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MUSIC INDUSTRY: Tidal Adds Detailed Album, Track Credits

TIDAL has become the first streaming music service to give creators something they've been clamouring for- credit where credit is due. TIDAL subscribers now have access to extensive artist credits for many tracks and albums that are reminiscent of liner notes. TIDAL has added access to extensive artist credits for tracks and albums, reminiscent of album liner notes. The data includes in- depth descriptions and credits for composers, lyricists, engineers, musicians, vocalists, instrumentalists, mastering, production, mixing, album cover photographer and more...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Record Growth: Pressing Plants Invest in Vinyl

While streaming may be the dominant form of music consumption, it's no secret that vinyl is also seeing an impressive renaissance among music consumers, which is causing more pressing plant to make the smart investment and poney up for vinyl. Guest post by William Glanz of SoundExchange [Editor's note: We're all about streaming at SoundExchange. But we have a special place in our hearts for vinyl. We all remember the first album we bought (but couldn't find it now if we tried). Our affection for vinyl is even more profound because of one simple fact - vinyl almost died...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Unbundled: Reformatting Music's Barriers

The unbundling of music has been a hot topic within the industry ever since Steve Jobs insisted that iTunes be able to sell every individual album track for 99 cents. Here, Adam Marx continues his deep and important analysis of the practice with a look at how unbundling has unwrapped previous barriers and changed music...

CAREER: 3 Things You're Doing Wrong on Spotify

Even as streaming rises to become the dominant form of music consumption, many artists still struggle with the unfamiliar platform, to the point where they may be sabotaging their chances for success. Here we look at three bad habits to watch out for when putting your music on Spotify. Guest post Chris Robley of CD Baby's DIY Musician...

CAREER: 7 Ways to Sell Your Music for a Higher Price

In this piece, Chris Richardson discusses the advantage that DIY artists have when it comes to maintaining creative and business control, the challenge of making money in the music industry, and how you can start successfully charging more for you music. Guest post by Chris Richardson Isn't it great to be a musician nowadays? Think about it: you don't have to sign with a huge record label to get your music out there. There are two other options: an independent label and a DIY approach. With these options, you get a huge advantage: creative control over your work...

TRENDS: Live Nation Reports Record Results for Q3, Revenue up 12%

Promoter Live Nation reported their best quarter for Q3 2017, with record results across revenue, operating income and adjusted operating income. The company reported that revenue was up 12%, operating income was up 5% and AOI was up 10% vs. the same period in 2016, with their concerts, advertising, and ticketing operations all reporting record AOI...

RADIO: JazzWeek Radio Chart: November 6, 2017

All About Jazz publishes the weekly JazzWeek radio chart. Discover new releases, track chart movement, and learn what is being played on jazz radio stations around the United States. Enjoy! TW LW 2W Artist TW LW Move Add Rpts Peak Wks 1 1 1 Christian McBride Big Band Bringin' It (Mack Avenue) 247...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Joe McPhee

All About Jazz is celebrating Joe McPhee's birthday today! Since his emergence on the creative jazz and new music scene in the late '60s and early '70s, Joe McPhee has been a deeply emotional composer, improviser, and multi-instrumentalist, as well as a thoughtful conceptualist and theoretician. Born on November 3, 1939, in Miami, FL, McPhee first began playing the trumpet at age eight. McPhee continued on that instrument through high school and then in a U.S. Army band stationed in Germany... Read more...

OBITUARY: Muhal Richard Abrams, Rip

The Chicago avant-garde jazz patriarch Muhal Richard Abrams died today at 87. Named a National Endowment of The Arts Jazz Master in 2010, the pianist, composer and bandleader was at the center of Chicago's free jazz movement, which was formalized in 1965 when he co-founded the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians. The Art Ensemble of Chicago became the best-known group that grew out of the AACM. Freedom and unfettered imagination were the hallmarks of Mr. Abrams' piano improvisation, but he never abandoned his ability to summon the styles and spirits of Thelonious Monk and Bud Powell, avatars of bebop...

