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MUSIC INDUSTRY: Tunego Raises $7.7m for Music Industry Data Platform

TuneGO, a data driven music A&R startup has completed a Series B financing totaling more than $7.7 million. Private equity firm Falcon Capital led the round. TuneGO will use the funds to enhance its technology platform and global infrastructure, which is already being used by many leading music and entertainment companies...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Sony Takes $2.3b Controlling Stake in Emi

With a check for $2.3 billion, Sony has become the world's largest music publisher. The deal adds a catalog of more than two million songs from EMI Music Publishing, including hits ranging from Queen to Pharrell Williams to Sony's already massive 2.3 million track repertoire. The EMI investment is the first major move by new Sony CEO Kenichiro Yoshida. Sony, like fellow corporate giant Vivendi, is enjoying a music industry resurgence fueled by revenue from streaming. The deal with Abu Dhabi-based investment firm Mubadala increases Sony's stake in EMI from 30% to about 90...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Sun Ra

All About Jazz is celebrating Sun Ra's birthday today! Eclectic, outrageous, sometimes mystifying but always imbued with a powerful jazz consciousness, the music of Sun Ra has withstood its skeptics and detractors for nearly three generations. And well it should, since Sun Ra has been both apart of and ahead of the jazz tradition during that time. Like Duke Ellington and swing-era pioneer Fletcher Henderson... Read more...

INTERVIEW: Interview 2018: Marcos Valle

Next week, the legendary bossa nova pianist, singer and composer Marcos Valle will make his only New York appearance this year at Birdland. Joining him will be singer Paula Morelenbaum and cellist Jacques Morelenbaum. They toured with m: Antonio Carlos Jobim between 1984 and 1994. The BossaBrasil spectacular at Birdland -- from May 29 to June 2 -- is being produced by the exceptional Pat Philips-Stratta, who each year brings Marcos and other bossa legacy artists to the club for a taste of toasty Rio de Janeiro. It's pure passion for Pat. If you love bossa nova, seeing Marcos live next week should not be missed...

CAREER: Why Eps Are Still Important

EPs have existed for a long time as a great way for artists to test the waters before dropping a full length album. Here we look at the benefits of having an EP, how to use it, and the history behind the format. Guest post by Ellie Batchiyska of IndieOnTheMove "As an aspiring artist, you probably understand the significance of self-promotion. Creating a following involves allowing the world to familiarize itself with you and your music as a joint entity. So, in attempts to do this, you've created your Facebook page, released your first single, and perhaps even created a video to go with it. The final step in your self-promotion efforts, however, should be none other than creating an EP. For those new to the industry terminology, an EP refers to an 'extended play record', a compilation of 4-6 original songs from an artist that is typically released prior to a full-length album. Having an EP is great for giving people a taste of your musical sound and style. Think of it as your curriculum vitae, a summary of your most impressive and promising work...

CAREER: Facebook Pixel Basics for Artists, Labels

Not often discussed in the world of music marketing, Facebook pixels provide an excellent way for artists to reach fans directly and keep better track of who is visiting their website, as well as advertise to them directly. Guest post by Dan Servantes of GHStrategic Do you know which of your fans are most likely to see you on tour? Or which fans are considering purchasing merch from your online store? How about just knowing which fans care about you enough to go to your website? With a Facebook pixel, you can directly reach all of these people and more in an authentic way...

CAREER: How to Succeed on Soundcloud

With hundreds of thousands of indie music fans using the platform, Soundcloud is an important way to build an audience. But with tens of thousands of artists active there, how do you not get lost in the shuffle? Fortunately, Soundcloud offers some tips. Make sure your profile is up to date Keep your profile pic current - unless your seventh grade school photo is the kind of look you're going for. Use your top banner image as a shout out for whatever you're currently promoting - a new album, tour dates, new track, etc. List your social media accounts and contact information in your profile description. Link your tour dates to Songkick and Bandpage. Highlight your top tracks using our Spotlight feature (you will need a Pro & Pro Unlimited account for this). Drill down into SoundCloud stats and learn about top-listening countries, cities, what websites are playing your tracks, and where your listeners are located. Study your stats to help with radio, brand, touring and advertising opportunities AKA know where you should go. 'Top country' data can be used to help pitch a new artist to a bigger name act on tour. 'Top city' data can be used as leverage for radio stations to play a new developing artist. 'Top listeners' can be your digital street team and used to help promote contests and network with fans. 'Top Websites' can be used to evaluate online reach as well as advertising plans. Engage with people you collaborate with as well as other users Follow the artists that you have worked with on a track. They are now your family. Get to know them. Repost or Like tracks by other artists that you're featured on. The feeling could get mutual. Create playlists to help fans learn about your catalog and hook them into other artists you like. Some SoundCloud Marketing Basics Use these ideas to kickstart your own marketing campaign and get your SoundCloud tracks in front of the widest audience possible...

CONTEST: 7 Virtual Jazz Club's Contest - 3rd Edition

The 7 Virtual Jazz Club continues its worldwide search for emerging and under recognized creative musicians of all ages and backgrounds. The winner will receive € 2,000 plus advertising while the best student participant who is under 25 years of age will receive € 700 and a prize offered by Taklit Publishing and Production: an opportunity to meet with Taklit, present a personal project for consideration, and benefit from professional guidance for future career development. Lastly the participant who's entry tallies he most popular votes by the web community will receive € 500...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Fats Waller

All About Jazz is celebrating Fats Waller's birthday today! Jazz music\'s first organist and one of the giants of piano jazz Thomas Wright "Fats" Waller was born on May 21, 1904 in Harlem into a musical family. His grandfather was an accomplished violinist and his mother was the church organist. His family had moved to New York City from Virginia in the late 1880s and his father was the pastor of the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem... Read more...

