success of the service. 

Ananzia's curator insight, August 15, 2015 10:33 AM

I feel that tidal is a good music service but its expensive they should make the price lower. I did a free trial on it when it came out and the quality of music is good.

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Top 10 Summer Vocal Tricks to Stay Hydrated and Healthy! - Cari Cole Music Co.

Top 10 Summer Vocal Tricks to Stay Hydrated and Healthy! - Cari Cole Music Co. | The Music Is Enough | Scoop.it
Top 10 tricks to keep your voice uber hydrated and healthy and avoid allergies too!
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Do any of you have any more advice on staying hydrated in the summer heat?

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Grooveshark

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Today we are shutting down Grooveshark


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Does this make things better or worse?

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Pierre Priot's curator insight, May 2, 2015 12:07 PM

Bummer. Grooveshark is down.

Christine Rose Infanger's comment, May 3, 2015 10:07 AM
Good. Perhaps when they're writing their settlement check for $50m they'll be reminded that pesky things like copyright matter. I don't understand why people/companies don't ever seem to learn that you can't keep ignoring the rights of artists and other rights holders without consequence.
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nobody's too big to fail!