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Sturgill Simpson on Trillbillies Podcast: 5 Things We Learned

Sturgill Simpson recently appeared on the Trillbilly Workers Party Podcast, a Kentucky-based leftist podcast that touches on art, culture, organizing, and politics. During a loose, wide-ranging 90-minute conversation, Simpson riffed at length on the corrupt machinations of the music industry (“there’s less fucking politics in politics”) and shared his thoughts on a host of topics, …

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Songwriter pages and written by playlists on Spotify

How to get a Songwriter Page on Spotify

For years I’ve been dreaming of a world where ANY piece of metadata could be used by listeners to explore and group songs: songwriters, producers, beatmakers, guest features, session players, guitar solos, backwards vocal reverb, out of tune banjos, key changes, lyrical themes, and so forth. Well, Spotify has taken a big introductory step in …

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How to book corporate gigs and make big bucks

How to book corporate gigs and make big bucks

The ability to play corporate gigs can almost be considered a secret weapon for the performing musician.  Most people don’t realize that not every musician tours or plays sold-out shows. Some artists play weddings, retirement homes, and business luncheons—and they make a lot of money doing it. I want you to make a lot of …

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How Your Existing Fanbase Can Help Build Your Future Fanbase

How Your Existing Fanbase Can Help Build Your Future Fanbase

[Editor’s Note: This article was written by Angela Mastrogiacomo.] You’ve heard the saying—find yourself 1,000 true fans and you’re set. And it’s true—with just 1,000 authentic fans you can have a sustainable, fulfilling career. But why stop there? Why not take those 1,000 true fans and work on creating even more fans just like them? …

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CLIVE, IOWA - JANUARY 31:  Bon Iver performance during the Bernie Caucus Concert at Horizon Events Center on Friday, January 31, 2020 in Clive, Iowa. (Photo by Salwan Georges/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Wanna See Bon Iver Perform in Wisconsin? Pledge to Vote

Less than three weeks after Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon covered Bob Dylan and Leon Russell at a Bernie Sanders rally in Iowa, the singer announced a trio of Wisconsin shows Monday that requires a “pledge to vote in order to gain access to presale tickets for all three shows.” The fall concerts, set to take …

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New specialist music streaming platform, jazzed, launches in the UK

A new jazz-centric streaming platform called jazzed has launched in the UK. Claimed to be ‘the world’s first dedicated audio-visual streaming destination for jazz’, the service features audio channels, exclusive video content, podcasts, documentaries and interviews. The service was co-founded by former Jazz FM boss Jonathan Arendt (CEO), digital tech music pioneer Frank Taubert (COO) …

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Universal Music: legal case over alleged damages in 2008 warehouse fire ‘meritless’

Universal Music Group has branded a class action lawsuit, filed over the 2008 warehouse fire in which a significant number of master recordings are alleged to have been lost, as “meritless”. Last year, a New York Times article claimed that up to 500,000 master recordings of songs were damaged in the fire, which took place on …

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The major labels generated over $1.5bn more from streaming in 2018 than they did in the previous year

YouTube says it paid the music industry over $3bn last year – equivalent to 20% of its annual ad revenue. Is that good?

The MBW Review offers our take on some of the music biz’s biggest recent goings-on. This time, we crunch the numbers just served up by YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki. The MBW Review is supported by Instrumental. Do you remember when the music industry was clawing at YouTube’s throat? C’mon; it hasn’t been that long. Three …

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Artificial Intelligence made a song in the style of Travis Scott. It sounds unnervingly like Travis Scott.

This. Is. Wild. A US-based digital agency, Space150, recently thought it would conduct a fun experiment: model Travis Scott’s sonic and vocal style via Artificial Intelligence, and see what original production AI might subsequently invent. Every lyric and melody you hear in the below, says Space150, is entirely created by AI. The track is called …

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