VIDEO / DVD: Doc: The Beatles Decade

For American teens in the 1960s, the Beatles represented the dawn of unrestrained excitement and parental rejection, a time when screaming, long hair, loud music, risque fashion, snarky humor and drugs mocked authority and convention. But through a British lens, the Fab Four were something more -- an escape from glum parents, a bleak economy, a class-conscious society and a country still bound by stuffy tradition and set ways. Yesterday I found a fascinating multi-part documentary on the Beatles and the 1960s as viewed from the British perspective. Here's The Beatles Decade...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Pandora Total Listener Hours Fall 7% as Subscriptions, Revenue Grow

Pandora reported improved revenue and paid subscriber growth for Q3 2017, but total listeners hours fell 7% over the same quarter last year. Paid subscriptions grew 29% year-over-year to 5.19 million, including 1 million subscribers to Pandora's Premium on-demand streaming service, which launched in May of this year...

CAREER: 3 Tips for Gathering a Music Audience

When it comes to promoting new music, you don't need to have a label at your back, but you do need to plan carefully and work hard. In fact, a scrappy DIY approach has, in some instances, been more effective. Here we look at three essential tips for bringing an audience in to your music. Guest post by Jason Mayoral of the Symphonic Blog...

TRENDS: Artist Visits to Spotify, Apple Music Illustrate Why Radio Feels Old

While radio was instrumental for artists working to break a new record, the recent tendency of artists like Pink to eschew terrestrial radio in favor of the offices of Spotify and Apple music shows a new trend in how musicians are choosing to promote their work. Guest post by Bobby Owsinski of Music 3.0...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: NYC Finally Repeals 100 Year Old Law Prohibiting Dancing in Bars

New York City has repealed a century-old restriction barring dancing in bars if they do not have a cabaret license. According to the New York Times, the City Council on Tuesday voted 41-1 to repeal the Cabaret Law and the bill is expected to be signed by Mayor Bill de Blasio, who has indicated his support for the proposal. After DeBlasio signs, the repeal will go into effect within 30 days...

PERFORMANCE / TOUR: The Lead Sheet: Twin Cities Live Jazz, November 2017

November is not starting out in a gentle fashion, but perhaps that merely means there will be plenty of musical heat. A number of guest artists will add fuel to the fires&#151 lizz wright, phil markowitz and zach brock, ann hampton callway, catherine russell, pat mallinger and more; ongoing local talent showcases at the Black Dog, Jazz Central, Dunsmore Room, Boom Island, and Vieux Carre' among others; and a November kickoff featuring talented Minneapolis Schools jazz students celebrating the annual KBEM-MPS Jazz Around Minneapolis day of workshops and evening concert, this year at South High...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Kurt Elling

All About Jazz is celebrating Kurt Elling's birthday today! GRAMMY winner Kurt Elling is among the world's foremost jazz vocalists. He won the DownBeat Critics Poll for fourteen consecutive years and was named 'Male Singer of the Year' by the Jazz Journalists Association on eight occasions. An international jazz award winner, he has also been GRAMMY nominated a dozen times. Elling\'s rich baritone spans four octaves and features both astonishing technical mastery and emotional depth... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Buddy Collette: Bossa Nova

I love "jazz samba" -- bossa nova albums recorded by American jazz artists in the 1960s. The bossa nova, of course, dates back to Brazil in the late 1950s. Back then, young musicians in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo cooled off the rousing samba with a drier, more laid back and sophisticated approach. Songs had infectious melodies and romantic lyrics delivered in a gentle, hushed singing style. The bossa nova leaped to the U.S. after the U.S. State Department sponsored a diplomatic tour of Brazil in 1961. The junket included the Charlie Byrd Trio. When Byrd returned to the States, he carried with him an armful of bossa nova albums. Yet he was reluctant to record the music, fearing it was too light for the U.S. market...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Meta-Metadata: Turning Three Text Fields into Millions of Dollars

As the number of data records music companies continues to grow, the value of efficiency has continued to increase, particularly given that each record contains only a few points of data. To a keen observer, there are deep, financially beneficial possibilities in this track-related information. Guest post by Jesse Buddington, Director of Licensing Operations at Loudr...

VIDEO / DVD: Bandcamp Launches App for Artists and Labels, Shares New Stats [video]

Bandcamp has added a free app that makes it possible for artist and label users to manage their sales on the platform, view analytics and message their fans. They join Pandora, Spotify and BandsInTown with artist and industry apps that offer similar access. Bandcamp has launched a free app for artists and labels using the platform. The app offers real-time view of all play and sales stats, enables management and fulfill of merch, and lets users directly message fans with targeting by fan location and level of support. It is available for both Android or iOS...

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