RECORDING: The Road to Stan, 1961

Stan Kenton had a long and benefitical relationship with North Texas State University (now the University of North Texas). His connection to the university's music program dated back to the 1940s. Worried about turnover in his orchestra and the need for a solid pipeline of young, gifted musicians eager to tour, Kenton understood early the benefit of colleges with a crack orchestral curriculum...

RECORDING: Brad Mehldau Trio's New Album, "Seymour Reads the Constitution!," out Now

Brad Mehldau Trio's new album, Seymour Reads the Constitution!, is out now on Nonesuch Records. The pianist and his longtime trio, which includes drummer m: Jeff Ballard and bassist m: Larry Grenadier, perform three Mehldau originals combined with interpretations of pop songs (Paul McCartney, Brian Wilson), jazz tunes (Elmo Hope, Sam Rivers), and one work from the American songbook (Frederick Loewe's "Almost Like Being in Love"). To purchase a copy of Seymour Reads the Constitution!, head to your local record store, iTunes, Amazon, and the Nonesuch Store, where CD and vinyl orders include a download of the complete album at checkout. The album also can be heard on Spotify, Apple Music...

RECORDING: Brazilian Pianist Ricardo Bacelar Releases "Sebastiana"

Brazilian jazz pianist Ricardo Bacelar presents the smoldering romance of Jobim in a collaborative pan intercultural arts video For Brazilians, Antonio Carlos Jobim's catalogue is as iconic, influential and impactful as George Gershwin's contributions to the Great American Songbook, making the inclusion of a classic from the legend's repertoire a must for pianist Ricardo Bacelar's Sebastiana, the newly-released album heralding the works of Brazilian composers along with celebrating the Latin music diaspora. Bacelar selected 'Somewhere In The Hills' and, in keeping with the multicultural nature of the project, invited Venezuelan torch singer Elena Rose to croon the wistful lyrics of moonlit romance. For the accompanying cross-cultural video that was just released, dancer Isabelle Dubois adds fire with her impassioned movement and balletic choreography. The video was lensed in Brazil and Miami, the latter being where Sebastiana was recorded and where Rose is based. Bringing a retro 1950s feel to her interpretation of the song sung most notably by m: Ella Fitzgerald, Rose's sultry voice intertwines with Bacelar's elegant piano embellishments. Adorned in a tribal mask of Brazilian Carnaval makeup, Dubois gyrates, twirls and pirouettes with a gossamer silk, splashing through water and amidst crashing waves on the Brazilian shoreline and in front of a sparsely-constructed hangar...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Bob Florence

All About Jazz is celebrating Bob Florence's birthday today! For close to 50 years now the release of a new Bob Florence recording has been a major cause for celebration in the jazz world and with each album, going all the way back to 1958\'s "Name Band 59", it seems that he has reached an absolute pinnacle in the possibilities of contemporary big band writing. But he has continued to surprise us, year after year... Read more...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Sonny Fortune

All About Jazz is celebrating Sonny Fortune's birthday today! When critics speak of Sonny Fortune, names like Coltrane, Cannonball, Young, Bechet, Hawkins and Parker are mentioned. Quite a legacy- but well deserved- for Sonny Fortune embodies all of the finest qualities of those late, great musicians: hard work, dedication to his art, and exceptional music. Lucky for us, Sonny is still here and blowing hard. Born in Philadelphia on May 19, 1939... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: STLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Cooper-Moore, Joshua Abrams and Hamid Drake

This week, let's check out some videos featuring multi-instrumentalists Cooper-Moore, Joshua Abrams, and Hamid Drake, who will be teaming up for a show presented by New Music Circle next Saturday, May 26 at Off Broadway. All three are veterans of the international creative music scene who have performed in St. Louis previously in different ensembles...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Spotify, Apple Music and the Future of Ad Supported Streaming [zach Fuller, Midia]

Musicians and labels have long been skeptical of Spotify's free ad-supported tier, primarily because returns a lower per stream rate than Spotify's, Apple Music's or other paid subscription tiers. But according to MIDiA's Zach Fuller, a recent makeover and the latest revenue stats show that Spotify is, at least somewhat successful, repositioning free streaming is not a replacement for retail but a replacement for radio...

CAREER: Want to Write Music for TV? 4 Tips for Producers

Writing music for TV can be a great way to make steady money in the music industry, all the while exercising your creativity and getting your music heard. Here we look at four important things to know for starting out that will make the process smoother and more likely to be successful. By Jin Wooh of The Pro Audio Files for the TuneCore Blog...

RECORDING: Esbjorn Svensson Trio "Live in London" Worldwide Release on Act Music

The release of this album marks a poignant moment: the tenth anniversary of the tragic and premature death of Esbjorn Svensson on 14 June 2008. During the last ten years after the end of e.s.t. there have been constant reminders of the indelible mark which the band has left on the international jazz scene. Indeed it is hard to imagine a whole generation of currently highly successful young bands all over the world, often attracting an audience of same age, without the deep and lasting influence of the sound and the aesthetic of e.s.t. It might sound like a cliche but it is evident that through his music, Esbjorn Svensson will stay with us forever...

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